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LOS ANGELES FILM CRITICS ANNOUNCE 2003 AWARD WINNERS"American Splendor" was voted Best Picture of the Year, it was announced by Jean Oppenheimer, President of the Los Angeles Film Critics Association (LAFCA). The runner up was "Lost in Translation".LAFCA's 29th annual achievement awards ceremony will be held Monday, January 26 at the St. Regis Hotel in Los Angeles.Other award winners are:DIRECTOR: Peter Jackson: "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King"Runner-up: Clint Eastwood: "Mystic R...

DGA awards nominees

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Directors Guild of America President Michael Apted has announced the five nominees for the DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film for 2003.Mr. Apted followed up the announcement by stating, "I offer my hearty congratulations to all the nominees for their outstanding achievements. A director has the responsibilities of shaping a story, creating a visual language, and bringing all elements of the filmmaking process together. These five individuals and their films clearly...

Nobody needs to know

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At this year’s AFI International Film Festival, the so-called“somebodies” like Charlize Theron, Jon Favreau and Sir Ben Kingsleywalked the red carpet while the "nobodies" flanked them famelessly onboth sides. A good image to keep in mind when talking about filmdirector Azazel Jacobs and his recent feature, Nobody Needs toKnow, which screened at the festival as the only US entry in itsInternational Feature Competition. The low-budget film illustrates howour culture can make ordinary people ...

Independent Spirit awards nominees

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NOMINATIONS ANNOUNCED FOR 2004 IFP INDEPENDENT SPIRIT AWARDSNominations for the 2004 IFP Independent Spirit Awards were announced including Best Feature nominees: American Splendor, In America, Lost in Translation, Raising Victor Vargas, and Shattered Glass. The 2004 Spirit Awards Nominating Committee has also awarded a Special Distinction Award to Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu's 21 Grams for its uniqueness of vision, bold conception and direction, the honesty of its screenwriting, bravery of its ...

Anatomy of hell selected premiere at Rotterdam

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IFFR 2004 will screen the world premiere of famous French director Catherine Breillat's ANATOMY OF HELL (ANATOMIE DE L'ENFER) just prior to its release in France. This film is one of the highlights in a series of premieres of the upcoming Rotterdam edition. IFFR also announces the first seven titles selected for the 2004 VPRO Tiger Awards Competition. Two more filmmakers are honoured with a 'Filmmaker in Focus' programme: Ken Jacobs (USA) and Tunde Kelani (Nigeria).The following seven titles are...

IFCT Fest : High Tech under the snow

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International Festival for Cinema and Technology began its 4-day run in the screening room of New York’s Remote Lounge last Saturday. The Remote Lounge is the futuristic East Village bar that is scattered with 50 some odd mini video cams and microphones. Patrons can sit down at control station tables and edit their own live reality t.v. show by flicking between cameras and even tele-flirt with someone in another part of the bar. On face of it, this would seem to be the perfect venue for a fest...

Slamdance Primed to Ski Into Park City

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Slamdance Primed to Ski Into Park City The President and Co-Founder of Slamdance, Peter Baxter, announced the titles selected for the 10th annual Festival, as a raucous crowd cheered and applauded the filmmakers in attendance.  Martini glasses and shots of blue tequila were raised in their honor as more than 200 people listened to a blend of spun and contemporary dance music while dining on tasty appetizers provided by the Spanish Kitchen on La Cienega, Los Angeles, Ca host of this fa...

Slamdance's motto is "By Filmmakers, For Filmmakers"

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Slamdance's motto is "By Filmmakers, For Filmmakers" aptly describes the programming team, which is largely comprised of alumni filmmakers. The Slamdance Film Festival serves as a showcase for the discovery of emerging film talent. Slamdance's mission is to support and nurture innovative artists. The organization's goals for the future are to strengthen its year-round organization and evolve the Slamdance brand into new ventures that will support emerging filmmakers. Special screenings have show...

Monster premiering for AFI finale

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Monster closed AFI last week end.The film written and directed by Patty JenkinsPROD: Brad Wyman, Donald Kushner, Charlize Theron, Mark Damon, Clark Peterson EXEC PROD: Meagan Riley-Grant, Steward Hall, Andreas Schmid, Andreas Grosch, Sammy LeeCast: Charlize Theron, Christina Ricci, Bruce Dern, Scott Wilson, Pruitt Taylor Vince Charlize Theron stars in MONSTER, a shockingly moving film that burrows deep beneath the tabloid-sized headline stories on Aileen Wournos, the man-hatingand murder...

AFI day 8

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"I've been winning the Los Angeles Grand Prix," said director Anthony Minghella to a sold-out audience on Thursday night, after arriving fashionably late. Minghella was on hand to discuss his work with film critic Pete Hammond and to present 20 minutes from his latest film, COLD MOUNTAIN. Greeting him on stage were a number of people who have worked with Minghella over the years, including director Sydney Pollack (an executive producer of COLD MOUNTAIN and THE TALENTED MR. RIPLEY); cinematograph...

Mifed closing with higher figures

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It was a good market, with objective growth resulting in all the figures and indicators that confirm the success of an event directly related to the audiovisual industry. The 70th Mifed has just closed with undeniable positive figures: 5163 participants from 71 countries, with an increase of 15.8% over the 4457 participants from last year. There was also a 12% increase of visitors from Eastern Europe and +10% from Asian nations.244 direct and indirect exhibitors from 25 countries covered an 8541...

AFI Has Lights, Camera, Stars and Action

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AFI American Film Institute 2003 Festival is playing to appreciative audience this week in Los Angeles, California. The Festival opened with the U.S. Premiere of Nigel Cole's CALENDAR GIRLS. Nigel walked the red carpet to celebrate the start of AFI FEST 2003 and the stars of the film were there as well to add to the glamour. Kevin Costner was a crowd favorite as he swaggered down the red carpet while wearing pale snakeskin cowboy boots and jeans. This past weekend at the Roosevelt Hotel, they ...

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