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Despite the inclement weather, the 23rd Annual Santa Barbara International Film Festival (SBIFF) was smooth sailing - from the tributes, the “Conversations With…”, the panels as well as over 200 films- were enthusiastically received by locals and visitors alike. The films at SBIFF this year were defined by a variety of subjects that were vast and topical including the environment, education, youth and world cinema. SBIFF has maintained the level of excellence and holds itself responsible...

New record when Göteborg festival closes

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The last day of the 31st Göteborg International Film Festival is here and time has come for som facts and figures. This year 124 000 tickets were sold for 750 screenings of 450 films from 67 different countries. 30 488 member ship cards were sold. This means that the festival manifests its strong position on the high - and even increases ticket sales with 6000 and memberships with 3 488.During the closing press conference today Marit Kapla summed up her first year as festival director. ”We ar...

Buzz Begins At The Burns

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 Wednesday, October 17---------In this busy theatrical film season, as many as a dozen films premiere every Friday at local multiplexes. Many films that would benefit from a slow build up and the essential qualities of  "word of mouth" fail to ignite fire on their intial weekend openings and often disappear without a trace in a scant week or two. In the ferocious environment of theatrical distribution, if one's opening weekend is below expectations, the results can be disasterous. Di...

The Spirit of the Sixties Lives On At Woodstock Film Festival

Tuesday, October 2--------For those who actually attended the famous Woodstock Music and Arts Festival in 1969 (or just claim to) or have visited it in their dreams, the word "Woodstock" evokes a fabled time of flower power, sexual revolution, drug-fueled ectasy and a time when youth culture subsumed the status quo. It is becoming increasingly harder to find that spirit of the Sixties in contemporary America (where we have our own Vietnam, but nary a student protest), but that freewhee...

The Spirit of the Sixties Lives On At Woodstock Film Festival

Tuesday, October 2--------For those who actually attended the famous Woodstock Music and Arts Festival in 1969 (or just claim to) or have visited it in their dreams, the word "Woodstock" evokes a fabled time of flower power, sexual revolution, drug-fueled ectasy and a time when youth culture subsumed the status quo. It is becoming increasingly harder to find that spirit of the Sixties in contemporary America (where we have our own Vietnam, but nary a student protest), but that freewhee...

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...

Hugo television awards

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Cinema/Chicago, the presenting organization of the Chicago International Film Festival, will be presenting the 43rd Annual Hugo Television Awards on Thursday, April 12 beginning at 5:30pm at the Chicago Cultural Center’s Claudia Cassidy Theater. NBC5 news anchor Bob Sirott will host the event honoring those who push the envelope and display a mastery of their television commercial and production craft. The evening will honor the winners from this year’s competition as well as present Commitm...
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