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Awards winners Cannes 2011

US actor and President of the Jury Robert De Niro poses with award winners at the end of the closing ceremony of the 64th Cannes Film Festival on May 22, 2011 in Cannes AFP/François Guillot

Santa Barbara International Film Festival to open with Disconnect

  Jason Bateman, Hope Davis and Haley Ramm in Henry-Alex Rubin's "DISCONNECT" Courtesy of LD Entertainment   The 28th Santa Barbara International Film Festival (January 24-February 3), presented by lynda.com, will open the 2013 Festival with the U.S.  Premiere of LD Entertainment’s Disconnect, directed by Henry-Alex Rubin and starring Jason Bateman, Hope Davis, Frank Grillo, Paula Patton, Michael Nyqvist, Andrea Riseborough, Alexander Skarsgård ...

Ben Affleck to be honored at santa barbara

  SBIFF TO BESTOW BEN AFFLECK WITH  MODERN MASTER AWARD   The Santa Barbara International Film Festival, presented by lynda.com, will honor director, producer and actor Ben Affleck with the Modern Master Award at the 28th edition of the Fest, which runs January 24 -February 3, 2013, it was announced today by SBIFF Executive Director Roger Durling.  The Tribute will take place on Saturday, January 26, 2013 at the historic Arlington Theatre.   “Afflec...

Silver Linings Playbook written and directed by David O. Russell, has been named “Best Film of the Year” by Capri, Hollywood

  The movie directed by David O.Russell is also nominated for the 2013 Capri Audience Award and the Best Acting Ensemble of the Year Award  Festival will also screen ‘Caesar Must Die’, Italy’s 2012 Candidate for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar   One of the year’s most highly acclaimed films, Silver Linings Playbook written and directed by David O. Russell, has been named “Best Film of the Year” by Capri, Hollywood &ndas...

Franco Nero will receive the 'Capri Legend Award'

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 CINEMA: THE ORIGINAL DJANGO, FRANCO NERO, TO RECEIVE THE CAPRI LEGEND AWARD THE FESTIVAL WILL PAY TRIBUTE TO THE NOTED ACTOR WHO WILL APPEAR IN THE NEW TARANTINO MOVIE On December 27, noted actor Franco Nero will receive the 'Capri Legend Award', thus entering deservedly into the Blue Island’s Hall of Fame. “An Italian icon who, thanks to his unforgettable characters such as the original Django, now belongs to the mythology of cinema,” su...

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...

Sundance Juries

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 Sundance Institute announced today 19 members of five juries awarding prizes at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival, January 17-27 in Park City, Salt Lake City, Ogden and Sundance, Utah. Short Film Awards will be announced at a ceremony on January 22 at Park City’s Jupiter Bowl, with feature film awards announced at a separate ceremony on January 26.   Members of the Alfred P. Sloan Jury will be announced in January. U.S. DOCUMENTARY JURY Liz Garbus Academy Award® nominated...

Daniel Day-Lewis to be honored with the Montecito Award at Santa Barbara Festival

   Photo credit: Nino Munez       DANIEL DAY-LEWIS TO RECEIVE MONTECITO AWARD  AT THE 28TH SANTA BARBARA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL     The Santa Barbara International Film Festival is proud to announce that it will be garnering two-time Academy Award® winning actor Daniel Day-Lewis with the prestigious Montecito Award at the 28th edition of the Festival on behalf of his inspirational performance in the title role of Lincoln, and as a ...

Spotlight Initiative Award recipients announced for Sundance Creative Coaltion gala

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 The Creative Coalition Gala to Honor Jane Lynch, Shailene Woodley, Matthew Modine, Alfred Molina Today, The Creative Coalition announced the slate of honorees headlining the 2013 Spotlight Initiative Awards Gala Dinner to be held during the upcoming Film Festival in Park City, Utah.  This year’s Spotlight Initiative Award recipients include actress and comedienne Jane Lynch, actress Shailene Woodley, actor Matthew Modine, and actor Alfred Molina.  Leaders in th...

Jennifer Lawrence to receive SBIFF Outstanding Performer Award

    The Santa Barbara International Film Festival, presented by lynda.com, is proud to present Academy Award® nominated actress Jennifer Lawrence with the Outstanding Performer of the Year Award on Friday, February 2.  She will be honored with a Tribute celebrating her compelling performances in The Hunger Games and Silver Linings Playbook at the 28th edition of the Festival which runs January 24 - February 3, 2013, it was announced today by SBIFF Executive Director Roger Du...

The Board of the 1st Baja International Film Festival

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  The first annual Baja International Film Festival, to be held November 14-17 in Los Cabos, Mexico, has announced the membership of its 2012 advisory board, along with the breakdown of this year’s award categories and prizes.   The inaugural board includes such esteemed industry members as acclaimed actor/filmmaker Edward Norton, filmmaker Carlos Reygadas, recent winner of Best Director at Cannes, actor/producer Kuno Becker, producer Lucas Akoskin, The Creative Coalition CEO...

Andy Garcia at the 35th Starz Denver Film Festival!

    Andy Garcia In-Person this Friday  at the 35th Starz Denver Film Festival   Andy Garcia to receive the 2012 George Hickenlooper Honorary Award following a screening of The Man from Elysian Fields    Friday, November 9th - 9:30pm TICKETS ON SALE NOW CLICK HERE for tickets. &nbs...

Peter Fonda is Chairman of the 2012 jury in Stockholm Festival

    This year we welcome legendary actor Peter Fonda to the Stockholm International Film Festival. Peter Fonda will head this year’s jury of five and decide which will receive the prestigious Bronze Horse for Best Film.      This year’s jury members will hand out the festival’s heaviest prize, the 7. 3 kilo heavy Bronze Horse to the Best Film i the Stockholm XXIII Competition category. The jury also give out the Aluminium Horse in seven categories:...

Farewell Richard Pena at NYFF50 Closing Night Gala

By Maria Esteves – October 19, 2012 An outpouring of farewells were expressed by executive director Rose Kuo, Film Society of Lincoln Center, directors of programming Robert Koehler (year round) and Kent Jones, New York Film Festival to Richard Peña, program director, Film Society of Lincoln Center and selection committee chair, New York Film Festival, during the 50th New York Film Festival (NYFF50) Closing Night Gala at Alice Tully Hall, New York, Sunday, October 14, 2012. Pe&nti...

NYFF50 Zemeckis’s Flight Press Conference Coverage

By Maria Esteves – October 17, 2012 The 50th New York Film Festival 2012 (NYFF50) presented by the Film Society of Lincoln Center Closing Night World Premiere press screening of FLIGHT, by Academy Award-winning director Robert Zemeckis was held at the Walter Reade Theater, Sunday, October 14, 9:00 AM. A live press conference immediately followed with director Zemeckis, screenwriter John Gatins, casts members John Goodman, Don Cheadle, Melissa Leo, Bruce Greenwood and Academy Award-winnin...

Robert de Niro to be honored at The Santa Barbara International Film Festival'

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 Director, producer and Academy Award-winning actor ROBERT DE NIRO has been chosen to receive The Santa Barbara International Film Festival's seventh annual KIRK DOUGLAS AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN FILM at a black-tie Gala dinner at Bacara Resort & Spa in Santa Barbara on Saturday, December 8, 2012.  Mr. De Niro will accept this honor from Mr. Douglas in recognition of his exceptional career spanning over four and a half decades, leading up to this year’s highly ...

Robert Redford, Marilyn Monroe and Pussy Riot challenge power in this year's Spotlight

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23rd Annual Stockholm International Film Festival will have Spotlight: Power. With twelve films that pose uncomfortable questions and in different ways challenge power and authority, we discuss both at screenings and in seminars the shapes of power within politics as well as within art and relationships. What do Pussy Riot and Robert Redford have in common? They are both in this year's Spotlight Section that turns its focus on power, in all its forms. Robert Redford both directed and star in &r...

'John Dies At The End' at Sitges 2012

The film ‘John Dies At the End’ (2012) screened at the 45th Sitges International Fantastic Film Festival (October 4-14). ‘John Dies At the End’ won 3rd place for The People’s Choice Award at the 2012 TIFF’s Midnight Madness. The film’s veteran ‘fantastic’ director Don Coscarelli (‘Phantasm' saga; Bubba Ho-Tep, 2002) attended the Sitges screening of his latest film where he was awarded the Time Machine Award for his prestigious and inf...

The Mission of the Bahamas International Film Festival

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 Mission & History The Bahamas International Film Festival is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing the local Bahamian community and international visitors with a diverse presentation of films from around the world. In addition to offering films that might not otherwise be released theatrically in the Bahamas, BIFF will provide a unique cultural experience and set of educational programs and forums for exploring the past, present and future of cinema.    The Bah...

Boyz'n the Hood John Singleton keynote at 2012 Film Independent Forum

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  JOHN SINGLETON IS FORUM KEYNOTE SPEAKER! ALSO, A HACKATHON. This just in: Academy Award® nominated director John Singleton will give the keynote address for the 2012 Film Independent Forum. At age 24, Singleton was the youngest individual and first ever African-American to be nominated for an Academy Award® for Best Director. Boyz N the Hood, John Singleton’s first feature film, landed him Oscar® nominations for Best Director and Original Screenplay. His othe...

American Film Festival tributes Jerry Schatzberg and Wes Anderson

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Schatzberg to receive  Indie Star award. “Moonrise Kingdom” to have its Polish premiere at the Wrocław event. American Film Festival in Wrocław, Poland (13-18 Nov), the first event in Eastern and Central Europe focused entirely on independent American cinema, pays tribute to two great American filmmakers: Jerry Schatzberg and Wes Anderson. Jerry Schatzberg, the legendary director and accomplished photographer, will be a special festival guest. He will receive the annual In...

Virginia Film Festival highlights

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The Virginia Film Festival announced today that it is adding five of the most highly-anticipated films of the season to its 25th Anniversary program, putting  the exclamation point on a remarkable collection of more than 120 films to be presented from November 1-4 in Charlottesville.   The Virginia Film Festival is presented by the University of Virginia and its College and Graduate School of Arts & Sciences.   VFF Director Jody Kielbasa announced that the David O. Russell...

Shriekfest Awards

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 Shriekfest, the Los Angeles International Film Festival & Screenplay Competiton was a huge success! Denise Gossett, festival director, once again hosted Shriekfest Oct 4-7th at Raleigh Studios in Hollywood. Shriekfest screened almost 40 films and had 30 screenplay finalists & 10 original song finalists. "Nailbiter" directed by Patrick Rea took the Grand Jury prize for Best Horror Feature Film, "Found In Time" directed by Arthur Vincie took the Best SciFi Feature...

There is only one direction to go…FORWARD!

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I recently read (again) the Steven Spielberg biography by Joseph McBride. There is a passage in the book that always gets my attention. “Early in 1977, when Close Encounters was still months away from completion, George Lucas showed a rough cut of Star Wars (without John Williams’s rousing musical score) at his San Anselmo home, in northern California. The audience included executives of Twentieth Century-Fox; Gloria Katz and William Huyck, who worked on the script; and several of Lucas...
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