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Tonight, The Times BFI 51st London Film Festival rounded off a record-breaking year with THE DARJEELING LIMITED. This year’s 51st Festival hosted 185 feature films and 133 short films from 43 countries, 412 screenings and 515 visiting international filmmakers, over 1000 industry professionals including a record 191 buyers and sellers, and the highest ever audience attendance. International glamour on the red carpet featured throughout the Festival’s 16 days. Wes Anderson was joined by Jason ...

Controversial Films Premiere at The London Film Festival

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The London Film Festival is not necessarily against the idea of premiering controversial films......in fact, they generate good press and audience interest. But two such films had their premieres just hours apart on Friday, making it a red-hot day for the press and opinionmakers. Locally, it was BRICK LANE, the adaption of the best selling novel by local author Monica Ali, that generated the most media buzz. The film had its world premiere last evening and was the subject of much discussion in t...

Controversial Films Premiere At London Film Festival

 Saturday, October 27----------The London Film Festival is not necessarily against the idea of premiering controversial films......in fact, they generate good press and audience interest. But two such films had their premieres just hours apart on Friday, making it a red-hot day for the press and opinionmakers. Locally, it was BRICK LANE, the adaption of the best selling novel by local author Monica Ali, that generated the most media buzz. The film had its world premiere last evening and was the...

Controversial Films Premiere At The London Film Festival

 Saturday, October 27----------The London Film Festival is not necessarily against the idea of premiering controversial films......in fact, they generate good press and audience interest. But two such films had their premieres just hours apart on Friday, making it a red-hot day for the press and opinionmakers. Locally, it was BRICK LANE, the adaption of the best selling novel by local author Monica Ali, that generated the most media buzz. The film had its world premiere last evening and was the...

Hamptons International Film Festival presented its Golden Starfish Awards

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 The 15th Annual Hamptons International Film Festival presented its Golden Starfish Awards at a ceremony held at the UA Cinema in East Hampton, NY on Saturday, October 21, 2007. The 2007 HAMPTONS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL celebrates its 15th anniversary – a decade and a half of premieres, screenings, programs & events, tucked away amongst the changing leaves and quiet beaches of fall in the East End. The Hamptons is where talent, industry and audiences come together exchanging ideas, e...

Hamptons Fest presented its Golden Starfish Awards

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The 15th Annual Hamptons International Film Festival presented its Golden Starfish Awards at a ceremony held at the UA Cinema in East Hampton, NY on Saturday, October 21, 2007. The 2007 HAMPTONS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL celebrates its 15th anniversary – a decade and a half of premieres, screenings, programs & events, tucked away amongst the changing leaves and quiet beaches of fall in the East End. The Hamptons is where talent, industry and audiences come together exchanging ideas, experien...

Chicago International Children's Film Festival

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The Chicago International Children's Film Festival announces a SPECIAL PREVIEW SCREENING of Martian Child on Saturday, October 20 at 1pm, at the Wilmette Theater, 1122 Central Avenue in Wilmette.   "It's always fun for families to be the first to see new releases before they're out," said Submissions Manager Jessica Wheeler. "This is a movie with a lot of heart and John Cusack fans should be out in force." Based on the award-winning short story of the same title this comed...

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...

Harvey Weinstein kicks off Film Financing Circle with keynote conversation

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 The Film Financing Circle (FFC) is an integral program in the inaugural Middle East International Film Festival in Abu Dhabi.  The FFC takes place from October 15 - 17, 2007 at the Emirates Palace, and presents a multifaceted approach to elevating the international entertainment community's awareness of Abu Dhabi's emergence onto the film scene. The FFC encompasses several extraordinary events guaranteed to optimize networking connections between international financiers and film executives f...

Abu Dhabi announces the Official Competition

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The Middle East International Film Festival – Abu Dhabi announces the Official Competition slate, with filmmakers competing for the coveted Black Pearl awards. “The production support awarded with the Black Pearl is truly one-of-a-kind,” said Nashwa Al-Ruwaini. “We are confident that it will help propel its recipient into the next level of filmmaking.”“We are thrilled with the line-up of films we have in Competition,” said Festival Director Jon Fitzgerald. “They represent world-...

Minnie Driver Receives Cinequest Maverick Spirit Award

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Minnie Driver slowly removed her sunglasses at the Cinequest press conference, and quietly said, “I don’t want to force my bloodshot eyes on you.” She had worked until 3:30 a.m. before traveling to San Jose to receive the Maverick Spirit Award at an event scheduled later in the afternoon. “I’m really happy to be here. Exhausted but happy,” stated the London-born actor.When asked if she considered herself a maverick, Driver thoughtfully replied, “I don’t lie in bed going, hmmm, I...

Minnie Driver Receives Cinequest Maverick Spirit Award

Saturday, March 3---Minnie Driver slowly removed her sunglasses at the Cinequest press conference, and quietly said, “I don’t want to force my bloodshot eyes on you.” She had worked until 3:30 a.m. before traveling to San Jose to receive the Maverick Spirit Award at an event scheduled later in the afternoon. “I’m really happy to be here. Exhausted but happy,” stated the London-born actor.When asked if she considered herself a maverick, Driver thoughtfully replied, “I don’t lie i...

Cinema Potpourri: February

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CINEMA POTPOURRI: February (This is a new monthly segment that will cover a variety of topics -- casting news, movie happenings, and whatever happens to be on my movie-crazed mind)  SUNDANCE(what it was…what it became…what it now wants to be)Of course, the independent film movement existed long before the Sundance Film Festival opened its doors in 1985 and officially adopted its title in 1991.  But never before had mainstream Hollywood responded so resoundingly to its possibilities. Redfor...

2007 Sundance Film Festival Awards

Sunday, January 28-----The Sundance Film Festival roared into its Awards Ceremony last evening with the speed of an on-going train, as the nervous anticipation of filmmakers, sales agents and distributors filled the cavernous Racquet Club for the festivities. Anchored by the unflappable Festival Director Geoffrey Gilmore, the choices for Jury and Audience Awards in the US and International Feature and Documentary categories were a bit of a surprise, since many of the films that received nods w...

Sundance 2007 Awards

Sunday, January 28-----The Sundance Film Festival roared into its Awards Ceremony last evening with the speed of an on-going train, as the nervous anticipation of filmmakers, sales agents and distributors filled the cavernous Racquet Club for the festivities. Anchored by the unflappable Festival Director Geoffrey Gilmore, the choices for Jury and Audience Awards in the US and International Feature and Documentary categories were a bit of a surprise, since many of the films that received nods w...

2007 Sundance Film Festival Awards

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The Sundance Film Festival roared into its Awards Ceremony last evening with the speed of an on-going train, as the nervous anticipation of filmmakers, sales agents and distributors filled the cavernous Racquet Club for the festivities. Anchored by the unflappable Festival Director Geoffrey Gilmore, the choices for Jury and Audience Awards in the US and International Feature and Documentary categories were a bit of a surprise, since many of the films that received nods were not high on the radar...

Market News: More Deals Confirmed

Thursday, January 25----Deals are coming fast and furious as the Sundance Film Festival enters its final weekend. While some acquisition execs will be waiting to see what American and international titles win jury and audience awards, the activity has been brisk with more deals announced in the past 48 hours of various films that have world premiered at the Festival. ONCE, a tender Irish romantic musical comedy by John Carney, has sold worldwide rights to sales company Summit Entertainment. O...

Market News: The Weinstein Company Picks Up GRACE IS GONE

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Monday, January 22----In one of the few deals announced here for a fiction feature (documentaries have been getting all the action so far), The Weinstein Company has announced its acquisition of worldwide rights to GRACE IS GONE, screening in the US Dramatic Film Competition here. The film, directed by James C. Strouse, stars John Cusack in a departure from his useful laconic screen self, as a father who is overwhelmed when he gets news that his wife has been killed in the Iraq War. The film ...

The Ibiza and Formentera Film Festival appointed jury members

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The Ibiza and Formentera Film Festival (29 of May to 7 of June) presented three prestigious members of the festival jury in the Hotel Pacha. They will form part of the 10 day event which will transform Ibiza into the capital of the film industry for the duration.Ronnie Taylor received an Oscar in Hollywood for his work as director of photography in Ghandi (1982). He has worked in more than one hundred movies next to directors of such renown as Richard Attenborough, Stanley Kubrick, George Lucas,...

Sundance Dramatic Film Competition

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Tuesday, December 26----The Sundance Film Festival will see sixteen World Premieres compete in the Festival's prestigious Independent Dramatic Feature Film Competition. It is further evidence of the Festival's critical role as a festival of discovery that all the films in this sixteen-film competition are world premieres, unseen by all but a few close associates and the Festival's programming committee. The anticipation is high, as are the stakes for film distributors in the weeks leading up to...

Spending The Holidays With Woody Allen

Saturday, December 23----When I was growing up Jewish in Brooklyn, New York in the 1960s, Christmas Day meant only two things…..Chinese food and going to a movie. In those halcyon days when Christmas was more of a religious event than an excuse to go shopping, almost all restaurants, stores and other commercial venues were closed on Christmas Day.....with the exception of Chinese restaurants and most movie theaters. So, it became a Jewish tradition (and the only option in town) to frequent ...

Denver Film Festival (SDFF29) line up

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The 29th Starz Denver Film Festival (SDFF29), produced by the Denver Film Society, rolls out the red carpet November 9 - 19, 2006. This year’s festival features a Salute to Canadian Cinema and will screen over 200 films with 14 premieres (2 world premieres, 5 North American premieres and 8 U.S premieres). 29 countries are represented this year: Argentina, Austria, Canada, China, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Great Britain, India, Iran, Israel, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Mongoli...

Atlantic film fest jury is split in 2 groups

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The 24th Atlantic Film Festival (AFF) announced today that Brett Hendrie, Michael Melski and Stephen Reynolds have been selected for the Atlantic Jury and Charles Bishop, Duncan Hall and Paul Quinn have been selected for the Canadian Jury for this year’s Festival, September 17-25, 2004. The Atlantic Jury chooses 11 Atlantic awards while the Canadian Jury chooses two awards.“We made the decision to divide the jury into two this year because the intensive jury process for such a large program...

Outdoor screenings at Montreal

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HIGHLIGHTS FREE OUTDOOR SCREENINGS PROGRAM AT MONTRÉAL WORLD FILM FESTIVALSA cornucopia of acclaimed movies from Canada and around the globe will be screened free-of-charge nightly during the 12-day run of the 28th Montréal World Film Festival, August 26 – September 6.The Cinema Under The Stars program, presented by Loto-Québec in association with the MWFF, will feature two hit films each night starting at 8:30 pm on the Esplanade of Place des Arts, Sainte-Catherine at Jeanne Mance. Only on...

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