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SFF 2011Immerse yourself in 11 days of fantastic films and extraordinary events. With over 150 cinema screenings, celebrity guests, scintillating soirees and family fun, The Sarasota Film Festival returns for its 13th year of celebrating the finest in contemporary international and independent cinema.  From the Opening Night Extravaganza to our signature “Conversations With…” series to a celebration of women filmmakers and much more, plunge into the best of the fest that Variety Magazine called “The acme of regional film festivals.”

DOC NYC Announces Award Winners

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  DOC NYC, New York’s first all-documentary festival whose inaugural edition ran from November 3 to 9, announced its award winners on Sunday evening, November 7th, following the Festival's gala screening of TABLOID, the newest film by Oscar-winning documentarian Errol Morris at New York University’s Skirball Center for the Performing Arts. Prizes were awarded by juries in both the “Viewfinders” and “Metropolis” sections, with festival audiences also selecting...

DOC NYC awards

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DOC NYC, New York's documentary festival, now in the midst of its inaugural year, announces its award winners the night of Sunday, November 7th at the festival's gala screening of Errol Morris's new film Tabloid at NYU's Skirball Center for the Performing Arts. Prizes were awarded by juries in both the "Viewfinders" and "Metropolis" sections; festival audiences also selected an official DOC NsYC Audience Award. DOC NYC takes place at IFC Center the Ziegfeld Theatre and at New York University ven...

Sarasota Film Festival | Deadline For Submission FAST Approaching

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DEADLINEFAST APPROACHINGCALLFOR SUBMISSIONSTHE12th ANNUAL SARASOTA FILM FESTIVALAPRIL 9th - 18thDEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION:JANUARY 15, 2010Late Submissions Deadline:January 30, 2010 
The Sarasota Film Festival continues to celebrate the art of filmmaking and thecontribution of filmmakers by hosting an international film festival anddeveloping year-long programs for the economic, educational and culturalbenefit of our community
 
We are currently accepting films in the followingcategories:...

Premiere of Lost Hal Ashby film; debut for Angelina Jolie

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Talk about art imitating life, or vice-versa – or something like that. Here’s the story: In 1981, Jon Voight signed on to star in a comedy called Lookin’ To Get Out, which he’d co-written. Co-starring would be Burt Young of Rocky fame, and the stunning Ann-Margret. Directing would be Hal Ashby, a maverick who’d made such hit flicks as Harold and Maude (1971), Shampoo (1975) and Being There (1979), and who would die of cancer 1988. Jon had been pa...

Sarasota Film Festival awards

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The 11th Sarasota Film Festival presented its awards at the Filmmaker Tribute event held at the Sarasota Opera House on Saturday evening, April 4. Actor Stanley Tucci served as the Master of Ceremonies for the evening and introduced the presentations. SFF Board President, Mark P. Famiglio, made introductory remarks before Tucci introduced the competition winners.The Sarasota Film Festival, in partnership with the companies Film Movement and First Run Features, presented our very first feature ...

Sarasota Film Festival Twittersssss

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The Southwest Florida Gulf coast community of Sarasota sparkles a little brighter each year when the Sarasota Film Festival hosts 10 days of films and star-studded parties. Utilizing innovative social media to report all that makes the 11th Annual Sarasota Film Festival shine, Twitterers will provide real-time updates in 140 characters or less (called ‘live tweeting’) during the event March 27 through April 5, 2009. Although the film festival has Facebook and Twitter accounts, three Twitter ...

Sarasota Film Festival highlights

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The 11th Annual Regal Entertainment Group SARASOTA FILM FESTIVAL will get underway on Friday evening March 27, 2009 and run through Sunday, April 5, 2009. The Festival will be presented at Sarasota’s Hollywood 20 Cinemas with Opening Night at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Center, Closing Night Tribute at the Sarasota Opera House, screenings and conversations at the Historic Asolo, and other area venues. This year’s Festival will present over 160 narrative, documentary and short films from t...

Jennifer Maizel steps in Newport International Film Festival

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The highly regarded Newport International Film Festival (a local Cannes, according to one travel magazine) has announced that Jennifer Maizel has become the new Executive Director of the Newport International Film Festival. Maizel had a prior stint with NIFF in 2006 as the Director of Guest Services. Most recently, she has served, for the past three years, as Managing Director of the Sarasota Film Festival. “Jen is a superb addition to the NIFF, just the kind of person to take us to the nex...

Sarasota Film Festival Executive Director leaves

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Jody Kielbasa, who joined the Sarasota Film Festival in its infancy, is leaving his post as Executive Director. Kielbasa, during his tenure, expanded the scope and depth of the festival each year, culminating in this year’s tenth anniversary extravaganza which included Academy Award Winner Charlize Theron, Liv Ullmann, Stanley Tucci, and more than 200 films. Kielbasa is leaving the festival to pursue other artistic ventures according to the Festival’s Executive Board of Directors. Mark...

Film Florida Celebrates Apples And Oranges

Monday, April 28-------Last evening at the fab Hotel QT off Times Square, the oranges were out in force in the Big Apple for the annual fete presented by Film Florida, a non-profit organization representing a variety of Florida film commissions, industry associations and labor organizations. The Apples And Oranges Party was set around the indoor pool of the Hotel QT, bringing a bit of Florida sunshine to the somewhat gloomy weather of New York in late April.Film Florida is promoting the Sunshine...

NEWSLETTER N° 354: March 4, 2008

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AWARDS THE AWARDS WATCH ON FEST21.COM Oscar and more Nominations for cinema eye awards: vote online Portland International Film Festival's Audience Awards New NSI Drama Prize teams announced Walden Media the first to Receve the IFFF Film Excellence Award Indie Talents Honored At Film Independent Spirit Awards _________________________...

NEWSLETTER N° 347: January 16, 2008

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AWARDS THE AWARDS WATCH ON FEST21.COM Oscar and more The Int'l Fest of Cinema and Technology Announces 2007 Award Winners BAFTA Film Awards Nominees in 2008 IFFS Europe 2008 Call for Papers Now Open FIPRESCI's "Best Foreign Language Film of 2007" to Croatian "Armin" It's War At The Golden Globes 65...

Sarasota Film Festival Competition and Audience Awards

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The Sarasota Film Festival Competition and Audience Awards were announced at a reception hosted by the Longboat Key Club and Resort, on Saturday afternoon, April 12th, 2008. The awards were introduced by Festival Director of Programming, Tom Hall and Festival Programmer, Holly Herrick and were presented by each of the competition category jurors. The Audience Awards were presented by Hall and Herrick. The 2008 Sarasota Film Festival presented three competitions, Best Narrative Feature, Best ...

Sarasota Film Festival Announces Narrative Films, Documentaries & Shorts Packages

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The Sarasota Film Festival celebrates its 10th Anniversary April 4-13th 2008. What began as a three-day festival with a handful of events has grown over a decade into one of the leading regional festivals is North America. As previously announced, this year the festival is thrilled to have as its honorary chairs, Governor Charlie Crist, United Artists CEO Paula Wagner and Creative Artists Agency (CAA) Co-Chairman Rick Nicita. They are all expected to attend the 10th Anniversary Ball, where th...

Highlights of the Sarasota Film Festival 10th Anniversary

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The Sarasota Film Festival kicks-off its 10th Anniversary with a sneak-peak at some of the highlights of this years films, honorees and special programs; Among them is the announcement of the three major competitions, Best Narrative Feature, Best Documentary Feature, and Independent Visions - each showcasing a selection of the finest films at the festival. Special programs include Face To Face: The Films of Liv Ullmann and Ingmar Bergman; and Israel@60: The Nation, The Diaspora and Beyond. For ...

Sarasota Film Festival Kicks Off the 2008 Season in a Big Way

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Tune into to SNN6 this Friday February 22nd at 7pm for a special Broadcast "10 Years of the Sarasota Film Festival" airing again at 11:30pm. A fantastic look-back over what began as a 3 day festival, with 8 films and 3 events, which has grown into one of the leading film festivals in North America. The Sarasota Film Festival now boasts a 10 day program, with over 160 films, countless events and an attendance of over 50,000 people in 2007. The retrospective includes highlights and stars from ...

Sarasota Fest set to celebrate 10th in april

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There is magic in the air! The 10th Anniversary of the Sarasota Film Festival is upon us and it promises to be one of the best years yet! Take a leap to the West Coast of Florida April 4th – April 13nd, 2008 and dive into the films, symposiums and of course, the parties. SFF draws filmmakers and celebrities from near and far. Familiar faces who have walked the red carpet include Robert Altman, William H. Macy, Felicity Huffman, Norman Jewison, Werner Herzog, Marcia Gay Harden, Joe Pantolian...

10th anniversary of the Sarasota Film Festival

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Please note that April 2008 marks the 10th anniversary of the Sarasota Film Festival. What began as a 3 day festival with 8 films and 3 events has grown into one of the leading film festivals in North America. The Sarasota Film Festival now boasts a 10 day program, with over 200 films, countless events and an attendance of over 50,000 people in 2007. The rolling white-sand beaches and crystalline waters of Sarasota combine with world-class cinema, star-studded parties and high-profile events ...

Sarasota moonlight movies fall series

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The SARASOTA FILM FESTIVAL will present the 4th annual edition of MOONLIGHT MOVIES, the area’s premiere outdoor – always free of charge – film series. The series redefines movie watching by presenting these films in beautiful outdoor settings on a giant, two story inflatable movie screen with digital projection and surround sound. Attendees (and last year there were over 15,000) are encouraged to bring blankets and to enjoy picnic’s and outdoor fun before screenings. This year, the MOO...

Toronto Party Central

 Monday, September 10---------Toronto, like any major film festival on the circuit, is as much about the parties as it is the films. Parties are, after all, the place to meet up and schmooze, seen and be seen, and, one might argue, are the perks after a day of slogging between screening rooms. While it is physically impossible to attend every event  (or even get an invitation to them all), I try and do my share.    The US distributors give some of this town's most stellar soirees, with outs...

Ian Black new Sarasota Fest president

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At the final SARASOTA FILM FESTIVAL Board meeting for fiscal 2007, Ian Black was sworn in and inducted as the fourth President of the Festival’s august Board. Black promised to continue the festival’s growth, advancement and programs initiated by his predecessors while indicating that he has plans for solidifying the festival’s fiscal and artistic well-being in this tenth anniversary year and beyond. During the last three years of outgoing President Neil McCurry’s term in office, the fe...

Ian Black fourth President of Sarasota

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At the final SARASOTA FILM FESTIVAL Board meeting for fiscal 2007, Ian Black was sworn in and inducted as the fourth President of the Festival’s august Board. Black promised to continue the festival’s growth, advancement and programs initiated by his predecessors while indicating that he has plans for solidifying the festival’s fiscal and artistic well-being in this tenth anniversary year and beyond. During the last three years of outgoing President Neil McCurry’s term in office, the fe...

Interviews with Aaron Katz (Quiet City) and Marcia Gay Harden (Canvas) at the Sarasota Film Festival

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Tune in to MOVIE GEEKS UNITED! tonight at 6pm eastern/5pm central for exclusive scoops on upcoming releases, interviews with filmmakers from the Sarasota Film Festival, and the first part of our Summer Movie Madness series!  It's movie talk radio on the internet!  Call in and share your thoughts during the show!  Just click the link below and get your geek on! You can also access the show at any time using the archives!...

The greatest program in the history of movie talk radio is here....MOVIE GEEKS UNITED!

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A quick update on MOVIE GEEKS UNITED!, the ultimate movie radio show premiering Sunday, April 15 at 6pm eastern/ 5 pm central...Jamey, Jerry and Chris -- the quintessential movie geeks -- are planning a series of shows you won't want to miss!This is internet blog radio that can be heard by anyone throughout the world.  All you need is an internet connection and a speaker!Just look at what we have in store for you for our first show:We talk "Grindhouse" -- the pinnacle of movie gee...
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