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Toronto Opens with World Premiere of Deepa Mehta’s WATER

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Toronto International Film Festival Opens with World Premiere of Deepa Mehta’s WATERToronto International Film Festival opening night was a triumph on September 8th with the premiere of Deepa Mehta’s dynamic film WATER. Finishing out her ode to the elements this is the final film in her trilogy, following FIRE (1996) and EARTH (1998). Mehta film brought a classic presents to the 30th anniversary of one on the largest film festivals in the world. Mehta’s element series FIRE and EARTH were...

30th Toronto will open with World Premiere of WATER

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Toronto International Film Festival will open with of World Premiere of WATERToronto International Film Festival is set to open on September 8th to the 17th, 2005. This will be the 30th anniversary of the top North American Film Festival and one of the most respected Festivals in the world. To date programmers have acquired to screen 11 world premieres, five international premieres, and nine North American premieres from 17 countries. Last years Festival was close to 350 films from over 50 count...

Bin-Jip's 3-Iron drive on the festival circuit

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Bin-Jip/3-Iron Korean 95 minutes South Korea Color 2004 Kim Ki-duk Kim Ki-duk Film/Cineclick Asia Director Kim Ki-dukScreenplay Kim Ki-dukDirector of Photography Jang Seung-beck Editor Kim Ki-duk Cast Lee Seung-yeonJae HeeKwon Hyuk-hoJoo Jin-moCostume Designer Koo Hea-heonArt Director Joo Jin-moMusic SlvianSynopsis Tae-suk drives his motorcycle around Seoul, papering neighborhood doors with advertising flyers. He is not interested in making money. If the flyer remains posted, he breaks into and ...

ViewFinders Atlantic City announces line up.

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The 4th annual ViewFinders: International Film Festival for Youth (VF4), April 19-23, 2005, a presentation of the Atlantic Film Festival, announced its line-up of close to 60 films and 40 workshops in its School Program and weekend family programs."This year’s program of workshops is fun, interactive and engaging," said Kellie Manning, ViewFinders Director. "From Jay Dahl’s Script to Screen to film lighting and animation workshops, we cover all the creative bases in our popular School Progra...

Montreal war of the fests: Atlantic Fest date challenged

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25th Atlantic Film Festival Blind-Sided by Festival International de Films de Montréal’s Recent Announcement of New DatesDuring a pivotal anniversary year, the 25th Atlantic Film Festival (AFF), September 15-24, 2005, has been blind-sided by the Festival International de Films de Montréal’s (FIFM) recent announcement of their new dates, September 18-25, which will completely overlap with those of AFF.“This is unacceptable,” said Gregor Ash, Executive Director, at a media conference in ...

Winnipeg NSI FilmExchange Festival line up

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NSI FilmExchange Canadian Film Festival in Winnipeg March 2 – 5, 2005.“We are very excited to confirm the Festival’s films,” said Director of Programming Liz Janzen. “Each of the directors has brought a unique story to the big screen – our audiences will be challenged, moved and entertained.”Director Noam Gonick’s latest film Stryker is the compelling story of an intense turf war between two street gangs in Winnipeg’s North End. Shot in Winnipeg last winter, Stryker will have i...

Palm Springs Fest unveils 2005 festival

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PALM SPRINGS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVALUnveils Outstanding 2005 FestivalPalm Springs International Film Festival now in it’s 16th year has unveiled the program set for the January Festival. With a wonderful array of 190 films, from over an amazing 65 countries for this prestigious 2005 Festival. This is a dynamic presentation of 79 premieres (14 World, 45 U.S. and 20 North American). Also of the 50 films submitted for consideration in the Best Foreign Language Film category for the Academy...

Downfall German contender for the Oscars foreign films

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THE DOWNFALL represents Germany in the race for the OSCARThe independent expert jury, which was appointed by GERMAN FILMS to selection the German entry to compete for the OSCAR for the best Foreign Language Film, has chosen THE DOWNFALL by Oliver Hirschbiegel. The jury on its decision: with the film The Downfall Oliver Hirschbiegel and Bernd Eichinger succeed in achieving the haunting and demystifying cineamtic realisation of the last days of Adolf Hitler and the Third Reich." The production by...

Toronto final awards

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Although it does not have an official Competition or Jury as do fellow festivals in Venice, Cannes, Berlin or Sundance, winners at the Toronto International Film Festival are bellwethers of some of the important films that will come to cinemas and to other film events around the world.After presenting nearly 350 films from sixty countries over the past ten days, the 29th edition of the Festival wrapped yesterday with its annual Awards Brunch, held at the swanky Four Seasons Hotel. Wi...

Toronto Biz Buzz final

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As the Toronto International Film Festival came to a close yesterday with the announcements of its awards, there continued to be business announcements of new distribution deals that will bring many Toronto highlights into North American cinemas later this year.PALM PICTURES PICKS UP MEXICAN FILMIndie distributor Palm Pictures announced the pick up of North American rights to Cronicas,a Mexico-Ecuador co-production which debuted earlier this year in the Cannes Film Festival'sUn Certain Regard se...

Toronto film buzz 1

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TORONTO BIZ BUZZ 1SONY PICTURES CLASSICS HAS A RECORD TORONTOThe first few days of the Toronto International Film Festival has seen a spurt of buying for US distributor Sony Pictures Classics. The company already has a record six films screening in Toronto, including Festival opener Being Julia (directed by Istvan Szabo), Pedro Almodovar’s Bad Education, Zhang Jimou’s House of Flying Daggers, John Duigan’s Head In The Clouds, and Al Pacino-starrer The Merchant of Venice, has announced som...

Canadian films shine on their home turff at TIFF

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With over 350 films being screened and over 2000 industry professionals in attendance, the Toronto International Film Festival is a crowded but important launching pad for the best new films from Canada’s prolific film industry.In the past, all Canadian films were relegated to the Perspective Canada section, which provided a strong promotional platform but also was criticized by many in the Canadian film industry as a kind of “film ghetto”. This year, the Festival has decided to “desegre...

Stars Shine at Toronto’s 29th Film Festival

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Stars Shine at Toronto’s 29th International Film FestivalThe Toronto International Film Festival now in its 29th year, brings the biggest and brightest stars of Hollywood, the film industry and the world to this prestigious Film Festival. TIFF takes place from September 9th to the 18th and is known and the largest and best Film Festival worldwide. The list of visitors who will be on hand in Toronto will be meeting greeting and highlighting there newest films and projects to best promote the m...

Toronto treats: what's on your plate

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Gala Presentations showcase high-profile premieres and films that appeal to a mainstream audience, all presented in the luxurious Roy Thomson Hall. Galas include a mix of Canadian, American, and international films. BEING JULIA, BEYOND THE SEA, FIVE CHILDREN AND IT, I Ì HUCKABEES, and STAGE BEAUTY are some of the films included in the programme this year.Detailed list:Arsène Lupin Jean-Paul Salomé Being Julia István Szabó Beyond the Sea Kevin Spacey Clean Olivier Assayas Downfall Oliver Hir...

Atlantic film fest jury is split in 2 groups

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The 24th Atlantic Film Festival (AFF) announced today that Brett Hendrie, Michael Melski and Stephen Reynolds have been selected for the Atlantic Jury and Charles Bishop, Duncan Hall and Paul Quinn have been selected for the Canadian Jury for this year’s Festival, September 17-25, 2004. The Atlantic Jury chooses 11 Atlantic awards while the Canadian Jury chooses two awards.“We made the decision to divide the jury into two this year because the intensive jury process for such a large program...

New Festival players launch FCG in Cannes

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Former Film fest directors Jon Fitzgerald and Mitch Levine announce the launch of Festival Consulting Group (FCG), a company devoted to serving the film festival community. Supported by a comprehensive website, FestivalConsulting.com, the Company will offer a complete range of services – from Sponsorship to Strategic Planning to Production Services – and virtually everything in between. The announcement was made at a reception at the Plage des Palmes Café in Cannes, co-hosted by Film Find...

Jester Wins at Sprockets - Toronto children's Fest

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JESTER TILL (TILL EULENSPIEGEL) receives Audience Award for best animation film at the prize-giving ceremony for the 7th International Children's Film Festival SPROCKETS in Toronto. The Audience Award for Best Animation Film was presented at the closing ceremony of SPROCKETS in Famous Players Canada Square to the animated feature JESTER TILL (TILL EULENSPIEGEL) by Eberhard Junkersdorf. The film was produced by Munich Animation Film (in co-production with CP Medien/Ludwigsburg and De Familie Jans...

Kansas City Filmmakers Jubilee kicked off

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The 8th annual Kansas City Filmmakers Jubilee kicks off a week of celebrating independent film on April 16. Over 150 short films will be screened, eleven features and visiting filmmakers from around the world will be in attendance.If you come to KC for the festival we can get you a special hotel rate at the Quarterage Hotel (360 Westport Road). It is only a couple of blocks from our primary venues. Call their 800# and mention the Jubilee to get a $79+tax/night rate. 1-800-931-4322 / www.quarte...

The Panorama of Canadian Feature Films at FilmExchange

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FILMS FROM QUEBEC TO SCREEN AT NSI FILMEXCHANGE CANADIAN FILM FESTIVAL, MARCH 2 – 6, 2004 IN WINNIPEGSarah Polley, Kevin Pollak, William Hurt, Mark McKinney, Sir Ian McKellan and others star in some of the year’s best Canadian Feature Films.These national and internationally celebrated stories will be screened with the storytellers attending at one night only intimate screenings followed by an interactive Q&A with the audience. Opening Film: The Blue Butterfly Special Presentation: Seven Tim...

6th Sarasota ready to kick off

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6th ANNUAL SARASOTA FILM FESTIVAL January 23RD – February 1ST, 2004 From the Opening Night Film & Party on January 23rd till the projectors go dark 10 film-filled days and nights later, the 6th Annual SARASOTA FILM FESTIVAL will present an extraordinary line-up of International & US independent features, shorts, documentaries, student films and special events celebrating special guests and their contributions to the art of filmmaking. The SARASOTA FILM FESTIVAL (SFF) is dedicated to ex...

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