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Winners of the Caribbean spotlight

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CARIBBEAN SPOTLIGHT SERIES AWARD CEREMONY AND PARTY MONDAY, JUNE 12th Children of God, winner of the Caribbean spotlight (Location: Gold Coast) Winners of the Aruba International Film Festival’s Caribbean Spotlight Series (CSS) Competition were announced on Tuesday night at a special Festival event held at Gold Coast Aruba. Encouraged by tremendous local support last year, AIFF expanded its popular "Spotlight" series this year, which was created to showcases movies ...

...meeting the Aruba locations for the second time

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The international media attendingthe second edition of the Aruba International Film Festival are hosted at Radisson hotel a 5 minutes walk from Hyatt and the press office and 10 minutes walk to the red carpet facilities. Easy and nice walk, but for those carrying heavy equipment... Isn't life hard in the world of film festivals...There are about 5.000 festivals we know of, another 2000 we certainly dont know of but we get to gather in places like Aruba, Bahamas, Ischia, Capri, Trinidad a...

Keith Bearden on MEET MONICA VELOUR

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Meet Monica VelourDirector Keith Bearden of the American indie film MEET MONICA VELOUR (2010) attended the opening of the Aruba International Film Festival (AIFF) to usher in the opening of the fest with the screening of his film, starring the sensual Sex And The City actress Kim Cattrall. I interviewed Keith just before the screening of his film on his way up the red carpet. Here is what he had to say:ME: Hi, I’m Vanessa with Film Festivals.com. How are you?KEITH: Oh, I know your website very...

Aruba Fest screens "Ensemble" by Mohamed Fekrane as part of Island wide “Tolerance Day” program

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The Aruba International Film Festival (AIFF) is joining Fundacion Respeta Bida in supporting an Island wide “Tolerance Day” (Sunday, June 12th) by extending the event an extra day to Monday, June 13th to host a special screening series. The announcement was made by Festival founders Giuseppe Cioccarrelli and Jonathan Vieira and AIFF Artistic Director Claudio Masenza. On Monday, June 13th AIFF will sponsor a special screening showcase consisting of four films, free to the public, all d...

Aruba Fest screens "Ensemble" for island Tolerance Day

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Aruba Fest screens "Ensemble" by Mohamed Fekrane as part of Island wide “Tolerance Day” programThe Aruba International Film Festival (AIFF) is joining Fundacion Respeta Bida in supporting an Island wide “Tolerance Day” (Sunday, June 12th) by extending the event an extra day to Monday, June 13th to host a special screening series. The announcement was made by Festival founders Giuseppe Cioccarrelli and Jonathan Vieira and AIFF Artistic Director Claudio Masenza. On Monday, June 13th AIFF w...

Aruba - AIFF Makes Artistic Statement connecting film and art

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It is perhaps a sign of a film festival’s “coming of age” when it dares to present films acclaimed in the world of art rather than merely at the box office. Such is the case with the Aruba International Film Festival’s invitation to three world renown directors of sophisticated, powerful art cinema and documentary creations. They all will participate in the AIFF Film Lab series, In Conversation With… Academy Award winning director Jonathan Demme will discuss his latest films at ...

Aruba introduces new film lab

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Furthering its mission to encourage, educate and activate young Aruban filmmakers by creating new opportunities for hands-on learning and development, the Aruba International Film Festival (AIFF) is introducing a new Film Lab for the festival’s second edition, which takes place June 10-16, 2011. The announcement was made today by Festival founders Giuseppe Cioccarrelli and Jonathan Vieira and AIFF Artistic Director Claudio Masenza. Sponsored by Regeling KulturA, which provides money for...

Jonathan Demme guest of second Aruba, along other prestigious line up

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It was announced today that Golden Globe Award-winning actress Kim Cattrall (“Sex in the City” franchise, “Big Trouble in Little China,” “Meet Monica Velour”), Oscar-winning director Jonathan Demme (“The Silence of the Lambs,” “The Manchurian Mandate”), BAFTA Film Award-winning Hollywood wardrobe designer Michael Kaplan (”Blade Runner,” “Burlesque,” “Fight Club”) and Academy Award®-nominated director Milcho Manchevski (“Before the Rain,” “Mothers”) will b...

Curtis 50 cent JacksonActor/Rapper on Hand for Caribbean Premiere of Latest Film "Things Fall Apart"

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It was announced today that rapper, actor and multi-tiered business mogul Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson will be attending the 2nd Annual Aruba International Film Festival (AIFF) for the red carpet premiere of his latest feature film "Things Fall Apart." The announcement was made by AIFF Founders and Producers Giuseppe Cioccarelli and Jonathan Vieira and Artistic Director Claudio Masenza. The year's Festival takes place June 10-16, 2011.       ...

Aruba Film Fest heast up for second year

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  Building on the success of the inaugural Aruba International Film Festival (AIFF) last June, which attracted stars and films from around the world and entertained thousands over the course of a week, it has been confirmed that the island nation of Aruba will host a second edition of the AIFF this June (June 10-16). Initial details surrounding the 2011 Film Festival were unveiled today at a press conference by AIFF Founders and Producers Giuseppe Cioccarelli and Jonathan Vieira. Acto...

'I Think of a Dream Like That' Paolo Stella

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 Here is the charming, cute and clever Paolo Stella, actor of my favorite underdog indie film of the year, the Italian breakout film, ‘Penso Un Sogno Cosi' (I Dream A Dream Like That) (2010) by visionary director Marco de Luca. Paolo is here to speak about his film and his career as an actor in Rome!  I met Paolo in Aruba at the Aruba International Film Festival and our first words were my interview of him on the red carpet before the Aruba premier of their film and then the followin...

Claudio Masenza and Thelma Schoonmaker

Beautiful picture of Claudio Masenza and Thelma Schoonmaker, devoted and uber talented editor for Martin Scorsese. Walking the red carpet at the Aruba International Film Festival, 2010.   See an in depth interview with Thelma Schoonmaker here:  http://www.fest21.com/en/blog/vanessa_mcmahon/thelma_schoonmaker_interview  

Penso Un Sogno Cosi

Ahhh! The memories of Aruba's first ever IFF! And I just love this picture of the cast with Claudio Masenza and especially the pink drape against Marina Rocco's red lips!   left to right: Marina Rocco, Marco de Luca, Fulvia Caprara, Claudio Masenza, Paolo Stella :-D See this story about this fantastic indie Italian film Penso Un Sogno Cosi which debuted at the Aruba Internation

The Burning Plain Party

Mariana Arriaga, Paolo Stella, Marina Rocco and Vanessa McMahon at The Burning Plain after party at the Aruba International Film Festival, 2010  

Arubaaaaaa, its a a wrap, braaaaavo

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In an economy where long-running festivals are struggling, the Aruba International Film Festival had a solid inaugural run. "For the first year, I think it's a success," says one of the festival's founders, Guiseppe Cioccarelli. Bruno chatelin added " We, at filmfestivals.com, know of 4000 festivals in our directory, adding a new one is a challenge we always like to salute, but doing so, taking the risk to launch an event with such great ambit...

Aruba wrapped a success inaugural edition

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In an economy where long-running festivals are struggling, the Aruba International Film Festival had a solid inaugural run. "For the first year, I think it's a success," says one of the festival's founders, Guiseppe Cioccarelli.The new festival on this Caribbean island (17 miles north of Venezuela, part of the lesser Antilles) was the brainchild of Giuseppe Cioccarelli, a veteran line producer who moved to Aruba three years ago, and Jonathan Vieira, a local music and TV producer. (The pair run A...

2 Degrees of Separation

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A few fun trivial facts you may not know, from reliable sources that may remain anonymous; The Aruba Hyatt's most difficult guest is Elton John. He's a regular visitor and likes to walk around naked, even when answering the door for room service. He usually commands that his Hyatt attendees are only men, and has a long list of requirements, from 50 odd kinds of vitamins to be lined up in strict alphabetical order, to a lifetime supply of pickles. Richard Gere, on the other hand, ...

2 Degrees of Separation from Richard Gere, in Aruba

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  A few fun trivial facts you may not know, from reliable sources that may remain anonymous; The Aruba Hyatt's most difficult guest is Elton John. He's a regular visitor and likes to walk around naked, even when answering the door for room service. He usually commands that his Hyatt attendees are only men, and has a long list of requirements, from 50 odd kinds of vitamins to be lined up in strict alphabetical order, to a lifetime supply of pickles.   Richard Gere, on th...

2 Degrees of Separation from Richard Gere, in Aruba

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A few fun trivial facts you may not know, from reliable sources that may remain anonymous; The Aruba Hyatt's most difficult guest is Elton John. He's a regular visitor and likes to walk around naked, even when answering the door for room service. He usually commands that his Hyatt attendees are only men, and has a long list of requirements, from 50 odd kinds of vitamins to be lined up in strict alphabetical order, to a lifetime supply of pickles. Richard Gere, on the other hand, (a guest at the...

Griffin Dunne had the world premiere of his short Veronica in Aruba

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Griffin Dunne will have the world premiere of his short Veronica in ArubaAcademy Award® nominated actor and filmmaker Griffin Dunne ("After Hours," "40 Days and 40 Nights," "Game 6," "Johnny Dangerously") will present the world premiere of his short comedy titled "Veronica" at the Aruba International Film Festival (AIFF) today - Sunday, June 6 - at 6:30pm at Paseo Herencia (screening room 2). The surprise announcement was made today by AIFF Artistic Director Claudio Masenza. Dunne's short is pa...

Griffin Dunne will have the world premiere of his short Veronica in Aruba

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Academy Award® nominated actor and filmmaker Griffin Dunne ("After Hours," "40 Days and 40 Nights," "Game 6," "Johnny Dangerously") will present the world premiere of his short comedy titled "Veronica" at the Aruba International Film Festival (AIFF) today - Sunday, June 6 - at 6:30pm at Paseo Herencia (screening room 2). The surprise announcement was made today by AIFF Artistic Director Claudio Masenza. Dunne's short is par...

Inaugural Aruba International Film Festival Carribean spotlight

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The inaugural Aruba International Film Festival (AIFF), which takes place June 4-11, 2010, will include a special screening series that showcases movies from Caribbean filmmakers. Details were revealed today by AIFF co-founder and executive producer Jonathan Vieira. "Although the Film Festival will show films from the four corners of the world, it hasn't forgotten its roots," said Vieira. "Caribbean films have a unique outlook, and a cinematic style that differs from those in ...

The Golden Aruba Award to be offerered to filmmaker Bernardo Bertolucci

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  The Aruba International Film Festival (AIFF) announced today that legendary, Academy Award® winning filmmaker Bernardo Bertolucci (The Last Emperor, Last Tango in Paris, The Conformist, The Dreamers) will be bestowed with The Golden Aruba Award for outstanding achievement in film at the inaugural Film Festival, taking place June 4-11, 2010. The announcement was made by AIFF Artistic Director Claudio Masenza.Serving as the Festival's most prestigious symbol of r...

Aruba Inaugural festival puts up an impressive lineup

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We will be covering the first edition of the Aruba Festival with dailies brought to you by Editor Bruno Chatelin The official lineup is comprised of the following films: 3 IDIOTS (Country: India / Director: Rajkumar Hirani) ABEL (Country: USA / Director: Diego Luna) AMSTERDAM (Country: Netherlands / Director: Ivo van Hove) ANY THING (Country: USA / Director: Oliver Lecot) BARRY MUNDAY (Country: USA / Director: Chris D'Arienzo) BLACK DEATH (Country: UK / Director: Christopher Smith...

Inaugural Aruba reveals line up for upcoming film feast at Dutch Caribbean island

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ARUBA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL UNVEILS OFFICIAL 2010 LINEUP Richard Gere starrer “Hachiko” and Duplass Brothers’ “Cyrus” To Bookend The Festival As the Opening and Closing Night Films Thelma Schoonmaker and Patricia Clarkson Among the Notable Guests To Join Richard Gere and Guillermo Arriaga in AIFF’s Signature “In Conversation With” Series Aruba – May 20, 2010 – Program details for the inaugural Aruba International Film Festival (AIFF), which takes place June 4-11, 2010, ...

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