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Actors Go Behind The Camera

 Wednesday, August 22--------Oscar nominated actor Ethan Hawke and fellow thespian Justin Theroux are two of the latest actors  who have gone behind the cameras for their latest films. Hawke has adapted his own novel THE HOTTEST STATE for a wide screen version that had its world premiere at last year's Venice Film Festival. The film stars Mark Webber as a New York city actor (originally from Texas) who falls desperately in love with a singer (played by Oscar nominee Catalina Sandino Moreno, w...

Malta cancels the first festival

Hisham Abdel Khalek the founder of Malta International Film Festival had to announce the cancellation of the festival and shared the following team is sorry to see all these efforts go down and expresses its sympathy to Hisham and all his team members."Our team has been working relentlessly for a year to organize the first ever Malta International Film Festival scheduled in Valletta from September 15th to 23rd, 2007. As of June 2007, these efforts resulted in the confi...

Ischia Global Fest is the world event of the summer says Paul Haggis

“Italy is my favorite country and the Ischia Global Fest is the world event of the summer: a perfect combination of content and quality of life. I am happy to be the chairman and to have worked with Pascal Vicedomini in order to make this edition even richer and to promote your country throughout the world through the medium of film. With Oliver Stone, Alejandro González Iñárritu, Hilary Swank, Ben Kingsley, Laura Dern, Sheryl Crow, Gustavo Santaolalla, Andrea Bocelli, and many other friend...

"Ischia Global Fest is the world event of the summer" says Paul Haggis

“Italy is my favorite country and the Ischia Global Fest is the world event of the summer: a perfect combination of content and quality of life. I am happy to be the chairman and to have worked with Pascal Vicedomini in order to make this edition even richer and to promote your country throughout the world through the medium of film. With Oliver Stone, Alejandro González Iñárritu, Hilary Swank, Ben Kingsley, Laura Dern, Sheryl Crow, Gustavo Santaolalla, Andrea Bocelli, and many other friend...

Venezia Digitale, 3 and 4 September, the new Convergence Arena

Venezia Digitale, 3 and 4 September, 2007, is the new Convergence Arena running parallel with the 64th International Venice Film Festival. The periodical 2-day B2B event finally brings together the leaders and experts of the converging key industries - Film, TV, Digital Content, Game and Music - to exchange expertise, create new business and benefit from exclusive networking opportunities. On day 1, top international experts will provide insight into the creative means and added value generated...

Festivals covered and deadlines for atrwork

Festival Dates / Deadline AFM 1 - 8 November 2006 / 14 October 2006 Sundance 18 - 28 January 2007 / 5 January 2007 Berlinale / EFM 8 - 18 February 2007 / 2 February 2007 Hong Kong Film Market 20 - 23 March 2007 / 9 March 2007 MIPTTV 3 - 7 April 2007 / 23 March 2007 Festival de Cannes / Marche du Film 16 - 27 May 2007 / 4 May 2007La Biennale di Venezia / Venice Film Festival 30 August - 9 September 2007 / 10 August 2007 Toronto Film Festival 6 - 15 September 2007 / 17 August 2007 MIPCOM 8 - 12 Oc...

LYNCH. Behind the curtain: the artist at work shows in Cannes

 A film that gives us a rare glimpse into the fascinating mind of the man who created such visionary classics as Eraserhead, Mullholland Drive, Blue Velvet, Twin Peaks, Wild At Heart, The Elephant Man and more…Compiled from over two years of footage, the film is an intimate portrait of Lynch’s creative process as he completes his latest film, INLAND EMPIRE. We are with him as he discovers the beauty in ideas, leading us on a journey through the abstract which ultimately unveils his cinemati...

Film Festival Summit IFFS Europe Speakers

The International Film Festival Summit IFFS Europe will bring together leading film festivals and professionals from around the world to network, innovate, and share ideas. The summit will address the proliferation of festivals, sponsorship strategies, operations & management, technology, programming, and the distribution of film. Join your peers and colleagues for an event you can't afford to  miss!SPEAKERS INCLUDE:Henri Behar,Press, Toronto & Cannes Film Festival Despina Mouzaki...

Cyprus is ready to welcome the 2nd International Film Festival, which will ta

For the second consecutive year, the island of Cyprus is ready to welcome the 2nd International Film Festival, which will take place between 12th and 19th of April, with 140 films, screening at K-Cineplex cinema venues in Nicosia and with a selection of special screenings in Larnaca and Limassol. Following last year’s success and equipped with this small but substantial experience, this year we were called to select and programme the festival among 600 films submitted by filmmakers from 50 cou...

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...

Marco Müller tributes for life achievement during MIFF

 Representatives forms MIFF are still working in the Berlinale discussing agreements. One of the latest news which has been revealed concerns the tribute prize to Marco Müller. The festival director Hisham Abdel Khalek has met Mr Müller to decide the details of his participation to the Malta International Film Festival.  Marco Müller will be rewarded for his career as a producer and film festival director and one of his films will be screened in the section dedicated to tributes. Marco...

International Film Festival Summit In Berlin

Monday, February 12----The International Film Festival Summit (IFFS), the first international conference for film festival directors, programmers, fundraisers and sponsors held on the European continent, hosted a reception today at the Vox Bar at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in the heart of Potsdamer Platz, the nerve center for the Berlin Film Festival. IFFS made a number of exciting announcements at the event, for both the International Film Festival Summit Europe, to be held on April 18, 2007 at the ...

Golden Globe Nominees Announced

Friday, December 15----Nominations for the Golden Globe Awards were announced yesterday morning in Los Angeles. The Awards, given by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, a membership group of less than 100 international journalists whose beat is coverage of Hollywood and the American film scene, has grown in stature over the past few years, making them almost the most stellar in a glut of end-of-the-year honors. Now broadcast on a major television network in the US and seen via satellite t...

bATiK [Film] Festival programme is finalised.

The 10th edition will be rich in events and well known people. The main premises of the film festival is the Morlacchi Theatre of Perugia that will host the cultural event between the 6-10 December 2006. The Grand opening will be held on the 3rd of December at the National Gallery and will include a visit of the museum presented by Enrico Ghezzi and Alexandr Sokurov, Director of Arca Russa, a movie realized using one level of sequence within the Hermitage of San Pietroburgo. On the 6th of...

Rome Film Fest: Starting at the Top

Most festivals, in their debut year, have a modest agenda and try to keep expectations at a low pitch. Not so the Rome Film Fest, which is approaching its inaugural session with the velocity of an unstoppable train.It has always seemed curious to Americans why some of Europe’s largest cities have not had a major film festival attached to them. Why, we wonder, did it take decades for Paris, the most cinephile of cities, to launch its own film event? Why are there no major film festivals in such...

Sean Connery To Be Honored At First Rome Film Fest

The inaugural Rome FilmFest, which will be held in the Italian capitol from 13 to 21 October, is shaping up to become a major European festival destination, giving the longtime Venice Film Festival a run for its money.The Festival announced that veteran actor Sean Connery will be the first recipient of the new Rome FilmFest’s Acting Award, the prize for the actor’s craft established by CINEMA, the Festival’s collaboration with IMAIE (the actors’ and authors’ syndicate). Connery will re...

The rythm of The Lost City

Did you ever see Bill Murray do the salsa? Or the mambo, rumba or any of that other Latin stuff? Well, let me tell you something. The guy’s got rhythm. I couldn’t help myself watching him in awe as he steered his way around the dance floor with a couple of breathless women. So, thinking I should get a firsthand experience, I navigated through the crowd of undulating bodies in a hope of being next in line. But woe is me, the music suddenly ended and Bill slipped off the floor.I found him in a...

Russian Nights Film and Cultural Festival

“The Russians are coming! The Russians are coming!” was all I could think of on that week leading up to the 4th annual RUSSIAN NIGHTS FILM and CULTURAL FESTIVAL, stationed in LA’s royal blue architectural gem, the Pacific Design Center. Now I love attending film festivals, especially exotic ones, but helping to organize them is another can of beans entirely. As a creative consultant to my “mad Russians”, as I tenderly refer to them, I was quickly driven to slurp the vodka and guzzle t...

The “Other” Venice Film Festival

The “Other” Venice Film Festival Venice California was one man's dream of a place to resemble Venice, Italy. In 1900 Abbot Kinney founded Venice, California. At first Venice was a romantic network of canals but Kinney's idea never really worked, and with the arrival of cars and freeways to LA, the canals were abandoned. In the 1960s Venice, California became a low rent district on the ocean that attracted artists and young radicals from across the nation. Always slightly on the margin...

Good Night, and Good Luck awarded film of the year by Capri

George Clooney’s film Good Night, and Good Luck, and Cristina Comencini’s The Beast in the Heart have won Capri-Kimbo Awards as best films of 2005. The two productions, introduced at the last Venice Film Festival and in the race for an Oscar, will be honored at the 10th anniversary edition of the Capri, Hollywood Film Festival December 27-January 2. The festival is produced by Capri in the World Institute with the support of the director general's office for cinema of the Ministry of Cul...

Zhang Yimou guest at Hawai Fest

25th LOUIS VUITTON Hawaii International Film Festival October 20 - 30, 2005 Zhang Yimou, director of 'HERO', confirms attendance at the 25th Louis Vuitton Hawaii International Film Festival. Two-time Academy Award® nominee, Zhang Yimou will be receiving LVHIFF’s prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award."Zhang Yimou is widely recognized as one of the world’s top film directors and it’s very special having Mr. Zhang at LVHIFF our 25th anniversary," said Chuck Boller, Executive Director of th...

The viennale program of 100 features and tributes

Taking place for the 43rd time (14 –26, 2005), the VIENNALE will present 291 films from 48 countries. The VIENNALE 2005 will open with the gala screening of Woody Allen’s Match Point. (following its sensational premiere at Cannes. A public screening of the program will take place at the Gartenbau at 11pm. The VIENNALE closing gala on Wednesday, October 26, 8.30pm will feature the screening of George Clooney’s Good Night, and Good Luck – a highlight from this year’s Venice Film Festival...

Rio Festival wraps and delivers its Awards

Cidade Baixa, Cinema, Aspirinas e Urubus, Crime Delicado Film Trio Dominate 2005 AwardsThree films from the thirty-seven screened in Festival do Rio's Première Brasil competition section emerge to take all but two of the main prizes handed out by the official jury, presided over this year by Venice Film Festival director Marco Muller.Sergio Machado´s Cidade de Baixa (Lower City), and Marcelo Gomes' Cinema, Aspirinas e Urubus (Cinema, Aspirins and Vultures), both which proved popular with the c...

30th Gdynia Festival set for kick-off

THIRTIETH POLISH FEATURE FILMS FESTIVAL IN GDYNIASeptember 12-17, 2005The Gdynia Festival of Polish Feature Films (Festiwal Polskich Filmow Fabularnych) is an annual event showcasing the entire feature film production of the country in the preceding twelve month period right up to curtain time. The festival was established on somewhat shaky ground in 1974 in the shipyard city of Gdansk -- later to become famous for the Solidarity strikes which led to the downfall of Communism in Poland -- but t...

Opportunity in Dylan Rush’s The Ice Cream Man

Dylan Rush’s The Ice Cream Man combines characters of various cultural and ethnic backgrounds, as they learn to co-exist in America. Children, as the consumers of ice cream, represent America with their essence of freedom, while Venica, California serves as a melting pot. It is this mixture that embodies America with its forced nature to cause coexistence. Rush chooses to express these notions through ice cream truck drivers. A former Soviet male and a female Korean immigrant both start in the...


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