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Miami International Film Festival Announces Program

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The Miami International Film Festival (MIFF), presented by Miami Dade College (MDC), announced today the full schedule of films for the 22nd annual Festival to be held February 4-13, 2005.118 Films—87 Features and 31 Shorts—from 47 Countries Highlight 2005 FestivalIncluding 7 World Premieres, 15 International, North American& U.S. Premieres, and 33 East Coast PremieresUnveiled today for the 2005 program were 118 films from 47 countries, including 7 World Premieres, 15 International, North Am...

HDFEST 2004 Deffie Awards

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HDFEST Announces 2004 Deffie Awards at NYC Festival Tour FinaleOn Sunday, December 5th at the Tribeca Grand Screen Theatre, HDFEST announced the winners of its 2004 HDFEST Deffie Awards to cheering crowds of festival-goers. The December New York event was the conclusion to the HDFEST 2004 World Tour which began in May 2004 and featured six high-definition festival events. Alongside indie HD films and high-definition filmmaking panel discussions, the HDFEST New York event also included special ...

Pan African Film and Arts Fest announces new dates in LA

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PAN AFRICAN FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES 2005 DATES FOR THIRTEENTH ANNUAL CELEBRATIONNations Largest Black History Month Event Returns to Magic Johnson Theaters in Los Angeles February 10-21 to Showcase the Best in Independent Black CinemaThe Pan African Film and Arts Festival (PAFF) announced the dates for PAFF's Thirteenth Annual Celebration. The PAFF will be held Thursday, February 10 through Monday, February 21 at the Magic Johnson Theatres, Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza and throughout Los Angele...

Nominations Announced for 2005 Independent Spirit Awards

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Nominations for the 20th IFP Independent Spirit Awards were announced this morning, including nominations for Best Feature, which are Baadasssss!, Kinsey, Maria Full of Grace, Primer, and Sideways. Also announced were the finalists for the Turning Leaf Someone to Watch Award, the DIRECTV/IFC Truer Than Fiction Award and the Bravo/American Express Producers Award. Dennis Quaid and Selma Blair served as nomination presenters at the event."Serving on the Nominating Committee is an incredible privil...

Backlot Film Festival kicks off: oldies but goodies

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BACKLOT FILM FESTIVALTHE GOLDEN AGE OF AMERICAN MOVIESA TRIBUTE TO THE CLASSIC FILMS OF 1939 SHOWN IN 35 MILLIMETER DECEMBER 16TH THROUGH DECEMBER 19TH AWARDS BANQUET, DECEMBER 15th HONORING DANIEL M. SELZNICK. WEST LOS ANGELES COLLEGEThe Backlot Film Festival is pleased to announce The Golden Age of American Movies, a tribute to the classic films of 1939, honoring 65 years of extraordinary achievement in film. Some of the blockbusters, shown in 35-millimeter format, include GONE WITH THE WIND, ...

Swiss American Film Festival wrap

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SWISSAM ‘04 - Swiss American Film Festival, New YorkThe second edition of the SWISSAM screened from November 5th through 11th fifty five productions at the Quad Cinemas, the Anthology Film Archives, and the Tribeca Cinema. As the German Swiss would say ‘small but superb’ (klein aber oho). Switzerland has made significant contributions to international film making, initially through films by Alain Tanner, Claude Coretta or Michael Spoutter but also equally important through exporting he...

James L.Venable explained his craft

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Film & TV Composer JAMES L.VENABLEEXPLAINS HOW TO CULT OF ANIMATION AND MOVIE MUSIC FANSAT THE APPLE STORE IN LOS ANGELES"The Composer", who Film Score Monthly calls "One of Ten Composers on the Rise," explained his craft to his cult of animation (Powerpuff Girls, Samurai Jack) and movie fans (Kevin Smith films: Jersey Girl, Jay & Silent Bob Strike Back).James L. Venable is taking his VJ/DJ/Electronica performance to Apple Stores across the nation promoting his debut release Holding Space (Screa...

AFI closes with solid 20% public attendance growth

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Standing ovations for international cinema masters like Pedro Almodóvar, Jean-Pierre Jeunet and Terry George at AFI FEST 2004, which concluded Sunday at ArcLight Hollywood's Cinerama Dome with the US Premiere of New Line Cinema's SEA INSIDE. Written and directed by Alejandro Amenábar, the film stars Javier Bardem. Both filmmaker and star were in attendance.Although attendance figures are still being tabulated, festival organizers have seen a 20% increase in Box Office receipts over the previou...

AFI awards

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JURY AWARDSINTERNATIONAL SHORTS COMPETITIONGRAND JURY PRIZETWO CARS, ONE NIGHT (New Zealand)Directed by Taika WaititiSPECIAL MENTIONRYAN (Canada)Directed By Chris LandrethJurors: Actor, Shohreh Aghdashloo; Film Critic, Wade Major; Filmmaker, Ray McKinnonINTERNATIONAL DOCUMENTARY COMPETITIONGRAND JURY PRIZETHE TAKE (Canada)Directed by Avi LewisSPECIAL MENTIONTHE OTHER SIDE OF AIDS (USA)Directed By Robin ScovillJurors: Filmmaker, Xan Cassavetes; Filmmaker, Paola Di Florio; Filmmaker, Allen HughesI...

AFI Film Festival US Top Fifteen Festival

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AFI (American Film Institute Film Festival: 4-14 Septembre) The eleven day 2004 Festival is in its 18th year and set to close on November 14, 2004 in Hollywood, California. This Festival is the longest running festival in the Los Angeles area and one of the most respected. AFI is referred to as one of the Top Fiteenn Film Festivals held within the United Sates. With the high caliber line up, dynamic programming events and a multitude of special guests it's easy to see why this festival has appro...

HDFEST to conclude 2004 Tour with New York

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HDFEST Concludes 2004 Tour with New York City HD Film FestivalHDFEST will be concluding its HDFEST 2004 World Tour on December 4th and 5th in New York City. HDFEST New York screenings and panels will be taking place December 4th at the Goldcrest Screening Room. The event will conclude December 5th at the Tribeca Grand Screen with a high-definition screening of "Starship Troopers 2: Hero of the Federation" and the HDFEST 2004 Award Ceremony. HDFEST events include panels, seminars and screening...

2004 AFM Opens with first AFI Partnership

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The 25th American Film Market (AFM) opened this week to rave reviews with a record number of exhibitors, buyers, screenings and market premieres. This was presented by Michael Ryan, Independent Film & Television Alliance (I.F.T.A.) Chairman, Jean M. Prewitt, President and Chief Executive Officer, I.F.T.A., and Jonathan Wolf, Executive Vice President, I.F.T.A. and Managing Director, AFM. Santa Monica, California is the annual setting for the largest US film market, where film reps and buyer co...

6th Nihilist Fest Comes to Santa Monica Track 16 Gallery

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Sixth Nihilist Film Fest Comes to Track 16 Gallery For the sixth year, the Nihilist Cultural Foundation presents the Nihilist International Film Festival.This year’s evening of films will be presented at 8:00 pm, Friday, December 3 at Track 16 Gallery in Santa Monica as part of the Track 16 Nights series. The festival includes two and a half hours of short films from around the country and around the world. The films range from the disturbingly dadaesque, to the wryly amusing, to the hilarious...

"Los Angeles Plays Itself" (and at London Fest)

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LONDON FILM FESTIVAL, ”LA PLAYS ITSELF”In the category of “Experimental”, films which, in one way or another tend to defy categorization, today’s entry was “LOS ANGELES PLAYS ITSELF”, a two hour and 49 minute celluloid essay on the way the city of Los Angeles has been presented in various Hollywood films over the years. The director of this homage to the City of Angels (and incidentally to little known ‘B’ movies shot in L.A.), Thom Andersen, was present to introduce the film...

CinemaTexas awards shorts

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CINEMATEXAS INTERNATION SHORT FILM FESTIVAL CONCLUDES, ANNOUNCES AWARD WINNERSCinematexas International Short Film Festival concluded its ninth year of cinematic emersion September 26th. Established by the Aronofsky family, the BARBARA ARONOFSKY LATHAM MEMORIAL AWARD is given each year to an exceptional emerging video artist to further their work, and to support excellence, diversity and vitality in the field of experimental video and electronic visualization art. This year’s winner is filmmak...

Award at debated Swedish Flimmer-festival

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The 6th edition of the Norrkoping Film Festival Flimmer in Sweden wrapped on sunday the 17th of October. The festival counted a recordbreaking 10 000 spectators, and packed Gala screenings of Walter Salles acclaimed THE MOTORCYCLE DIARIES, the Swedish premiere of french crowd pleaser CHORISTS and Sundance winner MARIA FULL OF GRACE.“The festival have during this year gained recognition from the swedish film industry and media, and has established itself as a well-organized and cutting edge fil...

The 2nd Swiss American Film Festival in NY

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The 2nd Swiss American Film Festival: Friday, November 5th through Thursday, November 11th – U.S. and NY premieres of over 50 Swiss and U.S. films, and several Special Events.The SWISS AMERICAN FILM FESTIVAL (SwissAm) proudly returns to New York for seven days of screenings, seminars and parties, bringing together American and Swiss Independent filmmakers with a selection of 30 Swiss and 24 U.S films.In addition to screenings in three categories (Focus, Panorama, Shorts), SwissAm will present ...

The Silver Lake Film Festival showcased Betrunner

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The Silver Lake Film Festival closed here September 30th after moving this year’s event to the state of the art Arclight Cinema’s in Hollywood. SLFF is as an international, multi-cultural event that reflects the cultural diversity, edgy creativity and historic cinematic roots of the Silver Lake community. Last year’s festival featured more than 135 films, including features, shorts, documentaries and film performance art as well as musical performances, lectures, literary readings and wild...

Mill Valley Film Festival Closes

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The Mill Valley Film Festival wrapped up here this week and as in years past the films themselves were the focus. Outside of New York, the Bay Area is one of the top markets for independent and foreign films, in part because the populace is diverse and highly educated. The Mill Valley festival draws more filmmakers and producers than celebrity-struck fans, which is just fine for the people showing the films -- they'd rather see word of mouth race through the industry, so they can get distributio...

Filmfestivals proud presenter of the Hollywood European Award to The Sea Inside

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The 8th Annual Hollywood Film Festival's "Hollywood Awards" ceremony, honoring independent filmmakers and established Hollywood professionals, was held October 18 before a standing-room-only audience of over 1,200 Hollywood Film Festival attendees at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills. Special honors went to Newmarket Films' President Bob Berney, film preservation leader Robert Rosen, actor John Travolta, actor Leonardo DiCaprio, actress Annette Bening, director Michael Mann, producer Mel...

18th Resfest returns to LA

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As part of its global tour, RESFEST 2004 touched down in Los Angeles October 13-17, showcasing its biggest festival ever at the Egyptian Theatre. RESFEST 2004, a traveling film festival showcasing the world’s most innovative shorts and music videos, this year includes the work of more than twenty Los Angeles-based filmmakers as RES continues to make Los Angeles its second home.“Los Angeles has always been one of the top cities for RESFEST because it is home to so many innovative artists, de...

Allen Daviau seminar at the Hawai Fest

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Allen Daviau, THE COLOR PURPLE & E.T. THE EXTRA-TERRESTRIAL cinematographer, confirms attendance at the 2004 Louis Vuitton Hawaii International Film Festival. "Kodak chooses wonderful cinematographers year after year and this year’s recipient, Allen Daviau, is an outstanding cinematographer," said Chuck Boller, Executive Director of LVHIFF. "I encourage aspiring local filmmakers to mark your calendars for “The Eastman Kodak Seminar with Allen Daviau”, this is wonderful opportunity to lear...

La Femme Film Fest launches distrib and sales arm

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Foundation Films Distribution a Division of La Femme Inc.David Aion and Leslie LaPage have signed on to form a company that has a new and exciting way of handling independent film distribution. It’s called Foundation Films Distribution.Foundation Films Distribution (FFD) Los Angeles, CA. based company whose goal is to help independent filmmakers produce and distribute high quality, “budget challenged” feature films.FFD approaches each project individually, developing individual marketing p...

Exhibitors listing at AFM 2004 Fall

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Exhibitors listing at AFM 2004 Fall: November 3 - 10By aphabetical order ABS Production Barcelona S.L. Access Films Action Concept AFI FEST Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP Alabama Filmmakers Association Alain Siritzky Productions Allied Irish Banks P.L.C. Allied/Alpha Entertainment Group Alpine Pictures International, Inc. America Video Films S.A. American Cinema International American Film Partners International American World Pictures Amsell Entert...

Detroit Docs line up of 100 documentaries

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Detroit Docs International Film Festival Is Celebrating Year 3! from November 11-14, 2004 Highlights include this year: Screening over 100 documentaries from all over the world including the U.S., Canada, Scotland, Australia, Germany, Israel, United Kingdom, Poland, and Japan Introducing three new venues; Wayne State University, Detroit Institute of Arts & the Museum of New Art Welcoming 30+ filmmakers and visitors from out of town to attend the festival with their works Festival kicks off with ...

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