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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**...

The inaugural Doha Tribeca Film Festival PREVIEW

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The inaugural Doha Tribeca Film Festival (DTFF) announced today it will open with a special screening of director Mira Nair's “Amelia,” a thrilling account of legendary aviation pioneer Amelia Earhart starring two-time Academy Award® winner Hilary Swank and Golden Globe® winner Richard Gere. Organizers also revealed the 32 films that will comprise the rest of the Festival’s film slate. 12 of the films have roots in the Middle East and the balance is a diverse selection of acclaimed title...

The inaugural Doha Tribeca Film Festival PREVIEW

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The inaugural Doha Tribeca Film Festival (DTFF) announced today it will open with a special screening of director Mira Nair's “Amelia,” a thrilling account of legendary aviation pioneer Amelia Earhart starring two-time Academy Award® winner Hilary Swank and Golden Globe® winner Richard Gere. Organizers also revealed the 32 films that will comprise the rest of the Festival’s film slate. 12 of the films have roots in the Middle East and the balance is a diverse selection of acclaimed title...

London Festival Artistic Director Sandra Hebron's introduction to this year's Festival

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'What is the cinema, if not dreams?' I heard these words, spoken by a character in The Organization of Dreams, during the last days of selecting our programme, and they couldn't have come at a better time. Head down, mired in the discussion and the decision-making process about which films would make the final cut, they were a timely reminder that the pleasures and pull of cinema can't always be defined in conscious terms. We need films that appeal to our hearts as well as our heads. In...

London Festival Artistic Director Sandra Hebron's introduction to this year's Festival

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'What is the cinema, if not dreams?'I heard these words, spoken by a character in The Organization of Dreams, during the last days of selecting our programme, and they couldn't have come at a better time. Head down, mired in the discussion and the decision-making process about which films would make the final cut, they were a timely reminder that the pleasures and pull of cinema can't always be defined in conscious terms. We need films that appeal to our hearts as well as our heads. In which cas...

Abu Dhabi’s Film Festival’s line up

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The lineup of Gala evening screenings was announced today for the third Middle East International Film Festival to be held October 8-17 in Abu Dhabi. Among the festival’s highest-profile offerings, these nine films include, in the words of the Festival’s Executive Director Peter Scarlet, ‘’far more than the minimum daily requirement of big-names - in the cast, or behind the camera, and on the Festival’s red carpet.” The Festival’s Centerpiece offering will be the World Premiere o...

Abu Dhabi lineup of Gala evening screenings

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The lineup of Gala evening screenings was announced today for the third Middle East International Film Festival to be held October 8-17 in Abu Dhabi. Among the festival’s highest-profile offerings, these nine films include, in the words of the Festival’s Executive Director Peter Scarlet, ‘’far more than the minimum daily requirement of big-names – in the cast, or behind the camera, and on the Festival’s red carpet.” The Festival’s Centerpiece offering will be the World Premiere o...

Rio de Janerio International Film Festival announces 2009 Line Up

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FESTIVAL DO RIO 2009 : 24 September to 8 October, 2009 Across 15 days, commencing September 24, the city of Rio de Janeiro once again becomes the official capital of cinema. Festival do Rio, the Rio de Janeiro Film Festival, will present more than 300 films from more than 60 countries, shown in around 40 locations, distributed between cinemas and sites around Rio.  This year's programme will include for the first time public events staged in 10 of the city's squares. Festival do...

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...

NEWSLETTER N° 431: September 10, 2009

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..............WELCOME TO OUR NEWSLETTER N° 431: September 10, 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...

NEWSLETTER N° 430: September 2, 2009

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..............WELCOME TO OUR NEWSLETTER N° 430: September 2, 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 submis...

NEWSLETTER N° 429: August 25, 2009

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..............WELCOME TO OUR NEWSLETTER N° 429: August 25, 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 submissi...

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...

Steven Soderbergh's The Informant! will open the 22nd Helsinki International Film Festival

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Steven Soderbergh's dark, comic drama The Informant! opens the 22nd Helsinki International Film Festival ? Love & Anarchy. The L&A Gala Film selection is the original version of John Woo?s historical spectacle, Red Cliff I-II. This is the first time the original version of almost five hours will be screened in Europe. The Festival closes with the awaited new film by Jane Campion, Bright Star. Steven Soderbergh's The Informant! is a dark, comic drama on the chaotic, corrupt...

Andrei Tarkovsky In The New York Spotlight

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There are few filmmakers more controversial or more "difficult" for mainstream audiences to appreciate than the Russian existential master Andrei Tarkovsky. His films are indeed an acquired taste, but for those willing to take the complex cinematic journeys, there are many rewards to be had. A Tarkovsky fan is indeed a Tarkovsky fanatic, and the Film Society of Lincoln Center in New York provides both devoted fans and those new to this important oeuvre a rare opportunity to sample the master's h...

Andrei Tarkovsky In The New York Spotlight

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  by Sandy Mandelberger, Film New York Editor There are few filmmakers more controversial or more "difficult" for mainstream audiences to appreciate than the Russian existential master Andrei Tarkovsky. His films are indeed an acquired taste, but for those willing to take the complex cinematic journeys, there are many rewards to be had. A Tarkovsky fan is indeed a Tarkovsky fanatic, and the Film Society of Lincoln Center in New York provide...

Sydney Film Festival 2009 preview

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Ken Loach doesn’t usually do ‘funny’ so his new film, Looking for Eric, is newsworthy and no wonder Clare Stewart has chosen it to open this year’s Sydney Film Festival; we need a good laugh that’s not at the expense of our bumbling politicians. And there are three Australian films out of the 12 in the Competition, albeit not comedies, vying for the $60,000 Hunter Hall cash prize, reports Andrew L. Urban. But it also ends on an upper, with Lone Scherfig’s An Education. In between, a ...

Documenta Madrid Program complete

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The 6th International Documentary Film Festival of Madrid will be held from May 1 through 10 and will showcase 108 films from 40 countries In its 6th year, DOCUMENTA MADRID furthers its commitment to the Competitive Sections, which are made up entirely of films previously unreleased in Spain for the first time in its history. Of the 1078 documentaries received to participate in the competition, 108 have been selected. By category, they will compete in: 54 films in the Original Documentary Secti...

"Tribeca Film Festival 2009" April 22 - May 3

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"Tribeca Film Festival/ April 22 to May 3, 2009"Although there is a significant decrease in films being shown this year as opposed to last, the 2009 Tribeca Film Festival kicks off with a salubrious New York flair with Woody Allen's, "Whatever Works", starring Larry David, on Wed April 22, 2009, and Spike Lee's Sports Documentary, "Kobe Doin' Work", on Saturday, April 25th!!! Other popular stars and directors appearing at the festival include the following: Gael G...

Tribeca Talks Series

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The 2009 Tribeca Film Festival today announced the line-up for its two discussion programs – the Tribeca Talks Series and “Behind the Screens: Films and Conversations about Truth, Clarity and Responsibility,” sponsored by iShares Exchange Traded Funds. The Tribeca Talks Series includes “Tribeca Talks Panels,” “Tribeca Talks: After the Movie,” “Tribeca Talks Special Events,” “Tribeca Talks: Industry” and “Tribeca Talks: Pen to Paper hosted by Barnes & Noble.” The 2009 ...

Tribeca Film Festival line up announced

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The 2009 Tribeca Film Festival, presented by American Express, the founding sponsor of the Festival, today announced its remaining out-of-competition feature film selections in the Encounters, Spotlight, Showcase, Restored/Rediscovered and Midnight sections. The 2009 Tribeca Film Festival will take place from April 22 to May 3, 2009 in lower Manhattan and will feature not only film screenings, but also an array of free community events designed to share the Festival experience with as many New Y...

Day 1 Opening The friends of fantastic are gathering in the busy lobby.

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The trio running the festival is busy answering journalists in the main lobby of Rivoli Theater. 8.30 Action kicks in, Series of great ads from sponsor, festival trailer, opening speech by Beatriz : crisis? what crisis...Lights out... Che in! Che (The Argentine) - Opening film Spani...

Fantasporto festival opens with the screening of Che

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Mario Dorminski Fantasporto's President had a bet on Che: when he first saw the film in Cannes he assumed it would be Oscar material and convinced WildBunch, its distributor to let him open the 29th edition of Fantsaporto with Steven Soderbergh's Che.And here we are watching CHE in a full house at the opening, when we could have seen Slumdog Millionaire (how is that for Fantasy?)...Watch out for more reports on the Fantasporto online community Bruno Chatelin, jury member...

Che to open Fantasporto: a first look at the line up

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Steven Soderbergh's Che will open the festival on February 20th at the Rivoli theatre, following a short film presentation of The Wolf Man Che was screened as a single film at the 2008 Cannes Film Festival, where Del Toro won the Best Actor Award. IFC Films, which holds all North American rights to Che, initially released the combined film for one week on December 12, 2008 in New York City and Los Angeles in order to qualify for the year's Academy Awards. Because of good box-office returns, the ...

Thoughts on 2008 Dubai International Film Festival.

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Held from December 11th-18th in Dubai’s luxurious Madinat Jemeirah’s conference center embedded in an upscale tourist resort with screening in other venues, the Dubai film festival is racing to be number one in the region. Catering to about 750 official participants who attended as guests and numerous other professionals, the program featured 181 films from 66 countries. More than 20 well attended industry events and panels were held ranging from marketing and distribution issues to cas...

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