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Toronto FF Ends With Awards

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Although the Toronto International Film Festival does not have a official Competition Section (which distinguishes it from events in Cannes, Berlin, Venice and San Sebastian), there are a few awards announcements to close out the 12 day event. CADILLAC PEOPLE'S CHOICE AWARDS The Cadillac People's Choice Award is voted on by Festival audiences. This year’s award went to Lee Daniels's Precious: Based on the Novel “Push” by Sapphire. Director Lee Daniels' Sundance Film Festival winner is a v...

Toronto FF Ends With Awards

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  by Sandy Mandelberger, Festival Dailies Editor Although the Toronto International Film Festival does not have a official Competition Section (which distinguishes it from events in Cannes, Berlin, Venice and San Sebastian), there are a few awards announcements to close out the 12 day event. CADILLAC PEOPLE'S CHOICE AWARDS The Cadillac People's Choice Award is voted on by Festival audiences. This year’s award went to Lee Daniels's Precious: Based on the Novel “Push...

International Film Festival Rotterdam previews

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A diverse harvest of new films supported by the Hubert Bals Fund or presented at CineMart, has been invited to the Venice, Toronto and San Sebastian film festivals. In Venice, BETWEEN TWO WORLDS by Vimukthi Jayasundara, LEBANON by Samuel Maoz and WOMEN WITHOUT MEN by Shirin Neshat compete for the Golden Lion. In San Sebastian, Pelin Esmer is in Official Competition and competes for the New Directors Award with her fiction film 10 TO 11. At the Toronto International Film Festival, a total of ten ...

The Jury from Karlovy Vary

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Grand JuryThe Grand Jury is presenting the Awards including the Grand Prix - Crystal Globe in the Official Selection - CompetitionClaudie Ossard, President of the Grand JuryThe career of this distinguished film producer and leading figure of French film began in advertising. As producer, she introduced the likes of Martin Scorsese and Emir Kusturica to the realm of advertising. In 1986 she gave her successful debut as a film producer with Jean-Jacques Beineix's Betty Blue, which brought her an O...

French producer Claudie Ossard will preside the Karlovy VaryThe Grand Jury

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The Grand Jury is presenting the Awards including the Grand Prix - Crystal Globe in the Official Selection - Competition Claudie Ossard, President of the Grand Jury The career of this distinguished film producer and leading figure of French film began in advertising. As producer, she introduced the likes of Martin Scorsese and Emir Kusturica to the realm of advertising. In 1986 she gave her successful debut as a film producer with Jean-Jacques Beineix's Betty Blue, which brought her an Oscar nom...

Interview with Chip Hourihan - Producer of "Frozen River"

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Interview with Chip Hourihan/Producer (along with Heather Rae) of "Frozen River by Sharon AbellaBio:Chip Hourihan is the producer (along with Heather Rae) of "Frozen River", winner of The Grand Jury Prize at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival, 2008 Gotham Independent Film Award (Best Feature), FIPRESCI Prize, and Best Feature Awards at the Hamburg, San Sebastián, Provincetown , and Stockholm Film Festivals. "Frozen River" was released theatrically in 2008 by Sony Pictures Classics and in 2009 by R...

Hubert Bals Fund announces winning film projects

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The Hubert Bals Fund of the Rotterdam film festival announces financial contributions to 27 film projects for a total amount of 385,000 Euro. One of the winners, TONY MANERO by Pablo Larraín, is selected for the Directors’ Fortnight 2008. It brings the total of Rotterdam-backed titles in Cannes to sixteen. This Spring, Hubert Bals Fund contributions will go to filmmakers in seventeen countries. Among them are maestro Lav Diaz (Philippines), upcoming talent Edwin (Indonesia), about to make his...

IFFI Goa takes off India's west coast at Goa Today

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Panjim, GOA INDIA, November 23: The 38th International Film Festival of India (IFFI-07) takes off later today in the former Portuguese colony of Goa, on the west coast of India.Mainstream Indian Bollywood film actor Shahrukh Khan will be the chief guest, scheduled for Friday evening (India is five-and-half hours ahead UTC).The inaugural lamp -- a traditional mark of inaugurations done in India -- will be lit with the assistance of Priyamani, a rising star of southern cinema. Inaugural function ...

CASHBACK: A Summer Indie Sleeper Hit?

 Monday, July 11--------Magnolia Pictures, one of the most adventurous distributors working in the trenches of independent film, will release the UK film CASHBACK in a platform release starting July 20th in San Francisco (Lumiere Theatre), Denver (Starz Filmcenter), Washington DC (E Street Cinema), Chicago (Century Centre Cinema), Minneapolis (Lagoon Cinema), New York (Quad Cinemas), Philadelphia (Ritz 5 Movies) and Seattle (Varsity Theatre). The film has been making waves on the film festiva...

Czech Films In Spotlight

Friday, March 23----Four films from the Czech Republic are being spotlighted at this year's Bermuda International Film Festival. Few countries have a cinematic history as rich as the Czech Republic, which has maintained a consistent output of films stretching from the silent era to today,” says BIFF deputy director Duncan Hall. “The Czech New Wave era of the 1960s was the high point – two films from then-Czechoslovakia won the Best Foreign Film Oscar between 1965 and 1968. Some observe...

San Diego Latino Film Festival ready to kick

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THE 14TH ANNUAL SAN DIEGO LATINO FILM FESTIVAL:FEEL – SEE - CELEBRATE: MARCH 8 – 18, 2007 The Media Arts Center San Diego is proud to announce the 2007 San Diego Latino Film Festival with more than 185 films from Mexico, Cuba, Chile, Colombia, Peru, Guatemala, Brazil, Bolivia, Argentina, Spain and the U.S. This prestigious and internationally recognized film festival is the longest running Latino festival in Southern California. With a projected audience of over 25,000 and the addition of ...

IPod vs Radio and Television an article from New SIGNIS Media (4/2006):

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The development of ‘new media’ on the Internet is a challenge for Catholic producers, says the new issue of our magazine SIGNIS Media. The audiovisual world has changed radically over the past five years. From a culture of distinct media, in which TV had little to do with radio, and radio had only faint connections with cinema, while the Internet continued on its own trajectory, we have plunged into an era of products, which are integrating the various media: it’s impossible today to thin...

Antalya aiming high with US$3 million budget: Interview with the director

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The Antalya Film Festival went international last year for the first time in its 42-year history. Now in its second year under new management by TURSAK, the festival has the potential to become one of Europe’s major annual cinematic events. TURSAK chairman, Mr Engin Yigitgil talked to filmfestivals.com in an exclusive interview on Wednesday 20 September with Jeremmy Colson.YOUR FESTIVAL TAKES PLACE IN A FINE MEDITERRANEAN CITY RESORT. CAN IT BECOME ANOTHER CANNES? It is not possible to make ...

The inaugural Fullerton Film Festival launches

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The inaugural Fullerton Film Festival will take place August 3 through 6 in the heart of downtown Fullerton with screenings and programs scheduled at the Plummer Auditorium, the Wilshire Auditorium and Fullerton College. Fullerton’s first film festival is presented by the Fullerton Historic Theatre Foundation (FHTF) which is currently restoring the Fox Fullerton theatre to its original 1920s glory. “The Film Festival is all about summer fun, said Jon Wagner, FHTF execut...

Karlovy Vary Film Festival in action

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In the business world a well known adage informs us, that "When it comes to the success (or failure) of a business enterprise, the three most important things are: Location, Location, and Location!" It being one of the hard facts of life that large-scale film festivals are large scale business enterprises as well, the Karlovy Vary film festival -- which has been hard put at times to survive from one year to the next -- is fortunate enough to be graced with one of the most beautiful and user-fr...

The Copenhagen International Film Festival moves in 2006

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When the Copenhagen International Film Festival unspools for the fourth time in the Danish capital it will be one month later than in previous years. In 2006 the festival rolls out the red carpet from 21 September - 1 October. “We are thrilled that our good collaboration with the city’s cinemas has given us the opportunity to shift our dates from next year,” says festival director Janne Giese. ”From the start it has been very important for us to move away from the holiday month and into ...

Warsaw International Film Festival honours Wenders

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21st WARSAW INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL7-16 October 2005The programme of this year’s Festival, which will last 10 days, includes 130 film premieres from 50 countries. The festival cinemas are the Relax, Luna (rooms A and B), Silver Screen (rooms 3 and 4), and Kultura.PROGRAMMEHonouring the opening of the 21st WIFF with his presence will be Wim Wenders, one of the greatest artists of world cinema, president of the European Film Academy. He will present his latest picture, Don’t Come Knocking;...

Untold Scandal replaces 2046 as EIFF closing film

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The 58th Edinburgh International Film Festival has announced a new Closing Night film for 2004 ­ the UK Premiere of Untold Scandal ­ E J-yong˜s magnificent South Korean remake of Dangerous Liaisons, replacing Wong Kar-Wai˜s 2046, which will not finish editing until the beginning of September. In addition to forfeiting its UK premiere at EIFF˜s Closing Night, 2046 is also unavailable to screen at Toronto, Vancouver and San Sebastian Film Festivals, and will now be released in the UK in Janua...

San Diego latino has Arturo Ripstein as guest director

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THE 11TH ANNUAL SAN DIEGO LATINO FILM FESTIVAL: DISCOVERY AND CELEBRATION: MARCH 11 ­ 21, 2004The Media Arts Center San Diego is proud to announce the 2004 San Diego Latino Film Festival with more than 100 films from Mexico, Cuba, Chile, Colombia, Peru, Guatemala, Brazil, Bolivia, Argentina, Spain and the U.S. This prestigious and internationally recognized film festival is the longest running Latino festival in Southern California. With a projected audience of over 17,000, SDLFF is also one ...

Film festivals: too many of them?

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Filmfestivals, too many of them ? We, at filmfestivals keep a close watch on festival trends, run the most exhaustive database worldwide, have about 4000 affiliated festivals.Many media, mostly from the States, ask us and our experts and staff why the figure for festivals has grown so big in the recent years, and whether there are too many of them. Long story: long answer.Yes the number has grown big.In the US alone we counted some 650 of them as of to date.Less than 10 years ago there were only...

San Diego lines up 100 latino films

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THE 11TH ANNUAL SAN DIEGO LATINO FILM FESTIVAL:MARCH 11 – 21, 2004The Media Arts Center San Diego is proud to announce the 2004 San Diego Latino Film Festival with more than 100 films from Mexico, Cuba, Chile, Colombia, Peru, Guatemala, Brazil, Bolivia, Argentina, Spain and the U.S. This prestigious and internationally recognized film festival is the longest running Latino festival in Southern California. With a projected audience of over 17,000 people, SDLFF is also one of the largest. Att...
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