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Romanian Film Cited As Year's Best

 Wednesday, September 5----------4 MONTHS, 3 WEEKS AND 2 DAYS, the searing drama by Romanian filmmaker Cristian Mungiu which won the Palme D'Or at the Cannes Film Festival this year, has added to that triumph by being named as the Film of the Year by the International Federation of Film Critics (FIPRESCI). The film, which also won the FIPRESCI Prize in Cannes, is making its Canadian Premiere next week at the Toronto International Film Festival.  The film, the latest in a recent renaissance of...

Dialogues With Cinema Greats

Wednesday, September 5--------While high potency celebrities making their way on the red carpet capture the bulk of media attention here (hey Brad, take off those sun glasses, we want to see your fabulous face.....), the Festival has assembled a group of true cinema greats for a program it calls DIALOGUES: Talking With Pictures. This is the rare opportunity for film buffs (comme moi) to hear from some of the most illustrious names of the past half century in film in an intimate setting. This is ...

The Toronto Torrent

 Tuesday, September 4---------The Toronto International Film Festival doesn't officially open for another 48 hours, but already a hurricane of film talents, industryites, press and film buffs are descending onto the Ontario metropolis with a torrent that is almost audible. Coming in from Los Angeles, New York and the four corners of the globe, including the just concluded Montreal World Film Festival, and the still continuing Venice Film Festival......all eyes are on "the gateway to North...

The Toronto Torrent

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The Toronto International Film Festival doesn't officially open for another 48 hours, but already a hurricane of film talents, industryites, press and film buffs are descending onto the Ontario metropolis with a torrent that is almost audible. Coming in from Los Angeles, New York and the four corners of the globe, including the just concluded Montreal World Film Festival, and the still continuing Venice Film Festival......all eyes are on "the gateway to North America" as the frenzy, fun and fero...

EFP Supports European Film In Toronto

 Monday, September 3----------European Film Promotion (EFP), the pan-European agency of the continent's film promotion boards, again returns to the Toronto International Film Festival with a program of support for European filmmakers and sales agents. For this year's edition, 39 European films will benefit from the Film Sales Support (FSS) initiative sponsored by EFP. 26 different European sales agents and production companies are receiving support for the promotion of 39 European films in ...

Visit the Montreal and Toronto Film Festival Dailies Sites

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For the two weeks, editorial focus will be on the Montreal World Film Festival and the Toronto International Film Festival. Check out all the excitement via the Online Dailies Sites.  Montreal World Film Festival Dailies: www.fest21.com/blog/montreal_world_film_festival    Toronto International Film Festival Dailies: www.fest21.com/blog/toronto_film_festival   Come back for more Coming Attractions coverage in 2 weeks.............Sandy Mandelberger, Comin...

Sales Support for 39 European films at Toronto

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39 European films benefit from Film Sales Support at the Toronto International Film Festival, 6-15 September 200726 different European sales agents and production companies are receiving EFP’s established Film Sales Support (FSS) for the promotion of 39 films at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival. For the third year in succession, FSS, which is backed by the MEDIA Programme of the European Union, is helping to increase the visibility of European films outside of Europe by encour...

Canadian Films Will Shine In Toronto

 Saturday, September 1---------The Toronto International Film Festival is a unique and dynamic opportunity for the local film industry to shine. With a Canadian film opening the proceedings this coming Thursday, the Festival offers Canadian filmmakers, distributors, producers and industryites a once-a-year opportunity to showcase their best work, meet with potential international partners and to shine a light on the latest crop of film talents for the assembled international press.   &#...

Toronto Festival Group Joins With Bell Canada For New Facility

 Wednesday, August 29--------The Toronto International Film Festival Group (TIFFG) and Bell Canada held a joint press conference on Monday to announce the new name and logo of the TIFFG's home and headquarters: Bell Lightbox. The Bell Lightbox name acknowledges TIFFG's special relationship with Bell and underlines the Group's dedication to advancing the art form of the moving image. "It's with great pride that we announce the new Bell Lightbox name and logo for our home and headquarters a...

Toronto Opening Weekend Galas

 Tueday, August 28----------The Toronto International Film Festival has become a key launching pad for the careers of films in the North American market. This is even more true for films chosen for the Gala Presentations.....mainly American prestige pictures and international titles from known auteurs. Early buzz for the awards season can be created here, and with over 3000 journalists attending from all over the globe, the international aspects (and pressure) are enormous. A film can either be...

NSI FilmExchange Canadian Film Festival to be retired

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NSI has announced two new web-based initiatives to debut in the first quarter of 2008 – the establishment of a permanent online industry centre and the launch of a quarterly online, 100% Canadian short film festival. As a result of the organization’s focus on these new online educational and showcasing platforms, NSI FilmExchange will be retired after a successful nine-year run and will not be produced in 2008.“NSI has continued to remain relevant and successful through the years by being ...

FUGITIVE PIECES To Open Film Festival Next Week

 Monday, August 27----The 32nd edition of the Toronto International Film Festival opens a week from Thursday on September 6th. While totally international in its scope, the Festival is also a prime launching pad for the newest works from the thriving Canadian film industry. One of the most anticipated films from one of the industry's most celebrated filmmakers will receive its World Premiere as a Gala Presentation. FUGITIVE PIECES, produced by Robert Lantos and directed by Jeremy Podeswa (TH...

117 Features & docus from EFP to Screen at Toronto

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117 Features and Documentaries from 24 of European Film Promotion’s 28 Member Countries to Screen at the 2007 Toronto International Film Festival®European Film Promotion (EFP) with support from the European Union's MEDIA Programme, will attend the Toronto International Film Festival® (September 6-15) for the eleventh consecutive year. Joining the 17 EFP member countries who comprise a de facto European delegation with display booths in the Festival’s Sales & Industry Office, are two EFP me...

premium celebrity imagery and video from Toronto from Moving Pictures Magazine

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Moving Pictures Magazine, a subsidiary of entertainment media company, Maitland Primrose Group, and Corbis (www.corbis.com), a creative resource for advertising, marketing and media professionals, today announced that they will team up to create and license premium celebrity imagery and video, including celebrity interviews, from the Toronto International Film Festival running September 6 to 15.The behind-the-scenes imagery and video, including exclusive celebrity candids and interviews with act...

The Summer Is Definitely Over: Toronto FF In 2 Weeks

 Friday, August 25---------In a sure sign that summer is definitely in its last throws, the Toronto International Film Festival held its major press conference earlier this week, announcing the full roster of films and special events that will be presented from September 6 to 15. In less than two weeks, the titans of the film industry, and a smattering of first-timers and more humble folk like this journalist, will venture to the "New York of the North" to be part of an extravaganza t...

FILMI South Asian Film Festival

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The eighth Annual FILMI South Asian Film Festival (FSAFF), in association with TELUS, comes to the NFB mediatheque and AGO Jackman Hall in Toronto August 8 to 12. This year's FILMI South Asian Film Festival 8 features a whole host of exciting and riveting films about South Asian Diaspora in an increasingly urbanizing and globalizing world. Programming highlights include: The closing night film Life in a Metro, by Anurag Basu, the hilarious Canadian premiere of Offshore by Diane Cheklich, Liz Mir...

Special Presentations during this year's Toronto Festival

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The Toronto International Film Festival announced the addition of eight titles to screen as Special Presentations during this year's Festival, running September 6 - 15, 2007. These films join 17 titles as previously announced Special Presentations to date, and offer the latest achievements from an array of veteran filmmakers, directors on the rise, and celebrated actors working behind the camera. Titles announced today feature some of cinema's most well-known talent, including performances by Br...

Asian Cinema On The Ascendant

 Friday, July 14-------Three films from Asia that have made waves on the international film festival circuit are opening in New York this weekend, and will roll out to other cities in North America during the next few weeks. The widely different films point to the continued renaissance of Asian cinema as a world force and the ambitious and risk-taking aesthetic of a new generation of Asian directors.Of the three filmmakers, the South Korean director Kim Ki-Duk is probably the best known in this...

Why Go To Toronto?

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Why not go to Toronto in September? Apparently, the real question is, why go? In an impromptu survey of representatives at the Cannes market, the nearly unanimous answer to questions regarding plans to go to the Toronto International Film Festival this year was a resounding "No."Some groups, such as PRO Chile, explained that because they were new on the scene, they may not be ready for Toronto. A representative from the booth stated that Cannes is their first experience, and while it h...

Cannes and Toronto: A Comparison of Two Festivals

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          When I told friends from home that I planned to come to Cannes to intern with the film festival, they were all jealous, but especially my friends who went to film school: working at a film festival is a film student’s dream, and not only have I now interned here in Cannes, but I have also volunteered at the Toronto International Film Festival. These two experiences have shown me a lot, not only about the film industry, but about the festival circuit and the vast differences ...

Fugitive Pieces by Jeremy Podeswa's to open Toronto

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The 32nd Toronto International Film Festival® opens September 6 with the world premiere Gala Presentation of Jeremy Podeswa's FUGITIVE PIECES. Produced by Robert Lantos, and based on the international bestselling novel by Anne Michaels, FUGITIVE PIECES is a powerful, poetic, and emotionally-charged drama about love, loss and redemption. Jeremy Podeswa (THE FIVE SENSES) brings the beauty and passion of this much beloved novel to screen with a cast that features Stephen Dillane, Rade Sherbedgia,...

Kansas City Jubilee Film Festival Awards

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The 11th annual Kansas City Jubilee Film Festival, April 12-22, a celebration of indendent filmmaking in the Heartland showcased over 100 short films from around the world, features from Missouri and Kansas, and films inspired by JAZZ. Films and filmmakers recognized for excellence include:Outstanding Service to the KC Film Community – Teri Rogers, Take 2Indie Pioneer Award for Lifetime Achievements in Film Education - Howard Suber, founder of UCLA Film SchoolOur judges were Sarah Jo Marks of ...

Spring Bouquet At New Directors/New Films

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Thursday, March 29----With Spring (finally) making its arrival after an unexpected early March frost and series of snowstorms, one of the rites of Spring in New York is the NEW DIRECTORS/NEW FILMS festival, which is entering its final weekend with a spring bouquet of films. The series, which is celebrating its 36th anniversary, is a joint presentation of the Film Society of Lincoln Center and the Film Department of the Museum of Modern Art, with screening at both MoMA and the Film Society's ...

Adelaide Fest Natuzzi and Fipresci prize winners announced

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The Adelaide Film Festival is delighted to announce STILL LIFE by Jia Zhang-Ke as the winner of the inaugural NATUZZI International Award for Best Feature Film with special mention to SYNDROMES AND A CENTURY by Apichatpong Weerasethakul, and DARATT by Mahamat-Saleh Haroun, as winner of the FIPRESCI International Critics Award for Best First or Second Feature. The winners were announced last night, at the closing night of the Adelaide Film Festival and world premiere screening of Rolf de Heer’s...

The Feminist Cinema of Margarethe Von Trotta

Saturday, March 3-----The Miami International Film Festival has traditionally been a supportive environment for female directors. This year, the Festival is showcasing more than 40 films from women directors from all over the world, including several highly anticipated films from acknowledged film veterans. One such pioneer is the German director Margarethe von Trotta, whose newest film I AM THE OTHER WOMAN (Ich Bin Die Andere) screens this evening as a Gusman Premiere at the Festival's prem...

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