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The thirty-third edition of the American Film Festival of Deauville will take place this year :From Friday, August 30th to Sunday, September 9th, 2007 Cinema is an art and as such, has its codes and its history.Just as music didn’t start with the Beatles, cinema didn’t start with George Lucas.There was Mozart, and even before, Guillaume de Machaux ; just as for the cinema there were Griffith, McCarey, Keaton, Chaplin, Capra, Ida Lupino…Here is the screenplay the Festival wants to direct: t...

The Importance of Film Festivals: “Tsotsi” Filmmaker Gavin Hood

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Despite the extra burden of responsibility of making a film in his native South Africa, filmmaker Gavin Hood has happily enjoyed riding the wave of film festivals to success. This has resulted in Hood’s film “Tsotsi” being nominated in the Best Foreign Language Film category at next month’s Academy Awards. The Oscars will held in Hollywood on March 5. Hood was recently on the South Coast to participate in the director’s panel at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival. Held ...

Fred Schepisi to head the Bangkok BIFF Festival

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Australian director Fred Schepisi, whose Empire Falls recently took home two Golden Globe awards, has been named President of the International Jury at the Bangkok International Film Festival (February 17-27). Other members of the jury include actor/director Charles Dance (Ladies in Lavender, Swimming Pool, Gosford Park), actor/screenwriter Julie Delpy (Broken Flowers, Before Sunset), actor Nancy Kwan (The World of Susie Wong, Flower Drum Song), producer Donald Ranvaud (The Constant Gardener an...

Fred Schepisi to head theBagkok BIFF Festival

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Australian director Fred Schepisi, whose Empire Falls recently took home two Golden Globe awards, has been named President of the International Jury at the Bangkok International Film Festival (February 17-27). Other members of the jury include actor/director Charles Dance (Ladies in Lavender, Swimming Pool, Gosford Park), actor/screenwriter Julie Delpy (Broken Flowers, Before Sunset), actor Nancy Kwan (The World of Susie Wong, Flower Drum Song), producer Donald Ranvaud (The Constant Gardener an...

Fort Lauderdale Film Festival concludes with awards

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The Fort Lauderdale Film Festival concluded its 20th edition this past Sunday, with the announcement of its awards. The Festival, which has the distinction of being the longest in the world, running almost 40 days, had a year like none other; having survived a Category 3 Hurricane and a week of no electricity, phone service or internet connection.The Festival, which featured over 200 films, premiered on October 14 with the premiere of THE MATADOR, starring Pierce Brosnan and Greg Kinnear. Closin...

Mill Valley Film Festival closed its 28th year

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Mill Valley Film Festival closed its 28th year with screenings of more than 200 films from over 50 countries on Sunday, October 16. Always an exciting Festival component, more than 175 filmmakers and actors from around the globe made the trip to Mill Valley to share their filmmaking experiences with the audiences. “We had an exceptional slate of US and world cinema, tributes, spotlights, music events, parties and receptions for film lovers of all ages,” notes Founder/Director Mark Fishkin. ...

Woodstock Film Festival awarded Cavite

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The 2005 Woodstock Film Festival awarded Best Feature honors to CAVITE at the Awards Ceremony, Sunday, October 2nd in Woodstock, New York at the Bearsville Theatre. The award was one of ten awards given out on the last night of the five-day festival.The Maverick Award for BEST FEATURE presented to directors Ian Gamazon and Neill dela Llana for CAVITE, which follows an American citizen visiting his hometown of Cavite, Philippines where people will do just about anything to survive. Upon his arri...

Mill Valley opens its 28th edition

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For 28 years, Mill Valley Film Festival has been presenting the best in American Independent and International feature films, hard-hitting documentaries, cutting edge video, delightful children’s fare and tributes to celluloid luminaries. This year is no exception. With more than 150 slated films and videos from around the globe, the Mill Valley Film Festival unspools October 6-16.“The 28th Festival is filled with extraordinary independent films from 55 countries around the world as well as ...

Mill Valley kicks in for 11 days of filmmakers treats

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For 28 years, Mill Valley Film Festival has been presenting the best in American Independent and International feature films, hard-hitting documentaries, cutting edge video, delightful children’s fare and tributes to celluloid luminaries. This year is no exception. With more than 150 slated films and videos from around the globe, the Mill Valley Film Festival unspools October 6-16 at the CinéArts @ Sequoia, 25 Throckmorton Avenue in Mill Valley; 142 Throckmorton Theatre, 142 Throckmorton Aven...

40 Shades of Blue among films competing at Deauville

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THE BALLAD OF JACK AND ROSEby Rebecca Millerstarring Daniel Day-Lewis and Camilla BelleJack lives on the site of his abandoned island commune with his 16-year-old daughter Rose. Since the break-up of the commune, Jack has sheltered Rose completely from the influences of the outside world. When Jack invites his girlfriend and her two sons to live with them, the situation quickly becomes precarious…BRICK 1st featureby Rian Johnsonstarring Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Lucas HaasProducer: Ram BergmanB...

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...

Tribeca Film Festival Awards go to chinese "Stolen Life"

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The 2005 Tribeca Film Festival Awards Ceremony took place Saturday, April 30, at the Tribeca Performing Arts Center at BMCC. Awards were given for both narrative and documentary films, feature-length and shorts. And the winners are… BEST NARRATIVE FEATUREStolen Life (Sheng Si Jie) (China)Director: Li Shaohong NARRATIVE FEATURE SPECIAL MENTIONMy Brother’s Summer (L’estate di mio Fratello) (Italy)Director: Pietro Reggiani BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATUREEl Perro Negro: Stories from the Spanish Civ...

Tribeca Film Festival Awards

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The 2005 Tribeca Film Festival Awards Ceremony took place Saturday, April 30, at the Tribeca Performing Arts Center at BMCC. Awards were given for both narrative and documentary films, feature-length and shorts. And the winners are… BEST NARRATIVE FEATUREStolen Life (Sheng Si Jie) (China)Director: Li Shaohong NARRATIVE FEATURE SPECIAL MENTIONMy Brother’s Summer (L’estate di mio Fratello) (Italy)Director: Pietro Reggiani BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATUREEl Perro Negro: Stories from the Spanish Civ...

Tribeca Competitive Slate Includes 10 World Premieres

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Competitive Slate Includes 10 World Premieres, Four International Premieres, 14North American Premieres and Four U.S. PremieresNew York, NY [March 9, 2005] –Tribeca Film Festival founders Robert De Niro, Jane Rosenthal and Craig Hatkoff today joined Peter Scarlet, Executive Director, in announcing feature films in narrative and documentary categories to be presented in competition at the 2005 Tribeca Film Festival, presented by American Express. There will also be feature competitions in the N...

Berlin Panorama celebrates 20 years

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PANORAMA CELEBRATES TWENTY YEARSThe Panorama section of the Berlin Film Festival is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, continuing a tradition of bringing the work of innovative and original artists to the international arena.The Panorama’s “patron saint” is its founder, Manfred Salzgeber, a theater owner and arthouse distributor, who almost single handedly created the underground film aesthetic in Berlin, and was influential in the spread of these unique films to countries all ove...

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