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NEWSLETTER N° 467: june 11, 2010

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.............                                                      WELCOME TO OUR NEWSLETTER N° 467: june 11, 2010 Follow this LINK if you cannot read the newsletter properly Contact the Editor, Advertise on the sites. Our newsletter reaches 79 000 film professionnals every week. ARUBA International Film Festival Dailies ...

IFI Ireland on Sunday presents a celebration of Deirdre O'Connell, founder of Dublin's Focus Theatre

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  IFI Ireland on Sunday presents a celebration of Deirdre O'Connell, founder of Dublin's Focus Theatre A Tribute to Deirdre O'Connell (1939-2001)   Hold the Passion by Ronan O'Leary  June 20th 1pm   One of the most colourful personalities of Irish theatre in the second half of the twentieth century, Deirdre O'Connell is remembered for her dedication to Focus Theatre which she founded, ...

9th IFI Stranger Than Fiction Documentary Film Festival wrapped

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  The IFI Stranger Than Fiction Festival a huge success with box office income up 23% and Short Film Award Winners Announced Last weekend saw the 9th IFI Stranger Than Fiction Documentary Film Festival once again inspire, inform and entertain Dublin filmgoers with a diverse programme of Irish and International documentaries. Many of the screenings were completely sold out and the IFI was buzzing all weekend with thousands of festival goers, and special guests that resulted in a massiv...

This year's IFI Stranger Than Fiction is packed with more reality than ever

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  Space Tourists, Tigers, Wind Horses, Winnebagos, Dublin's Pyjama Girls and the Dalai Lama; this year's IFI Stranger Than Fiction documentary film festival is packed with more reality than ever 15th-18th April 2010 With twenty-two of the finest documentaries, including 19 premieres, this year's expanded IFI Stranger Than Fiction festival promises to be bigger and better than ever before. Launching the programme today Niall Macpherson, Festival Programmer said, ‘We're ...

Babelgum Online Film Festival

The Babelgum Online Film Festival was created to celebrate and reward the very best in international independent short filmmaking by providing exposure and cash awards for emerging talent. With its non-restrictive submission guidelines and international visibility, the festival supports and encourages talent and continues to provide a unique venue for filmmakers to showcase their craft.

This year's festival will feature simultaneous mobile and online viewing and voting by the global public in four categories.
As part of the festival, Stolichnaya Vodka will present the inaugural Stoli Emerging Filmmaker Award.

Henry & Sunny

Director: Fergal Rock.
In a time of unprecedented economic depression, mass unemployment and civil unrest, one group has borne the brunt of society’s scorn – the clowns. Henry & Sunny is the bittersweet tale of Henry, an unemployed clown, in love with the famous soap opera actress, Sunny Carmichael. He writes her letters daily yet fear of rejection prevents him from disclosing his return address. Sunny, stifled by a sycophantic showbiz world, reciprocates Henry’s feelings but is tragically unable to reach him. Beautifully photographed in high contrast black & white, Henry & Sunny is a melancholy tale of true love against all odds.

Texas Black Film Festival 2010! Premieres, Workshops, and Awards.

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Texas' largest Black film festival kicks off with a VIP Premiere on Wednesday February 3rd, set to be hosted by actor Giancarlo Esposito. The Premiere will feature two short films, the comedic "Thank You For Washing," and the inspirational and powerful one man performance "Empty Spaces." Special Events include: THURSDAY 12:00 NOON -- INDUSTRY WORKSHOP "How to Get that Big Budget Look on an Indie Budget" Sponsored by Videotex Systems and LetUsDirect.C...

JOHN RABE wins Audience Award in London

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The 12th Festival of German Films in London (27.11.-3.12.2009) posted record attendance this year. Not only Florian Gallenberger's JOHN RABE, but many other sold-out screenings show that German cinema has a faithful audience in London.The festival opened with Detlev Buck's new film SAME SAME BUT DIFFERENT which was presented to audience in person by the director and lead actor David Kross. Also well attended: EVERYONE ELSE (ALLE ANDEREN, Maren Ade), ANONYMA – A WOMAN IN BERLIN (ANONYMA – EIN...

Paz Vega, Christopher Lee and Colin Farrell present "Triage" , Seville European Film Festival

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    During the presentation of "Triage", Paz Vega expressed how happy she was to be presenting her film at the Seville Festival. The film, written and directed by the Oscar wining Danis Tanovic, has allowed Paz Vega to participate for the first time in the Festival's Official Section. Previous editions of the Festival had screened other films in which the actress starred, but out of competition. Paz Vega emphasized the professionalism of all the cast and...

IFI French Film Festival

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The IFI French Film Festival, the IFI’s annual celebration of Gallic cinema and a key date in Dublin’s film calendar, is perfectly timed to restore Franco-Irish relations in the aftermath of the World Cup playoffs. This year’s programme is packed with sneak previews of major new releases, fantastic revivals and a host of new French films that won’t be shown anywhere else.Launching the festival IFI Programmer Niall Macpherson said, ‘This year’s IFI French Film Festival aims, as ever, ...

Horrorthon 2009 returns to haunt the Irish Film Institute

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Be afraid! Be very afraid! Horrorthon 2009 returns 22nd-26th October 2009The IFI once again plays host to five days of madness, mayhem and blood-curdling suspense. Horror fans and genre aficionados are preparing to descend upon the IFI over the October Bank Holiday to indulge Dublin’s most disturbing and depraved film festival that is now in its 12th spine-tingling year.Ed King, Horrorthon Director, launched the programme this morning saying ‘It has been a terrific year for Horror with an o...

Portobello Film Festival

The biggest celebration of independent film in Europe Portobello Film Festival : 3-20 September 2009

This september the Portobello Film Festival returns to Notting Hill for its 14th year, and will showcase more than 700 independent films all for FREE.

Started in 1996, by festival director Jonathan Barnett, as a reaction to the declining state of the British film industry, Portobello Film Festival aims to provide a forum for new film-makers and give exposure to movies on different formats.

Taking place over 3 weeks from 3rd to 20th September; Portobello Film Festival 2009 will once again will

Festival du Film de Beauvais - Régions d'Europe

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  FESTIVAL DU FILM DE BEAUVAIS - REGIONS D'EUROPE Le 19ème Festival du Film de Beauvais Paris capitale du cinéma 9 au 14 octobre 2009   Le festival du film de Beauvais (1 h de Paris) se consacre à la découverte du cinéma européen. Après Berlin, Prague, Rome, Madrid, Bruxelles et Dublin, l'édition 2009 rend hommage à Paris, berceau du cinéma, et aux artistes parisiens qui l'ont immortalisé au cinéma. Les rencontres et temps forts : V...

Five Minutes of Heaven

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    A topic that Bosnian people can relate is definitely reconciliations of two individuals set at opposite side in war. Such a good film, the one that trades in harsh, dark emotions, but never loses the true nature of humanity. One individual kills older brother  before the very eyes and you end up getting to be blamed for it, for the rest of your life. All this happens when you are about 10 years old. Imagine the pain and the burden that you carry for the rest of your life? This i...

"It Might Get Loud" Up close with Jimmy Page, U2's, The Edge and Jack White/"The White Stripes"/"The Raconteurs"

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What happens when three diverse, yet influential electric guitar virtuosos, from ages spanning across three generations, meet for the first time at length to discuss and tour their hometowns, upbringings, how their bands formed,  political instability and social setbacks, their methods to their musical madness, and living room like jam sessions?   On Jan 23, 2008, self taught guitarist, producer, composer, and founder of Led Zeppelin, Jimmy Page, known for his bow, slide guitar, eastern scal...

"It Might Get Loud" Up close with 3 guitar heroes U2's, The Edge and more

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"It Might Get Loud" Up close with Jimmy Page, U2's, The Edge and Jack White/"The White Stripes"/"The Raconteurs"What happens when three diverse, yet influential electric guitar virtuosos, from ages spanning across three generations, meet for the first time at length to discuss and tour their hometowns, upbringings, how their bands formed, political instability and social setbacks, their methods to their musical madness, and living room like jam sessions? On Jan 23, 2008, self taught guitarist, ...

Shooting begins for the Berlin Today Award 2010 "Straight to Cinema

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The Astronaut on the Roof by Spanish director Sergi Portabella starts off the next round of the Campus short film competition.  On July 7, 2009, shooting begins in Berlin for The Astronaut on the Roof, a comedy about two young screenwriters torn by the trials and tribulations of developing a screenplay who end up shamelessly quoting the films of their director idols. The film is one of five short film project finalists for the Berlin Today Award 2010, the short film competition of the Berli...

The Irish Film Institute announces a major cinema expansion

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The Irish Film Institute announces a major cinema expansion and redevelopment The Irish Film Institute is delighted to announce a major redevelopment of its landmark Old Quaker Meeting House premises on Eustace Street in Temple Bar. Plans have been unveiled to create a third cinema in addition to the existing two cinema screens, a major overhaul of the existing public areas, and significant development of the IFI’s Irish Film Archive allowing better access to the archive’s collection for th...

Mariam's Amazing Race to Cannes and back to Cambodia: Day 16

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Another night of sound sleep and I was refreshed. Nina made some fresh toast from home-made bread with butter and jam while I showered and packed my things. I actually tried a bit of marmite on one slice! It wasn't as horrible as everyone says, but it was very salty. William, Nina, Pookey and I all piled into the car for a drive to the beach. After stopping to apply fly ointment to Romeo and Chili, we were on our way. There was a HUGE castle, Bamburgh Castle, once the capital of Northumbr...

Mariam's Amazing Race to Cannes and back to Cambodia: Day 12

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Breakfast was a healthy serving of muesli with fresh banana, pear, yogurt and milk. The coffee tasted sooo good. Jim had to cater an event and left early. Nathan and I looked at photos I brought in my computer of Cambodia, America, my family, and other places. Being Sunday, it was Vic's day off so she chose to spend it relaxing while I went with Nathan by bus to meet up with Jim in Blessington for a ride through the mountains. We got to Blessington at 12:30pm, but Jim wasn't going be finishe...

Mariam's Amazing Race to Cannes: Day 11 part 2

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I have never been on a airline like Ryan Air. Getting on the plane was pretty much standard, but once I sat down, I knew it was going to be different. After all the carry-on luggage was placed in the overhead bins and the attendants closed the doors, I could see advertisements down the length of the plane, like on a public bus. Half way through the flight, there was an announcement and the attendants walked through the plane offering special Ryan Air scratch-off lotto tickets for $1 Euro each....

Mariam's Amazing Race to Cannes: Day 10

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Finally a moment that wasn't perfect; I got off the bus one stop later than I wanted to and had to walk further to the Carlton. But if that's all that goes wrong, I figure I'm doing pretty good. It was perfect timing when I arrived to meet with one of the major studios about bringing US Box Office hits to Cambodia and they were able to see me right away. I walked back to the Palais and met some more distributors (is that getting boring yet?). I ate lunch and met more distributors. I had a...

IFFBoston 2008 - Who Makes the Call?

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At the Opening Night party for Independent Film Festival Boston 2008, I asked Managing Director Brian Tamm about the festival’s selection process and whether they keep any themes in mind when filling out the schedule.  His response was: “We just try to select the best films we can. You guys [the press] tell us what the themes are.” Well, let’s see what they came up with. With the Opening Night thriller’s frostbitten Siberian north (Transsiberian) and the Closing Nig...

Strong European Focus At Miami Film Festival

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  Tuesday, March 10------The World Competition section of the Miami International Film Festival, one of the three important competitions of the event, showcases the latest works from up-and-coming film auteurs from around the world. This year, the program has a strong European focus, with many of the films making their U.S. premieres at the event.   France has the biggest presence, with two films representing the best of new Gallic cinema. I WANT TO SEE (Je Veux Voir) is a Frenc...

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