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Miami Fest shoots for high marks

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Not counting The Cocoanuts 's Marx brothers, any fool can thrive in Florida during boon times. To ride a bust takes vision, though, which must be what the Miami International Film Festival has. For its 27th edition (March 5-14, 2010), the Festival has reportedly seen a 35 percent bump in advance ticket sales, and surely that makes it a seer. The MIFF is produced and hosted by Miami-Dade College. With jobs down and campus admissions up, the only major film festival with such academic credentials...

Swisscom Leopard of Honour to Alain Tanner

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At the 63rd edition of the Locarno International Film Festival, a Swisscom Leopard of Honour will be awarded to the Swiss director Alain Tanner, who will hold a public Masterclass. © Antonio Masolotti Born in 1929 in Geneva, Alain Tanner made his first cinema feature film in 1969: Charles, Dead or Alive immediately picked up the Golden Leopard at the Locarno Festival. Two years later, The Salamander (1971) racked up 200,000 ticket sales in Paris. Alain Tanner thus established himself...

Celtic Media Festival unveils Awards shortlist

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The shortlists have been announced for the Bronze Torc Awards for Excellence at the 31st annual Celtic Media Festival.  The awards celebrate the very best of film, television, radio and digital media to emerge from within the Celtic diaspora. 78 productions and companies have been shortlisted across the 21 award categories, with 26 entries each from Scotland, Wales and Ireland.  As always, Celtic languages feature prominently across all categories with all of the factual e...

The Festival on Wheels travels to Skopje

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Organized by the Ankara Cinema Association and supported by the Turkish Ministry of Culture and Tourism, the Festival on Wheels is taking the road for Skopje (18-20 December 2009) with a van load of films for the 15th time. The Festival on Wheels will begin this year's itinerary on home ground in Ankara. After inspiring audiences in the capital's Batı Cinema from 4-10 December, the festival will move on to Artvin on 11 December. As of this year, the international competition will b...

The Global Film Village: The Last Station opens and The Lightkeepers Closes PSIFF


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by Marla LewinThis January marks the 21st anniversary year of the Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF). Today Festival Director Darryl Macdonald announced the program and said, "Our film line-up this year is a strong reflection of the current zeitgeist in world cinema. Sixty-seven first-time feature film directors will screen this year, representing a surge of new filmmaking talent on the world stage. In addition, we'll showcase a vintage crop of new works by established master...

The European Film Awards Winners

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THE WHITE RIBBON wins European Film 2009. Picture: EFA/ActionPress/Guido Ohlenbostel Founded in 1988, the European Film Academy now unites more than 2,000 European film professionals with the common aim of promoting Europe’s film culture. Few surprises at the 22nd EUROPEAN FILM AWARDS: Das Weisse Band (The White Ribbon), Germany/Austria/France/Italy written and directed by Michael Haneke produced by Stefan Arndt, Veit Heiduschka, Michael Katz, Margaret Menegoz & Andrea ...

BIFA AWARDS 2009

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BIFA’s jury is comprised of professionals and talent from across the British film industry including: Actress Jodie Whittaker, Actors Idris Elba, Liam Cunningham, Eddie Marsan and Peter Mullan, Directors Sarah Gavron and Eran Creevy, Producers Dixie Linder, Anita Overland and Adrian Sturges, Documentary Filmmaker Kate Blewett, Film Marketing Consultant Robert Mitchell, Projectionist Paul Speed and Head of Distribution and Exhibition at The UK Film Council Peter Buckingham. Johanna von Fischer ...

Festival on Wheels 2009 rolls over to ANKARA, ATVIN and MACEDONIA

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Festival on Wheels 2009 - rolls over to Ankara, Atvin and Macedonia ON WITH THE TRADITION THE FESTIVAL ON WHEELS TAKES TO THE ROAD Submitted by Helen on Fri, 11/27/2009 - 23:04.   ON WITH THE TRADITION THE FESTIVAL ON WHEELS TAKES TO THE ROAD 4–10 December 2009, Ankara 11–17 December 2009, Artvin 18–20 December 2009, Skopje (Macedonia) FESTIVAL TRAILER:     http://www.vimeo.com/7840264 Basak EMRE, Festival Chief    ...

Festival on Wheels 2009 - rolls over to Ankara, Atvin and Macedonia

ON WITH THE TRADITION THE FESTIVAL ON WHEELS TAKES TO THE ROAD 4–10 December 2009, Ankara 11–17 December 2009, Artvin 18–20 December 2009, Skopje (Macedonia)  FESTIVAL TRAILER:     http://www.vimeo.com/7840264   Basak EMRE, Festival Chief                            Organized by the Ankara Cinema Association and supported by the Turkish Min

Cannes Palme d'or winners since 1939

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1939 Union Pacific by Cecil B. DeMille United States 1946 Torment (Hets) by Alf Sjöberg Sweden The Lost Weekend by Billy Wilder United States The Red Meadows (De røde enge) by Bodil Ipsen and Lau Lauritzen Jr. Denmark Brief Encounter by David Lean United Kingdom Portrait of Maria (María Candelaria (Xochimilco) by Emilio Fernández Mexico Neecha Nagar (नीचा नगर) by Chetan Anand India The Turning Point (Великий перелом, Velikiy p...

The Prophet to open EFA selection of Sevilla Film Fest

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“The Prophet”, one of the most notable and award-winning films of European cinema in the last year, will open the EFA selection on Friday 6th November at 22:15 in Seville’s Nervión Cinemas.This Section will be showing the latest European films pre-selected by the European Film Academy (EFA) for their annual awards. The ceremony of announcing the nominations for the European film awards will be held, as part of the Seville Festival, on Saturday 7th November.The French-Basque screenwriter T...

BIFA nominations and jury announced

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NOMINATIONS AND JURY ANNOUNCED FOR THE 12TH BRITISH INDEPENDENT FILM AWARDS The nominations and jury members for the twelfth annual British Independent Film Awards (BIFAs) were announced today, Monday 26 October, at Soho House in London. The nominations this year reflect the up and coming and internationally renowned on and off screen talent. The film receiving the most nods is Fish Tank with eight nominations. Moon follows with seven nominations. An Education, In The Loop and Nowhere Boy each...

Celtic Media Festival at Newry

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Newry has been chosen as the host city for the prestigious Celtic Media Festival from the 21st-23rd April 2010. The three day celebration of broadcasting and film talent will showcase work from Scotland, Northern Ireland, The Republic of Ireland, Wales, Cornwall and Brittany. Now in its 31st year, the festival is expected to attract up to 400 delegates to the city including some big name guests and prestigious industry speakers.The Celtic Media Festival is supported by broadcast, film, cultural...

Complete AFI Festival Lineup Announced

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AFI FEST 2009 presented by Audi today announced the complete lineup of films for the 23rd edition of the Festival, including the Closing Night Gala, Centerpiece Screening, Tributes and Special Presentations.The complete program line-up for AFI FEST 2009 presented by Audi is as follows:GALAS/TRIBUTESFANTASTIC MR. FOX (Opening Night Gala, North American Premiere) Cast: George Clooney, Meryl Streep, Jason Schwartzman, Bill Murray, Wally Wolodarsky, Eric Anderson, Michael Gambon, Willem Dafoe, Owen ...

Jeremy Thomas grew up in movie royalty, but he was a rebel and went out on his own... read his keynote

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Dawn Hudson opened the Film Independent Filmmaker Forum at the DGA by stating that, "the objective of this weekend is to build a community of filmmakers and to inspire". She then introduced Jeremy Thomas who delivered the event's keynote address. Dawn said "He grew up in movie royalty, but he was a rebel and went out on his own". Jeremy Thomas said "I was very lucky. I left school at 17 to make movies. I crossed paths with people like Ken Loach, Julian Temple, Nic...

The Global Film Village: Jeremy Thomas delivers Keynote at Film Independent Filmmaker Forum

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by Marla Lewin Dawn Hudson opened the Film Independent Filmmaker Forum at the DGA by stating that, “the objective of this weekend is to build a community of filmmakers and to inspire”. She then introduced Jeremy Thomas who delivered the event’s keynote address. Dawn said “He grew up in movie royalty, but he was a rebel and went out on his own”. Jeremy Thomas said “I was very lucky. I left school at 17 to make movies.  I crossed paths with people like Ken Loach, Julian Temp...

Jeremy Thomas delivers Keynote at Film Independent Filmmaker Forum

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Dawn Hudson opened the Film Independent Filmmaker Forum at the DGA by stating that, “the objective of this weekend is to build a community of filmmakers and to inspire”. She then introduced Jeremy Thomas who delivered the event’s keynote address. Dawn said “He grew up in movie royalty, but he was a rebel and went out on his own”. Jeremy Thomas said “I was very lucky. I left school at 17 to make movies. I crossed paths with people like Ken Loach, Julian Temple, Nicholas Roeg, and Ste...

Raindance Awards announced

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Raindance Film Festival has just announced the juried awards at this years, 17th edition.The Jury has spoken, and offered their congratulations to all the filmmakers for outstanding work. Cosing winners was extremely difficult.To recognise the outstanding achievements of the filmmakers showcased at the 17th Raindance Film Festival in 2009, a number of jury prizes will be awarded. The winners have been announced before the screening of the Closing Night Film on Sunday 11 October.BEST UK FEATURE**...

NEWSLETTER N° 432: September 16, 2009

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..............WELCOME TO OUR NEWSLETTER N° 432: September 16, 2009 Follow this LINK if you cannot read the newsletter properly Contact the Editor of the site, Advertise on the sites. You can find us at twitter.com/fest21 and find Bruno Chatelin on facebook Add yor fest21.com RSS to your blogs! How to use FestivalExpress our new online submi...

Portobello Film Festival 2009 Awards Ceremony

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- UK’s premiere independent film festival presents a special award ceremony showcasing the world’s best filmmaking talent from the past three weeks- Each winner to receive a prestigious ‘Trellick’award – modelled on West London’s iconic tower Awards Ceremony: Sunday 20 Sep – 8.00pm – The Tabernacle – FREE Portobello Film Festival: 3-20 September, Westbourne Studios, The Tabernacle and Inn On The GreenThis Sunday Portobello Film Festival calls it a wrap, and to mark a fantastic ...

EFA honours Ken Loach

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At the 22nd European Film Awards the European Film Academy will present an honorary award to Ken LoachHaving begun his career in British television, Ken Loach made his first film for cinema, POOR COW, in 1967. His breakthrough came with KES (1970) and FAMILY LIFE (1971). Ever since he has established himself as a politically and socially committed filmmaker with films such as RIFF-RAFF (European Film of the Year 1991), LAND AND FREEDOM (European Film of the Year 1995), and SWEET SIXTEEN (EFA Cr...

2009 Swisscom Leopard of Honour 2009 to William Friedkin

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The Swisscom Leopard of Honour for the 62nd edition of the Locarno International Film Festival will be awarded to American director William Friedkin, and To Live and Die in L.A. (1985) starring William L. Petersen and Willem Dafoe will screen on the Piazza Grande to mark the occasion. A masterclass will also take place at the Spazio Cinema (Forum) and is open to the public. Born in 1935 in Chicago, William Friedkin made his directorial début with Good Times (1967), a musical starring Sonny & C...

Russel Edwards Guest Blogs Sydney Fest for APSA

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The Sydney Film Festival opened last night with Ken Loach’s Looking For Eric, direct from Competition at the 62nd Cannes International Film Festival. Join us online as APSA Nominations Council member and Variety critic, Russell Edwards guest blogs SFF exclusively for APSA, reporting back with the news and inside scoop from the event that kicks off Australia’s film festival season.Russell will focus on the significant Asia-Pacific line up at SFF including several A-P titles in Official Compet...

NEWSLETTER N° 418: May 29th, 2009

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..............WELCOME TO OUR NEWSLETTER N° 418: May 29th, 2009 Follow this LINK if you cannot read the newsletter properly Contact the Editor of the site, Advertise on the sites. DISCOVER FESTIVALEXPRESS, THE ONE CLICK FILM SUBMISSION AND MANAGEMENT SOLUTION Filmmakers: register your film and select the Festivals marked as Yes for "Submission accepted". More info . ...

Newsletter N° 416: May 20th, 2009

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..............WELCOME TO OUR NEWSLETTER N° 416: May 20th, 2009 Follow this LINK if you cannot read the newsletter properly Contact the Editor of the site, Advertise on the sites. Meet us in our office in Cannes Palais 05.10 Looking forward to meeting all our festivals organizers friends attending Cannes this thursday May21st at 5.30 for a french wines and rare california winestastin...

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