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31. Istanbul Film Festival's Winners

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GOODBYE FESTIVAL! The awards of the festival were given out at the Closing Gala and Award Ceremony at Lütfi Kırdar. Memet Ali Alabora host the night. Here are the films awarded at the ceremony: “Golden Tulip International Competition Award” on behalf of Şakir Eczacıbaşı, The Loneliest Planet (Julia Loktev) Golden Tulip International Competition “Special Jury Prize” Oslo, August 31st (Joachim Trier) “Golden Tulip National Competition Best Picture...

EFP to introduce ten of Europe´s brightest young actors at 62nd Berlin International Film Festival

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    SHOOTING STARS 2012 selected                     From left to right:: France: Adèle Haenel (House of Tolerance), Germany: Anna Maria Mühe (November Child), Iceland: Hilmar Gudjónsson (Either Way), Ireland: Antonia Campbell-Hughes (The Other Side Of Sleep), Italy: Isabella Ragonese (The First Assignment), Poland: Jakub Gierszał (Suicide Room), Romania: Ana Ul...

Films about improbable friendships bag the big money at Tokyo awards

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Tokyo Sakura Grand Prize, $50,000. for the Best Film in competition."Untouchables", France with DUO directors, Eric Toledano, Olivier Nakache, for their study of an improbable friendshipo that develops betweena white man in a wheelchair and his black care-taker. Special Jury Prize, $20,000"The Woodsman and the Rain", Japan, Dir. Shuichi Okita, (34) -- Another Improbable friendship tale, this time bertween a Japanese lumberjack and a clueless young director who cames to his neck of the woods to s...

Glenn Close – Donostia Award 2011

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Glenn Close received tonight the Donostia Award, a life time achievement award, during the 59th San Sebastian Film Festival.The actress, really moved, confessed that this was her first life time achievement award and she was grateful to the festival and she dedicated it to all the people who where there from the beginning and she also had an special mention to her daughter.After the gala the European premiere (out-of-competition) of her latest film, Albert Nobbs, which she also co-produced and ...

Toronto Top Ten Buzz Titles

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  A DANGEROUS METHOD (David Cronenberg, Canada)  The Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) enters its middle stretch this week, offering attending buyers, critics and film lovers a dizzying feast of film treats. Planning what to see is a definite must, since even at 5 films per day (my personal max), there are many that are missed. While here, one must adapt a strategy and raison d’etre……do you attend the highly buzzed titles in the largest cinemas (the ones by name dire...

Toronto Top Ten Buzz Titles

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  Michael Fassbender and Viggo Mortensen in A DANGEROUS METHOD  The Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) enters its middle stretch this week, offering attending buyers, critics and film lovers a dizzying feast of film treats. Planning what to see is a definite must, since even at 5 films per day (my personal max), there are many that are missed. While here, one must adapt a strategy and raison d’etre……do you attend the highly buzzed titles in the largest cinemas (the on...

38th Telluride Film Festival draws to a close

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Telluride Film Festival (September 2-5, 2011), presented by the National Film Preserve, draws to a close today following a spectacular weekend of diverse programming, surprise screenings and special guests.   Telluride Film Festival screened twenty-eight new feature films in its main program, six film revivals selected by Guest Director Caetano Veloso, nine Backlot programs, nine classics and restorations, 30 shorts and student films, and hosted nine seminars and conversations between...

The Telluride Film Festival final line up

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Telluride Film Festival (September 2-5, 2011), presented by the National Film Preserve, announces its program for the 38th Telluride Film Festival. Featuring diverse programming from around the globe, TFF once again sets the stage for some of the year’s most highly anticipated films.   TFF opens its 38th year with over twenty-five new feature films plus special artist tributes, Guest Director programs selected by Caetano Veloso, Backlot programs, classics and restorations, shorts, studen...

Glenn Close, Donostia Award at the 59th edition of San Sebastian Festival

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Sometimes just a film or a guest or one single snap makes the whole trip worth it. The presence of Glenn Close at the 59th San Sebastian Film Festival to receive The Donostia Award, a lifetime achievement award and to present her latest film, Rodrigo García's 'Albert Nobbs'  it´s my thing. Glenn Close made her feature film debut in George Roy Hill's The World According to Garp. Her performance in the film earned her awards from the Los Angeles Film Critics Association and the ...

Toronto Film Festival Takes Shape

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For most of the planet, the official end of summer does not come until the autumn equinox on September 21. However, for people in the film industry, the Fall season begins in only a few weeks, with the beginning of the autumn film festival cycle. Kicking off (startingly early this year) in Montreal on August 18 with the Montreal World Film Festival and then dashing across the pond to the Venice Film Festival, which begins on August 28, and then back across to the Toronto Film Festival, ...

It's Sundance Time Again

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Mohammed moves to the mountain as the 2011 edition of the Sundance Film Festival, the only world class film event to take place at a ski resort, kicks off tomorrow, with not one film but a cross-section of some of the Festival's strongest and most buzzed titles. John Cooper, the new Sundance honcho since last year, has done away with the traditional single Opening Night Gala and replaced it with a series of films. "It was almost impossible to find a film that represented the entire...

OK....It's Sundance Time Again

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Mohammed moves to the mountain as the 2011 edition of the Sundance Film Festival, the only world class film event to take place at a ski resort, kicks off tomorrow, with not one film but a cross-section of some of the Festival's strongest and most buzzed titles. John Cooper, the new Sundance honcho since last year, has done away with the traditional single Opening Night Gala and replaced it with a series of films. "It was almost impossible to find a film that represented the entire p...

Film Independent's annual Directors Close-Up series

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  Film Independent, the non-profit arts organization that produces the Spirit Awards and the Los Angeles Film Festival, announced the program for its 10th annual Directors Close-Up series, taking place February 2 - March 2, 2011 at The Landmark - West Los Angeles.   Writer/Directors James Gray (Two Lovers) and Robin Swicord (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button), and Los Angeles Film Festival Artistic Director David Ansen will be moderators.  Series panelists include writer/directors Lisa...

Glenn Close film "Pax" wins Best Documentary at Lady Filmmakers Film Festival

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GLENN CLOSE DOCUMENTARY, “PAX”, WINS BEST DOCUMENTARY AT 2ND ANNUAL LADY FILMMAKERS FILM FESTIVAL!  BEVERLYHILLS (October 12, 2010) – On October 9th-10th, The 2nd AnnualLady Filmmakers Film Festival had a wonderful weekend with quadruple the ticketsales and attendance from the first event last year which exceeded festivalorganizer’s expectations!  It wasan action-packed weekend of films, parties, and industry panels!  The festival was attended by Producer StephenGyllenhaal and Direct...

Lady Filmmakers October 9th & 10th-hot indie films with David Lynch, Roman Polanski, Glenn CLose, James Brolin, Lily Taylor!!

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Amazing Line-up of films by talented filmmakers and actors!!! We are so excited about our programming this year AND its only our 2nd year! We have amazing films from around the world. This is a film festival by filmmakers, actors and industry professionals for filmmakers and movie lovers!!! So where should I start first?? I am equally excited about our up and coming filmmakers and casts as the established ones but I guess I will list the famous ones that we all know and love.  We are also very ...

Guadalajara Film Festival Notches 25 Years

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Love, betrayal, death, machismo - as neatly as these themes suit mariachi music, they flatter Latino cinema even more. Happily, there's room for both in Guadalajara, the birthplace of mariachi music, of the tequila that often fuels it and of Mexico's ultimate cinema showcase.   Scene from Rodrigo Garcia's Mother and Child.     For its 25th milepost, the Festival Internacional de Cine en Guadalajara returns March 12 - 19, 2010 with a tally of 250 films. The venerable Festiv...

Bill Condon Elected President of Film Independent

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Film Independent, the non-profit arts organization that produces the Spirit Awards and the Los Angeles Film Festival, elected new officers Bill Condon, Rodrigo Garcia, Alan Poul and Stephanie Allain to its Board of Directors.  The Board of Directors is comprised of leaders from the film community who serve in a volunteer capacity, and make strategic decisions on the direction and vitality of the organization. Director/producer Bill Condon (Kinsey, Gods and Monsters) will serve as Presid...

Galas Dazzle In Toronto

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  by Sandy Mandelberger, TIFF Dailies Editor   The Gala Presentations here at the Toronto International Film Festival are certainly meant to dazzle....and they are doing just that by bringing name actors and directors to the fold for Toronto's enthusiastic public. Expect to see the following helmers tomake their way down the red carpet over the course of the next few days to present their latest  films: Alejandro Amenábar, Miguel Arteta, Sylvain Chomet, Rodrigo Ga...

Chloe, by Atom Egoyan, will open the San Sebastian competition

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The Canadian director Atom Egoyan will open the competition at the San Sebastian Film Festival with his film Chloe, starring Liam Neeson, Julianne Moore and Amanda Seyfried. Egoyan, one of the great renovators of modern film language with movies like Exotica (1994), The Sweet Hereafter (1987) or Ararat (2002), will compete for the first time at San Sebastian.Another outstanding name in contemporary cinema, Rodrigo García, will close the Festival with the North American film Mother and Child, st...

Film Independent announces participants for screenwriters lab

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Film Independent, the non-profit arts organization that produces the Spirit Awards and Los Angeles Film Festival, has announced the screenwriters and film projects selected for its 10th annual Screenwriters Lab, sponsored by the Writers Guild of America, West. Taking place in Los Angeles from August 17 until September 16, the Screenwriters Lab is an intensive five-week incubator designed to help writers improve their craft, and take their current scripts to the next level in a nurturing, yet ch...

Film Independent's Directors Close-Up: Conversations on the Art of Filmmaking

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Dawn Hudson, Executive Director of Film Independent, announced today the ninth annual Directors Close-Up: Conversations on the Art of Filmmaking, formerly known as the Director Series, which will be held February 4 – March 11, 2009 at The Landmark - West Los Angeles. Attendees will have access to some of the most innovative names in independent filmmaking, with Mary Sweeney (“The Straight Story,” “Mulholland Drive”), David Lynch’s long time creative collaborator, serving as moderato...

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...

LOCARNO 2005 -- FULL WELLES RETROSPECTIVE

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LOCARNO 2005 -- THE FULL REPORT 58th LOCARNO FILM FESTIVAL FEATURES MOST COMPLETE ORSON WELLES RETRO EVER -- by Alex Deleon  --  (for <www.filmfestivals.com>) The 58th installment of the Locarno film festival at the Tippety-top of glorious Lago Maggiore in the Italian Speaking part of Switzerland (Ticino) got underway on Wednesday, August 3rd and will go on until August 13. Some 300 films of all kinds will be projected at numerous venues all over town, but the main event is the slate of...

New festival record in Stockholm filmmakers' attendance...

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A total of 87 filmmakers, actors and actresses from all over the world visited the Stockholm International Film Festival between November 17-27 a new festival record! The Stockholm XVI Competition has been unique, with filmmakers from fifteen out of eighteen competing films visiting Stockholm to attend the festival. Argentinean director Juan Solanas travelled to Stockholm to receive a Bronze Horse for best film for Nordeste. Chan-wook Park, winner of last year’s Star! Audience Award, handed o...

Gotham Awards Winners will be awarded Nov 30

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The 15th Annual Gotham Awards Winners will be awarded at the ceremony on November 30 in New York City. Executive Director Michelle Byrd said the nominees were selected by three separate nominating committees composed of critics and film programmers. Nominees for a final competitive juried award, Best Film Not Playing at a Theater Near You (for films yet to receive theatrical distribution), will be announced in early November. A jury of peers will decide the winning selections in all six categori...

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