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John Waters to be spotlighted at the 15th Annual Sonoma International Film Festival

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    The 15th annual Sonoma International Film Festival, April 11-15, 2012, will pay tribute to innovative filmmaker John Waters, hosting the American director, author, actor and photographer during a special evening on Saturday, April 14th, at the Sonoma Veteran's Memorial Building.   The night's events will include Waters' one-man "vaudeville" act that celebrates the film career and obsessional tastes of the man William Burroughs once called "The Pope of T...

USA film Festival short film winners announced

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USA FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES WINNERS OF THE 33RD ANNUAL NATIONAL SHORT FILM & VIDEO COMPETITION The USA Film Festival announced the Winners of the 33rd Annual National Short Film & Video Competition. The awards program took place on Closing Night of the 41st Annual USA Film Festival in Dallas. Chosen from over 600 U.S. entries, the winners included: FIRST PLACE / FICTION $1,000 The Interview, Michelle Steffes, director FIRST PLACE / ANIM...

USA Film Festival announces the full schedule of events

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  The USA Film Festival announces the full schedule of events for the 41st Annual USA Film Festival, April 27 - May 1, 2011.  All programs will be held at the Angelika Film Center Dallas, 5321 E. Mockingbird Lane, Dallas, Texas.  Advance tickets are available exclusively through Ticketmaster beginning Friday, April 15, 2011. The program includes special TRIBUTES to the following performing artists: Barry Corbin William Fichtner Malcolm McDowell [Editors Note: For additional...

54TH SAN FRANCISCO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL WILL PRESENT MEL NOVIKOFF AWARD TO SERGE BROMBERG

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 French Collector, Archivist and Showman Extraordinaire Will Present Retour de Flamme: Rare and Restored Films in 3-D at the Castro Theatre   San Francisco, CA – The 54th San Francisco International Film Festival (April 21–May 5) will present the 2011 Mel Novikoff Award to the extraordinary showman Serge Bromberg for his invaluable work as a collector, preservationist, exhibitor, programmer and enthusiast of cinematic treasures, Sunday, May 1 at 5:00 pm at the Castro Th...

A Peep into the world of ILM at FMX 2011

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FMX 201116th Conference on Animation, Effects, Games and Interactive MediaMay 3-6, 2011. Stuttgart, Germany. Award winning Visual Effects studio Industry Light & Magic, founded by George Lucas in 1975, will feature in a very special screening at this year's FMX. Director Leslie Iwerks and ILM veteran's Tim Alexander, Ben Snow and Hal Hickel will present the documentary, "Industrial Light & Magic: Creating The Impossible". For the past 35 years ILM has been responsible for some of the most memora...

The King’s Speech and True Grit Lead the 83rd Academy Award Nominations

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By Maria Esteves – January 26, 2011 The 83rd Academy Award Nominations were announced by Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) President Tom Sherak and 2009 Academy Award winner for supporting actress Mo'Nique in "Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire," on Tuesday, January 25, 2011. The King's Speech, directed by Tom Hooper received twelve Oscar nominations including best picture, best director, best actor, and best supporting actor. True Grit, directed...

83rd Race Heats Up: A Dozen Oscar Nods for KING'S SPEECH & Full Script

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By Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles CorrespondentToday the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences announced this year's Oscar(r) nominations. With few surprises, Colin Firth's festival run in THE KING'S SPEECH, written by David Seidler, is poised to take most of the honors with a record-vying 12 nominations. Fourteen (14) is the record for Oscar noms (i.e.; TITANIC), but if this picture wins in every nominated category, cinema history will be made.Oscar 2011: Expect Natalie Portman & Colin Fir...

Films from Sundance 2011 on demand

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Sundance Selects, the theatrical and video-on-demand film label, today announced the second partnership with the not-for-profit Sundance Institute for the 2011 Sundance Film Festival (January 20th - 30th, Park City, UT). As part of the "Direct from the Sundance Film Festival" initiative, five films being screened at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival will simultaneously be available nationwide, on-demand, through Sundance Selects. The films include four world premieres recently acquired by Sundanc...

USA Film Festival announced the Winners of the 32nd Annual National Short Film & Video Competition

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On Sunday, May 2, 2010, the USA Film Festival announced the Winners of the 32nd Annual National Short Film & Video Competition on Closing Night of the 40th Annual USA Film Festival in Dallas. Chosen from over 600 U.S. entries, the winners included: GRAND PRIZE WINNER FIRST PLACE / FICTION $1,000 Ana's Playground, Eric Howell, director FIRST PLACE / ANIMATION $1,000 The Mouse That Soared, Kyle T. Bell, director FIRST PLACE / EXPERIMENTAL $1,000 ...

Toy Story 3 (3) to Edinburgh

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  The Edinburgh International Film Festival and The Walt Disney Company are delighted to announce today that Disney / Pixar's TOY STORY 3 will have a Special 3D Gala screening at this year's Festival on Saturday 19 June.  The audience in Edinburgh will be the first in the UK to see TOY STORY 3 in 3D after its opening in the United States the previous day.   Attending the red carpet at Cineworld Edinburgh to greet audiences will be the film's exuberant rough-and-tumble cowgi...

The USA Film Festival announces the full schedule of events

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  The USA Film Festival announces the full schedule of events for the 40th Annual USA Film Festival, April 28 - May 2, 2010. All programs will be held at the Angelika Film Center Dallas, 5321 E. Mockingbird Lane, Dallas, Texas. Advance tickets are available exclusively through Ticketmaster beginning Friday, April 16, 2010. LIST OF PROGRAMS (chronologically) La Mission Wednesday, April 28, 7:00pm There are two things in life that recovering alcoholic Che (Benjamin Bratt) ...

The Global Film Village: Roy E. Disney Dies at 79

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  Hollywood and the world mourns the loss of Roy E. Disney who during his time with the Company that his uncle and father founded has always strived to keep the legacy alive and build for the future.The following is the official Disney Company release. ROY E. DISNEY, KEY FIGURE IN REVITALIZING THE WALT DISNEY COMPANY AND DISNEY'S ANIMATION LEGACY, DIES AT AGE 79       (c) the Walt Disney Co.   MULTI-FACETED FORMER DISNEY VICE CHAIRMAN WAS A LE...

Making worlds at Venice 66th Film Festival - ANIMATION MASTERCLASS with John Lasseter - 7th September 2009 by Nesta Morgan

ANIMATION MASTERCLASS7th September 2009withJohn Lasseter (dressed in a shirt alike the Arc of Petals - Arc of Petals mobile by Calder, 1941, Peggy Guggenheim museum, Venice)“Animation is to give life to acting. Voice actor and animator = character. What is he thinking?Pose test. Improvisation. Spontaneity. Thumbnails. A shared direction, never worked a day in our life.Bringing back the hand drawn image with The P

Making worlds at Venice 66th Film Festival - Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement to Disney Pixar Animation by Nesta Morgan

Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement to Disney Pixar Animation  They set out to move peopleBrad Bird, Andrew Stanton, John Lasseter, Pete Docter,and Marco Muller. 6th September 2009. They say“We need more women in the industry… and we’re going back to hand drawing!” Nesta Morgan 

Venice 66th Film Festival - Making worlds at Regatta Day - 6th September 2009

On the day of the Cerimonia di premiazione Leone d'Oro alla carriera when John Lasseter and the animation team at Disney Pixar were on stage receiving their awards... over in Venice with a view from the terrace of New Zealand's event for the Art biennale at Fondazione Claudio Buziol, Palazzo Magilli-Valmarana, Cannaregio, I went to see the famous Venice Ragatta as it raced to and fro. Drawn in blue screen, well we ca

The programme for The Times BFI 53rd London Film Festival

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The programme for The Times BFI 53rd London Film Festival, announced today by Artistic Director Sandra Hebron, includes a diverse selection of world and international premieres with a total of 191 features and 113 shorts screening alongside an exciting line-up of special events and expected guests.Opening Night film, Wes Anderson’s FANTASTIC MR. FOX, is one of the Festival’s 15 world premieres and will be presented by the director and cast members including Meryl Streep, George Clooney, Bill...

Full programme for The Times BFI London Film Festival

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The programme for The Times BFI 53rd London Film Festival, announced today by Artistic Director Sandra Hebron, includes a diverse selection of world and international premieres with a total of 191 features and 113 shorts screening alongside an exciting line-up of special events and expected guests.Opening Night film, Wes Anderson’s FANTASTIC MR. FOX, is one of the Festival’s 15 world premieres and will be presented by the director and cast members including Meryl Streep, George Clooney, Bill...

UP, the new animation film from the Disney•Pixar studios, will be the 3D Opening Ceremony film

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UP, the new animation film from the Disney•Pixar studios, produced under John Lasseter's supervision, will be the Opening Ceremony film of the 62nd Festival de Cannes, a World Premiere in Disney Digital 3-D on Wednesday May 13th, 2009. UP, a comedy adventure in which 78-year-old Carl Fredricksen fulfils his dream of a great adventure when he ties thousands of balloons to his house and flies away to the wilds of South America, only to discover that he has brought with him his biggest nig...

Art Directors Guild's Cinematic Imagery Award to Lucas

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Revolutionary director/producer, George Lucas has been selected to receive the Art Directors Guild's (ADG's) coveted honorary Outstanding Contribution to Cinematic Imagery Award, it was announced today by Thomas A. Walsh, ADG President, and Awards co-producers John Sabato and John Janavs. Known for pushing the limits of design and cinematography, Lucas has been the creator, storywriter and executive producer of a series of visually groundbreaking feature films, most notably the Star Wars Saga, w...

Your best 100 kids movies? KIDSFIRST! share that with us

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These are films for kids between the ages of 2 and 18 that KIDS FIRST! believes to have universal appeal, exhibit outstanding attributes in terms of their production values and portray values and have qualities that make them as applicable today as the day they were first released. We know that media has the power to influence children, negatively or positively. The films on this list portray the values and ethics that we, as a culture wish to instill in our children. The idea behind this list ...

Anima 2008 gets Brussels animated

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Anima 2008 is taking place in the Flagey centre (Brussels) from 1st to 9th February. This year’s event will be marked by diversity as spectators once again take their annual dose of new, funny, quirky and curious images and discover the latest trends in international animation.The Futuranima forum will also take place in Flagey on the 7th, 8th and 9th February and is for animation professionals, students and enthusiasts interested in discovering what goes on behind the scenes of selected produ...

Brussels Animation Festival ANIMA 2008

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ANIMA 2008 : Brussels Animation Festival: from 1st to 9th February 2008Anima 2008 is taking place in the Flagey centre (Brussels) from 1st to 9th February. This year’s event will be marked by diversity as spectators once again take their annual dose of new, funny, quirky and curious images and discover the latest trends in international animation.The Futuranima forum will also take place in Flagey on the 7th, 8th and 9th February and is for animation professionals, students and enthusiasts int...

USA Film Festival announces winners

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On Sunday, April 22, 2007, the USA Film Festival announced the Winners of the 29th Annual National Short Film and Video Competition during the 37th Annual USA Film Festival in Dallas.Chosen out of over 600 U.S. entries as Grand Prize Winner, is Benjamin Gray’s The Hunter, based on Tobias Wolff’s short story “Hunters in the Snow.”The full list of awards and honors includes:GRAND PRIZE WINNER FIRST PLACE / ANIMATION $1,000FIRST PLACE / FICTION $1,000 everything will be ok, Don H...

The San Francisco International Film Festival Turns Golden

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Opening on April 26 with Emanuele Crialese’s GOLDEN DOOR, the San Francisco International Film Festival continues to celebrate its 15-day golden anniversary in high style. The 50th edition of the longest-running film festival in the Americas boasts an ambitious program of films and special events in the City by the Bay until the curtains close on May 10 with Olivier Dahan’s biopic of Edith Piaf, LA VIE EN ROSE. “It’s quite an auspicious moment for us,” announced Graham Leggat, Executiv...

The San Francisco International Film Festival Turns Golden

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Opening on April 26 with Emanuele Crialese’s GOLDEN DOOR, the San Francisco International Film Festival continues to celebrate its 15-day golden anniversary in high style. The 50th edition of the longest-running film festival in the Americas boasts an ambitious program of films and special events in the City by the Bay until the curtains close on May 10 with Olivier Dahan’s biopic of Edith Piaf, LA VIE EN ROSE. “It’s quite an auspicious moment for us,” announced Graham Leggat, Executiv...

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