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Meeting Filmmakers from Malibu Festival

Malibu - The Malibu Film Festival wrapped it’s 7th year here Monday and it seems like after a few false starts this regional festival is finding an identity. Malibu Beach is a community that is known worldwide. The point break at Surfriders is where the sport of surfing gained popularity in the early 60’s and the town is home to countless residents associated with the entertainment and record industry. This years festival featured a potent combination of surf/skate films, music documentaries...

5th Festival of German Films in Australia line up

For the fifth time German Films is joining with the Goethe Institutes in Sydney und Melbourne to stage a Festival of German Films in four cities and would like to achieve the record admissions from 2005 – last year more than 16,000 cinemagoers had the opportunity to see German films. From April 20 - 30, the festival will be showing a broad spectrum of German filmmaking in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, and Canberra.The following films are in the programme, including some new titles from the Berl...

International Portable Film Festival launching

The world’s first International Portable Film Festival (IPFF) will be launching in Melbourne, Australia, on Monday the 20th of March. The Festival is designed to be viewed entirely on portable video devices such as iPods, 3G phones and PlayStation Portables so there are no cinemas, no cues, no closed doors, no e-scalpers and no barriers to audiences seeing the films they want, when they want. It’s is the first of its kind to be delivered entirely through a videocast - a new but simple techno...

Look Both Ways rules Australian AFI awards

The AFI Awards are the Australian Film and Television Industry's longest running and most prestigious awards ceremony. Now in their 47th year, the AFI Awards offered a night of glamour and style, while focusing both industry and public attention on the best in Australian film and television productions. Recognised internationally, the AFI Awards are the premier event of Australian film culture, acknowledging excellence in a broad range of categories that cover Feature Film, Television, Documenta...

Indie Ra Choi film wins AWGIE best feature award

Against the odds, the low budget feature RA CHOI has beaten its fellow nominees to scoop the prestigious BEST FEATURE FILM award at the 38th annual Australian Writers Guild Awards (The AWGIEs) held in Melbourne’s Regent Theatre Plaza Ballroom on Friday 25th November 2005. A multi award winner for his short film work, writer, director and producer M. Frank’s debut feature competed against Little Fish, Three Dollars and Look Both Ways. The AWGIE awards celebrate t he success of Australian wri...

Melbourne Festival Awards

Melbourne Independent Filmmakers FestivalMIFF 2005, Nov 10-12(17)thMelbourne, Florida, USA Here are this year's award-winners Kelly's Hard Cider "Crystal Apple" Award Widowmaker directed by Peter RoccaFlorida Beer "People's Choice" AwardOnce Not Far From Home directed by Ben Van HookSpace Coast Film Commission's "Excellence in Florida Filmmaking" AwardDudley and the Toy Keeper's Chest directed by Patrick AlgermissenBest Animated FilmSpatula Madness directed by Jason SteeleBest Cinematography Vin...

Melbourne fest: reveals its program and kicks in next week

Selections have been made for the 7th Annual Melbourne Independent Filmmakers Festival (MIFF). Each year film fans, filmmakers, and celebrities travel to Melbourne to see films with the enthusiastic Melbourne audience and this year is no exception. Not only an energetic supporter of independent filmmakers, the MIFF is a fundraiser that helps out local charities with all its proceeds. The MIFF received 300 excellent films this year and ultimately selected 76 films to be shown. These films include...

Interfilm Berlin international short-film festival

From November 1st to 6th, interfilm Berlin is hosting its 21st international short-film festival.Over 3 600 films and videos from 93 countries were sent to Berlin. 500 productions from a variety of genres - drama, animation, documentary, children’s films and music clips- will be chosen for competition and special programs. In this way, ‘interfilm’ Berlin presents a good overview of the latest developments in international short-films. Again this year, over 16 000 guests are awaited by Berl...

Vancouver to host 2nd Hip Hop Festival

From September 14th –18th, Vancouver will unroll the red carpet to welcome an array of films and documentaries from around the world during the second edition of the Vancouver International Hip Hop Film Festival (VIHF).The Hip Hop Film genre, though very much representative of global social, economical, political and artistic realities, is still struggling to find podiums. VIHF’s objective is to give these film jewels, a niche in Canada as they have found in such cities as Sydney, Melbourne,...

Brides to open the Greek Film Festival of Sydney

Greek box office blitzer to open the Greek Film FestivalThe Greek Film Festival of Sydney will open on September 8 at Palace Norton Street, Leichhardt with the Greek box office hit ‘Brides’, director by Pantelis Voulgaris with executive producer Martin Scorsese. Brides, winner of 10 awards at the Thessaloniki International Film Festival including Best Feature Film, is a bittersweet love story set against the tribulations of a 1922 Atlantic crossing of 700 proxy brides, aboard the SS King Ale...

Melbourne red carpet a swarm of stars

Of the stars of Little Fish, only Cate Blanchett was unable to turn up, but Hugo Weaving, Noni Hazlehurst, Joel Tobeck, Lisa McCune and Daniela Farinacci were the main attraction on the red carpet for the Opening Night of the Melbourne Film Festival (July 20-August 7) at the Village City Centre, the event hosted by the new current affairs mag, The Monthly.Little Fish director Rowan Woods, screenwriter Jacquelin Perske, producers Liz Watts, Richard Keddie and Vincent Sheehan were also carpeted, a...

Kathleen McInnis will join Palm Springs Shorts Festival

The 11th Annual Palm Springs International Festival of Short Films & Short Film Market, held from September 20-26, 2005 at the Camelot Theatres, announces that Kathleen McInnis will join the Festival as the Director of Short Film Programming this year. The largest short film festival and market in North America screens approximately 350 films from over 40 countries annually. Over the past 10 years, 46 of the short films nominated for Academy Awards have played at the Festival, with six of the ...

Melbourne highlights preview

The 2005 Melbourne International Film Festival takes place from july 20 to August 7. EDGY EUROPE, CHAN FROM CHINA – NOTHING LIKE SYDNEYFrom Lukas Moodysson’s provocative A Hole in My Heart to Ilya Khrzhanovsky’s confronting 4, this year’s Melbourne International Film Festival explores edgy European cinema, as well as films direct from Cannes, and takes a look at Chinese cinema, with a focus on the revealing and entertaining director, Fruit Chan – among many other things, as Executive D...

Over The Fence Comedy Film Festival Awards

The 9th Over The Fence Comedy Film Festival Awards for 2005 go to;Just in case you don't know what Over The Fence is. OTF is a comedy festival that tours all over this great Nation. We go from the Big urban spaces to dusty towns. This year we toured from Mossman to Adelaide, Darwin to Melbourne, and Broome to Yackandandah & 30+ places in between.With a tour line like "Expect Something Different" you get we are going do something new in '05 while still delivering our core promises; an extraordina...

AIDC 2005 Announces Pitch and Punt Winners

Organisers of the 2005 Australian International Documentary Conference (AIDC) held in Adelaide from February 21 – 24, one of the most successful in recent years, have announced the winners of the conference’s pitching competitions.In 2005 there was more money to be won for development funding and a new pitching initiative was launched by the inaugural Interactive Media Delegation at the AIDC through the Bell Fund Mission from Canada, the Adelaide Film Festival Investment Fund and the South A...

Fitzroy Shorts Fest inaugural event Nov 6th

THE INAUGURAL THE FITZ: BEST SHORT FILM AWARDS 2004 Leading Melbourne short film festival Fitzroy Shorts will hold its very first short film awards event, the Fitz Awards, at the Fitzroy Town Hall on November 6th. Taking place during the peak of the Australia film industry’s end-of-year awards season (between AFIs, and before the IF Awards), the Fitz Awards stands apart as the only awards event solely dedicated to short film, and arrives at a time when an unprecedented number of Australian sho...

The Ball nominated for media peace award

An Australian comedy short film The Ball that recently screened on Network Ten as part of the “Just for Laughs” comedy series has been nominated by the United Nations for a Media Peace prize.The short stars veteran actor Max Gillies (“Gillies Report”) as a cricket loving Prime Minister Howard and comedienne Gabby Millgate (“Babe Pig in the City”, “Muriel’s Wedding”) as a soccer loving boat person who washes ashore in Australia. The nomination is reportedly the first time a shor...

A. Bowel new Adelaide Film Festival board member

ANDREW BOVELL APPOINTED TO ADELAIDE FILM FESTIVAL BOARDAdelaide Film Festival Chairman Cheryl Bart announced today that the Premier had appointed Andrew Bovell to the Board of the Adelaide Film FestivalIn 2002 the London Film Critics Circle named Andrew Scriptwriter of the Year and in 2001 he was awarded the inaugural Australian Film Institute Screenwriting Prize. He is currently a member of the Literature Board of the Australia Council and a recipient of a Centenary Medal for his contribution t...

Melbourne fest awards survive Hurricane attack

MIFF 2004 Succeeds Despite Aftermath of Hurricane FrancesDespite the onslaught of Hurricane Frances, the Melbourne Independent Filmmakers Festival (MIFF) was like a juggernaut that couldn't be stopped from providing an interesting distraction from all our community's tragedies. And, although all the funds have not been tallied and the Modern Classics Encores are still playing at the Premiere Theaters Oaks Stadium 10, it seems we will still have an increase in our level of fundraising. The fes...

ILM' s Ben Snow to speak at AEAF

Following the phenomenal success of both The Mummy and The Mummy Returns, writer/director Stephen Sommers, has returned to the multiplexes with a movie that reinvents the classic movie monsters: Dracula, the Wolfman and Frankenstein. The $US170 million action blockbuster Van Helsing, starring Australian actors Hugh Jackman and David Wenham, also boasts some strong Australian talent behind the scenes.Industrial Light & Magic’s Ben Snow one of the visual effects supervisors responsible for creat...

Warsaw Fest: Films on jewish motifs in

JEWISH FILM FESTIVAL IN WARSAWBy Alex Deleon-PevnyTHE First International Festival of Jewish films ever to be held in Warsaw --officially "FILMS ON JEWISH MOTIFS -- '04"-- took place from 18 to 27 April. Produced essentially on a shoestring budget, by Mirek Chojecki,himself a veteran documentary film maker, it was also given a good dose of moral support by various luminaries of the Polish film world, including Andrzej Wajda, awarded a Hollywood Oscar for his life's work two years ago. Sixty f...

Eric Leven profiles Starship Troopers 2 visuals FX

Starship Troopers 2 blasts into Melbourne Digital Media Festival Lock and Load! The alien bugs are back in STARSHIP TROOPERS 2: HERO OF THE FEDERATION, the much-anticipated sequel to Paul Verhoeven’s cult-classic 1997 hit Starship Troopers. Marking the directorial debut of Academy Award-winning visual effects supervisor Phil Tippett (who worked on VFX for the original Starship Troopers in addition to other high-profile films such as Return of the Jedi and Jurassic Park), STARSHIP TROOPERS 2: H...

A selection of 9 German film screens in Cannes under Next Generation

NEXT GENERATION 2004This year will be the seventh time that the Export-Union of German Cinema is presenting a selection of short films by German film students under the banner of "Next Generation" at the Cannes Film Festival.The 2004 edition of the "Next Generation" short film programme will be shown to an audience of industry professionals on Sunday, May 16, at 8.00 p.m. in the STAR Cinema. The programme comprises nine productions from eight academies and was compiled as usual by an expert jury...

D - Media Festival set to explode

Digital Media Festival set to explode New sessions have been announced for the blockbuster Digital Media Festival Melbourne, to be held at the Melbourne Convention Centre from June 1-3, 2004. The event comprises three separate conference streams - the Australian Effects & Animation Festival, DVFest and Digital Imaging - along with a state-of-the-art technology exhibition.Sydney games developer Perception will outline the challenges of taking one of television's best-known science fiction series ...

LOTR at Australian Effects & Animation Festival

LORD OF THE RINGS - RETURN OF THE KING AT AUSTRALIAN EFFECTS & ANIMATION FESTIVAL MELBOURNE 1-2 JUNE 2004Joe Letteri, Visual Effects Supervisor, Weta Digital (NZ), one of the Oscar-winning inventors of the stunning Middle Earth landscapes of Lord of the Rings: Return of the King, will reveal the visual effects secrets behind this film phenomenon at the Australian Effects & Animation Festival Melbourne, Melbourne Convention Centre, June 1-2, 2004.Revealing how Peter Jackson’s team devised the ...