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Short-film auteurs dream big at Cannes

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It reportedly costs 95 euros ($135) for a short film to be considered for Cannes (AFP/File, Anne-Christine Poujoulat) By Robert MacPherson (AFP) CANNES, France — Jordan Bayne came to Cannes looking for distribution for her dramatic short "The Sea is All I Know", if not to catch a movie or two. Soon she realised that, for an independent film-maker, the real value of turning up at the world's biggest film festival lies in the networking possibilities -- and...

Premiere Documentaries series in Aspen this summer

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Aspen Film and the Aspen Institute have created a new partnership to bring a selection of world-class film experiences to Aspen this summer. NEW VIEWS: Premiere Documentaries, a new series highlighting critically acclaimed documentaries and filmmaker conversations, will launch July 8, 2010, at the Aspen Ideas Festival and continue Monday evenings from July 19 through August 9. NEW VIEWS: Premiere DocumentariesA recent renaissance in documentary filmmaking is having a major impact on American pub...

Aspen Shortsfest - An Embarrassment of Riches

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  As the 17th-century philosopher Francis Bacon argued, "Rather to excite your judgment briefly than to inform it tediously." Aspen Film would appear to agree. Its acclaimed Aspen Shortfest showcases films two and 27 minutes in length.   The 19th round takes place April 6 to 11, 2010 at Wheeler Opera House in Aspen, Colorado, and at the Crystal Theatre in nearby Carbondale.   This year Aspen Film cherrypicked 85 competition contenders out of the 2,500 submissions that poured...

Peter Louras elected new President of Aspen Film

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Aspen Film is pleased to announce that the Board of Directors has elected Peter Louras as its president.  Mr. Louras, who has served as one of the organization's co-vice-presidents, assumed his new responsibilities at the Board of Directors meeting on December 15, 2009.  He succeeds Neil Karbank, who has enjoyed a long and productive association with Aspen Film; Mr. Karbank will continue to serve on the Board of Directors.   An Aspen resident since 2005, Mr. Louras  was recently honored b...

Aspen Film Announces new Communications Manager

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  Aspen Film announced today that film festival professional Michael DeVous Jr. has been named Communications Manager.  Mr. DeVous will be responsible for Aspen Film's external communications, including proactively managing Aspen Film's brand and all marketing and public relations initiatives.   "We have a diverse slate of festivals and film series throughout the year, along with the desire to deepen our reach an...

Aspen Film Announces new Communications Manager

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Aspen Film announced today that film festival professional Michael DeVous Jr. has been named Communications Manager. Mr. DeVous will be responsible for Aspen Film's external communications, including proactively managing Aspen Film's brand and all marketing and public relations initiatives. "We have a diverse slate of festivals and film series throughout the year, along with the desire to deepen our reach and scope in the Roaring Fork Valley. We are pleased to welcome a seasoned professional w...

Aspen Shortsfest 2009 is a Wrap!

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After five days of screenings and events, Aspen Film announced the competition winners of Aspen Shortsfest 2009. Roughly 2,500 entries were considered from over 60 countries, with more than 60 short films selected for Aspen Shortsfest from 21 countries for this esteemed, five-day Oscar®-qualifying International Competition. Considered one of the world's premier international short film and video showcases for this trend-setting art form, Aspen Shortsfest's centerpiece, the International Compe...

U.s. Comedy Arts Festival Stopped In 06

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An annual HBO-sponsored event in Aspen, Colorado for industry heavyweights, that features the best of comedic film, theatre, alternative, and theater. Past attendees include Monty Python, James Brooks, Steve Martin, Robbin Williams, and Rob Reiner.

Aspen Shortsfest 2009 Deadlines Approaching For Entries

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Aspen Shortsfest is preparing for the 18th annual edition of its Oscar©-qualifying international competition, which will take place April 1-5, 2009. The 2009 Aspen Shortsfest has recently been recognized by both the National Endowment for the Arts and Colorado Council on the Arts, who have provided partial funding for this singular showcase for short filmmaking.A jury of noted film professionals will award more than $20,000 in cash, plus other prizes, to winners in several categories, who then ...

Palm Beach FF Honoree: Jason Reitman

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Jason Reitman, the 30-year-old film director who scored an Academy Award nomination for his second feature film, will be honored this evening at the Palm Beach International Film Festival with the PBIFF Visionary Award. The honor will be given following a special screening of his hit comedy JUNO, which will be released on DVD tomorrow by Fox Home Video. Following the screening, Reitman will participate in an on-stage Conversation with National Public Radio host and film critic Peter Rainer. Rei...

Palm Beach FF Honoree: Jason Reitman

Monday, April 14-----Jason Reitman, the 30-year-old film director who scored an Academy Award nomination for his second feature film, will be honored this evening at the Palm Beach International Film Festival with the PBIFF Visionary Award. The honor will be given following a special screening of his hit comedy JUNO, which will be released on DVD tomorrow by Fox Home Video. Following the screening, Reitman will participate in an on-stage Conversation with National Public Radio host and film crit...

Palm Beach FF Honoree: Jason Reitman

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Jason Reitman, the 30-year-old film director who scored an Academy Award nomination for his second feature film, will be honored this evening at the Palm Beach International Film Festival with the PBIFF Visionary Award. The honor will be given following a special screening of his hit comedy JUNO, which will be released on DVD tomorrow by Fox Home Video. Following the screening, Reitman will participate in an on-stage Conversation with National Public Radio host and film critic Peter Rainer. Rei...

Animator Bill Plympton guest star at Aspen Shortfest

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Two-time Oscar nominee Bill Plympton, whose animated shorts are a perennial Shortsfest highlight, will be the featured special guest for this year's Director Spotlight. Known for his twisted humor and keen observations of the absurd in everyday life, Plympton has directed more than 30 films, ranging from animated shorts (How to Kiss, 25 Ways to Quit Smoking, Guide Dog, his most recent Oscar nomination) to full-length features, both animated and live action (J. Lyle, I Married a Strange Person, H...

Aspen Shortsfest 2007 16th edition focuses on film (shorts)

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Filmmakers and film lovers will gather April 3-8 when Aspen Shortsfest 2007 hits the screen at the Wheeler Opera House and other locations in Aspen and Carbondale, Colorado. Now in its 16th year, Aspen Shortsfest is considered one of the world’s finest international short film and video showcases. Shortsfest’s centerpiece, the International Competition offers a lively, heart-warming and thought-provoking selection of drama, comedy, animation and documentary – all 30 minutes or less. From t...

Fort Lauderdale Film Festival Kicks Off

DIXIE CHICKS--SHUT UP AND SING Monday, October 16-----Although the official Opening Night is not until Friday, with the hugely anticipated screening of Pedro Almodovar’s VOLVER, the Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival actually began its ambitious program slate this evening, with a number of films being shown this week at the Festival’s year-round cinematheque, the Cinema Paradiso, as a preview of coming attractions. Screening on Monday evening was the hilarious mockumentary CHALK, ...

Palm Springs International Festival of Short Films

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Know as one of the premiere short film festivals in the world, Palm Springs International Festival of Short Films has unveiled it’s dynamic festival for 2006. Open on August 24 through the 30th over 300 films will be screened this year at the US largest and most respected short film festival. A record breaking 2,500 short films were submitted this year and the cream of the crop will be keeping short film lovers cool in the theaters in the beautiful desert town of Palm Springs.Once again the...

Aspen Filmfest’s 28th edition for fall

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Timed to a rainbow of changing fall foliage, Aspen Filmfest’s 28th edition kicks off September 26 – October 1 at Aspen’s historic Wheeler Opera House, Carbondale’s Crystal Theatre, and the Springs Theatre in Glenwood Springs. Considered this mountain resort’s favorite fall party, Aspen Filmfest attracts movie lovers from around the country eager to preview some of the season’s most anticipated releases, alongside acclaimed hits from the international festival circuit. They will also ...

Aspen Shortsfest 2006 is a Wrap!

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Premiers, Packed Houses, Prestigious Jury Awards and More… Aspen Shortsfest celebrated an eclectic mix of short films including several world and North American premiers to big crowds and dozens of film guests from around the world during its 15th edition. Laughter, applause—even screams—could be heard throughout the festival in Aspen and Carbondale. The Audience Favorite Award was a 3-way split between The Danish Poet (North American premier, Torill Kove, Canada/Norway; animation), Mons...

Aspen Shortsfest kicks in

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Comedy writer-director Jason Reitman returns to Aspen as this year’s Director Spotlight guest of honor at the 15th annual Aspen Shortsfest, which takes place April 5 – 9 at the Wheeler Opera House and other locations. Aspen Shortsfest’s Closing Night presentation will be Reitman’s feature debut Thank You for Smoking, which has its U.S.premiere at the Sundance Film Festival. Based on Christopher Buckley's acclaimed 1994 novel and hailed by Variety as “slick, stylish and sharp-witted,”...

Aspen Short Fest will celebrate Jason Reitman

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Comedy writer-director Jason Reitman returns to Aspen as this year’s Director Spotlight guest of honor at the 15th annual Aspen Shortsfest, which takes place April 5 – 9 at the Wheeler Opera House and other locations. Aspen Shortsfest’s Closing Night presentation will be Reitman’s feature debut Thank You for Smoking, which has its U.S.premiere at the Sundance Film Festival. Based on Christopher Buckley's acclaimed 1994 novel and hailed by Variety as “slick, stylish and sharp-witted,”...

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