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Palm Springs International Festival of Shorts opens 11th

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2005 PALM SPRINGS INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL OF SHORT FILMSPalm Springs International Festival of Shorts Opened with specail screenings of awarding winning films from around the world to a excited audiance. Now in its 11th year the Festival run from September 20th to the 26th at the Camelot Theatres in Palm Springs, CA. With a roster of 324 films, selected from more than a record-setting 2,400 worldwide entries, up ten percent from last year. The Festival will showcase 86 World Premieres, 27 North A...

Sin City extended version at the inaugural Fantastic Fest

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The inaugural Fantastic Fest (Oct. 6-9, 2005) will present sneak previews of Robert Rodriguez & Frank Miller’s SIN CITY: RECUT & EXTENDED; John Gulager’s Project Greenlight horror film FEAST as a work-in-progress; and Werner Herzog’s science-fiction fantasy THE WILD BLUE YONDER (Winner, FIPRESCI Prize, 2005 Venice Film Festival).SIN CITY: RECUT & EXTENDED expands the hit film into a trilogy of stand-alone stories, featuring new footage and extended scenes. (Fantastic Fest will be the firs...

Lund International Fantastic Film Festival highlights

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The 11th edition of Lund International Fantastic Film Festival takes place between the 16th and the 25th of September. During ten days almost 100 films from 19 countries are screened, which means that the festival is bigger than ever. Opening filmThis year's opening film is Hayao Miyazaki's animated masterpiece Howl's Moving Castle. The Japanese director, who won an Academy Award for his last film Spirited Away, will receive an honorary Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival at September 9.Film...

Midnight Madness Returns to Toronto With Thrills and Chills

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The 30th Toronto International Film Festival runs September 8-17.Filmgoers are guaranteed to be shocked, rocked, and electrified by Midnight Madness at the 30th Toronto International Film Festival. The Festival's popular, iconoclastic midnight programme is guaranteed to keep audiences wide awake. Now in its 18th year, Midnight Madness showcases the best in sci-fi, horror, and outrageous documentaries, gleefully highlighting the devilishly weird and wonderful. The titles below join the previou...

Subway Cinema’s New York Asian Film Festival

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Rarely does a film festival stress popular and commercially successful movies, dispenses with intellectual and high brow aspiration, disregards art house films, and provides little or no amenities to journalist and media professionals. Yet the 4th annual New York Asian Film Festival presented thirty new Asian feature films not screened before in New York City in two venues, the venerable Anthology Film Archives and the uptown Imaginasian Theatre, In spite of the lack of festival accoutrement...

Japan's Shorts Shorts Festival awards

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JAPAN'S SHORT SHORTS FILM FESTIVAL AWARDS $60,000 IN PRIZESThe Short Shorts Film Festival kicked off its 7th annual competition and tour of Japan earlier this month with screenings in the trendy Harajuku neighborhood of Tokyo. $60,000 in prizes was awarded to filmmakers in three categories: National (Japan), International (non-Asian), and Asian. “Rien de Grave” (dir. Renaud Philipps, France) took home the Grand Prix, and “SHIROTAKU” (dir. Toshiro Sonoda, Japan) was honored with the Asa...

Far East Film Festival, Udine Italy

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It is the largest panorama of Asian film in the world, and it starts April 22 and runs through April 29. The opening film: "A World Without Thieve"s, by Feng Xiaogang, China, stars mainland China’s Ge You, Hong Kong’s Andy Lau, and Taiwan’s René Liu Ruo-ying. Mystery, comedy, action adventure, spiritual odyssey, romance--all rolled into one film by China's box office master Feng Xiaogang! The film involves a train ride with a Buddhist temple painter and a band of thieves. The love story b...

Lelouch, Costa Gavras, Tavernier at 9th City of Lights

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Triumvirate of Acclaimed Film Writer/Directors: Claude Lelouch, Costa-Gavras and Bertrand Tavernier Host Premieres of New Films at 9 annual city of lights, city of angels: a week of french premieres in Los Angels. April 11-17, 2005“Men And Women,” the latest offering of veteran writer/director Claude Lelouch, will have its world premiere, opening night of City of Lights, City of Angels Film Festival (COL•COA) on Monday, April 11, 2005. The west coast premiere of writer/director Bertrand T...

Stay Alive indonesian first short on Tsunami to screen in Rotterdam

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The 34th International Film Festival Rotterdam, running till next February 6, presents the world premiere of TREP HUDEP! (STAY ALIVE!), a post-tsunami short video documentary by Alex Sihar from Indonesia. The film talks about the surviving people in Aceh, North Sumatra, Indonesia. TREP HUDEP! (STAY ALIVE!) screens as part of the IFFR 2005 special programme section SEA Eyes that puts the spotlight on the South East Asian region where independent film production is emerging strongly through a new ...

Interview with the director of the Bangkok Film Market

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INTERVIEW WITH CHRISTINE RUSHEntertainment industry veteran Christine Rush has been director of the Bangkok Film Market since its inauguration last year. The trade event, in only its second year, has already doubled attendance and is quickly becoming the entertainment industry’s principal forum for deal making in Southeast Asia. Rush is an “entertainment baby” who grew up in the industry – her father, brothers, cousins and a son are all broadcast and film sound engineers. She herself ...

Oliver Stone Honored by Stockholm for Lifetime Achievements

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Oliver Stone arrived in Stockholm on Thanksgiving day to receive the Stockholm International Film Festival Lifetime Achievement Award, the day before the Swedish premiere of Alexander . Already “the numbers are looking good”, said the director for his latest film. The press conference held by Colombia TriStar in a magnificent ornate room at the Grand Hotel dealt mainly with his new film starring Colin Farrell, Anthony Hopkins and Angelina Jolie. Stone was honored to receive the Stoc...

Montreal Festival of Nouveau Cinema program

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The 33rd: A galaxy of new lights and bright starsThe Montreal Festival of Nouveau Cinema will hold its 33rd edition from October 14 to 24. On this year’s menu: an impressive array of new voices and a fine group of established cinematic masters. These 208 works from 42 countries boldly reaffirm the Festival’s inclusive spirit: feature-length fiction and documentaries, short cuts, new-media installations and performances, and meetings for industry professionals. Canada’s oldest international...

The World According to Bush wins at Silver Lake

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SILVER LAKE FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES 2004 AWARDSWilliam Karel's Documentary "The World According To Bush" Named Best PictureSeptember 30th Gala At ArcLight Cinemas in Hollywood Included Los Angeles Premiere of David O. Russell's "Soldier's Pay""The World According To Bush," William Karel's searing documentary about the Bush administration's first 1,000 days in power, won Best Picture honors at the 5th Silver Lake Film Festival, which concluded yesterday.Spending more than eight months battling wh...

Solid Line Up for Toronto fest

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Toronto festival (Sept. 9-18) has revealed its full line upGALA PRESENTATIONSWorld PremiereARSÈNE LUPIN (F)Jean-Paul Salomé, France / United Kingdom / Spain / Italy, 2004World PremiereBEING JULIA (F)István Szabó, Canada / United Kingdom / Hungary, 2004World PremiereBEYOND THE SEA (F)Kevin Spacey, United Kingdom / Germany, 2004North American PremiereCLEAN (F)Olivier Assayas, France / United Kingdom / Canada, 2004World PremiereDOWNFALL (F)Oliver Hirschbiegel, Germany, 2004World PremiereFIVE CH...

HypeFest opens this week

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HypeFest: A unique film festival that links independent ideas with commercial creativity.Drama, intrigue, comedy and cocktails. All this and more abounds at HypeFest,a high-energy film & video festival slated to showcase creativity in film, commercials and music videos from a diversity of filmmakers and storytellers.Providing a bridge between content creators and the independent and commercial communities, HypeFest offers a platform for filmmakers to promote their work to the commercial industry...

Maui Fest Aloha with Cinema

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Maui Film Festival now in its fifth year again share with film goers that even paradise you may be tempted to immerse yourself in cinema and not the Pacific Ocean. Barry and Stella Rivers open up their hearts with Island spirit in this four day Festival that is becoming a must for the most discering Festival visitors. With over fifty films screening at this years Festival, film goers were sure to find a film that will make them leave the beach for the big screen. With major stars attending, a...

MIFF Moscow line up announces an open competition

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The 26th MIFF Competition Films program will include: ANGULIMALADirector: Sutape Tunnirut, Thailand, 2003Cast: Nopachai Jayanama, Stella Malucchi, John Rattanaveroj, Caterina Grosse A parable based on the code of Buddhist morality. The story allegedly happened in India more than 2,500 years ago. Ahimsaka was born of Brahmin parents, the social group of high virtue in the Hindu caste system. Despite his noble birth, Ahimsaka was predestined to become a murderous bandit killing those people to who...

On the Road to the Palmarès

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With two days away to the Palmarès, and two films left to screen, here is the official selection which has commanded the press attention for over a week - with comments by the directors. No one can ever predict what a jury with a chemistry of its own will decide. We have some ideas though from the day one press conference: Benoît Poelvoorde is going to take revenge on the films because he's never won an award (prompted by Bob Hope and Billy Crystal). Tilda Swinton and Quentin Tarantino will po...

Think Pink: Miami G&L Fest

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THINK PINK: THE MIAMI GAY AND LESBIAN FILM FESTIVAL 2004Miami, a city of vibrant pastel colors, was showing off its pink as it celebrated the 6th edition of the Miami Gay and Lesbian Film Festival (April 23-May 2). The event brought out Miami’s colorful and diverse gay community (and friends) to a showcase of films from the US and overseas, with a special caliente dash of the best of gay and lesbian Latin films.Programmed by Carol Coombes, formerly of the London Gay and Lesbian Film Festival, ...

Hawaii Festival Spring Fling will feature 21 films

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For Immediate Release Contact: Chris DacusMarch 11, 2004 Email: media@hiff.orgHAWAII INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL SPRING FLING PRESENTED BY COMMERCIAL DATA SYSTEMS SHOWCASES 21 EMERGING INDEPENDENT FILMSFilm Festival offers movie buffs a wide diversity of 21 films from 13 countriesHONOLULU –The Hawaii International Film Festival (HIFF) is proud to present its 7th annual SPRING FLING presented by COMMERCIAL DATA SYSTEMS, a showcase of new, emerging cinema to kick off the New Year. Signature Do...

Forum of new cinema

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The selection of films for the 34th International Forum of New Cinema has now been completed. An extensive programme of works from 23 countries presents new focuses, little-known filmmaking countries and many debuts from around the globe. Thirty of the films – more than half of the programme – are world premieres.The Wolfgang Staudte Award Jury – which this year includes filmmakers Catherine Breillat (France) and Thomas Arslan (Germany) as well as Imruh Bakari (Tanzania), the director of t...

Bangkok Fest director describes his mission

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Interview with Craig Prater Executive Director Bangkok International Film FestivalWhat is your biggest challenge this year Craig?The biggest challenges for the film festival are certainly the management of two different staffs: - The event coordination staff with the Tourism Authority of Thailand; - The administration and creative staff of Film Festival Management. Although the TAT speak beautiful English, we are faced with concerns of understanding and communication. And then the obvious chal...

Next Kim Ki-Duk selected for next Cinemart (Rotterdam)

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Forty-seven film projects have been selected for the 21st CineMart, the first and largest co-production market worldwide, to be held January 25 - 29, 2004 as part of the 33rd edition of the International Film Festival Rotterdam.CineMart director Ido Abram: "With this promising line up of film projects by established film-makers as well as projects by new talents from all continents, we are looking forward to a very strong 21st CineMart. We feel that this selection connects extremely well with th...

Festival kicks off with Rai music

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The 25th edition of Nantes’ Festival des 3 Continents kicked off on the captivating tunes of rai, Algerian traditional music. Singer Abderrahman Djalti, also the star of one of the documentaries on show, Jamel Fezzaz’s La mélodie de l’espoir (Melody of Hope), unwrapped the opening ceremony singing a song usually performed during circumcision ceremonies.The quarter of a century anniversary of Nantes’ 3 Continents was introduced as an unexpected achievement for a festival that started sma...
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