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Silverdocs Opens With Tales of Tinseltown

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Friday, June 2---SILVERDOCS: AFI/Discovery Channel Documentary Festival opens on June 13 with the world premiere of the HBO Films documentary BOFFO! TINSELTOWN'S BOMBS AND BLOCKBUSTERS, directed by Oscar-winning documentary director Bill Couturie. The film takes a behind-the-scenes look at the high risk world of Hollywood filmmaking, where all bets are off as to whether even the biggest budget film will not be a major box office bomb. Featuring candid, often amusing interviews, with such Holl...

22nd Troia International Film Festival Opens

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Friday, June 2, Setubal---The 22nd edition of the TROIA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL, Portugal's oldest and most prestigious film event, had a gala Opening this evening in the beautiful coastal town of Setubal. The Opening Night festivities began with the screening of a rare silent film by director Victor Sjostrom. TERGE VIGEN, produced in 1917, is a film of rare beauty and quality from one of Scandanavia's earliest film giants. The film has been restored by the Norwegian Film Institute, with...

SILVERDOCS: AFI/Discovery Channel Documentary Festival to launch June 13

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SILVERDOCS: AFI/DISCOVERY CHANNEL DOCUMENTARY FESTIVAL has become one of the most prestigious events in the world of non-fiction film. The 2006 Festival, a mixture of film screenings, information seminars and special events, will take place from June 13 to 18, 2006 at the AFI Silver Center in Silver Springs, Maryland (USA). Return to this dedicated website to read articles, view photos, hear audio files and view video at North America's most intriguing festival devoted to the work of documen...

Silverdocs: AFI/Discover Channel Documentary Festival: June 13-18, 2006

SILVERDOCS: AFI/Discovery Channel Documentary Festival has become one of the most prestigious events in the world of non-fiction film. The 2006 Festival, a mixture of film screenings, information seminars and special events, will take place from June 13 to 18, 2006 at the AFI Silver Center in Silver Springs, Maryland (USA). Return to this dedicated website to read articles, view photos, hear audio files and view vide

American Politics With A French Twist

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It is should be news to no one that the Americans and the French are still locked in their love/hate relationship. We Americans do love the French culture and its emphasis on beauty, refinement and good taste. The French do love our the American can-do attitude and our pioneering spirit. But since 9/11, our different geopolitics has driven a wedge into that relationship that has pushed us both into separate corners. Perhaps that is the reason why so many American films that are openly critical ...

Cannes Market Download stations for PDA, Palm for Market contacts and screening schedules

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We organized, with our partner L&A, the Cannes Market Download stations for PDA, Palm for all Market contacts and screening schedules. 2 stations are available, at each entrance of the Riviera, the one bellow coming from the Palais: Online version available for your PDA or Palm at: download ...

Fest21.com presence in Cannes

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Fest21.com started here in Cannes on May 17th 2006 with a booth in the Palais (01 - 24.07). With various promotions in Moving Pictures Magazine, the Cannes Market Guide, flyers, and more. And a column in the middle of the central way through the Palais. ...

Cannes Cat Calls: Booing As A Critical Sport

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As the Cannes Film Festival moves into its final weekend, it seems that the fine art of booing is still very much “en vogue ...

Conference on business models, Cannes Short Film Corner

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I was invited by the Cannes Short Film Corner to talk with Jacques Bensimon, head of the Canadian National Film Borad, with Stephan Lechère from Google Video and Orna Ghenassia from Cinézime at this conference. Interesting exchanges on fragmented markets, number of opportunities, long tail, community building... ...

Video Entrance to the Palais and the Cannes Market

Red carpet, stars, croisette, cocktail dress, limo... this is Cannes. The magic of the festival. But only the magic of it. Most of the professional here are part of the market. Buy and sell, looking at the next success, this is the fist of the International Festival of Cannes. There are not only movies. You can find everything about cinema. Some people sell chairs for theaters, video cameras, posters, everything can be found around here. This unknown part of Cannes looks more like a village market on a Sunday morning than like the perfect shiny dream we see on TV. Of course, all you thought about Cannes is real too but it's not the main part of it. The inflow of money is amazing and conduces to two opposite milieu. You can meet the first one during the night. Those crazy night birds spend millions euros in champagne, cars, suites, fake breast, drugs and so on. This is the shiny part. From the middle of the afternoon till the sunrise, in this happy-go-lucky wave of parties, rich people come to can to give a chance to the proletarian to have fun with them for the luckiest, or just to look at them for real for once for the most of us. The second milieu is everywhere; it's even part of the previous one. This is the hard-working milieu. 24/7 they meet as many people as they can, spread professional cards all around Cannes, go to the parties, conferences, theaters, everywhere there is someone with something to sell or to buy. Those people who literally make the festival own there headquarter. It's not hiding anywhere; this is here, right in the Palais des Festival. Its location is pretty relevant. Level -1. The only one underground, the one you're not supposed to see but as close to the main entrance as theaters and medias.

Code Of Confusion: The Critics Versus The Public

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Well, if one needed further proof of how far apart most film critics are from the cinematic tastes of the general public, you need look no further than THE DA VINCI CODE. The film, which famously opened this year’s Cannes Film Festival, was practically laughed at by assembled critics on the Croisette, who had come to bury the film, not praise it. When the film opened internationally this past weekend, more film critics joined the chorus of nay-sayers, calling the film everything from “borin...

The Search For (Some, Any) News on Cannes......

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During my current experiment of trying to "do" Cannes while not actually being there (in others words, virtually if not physically), it is quite astonishing to me that so little actual coverage is available to the average American consumer. Yes, we did catch a glimpse of Tom Hanks on the red carpet, and read much speculation about the fate of THE DA VINCI CODE, but it seems that anything that is not part of the tyranny of celebrity gossip finds scant space in American newspapers or television s...

Short Film Corner: more films, more participants, more room

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Created in 2004 as a continuation of the initiatives by the Festival de Cannes to encourage new creative work, the Short Film Corner has become a focal point for shorts. Acting as a bridge between shorts and features, it strengthens the ties between the actions of the Festival de Cannes and Film Market. This year, the SFC brings together around 940 short films (compared to 617 last year), which, for the most part, have never been seen before, from around 50 different countries. The films present...

Fondation LibanCinéma at the Film Market

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For the second consecutive year, the Fondation LibanCinéma (FLC) is taking part in the Cannes Film Festival by participating in the Film Market, thus providing Lebanese cinema with a bridge towards the international market. Three screenings illustrating the diversity of Lebanese film production are organized as follows: May 23rd at 4 pm, Palais F, 115 mn: Bosta by Philippe Aractingi, best box-office of the year. May 23rd at 8:30 pm, Palais G, 88m:A perfect day by Joana Hadjithomas and Khalil...

Marché du Film in Cannes ready

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In complement to and inseparable from the Festival de Cannes, the Marché du Film is home to the international motion-picture trade. Each and every year, it welcomes producers, international sales agents, distributors and financiers alike hailing from more than 80 different countries. In 2006, the Film Market should top the bar of 10,000 attendees. This steady increase has made the Film Market the world's number-one meeting-place for motion-picture industry professionals. With over 1,400 scree...
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