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NEWSLETTER N° 361: April 23, 2008

user and CFC Media Lab, Telefilm Canada in partnership with Moving Pictures, Film & Festivals Magazine and are proud to present another installment of our Future of Cinema Salon Series at the Cannes Film Festival. This year promises to be a stellar line up that includes MingleTalk at the Canadian Pavilion — an event that will be b...

NEWSLETTER N° 360: April 17, 2008

Check out the Festivals posters gallery on and CFC Media Lab in partnership with Telefilm Canada and are proud to present another installment of our Future of Cinema Salon Series at the Cannes Film Festival. This year promis...

Future of Cinema Salon @ Cannes program : register online

OUR VISION Future of cinema, few know, few share, we do both! We are taking this think tank on the road throughout the global festival circuit. Let us embark for a trip a few decades ahead of us. Our first stop is Cannes, with possible next stops on the festival circuit in Paris, Rome, Ischia, Stockholm and more.        FUTURE OF CINEMA SALON Series FESTIVAL DE CANNES 2008 CONTEXT, CFC Media Lab and Telefilm Canada are proud to ...

Golden Trailer Awards gala set for may 8th in LA

The 9th Annual Golden Trailer Awards gala, which celebrates the art, craft and fun of movie promotion, will take place on Thursday, May 8th at the landmark Orpheum Theatre in downtown Los Angeles. The announcement was made today by Golden Trailer founders and co-executive producers, Evelyn Brady Watters and Monica Brady. Established in 1999, the Golden Trailer Awards have become a coveted mark of achievement in the industry, and are awarded in 55 categories covering domestic and foreign movie ...

The "Hollywood Trailer Awards" Will Honor the Best in Motion Pictures Previews

The 12th Annual Hollywood Film Festival(r) and Hollywood Awards(r), presented by STARZ, announced today the launch of their "Hollywood Trailer Festival" and "Hollywood Trailer Awards." This is the first major festival honoring feature film previews. The announcement was made today by Carlos de Abreu, Founder and Executive Director of the festival."We are very excited that we will be recognizing the great art form of creation and production of film trailers," de Abre...

The "Hollywood Trailer Awards" launching this fall

The 12th Annual Hollywood Film Festival(r) and Hollywood Awards(r), presented by STARZ, announced today the launch of their "Hollywood Trailer Festival" and "Hollywood Trailer Awards." This is the first major festival honoring feature film previews. The announcement was made today by Carlos de Abreu, Founder and Executive Director of the festival."We are very excited that we will be recognizing the great art form of creation and production of film trailers," de Abreu said.The "Hollywood Trailer ...

Palm Springs Film Fest will honor Halle Berry

The 19th Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF) will honor Academy Award® winner Halle Berry with its prestigious Desert Palm Achievement Award at the Festival’s annual Awards Gala on Saturday, January 5, 2008. Previously announced Daniel Day-Lewis will also receive the Desert Palm Achievement Award. Past actresses that have received this award include Charlize Theron, Laura Linney, Naomi Watts and Kate Winslet. Festival chairman Earl Greenburg said, “We’re excited to ...

Thessaloniki day 4 with Costa-Gavras

Monday started out with a talk by Costa-Gavras, who was a surprise visitor at the all-day conference of Film Archivists and European Cinemateques. In private Mr. Gavras told me that he has a new film project in the works to be entitled "The Eden of the West" (not to be confused with "East of Eden"). This will probably turn out to be a Greek-French co-production (as was his 1971 masterpeice "Z") and will deal with "current social problems".At eleven AM the "master class" of hot Mexican director ...

Cinequest Partners with Rivercoast Films in Distribution Deal

Cinequest Distribution proudly announces its recent partnership with Rivercoast Films Distribution, a new video company founded by former First Look Home Entertainment veterans Michael Katchman and Tony Ventura.Both Cinequest Distribution and Rivercoast champion the release of independent films which deserve a global audience but might not be given that chance due to being films which do not fit a typical Hollywood formula. With less than one percent of U.S. and less than five percent of interna...

I'm Through With White Girls wins at AABFF

Director Jennifer Sharp's "I'm Through With White Girls" Wins Blockbuster Audience Award for Best U.S. Feature at 11th Annual American Black Film FestivalHelmed by first time feature director Jennifer Sharp, "I'm Through With White Girls (The Inevitable Undoing of Jay Brooks)," has won eight awards in the last six months."Don't let the title put you off…Director Jennifer Sharp's zippy romantic comedy 'I'm Through With White Girls'… is more clever and less mean than the title might imply," sa...

Golden Trailer awards

8th Annual Golden Trailer Award WinnersShow Category WinnersBest Action300, Warner Bros., Mojo LLCBest Animation/FamilyThe Simpson’s Movie, Twentieth Century Fox, Trailer ParkBest DramaThe Departed, Warner Bros., Giaronomo Productions/Mojo, LLCBest ComedyBorat, Twentieth Century Fox, Trailer ParkBest MusicLeonard Cohen: I’m Your Man, Lionsgate, Mark Woollen & AssociatesBest ThrillerThe Descent, Lionsgate, FishbowlMost OriginalBee Movie, Paramount Pictures, Sameth A.D.V.Best Horror1408, MGM/T...

We lost Jack Valenti

Jack Valenti, the former head of the Motion Picture Assn. of America for almost four decades and the prime mover behind the movie ratings system, died Thursday. He was 85. Valenti had checked out of Johns Hopkins University Medical Center on Wednesday where he was hospitalized after suffering a stroke. We loved his strong tenure, relentless battle against piracy, strong advocate of american cinema from majors and independents...I had the priviledge of dining a few times with his family and celeb...

Indie Film Nation Podcast 63 for 20th November 2006

Industry News Weinsteins get into bed with Blockbuster Hollywood search YouTube for next big thing! Filmmaker magazine celebrate 25th anniversary of the Sundance Institute in downloadable PDF document Sundance Film Festival announces opening night film - Chicago 10 Remake of John Carpenter's The ThingIs David Lynch planning to bring back Twin Peaks or release the missing material from Fire Walk with Me? Industry Wrap IF Awards (Australia) winners Industry Preview Dubia International Film Festi...

Rome 2006 Palmares

The Popular Jury, made up of 50 members and presided over by Ettore Scola, has assigned the RomeFilmFest’s official awards to the following films: The award for Best Film goes to Izobrajaya Zhertvy / Playing the Victim by Kirill Serebrennikov. The RomeFilmFest – BNL Best Actress Award is for Ariane Ascaride in Le Voyage en Arménie / Armenia by Robert Guédiguian. The RomeFilmFest – Chamber of Commerce award for Best Actor Award goes to Giorgio Colangeli in L´ aria salata by Alessandro An...

Toronto Opens with The Journals of Knud Rasmussen

Toronto Opens 2006 Festival with World Premiere of “The Journals of Knud Rasmussen”The largest and one of the most respected Film Festivals in the world will open its doors to the public with Zacharias Kunuk and Norman Cohn's “The Journals of Knud Rasmussen". Their last film "Atanarjuat (The Fast Runner),” had won the Camera D'or in Cannes and then the prize for best Canadian film here in Toronto in 2001. Festival Co-Director Noah Cowan felt that this was one of the most important film...

Sean Connery To Be Honored At First Rome Film Fest

The inaugural Rome FilmFest, which will be held in the Italian capitol from 13 to 21 October, is shaping up to become a major European festival destination, giving the longtime Venice Film Festival a run for its money.The Festival announced that veteran actor Sean Connery will be the first recipient of the new Rome FilmFest’s Acting Award, the prize for the actor’s craft established by CINEMA, the Festival’s collaboration with IMAIE (the actors’ and authors’ syndicate). Connery will re...

Double Dare: Where is it Now?

“I guess you don’t have to be boring to be an adult.” – ZOË BELLAmanda Micheli does a wonderful job comparing and contrasting careers of two female Hollywood stunt women in her film “Double Dare”. She brings the story so every one can relate to it, whether you involved in the entertainment industry or not. Zoë Bell of “Kill Bill” and “Xena: Warrior Princess” fame and Jeannie Epper, best known for Lynda Carter’s double in TVs “Wonder Woman”. Where is the film now? Afte...

Retrospective on Indian Musicals from Goa Fest

The Retrospective on Indian Musicals began at IFFI-05 in Panaji with a Blockbuster Telgu film ‘Shankarabharanam’, directed by K. Vishwanath as the inaugural film. This section is a new edition to the IFFI and films which have music as their theme would be shown in this category. In all six films would be screened under this category. Besides the opening film, other films included are, Amar Bhoopali (Marathi) directed by V. Santaram, Baiju Bawra (Hindi)directed by Vijay Bhatt, Goopy Gyne Bagh...

LA latino fest launches drawing for its audience.

Adding on to its tradition of recognizing the best Latin films during the annual film festival, this year the Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival (LALIFF) will bestow its audience with a prize through Lotería LALIFF, a lottery contest where the public will have to match the eight images that appear on each lottery carton with its corresponding definition. The completed carton will be entered in a drawing that will take place during the closing ceremony of the festival.Clues to each c...

Jeff Chung, becomes HIFF’s new President and Chairman

HAWAII INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES THE NEW PRESIDENT AND CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORSGeneral Manager and Vice President of the local TV station, KBFD, Jeff Chung, becomes HIFF’s new President and ChairmanHawaii International Film Festival announces its new President and Chairman of the Board of Directors. General Manager and Vice President of local TV station KBFD, Jeff Chung, began his term on January 1, 2005. “Jeff Chung has been very involved with HIFF over the years as a ...

Hawai festival award winners announced

LVHIFF award winners First Hawaiian Bank Golden Maile AwardsTASTE OF TEA [JAPAN] - Best Feature FilmMR PATTERNS [AUSTRALIA] – Best Documentary FilmAND THEREAFTER [SOUTH KOREA] – Special Jury AwardEastman Kodak Award for Excellence in CinematographyAllen Daviau [E.T.: THE EXTRA-TERRESTRIAL, THE COLOR PURPLE]Film in Hawaii Award Brian Keaulana and the men of Hawaiian Water Patrol.Network for the Promotion of Asian Cinema (NETPAC) Award REWIND [SOUTH KOREA] with a special mention award to PEEP ...

Mel Gibson's Passion awarded at The 5th Annual Christian WYSIWYG Fest

MEL GIBSON’S “PASSION” WINS ITS FIRST FILM FESTIVAL AWARDThe 5th Annual Christian WYSIWYG Film Festival honored Mel Gibson’s "The Passion of The Christ" with the "Film of The Year" award for 2004.The award follows the recent recognition for producer of the year given at the Hollywood Awards to Mel GibsonHolly McClure, the executive producer for the behind the scenes special, "TheMaking of The Passion of The Christ”, commented, “In what will surely be a season of multiple awards and r...

Shark Tale Takes over San Marco

“San Marco!, San Marco!” call out the Venetian water boat drivers to this historic boat stop, but after 7 pm tonite no one with be allowed to enter the historic square to see the church and courtyard from the 12th century. A 21st century artefact: Dreamwork’s Shark Tale will be projected to 5000 ticket holders who kicked up a storm in getting the coveted seats that went like gondola rides in a matter of days. No cameras, no cell phones with cameras, no recording devices. Hundreds of secu...

Sumo on Sunset Beach for Hawai fest spring fling

HIFF SPRING FLING HAWAII PREMIERE OF 'SUMO EAST AND WEST' DRAWS BLOCKBUSTER SIZE CROWDS AT SUNSET ON THE BEACH Sumo demonstration at Sunset on the Beach of the OAHU SUMO CLUB"photo by Joe Solem, courtesy Pacific Islanders in Communication"Hawaii International Film Festival Spring Fling Presented By Commercial Data Systems Hawaii premiere of 'SUMO EAST AND WEST' draws blockbuster size crowds at Sunset On The Beach. "We estimated 6,000 - 8,000 residents and visitors enjoyed the Hawaii premiere of ...

Golden Trailer Fest dates set for May

The annual tribute to movie previews is held on May 25, 2004 at the Orpheum Theater in Los Angeles. Much like the two-minute trailers it celebrates, the Golden Trailer Awards itself is a high octane rocket ride of laughs, high drama, loud music and energy. "It's the movie awards show guaranteed against attention deficit disorder," says Monica Brady, who along with sister Evelyn Brady created the show and guided it through its first five years. Each year a high-powered panel of celebrity judges p...