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Vikas Kohli of FatLabs to receive special recognition at the ReelWorld Film Festival

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  Vikas Kohli of FatLabs will be the first to receive the coveted Trailblazer Award from the ReelWorld Film Festival for his work solely as a film composer and music producer. It's been an adventure over the past year, with several of the films Kohli has composed for receiving awards and it seems fitting that now the composer himself will be recognized for his tireless contributions to the arts. It is...

TuTuMUCH

Director: Elise Swerhone.
TuTuMUCH follows 9 young dancers behind-the-scenes where they plié and pirouette for coveted spots in an intensive 4 week professional ballet summer program. Leaving behind their families and friends, often for the first time, each girl confronts in her own way the painstaking and sometimes rewarding realities of actually living her dream. TuTuMUCH is a glimpse of how it feels to embark on a career of dance at the age of twelve.

Hot Docs Divvies Awards

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Leave Them Laughing. It's the film that took the Special Jury Prize – Canadian Feature at the May 7 awards bash for Toronto's Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival (April 29 to May 9, 2010). And it could be the motto for the 17th annual fest, which played to packed audiences even as business slackened at its annual market. The film, by Oscar-winning director John Zaritsky, is about laughing in the face of terminal illness. How to live despite tough odds is a challenge the d...

The Auction

Director: Gloria U. Y. Kim.
It's Christmas in Toronto, 1978. Eight-year-old Meehee Park longs for two things: to make her mother happy and to get a Cindy doll from Santa. But she soon realizes that Santa isn't real and her parents are struggling to make ends meet. This distresses Meehee to no end, that is until one fateful day when she comes across a neighbourhood auction that will pit her two greatest desires, leaving Meehee to choose between dreams of the past and fitting in with the present.

Focal Awards announced

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FOCAL International the trade body representing the world’s footage archives, professional footage researchers, consultants and facility houses enjoyed an evening of glamour and celebration on 5th May at their 6th FOCAL International Awards in association with AP Archive at the Royal Lancaster Hotel, London. Category winners represented the diversity of genres and platforms that contemporary archive and footage based productions span today; highlights included the BBC stealing the Award for Be...

Atlantic Film Festival shaping up

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Atlantic Canadian Films Shine Bright Alongside International Blockbusters as the 28th Atlantic Film Festival Announces Its Full Program The world is going blind. It’s summer camp and you are an awkward 10-year-old. Werewolves from Dartmouth are invading Dover. And you are about to spend two hours with the most revered punk poetess in the world. The 28th Atlantic Film Festival, happening September 11-20, 2008, announced today the array of 254 films that will be bringing the diverse and eclectic...

Chekhov and Maria will screen at the New York Film and Video Fest

Chekhov and Maria, a feature film by acclaimed Canadian director Eric Till whose credits include Luther starring Joseph Fiennes, will screen at the New York International Independent Film and Video Festival on July 20th at 4pm at the Laemmle Sunset 5 (8000 Sunset Blvd.)The film stars Ron Bottitta and Gillian Brashear and is based on the highly successful off-Broadway stage play by Jovanka Bach, directed by her husband, John Stark. The film is a memorial tribute to his wife, who died recent...

Chekhov and Maria will screen at the New York Film and Video Fest

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Chekhov and Maria, a feature film by acclaimed Canadian director Eric Till whose credits include Luther starring Joseph Fiennes, will screen at the New York International Independent Film and Video Festival on July 20th at 4pm at the Laemmle Sunset 5 (8000 Sunset Blvd.)The film stars Ron Bottitta and Gillian Brashear and is based on the highly successful off-Broadway stage play by Jovanka Bach, directed by her husband, John Stark. The film is a memorial tribute to his wife, who died recently aft...

Panelists from Future of Cinema Salon Series in Cannes

  List of panelist/MingleTalk Distribution and Blockbuster panel: May 20, 3pm and May 21st 10-12 amEsteemed panelists includeColleen Nystedt: founder of movieset  http://www.movieset.com/MovieSetTM founder, Colleen Nystedt, has an extensive background in film production, finance, business affairs and creative development. Nystedt has produced or supervised production on numerous feature films and TV movies for Universal Pictures, Paramount, MGM, CBS, NBC, ABC, USA, Showtime and Lifetime Networ...

Synopsis for Late Fragment

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   PRODUCED BY THE CANADIAN FILM CENTRE IN CO-PRODUCTION WITH THE NATIONAL FILM BOARD OF CANADA ,"LATE FRAGMENT" AN INTERACTIVE FILM BY DARYL CLO...

Local Stars Shine in 27th Atlantic Film Festival Line-up

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Studded throughout 10 days of film & music celebrations at this year's 27th Atlantic Film Festival, September 13-22, 2007, will be local film luminaries like director/writer Chaz Thorne, producer Michael Donovan, actress Ellen Page, musician Buck 65 and more."We are proud of the international success attained by our regional filmmakers, actors and musicians, and excited about their prominence during this year's Festival," said Gregor Ash, Executive Director. "The Festival has ...

Local Stars Shine in 27th Atlantic Film Festival Line-up

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Studded throughout 10 days of film & music celebrations at this year’s 27th Atlantic Film Festival, September 13-22, 2007, will be local film luminaries like director/writer Chaz Thorne, producer Michael Donovan, actress Ellen Page, musician Buck 65 and more."We are proud of the international success attained by our regional filmmakers, actors and musicians, and excited about their prominence during this year’s Festival," said Gregor Ash, Executive Director. "The Festival has always been abo...

Planet in focus environmental award winners

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PLANET IN FOCUS International Environmental Film and Video Festival wrapped up with an Awards Ceremony on Sunday, November 5 at Innis College Town Hall, in Toronto."On behalf of the Board of Directors of Planet in Focus, I salute the award-winners for their dedication and obvious passion in tackling diverse environmental issues, and for a job well done" said Candida Paltiel, festival director. "You are our ambassadors on the world". 2006 AWARD WINNERS CANADIAN SHORT FORM KAKA 'WIN (documentar...

Documentary makers and pros will gather in Adelaide

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Documentary makers and buyers from around the globe will descend on Adelaide to work and play at the Australian International Documentary Conference which is taking place from February 23 to 26, alongside the Adelaide Film Festival. The AIDC is a must-attend four-day event for the factual film and broadcasting industry, focussing on debate, discussion and deal-making opportunities. In addition, masterclasses and forums raise and explore current challenges and showcase work.The 2007 program looks...

Record entries, wider reach for focal awards: the nominees are...

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200 entries, including first-time nominations from China, Finland, Israel and Hungary were submitted for the third annual FOCAL International Awards in association with APTN Library, celebrating the use of archive footage and images.The total was an increase of 10 per cent over last year with the UK, France, Germany, USA, Australia, Italy and Canada accounting for most of the submissions.An international jury has now whittled down the nominations to the best three in 14 categories with the winne...

The National Screen Institute Canandian training program

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The National Screen Institute – Canada (NSI), in association with Telefilm Canada, has chosen five filmmaking teams for the 2005-2006 NSI Features First Program – a training initiative for filmmakers ready to develop their first or second feature. The teams include participants from Toronto, Yellowknife, Saskatoon and Winnipeg. The selected participants are:Bang Bang Baby (Toronto, ON) Larissa Giroux, Producer; Jeffrey St. Jules, Writer/DirectorChroma (Winnipeg, MB) Timo Puolitaipale, Produc...

The Vancouver International Film Festival awards

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The Vancouver International Film Festival has set another box-office record, with ticket sales up for a total of $978,000. (against a $2.5 million budget) This is by far the highest percentage of any major film festival in Canada. The festival also surpassed the 150,000 attendance mark once again, reached for the first time in 2002. In all there were 572 public screenings for a total of 342 films including 231 features and mid-lengths, of which there were 8 world premieres, 22 international prem...

Rhodes Golden Deers Awards

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Golden Deers, the Prize statuettes of Ecofilms, were awarded on Saturday 25 June at the National theater of Rhodes, Greece. Feature filmsBest feature filmShipbreakers by Michael CotThe international jury awarded Michael Kot’s Shipbreakers the first prize. Set in the dramatic setting of a ship graveyard in Alang, India, the film follows the daily lives of workers and bosses who toil to break down a 30.000 ton vessel over a period of two months. Kot, a founding producer of CBC Newsworld, uses st...

Viewfinders Festival for youth wrap up comments

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ViewFinders: International Film Festival for Youth (VF4), April 19-23, a presentation of the Atlantic Film Festival, announced a record fourth year with an overall attendance of 6,750 children, teens and families for screenings, workshops and events including the ViewFinders School Program. This represents a general attendance increase of 23 per cent with a 27 per cent increase in box office.“All the programs really worked together and complemented each other,” said Kellie Manning, ViewFinde...

ViewFinders: Fest for Youth Announces Award Winners

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ViewFinders: International Film Festival for Youth Announces Award WinnersViewFinders: International Film Festival for Youth (VF4), April 19-23, 2005, a presentation of the Atlantic Film Festival, announced a diverse range of award winners from the Festival including those from the Animation Challenge and Movie Challenge and scholarship recipient.“From internationally celebrated moviemakers to young talent from our own backyard, this year’s awards celebrates the best in film for youth and by...

ViewFinders Atlantic City announces line up.

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The 4th annual ViewFinders: International Film Festival for Youth (VF4), April 19-23, 2005, a presentation of the Atlantic Film Festival, announced its line-up of close to 60 films and 40 workshops in its School Program and weekend family programs."This year’s program of workshops is fun, interactive and engaging," said Kellie Manning, ViewFinders Director. "From Jay Dahl’s Script to Screen to film lighting and animation workshops, we cover all the creative bases in our popular School Progra...

Victoria Independent Film & Video Fest wrapped

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VICTORIA INDEPENDENT FILM & VIDEO FESTIVAL Film Festival Wraps with Record NumbersThe 11th annual Victoria Independent Film & Video Festival wrapped this year’s fete with unprecedented success.The interest from filmmakers around the world exceeded previous years with1086 entries coming through the doors. This increased profile allowed for further expansion of programming and enabled the Festival to bring many more talented filmmakers to the attention of local audiences and the media. The Fest...

Atlantic film fest jury is split in 2 groups

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The 24th Atlantic Film Festival (AFF) announced today that Brett Hendrie, Michael Melski and Stephen Reynolds have been selected for the Atlantic Jury and Charles Bishop, Duncan Hall and Paul Quinn have been selected for the Canadian Jury for this year’s Festival, September 17-25, 2004. The Atlantic Jury chooses 11 Atlantic awards while the Canadian Jury chooses two awards.“We made the decision to divide the jury into two this year because the intensive jury process for such a large program...

Inaugural Hip Hop Film Fest in Vancouver

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Vancouver, site of Canada’s first International Hip Hop Film Festival.Next September 1st-5th, Vancouver, BC will be the site of the first International Hip Hop Film Festival in Canada. Hip Hop is music. It's Fashion. It's attitude and for 5 days in September, it will be Cinema as way of life.Crossing racial, gender & generational frontiers and with movies from Canada, the United States, Cuba, Columbia, Australia, Venezuela, New Zealand, Brazil, France, Holland, South Africa and Japan, the F...
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