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Frankenweenie European Premiere to open the 56th BFI London Film Festival

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The 56th BFI London Film Festival in partnership with American Express is delighted to announce that this year’s Festival will open on Wednesday 10 October with the European Premiere of Disney’s FRANKENWEENIE, directed by acclaimed filmmaker Tim Burton.  In partnership with American Express and Disney, and in a first for the Festival, the Opening Night screening and red carpet will go live from Odeon Leicester Square to BFI Imax and 30 screens across the UK.  The Festival will also...

British Independent Film Festival Award Nominations

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The British Independent Film Festival Award nominations are here! See below for who will be competing for our shiny awards! The Award Ceremony will close the festival at 10.30pm at the Empire Cinema, Leicester Square and will be hosted by Hollywood actor Tamer Hassan (The Football Factory, The Business). BEST FEATURE FILM Jump - Airborne - Flutter - Bashment - Irvine Welsh's Ecstasy BEST DIRECTOR Bindu De Stoppani - Jump Dominic Burns - Airborne Giles Borg - Flutter Rikk...

Japanese films to screen at London's TERRACOTTA FESTIVAL 2012

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The Terracotta Far East Film Festival will take place from 12th to 15th April 2012 at the Prince Charles Cinema.    With a stunning line-up of films hand-picked from the best of the region, encompassing diverse genres from comedy to drama to horror and everything in between, the festival will continue to hold exclusive Q&As, masterclasses and fabulous parties. Each year the festival strives to improve on last year and to discover new talent and fans of Japanese c...

Terracotta Festival 2012: European Premiere of INSEPARABLE with Kevin Spacey and Daniel Wu

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  Terracotta Festival is proud to hold the European premiere of the Chinese movie INSEPARABLE directed by Dayyan Eng, featuring Daniel Wu and Kevin Spacey. INSEPARABLE tells the story of hopeless 30 year old Li (Wu), who strikes up an unlikely friendship with a strange American ex-pat, Chuck(Kevin Spacey in excellent comic form). They fi rst meet when Chuck foils Li’s attempt at suicide, claiming to be his neighbour. He takes Li under his wing, gradually helping with ...

The Scream Award Nominations

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The Scream Awards, sponsored by Scream Magazine, have announced their Official Nominations today!   These Awards will be presented at the close of the British Horror Film Festival on Saturday October 15th at the Empire, Leicester Square. With the ceremony starting at 10.45pm. THE SCREAM AWARD NOMINATIONS BEST DIRECTOR ANDY THOMPSON - KILL KEITH MARTIN KEMP - STALKER SUSAN JACOBSON - THE HOLDING BEST ACTOR MARC PICKERING - KILL KEITH VINCENT REGAN - THE HOLDING BEN...

It's time for the 2nd British Horror Film Festival!

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The festival promises an incredible line up of films for you and you'll be able to watch these at The Empire, Leicester Square and also at the Pavilion Dance in Bournemouth!   Both venues will be simultaneously screening our Official Selection, whilst the London venue will also be playing host to the Official Award Ceremony at the end of the evening!   Tickets are now on sale and already some screenings are selling out, so don't delay, book today!        The Official S...

The BUFF Blog (July 2011)

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Who would be a media mogul ey? The last few weeks and months has seen the likes of Simon Cowell and Rupert Murdoch become the story for the wrong reasons. For months, the press were told who was in and who was out in the game of musical chairs regarding this year’s X Factor judges. Eventually we said goodbye to Danni Minogue and Cheryl Cole and hello to Kelly Rowland and Tulisa Contostavlos (Peter Dickson, the voice of X-Factor will certainly have his hands full announcing her name in full e...

China's first sex shop comedy playing at Terracotta Festival this weekend with director's attendance

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 RED LIGHT REVOLUTION was shot in China with Chinese actors and Sam Voutas himself (He was part of the cast of CITY OF LIFE AND DEATH) and is a comedy about a down and out Beijinger who resorts to opening an adult shop to make ends meet, sparking a sexual revolution in his conservative neighborhood. God knows how it passed the censors - actually, the director is will be there, so you can ask him after the film at the Q&A on Sunday 8th May, 12.15 noon.Or, Come and meet the dire...

Meet the directors for Masterclass at Terracotta Festival Sat 7th and Sunday 8th May 2011

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Open to Terracotta Festival ticket holders/ festival pass holders only.Free, registration required. Terracotta Far East Film Festival invites film-makers, film-students and any Asian film goers to attend our Masterclasses with guest directors.   Masterclass with Sam Voutas RED LIGHT REVOLUTION director: "Turn On the Red Light: Marketing Your Concept" - Saturday 7th May 11am -11.50am Join director Sam Voutas in a Masterclass on how he turned his film concept to a reality. The...

Two Korean films programmed and Korean actress Kim Kkobbi attending Terracotta Festival 2011

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We are proud to introduce in our Korean selection a mix of tense thriller and romantic comedy with impressive cartoons segments to the audience in the UK. Man of Vendetta  파괴된 사나이, Friday 8th May 19.35. A thriller directed by Woo Min-Ho about Pastor Ju Young-su (Kim Myung-min), a man of rock solid faith whose life is shattered when his 5-year-old daughter is kidnapped. He seeks God with desperate prayers for her safe return but to no avail. Feeling betrayed and distraught with ...

The BUFF Blog (March 2011)

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Some people call it a newsletter, most delete it from their inbox, others try to emulate it, and for the rest of you – well, going online isn’t quite the same until you’ve received it... its’ the BUFF Blog!!! Until recently, most BUFF blogs were written by the BUFF ghostwriter. In the 2 years since the advent of the UK’s 1st ever film festival monthly blog, a variety of voices from the world of film and TV have been invited to offer their own unique voice on the industry by whi...

Non-Multiplex Cinema

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by Stephanie Carrera By chance in August 2010, I went to a short-film festival and networking event called “Films in the City,” hosted by a London group called Non-Multiplex Cinema. It was at this fun, casual night that I got the chance to view two talented French filmmakers’ directorial debut, The Red Balloon. Despite this being their first directing effort, however, Alexis Wajsbrot and Damien Mace are no strangers to the film business. Both have worked in the visual ...

Asian Awards Winners

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Presented by Lord Sebastian Coe, The Asian Awards 2010 saw a powerhouse of leaders in business, sport, politics attend to celebrate achievement and excellence among South Asians, including Deputy PM Nick Clegg, Jermaine Jackson, Nasser Hussain OBE, Gurinder Chadha, Christian Louboutin and Sonu Niigaam. Caroline Jackson Levy, Managing Director of the Asian Awards said: "We are delighted at the incredible success of the inaugural Asian Awards.Through the Asian Awards we begin to build a legacy ...

16th London Turkish Film Festival Opening Gala

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The Opening Gala for the 16th edition of the London Turkish Film Festival took place last night at the Empire Leicester Square, an enviable setting and historical location with strong ties to British cinematical history.  With the red carpet rolled out and crowd congregating with curiosity, everyone waited with anxiety for the arrival of the talent - most notably Sener Sen, soon-to-be winner of the Golden Wings Lifetime Achievement Award, Cagan Irmak, director of the opening film "Sleeping...

5th London Korean Film Festival Press Release

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   Now in its fifth year, the London Korean Film Festival is proud to bring an exciting range of Korean films to one of London‟s most prestigious venues, The ICA. The festival looks to promote the most essential contemporary cinema that Korea has to offer, covering a wide spectrum of subjects and genres including war, action, period drama and children‟s entertainment. The LKFF will feature 21 screenings at 3 different venues in London including a talk chaired by the Sight & Sound, Eas...

London's Hidden Delights

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So, Britain’s biggest FF; ‘The Times BFI London Film Festival’ announced its programme yesterday. The Guardian were not overly-impressed as they criticised it for, essentially, just being a hybrid of Sundance, Cannes, Tribeca, Venice & Toronto’s key films. Although this is true from the looks of their big films, I can guarantee you that there will be a few hidden gems somewhere within their schedule – you just have to find them. Its a bit like a treasure hunt I guess! (Al...

54th London Film Festival - Press Launch

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 This morning, the press launch for the 54th BFI London Film Festival took place in Leicester Square. As usual, Amanda Nevill,  the director of the BFI gave a thank you speech for all the sponsors, old and new, volunteers and benefactors of the festival. She also pointed out that, although the world is not in the best of financial situations, this year we will have a great selection of films demonstrating the importance of the continual of the survival of this industry in the world. Sand...

MEAT THE TRUTH

Director: Gertjan Zwanikken.
The documentary Meat the Truth is the first major project undertaken by the Nicolaas G. Pierson Foundation. Meat the Truth is a high-profile documentary, presented by Marianne Thieme (leader of the Party for the Animals), which forms an addendum to earlier films that have been made about climate change. Although such films have convincingly succeeded in drawing public attention to the issue of global warming, they have repeatedly ignored one of the most important causes of climate change, namely: intensive livestock production. Meat the Truth has drawn attention to this by demonstrating that livestock farming generates more greenhouse gas emissions worldwide than all cars, lorries, trains, boats and planes added together. The Nicolaas G. Pierson Foundation chose to compile the best scientific information on climate change and livestock farming, which is presently available and to translate this for a broader audience. The film was produced by Claudine Everaert and Gertjan Zwanikken. The calculations on greenhouse gas emissions used in the film derive from and have been validated by the Food and Agricultural Organisation of the UN (FAO), the World Watch Institute, the Institute for Environmental Studies of the Free University Amsterdam and numerous other authoritative sources. Well-known Dutch celebrities, such as Anthonie Kamerling, Georgina Verbaan, Henk Schiffmacher, Yvonne Kroonenberg, Karen van Holst Pellekaan, Wim.T.Schippers and Dolf Jansen, participated in the making of the Dutch version of this documentary, which has already been deemed better than Al Gore’s An Inconvenient Truth by the science editors of the quality Dutch daily newspaper, the NRC Handelsblad. In the meantime, the Nicolaas G. Pierson Foundation has also produced an international version of Meat the Truth. This English language film is better tailored to an international public and uses calculations on the carbon savings that may be achieved by reducing one’s meat consumption based on American, rather than Dutch, examples. Many well-known celebrities, such as Pamela Anderson, Bill Maher, James Cromwell, Emily Deschanel, Tony Denison, Esai Morales, Megan Blake, Debra Wilson Skelton, Elaine Hendrix, Kate Flannery, Carol Leifer, Joy Lauren, Hal Sparks, Constance Marie, Kristina Klebe, Skyler Gisondo, Graham Patrick Martin, Greg Vaughan and Touriya Haoud Vaughan, participated in the making of the international version of the film. With this documentary, the Nicolaas G. Pierson Foundation hopes to make a contribution to the societal discussion about a more plant-based and thus also more animal-friendly diet and society. Moreover, the Foundation also anticipates that the film will provide a showcase for prominent scientific reports about livestock farming and climate change, which unfortunately have thus far proved inaccessible to the general public. The world premiere of Meat the Truth was held on 10th December 2007 in the Tuschinski cinema in Amsterdam. The international version of the film premiered at London's Odeon West End Cinema in Leicester Square on 19th May 2008 and has since also had its premiere screening in the USA at the Egyptian Theatre, Hollywood, LA during the Artivist Film Festival on 3rd October 2008.

Interview from Elliot Grove, founder of Raindance

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  What made you start Raindance? I had worked as a scenic artist and set designer on over 68 feature films and 700 commercials, both here at the BBC Shepherd's Bush 1974-77, and in my native Toronto in the early 80's. When I moved to London in 1986 with my family, I entertained a fantasy of becoming a property magnate, and went bust in the 1990 recession. After a year of wallowing in self-pity, my neighbour, an elderly retired farmer (who served as a barber in WW1) said to me: "Ell...

Interview from Elliot Grove, founder of Raindance

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What made you start Raindance? I had worked as a scenic artist and set designer on over 68 feature films and 700 commercials, both here at the BBC Shepherd's Bush 1974-77, and in my native Toronto in the early 80's. When I moved to London in 1986 with my family, I entertained a fantasy of becoming a property magnate, and went bust in the 1990 recession. After a year of wallowing in self-pity, my neighbour, an elderly retired farmer (who served as a barber in WW1) said to me: "Elliot, as ...

The Global Film Village: Odeon Lets Disney Out of Rabbit Hole

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(c) 2010 The Walt Disney Company. All rights reserved. by Marc Halperin After late night wrangling a settlement was reached between the Walt Disney Company and the UK's  largest exhibition chain  which is also the largest in Europe and largest in the world outside of North America to allow screening of Tim Burton's Alice. The Odeon boycott had also included its theatres in Ireland and Italy. The Boycott had grown to include several other theatre chains in Holland. The...

World 3D Premier of Avatar at the Empire Leicester Square

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Dolby Laboratories and Barco announced today that the Empire Leicester Square will show the world premiere of the James Cameron movie Avatar on Thursday, December 10, using the Dolby® 3D solution for large screens. An invited audience of more than 1,300 guests will fill the Empire Leicester Square, which will act as the lead theatre for this much-anticipated premiere. “Empire Leicester Square boasts one of the largest screens in the UK, which is why it regularly plays host to world premieres,...

London Festival Artistic Director Sandra Hebron's introduction to this year's Festival

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'What is the cinema, if not dreams?' I heard these words, spoken by a character in The Organization of Dreams, during the last days of selecting our programme, and they couldn't have come at a better time. Head down, mired in the discussion and the decision-making process about which films would make the final cut, they were a timely reminder that the pleasures and pull of cinema can't always be defined in conscious terms. We need films that appeal to our hearts as well as our heads. In...

London Festival Artistic Director Sandra Hebron's introduction to this year's Festival

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'What is the cinema, if not dreams?'I heard these words, spoken by a character in The Organization of Dreams, during the last days of selecting our programme, and they couldn't have come at a better time. Head down, mired in the discussion and the decision-making process about which films would make the final cut, they were a timely reminder that the pleasures and pull of cinema can't always be defined in conscious terms. We need films that appeal to our hearts as well as our heads. In which cas...

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