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Los Angeles film event kicks off for the NYIIFVF

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The New York International Independent Film & Video Festival (NYIIFVF) kicks off 2005 in style by launching a ten day film and art event in Los Angeles from March 10th through the 17th. Showcasing over 100 impressive features, shorts, animations and documentaries, NYIIFVF is sure to be well received. Founded in 1993 by Stuart Alson, NYIIFVF has been recognized by the film and entertainment industry as one of the leading film events on the independent festival circuit. NYIIFVF begins its celebrat...

Super Size Me wins WGA 1st ever Docu Screenplay Award

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Super Size Me's Morgan Spurlock Wins WGA's First-Ever Documentary Screenplay Award LOS ANGELES -- The Writers Guild of America, west and East have named Super Size Me, written by Morgan Spurlock, as the winner of the Guild's first-ever Documentary Screenplay Award for outstanding achievement in documentary writing for the screen during 2004. The newly-created award was presented by producer Brian Grazer at a SRO reception for over 400 nonfiction filmmakers held Tuesday, February 15, at the Roose...

Sideways and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind win WGA

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Winners Announced for 57th Annual Writers Guild Awards The Writers Guild of America, west and East announced the winners of the 57th Annual Writers Guild Awards for outstanding achievement in writing for the screen, television, and radio in gala ceremonies at The Hollywood Palladium in Los Angeles and the Pierre Hotel in New York on Saturday, February 19, 2005. SCREEN WINNERS ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Screenplay by Charlie Kaufman, Story by Charlie Kaufman & Mich...

Prizes & Party for young film professionals at Talent Campus

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Berlinale Talent Campus Prizes & Party for young film professionals"Cinema is opening the door to the world, cinema is thinking collectively. The Berlinale Talent Campus is a collective endeavour and I am proud to be part of it" said Walter Salles about his involvement as host in the Berlinale Talent Campus which, with more than 60 events, took place at the Berlin House of World Cultures from 12th to 17th February. The third Talent Campus concluded yesterday with a festive awards ceremony and a ...

2005 PAFF Awards are announced

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PAFF Awards Brunch The 2005 PAFF Awards are announced. And the NOMINATIONS are:Best FeatureO Herói (The Hero) directed by Zeze GamboaLe Silence de la Forêt (The Forest) directed by Bassek ba KobhioConstellation directed by Jordan Walker Pearlman Critical Assignment directed by Jason Xenopoulos Diary of a Mad Black Woman directed by Darren Grant Best DocumentaryThe Healing Passage/ Voices from the Water directed by s. Pearl Sharp Congo: White King, Red Rubber, Black Death directed by Peter Bat...

PAFF Panels and Workshops in LA

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PAFF Panels and Workshops Word Up: Marketing & PromotionWhat does it take to get the attention of the public? Catchy phrases, lots of press, flashy t-shirts? Our panelists are veteran film marketers who will share their wealth of experience with the audience. Position yourself in the right circles. Confirmed panelists: Roz Stevenson, Publicist for "RAY", Eva Davis, VP of Warner Home Video, Lynn Jeter, Artist Manager and Publicist and Jasmyne Cannick, producer and publicist for the upcoming cabl...

Berlinale poised for growth and expansion

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The Berlin International Film Festival, known locally as the Berlinale, already is one of Europe’s most highly prized film events. It is generally acknowledged as one of the most organized film events in the world, with a dazzling array of films from all over the world. Between the Competition Section, which hosts world and international premieres, and the parallel Panorama and Forum Of Young Cinema sections, the Festival is showcasing more than 300 films in its ten-day span.The Festival, whic...

Pitch it at next Pitchfest

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The 2nd Great American Pitchfest is Coming!Last year, the Great American PitchFest set the bar for Pitch events in Hollywood. Writers and creators came from all over the world to meet with Hollywood decision makers. Many had their scripts optioned, were signed by agents, and found producing partners. Their shows are getting made!The next Great American PitchFest will be held on April 29, 30 & May 1st at the Sheraton Universal in Los Angeles.Some of the companies who participated last year inc...

SXSW 2005 line up

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After months of receiving and reviewing submissions, the South by Southwest Film Conference & Festival (SXSW Film) announces the lineup of feature films for this year's event. The lineup includes over 40 world and U.S. premieres, set to be unveiled March 11-19, 2005 in venues throughout Austin, TX.The following is the lineup of features for SXSW 2005. NARRATIVE FEATURE COMPETITION:CAVITEDir: Ian Gamazon and Neill Dela Llana; Cast: Ian Gamazon, Dominique Gonzalez.An American citizen visiting his ...

SAG awards Jamie Foxx, Hillary Swank and Sideways

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Screen Actors Guild presented its coveted Actor® statuette for the outstanding motion picture and primetime television performances of 2004 at the 11th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards® in ceremonies attended by film and television’s leading actors, held Saturday, February 5, 2005 at the Los Angeles Shrine Exposition Center. The honorees were selected by the active Guild membership nationwide.James Garner was presented with Screen Actors Guild’s highest honor, the 41st Annual Life Achieve...

Do It Yourself in Film, Music & Books kicks off in LA

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The 2005 DIY Convention: Do It Yourself in Film, Music & Books kicks off its six-day festival of national and regional independent music acts and films beginning Monday.The performances are part of the fifth annual festival and convention, which celebrates creating, promoting, protecting and distributing independent film, music and books. The DIY Convention will be capped with two days of panels and workshops on Feb. 11 and 12 at the Roosevelt Hotel in Hollywood.Keynoting the conference portion ...

Sundance Welcomes the Women A Rise of Women Filmmakers

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This year a record number of women filmmakers are making their mark in this prestigious American Festival. With many first time women feature and short filmmakers, Sundance has supported the growth of women in film. Sundance Film Festival now its 24th year in the past has not had such a balance of ratio’s, of course there are just more men making films than women too. But the openness to women filmmakers is still a struggle and the acknowledgement of Geoff Gilmore and Robert Redford at this...

Action Cut winners showcase

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ACTION/CUT SHORT FILM COMPETITION OPENS HOLLYWOOD GATES TO ASPIRING FILMMAKERSLast year, the Sundance Film Festival received submissions of over 2200 feature films and 3300 shorts - the democratization of filmmaking is in full bloom. Now more than ever, anyone can make a film as digital cameras and home editing systems are affordable to everyone. A new era of filmmakers is filled with aspirations of being the next Spielberg or Tarantino, and the Action/Cut Short Film Competition will make those ...

House of Flying Daggers receives the Sattelite Award

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Animal Logic’s Andy Brown and Kirsty Millar, co-Visual Effects Supervisors on Director Zhang Yimou’s stunning martial arts film House of Flying Daggers have been awarded a prestigious SATELLITE Award for ‘Best Visual Effects’ at the awards ceremony in Los Angeles last night.Brown and Millar worked with Yimou’s crew on pre-visualisation and on-set digital production spending a total of 12 weeks on location in China and the Ukraine. Due to a compressed schedule, they supervised and compl...

IDIFF opening conference

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Conference of Wednesday February 2, 200510:00 am – 10:15 am: Frédéric Delacroix, ALPAFrédéric Delacroix, General Delegate of the Association against Audiovisual Piracy (ALPA), willdetail the origin of the films pirated in France.10:15 am – noon: From production to the release in theatresDigital technologies, especially watermarking, allow to limit the leaks in the laboratories, during thepromotion of the movie or within the movie theatres. Promotion is a critical step when videotapes orD...

Jackson Hole Film Institute new measures for independent film

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LAUNCH OF THE JACKSON HOLE FILM INSTITUTECREATES NEW OPPORTUNITY AND RESOURCES FOR THE INDEPENDENT FILMMAKER The independent filmmaker has gained a new ally in the pursuit of expanding and growing the art of independent film through the formation of the Jackson Hole Film Institute (JHFI). This nonprofit cultural organization has been created to empower the independent filmmaker. The JHFI strives to inspire a global audience through the cultivation and education of film, the business of film and...

Architecture on Film Features at Adelaide Film Fest

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The 2005 Adelaide Film Festival has announced the inclusion of a major new programming strand to examine architecture and the built environment.Entitled Architecture and Film, the strand will run from 24 February to 3 March and has been made possible through funding from the Department of Environment and Heritage. The program includes features, documentaries and short films from around the world and a FREE public forum conducted by Stephen Loo, Director of the Architecture Program of the Univers...

Digital Media for Multi-Platforms Panel from ADMC

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The ADMC (ANTIPOLIS DIGITAL MEDIA CLUSTER) is organizing an international workshop on Digital Media for Multi-PlatformsTuesday, February 1st, 2005, from 9:30 to 19:00 at AIC (Antipolis Innovation Center), Sophia-Antipolis, France.Multiplatform features and services are yet to be developed and a real comprehension of the market has to be achieved. The Antipolis Digital Media Cluster (ADMC) will provide its member companies with a strategic standpoint at the crossing of development, marketing and ...

The Los Angeles Digital Video Festival

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The Los Angeles Digital Video Festival may not be the largest fest in town, but it offers filmmakers a quality place to show their economical, creative flicks. Dave Kapoor, director of the DV Festival, expanded the DV Expo to include the Festival. Kapoor wanted people who were interested in DV cameras to be able to see the quality that digital could produce and give them a venue to show their work. The event has doubled from last year receiving over 400 short entries and over 250 feature length ...

The DV Film Festival in Los Angeles

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The DV Film Festival may not be the largest fest in town, but it offers filmmakers a quality place to show their economical, creative flicks. Dave Kapoor, director of The DV Film Festival, expanded the DV Expo West to include the Festival. Kapoor wanted people who were interested in DV cameras to be able to see the quality that digital could produce and give them a venue to show their work. The event has doubled from last year receiving over 400 short entries and over 250 feature length film ent...

Interview with Yimeng Jin's for the "THE 17th MAN"

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"THE 17th MAN" WINS FIRST ACTION/CUT SHORT FILM COMPETITIONDirector Yimeng Jin's "THE 17th MAN" won the Action/Cut Short Film Grand Prize Award at the first Action/Cut Short Film Competition held in Los Angeles which is now an annual worldwide contest event. The film is a dark-tale thriller about a best-selling author haunted by his fictitious femme fatale when she comes to life after he tries to put an end to her in his final book "The 17th Man”…a psychological mind-game of deception ensues...

Nicole Kidman honored at Palm Springs

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The 16th Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF) will honor Academy Award winner Nicole Kidman with the distinguished Chairman’s Award and Academy Award winner Howard Shore with the Frederick Loewe Award for Film Composing at the Festival’s Annual Awards Gala, announced Chairman Earl Greenburg. Alejandro Amenábar (director of The Sea Inside), who directed Kidman in The Others, will present the award to her, Shore’s presenter will be announced at a later date. The Awards ...

Slamdance short film making challenge

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The 2005 Slamdance Film Festival (January 21-28, 2005 in Park City, Utah) announced its line up of short films today, including a new jury competition and a short film making challenge.Nearly five dozen short films will screen during the week-long festival in several categories. Short films will screen in special “Blocks” in the Gallery section: these free screenings will be in competition for the Spirit of Slamdance Audience Award. Short films screening before narrative and documentary feat...

Hollywood, the Global Village: Festivals Feed a Love of Movies

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Ella Waldek, 74, and Ida Mae Martinez, 73, don't look much like movie stars. But as they answered questions and kibitzed for an audience at the historic Little Theater at the High Falls Film Festival here, it was clear that they were born to entertain. Ms. Waldek and Ms. Martinez are two real-life heroines of ''Lipstick and Dynamite the First Ladies of Wrestling,'' a crowd-pleaser directed by Ruth Leitman about the brash and lovable pioneers of women's wrestling in the 1940's and 50's. It may no...

International Buddhist Film Festival

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First San Francisco Bay Area Festival: 28 January-13 February 2005Three Cities, Seventeen Days, Fifty Events.Rare Tornatore Work Starring Roman Polanski and Gerard Depardieu One of Fifteen Premieres; David O. Russell's Huckabees Infomercial Debuts; Films from Twelve Countries.After sold-out events in Los Angeles, New York and Washington, D.C., the International Buddhist Film Festival (IBFF) will present its first San Francisco Bay Area festival January 28, 2005 through February 13, 2005. Over fi...

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