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Sarasota Fest will help you leave the daily hum-drum of life

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The Regal Entertainment Group7th Annual Sarasota Film FestivalJanuary 28 – February 6, 2005It’s time to leave the daily hum-drum of life and enter the world of flickering lights, fantasy dreams, tall tales, romance, reel life, fabulous parties, rock ‘n roll, educational journeys and so much more as the 7th Annual SARASOTA FILM FESTIVAL gets underway. The 10-day event will take place in the Gulf Coast resort city of Sarasota, Florida January 28 thru February 6, 2005. The Regal Entertainme...

Frenchie Jaoui Look at me" opens the NY Festival

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JAOUI OPENS NEW YORK FILM FESTIVALThe 42nd edition of the New York Film Festival opened this past weekend, with one of its most diverse and anticipated slates in recent years. Featuring an exciting mix of the new works of acknowledged film masters and fresh discoveries, the Festival, presented by the Film Society of Lincoln Center, is generally acknowledged as the crown jewel of film events in a city that boasts more than 25 film festivals during the year. “It is the gold standard as far as Ne...

Raindance has opened with Dead Man’s Shoes

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12th Raindance Film FestivalLondon, 1-10 October 2004Raindance just kicked off last Thursday September 30 with the London premiere of Shane Meadows hotly anticipated and highly rated new film Dead Man’s Shoes, this year’s Raindance Film Festival which celebrates independent filmmakers and filmmaking, promises ten days of discovery, debate and surprise with probably the richest slate of films in the Festival’s history.French shock-filmmaker Catherine Breillat’s Anatomy of Hell, (Friday Oc...

Meet Mar del Plata Festival Director

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In the following interview Miguel Pereira, Director of the Mar del Plata International Film Festival, speaks about his ideological position, his views about the past, the image he wants for the festival and the procedures to reach this aim. Fernando Madedo: First of all. Define Film Festival? Miguel Pereira: Today it`s very difficult to know what a Film Festival is, because there are more than seven thousands festivals around the world. I think that the word had included events that aren...

Turtles can fly: San Sebastian winner's statement

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TURTLES CAN FLY won the GOLDEN SHELL FOR BEST FILM at San Sebastian.Bahman Ghobadi, (the director's) Statement.Three days after the collapse of Saddam, I went to Baghdad to show my film Songs of my motherland as it was being released. Just as the superpowers were sending heavy weaponry to Iraq, my purpose was, on a symbolic level, to contribute artistically to what was going on.With the small DV camera I was carrying, I shot for a few weeks what I had witnessed in Baghdad, as well as in the othe...

Jerusalem awards to "Atash Thirst" and "Or"

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THE 21ST INTERNATIONAL JERUSALEM FILM FESTIVALThe 21st International Jerusalem Film Festival ended Saturday, July 17, with the award presentation ceremony.The awards were as follows:The Wolgin Awards for Israeli CinemaIn the category of Israeli feature films:Best Films “Atash –Thirst” and “Or”“Atash – Thirst” (Israel) – A family abandoned their home 10 years earlier and live in the middle of nowhere with two goats and a donkey. The father decides to illegally divert water to th...

Giant Shrek 2 closes Karlovy Vary 29th edition

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KVIFF CULMINATING IN A GIANTThe gala closing of the 39th Karlovy Vary IFF has included a screening of the film which was premiered at the Cannes film festival – the second part of the successful animated film SHREK 2, which will be launched into local distribution straight after the festival. The only thing this kind-hearted ogre longs for is to live in peace, far far away from people in his smelly swamp. Parents of Princess Fiona whose heart Shrek won in the first part change their mind and ...

Peter Aalbæk Jensen named producer of the year

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Focus on Europe, organized by MEDIA Salles within Cinema Expo International 2004, at Amsterdam, concluded with the presentation of the “European Producer of the Year” award, given to Peter Aalbæk Jensen of Zentropa Entertainments.During the final Gala of CEI 2004, in fact, Domenico Dinoia, President of MEDIA Salles, presented Aalbæk Jensen with the recognition “for his determining role in the valorisation of Danish cinema on a worldwide level”. Together with the director Lars Von Trier...

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...

Opening Ceremony red carpet

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The opening ceremony for Cannes Film Festival opened with the presentation of Pedro Almodovar's "Bad Education". Quentin Tarantion head of the jury walked up with the film cast and Sofia Coppola and many more film talents.Also invited on the steps were the french showbiz demonstrators who did not prevent the protocole from running smoothly.talents....

Shrek 2 press conference

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Shrek 2 showed in Cannes film festival oustside of competition. The press conference displayed one of the most impressive line up in the festival....

VIP Suite Cannes opens

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VIP Suite Returns to Cannes Ready to Pamper the Festival's A-List asOfficial Sponsor of Cannes Film Festival-Buyers Lounge VIP Suite, the exclusive pampering haven, returns to Cannes and is once again set to host A-List celebrities attending the legendary Cannes Film Festival. Although lavish in concept, VIP Suite is still classically simple. Before all the festival parties and premieres, VIPs are treated to opulent treatments, which include royal services from celebrity stylist Leslie Halpin, e...

Rio Film Fest celebrate Brazilian Cinema in Cannes

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Rio Film Festival comes to Cannes to Celebrate Brazilian CinemaTribute to Brazilian Cinema (May 16 - 20) Marks 40 Years of Cinema Novo with screenings and visits by leading directors and filmmakers.The Rio Film Festival (Festival do Rio), now firmly established as the leading film festival in Latin America which brings together local filmmakers and the international cinema community, is partnering with the Cannes Film Festival 2004 to highlight the expanding outreach of Brazilian film in a 5 day...

The Boys from County Clare to open Karlovy Vary

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PROGRAMME FOR THE 39TH KARLOVY VARY IFF 2004The Karlovy Vary IFF is the most important international film festival in Central and Eastern Europe and the only A-grade festival in the Czech Republic. Its A-grade status (a “non-specialised festival with a feature film competition”) ranks the Karlovy Vary IFF among a group of prestigious festivals which e.g. also includes Cannes, Berlin, Venice and Tokyo. The conception of the festival, screening over 200 new films from all over the world for t...

Miami Film Fest:: Treasures in the Dark

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MIAMI FILM FESTIVAL: TREASURES IN THE DARK (WHILE THE SUN IS SHINING) "The sun is still shining", a visiting filmmaker groaned. "Will anyone come to sit in the dark and see my film?" The answer was a resounding YES, as the Miami Film Festival wrapped its most successful session in years this past weekend. Re-energized by the leadership of former Sundance topper Nicole Guillemet, the Festival clearly has tapped into a winning formula of international premieres, American independent films and an i...

Miami Film Fest:: Treasures in the Dark

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MIAMI FILM FESTIVAL: TREASURES IN THE DARK (WHILE THE SUN IS SHINING) "The sun is still shining", a visiting filmmaker groaned. "Will anyone come to sit in the dark and see my film?" The answer was a resounding YES, as the Miami Film Festival wrapped its most successful session in years this past weekend. Re-energized by the leadership of former Sundance topper Nicole Guillemet, the Festival clearly has tapped into a winning formula of international premieres, American independent films and an i...

The Santa Barbara full program

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Opening NightValentin2002 Argentina/The Netherlands 79 min 35mm Dir Alejandro AgrestiArgentina's Foreign Language Film Academy® submission. After the bitter separation of his parents and living with his eccentric grandmother, the life of a young boy begins to change in sweetly unanticipated ways when he opens up to the last in a long line of potential stepmothers. Director and cast to attend.Fri 1/30, 7:00pm GRAClosing NightReckoning, The2003 UK 110 min 35mm Dir Paul McGuigan This murder myst...

Filmfestivals selects Genesis to distribute entertainment SMS in China

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Filmfestivals Entertainment Group Selects Genesis Technology Group to Distribute SMS Entertainment Content to Chinese MarketsInternet's leading entertainment portal targets Chinese SMS users; Genesis China Roundtable in Paris scheduled for March 26thGenesis Technology Group, Inc. (OTCBB: GTEC) announced today the signing of a contract with FilmFestivals Entertainment Group (FFEG), a French corporation with headquarters in Paris. Genesis will forge strategic alliances for FFEG in China to remarke...

Shorts with effect at AEAF Short Film Festival

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Oscar winners and Cannes Grand Jury [prize-winning shorts will be part of an outstanding international program of short films at the first-ever AEAF Short Film Festival on Sunday, December 7 at the Sydney Convention Centre, Darling Harbour. Along with some of the finest and funniest Australian short films produced in 2003, the films will screen to an opening night audience at the ninth annual Australian Effects & Animation Festival. A full program is online at www.dmw.com.au/html/short_film.htm...

Corneau honored at french fest in the UK

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FRENCH FILM FESTIVAL UK 2003Every November the French Film Festival UK provides a unique and eclectic close-up of film-making from France, a wonderful opportunity to discover the genuine pulse of le cinéma français.With the 12th edition (Edinburgh Filmhouse, Glasgow Film Theatre, Aberdeen Belmont, Dundee Contemporary Arts, Stirling MacRobert, and an enhanced London presence at the Ciné Lumière and other venues) the festival looks set to provide yet another exceptionally strong line-up after ...

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