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Hugh Jackman will host the main event at Tropfest NY

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Tropfest began twenty years ago when Director John Polson (Hide & Seek, Tenderness) showed a six-minute film he made for under $100 at his local café in Sydney, Australia, for 200 guests. Today the annual free festival in Sydney receives thousands of submissions, is attended by more than 150,000 people and watched live via satellite by hundreds of thousands more. This summer Tropfest arrives in the U.S. beginning with a weekend of activities at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, June 1-3, cel...

Happy Feet Two Australian Premiere With Robin Williams And George Miller At Entertainment Quarter In Sydney

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Happy Feet Two Australian Premiere With Robin Williams And George Miller At Entertainment Quarter In Sydney Robbin Williams The Happy Feet Two Australian premiere took place at Moore Park, Fox Studios this afternoon, and it was happy feet galore as celebs did the white carpet, with snowflakes flying around all of us. Sydney has gone head over heels for Mumbles, Erik and Lovelace, and they would just love to see you and your family see...

Happy Feet Two Australian Premiere With Robin Williams And George Miller At Entertainment Quarter In Sydney

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Happy Feet Two Australian Premiere With Robin Williams And George Miller At Entertainment Quarter In Sydney Robbin Williams The Happy Feet Two Australian premiere took place at Moore Park, Fox Studios this afternoon, and it was happy feet galore as celebs did the white carpet, with snowflakes flying around all of us. Sydney has gone head over heels for Mumbles, Erik and Lovelace, and they would just lov...

Tropfest’s Take on the New York Minute

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The New York minute is being multiplied by seven as Tropfest, the world’s largest short film festival lands on US shores with Tropfest New York. The stateside launch has secured support from film industry heavyweight “Ambassadors” Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Nicole Kidman, Geoffrey Rush, Liev Schreiber, Anthony LaPaglia and Charles Randolph. Tropfest New York City festivities are scheduled for June 2012. American filmmakers and audiences will take part in this global phenomenon and watch ...

Palm Springs International ShortFest lines up 331

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It’s not always about length... enjoy some quality shorts this summer! The 2011 Palm Springs International ShortFest, Short Film Festival & Film Market announced today its roster of 331 films, selected from more than 3,000 worldwide entries. Now in its 17th year, ShortFest will showcase 64 World Premieres, 58 North American Premieres and 25 U.S. Premieres. The selection of films for screening and competition features star-studded casts and award-winning films from 50 countries around the wo...

Tribeca Film Festival (TFF) announces shorts line up

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The 2011 Tribeca Film Festival (TFF), presented by American Express, the founding sponsor of the Festival, today announced its lineup of 60 short films, 22 of which are world premieres.   Also new this year, the recipient of the TFF Best Narrative Short award will qualify for consideration in the Short Films category of the annual Academy Awards® without the standard theatrical run, provided the film otherwise complies with the Academy rules.   The short film pro...

Actress Vera Farmiga Returns To Sundance As Debut Director

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  Actress Vera Farmiga, who was nominated last year for a Best Supporting Actress Oscar for her role as George Clooney's love interest in the zeitgeist comedy UP IN THE AIR, has returned to the Sundance Film Festival with her feature directorial debut HIGHER GROUND, which is competing in the American Independents Narrative section. The film, in which she stars as a woman coping with a crisis of faith. had its initial screenings this weekend and is already one of the standout titles ...

Deerfield Ranch will open Napa Sonoma Wine Country Film Festival

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  Deerfield Ranch will be the Festival's opening night film. - Sept. 15 Outdoors "Films al FrescoTM" Ben Affleck's crime thriller THE TOWN Doug MacRay (Ben Affleck) is an unrepentant criminal, the de facto leader of a group of ruthless bank robbers who pride themselves in stealing what they want and getting out clean, until he falls for Claire. Based on the book "Prince of Thieves". Outdoors film starts at 8pm. IN THE CAVE 6:30pm Preced...

BALIBO with Robert Connolly!

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JOIN US!!! A unique one-on-one interview with director Robert Connolly of the sensational and controversial Australian film BALIBO (2009).  INTERVIEW WITH ROBERT CONNOLLY I first met Robert Connolly in Palm Springs at the 2010 PSIFF where I saw his spine-tingling stunning film Balibo (2009). This film tells the story of five Australian journalists who went missing while recording the Indonesian invasion of East Timor in 1975. Foreign Correspondent Roger East (played by Anth...

The Global Film Village: The Last Station opens and The Lightkeepers Closes PSIFF


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by Marla LewinThis January marks the 21st anniversary year of the Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF). Today Festival Director Darryl Macdonald announced the program and said, "Our film line-up this year is a strong reflection of the current zeitgeist in world cinema. Sixty-seven first-time feature film directors will screen this year, representing a surge of new filmmaking talent on the world stage. In addition, we'll showcase a vintage crop of new works by established master...

London Film Festival Audiences Surpass Previous Years

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Yesterday, The Times BFI 53rd London Film Festival rounded off another highly successful year with the world premiere of Sam Taylor-Wood’s NOWHERE BOY. This year’s Festival hosted 193 feature films and 113 short films from 46 countries including 15 world premieres. There were 515 screenings and 553 filmmakers, with 277 of the filmmakers from outside the UK.  With 874 industry delegates accredited, the Festival exceeded last year’s figures and reports the high...

London Film Festival Audience hits a 124 000 record

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Tonight, The Times BFI 53rd London Film Festival rounded off another highly successful year with the world premiere of Sam Taylor-Wood’s NOWHERE BOY. This year’s Festival hosted 193 feature films and 113 short films from 46 countries including 15 world premieres. There were 515 screenings and 553 filmmakers, with 277 of the filmmakers from outside the UK. With 874 industry delegates accredited, the Festival exceeded last year’s figures and reports the highest ever audience attendance in e...

Star On The Rise: Michelle Monaghan

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  For her gritty performance in the new American indie film TRUCKER, the rising actress Michelle Monaghan is getting the best reviews of her career and percolating some Oscar buzz in the bargain. She has become one of the most sought-after actresses of her generation in Hollywood. Michelle Monaghan will receive The Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival’s Star On The Horizon Award on Friday evening and will attend a screening of TRUCKER on Saturday night. Monaghan made her...

Star On The Rise: Michelle Monaghan

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For her gritty performance in the new American indie film TRUCKER, the rising actress Michelle Monaghan is getting the best reviews of her career and percolating some Oscar buzz in the bargain. She has become one of the most sought-after actresses of her generation in Hollywood. Michelle Monaghan will receive The Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival’s Star On The Horizon Award on Friday evening and will attend a screening of TRUCKER on Saturday night. Monaghan made her film debut in PER...

Day 7 of the London Film Festival Official Vodcast

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Highlights from yesterday include: The MasterCard premiere of An Education featuring interviews with the director Lone Scherfig, Emma Thompson, Carey Mulligan and writer Nick Hornby. Hans-Christian Schmid & Kerry Fox Interview for Storm Jez Lewis interview, director of Shed Your Tears and Walk Away The Filmmakers afternoon tea, featuring interviews with the director of Balibo, Robert Connolly and actor Anthony LaPaglia, Official London Film Festival vodcast - Day 7 - kewego Catch...

The Global Film Village: FILM INDEPENDENT AWARDS SLOAN PRODUCERS GRANT

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By Marla Lewin 9 PROJECTS FOR 2009 PRODUCERS LAB FILMMAKERS ALSO SELECTED BY FILM INDEPENDENT LOS ANGELES (October 12, 2009) — Last night at a special reception concluding the 2009 edition of Film Independent’s Filmmaker Forum, Josh Welsh, Film Independent’s Director of Talent Development, awarded Jenny Deller and Kristin Fairweather its 3rd annual Sloan Producers Grant for their feature film project Future Weather.  Deller and Fairweather will receive a $25,000 production grant, and p...

Melbourne will open on Friday July 24 with Balibo

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Coinciding with the 10 year anniversary celebrations of East Timor's Independence, MIFF 2009 will open on Friday July 24 with Balibo, the political thriller about Australian journalists killed in East Timor in 1975 - and director Rachel Perkins’ all singing all dancing music spectacular Bran Nue Dae will close the festival with a Gala event on Saturday August 8.“In only the second year of our film fund we are proud to be positioning the entire festival between the bookends of two new and ve...

Sydney Film Festival 2009 preview

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Ken Loach doesn’t usually do ‘funny’ so his new film, Looking for Eric, is newsworthy and no wonder Clare Stewart has chosen it to open this year’s Sydney Film Festival; we need a good laugh that’s not at the expense of our bumbling politicians. And there are three Australian films out of the 12 in the Competition, albeit not comedies, vying for the $60,000 Hunter Hall cash prize, reports Andrew L. Urban. But it also ends on an upper, with Lone Scherfig’s An Education. In between, a ...

Tropfest NY, the world’s largest short film festival

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Establishing itself as a New York film tradition on par with its Down Under namesake, Tropfest NY, the world’s largest short film festival, today announced it will return to downtown Manhattan for its third year on Friday, September 26, 2008. Previously presented at Trofest@Tribeca in association with the Tribeca Film Festival, Tropfest NY 2008 marks the first time the free public outdoor festival will be presented independently by Tropfest and its founder John Polson. Tropfest NY will bring a...

Film In Focus: LOCAL COLOR

Saturday, November 11-----The Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival, which ends its run in Fort Lauderdale tomorrow (before taking 20 titles and filmmakers to the resort town of Key West next week), has saved some of its strongest titles for its final wrap up. Certainly one of the most anticipated films of the Festival is the Festival Closing Night Film, the Southeast Premiere of LOCAL COLOR. The autobiographical film, written and directed by George Gallo, will receive a premiere screeni...

Three Film Portraits of Artists At FLIFF

Man Ray's Famous Photograph Wednesday, November 2----Three films showing at the Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival will focus on the creative life and careers of three different artists, each in a style all its own. The three films make an interesting triptych that demonstrates how the art of film can be used to interpret the art of the canvas or photograph. A local South Florida artist with an international following, Purvis Young is a prolific painter who uncovers the beauty and uni...

Film In Focus: THE ARCHITECT

Saturday/Sunday, October 21/22-----THE ARCHITECT is a sophisticated urban drama about a Chicago architect (played by Anthony LaPaglia) confronted by an outspoken female activist (Viola Davis) living in a dangerous housing project of his design. LaPaglia plays Leo Waters, an idealistic architect and patriarch of an affluent, suburban Chicago family. Viola Davis is Tonya Neeley, a pragmatic activist who is trying to keep her family together while living in one of the city’s most drug and crime...

VIPS And Special Guests Coming This Weekend

Writer/Director Dito Montiel and Executive Producer Sting Thursday, October 19---With the Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival already in high gear, a number of special guests and VIPs are expected in town over the next few days, bringing some film star power to South Florida audiences. Tonight, writer/director Dito Montiel will be present at the screening of his debut film A GUIDE TO RECOGNIZING YOUR SAINTS. The film, which had its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival, was a d...

LOCAL COLOR Selected as Festival Closer

Wednesday, October 11----The 21st Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival, which opens on October 20th with the Southeast Premiere of Pedro Almodovar's VOLVER, has announced that the biographical film LOCAL COLOR will be the Festival Closing Night Gala on November 12th. The film will receive a premiere screening at the historic Parker Playhouse in downtown Fort Lauderdale, capping a three-week celebration of more than 250 independent and international films. The film, directed by George G...

Tiburon ready to kick

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4th Annual Tiburon International Film Festival March 10-18, 2005Tiburon (California): At its 4th edition, the Tiburon International Film Festival will screen 270 films from over 60 countries, including four tributes: One to great Orson Welles (Citizen Kane) with F For Fake (Saturday, March 12, 2005 @ 07:30 PM) and a special program with his longtime cameraman, Gary Graver, who will show never seen film clips with lots of anecdotes (Saturday, March 12, 2005 at 2:40 pm). Second, to S...
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