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Ben Affleck to be honored at santa barbara

  SBIFF TO BESTOW BEN AFFLECK WITH  MODERN MASTER AWARD   The Santa Barbara International Film Festival, presented by lynda.com, will honor director, producer and actor Ben Affleck with the Modern Master Award at the 28th edition of the Fest, which runs January 24 -February 3, 2013, it was announced today by SBIFF Executive Director Roger Durling.  The Tribute will take place on Saturday, January 26, 2013 at the historic Arlington Theatre.   “Afflec...

West of Memphis at SBIFF 2012

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  The cast and crew of the documentary film WEST OF MEMPHIS (2012) made a splash at the Santa Barbara International FIlm Festival (SBIFF) on February, 3rd, 2012. The film had its world premier just weeks before in Sundance. Following the screening, director Amy Berg, Damien Echols, and Lorri Davis attended a Q and A. Read a summary of the film here: SUMMARY by Sundance Film Festival- "For many people, the case of the West Memphis Three has become synonymous with wrongful...

Oscar for Best Director in the past

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DIRECTOR**************** ****************************************************** 2012 Michel Hazanavicius The Artist (2011) 2011 Tom Hooper The King's Speech (2010) 2010 Kathryn Bigelow The Hurt Locker (2009) 2009 Danny Boyle Slumdog Millionaire (2008) 2008 Joel Coen & Ethan Coen No Country For Old Men (2007) 2007 Martin Scorsese The Departed (2006) 2006 Ang Lee ...

Past winners at Fantasporto 1981 / 2011

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WINNERS FANTASPORTO     1981 (Non-Competitive Festival)   1982 Grand Prix Fantasporto 82:  The Redemeer - Krsto Papic (Jugoslavia)   1983 Grand Prix Fantasporto 83: Scanners - David Cronenberg (Canada)   1984 Grand Prix Fantasporto 84: Le Dernier Combat - Luc Besson (France)   1985 Grand Prix Fantasporto 95: The Company of the Wolves - Neil Jordan (UK)   1986 Grand Prix Fantasporto 86: ...

West of Memphis at SBIFF 2012

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  The cast and crew of the documentary film WEST OF MEMPHIS (2012) at the Santa Barbara International FIlm Festival (SBIFF), 2012. The film had its world premier just weeks before in Sundance. Following the screening, director Amy Berg, Damien Echols, and Lorri Davis attended a Q and A. Read a summary of the film here: SUMMARY by Sundance Film Festival- "For many people, the case of the West Memphis Three has become synonymous with wrongful conviction. Despite a lack of ...

100th Anniversary Activities for Universal include Jaws prints restauration (and 12 other films)

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100th Anniversary Activities Include Major Film Restoration, New Logo Unveiling, Home Entertainment Offerings, Theme Park Celebrations, Signature Events and Sweeping Social Media Universal will mark its 100th anniversary in 2012, and will commemorate its centennial with a yearlong celebration honoring the studio's rich film history and cultural legacy. The campaign draws its inspiration from Universal's extraordinary and diverse library of films, many of which will...

Tintin will close AFI

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  The American Film Institute (AFI) announced today that Paramount Pictures and Columbia Pictures' THE ADVENTURES OF TINTIN, directed by AFI Life Achievement Award recipient and Academy Award®-winning director Steven Spielberg, will have its North American Premiere as the Closing Night Gala of AFI FEST 2011 presented by Audi. The film is based on the internationally beloved and irrepressible characters created by Hergé and stars Jamie Bell, Andy Ser...

29th Hamburg Short Film Festival: Call for Entries

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Call for entries Wherever you are in the world, and whether you are reading this at your film academy, in your basement, secret laboratory or elsewhere: We want you to film! We, the 29th Hamburg International Short Film Festival and our competitions (international, no budget, national)! Only you can make Hamburg watch in awe and rub its eyes in disbelief from 4 June to 10 June 2013. And for the next generation of short film fans: From 2 June to 9 June 2013 the 15th Mo&Friese Children Sho...

DFI Announces Spectacular Family Day Programme for DTFF 2011

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Family blockbusters, exciting red carpets and various creative workshops are just some of the many activities that will keep all ages entertained on Family Day at this year’s Doha Tribeca Film Festival (DTFF). Tailored especially for families and children to celebrate films, local culture and community, Family Day will transform Katara Cultural Village into a buzz of fun filled creative activity from 2pm to midnight on Friday, October 28.   The centrepieces of th...

What's cooking at Roma Fest 6th edition?

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Fifteen films in competition for the Official Selection of the sixth edition of the International Rome Film Festival (27th October - 4th November) featuring productions from all over the world.  Among many others, the scheduled films include Hotel Lux by Leander Haußmann, Babycall by Pål Sletaune, Hysteria by Tanya Wexler, Poongsan by Juhn Jaihong, The Eye of the Storm by Fred Schepisi with Geoffrey Rush and Charlotte Rampling, Une vie meilleure by Cédric Kahn with Guillaume Canet, Magic V...

SFFS Presents Film Arts Forum: The Sound of Cinema, Sept 27

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Panel Discussion Focusing on the Crucial and Impactful Arts of Film Sound Design, Editing and Mixing with Academy Award-Winning Sound Artists   San Francisco, CA -- The San Francisco Film Society will present SFFS Film Arts Forum: The Sound of Cinema, a panel discussion focusing on the arts of sound design, editing and mixing, 7:30 pm, Tuesday, September 27 at San Francisco Film Society | New People Cinema, 1746 Post Street (Webster/Buchanan).       In film, sound carries meaning. I...

Christina Kounelias has been named Chief Marketing Officer at AMPAS

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Christina Kounelias has been named to the newly created post of Chief Marketing Officer for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, it was announced today by Academy CEO Dawn Hudson. Kounelias will assume her new role on August 1 and will report directly to Hudson. "As the Academy expands and fosters the achievements of the film community and its legacy, we are proud to have an executive of Christina's caliber join us in this vital role," said Hudson. "Christina ...

Rise of The Planet Of The Apes to open in record number of single screens in India

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Come August 5th, Fox Star Studios’ Rise of The Planet Of The Apes will open in  450 single screens, trumping Hollywood films like Harry Potter and X-Men: First Class, which  opened in 250 single screens. No other Hollywood film has seen such a massive opening, especially in the dubbed languages (Hindi, Tamil and Telegu), as the film makers feel  audiences across  India will connect with the film's universal appeal. Starring the dashing Oscar nominated actor of 127 Hours fame James Fran...

Christopher Lee has arrived at Grossmann Festival!

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We have sensational news: Sir Christopher Lee has just arrived in Ljutomer, Slovenia! At this year's Grossmann Fantastic Film and Wine Festival he will receive our Lifetime Achievement Award. We are deeply honoured and tremendously happy to host this legendary actor who has given us countless unforgettable roles. His visit is also our special surprise and gift to all of our dear visitors. Sir Christopher Lee is one of the most remarkable and versatile actors in the history of cinema. In...

Geek Glory At 2011 Comic-Con

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  Any event that can bring together such high power heavyweights as Steven Spielberg, Peter Jackson and a host of stellar movie stars is the definition of clout. So, let’s be clear…..Comic-Con, the sprawling exhibition and promotion extravaganza that just wrapped in San Diego, has major clout. The confab, originally a geeky celebration of comic book culture, has become the go-to place for film and television series with comic book origins and fantasy/supernatural/phantasmagoric films in ge...

The 2011 X FEST Extreme / Underground / Cult Film Festival

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Just when you thought it was safe to go back into the cinema, the X FEST tackles you for the 4th round, bludgeoning you into submission of its celluloid & video atrocities!Catch some of the most outrageous Underground, Cult & Extreme movies this side of the asylum across 5-7 August at The Labia Theatre (68 Orange Str, Cape Town, ZA). www.XFEST.orgMovies to expect will include:The ever controversial Harmony Korine's warped & far-out TRASH HUMPERS, defying all movie-making convention....

Preview on FMX program from Stuttgart animation FX and more...

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  FMX 2011 16th Conference on Animation, Effects, Games and Interactive Media May 3-6, 2011. Stuttgart, Germany. Just one month to go! FMX 2011 is about to kick off to a great start, with just one month to go! This year we are bringing an exciting selection of conference programming to Stuttgart for four days, focusing on the most exciting issues taking place in the industry. FMX takes a fresh look at Stereo 3D including contributions from Weta Digital on the ride "King Kong...

The Man with the Golden Flute

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It has become something of a truism that the biggest stars -in whatever field- are the nicest, most easy-going people to meet.The dozens of film legends I have had the privilege and pleasure of meeting, professionally or socially,have all displayed a generosity of spirit, and a curiosity, that seemed to be commensurate with their commitment to their craft, and passion for the art of cinema, as well as its industry, whether their careers were spent before or behind the camera, or -as seems inc...

Blast and Whisper

Director: Mark Moran.
Blast and Whisper the film stars Mehran Haq, Libertad Green, AJ Faraj, Cylton Collymore Jr, Tiffany Ariany, and Nabil Awad. Haq plays Elijah, the biblical prophet described in the Old Testament books of Kings and alluded to in the New Testament. Obsessed with rites involving the sacrifice of a human child on a pagan altar, the polytheist queen Jazz (short for Jezebel, played by Green) lashes back at a simple attempt on the part of Elijah and two fellows of his tribe to remedy their ignorance about the nature of the Queen's secret ceremonies. To punish the entire tribe for their meddling, the queen sends her soldiers raiding Elijah's camp in the middle of the same night. During the attack, many of the helpless sleeping tribes-people perish, but Elijah and a handful of others are spared thanks to a mysterious whisper of warning that awakes them. Later, Elijah and two survivors destroy pagan altars strewn across a wide field. Upon learning of the interference, Jezebel supervises the drowning of the one captive taken alive from the massacre. Throughout these events, Elijah has steadfastly counseled his fellow tribes-people to be slow to anger, leaving ultimate vengeance in the hands of God. After sending a messenger to God, Elijah learns that the Almighty is so impressed with Elijah's determination to leave the final punishment to Him, that the Almighty in turn grants to Elijah the authority to name the particular method by which God shall punish Jezebel and her accomplices. Elijah chooses a drought, a moment in the film highlighted with the use of ancient Aramaic language (similar to The Passion of the Christ) overdubbed with the English translation. The drought subsequently unfolds over months and months, during which Elijah himself suffers and members of the royal household fall dead. Eventually Elijah is captured, and Jezebel and her soldiers insist that Elijah put an end to the drought -- to which Elijah responds with a challenge between his God and their many gods. Each side must attempt to raise up flames from an altar using nothing more than prayers to their own god(s) that call for the end of the drought. Upon a mountain-side site, the challenge is carried out. First pagan priestesses circle the altar and call out. After a significant wait to no avail, Elijah proposes that their gods are indisposed and offers to take his turn, at which he commands water be poured upon the altar. Elijah's prayer is instantly answered with another mysterious whisper upon whose heels descends an enormous blast of divine fire that strikes the altar, killing at least two of the priestesses. As rain falls, Elijah must flee from the wrath of Jezebel and, after a momentary lapse into despair while dogs in the distance draw closer and closer, he reaches a hidden cave and takes shelter there. During his time of hiding inside the cave, Elijah learns that God -- the God to whom his prayer to end the drought was answered -- will Himself appear to Elijah. Spoiler warning (read no further if you haven't seen the film): After experiencing a series of terrifying events (strong winds, earthquakes, and fire) that remind him of the vast superiority of his God over the pagan gods, during none of which is the one true God passing, Elijah leaves the security of the cave and hears the voice of God in the form of a soft, gentle whisper -- revealing for the first time that God was the source of such whispers all along. By this time, queen Jezebel has perished in a revolution at the palace in Shemer.

Santa Barbara International Film Festival to honour Christopher Nolan

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Christopher Nolan, writer/director/producer of the acclaimed blockbuster Inception, will receive the Santa Barbara International Film Festival’s highest honor, Modern Master Award, presented by lynda.com. Announced today by SBIFF Executive Director Roger Durling, the event – which will take place on Sunday, January 30, 2011 at the historic Arlington Theatre - will provide a rare and highly anticipated look at one of the most in demand filmmakers today.The Modern Master Award is the highest h...

Working Day, Borghi

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Meet Andres Borghi, Argentina's up and coming new director who is sure to become the film world's next Peter Jackson! Here he talks about his soon to be released short film (we hope he'll make it a feature as well) Working Day (2010/11)  me: "Can you speak to us about Working Day? What is it about and what inspired you to make this film? And please elaborate on your passion and talent for awesome naturalastic visiual effects!"    Andres: "...

Gollum and Borghi

Meet Andres Borghi, Argentina's up and coming new director who is sure to become the film world's next Peter Jackson! Here he talks about his soon to be released short film (we hope he'll make it a feature as well) Working Day (2010/11)  me: "Can you speak to us about Working Day? What is it about and what inspired you to make this film? And please elaborate on your passion and talent for aweso

Done Cannes, Berlin, Venice and Sundance. Now Dun-gog.

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Festival Launches Speed Auditions. Three year old Dungog, the youngest but increasingly popular newcomer on the Australian film festival circuit, is fast becoming a favourite of industry, public and locals in this rural community three and a half hours from Sydney. This is winemaking, farming and mining country – ensuring spirits are well lubricated, bodies well-fed and, due to distance between venues, well-exercised. Sponsorship by the state (New South Wales) mining council ensures that open...

DUNGOG FILM FESTIVAL

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DUNGOG FILM  FESTIVAL(DFF) Done Cannes, Berlin, Venice and Sundance. Now Dun-gog. Festival Launches Speed Auditions. Three year old Dungog, the youngest but increasingly popular newcomer on the Australian film festival circuit, is fast becoming a favourite of industry, public and locals in this rural community three and a half hours from Sydney.  This is winemaking, farming and mining country – ensuring spirits are well lubricated, bodies well-fed and, due to distance between venues, well...

AVATAR and THE HURT LOCKER Lead the 82nd Academy Awards Nominations

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By Maria Esteves - February 2, 2010 The 82nd Academy Awards nominations were announced by Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) President Tom Sherak and 2008 Oscar nominee Anne Hathaway, on Tuesday, February 2, 2010. AVATAR, directed by James Cameron and THE HURT LOCKER, directed by Kathryn Bigelow (Cameron's ex-wife) picked up nine Oscar nominations including best picture and best director. The 82nd Academy Awards ceremony presented by AMPAS for outstanding film achieve...
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