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Marion Cotillard and Quentin Tarantino to be honored at Palm Springs Film Festival Gala

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by Marla Lewin The 21st Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF) will present Academy Award winners Marion Cotillard with the Desert Palm Achievement Actress Award and Quentin Tarantino with the Sonny Bono Visionary Award, named after the Festival’s founder. The Awards Gala will kick off the 2010 awards season on Tuesday, January 5 at the Palm Springs Convention Center. Hosted by “Entertainment Tonight’s” Mary Hart, the Awards Gala will also honor Jeff Bridges...

20th anniversary Oscar presentation of Fields of Dreams

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An Academy Gold Standard Screening Featuring a 20th anniversary presentation of Field of Dreams, Hosted by Los Angeles Times Film Critic Kenneth TuranFollowed by a cast-and-crew reunion including actor Kevin Costner; writer-director Phil Robinson; producers Chuck Gordon and Lawrence Gordon; production designer Dennis Gassner; and cinematographer John Lindley.Iowa farmer Ray Kinsella (Kevin Costner) hears a voice in his cornfield, telling him “If you build it, he will come.” This mysterious ...

The Global Film Village: 15 Features Vying for VFX Oscar®

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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today announced that 15 films have been selected as semifinalists for Achievement in Visual Effects for the 82nd Academy Awards®. The films are listed below in alphabetical order: “Angels & Demons” “Avatar” “Coraline” “Disney’s A Christmas Carol” “District 9” “G-Force” “G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra” “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince” “Sherlock Holmes” “Star...

The 21st Palm Springs International Film Festival: Cinema’s United Nations

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Lots of festivals have "international" in their name, but don't really mean it. Not so the Palm Springs International Film Festival, cinema's answer to the UN. PSIFF assembles the films that have been nominated by their countries of origin as the year's surest shot at winning a Best Foreign Language Oscar. The Festival's 21st session, running January 5-18, 2010, will show more than 200 films from 60 countries. From rogue nations to close allies, much of the global community...

The 21st Palm Springs International Film Festival: Cinema’s United Nations

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Lots of festivals have “international” in their name, but don’t really mean it. Not so the Palm Springs International Film Festival, cinema’s answer to the UN. PSIFF assembles the films that have been nominated by their countries of origin as the year’s surest shot at winning a Best Foreign Language Oscar. The Festival’s 21st session, running January 5-18, 2010, will show more than 200 films from 60 countries. From rogue nations to close allies, much of the global community will vie ...

24th Israel Film Festival in New York Official Lineup

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By Maria Esteves - November 23, 2009 The 24th Israel Film Festival 2009 in New York (NYIFF09) will be held at the SVA Theatre (333 West 23 St.), December 5 - 13, 2009. The festival presented by IsraFest Foundation, Inc., in association with the Consulate General of Israel in New York, annually showcase the largest of Israeli cinema. This year's festival lineup includes over 28 Israeli Academy Award winning and nominee features, documentaries, and student shorts, along with panel discussions...

Israel Film Festival ready to open

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The 24th Israel Film Festival, the largest showcase of Israeli films in the United States will open on Saturday, December 5, 2009 and continue through December 13 at the SVA Theater (333 W. 23rd St.).   Opening night will find celebrated actor Elliott Gould on hand to receive the 2009 IFF Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of his tremendous achievements and body of work.  This Academy Award® Nominee has over 200 film and television credits to his name, and is easily re...

10th Hong Kong Jewish Film Festival

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The Hong Kong Jewish Film Festival is Asia-Pacific`s first and (so far) only festival showcasing the best Jewish-themed film from around the world. The 10th Hong Kong Jewish Film Festival will run from 14-22 November this year at IFC Mall: 1 Harbour View Street Hong Kong, Hong Kong phone: +852 2295 3308   List of the films presented: Adam Resurrected Germany/Israel, 2008, 106 minutes, 35 mm, English w/ Chinese subtitles Director: Paul...

Doha Talks with Danny Boyle, Mira Neir and Ellia Suleiman

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The inaugural Doha Tribeca Film Festival (DTFF will run October 29 through November 1, 2009) has announced a new series of thought-provoking dialogues that will be held year round. As part of the organization’s overall efforts to foster an active cinema culture, these talks, panels, conversations and master classes will be free of charge. Doha Talks will feature events with filmmakers including Mira Nair (Amelia), Danny Boyle (Slumdog Millionaire), Elia Suleiman (The Time That Remains), R.J. C...

Bogle on Kazan

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Donald Bogle:  Most notable Black Historian, NYU and University of Pennsylvania film professor, and author,  speaks about world reknown film and theatre director Elia Kazan.  During Kazan's career, he won three Academy Awards, four Golden Globes, and five Tony awards. His most notable films: "Gentleman's Agreement", "On the Waterfront", "A Tree Grows in Brooklyn", "East of Eden", and "A Streetcar Named Desire".Donald Bogle:  Author:  "&...

Bogle on Kazan

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Donald Bogle: Most notable Black Historian, NYU and University of Pennsylvania film professor, and author, speaks about world reknown film and theatre director Elia Kazan. During Kazan's career, he won three Academy Awards, four Golden Globes, and five Tony awards. His most notable films: "Gentleman's Agreement", "On the Waterfront", "A Tree Grows in Brooklyn", "East of Eden", and "A Streetcar Named Desire".Donald Bogle: Author: ""Toms, Coons, Mulattoes, Mammies and Bucks: An Interpretative...

The Global Film Village: Academy Announces Short List of Shorts for 82nd Awards

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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today announced that the field of Documentary Short Subject contenders for the 82nd Academy Awards® has been narrowed to eight films, of which three to five will earn Oscar® nominations. Voters from the Academy's Documentary Branch viewed this year's 37 eligible entries and submitted their ballots to PricewaterhouseCoopers for tabulation. The eight films are listed below in alphabetical order by title, with their production compan...

Oscars: the Academy announces short list of shorts

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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today announced that the field of Documentary Short Subject contenders for the 82nd Academy Awards® has been narrowed to eight films, of which three to five will earn Oscar® nominations. Voters from the Academy’s Documentary Branch viewed this year’s 37 eligible entries and submitted their ballots to PricewaterhouseCoopers for tabulation. The eight films are listed below in alphabetical order by title, with their production company: “China...

Ojai-Ventura International Film Festival Honours Graves and Wexler

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Two of Hollywood’s most impressive artists, Peter Graves and Haskell Wexler, descend upon the cities of Ojai and Ventura to be recognized by film industry peers and admirers for their lifelong bodies of work at the 10th anniversary of the Ojai-Ventura International Film Festival. Honorees Graves and Wexler will be presented with Lifetime Achievement awards during the Festival’s Closing Night Gala and Awards Ceremony. Presenting their awards will be several key individuals who have influenc...

Producer Ted Hope Honored At Woodstock FF

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Award-winning producer Ted Hope, one of the most respected independent producers in the film industry, will be honored with the honorary Trailblazer Award at the 10th Anniversary edition of the Woodstock Film Festival, which opened today. Hope is a true indie pioneer who has shepherded dozens of American indie films over the past three decades. He will be honored at the WFF Gala Awards Ceremony on Saturday night, October 3rd. Hope enjoys a reputation as an unparalleled spotter o...

The Last Confession of Alexander Pearce

Director: Michael James Rowland.
In 1824 the British penal colony of Van Diemens Land is little more than a living hell. Chained to a wall in the darkness of a cell under Hobart Gaol, Pearce is visited by Father Connolly, the parish priest of the fledgling colony and a fellow Irishman. The Last Confession Of Alexander Pearce will draw a visceral and compelling picture of a hell on earth and tell how one man endured the unimaginable by doing the unthinkable.

San Diego Film Festival awards

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The eighth annual San Diego Film Festival has officially announced the winners after its Sept. 23 – 27 five-day run, which featured more than 75 film premieres. This year’s Festival winners collected their awards at the Sept. 26 Actors Ball & Awards Ceremony at Hotel Solamar. Best Actor went to James Van Der Beek – who was on-hand to accept the award for his leading role in Formosa Betrayed. Other celebrity guests on hand to celebrate the 8TH annual Fest included Seymour Cassel, Katie Low...

2009 Hola Mexico Film Festival Opening Night Premiere of TEAR THIS HEART OUT (Arrancame La Vida)

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By Maria Esteves - July 16, 2009 The 2nd Hola Mexico Film Festival 2009 (HMFF09) Opening Night Premiere of TEAR THIS HEART OUT (Arrancame La Vida), written/directed by Roberto Sneider, sponsored by NYC Latin Media & Entertainment Commission (LATINYC) was held at the Quad Cinema, New York, Tuesday, June 23, 7:30 pm.  Executive Director Carlos Manzano, NYC Latin Media & Entertainment Commission (LATINYC), presented the Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg Proclamation, declaring June 23 - 28,...

The Jury from Karlovy Vary

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Grand JuryThe Grand Jury is presenting the Awards including the Grand Prix - Crystal Globe in the Official Selection - CompetitionClaudie Ossard, President of the Grand JuryThe career of this distinguished film producer and leading figure of French film began in advertising. As producer, she introduced the likes of Martin Scorsese and Emir Kusturica to the realm of advertising. In 1986 she gave her successful debut as a film producer with Jean-Jacques Beineix's Betty Blue, which brought her an O...

10th Ojai-Ventura International Film Festival celebration

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The Ojai-Ventura International Film Festival (November 5 - 8, 2009) will celebrate two milestones this year: its 10th anniversary and joining forces with the City of Ventura to bring its selection of world class feature, short, animated and documentary films to an even broader audience. Known for its welcoming, familial spirit and dedication to showcasing compelling stories from budding and established filmmakers, the Festival is located just 70 miles from Hollywood’s doorstep and has evolved ...

French producer Claudie Ossard will preside the Karlovy VaryThe Grand Jury

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The Grand Jury is presenting the Awards including the Grand Prix - Crystal Globe in the Official Selection - Competition Claudie Ossard, President of the Grand Jury The career of this distinguished film producer and leading figure of French film began in advertising. As producer, she introduced the likes of Martin Scorsese and Emir Kusturica to the realm of advertising. In 1986 she gave her successful debut as a film producer with Jean-Jacques Beineix's Betty Blue, which brought her an Oscar nom...

Take a french break at Sacramento French Film Festival

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8th Sacramento French Film Festival  : June 19-21 & 27-28, 2009 - Crest Theatre www.SacramentoFrenchFilmFestival.org TAKE A FRENCH VACATION WITHOUT LEAVING SACRAMENTO !!! With the Sacramento French Film Festival you can walk around the French capital (PARIS, on Opening night) and relax in a campground on the Atlantic coast (CAMPING). You can travel to a fantasy world (BEAUTY and the BEAST) and uncover the grim current reality of illegal immigration (WELCOME, on closing night). ...

Interview with the LA Jewish Film Fest Director

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Hilary Helstein -- Director of the Los Angeles Jewish Film Festival in the spotlightStephanie RONNET: Can you tell us a little bit about yourself, your background?Hilary HELSTEIN: I’m originally from New York with a background in theatre. But my passion for theater, film and the arts quickly turned me to documentary filmmaking. My own film As Seen Through These Eyes, narrated by Maya Angelou has been screened internationally and garnered 8 awards to date. It has afforded me the wonderful opp...

Hilary Helstein -- Director of the Los Angeles Jewish Film Festival in the spotlight

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Stephanie RONNET:  Can you tell us a little bit about yourself, your background? Hilary HELSTEIN: I’m originally from New York with a background in theatre.  But my passion for theater, film and the arts quickly turned me to documentary filmmaking. My own film As Seen Through These Eyes, narrated by Maya Angelou has been screened internationally and garnered 8 awards to date. It has afforded me the wonderful opportunity to participate in many film festivals and meet hugely talented people...

Tales from the Golden Age to open Transilvania Film Festival

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The eighth edition of the Transilvania IFF (May 29 – June 7, Cluj-Napoca, Romania) is beginning to shape up. Over 250 films are expected to be screened in this year’s TIFF. The opening gala on Friday, May 29, will be highlighted by the national premiere of Cristian Mungiu’s latest film, Tales from the Golden Age, a collection of Romanian urban legends from the communist era, written by Mungiu and directed by Ioana Uricaru, Hanno Hofer, Razvan Marculescu, Constantin Popescu and Cristian Mun...

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