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The inaugural Napa Valley Film Festival goes live

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The inaugural Napa Valley Film Festival goes live at: http://napavalleyfilmfest.org/ The festival is scheduled for November 9-13, 2011 Some quick highlights: - 5 nights - 4 festival villages - 12 screening venues - 100 films - 125 wineries pouring - 250 filmmakers and industry guests - 30,000 anticipated total attendance   Top-lining a diverse program of films in competition and out (John Sloss of Cinetic Media is President of the...

Social Media Meets The Movies

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  Aside from the smorgasboard of films on tap at this year’s 10th Tribeca Film Festival, which runs through Sunday, the event has been filled with very interesting film panels and talks. One of the most interesting took place on Tuesday entitled Digital By Design. Paramount Digital Entertainment president Tom Lesinski led a panel of experts to discuss how social media can assist in both the marketing and the distribution of independent films. Now that more movies are being distr...

Global Film Village:Participating in Producer’s Network at 63rd Cannes

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photo by Marc Halperin by Marla Lewin There are many producers in the Producer’s Network this year who have made wonderful films out of England, the US, Germany, and South Africa. There is a comradery between those who are attending for several years and each year the level of work and production is evolving. There are new people to meet from China, Kurdistan, and old mates from Rio, Estonia, Scotland, and Italy.  There are funds available for international filmmakers to learn and ...

Participating in Producer's Network at 63rd Cannes

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There are many producers in the Producer's Network this year who have made wonderful films out of England, the US, Germany, and South Africa. There is a comradery between those who are attending for several years and each year the level of work and production is evolving. There are new people to meet from China, Kurdistan, and old mates from Rio, Estonia, Scotland, and Italy.  There are funds available for international filmmakers to learn and hone their skills.  Some of these films are sh...

Woodstock FF Award Winners

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Filmmakers, industry mavens, film critics and local film buffs gathered last evening at the historic Backstage Productions Arts and Entertainment Complex in Kingston, NY for the awards ceremonies of the 10th edition of the Woodstock Film Festival. The film event closes today, celebrating 10 years of exceptional independent film, panels, concerts, events and parties, with the best of the best in the indie film world.Emceed by actor/director Giancarlo Esposito, the WFF Awards ceremony guests, pres...

Woodstock FF Award Winners

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  DON'T LET ME DROWN (Cruz Angeles, USA) Filmmakers, industry mavens, film critics and local film buffs gathered last evening at the historic Backstage Productions Arts and Entertainment Complex in Kingston, NY for the awards ceremonies of the 10th edition of the Woodstock Film Festival. The film event closes today, celebrating 10 years of exceptional independent film, panels, concerts, events and parties, with the best of the best in the indie film world. Emceed by actor/dire...

AFM conferences

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     AFM Conferences and Seminars provide a forum where attendees can interact with and learn from prominent filmmakers, financiers, industry executives and talent. Belo...

FIND Filmmaker Forum impressive line up of panels

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Film Independent [FIND] announced today that Ted Hope will deliver the keynote address for the fourth-annual Filmmaker Forum, which will be held September 26-28 at the Directors Guild of America, Los Angeles. Film Independent’s Filmmaker Forum is a widely attended event, giving attendees access to some of the most innovative names in indie filmmaking, as well as the most useful information available on how to get your movie made, bought, sold, and marketed in today’s changing marketplace.“...

Filmmaker Forum will be held September 26-28

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Film Independent announced today that the fourth-annual Filmmaker Forum will be held September 26-28 at the Directors Guild of America. Film Independent’s Filmmaker Forum is a widely attended event, giving attendees access to some of the most innovative names in indie filmmaking, as well as the most useful information available on how to get your movie made, bought, sold, and marketed in today’s changing marketplace.The 2008 Forum is sponsored by Kodak, SAGIndie, Sony Pictures Classics, Dire...

Sundance Mixes Indies And Hollywood

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While the bulk of film professionals and hopefuls who have crowded into the ski resort of Park City for this week's Sundance Film Festival represent the high and low of the independent film world (those with VIP connections, and those scrambling to get meetings and into lavish parties), Sundance has become a place for Hollywood producers and bigshots to hobnob with their contemporaries and, heaven forbid, young filmmaking talent. This makes for a very odd mix, since these communities rarely ever...

Sundance Mixes Indies And Hollywood

 Friday, January 18------------While the bulk of film professionals and hopefuls who have crowded into the ski resort of Park City for this week's Sundance Film Festival represent the high and low of the independent film world (those with VIP connections, and those scrambling to get meetings and into lavish parties), Sundance has become a place for Hollywood producers and bigshots to hobnob with their contemporaries and, heaven forbid, young filmmaking talent. This makes for a very odd mix, sin...

Point of view café panels in Park City

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The Wall Street Journal brings you the Point of View Café, a three-day program co-produced by Classic Entertainment Group during the 2008 Sundance Film Festival that is open to the public.  Point of View Café offers panels and core conversations on films, live acoustic performances, and complimentary food and beverage service and cocktail receptions throughout the day.  The programFriday, January 18- 10-11 am: Complimentary breakfast- 11-11:30 am: Lauren Ianuzzi acoustic session- 11:30-12...

Nerves On Edge As Sundance FF Opens in 48 Hours

 Tuesday, January 15----------The jangle of nerves and breathless anticipation are reaching a fever pitch, as film professionals from around the globe prepare to descend on the tiny ski resort of Park City, home to the Sundance Film Festival. A town of 10,000 that swells to nearly 50,000 during the Festival period, the tension is mounting as filmmakers, film sellers and film buyers all come together in a frenzy of pitching, screening, critical reaction and, of course, the desire for a film sale...

Al Gore To Speak At Documentary Symposium

 Monday, October 29--------Former Vice President and possible Presidential candidate Al Gore will give the Keynote Speech at the sympsium A DAY OF DIALOGUE: THE FUTURE OF NON-FICTION FILM. Gore, who recently was a co-winner of the Nobel Peace Prize and whose film AN INCOVENIENT TRUTH (directed by Davis Guggenheim) won the Oscar this past year as Best Documentary, is expected to talk about the current state of the world of documentary and non-fiction reportage and where it is heading in the fu...

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...

Gotham Awards Unveil Nominees

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17th Annual Gotham Awards Unveil Nominees for Year's Best Independent FilmsGreat World of Sound, Day Night Day Night, Into the Wild, and Margot at the Wedding lead list of nominees. http://gotham.ifp.orgNew York, NY (PRWEB) October 22, 2007 -- Kicking off the film awards season, IFP, the nation’s largest membership organization of independent filmmakers, today announced the nominees for the 17th Annual Gotham Awards (http://gotham.ifp.org). The awards will be presented at Steiner Studios in Ne...

Film and Foliage On Long Island's East End

Friday, October 5--------As the Hamptons, the celebrated resort area on the eastern end of Long Island, moves into arguably its most beautiful season, the 15th edition of the Hamptons International Film Festival will bring a mix of film and glamour to complement the burnt orange and reddish hues of the Fall. The Festival begins on October 17th and runs through October 21st. This is a pivotal year for the event. Its longtime Festival Director Denise Kassel departed after being at the helm for the...

Film and Foliage On Long Island's East End

Friday, October 5--------As the Hamptons, the celebrated resort area on the eastern end of Long Island, moves into arguably its most beautiful season, the 15th edition of the Hamptons International Film Festival will bring a mix of film and glamour to complement the burnt orange and reddish hues of the Fall. The Festival begins on October 17th and runs through October 21st. This is a pivotal year for the event. Its longtime Festival Director Denise Kassel departed after being at the helm for the...

Film Independent ready to host Filmmaker Forum

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Dawn Hudson, Executive Director of Film Independent, announced today the third-annual Filmmaker Forum will be held October 19- 21 at the Directors Guild of America, giving attendees access to some of the most innovative names in indie filmmaking. “Our Filmmaker Forum is not your conventional ‘How to Make it in the Business’ seminar,” said Dawn Hudson, Executive Director of Film Independent. “It’s an honest, off-the-record discussion about a filmmaker’s options. Our highly respect...

Two Must-See Issue Documentaries Open This Week

 Monday, July 23-------Two must-see documentaries that document political and social "hot button" regions are making their theatrical debuts this week. THE DEVIL CAME ON HORSEBACK is an extraordinarily powerful film that exposes the genocide taking place in the Darfur region of Sudan, as seen through the eyes of an American witness. The film, directed by Annie Sundberg and Ricki Stern, opens on Wednesday, July 25th at New York's IFC Center, followed by a national release by Inte...

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 ...

Professional Seminars Bring Industry Pros to Woodstock

Saturday, October 14----Aside from all the films, the parties, the music concerts and other special events, the Woodstock Film Festival offers local filmmakers and visiting film talents an intensive education on all aspects of the filmmaking and distribution process through an exhaustive series of professional seminars. Drawing mainly on film executives, film critics and film mavens from Manhattan (only 100 miles to the south), the Festival offers a rare opportunity to get the lowdown on the s...

Hamptons International Film Fest panels with filmmakers

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Panels, Readings, & Special Events with Industry Insiders at The 13th Annual Hamptons International Film Festival: October 19-23, 2005The Hamptons International Film Festival (October 19-23)offers a number of interactive events including Festival Panels at the Southampton Inn, Bookhampton Talks sponsored by Time Warner Books, the Cinematography Master Class with Declan Quinn, a Daily Town Hall at the Festival Lounge, the Industry Mentor Forum and Conversations with our Rising Star mentors Alec B...

Film Independent’s First Annual Filmmaker Forum.in LA

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Film Independent’s First Annual Filmmaker Forum. Established indie filmmakers share their secrets—and past mistakes—to arm you for the festival circuit and beyond. Experts tell you who needs to see your film, when to show it, and how to create a buzz around it. Get the tools you need now. Topics: Keynote: You Made It, Now Sell It Festival Prep: How to Spend Your Money - Part 1: Your Friends and Enemies and How to Tell Them Apart - Part 2: Creating A Buzz: Nobody Will See it If They Don’t...
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