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2012 AMERICAN FILM MARKET kicks off

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More Than 10% Increase in Buyers Expected, Including 120 New Buying Companies Industry Conversations Featuring Directors Sacha Gervasi and Victor Levin, “Harry Potter” Franchise Executive Producer Michael Barnathan, Producer Bonnie Curtis, Jonathan Silverman, Pamela Adlon and Many More Also Announced. The 2012 American Film Market (AFM®) will kick-off tomorrow with more than 120 new buying companies and a 10% increase in buyers, according to AFM Managing Director Jonathan Wolf. ...

AFM will stay in Santa Monica through 2017

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The American Film Market (AFM®), the premier event of the Independent Film & Television Alliance® (IFTA®), will remain in Santa Monica through 2017, IFTA leadership announced today.  New agreements will keep the AFM at the Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel, its home since 1991, with additional exhibition space continuing at JW Marriott's Le Merigot Beach Hotel and with conferences continuing at the Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows.   IFTA Chairman Paul Hertzber...

AFM confirmed to stay in Santa Monica till 2017

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The American Film Market (AFM®), the premier event of the Independent Film & Television Alliance® (IFTA®), will remain in Santa Monica through 2017, IFTA leadership announced today. New agreements will keep the AFM at the Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel, its home since 1991, with additional exhibition space continuing at JW Marriott's Le Merigot Beach Hotel and with conferences continuing at the Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows. IFTA Chairman Paul Hertzberg noted, "We tirelessly explored ...

QFest Kicks Off 12 Days of LGBT Cinema with Time Traveling Filmmakers and Lesbian Aliens on Earth

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The 17th edition of Philadelphia's QFest opens  July 7 at 7:00pm with two Opening Night Features: The Philadelphia Premiere of Judas Kiss and the Sundance hit Codependent Lesbian Space Alien Seeks Same! Judas Kiss tells the story of a washed-up filmmaker who travels back in time and meets his college-aged self. It features 2006 QFest Rising Star Charlie David and the 2011 QFest Rising Star Award recipient Sean Paul Lockhart. Judas Kiss screens at 7:15pm at the Ritz East Theatre 1. Imme...

AFM 2010

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              This year at the AFM, the mood of sales agents was tepid. As there was indeed a feeding frenzy for the entire week of the film market between buyers and sellers meeting and negotiating prices, most professionals agree that this year was a tough sell. While distributors are still buying, it just 'isn't like the good old days'. But in these uncertain times of distribution modes (theatrical sales down and o...

2010 New York International Latino Film Festival Awards

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By Maria Esteves - August 27, 2010 The 11th New York International Latino Film Festival (NYILFF) Awards honored the best in filmmaking and emerging directors of Latino descent in 2010 at the SVA theatre, Sunday, August 1, 7:00 PM. The award announcers were HBO associate manager/marketing development Marvin Scott, NYILFF founder/co-executive director Calixto Chinchilla, and co-executive director Elizabeth Gardner. Since 1999, NYILFF was founded by Calixto Chinchilla to assist emerging L...

2010 New York International Latino Film Festival Awards

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By Maria Esteves - August 27, 2010 The 11th New York International Latino Film Festival (NYILFF) Awards honored the best in filmmaking and emerging directors of Latino descent in 2010 at the SVA theatre, Sunday, August 1, 7:00 PM. The award announcers were HBO associate manager/marketing development Marvin Scott, NYILFF founder/co-executive director Calixto Chinchilla, and co-executive director Elizabeth Gardner. Since 1999, NYILFF was founded by Calixto Chinchilla to assist emerging Latino film...

Launch of (Philadelphia) La Cinematheque: New French Films

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LA CINEMATHEQUE: NEW FRENCH FILMS Launches year-round programming with premieres of Les Beaux Gosses on September 30; and Costa-Gavras’ Eden is West on October 22; Philadelphia Cinema Alliance forms a partnership with the Prince Music Theater, the Embassy of France and the French-American Cultural Foundation Philadelphia, PA. Philadelphia Cinema Alliance (PCA), the nonprofit presenter of Philadelphia CineFest and Philadelphia QFest, will be expanding its year-round programming this mon...

What Matters Most by Jane Cusumano

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Synopsis WHAT MATTERS MOST is a bittersweet Romeo and Juliet story set in a one-horse Texas town. The lives of two teenagers revolve around torn feelings of friendship, passionate love, and tragic memories, all woven through the guilt and control of their parents, the pain of small-town prejudice, and the dreams of two people reaching for each other from opposite sides of the tracks. Director Writer/director Jane Cusumano died one month after completing this film, culminating her four...

Overall attendance for the 29th AFM was 7,903

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Overall attendance for the 29th American Film Market (AFM) was 7,903, it was announced today by Jonathan Wolf, managing director of the AFM and executive vice president of the Independent Film & Television Alliance (IFTA).(Cannes Market claimed 10,700 participants this year) A total of 1,527 buyers representing 65 countries attended the market, which took place from November 5 to November 12. Buyers from the Middle East grew 25% from last year (to 40 from 32). Notable year-to-year buyer attend...

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TIMELINE:Mary Pickford, The Movies, and Entertainment Chronology  1870:              A half century y of tremendous industrial growth begins in the U.S.  Millions of European immigrants will arrive over the coming decades, seeking work. 1878               October 19:  Eadweard Muybridge’s photographs of a horse’s stride are published in Scientific American.  The groundbreaki

9th New York International Latino Film Festival Awards Ceremony

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By Maria Esteves - August 19, 2008 The Ninth Annual New York International Latino Film Festival (NYILFF) 2008 Awards Ceremony presented by HBO was held at El Morocco Theater & Nightclub, Sunday, July 27, 2008, 8:00 PM. The award acknowledges the best in filmmaking and emerging directors of Latino descent. The award announcers were NYILFF founder/executive director Calixto Chinchilla and executive director Elizabeth Gardner. A special live performance by Comedy Troupe, ROOM 28 preceded the c...

8th New York International Latino Film Festival Awards Ceremony

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By Maria Esteves - August 21, 2007 The 8th Annual New York International Latino Film Festival (NYILFF) 2007Awards Ceremony presented by HBO was held at Arena, Sunday, July 29, 2007, 8:00pm. The award acknowledges the best in filmmaking and emerging directors of Latino descent. The award announcers were founder/executive director Calixto Chinchilla and executive director Elizabeth Gardner, NYILFF. Since 1998, NYILFF was founded by Calixto Chinchilla to assist emerging Latino filmmaker's contr...

Warner Bros. and National CineMedia partner

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Warner Bros. and National CineMedia (NCM) have formed a partnership to provide pre-feature entertainment content and advertising in movie theatres nationwide. Through the arrangement, Warner Bros. will provide original, exclusive content for NCM's FirstLook pre-feature program, giving audiences a behind-the-scenes look at upcoming Warner Bros. films including Fool's Gold and Speed Racer. Delivered through NCM's Digital Content Network (DCN) - the largest digital in-theatre network in North Ameri...

Bollywood Rising? – Mahindra Indo-American Arts Council Film Festival, New York

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With its seventh edition the MIAAC Film Festival has become the most important North American festival for films produced by filmmakers of South Asian descent retaining its special emphasis on directors from India and the large Indian Diaspora. This year’s festival held from November 7-11, was a milestone as reflected in the shift to new and established screening venues, the Asia society, and Loews theatres in Manhattan and Jersey City, the programming of 49 productions, covering features, sh...

New Indian film at the Annual Mahindra Indo-American Arts Council

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The 7th Annual Mahindra Indo-American Arts Council Film Festival runs November 7-11 at prestigious venues across Manhattan, such as Loews Times Square, Madame Tussaud’s, Asia Society, and Loews Broadway. Fueled by independent artistic expression, the 50 films selected this year include stories that range from social issues to gritty suspense dramas. This year’s Festival kicks off with the much awaited red-carpet screening of Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s ‘Saawariya’, the first Indian co-pro...

Are you ready for AFM? 522 films to screen

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A diverse selection of 522 feature films, including 106 industry world premieres and 364 market premieres, have been confirmed to screen at the 28th American Film Market (AFM) October 31 to November 7, 2007, in Santa Monica, it was announced today by Jonathan Wolf, Executive Vice President, Independent Film & Television Alliance (IFTA) and AFM’s Managing Director.A total of 34 different languages will be represented on the screening schedule of this year’s AFM.In addition, Wolf announced tha...

South Asian International Film Festival line-up

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2007 South Asian International Film Festival with Official Founding Sponsor – SANA, from October 3-9 in New York City.SAIFF will host over 50 of the latest and most celebrated short, documentary and feature films from the South Asian subcontinent. The weeklong film festival continues SAIFF's mission to present the best and brightest emerging talent in South Asian cinema from across India, Pakistan, Nepal, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka.This year's festival will include 17 World Premieres and 13 Nor...

South Asian International Film Festival Announces "OUTSOURCED" as SAIFF Premier

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The fourth annual 2007 South Asian International Film Festival will be held from October 3-9, 2007 in New York City.The festival will present John Jeffcoat's OUTSOURCED at the Loews Cineplex in Greenwich Village on October 4, 2007. The film is a modern day comedy of cross-cultural conflict and romance that crosses the globe. Todd Anderson spends his days managing a customer call center in Seattle until his job, along with those of the entire office, are outsourced to India. Adding insult to in...

"Dharm" to close South Asian International Film Festival Announces

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The fourth annual 2007 South Asian International Film Festival will be held from October 3-9, 2007 in New York City.The festival will close with Bhavna Talwar's directorial debut DHARM at Loews Cineplex in Lincoln Square on October 9, 2007. Set in the oldest and holiest city of India, Varanasi, Pundit Ram Narayan Chaturvedi is a Hindu Brahmin priest who lives by his belief in the 'true Hindu way of life'. One day an abandoned infant comes into the Priest's life and home. He adopts the child and...

South Asian International Film Fest opener selected

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The 2007 South Asian International Film Festival will be held from October 3-9, 2007 in New York City.The festival will open with Manish Acharya's LOINS OF PUNJAB PRESENTS at Loews Cineplex in Lincoln Square on October 3, 2007. Walking the red carpet will be the full cast and crew including, Shabana Azmi and Ajay Naidu. A film set over three days, in Edison, New Jersey, where five Indian-Americans and one Jewish Indophile participate in the first DESI IDOL, a Bollywood-style singing contest spo...

Four-day anime festival - "Anime Bento

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NCM FATHOM, the entertainment division of National CineMedia, takes an unprecedented move in alternative theatre entertainment by announcing a special, four-day anime festival - "Anime Bento, 4 Nights, 4 Servings - The Hottest Anime Movies on the Big Screen" - with FUNimation Entertainment and Manga movies never before seen on the big screen with exclusive bonus features each night. The announcement was made at the 37th Comic-Con International, the largest comic book and pop culture event in Nor...

AFM 2006 Gets Going

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By Liza Foreman Los Angeles – Although the main business here is film, the 27th American Film Market (AFM) managed to produce plenty of records Wednesday. 435 companies from 36 countries are exhibiting this year, with 592 films screening: that’s up from 534 titles last year. All in all, the number of films screening has increased by 50 per cent over the past three years. The figures represent all-time highs for the annual film market, which runs 1 – 8th November 2006. Part of the growth mu...

AFM Hosts Record 54 AFI FEST Films

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This year, the American Film Market (AFM) hosts 54 of the 147 films screening at AFI FEST presented by Audi, a record for the partnership between the concurrent events. Of the 54 shared titles, 24 films screen both places, at AFM in Santa Monica and at AFI FEST in Hollywood. Other shared films are represented by sales agents at AFM while their screenings take place only at AFI FEST. Free shuttles carry AFM badge-holders and AFI FEST pass-holders between the events November 1-8. Since the formati...

AFM 2006 Gets Going

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Although the main business here is film, the 27th American Film Market (AFM) managed to produce plenty of records Wednesday.435 companies from 36 countries are exhibiting this year, with 592 films screening: that’s up from 534 titles last year. All in all, the number of films screening has increased by 50 per cent over the past three years. The figures represent all-time highs for the annual film market, which runs 1 – 8th November 2006.Part of the growth must be attributed to the demise of ...

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