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Rome Film Fest: A Great City Deserves A Great Film Festival

 Wednesday, October 17-------------Rome is a great city, and it deserves a great film festival. And in only its second edition, CINEMA: Rome Film Fest is presenting just that......a sprawling event filled with movie stars, international auteurs, hot new directors and an impressive roster of professional events. The second edition of CINEMA. Festa Internazionale di Roma - RomeFilmFest will be held from the 18th to the 27th of October 2007 in the Rome Auditorium, along with screenings at movie...

A Great City Deserves A Great Film Festival

 Wednesday, October 17-------------Rome is a great city, and it deserves a great film festival. And in only its second edition, CINEMA: Rome Film Fest is presenting just that......a sprawling event filled with movie stars, international auteurs, hot new directors and an impressive roster of professional events. The second edition of CINEMA. Festa Internazionale di Roma - RomeFilmFest will be held from the 18th to the 27th of October 2007 in the Rome Auditorium, along with screenings at movie...

Rome celebrates a Roman Holiday of Cinema

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Rome is a great city, and it deserves a great film festival. And in only its second edition, CINEMA: Rome Film Fest is presenting just that......a sprawling event filled with movie stars, international auteurs, hot new directors and an impressive roster of professional events. The second edition of CINEMA. Festa Internazionale di Roma - RomeFilmFest will be held from the 18th to the 27th of October 2007 in the Rome Auditorium, along with screenings at movie theatres and events held across the ci...

Just a few days left to go until The Times BFI 51st London Film Festival opens

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Just a few days left to go until The Times BFI 51st London Film Festival opens its doors throughout the city for a celebration of cinema with a talent laden guest-list attending the 16 day Festival. Attending the Opening Night Gala on Wednesday 17 October for the UK premiere of the acclaimed EASTERN PROMISES will be director David Cronenberg, accompanied by Naomi Watts, Vincent Cassel and Armin Mueller-Stahl.The Odeon West End will welcome an array of actors and filmmakers attending the premiere...

Toronto Film Festival Winners

 Monday, September 17---------The Toronto International Film Festival marathon (365 films in 10 days.....pant, pant) came to a close on Saturday evening with the announcement of the film awards at the historic Fairmont Royal York Hotel. While the Festival is mainly a non-competitive affair, the Canadian entries are up for a number of awards, which only helps to strengthen their international profile. Toronto International Film Festival Award WinnersAWARD FOR BEST CANADIAN SHORT FILMThe award ...

Toronto Film Festival Winners

 Sunday, September 16---------The Toronto International Film Festival marathon came to a close last evening with the announcement of the film awards at the historic Fairmont Royal York Hotel. While the Festival is mainly a non-competitive affair, the Canadian entries are up for a number of awards, which only helps to strengthen their international profile. Toronto International Film Festival Award WinnersAWARD FOR BEST CANADIAN SHORT FILMThe award for Best Canadian Short Film goes to Chris Cho...

London Film Festival unveils line up

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The Times BFI 51st London Film Festival’s full programme, announced today by Artistic Director Sandra Hebron, includes 184 features and 133 shorts as well as a host of screen talks, masterclasses and live events. Opening the Festival on Thursday 17 October is the UK premiere of David Cronenberg’s EASTERN PROMISES with Viggo Mortensen, Naomi Watts and Vincent Cassel, whilst Wes Anderson closes the Festival on November 1 with the UK premiere of THE DARJEELING LIMITED, starring Jason Schwartzma...

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...

Oscar buzz already surrounds some of Telluride 33 features

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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...

Palm Springs International Festival of Short Films

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If you dare wear short shorts, then wear them to the 2007 Palm Springs International Festival of Short Films & Short Film Market (ShortFest), held from August 23-29, 2007 at the Camelot Theatres in Palm Springs, CA. Now in its 13th year, the Festival has announced its roster of 332 films, selected from more than 2,500 worldwide entries. The Festival will showcase 54 World Premieres, 12 North American Premieres and 20 U.S. Premieres. The selection of films for screening and competition feature...

Aspen Shortsfest winners

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Aspen Shortsfest celebrated a diverse mix of short films including several world, North American and US premiers to the delight of audiences and dozens of film guests from around the world during its 16th edition. The top winners were The Substitute (Andrea Jublin, Italy) for Best Comedy, Fair Trade (Michael Dreher, Germany) for Best Drama, Never Like the First Time! (Jonas Odell, Sweden) and Yours Truly (Osbert Parker, UK), which share Best Animation and City (Topaz Adizes, USA) for Best Short ...

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

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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...

LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE Is Big Winner At Spirit Awards

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Saturday, February 24----LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE and HALF NELSON, two films that had their premieres at the 2006 Sundance Film Festival, were the big winners at the Spirit Awards, the annual awards event honoring independent filmmakers, producers and acting talents, sponsored by film organization Film Independent. LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE, which may just pull a Best Film Oscar out of its hat tomorrow night, was recognized for Best Film, Best Director, Best Screenplay and Best Supporting Actor (for vet...

The Indie Oscars Get Ready To Take A Bow

     Friday, February 23----For the last couple of years, it is becoming increasingly harder to tell the indies from the majors. When a truly indie film like LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE may just win the Best Picture Oscar race on Sunday evening, the distinctions leave those in and out of the industry just a little bit confused. So, let's just do away with labels and appreciate the films that made the strongest impressions, and leave our dictionaries at the door. The 2007 Film I...

Aspen Shortsfest Program Highlights

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Marking its 16th year, Aspen Shortsfest will bring filmmakers from around the world for six days of celebration, April 3-8, 2007, at Aspen’s historic Wheeler Opera House and other locations. Widely recognized as one of the world's premiere short film and video showcases, Aspen Shortsfest will feature its esteemed Oscar-qualifying International Competition, as well as special presentations, panels and workshops for all who make and appreciate this trend-setting art form: the short.Shortsfest Pr...

Aspen Shortsfest will offer 6 days of shorts celebration

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Marking its 16th year, Aspen Shortsfest will bring filmmakers from around the world for six days of celebration, April 3-8, 2007, at Aspen’s historic Wheeler Opera House and other locations. Widely recognized as one of the world's premiere short film and video showcases, Aspen Shortsfest will feature its esteemed Oscar-qualifying International Competition, as well as special presentations, panels and workshops for all who make and appreciate this trend-setting art form: the short.Shortsfest Pr...

A full slate of events

Debuting its slate of local and international films, and welcoming filmmakers and stars to town, the Santa Barbara International Film Festival opened over the weekend to enthusiastic audiences. Sienna Miller, Guy Pearce, and director George Hickenlooper were lauded by a packed house at the Arlington Theatre on Thursday as “Factory Girl,” a film about 1960s “It Girl” Edie Sedgwick, who was born and tragically died in Santa Barbara. Also in attendance were Edie’s brother Jonathan Sedgwi...

Writers Guild of America Screenplay Nominees

Friday, January 19----The Writers Guild of America, West (WGAW) and the Writers Guild of America, East (WGAE) have announced nominations for outstanding achievement in writing for the screen during the 2006 season. Chosen by a membership of their peers, this is the highest accolade a screenwriter can hope for, aside from a Best Screenplay Oscar. WRITERS GUILD OF AMERICA NOMINATIONS BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY Guillermo Arriaga, BABEL Michael Arndt, LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE Peter Morgan, THE QU...

Santa Barbara International Film Festival panels

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The creative minds behind some of this year’s best big-budget and independent films will share their experiences and anecdotes with audiences during the panel series at the 22nd Annual Santa Barbara International Film Festival. Creative challenges and successes will be unearthed during several panels over the two weekends of the SBIFF.The series kicks off at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, January 29, with “Directors on Directing,” which takes place on Saturday, January 27 at 11:00 a.m. Moderate...

Movie Reviews: THANK YOU FOR NOT SMOKING & AMERICAN DREAMZ

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Satire is a tricky genre. The basic rule of effective storytelling -- at least the kind that audiences have responded to ever since stories have been told -- is to provide characters that one can relate to and feel some modicum of empathy towards. Nasty, biting satire flies in the face of this conviction. It urges you to recognize the very worst qualities in people. In a way, though, they live or die the same way any genre does; on the sharpness, cohesiveness and clarity of their observations...

Vancouver Annual Film and Television Forum Wrapped

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The VIFF’s 21st Film & Television Forum wrapped its highly successful event on Saturday evening with a packed cocktail reception for New Filmmakers’ Day. Over the event’s four days, local filmmakers participated in interactive sessions, master classes, and Speed Dating meetings with top international industry professionals focusing on writing, producing, directing, acting and a range film and television trends. Many Forum speakers were Oscar and Emmy nominees and winners, including Canadia...

industry seminars at the Vancouver Festival’s TV Forum

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The VIFF 21ST Annual Film and Television Forum Featuring New Filmmakers’ Day at the Rogers Industry CentreEmerging filmmakers and seasoned pros look forward to a full program of industry seminars and networking opportunities at the Vancouver International Film Festival’s 21st Annual Film and Television Forum, September 27 – 29. September 30 wraps the Forum with ever-popular New Filmmakers’ Day (NFD). The only event of its kind in western Canada, NFD provides BC’s next generation of fi...

The Sydney Film Festival wrapped

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The Sydney Film Festival wrapped up a memorable two weeks of international and Australian films this weekend with the presentation of the Dendy Awards for Australian Short Film, the Urban Cinefile Audience Awards, as well as the FIPRESCI Award for Best Documentary. The awards were followed by the slick closing night film Thanks for Not Smoking, starring Aaron Eckhart as spin doctor Nick Naylor who works for the Academy of Tobacco Studies. Spiked with black humour (Nick dines every week with the ...

Sydney Film Fest Laughter sandwich with meaty filling

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With this his second (and last) Festival, Artistic Director Lynden Barber has again shown an astute ability to mix the provocative with the seductive, the challenging with the entertaining, giving patrons a snapshot of the concerns and amusements of filmmakers from around the world. Andrew L. Urban samples the menu.In a world troubled by violence, defeated by poverty, racked by intolerance and engulfed in conflict, it’s appropriate that a major film festival such as Sydney’s should gather fi...

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