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Some are here to learn, some are here to share. Everyone is here in the name of film. Each have different experiences, backgrounds, and levels of expertise. As I sat in one panel about film financing Saturday I looked back at the packed auditorium and thought to myself, "Damn. Each of these people are here just because they want to make movies." They don't have money to make it happen, but they are here because they believe in what they want to do enough that they believe they can make...

Werner Herzog to keynote at The Film Independent Forum

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7TH ANNUAL FILM INDEPENDENT FORUM, PRESENTED BY INDIEWIREOCTOBER 21-23, 2011Film Independent, the non-profit arts organization that produces the Spirit Awards and the Los Angeles Film Festival, announced that acclaimed director Werner Herzog (Cave of Forgotten Dreams, The Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call – New Orleans) will be the keynote speaker and answer filmmaking questions from the audience at the seventh annual Film Independent Forum, presented by indieWIRE. The must-attend conference is a...

AFM Nov. 4-11 will screen 445 motion pictures...

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The 30th American Film Market (AFM) Nov. 4-11 will screen 445 motion pictures in 27 languages, including 73 world premieres and 311 market premieres, to 8,000-plus film buyers and industry professionals from more than 70 countries. Jonathan Wolf, AFM Managing Director and Executive Vice President of the Independent Film & Television Alliance, made the announcement today.Films making their world and/or market premieres include Get Low, starring Bill Murray, Sissy Spacek and Robert Duvall (K5 Inte...

Galas Dazzle In Toronto

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  by Sandy Mandelberger, TIFF Dailies Editor   The Gala Presentations here at the Toronto International Film Festival are certainly meant to dazzle....and they are doing just that by bringing name actors and directors to the fold for Toronto's enthusiastic public. Expect to see the following helmers tomake their way down the red carpet over the course of the next few days to present their latest  films: Alejandro Amenábar, Miguel Arteta, Sylvain Chomet, Rodrigo Ga...

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

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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...

Curtain closes on Cambridge Film Festival

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26th Cambridge Film Festival (6-16 July, Cambridge Arts Picturehouse)“ This ever-expanding festival has really pushed the boat out this year, with an amazing slew of UK premieres – over 30 and counting. And this is only the tip of the iceberg!” The Guardian 1/7/06“ The Cambridge Film Festival has developed into a leading showcase for art-house hits. It’s a taste of the best of what’s to come” The Observer 2/7/06“Cambridge has the knack of attracting big names – to the irritatio...

Outfest opens with Cote d'Azur

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OUTFEST 2005 23rd LOS ANGELES GAY & LESBIAN FILM FESTIVALBookends Festival with COTE D’AZUR for Opening and Closes with THE DYING GAULThe largest and most successful Gay and Lesbian Film Festival in the world will open on July 7th. Outfest 2005 takes place in Los Angeles California, for the 23rd year once again promises to showcase a dynamic and broad scope of lesbian, gay, transgender and bisexual films. From July 7th to the 18th Los Angeles will become the hub for alternative lifestyle cin...

Los Angeles Film Festival Awards

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Film Independent [FIND] announced the winners for the 2005 Los Angeles Film Festival. With the prestigious Target Filmmaker Award of $50,000 going to Mark Banning for Best Narrative Feature, Jellysmoke. The Target Documentary Award for Best Documentary Feature was won by Beth Bird for Everyone Their Grain of Sand. Both these talented independent filmmakers received a $50,000 unrestrictive check with hope that this will assist in continuing their creative talents of filmmaking for the future.The...

Bi coastal celebration of Queer cinema

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June is Gay Pride Month, and among the many celebrations are film festivals that showcase the new and provocative works of gay and lesbian film talents. Beginning this past weekend, two prominent film festivals dedicated to this niche opened nearly simultaneously in two of the most celebrated gay enclaves in the US: San Francisco, the California home of gay culture and queer politics, and Provincetown, the idyllic seaside resort on the tip of Cape Cod, Massachusetts. With its premieres, filmmake...

In the city of Angels, The Los Angeles Festival flies again

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IN THE CITY OF ANGELS, THE LOS ANGELES FILM FESTIVAL FLIES AGAINThe Los Angeles Film Festival took wing with an ideal opener, the North American premiere of David Jacobson’s Down In The Valley at the Cinerama Dome, Hollywood on Thursday, June 16. With an excellent cast and strong performances, the film captures the valley’s famous slackness with an apt tobacco-stained tanginess. Nocturnal images of snaking highways act as rivers of light isolating valley dwellers from the world and, as in th...

Los Angeles Film Fest full line up

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FULL PROGRAM LINE-UPDirector of Programming Rachel Rosen joined Festival Director Rich Raddon in announcing the full program line-up for the 2005 Los Angeles Film Festival (June 16-26), including the Centerpiece Premiere, the Guest Director, the Artist in Residence, and the Closing Night Film. The Festival also announced that Don Cheadle, Lisa Kudrow, and Elijah Wood will serve as Honorary Festival Chairs for the 2005 Los Angeles Film Festival. “We are thrilled to be highlighting two films ...

Parties In Park City or SWAGing in the Rockies

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Movie madness hits Park City at the Sundance Film Festival once a year and the town becomes the Hollywood Blvd of the Rockies in this eleven-day event. In most cases the city has year round residents of 7,400, but during the last two weeks in January it swells to over 50,000 visitors. For most intents and purposes people are here to immerse themselves with watching, reading, thinking, making, eating, and sleeping everything about films. Walking down Main Street you’ll see the “who’s wh...

Don Roos ' Happy Endings : Sundance opener

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HAPPY ENDINGS shares the story of a young woman who is being blackmailed for having a baby eighting years ago that she thought no one knew about.. The blackmailer just happens to be a filmmaker who wants the money to attend American Film Insitute and further his craft. The film weaves together facets of three stories into one as the chacters blend the trials and tribulations of each of their lives. Roos has the capability to play back story telling in film with intelligence and purpose. A F...

Don Roos ' Happy Endings : Sundance opener

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HAPPY ENDINGS shares the story of a young woman who is being blackmailed for having a baby eighting years ago that she thought no one knew about.. The blackmailer just happens to be a filmmaker who wants the money to attend American Film Insitute and further his craft. The film weaves together facets of three stories into one as the chacters blend the trials and tribulations of each of their lives. Roos has the capability to play back story telling in film with intelligence and purpose. A F...

Twin Sundance opening with Happy Endings and Layer Cake

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Sundance Film Festival Opens With HAPPY ENDINGS in Park Cityand LAYER CAKE in Salt Lake CityRobert Redford’s opening night speech gave tribute the roots of independent filmmaking and how Sundance first started. With that, the beginning of the 24th Sundance Film Festival was open with Don Roos new feature film, HAPPY ENDINGS. This truly is a happy beginning to the Festival as this film created a deluge of interest towards the last part of 2004. On hand at the Park City event was the cast con...

Sundance announces its program mostly fresh & indie

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Sundance Institute presents the 2005 Sundance Film Festival, an exhibition of work that showcases the best of independent cinema. Each year the programming staff views thousands of submissions to select the most exciting and innovative works for the Festival.The Sundance Institute announced the lineup of films for the 2005 Sundance Film Festival. The films listed below make up the Independent Feature Film Competition, inaugural World Cinema Competition, Premieres, Park City at Midnight, American...

The Santa Barbara full program

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Opening NightValentin2002 Argentina/The Netherlands 79 min 35mm Dir Alejandro AgrestiArgentina's Foreign Language Film Academy® submission. After the bitter separation of his parents and living with his eccentric grandmother, the life of a young boy begins to change in sweetly unanticipated ways when he opens up to the last in a long line of potential stepmothers. Director and cast to attend.Fri 1/30, 7:00pm GRAClosing NightReckoning, The2003 UK 110 min 35mm Dir Paul McGuigan This murder myst...

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