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KING OF FOOTBALL MEETS YOUNGER SELF ON SET OF PELÉ

SPORTING LEGEND VISITS CAST AND CREW OF HIGHLY ANTICIPATED ORIGINS BIOPIC AS PRINCIPAL PHOTOGRAPHY WRAPS IN BRAZIL   Monday 9th December – Football legend Pelé visited the set of the feature film which chronicles the origins of his sporting stardom, which has just wrapped principal photography on location in Brazil. Whilst on set during the last weeks of production, Pelé met with the two actors who will play young “Dico” (as Pelé was known in his f...

LUPITA NYONG’O AND THOMAS NEWMAN TO BE HONORED AT THE 25th ANNUAL PALM SPRINGS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL AWARDS GALA

      LUPITA NYONG’O AND THOMAS NEWMAN TO BE HONORED AT THE 25th ANNUAL PALM SPRINGS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL AWARDS GALA Palm Springs, CA (December 9, 2013) – The 25th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF) will present Lupita Nyong’o with the Breakthrough Performance Award for 12 Years a Slave and Thomas Newman with the Frederick Loewe Award for Film Composing for Saving Mr. Banks at its annual Awards Gala. The Gala will also present ...

American actor Paul Walker, Fast and Furious, dies after a fiery car crash in Valencia, California.

  American actor Paul William Walker dies yesterday, November 30, after a fiery car crash in Valencia, California. Paul Walker was most known for his role as Brian O'Conner in the films ‘Fast and Furious’- 2001, 2003, 2009, 2011, 2013. Other credits include Varsity Blues, Eight Below, Into the Blue, She's All That and Takers. His latest film HOURS (2013), which premiered at the SXSW Film Festival, is scheduled for release this month.   In writer/director Eric H...

STEVE McQUEEN @ THE 25th ANNUAL PALM SPRINGS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

STEVE McQUEEN TO RECEIVE DIRECTOR OF THE YEAR AWARD AT THE 25th ANNUAL PALM SPRINGS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL AWARDS GALA Palm Springs, CA (November 21, 2013) – The 25th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF) will present Steve McQueen with the Director of the Year Award for 12 Years a Slave at its annual Awards Gala. The Gala will also present awards to previously announced honorees Sandra Bullock, Bruce Dern and Matthew McConaughey. Presented by Cartier and...

VINCENT D'ONOFRIO, RODRIGO SANTORO, DIEGO BONETA, COLM MEANEY AND SEU JORGE TO STAR IN IMAGINE ENTERTAINMENT AND SEINE PICTURES

-PELE PRESS RELEASE- VINCENT D'ONOFRIO, RODRIGO SANTORO, DIEGO BONETA, COLM MEANEY AND SEU JORGE TO STAR IN IMAGINE ENTERTAINMENT AND SEINE PICTURES PRODUCTION   Emmy nominated actor Vincent D'Onofrio (MEN IN BLACK, ‘Law and Order: Criminal Intent’) and Rodrigo Santoro (300, LOVE ACTUALLY) to star alongside Diego Boneta (ROCK OF AGES), Golden Globe nominated actor Colm Meaney (GET HIM TO THE GREEK, THE DAMNED UNITED) and Seu Jorge (THE LIFE AQUATIC WITH STEVE ZISSOU...

Sandra Bullock to receive Desert Palm Achievment Award at The 25th Palm Springs International Film Festival (

The 25th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF) will present Academy Award®-winning actress Sandra Bullock with the Desert Palm Achievement Award, Actress, at its annual Awards Gala. Each year the festival selects an actor and actress to receive this award. Matthew McConaughey will receive the Desert Palm Achievement Award, Actor, which was previously announced. Presented by Cartier and hosted by Mary Hart, the Awards Gala will be held Saturday, January 4 at the Palm Sprin...

54th THESSALONIKI INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL GREEK FILMS

  54th TIFF poster designed by Greek director Alexandros Avranas and Stavros Rossos.    -54th THESSALONIKI INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL. November 1 - 10, 2013- PRESS RELEASE. October 22nd, 2013   GREEK FILMS 2013 The 54th Thessaloniki International Film Festival will screen 8 feature films produced in 2013 in Greece and in coproduction with other countries; two of them will be participating in the International Competition section (to be announced at a la...

Interview with Denis Côté ('Vic + Flow Saw a Bear')

  'Vic + Flow Saw a Bear' … Or did they? If the bear here is something that is both a very real and life-threatening animal in the forest as well as a mythical (sometimes magical) creature from fairytales, then the film itself is such a paradox. The story begins under the guise of gritty realism but methodically evolves into a Chinese box of mystery and suspense. This is a princess kisses frog who turns prince film. Starting off gradual and slimy, it grows into such illuso...

Interview with Oscar nominated Tom Van Avermaet

  It’s Halloween time again, which means shadows, death and magic are in high demand. Here to speak and sate dark fantastical desires is Oscar nominated Tom Van Avermaet, director of the 2013 Oscar nominated short: DEATH OF A SHADOW. Nathan Rijckx is a dead soldier walking on a thin line somewhere between this world and the hereafter. He walks the sinister and shadowy streets of old world Europe collecting the souls of the decea...

54th THESSALONIKI INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL. November 1 - 10, 2013. OPEN HORIZONS.

-54th TIFF OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE- 54th THESSALONIKI INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL. November 1 - 10, 2013. OPEN HORIZONS. The Open Horizons section focuses on thematically original, aesthetically challenging and socially minded films that represent the most recent trends in worldwide independent production. In addition, the new section Currents is introduced this year, presenting the most experimental and daring works in international cinema today. 50 films form this year’s complete pro...

Third Annual Napa Valley Film Festival Announces This Year’s Line-Up

-NAPA VALLEY FILM FESTIVAL PRESS RELEASE- Third Annual Napa Valley Film Festival Announces This Year’s Line-Up of Must-See Star-Studded Films Sneak Preview Screenings include Saving Mr. Banks, August: Osage County, The Immigrant and Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom Napa Valley Film Festival (NVFF) Co-Founders and Directors Brenda and Marc Lhormer are proud to announce several of the festival’s star-studded headlining films, as well as the first set of honorees to be feted at the Ce...

SICAV and PGA MOU signed during the Rio Festival 2013

  2013 Festival do Rio Market.  To read news, interviews and film reviews for the 2013 Festival do Rio, visit: http://www.filmfestivals.com/blog/festival_do_rio_rio_de_janeiro_international_film_festival -FESTIVAL DO RIO 2013, OFFICIAL PRESS- SICAV and PGA MOU signed during the Rio Festival 2013. On Thursday, October 03, a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was signed between the SICAV, Interstate Association of Audiovisual Industry, and the PGA, "Producers Guild of America,...

RioMarket 2013

For information on the 2013 Rio International Film Festival and market, see our -filmfestival.com- blog.   -RIO MARKET PRESS RELEASE- RioMarket 2013. Business area of Rio Festival discusses the audiovisual market and offers seminars and workshops In addition to a schedule full of shows, premieres and screenings, the Rio de Janeiro Int’l Festival - Latin America's largest - also has an area dedicated to the market. RioMarket, to be held from9/27 to 10/9, at the Warehouse Utop...

A World Not Ours. Interview with director Mahdi Fleifel

  Filmmaker Mahdi Fleifel is writer/director/producer/DOP of the multi award-winning documentary A WORLD NOT OURS (2012), a life tribute and soliloquy dedicated to Mahdi’s hometown Ein el-Helweh, Lebanon. While Mahdi has spent much of his adult life in Denmark, he returned home many times over the last thirteen years documenting family and friends to make this unique memoir. Mahdi begins the film by stating: ‘To me, going to Ein el-Helweh is better than going to Disneyland&r...

BLIND (2013), A Review.

  Actor Sunil Sadarangani  Shot in the historic French Mediterranean city of Marseille, BLIND is a story that gives visual meaning to the term ‘the blind leading the blind’. A young male foreigner from India (Sunil Sadarangani) who lives in Los Angeles is lost in the labyrinth of the Marseilles Metro and a local blind man (Michel Panier) offers to show him the way out.   The blind man and the lost youth hold onto each other as they both blindly seek their way thro...

A review of China’s RED OBSESSION (2013) - Red or Gold Bordeaux ?

RED OBSESSION   Written and directed by David Roach and Warwick Ross, RED OBSESSION (2013) is the timely and delectable documentary about the Chinese obsession with the color red. For China, red symbolizes many things- the earthly element of fire, great happiness, good fortune and it is the bold color of communism. Most recently, a blood-red hue has become China’s latest passion via its obsession with fine Bordeaux wine. In Europe, fine wine (especially Bordeaux) has existed for ...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY Virginia!!! Interview with Virginia Madsen

Academy Award and Golden Globe nominated actress Virginia Madsen is also a documentary film producer and film festival ambassador for the Aruba International Film Festival. Madsen is a force wherever she goes, a solar-spirited infectious burst of energy in every room she enters and every film and TV screen she graces. She has led a prolific and fruitful acting career for over thirty years and still going on strong. A few of her past roles include: ‘Princess Irulan’ in David Lynch&r...

2013 SBIFF Silver Screen Celebration

Santa Barbara – Just when you thought the summer was ending, the Santa Barbara International Film Festival held the Silver Screen Celebration on Sunday August 25, 2013. The fundraiser started off with a classic silent film screening of Douglas Fairbank’s swashbuckling adventure “The Mark of Zorro” at the Historic Arlington Theatre. The screening was in collaboration with the Santa Barbara Theatre Organ Society and featured a live accompaniment by Adam Aceto on the theat...

Short Film “Blind” filmed in Marseille, France - ready for film festival run!

-OFFICIAL 'BLIND' PRESS RELEASE- Short Film “Blind” filmed in Marseille, France - ready for film festival run! New Short Film “Blind” filmed in Marseille, France - from L.A. based Producer/Actor of multiple award winning and Oscar nomination qualified short ‘In Transit’ – is ready for film festival run! Directed by Marseille based filmmaker and visual artist, Thibault Guerin! Watch the trailer here : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BrX3F...

Season Two: of 'Ain’t It Cool' with Harry Knowles.

-OFFICIAL 'AICWHK' PRESS RELEASE- Season Two of Ain’t It Cool with Harry Knowles. Austin-Based Harry Knowles Launches Kickstarter Campaign. Film Critic and Writer Aims to Raise $100,000 for Season Two of Ain’t It Cool with Harry Knowles.    Austin, TX. On August 12, 2013– Film fan powerhouse Harry Knowles, in tandem with his production crew, kicked off a fundraising campaign via Kickstarter in an effort to finance the second season of his show, Ain&rsquo...

-THE WRAP 'SHORTLIST' FILM FESTIVAL 2013-

-THE WRAP 'SHORTLIST' FILM FESTIVAL 2013- FINALISTS ANNOUNCED IN THEWRAP’S “SHORTLIST” FILM FESTIVAL 2013. ENTRIES INCLUDED WINNERS OF SUNDANCE, BOSTON AND LA FILM FESTIVALS. MTV & CINEDIGM OFFER PRIZES. On August 29, 2013 in Los Angeles – TheWrap.com awarded the finalists for its second annual “ShortList” Online Film festival, August 19-29, 2013. The 12 distinguished finalists include shorts prize winners from the Sundance Film Festival and t...

24th August 2013. CinefestOZ Gala Night wraps up star event with record growth: New vision opportunity

    Producer/Director Bob Connolly (The Turning, 2013) ** For CINEFESTOZ dailies check out: http://www.filmfestivals.com/blog/cinefestoz For festival updates check out: www.cinefestoz.com   -OFFICIAL CINEFESTOZ MEDIA RELEASE- 24th August 2013. CinefestOZ Gala Night wraps up star event with record growth: New vision opportunity   CinéfestOZ has exceeded expectations with over 39 film events extended from Bunbury to Augusta and a total ...

21st August 2013 CinèfestOZ Opening Night set to shine!

CINEFEST OZ OFFICIAL MEDIA RELEASE. 21st August 2013 CinèfestOZ Opening Night set to shine!   CinèfestOZ, the rapidly expanding Busselton-based Film Festival will present its strongest line-up of Australian film over five days, beginning today with the acclaimed Opening Night Australian film The Rocket. The film is one of 12 premiere screenings at the festival, created to showcase the best of new Australian and French film against the stunning backdrop of the S...

THE ACT OF KILLING. Q & A with Werner Herzog and Joshua Oppenheimer.

  THE ACT OF KILLING (2013) is a 7-10 year in the making documentary about the mass-killings of communists in Indonesia in the mid 1960’s. The film has international audiences in awe of its avant-garde filmmaking techniques never before explored. Joshua Oppenheimer’s organic and daring originality is so visceral that the film screens like a painting, which journeys directly into the oftentimes dark and arresting void of human nature. Recently the film’s Executive Produ...

Interview with Randall Emmett

At a time when independent cinema is struggling to survive more than ever, one independent film producer is at the top of his game, currently taking over Hollywood and the world. Prolific powerhouse producer Randall Emmett has produced over 77 films during his career and he is just getting started. There are few places in the world that have escaped the saturation of P&A for his latest film 2 GUNS (2013) by acclaimed Icelandic director Baltasar Kormákur (CONTRABAND, 2012; THE DEEP, ...
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