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Cine Gay highlights at San Diego Latino

CINE GAYSan Diego Latino Film Festival continues its mission to help correct the often distorted images seen on television and in movies by presenting another year of the Cine Gay Showcase. Challenging the historical exclusion of under-represented communities in the media, the festival takes advantage of the opportunity of this showcase to highlight experiences of gay life in different corners of the world, underlining the universal experience as well as the unique expressions of the Latin GLBT ...

8 Emerging Directors to Receive Film Independent Fellowship and Support Services-

Film Independent, the non-profit arts organization that produces the Spirit Awards and Los Angeles Film Festival, has announced the filmmakers and film projects selected for its 8th annual Directors Lab, sponsored by Eastman Kodak Company. Taking place in Los Angeles from now until the end of March, the Directors Lab is an intensive eight-week incubator designed to assist directors with strong, original voices develop new narrative feature films, improve their craft, and advance their filmmakin...

37th Annual 2009 Dance on Camera Festival Awards

By Maria Esteves - February 1, 2009 The 37th Annual 2009 Dance on Camera Festival (DOCF09), Awards and Reception was held at the Walter Reade Theater, New York, Saturday, January 10, 7:00 PM. The award acknowledges the best in dance films and emerging directors. The award announcers were DFA artistic director Deirdre Towers, dance online consultant Marlon Barrios Solano, and festival juror Caterina Bartha, DCOF. Since 1956, Dance Films Association, Inc. (DFA) founded by Susan Braun is ...

Cine Las Americas announces the new dates for The 12th Cine Las Americas

International Film Festival: April 22 - 30, 2009. In order to better integrate the festival's program into the local film events calendar, the official dates have been moved back to their traditional April schedule. The 12th Cine Las Americas International Film Festival will take place in Austin, Texas, once again bringing the best of Latino and indigenous cinema. The festival's call for entries is currently open. The new festival dates will not affect the deadlines for submissions to our Cal...

Aspen Shortsfest 2009 Deadlines Approaching For Entries

Aspen Shortsfest is preparing for the 18th annual edition of its Oscar©-qualifying international competition, which will take place April 1-5, 2009. The 2009 Aspen Shortsfest has recently been recognized by both the National Endowment for the Arts and Colorado Council on the Arts, who have provided partial funding for this singular showcase for short filmmaking.A jury of noted film professionals will award more than $20,000 in cash, plus other prizes, to winners in several categories, who then ...

Northwest Film & Video Festival awards

The Northwest Film Centers 35th annual Northwest Film & Video Festival, November 7-15, audiences voted Vancouver, BC filmmaker A.J. Bonds HIRSUTE about a time travelling twinas their favorite short film, and Portlands filmmaker Ilana Sols ON PAPER WINGS, a documentary about American attack by Japanese paper bombs during World War IIas their favorite feature. This years Festival showcased 46 films from throughout the region32 shorts and 14 feature-length worksselected from over 300 entries.This y...

Tallgrass Film Festival to honour MPAA' s Dan Glickman

Dan Glickman, Chairman and CEO of the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA), former U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, Kansas Congressman and Wichita native, will be honored with the Ad Astra Award at the 2008 Tallgrass Film Festival. The MPAA serves as the voice and advocate of the American motion picture, home video and television industries. The Ad Astra award, named for the State motto, “Ad Astra Per Aspera”, or “To the stars through difficulty” is presented each year to an indivi...

31st Asian American International Film Festival Closing Awards Ceremony

By Maria Esteves - July 21, 2008 The 31st Annual 2008 Asian American International Film Festival (AAIFF08) Closing Awards Ceremony was held at Asia Society, New York, Saturday, July 19, 2008, 9:00 pm. AAIFF08 Closing Night New York Premiere of PING PONG PLAYA, directed by Jessica Yu preceded the awards ceremony. The award acknowledges the best in filmmaking and emerging directors of Asian descent. The awards were announced by AAIFF08 juror Jimmy Tsai, co-producer/screenwriter/actor, PING PONG...

41st Annual WorldFest-Houston announces Remi Awards - More than 550 International Filmmakers attend from 33 nations!

WorldFest-Houston Wraps its 41st on Angelic note!(The 41st Annual WorldFest-Houston International Film Festival) WorldFest-Houston, the 3rd longest-running International Film Festival in North America, celebrated the conclusion of its 41st Annual Independent Film Showcase with a Grand Awards Gala on April 19th and Closing Day Festivities on April 20th with a VIP NASA and Space Center Houston tour and Texas BBQ sponsored by The Houston Yacht Club and wrapped it up with a double bill of Claude Le...

WorldFest-Houston Remi Award Winners Announced

WorldFest-Houston, the 3rd longest-running International Film Festival in North America, celebrated the conclusion of its 41st Annual Independent Film Showcase with a Grand Awards Gala on April 19th and Closing Day Festivities on April 20th with a VIP NASA and Space Center Houston tour and Texas BBQ sponsored by The Houston Yacht Club and wrapped it up with a double bill of Claude Lelouch's Roman de Gare and Turkey's singing sensation Mahsun Kirmizigul's debut film, White Angel. All WorldFest ev...

Cine Gay showcase at San Diego Latino Film Festival

What started as a student exhibition- A Student Film Festival (Cine Estudiantil), has grown to become the internationally celebrated San Diego Latino Film Festival in its 15th anniversary edition, from March 6-16, 2008 at UltraStar Mission Valley Cinemas at Hazard Center, presented this year by State Farm Insurance. Once again, the upcoming film festival will celebrate the diverse world of Latino Cinema and spotlight the best in Cine Gay. Media Arts Center San Diego’s 15th Anniversary San Dieg...

Animator Bill Plympton guest star at Aspen Shortfest

Two-time Oscar nominee Bill Plympton, whose animated shorts are a perennial Shortsfest highlight, will be the featured special guest for this year's Director Spotlight. Known for his twisted humor and keen observations of the absurd in everyday life, Plympton has directed more than 30 films, ranging from animated shorts (How to Kiss, 25 Ways to Quit Smoking, Guide Dog, his most recent Oscar nomination) to full-length features, both animated and live action (J. Lyle, I Married a Strange Person, H...

Sarasota Fest set to celebrate 10th in april

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...


By Maria Esteves - January 30, 2008 The 36th Dance on Camera Festival (DCF) 2008, Awards Ceremony & Champagne Gala presented by Artistic Director Deirdre Towers, Dance Films Association (DFA), with Master of Ceremonies Frank Correa was held at the Alvin Ailey Studios, New York, Sunday, January 13, 2008, 6:30 PM. The Champagne Gala included performances by classical Spanish guitarist Paul Jared Newman, Clay Jenkins jazz ensemble, and Company XIV dance performance choreographed by Austin Mc...

Ann Arbor Film Festival Wins Settlement

The oldest film festival in North America showcasing independent and experimental films, The Ann Arbor Film Festival (AAFF) announced today that it has settled a federal lawsuit, filed by the ACLU on its behalf, against the State of Michigan. In exchange for the state legislature repealing unconstitutional restrictions on arts funding, the AAFF and ACLU agreed to voluntarily dismiss the lawsuit. Since its founding in 1963, the festival has screened works by filmmakers like George Lucas, Yoko Ono...

The 34th Northwest Film & Video Festival's Audience Award Winners

The 34th Northwest Film & Video Festival wrapped up its 9 day run Saturday, November 17 after screening 11 features and 34 short films made by artists in Oregon, Washington, British Columbia, Montana and Idaho.Portland filmmaker Irene Taylor Brodsky's HEAR AND NOW (Portland OR) emerged with the Best Feature prize. Taking the award for best Short Film was Claudia Morgado Escanilla's NO BIKINI (Vancouver BC).NW Film & Video Festival AUDIENCE AWARDSFEATURE FILMHEAR AND NOW (Portland OR) Irene Taylo...

Northwest Film & Video Festival

The 34th Northwest Film & Video Festival runs November 9-November 17The Northwest Film Center's annual showcase of new work by regional media artists takes center screen November 9-17, showing 44 feature, short and documentary films made by artists in Oregon, Washington, British Columbia, Montana and Idaho. As the oldest and largest Festival presenting regionally made work, the Festival offers an up-to-the minute snapshot of a rich and diverse media arts community drawing increasing internationa...

Oscar buzz already surrounds some of Telluride 33 features

Today marks the close of the 34th Telluride Film Festival, presented by the National Film Preserve and Apple. The sold out Festival featured many of this year’s highly anticipated films from across the globe. This celebration of art and film set among the beauty of the Rockies opened Friday, August 31 and closed today, September 3.The Festival paid tribute to three film luminaries including Daniel Day-Lewis, whose award was presented by surprise guest Paul Thomas Anderson, director of the upco...

It's Showtime at The Telluride Film Festival

The 34th Telluride Film Festival celebrates the best in film, past, present and future, from all around the globe, the Festival kicks off another exciting weekend packed with tributes, features, documentaries, shorts, conversations and panel discussions. The Festival opens today Friday, August 31 and runs through Monday, September 3.The Festival will pay tribute to three film luminaries including Daniel Day-Lewis, who captivated filmgoers with his performances in ROOM WITH A VIEW, THE UNBEARABLE...

Eastwood to Receive Spirit of Independence Award at LA Film Fest

Film Independent announced today that Academy Award(R)-winning actor and filmmaker Clint Eastwood will receive this year's Spirit of Independence Award at the 2007 Los Angeles Film Festival. The Spirit of Independence Award will be given to Eastwood at a special event on Thursday, June 28, sponsored by Target. Tony Bennett, who is the focus of a new documentary for which Clint Eastwood serves as executive producer, will present Eastwood with this honor. The Spirit of Independence Award event is ...

Nashville Film Festival highlights

Eight World Premieres, a dozen Southern Premieres, appearances by international recording artist Rob Thomas and The Shields' Walton Goggins and discussions with producers Lawrence Bender and Steve Oederkerk are among the many highlights of this year's Nashville Film Festival, taking place April 19-26 at Regal Green Hills Cinema. In total, the festival will include screenings of 240 films from 40 countries. The complete lineup of films and ticket sale information is available now at nashvillefilm...

Aspen Shortsfest 2007 16th edition focuses on film (shorts)

Filmmakers and film lovers will gather April 3-8 when Aspen Shortsfest 2007 hits the screen at the Wheeler Opera House and other locations in Aspen and Carbondale, Colorado. Now in its 16th year, Aspen Shortsfest is considered one of the world’s finest international short film and video showcases. Shortsfest’s centerpiece, the International Competition offers a lively, heart-warming and thought-provoking selection of drama, comedy, animation and documentary – all 30 minutes or less. From t...

Miami Festival closes with The Heart of the Earth

The Miami International Film Festival (MIFF), presented by Miami Dade College (MDC), closes the 24th annual Festival Sunday, March 11 with the World Premiere of The Heart of the Earth (Spain/UK/Portugal) from director Antonio Cuadri and starring Actress Catalina Sandino Moreno (Maria Full of Grace). Scheduled to attend the 8:30 p.m. screening at the Gusman Center for the Performing Arts are director Antonio Cuadri, actress Catalina Sandino Moreno, executive producer William Dietrich, producers L...

South American films get US distribution at Miami Fest

Miami International Film Festival (MIFF) festival director Nicole Guillemet announced today that three films screening at MIFF received North American distribution deals. "The films truly celebrate the spirit of the festival and is another step towards growth for the festival further establishing it as a marketplace where filmmakers have the opportunity to seek and find distribution,” said Guillemet. “This has always been a part of my vision for the festival and to see it come to fruition is...

The San Diego Latino Film Festival

The San Diego Latino Film Festival continues to showcase an amazing range of independent voices in film with Cine’mation, its first animated showcase.  The festival is proud to present this impressive array of work within the art form that includes animatics, 2D, 3D, and stop motion films.  Bringing something for everyone, the showcase presents art house programs alongside more traditional family films.While the Cine’mation Showcase may be new to the festival, Latino/a contributions to the...