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TIFF 2011 Award Winners

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  WHERE DO WE GO NOW?  The 36th edition of the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) came to a climactic close on Sunday with the announcement of its award recipients at a reception at the Four Seasons Hotel With the Festival further solidifying its status as one of the Top Four in the world (with only Cannes, Berlin and Sundance in the running), it remains distinguished by not having a juried competition, with the exception for awards given to native Canadian films. So while th...

GUAM, USA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES JURY AND NOMINEES

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GUAM, USA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES JURY AND NOMINEES HAGATÑA, GUAM, USA (September 13, 2011) – The Guam International Film Festival (GIFF) announced the members of their 2011 Official Grand Jury, comprised of four industry professionals with extensive media experience in the global film community. GIFF executive director, Don Muna, says ”Given the credentials of the 2011 jury panel,  I’m confident that we’re sending the clear message to the world that we consid...

Dustin Hoffman film directorial debuts with QUARTET for BBC Films

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Maggie Smith, Tom Courtenay, Billy Connolly and Pauline Collins lead British cast of venerable maestros for Hoffman’s directorial debut   Dustin Hoffman has assembled a cast of Britain’s most virtuoso actors for his feature film directorial debut QUARTET, which starts principal photography today, shooting for nine weeks in and around Buckinghamshire. BBC Films and DCM Productions present a Headline Pictures and Finola Dwyer Productions production in association with Decca and Han...

movie review CONTAGION

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CONTAGION Starring: Matt Damon, Kate Winslet,  Marion Cotillard, Jude Law, Laurence Fishburne, Gwyneth Paltrow,Elliot Gould,Jennifer Ehle Director:  Steven Soderbergh ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Could the virus in  Steven Soderbergh's new, star-studded film, Contagion be a metaphor for Original Sin? Ok, there's no slithering serpent as in the Garden of Eden but a bat (Eve?) eats of a rotten fr...

Eegar will open AFI Fest

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The American Film Institute (AFI) announced today that J. EDGAR, directed by AFI Life Achievement Award recipient and Academy Award-winning director Clint Eastwood, will have its world premiere as the Opening Night Gala of AFI FEST 2011 presented by Audi. The film stars Academy Award nominee Leonardo DiCaprio in the title role, along with Academy Award nominee Naomi Watts, Armie Hammer and Oscar winner Judi Dench. It is produced by Academy Award winners Eastwood and Brian Grazer, and Oscar nom...

Zurich Film Festival to honor Paul Haggis

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It was announced today that the Zurich Film Festival (ZFF) will present multiple Oscar® winner Paul Haggis (“Crash,” “Million Dollar Baby,” “Casino Royale”) with the Festival’s prestigious Golden Eye Award for his life work as a screenwriter and filmmaker. The announcement was made today by ZFF Directors Karl Spoerri and Nadja Schildknecht. Haggis will receive the “Golden Eye” for his life’s work on Saturday, October 1st within the framework of the prestigious “A Tribute t...

Alejandro González Iñárritu will be feted with a Career Achievement Award at the 7th Zurich Film Festival

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  It was announced today that Academy Award® nominated director Alejandro González Iñárritu (“Amores Perros” “21 Grams” “Babel” “Biutiful”) will be feted with a Career Achievement Award at the 7th Zurich Film Festival (ZFF), taking place September 22 – October 2. The announcement was made by ZFF Directors Karl Spoerri and Nadja Schildknecht. Iñárritu will be on hand to receive ZFF’s coveted Golden Eye Award for his career achievements as a director, writer...

The 20 Best Movies for Back to School

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Summer is nearly over, and for lots of kids, it's time to go back to school. But before you head off to class, enjoy the last of your days of leisure this summer with a few back-to-school-appropriate films. Whether your idea of a great movie is tongue-in-cheek satire or an inspirational story of triumph, there's a back to school movie for you, and we've listed 20 of the best ones here. There are, of course, many more great movies appropriate for back to school viewing, but we believe thes...

Beneath the Earth Film Festival BTEFF 2011 Call for Submissions

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Beneath the Earth Film Festival (BTE), the latest purveyor of online content, reveals an impressive lineup of revered guest judges while also announcing this year’s Call for Entries after a successful first season as a standout and innovative online film festival.  The festival will accept submissions through 8/31/11. In an age when consumers are receiving more news and content through social media and social networking channels, BTE has partnered with some of the Web’s most passionate...

The Iris Prize unveils festival line-up as they prepare for 5th birthday celebrations!

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The 5th Iris Prize Festival is delighted to announce that this year’s festival will open on Wednesday 5 October with the European premiere of August, directed by former Iris Prize winner Eldar Rapaport. The gala screening in Chapter, Cardiff will be introduced by New York based actor Murray Bartlett who plays Troy in the film. A glowing review in Variety said "August is a gay romantic drama that's sexy without feeling like a flimsy excuse to bare well-toned skin…. With minimal di...

Laurence Fishburne To Serve as International Jury President at next Zurich festival

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The Zurich Film Festival (ZFF) announced today the members of the two juries that will preside over the international competition categories at the 7th edition of the Festival, which takes place September 22 – October 2, 2011. Academy Award® nominee Laurence Fishburne (“The Matrix” trilogy, “Mystic River,” “What’s Love Got to Do With It”) will serve as Jury President for the ZFF’s international section. The Festival will also be honoring Fishburne with a special achieve...

Helpful doc resource at DocumentaryGuide.com

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If you are searching for a specific documentary, documentary filmmaker, documentary film school or documentary film festival, then use the most carefully curated and indexed documentary film guide now available online: DocumentaryGuide.com. DocumentaryGuide.com was created for all documentary film lovers, from the novice student to experienced directors, producers and writers. The creators of DocumentaryGuide.com have carefully organized their collection of documentary films to make searc...

BTEFF 2011 Call for Submissions. 2011 Deadline Approaching (8/31/11).

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(NEW YORK) June, 2011 –  Beneath the Earth Film Festival (BTE), the latest purveyor of online content, reveals an impressive lineup of revered guest judges while also announcing this year’s Call for Entries after a successful first season as a standout and innovative online film festival.  The festival will accept submissions through 8/31/11. In an age when consumers are receiving more news and content through social media and social networking channels, BTE has partnered wi...

civil servant cum rock musician appointed as new director of film & television institute of india, pune

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Dharmendra Jai Narain, has been appointed as the Director of the Film & Television Institute of India, Pune.  He succeeds Pankaj Rag, who was the Director of FTII till recently, a press note issued by the Press Information Bureau (PIB) Govt of India, said. Popularly known as D J Narain, the new FTII Director is an officer of the 1990 batch of the Indian Information Service and comes to FTII with a  experience in administration, management, media communication and performing arts....

“The Social Network” wins the 12th Annual Golden Trailer top Awards

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Last night, “The Social Network” came away from the 12th Annual Golden Trailer Awards with three wins in major categories and the coveted top honor, Best in Show. It is the first time a trailer has accomplished this feat since “The Matrix” in 1999, the year the awards show debuted. After carrying away the trophies for “Best Drama,” “Best Music” (which gauges the creative use of music in a promo reel) and “Most Original”—Sony Pictures’ “The Social Network” trailer na...

Campus MovieFest awards

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Campus MovieFest (CMF), the world’s largest student film festival, announced today the 2011 International Grand Finale festival winners. Young filmmakers from over 75 universities along with their families, friends, and industry execs, joined Campus MovieFest in Hollywood, California, to celebrate the 10th anniversary of providing students with the technology and support needed to create their own five-minute short films in one week. Beginning on Thursday, June 23, and running through Sunday, ...

VISIONFEST 11 announces Independent Vision Award nominees

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CASSEROLE CLUB and THE ABSENCE lead the pack with 9 nominations apiece!VISIONFEST 11: The Other Festival (VF11), June 22-26, 2011, at Tribeca Cinemas (corner of Varick and Laight streets), announced its Independent Vision Award nominees, just moments after its opening night program wrapped up its post-screening Q&A to a capacity crowd in the Tribeca Lounge. The nominations, which have always been used by the festival’s jury to determine who would take home the VF statuettes, were made public f...

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...

Cinefondation Awards Prizes

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  Doroteya Droumeva's German short Der Brief / The Letter, about a pregnant woman's mysterious letter, was chosen as the winner at the 2011Cannes Film Festival's Cinéfondation Awards during a ceremony held at the Buñuel Theatre.The Cinéfondation and Short Films Jury — Julie Gayet, Jessica Hausner, Corneliu Porumboiu, João Pedro Rodrigues and President Michel Gondry — awarded the runner-up prize to Kamal Lazraq's Drari (France). The third prize went to Son Tae-gyum's Fl...

Eccentric road movie with Penn wows at Cannes

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US actor Sean Penn (AFP, Francois Guillot) CANNES, France - A risk-taking road movie starring Sean Penn as an ageing 1980s pop star in search of his father's Nazi tormentor emerged as a front-runner Friday as the Cannes competition wound down. "This Must Be The Place", named for the Talking Heads song recently covered by Arcade Fire, both of which feature in the film, is the latest Cannes contender by Italian iconoclast Paolo Sorrentino. Bearing a strong resembla...

Pirates of the Caribbean 4; Aussie gold rush, by Eva Rinaldi - 16th May 2011

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Pirates of the Caribbean: Geoffrey Rush   Jack Sparrow and Barbossa embark on a quest to find the elusive fountain of youth, only to discover that Blackbeard and his daughter are after it too. And not only that, legendary Australian actor, Geoffrey Rush joins in the fun. Johnny Depp and action adventure / fantasy genre fans are fired up about this tale of adventure, with the tried and true formula of good VS evil, on the high seas. The charismatic and talented Depp has ...

Israel Film Festival Spotlights New Film Talents

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  Israeli films have had a strong profile at international film festivals and in the Oscar competitions for the past decade. For the next two weeks, New York area audiences will get a chance to sample the variety, dexterity and quality of contemporary Israeli films as the Israel Film Festival marks its 25th anniversary. The Festival runs through May 19 at the AMC Loews 84th Street Theater on Manhattan’s Upper West Side.  Over a dozen filmmakers will join us from Israel for their film...

The Los Angeles Film Festival announced the first round of official US and international se

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  The 2011 Los Angeles Film Festival  runs from June 16 - 26 . Today the Los Angeles Film Festival, presented by the Los Angeles Times, announced the first round of official US and international selections. The 2011 Los Angeles Film Festival is produced by Film Independent — the non-profit arts organization that also produces the Spirit Awards — and will screen over 200 feature films, shorts, and music videos, representing more than 30 countries. Opening and Closing Night...

Twenty-four producers from Canada, Europe and the United States have been selected to participate in Trans Atlantic Partners

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  Trans Atlantic Partners tags impressive slate of producers for third annual co-production training opportunity Twenty-four producers from Canada, Europe and the United States have been selected to participate in Trans Atlantic Partners, co-presented by Canada's Strategic Partners, Germany's Erich Pommer Institut and New York's Independent Filmmaker Project. The impressive list of producers will take part in the 2011 event - an intensive, three-module film training program...

Independent Film Quarterly Film & New Media will honor filmmaker Angela Hinton

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"NYIFF TO HONOR AWARD-WINNING DOCUMENTARY  "ANIMATION: A PALETTE OF POSSIBILITIES" DURING THE 2011 CANNES FILM FESTIVAL"   Independent Film Quarterly Film & New Media (IFQNMF) is pleased to announce that it will honor multi-award winning documentary filmmaker Angela Hinton at a special celebration during the 64th annual Cannes Film Festival.  IFQNMF festival president Dan Frank will throw an invitation-only party on Sunday May 15th at the Pe...

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