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Will Smith multifaceted talents to be recognised at Santa Barbara

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SANTA BARBARA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL SET TO RUN JANUARY 25-FEBURARY 4Will Smith, multifaceted actor, producer and writer, will be this year’s recipient of the Santa Barbara International Film Festival’s Modern Master Award, it was announced today by SBIFF Executive Director Roger Durling.Smith has the distinction of being a cross-generational draw as well as being able to break through various genres of films. Having first endeared himself as a fresh new artist in TV’s “Fresh Princ...

Silverdocs Opens With Tales of Tinseltown

Friday, June 2---SILVERDOCS: AFI/Discovery Channel Documentary Festival opens on June 13 with the world premiere of the HBO Films documentary BOFFO! TINSELTOWN'S BOMBS AND BLOCKBUSTERS, directed by Oscar-winning documentary director Bill Couturie. The film takes a behind-the-scenes look at the high risk world of Hollywood filmmaking, where all bets are off as to whether even the biggest budget film will not be a major box office bomb. Featuring candid, often amusing interviews, with such Holl...

Dubai Festival has a role in improving portrayal of Arabs

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Dubai Film Festival a Vital Platform in Improving Portrayal of Arabs, Muslims in Mainstream Cinema, Says US ExpertNegative stereotypes unchanged since 9/11, according to Arab-American scholar Dubai, December 5, 2005 – The Dubai International Film Festival can play an integral role in shattering the negative stereotypes of Arabs and Muslims that permeate mainstream American cinema, the world’s leading authority on media stereotyping of Arabs and Muslims has said. Dr. Jack Shaheen, author of t...

Hollywood Awards Ceremony kicks off Oscar season

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The 9th Annual Hollywood Film Festival's "Hollywood Awards(r)" ceremony, honoring independent filmmakers and established Hollywood professionals, was held last night before a standing-room-only audience of over 1,200 Hollywood Film Festival attendees at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills. Special honors went to Lions Gate Films Releasing President Tom Ortenberg, film preservation leader Librarian of Congress Dr. James Billington, actress Diane Keaton, actor Joaquin Phoenix, actress Charli...

Sitges number one fantasy film festival in the world

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SITGES 2005 - (October 9th to 18th, 2005),the International Film Festival of Catalonia is the number one fantasy film festival in the world and represents, at the same time, the cultural expression with the most media impact in Catalonia. With a solid 37 years of experience, the Sitges Festival is a stimulating universe of encounters, exhibitions, presentations and screenings of fantasy films from all over the world. Born in 1968 as the 1st International Week of Fantasy and Horror Movies, today ...

Stockholm Grand Jury Prize to "Innocence"

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The 15th Stockholm International Film Festival announced the decisions of the Festival Jury in a special ceremony at the festival close on November 27th. For the first time ever for the festival, a female director received the prestigious Bronze Horse award. Female directors also for the first time were fifty percent in the official selection. The jury included Alexandra Dahlström, acclaimed actress of Lukas Moodysson's Fucking Åmål and Bruce LaBruce, Canadian cult film director whose film Ra...

Caleb Deschanel honoured at Hollywood Fest

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HOLLYWOOD FEST HONORS CALEB DESCHANEL AND CELEBRATES THE AMERICAN SOCIETY OFCINEMATOGRAPHERS' 85th ANNIVERSARY.Oscar(R)-nominated cinematographer Caleb Deschanel (ASC) will be this year's recipient of the "Hollywood CINEMATOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR Award." In addition, the American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) will mark its 85th anniversary at the Hollywood Film Festival, which takes place October 12 to 18 at the Arclight Cinemas in Hollywood."Mr. Deschanel is undoubtedly one of Hollywood's fine...

Hollywood fest announces its craft winners

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HOLLYWOOD FEST ANNOUNCES CRAFT KUDOS WINNERSRecipients to be feted at Hollywood Awards GalaThe Hollywood Film Festival announces honorees who will be recognized for their outstanding achievements at the festival's Hollywood Awards Gala Ceremony, which will take place on October 18, 2004, at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills.Academy-nominated editor Sally Menke will receive the "Hollywood Editor of the Year Award," Academy Award-winning visual effects artist John Dykstra will receive the ...

Monster Road to LA IFP Fest

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LA Film Festival Draws Animators and Fans to MONSTER ROAD Animators, and other recluses, braved a daylight screening of the documentary MONSTER ROAD at the Los Angeles Film Festival on Tuesday 24th to enjoy a rare public appearance of cult animator Bruce Bickford. The new film is an affectionate and revealing biography that updates the public on the continuing work of an artist who transforms his fevered dreams into film art.Director Brett Ingram is a fellow animator whose lens volleys between ...

Hollywood celebrates Europe

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Hollywood Film Festival(R) and Hollywood Awards (R) Set Pace for Oscar(R) Race and Celebrate World and European Cinema in HollywoodIn their eighth year, the Hollywood Film Festival and Hollywood Awards announce the launch of their World and European cinema awards."We are very excited to be having our eighth annual festival and awards from October 12 to 18 at Arclight Cinemas. Last year's festival was one of the best yet, with our awards going to such Hollywood icons as Sir Anthony Hopkins, Goldi...

Dandelion Cleveland Fest opener

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THE 28TH CLEVELAND INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL TO OPEN WITH DANDELIONCLOSING NIGHT FILM – BRIGHT YOUNG THINGS DANDELION opens the 28th Cleveland International Film Festival (CIFF) on Thursday, March 18, 2004. The film, written and directed by Mark Milgard, stars Mare Winningham and Arliss Howard and was produced by Molly Mayeux. A favorite at the 2004 Sundance Film Festival, DANDELION tells the beautiful and touching story of Mason Mullich, whose family leads a life of quiet desperation....

Film Star Awards in New Orleans

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2004 LE PRIX INTERNATIONAL FILM STAR AWARDS AND GALASUNDAY, MARCH 28th AT 5PMORPHEUM THEATER AND FAIRMONT HOTEL NEW ORLEANSThe 2004 Le Prix International Film Star Awards will be held Sunday, March 28th at 5pm at the Orpheum Theater in New Orleans, Louisiana.A black-tie patron Gala follows the Awards presentation in the famed Blue Room of the Fairmont New Orleans Hotel. The Le Prix International Film Star Awards is the only international awards show that honor entertainers for their body of work...

Tarantino to Head Cannes Jury 2004

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This year Quentin Tarantino will head the jury at Cannes and he'sthrilled. "For a film maker and film lover, there's no greater honourthan to be on the jury of the Cannes Film Festival--the crowningachievement of a lifetime spent in cinematic obsession - a magnificentobsession". Tarantino is sure to take to the task with relish. But whatever happened to Jodie Foster, who was 'mortified' two years ago that she had to cancel being the head of the jury in order to be in "Panic Room: by David Finch...

Quentin Tarantino will preside Cannes Jury

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Quentin Tarantino will preside over the Jury of the 57th Festival de Cannes, to be held May 12-23, 2004. Selected for the first time in 1992 with Reservoir Dogs, he's back in Cannes 10 years after receiving the Palme d'Or for Pulp Fiction (1994).Quentin Tarantino stated : “For a filmmaker and film lover there's no greater honour than to be on the jury of the Cannes Film Festival. To be President is both a magnificent honour and a magnificent responsibility. And also the crowning achievement of...

Peter jackson Modern Master award at Santa Barbara

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PETER JACKSON TO RECEIVE MODERN MASTER AWARD AT 19th SANTA BARBARA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVALThe Santa Barbara International Film Festival will present this year's Modern Master Award to the director/producer/writer of the "Lord of the Rings" Trilogy, Peter Jackson, it was announced today by Festival Director, Roger Durling. Says Durling, "When I first came on board, I was asked who would be my choice for Modern Master. I could think of only one name that perfectly exemplified a Modern Master ...

6th Sarasota ready to kick off

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6th ANNUAL SARASOTA FILM FESTIVAL January 23RD – February 1ST, 2004 From the Opening Night Film & Party on January 23rd till the projectors go dark 10 film-filled days and nights later, the 6th Annual SARASOTA FILM FESTIVAL will present an extraordinary line-up of International & US independent features, shorts, documentaries, student films and special events celebrating special guests and their contributions to the art of filmmaking. The SARASOTA FILM FESTIVAL (SFF) is dedicated to ex...
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