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2012 Tribeca Film Festival Opening Press Conference Coverage

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By Maria Esteves – April 19, 2012 The 11th Annual 2012 Tribeca Film Festival (TFF 2012) presented by founding partner American Express Opening Day Press Conference Breakfast was held at the 92Y Tribeca, New York, Wednesday, April 18, 10:00 AM. TFF speakers who officially opened the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival included Chief Creative Officer Geoffrey Gilmore, Tribeca Enterprises; artistic director Frederic Boyer, and director of programming Genna Terranova, moderated by executive director Nan...

2012 Tribeca Film Festival Opening Press Conference Coverage

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By Maria Esteves – April 19, 2012 The 11th Annual 2012 Tribeca Film Festival (TFF 2012) presented by founding partner American Express Opening Day Press Conference Breakfast was held at the 92Y Tribeca, New York, Wednesday, April 18, 10:00 AM. TFF speakers who officially opened the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival included Chief Creative Officer Geoffrey Gilmore, Tribeca Enterprises; artistic director Frederic Boyer, and director of programming Genna Terranova, moderated by ex...

21st NY Jewish Film Fest Closing Night World Premiere of Welcome to Kutsher’s: The Last Catskills Resorts

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By Maria Esteves – January 29, 2012 The 21st New York Jewish Film Festival 2012 (NYJFF2012) closing night world premiere documentary of Welcome to Kutsher’s: The Last Catskills Resorts, directed by Caroline Laskow and Ian Rosenberg was held at the Walter Reade Theater, Thursday, January 26, 2012. Presented by the Jewish Museum and the Film Society of Lincoln Center, the sold out world premiere documentary of Kutsher’s Country Club included entertainer actor/comedian Jerry Stiller (Still...

the 44th Annual WorldFest-Houston (April 8-17, 2011) Extends the Entry Deadline to JAN 15, 2011 - all Late Fees are Waived!

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We are delighted to say that we have a Christmas / Winter Holiday Gift for everyone! We are happy to EXTEND the Entry Deadline for all entrants in all categories! The 44th Annual WorldFest-Houston (April 8-17, 2011) Extends the Entry Deadline to JAN 15, 2011 - all Late Fees are Waived! This a a "Be Here By" Deadline. Your entry must reach WorldFest by JAN 15, 2011. WorldFest is unique in all the festival world! Not only is it the oldest Indie Film Festival in the world, b...

Can We Talk, And Talk, And Talk about Joan Rivers?

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When the center of your film is a person whose celebrated motor mouth is both the source of her fame and, sometimes, of her undoing, you definitely have a film that is about the marvels of talk, talk and more talk. That is certainly the case with the popular documentary JOAN RIVERS: A PIECE OF WORK, a disarmingly intimate portrait of the American comic legend. The documentary duo of Ricki Stern and Annie Sundberg were on-stage guests at the special screening of the film at the Jacob Burns Film C...

Can We Talk, And Talk, And Talk?

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  When the center of your film is a person whose celebrated motor mouth is both the source of her fame and, sometimes, of her undoing, you definitely have a film that is about the marvels of talk, talk and more talk. That is certainly the case with the popular documentary JOAN RIVERS: A PIECE OF WORK, a disarmingly intimate portrait of the American comic legend. The documentary duo of Ricki Stern and Annie Sundberg were on-stage guests at the special screening of the film at the Jacob...

Juliette Lewis And Natural Born Filmming

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Cinema City, another International Film & Media Festival in Serbia, officially began last night, 5th of June on Saturday and will end 12th of June 2010, in a quiet little town Novi Sad. The grand opening of the Cinema City Film Festival celebrated the film The Secret in Their Eyes by Juan José Campanella, this year’s Oscar winner for Best Foreign Language Film of the Year. The festival ruptured charismatic actress and singer Juliette Lewis, a special guest of the Festival at Katolicka ...

New York City International Film Festival To Debut in Times Square

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Times Square may have dodged a car bomb, but now another explosive event is being planned for New York's theater district that's sure to go off. Expect sizzle and smoke August 12 to 19, 2010, when the New York City International Film Festival gets its launch in tourism ground zero. I just came back from two hours with the man who's behind the plot. Manhattan already has the New York Film Festival and the Tribeca and Gen Art -- whoops, not Gen Art -- and 50 or so other movie pageants, but ...

Ninth Tribeca Film Festival 2010

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By Maria Esteves - April 14, 2010 The 9th Tribeca Film Festival 2010 (TFF 2010) in New York sponsored by founding sponsor American Express will be held in selected theatres April 21 - May 2, 2010. The festival founded in 2001 by Robert De Niro, Jane Rosenthal and Craig Hatkoff following the attacks on the World Trade Center, is a diverse international film festival that supports emerging and established directors.  The festival annually presents the largest celebration of film, music, and cu...

The Terror Film Festival Claw Awards

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The Terror Film Festival Claw Awards (popularly known as "The Oscars of Horror"), took place in all of its austerity on October 24, 2009 at the historic Ethical Society Building on the famous Rittenhouse Square of Philadelphia.   The 4th season brought in the most astounding talent from all over the USA, as well as, the world. The assemblage of fans, filmmakers, screenwriters, and industry professionals, waited in anticipation, and all bets were on, as the illust...

Interview with Sarah Hoch - Mexico - Expresion en Corto : ... and the budget crisis.

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A scarcity of Mexican production and the absence of exhibition platforms prompted Sarah Hoch to establish  the festival Expresion en Corto twelve years ago which she has helmed ever since. As a publicly funded film festival, Expresion en Corto had a primary focus on short films. By 2009 it has morphed into one of the most important Latin American fests offering a comprehensive program with productions drawn from many countries, a program which stands comparison to much bigger major impo...

Interview with Sarah Hoch (Mexico - Expresion en Corto) ... and the budget crisis.

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A scarcity of Mexican production and the absence of exhibition platforms prompted Sarah Hoch to establish the festival Expresion en Corto twelve years ago which she has helmed ever since. As a publicly funded film festival, Expresion en Corto had a primary focus on short films. By 2009 it has morphed into one of the most important Latin American fests offering a comprehensive program with productions drawn from many countries, a program which stands comparison to much bigger major important fe...

Abu Dhabi’s Film Festival continues to release its program highlights

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The much-anticipated third edition of the Middle East International Film Festival today announced the sixteen selections to be screened out of competition in its World Cinema Showcase lineup. Peter Scarlet, the Festival’s Executive Director commented, “The lineup for World Cinema Showcase presents an impressive group of films, many of which have already earned recognition at other international film festivals around the world this past year.”MEIFF’s World Cinema Showcase offers a plethor...

North American Independents Competition at FESTROIA

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  LYMELIFE (Derek Martini, USA) by Sandy Mandelberger, Festival Dailies Editor Eight celebrated American and Canadian feature films by emerging filmmakers that were first showcased at such prestigious film events as Sundance, Tribeca, Rotterdam and Toronto, will compete in the North American Independents Competition of the 25th edition of FESTROIA: The Troia International Film Festival. The Festival, the oldest and largest in Portugal, runs from September 4 to 13 in the coas...

Spanish Docs this summer at The Portland Northwest Film Center

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SPANISH DOCSJuly 13-August 16The rise of the documentary over the last decade has been an international phenomenon. A new generation of filmmakers has been able, with new digital technology and low budgets, to tackle issues, ideas and portraits as never before. In addition to compelling subjects, diversified exhibition and distribution channels are providing exciting opportunities for artists and audiences to connect. In recent years Spain has seen the emergence of a provocative documentary film...

Newport International Film Festival 10th anniversary, repositioning……

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Laurie B. Kirbie, the executive director of the Newport International Film Festivals (NIFF) has left after a four-year reign and moved on to helm the California based Ojai Film Festival. Thus reflections about changes and repositioning the festival have set in after its ten editions. On the surface the festival has delivered. In 2007 there were more than 800 submissions. Thirty five feature films and documentaries as well as numerous shorts and children’s films were featured in the program ...

Cannes and Toronto: A Comparison of Two Festivals

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          When I told friends from home that I planned to come to Cannes to intern with the film festival, they were all jealous, but especially my friends who went to film school: working at a film festival is a film student’s dream, and not only have I now interned here in Cannes, but I have also volunteered at the Toronto International Film Festival. These two experiences have shown me a lot, not only about the film industry, but about the festival circuit and the vast differences ...

Festival tourism part 3

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The previous articles provided the context for the growing film festival tourism phenomenon.  In this last installment, more specific information is provided about the participants in festival tourism, the services  provided by the few agencies in this new niche market, and the characteristics of the film festivals that would most likely benefit from film festival tourism.As noted before, comprehensive Canadian research on US festival tourism enthusiasts, including those groups who reported 60...

A research on Film Festival Tourism III

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The previous articles provided the context for the growing film festival tourism phenomenon. In this last installment, more specific information is provided about the participants in festival tourism, the services provided by the few agencies in this new niche market, and the characteristics of the film festivals that would most likely benefit from film festival tourism.As noted before, comprehensive Canadian research on US festival tourism enthusiasts, including those groups who reported 600,...

VERY SPECIAL INVITATION TO FEST 21 FOLKS!

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We have just EXTENDED the Final Deadline to Tuesday, January 15th, 2008! We are making the Final Deadline Extension - to Arrive By January 31st. Your entry must be in our office by that day. Special benefits for FEST21 members ONLY: * The Late fee is waived!. * One extra competition category at No Charge! ... so you get two total categories. * So easy to enter, goto http://www.worldfest.org, click on Enter Film Festival on the upper left grey bar, then click on FAQ, CATEGORIES and ENTRY FORMS, ...

9 days that shook the film world

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THE FIRST ROME FILM FIESTA, OCT. 13 – 21, 2OO6 The whole report day by day from day one. In less than a week, on the fateful FridayThe Thirteenth of the current month (October 13, 2OO6), the First International Film Festival ever held in Rome will open the gates of the Eternal City to a floodtide of media representatives, journalists, film professionals, actors, directors, film fans, and just plain curious stargazers of all stripes and colours. Whether this new festival turns out to be a blas...

Rome awards: and the winner is...Roma Festa

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A magical week in Rome has finally reached a semi-conclusion with a wonderful concert in the state-of-the -art Santa Cecilia Philharmonic Audirorium preceeding the offiicial awards ceremony. The concert under the energetic baton of resident conductor Antonio Pappano at the unusually early hour of 11 AM opened with a rousing rendition of Rossini's William Tell Overture which brought the house down in an explosion of enthusiastic applause and cheers. This was followed in rapid succession by a m...

The Bside Roadshow: A Touring Film & Music Fest

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With the goal of bringing quality independent entertainment and programming to live audiences nationwide, MySpace has teamed with specialty independent film distributor Bside Entertainment and leading festival consultants Right Angle Studios to present the “Bside Roadshow.” The touring film and music festival will kick off on June 4 with a large, free outdoor show in downtown Austin. “We’re pleased to be working with MySpace and hope to help grow a film community as powerful as the one...

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