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Directors Guild of America announces 5 awards nominees

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Directors Guild of America Vice President Betty Thomas today announced the five nominees for the DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film for 2005. “What makes the DGA award truly meaningful to directors is the knowledge that only this award is decided solely by their peers – the men and women who know the passion and energy that go into each production,” said Thomas in announcing the nominations. “My congratulations to all five nominees for demonstrating how vi...

Good Night, and Good Luck awarded film of the year by Capri

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George Clooney’s film Good Night, and Good Luck, and Cristina Comencini’s The Beast in the Heart have won Capri-Kimbo Awards as best films of 2005. The two productions, introduced at the last Venice Film Festival and in the race for an Oscar, will be honored at the 10th anniversary edition of the Capri, Hollywood Film Festival December 27-January 2. The festival is produced by Capri in the World Institute with the support of the director general's office for cinema of the Ministry of Cul...

The sixth annual Santa Fe Film Festival’s bowed

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The sixth annual Santa Fe Film Festival’s bowed this year with new partnerships, a new focus on international screenings with a decidedly American film as its centerpiece gala. 220 films screened out of 900 submissions from nearly 40 nations, including this years “Best of Fest” Award winner “The Syrian Bride,” by Eran Riklis.The five-day festival ran from Dec. 7-11, presenting films in 11 different venues and attracting 6,000-plus patrons.The festival partnered this year with the Natio...

"Automatic", from Denver fest

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AUTOMATICIn person: Jonathan Walls, Jay Thames and Travis SchuldtNo matter where you live, no matter how you feel, no matter who you love ... the result is always the same. In 2002, filmmakers Travis Schuldt, Jay Thamse and Jonathan Walls began developing the story that would become the very contemporary and edgy Automatic. Inspired by the early works of John Cassavetes and Steven Soderbergh, the trio took on multiple roles both behind and in front of the camera. Set and shot largely in Austin, ...

Stockholm Film Festival full line up

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STOCKHOLM XVI COMPETITIONSTORM by Måns Mårlind, Björn Stein (Sweden)HARDCORE by Dennis Iliadis (Greece)ME AND YOU AND EVERYONE WE KNOW by Miranda July (USA)THE ICEBERG by Dominique Abel, Fiona Gordon & Bruno Romy (Belgium)LOWER CITY by Sergio Machado (Brazil)THE FORBIDDEN CHAPTER by Fariborz Kamkari (Iran)COLD SHOWERS by Antony Cordier (France)THE GREAT ECSTASY OF ROBERT CARMICHAEL by Thomas Clay (Great Britain)FESTIVAL by Annie Griffin (Great Britain)THE PIANO TUNER OF EARTHQUAKES by Stephen...

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...

Venice Roars On

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Patrice Chereau’s Gabrielle based on The Return by Joseph Conrad is the story about an upper class woman, Gabrielle (Isabelle Hubert), who writes a letter to her husband that she is leaving him for another man. She later returns home to her husband Jean (Pascal Greggory)the same day. The decision to project letters and plot developments onscreen as mega texts is one of the problems of Chereau’s film. The other is the cinematography by Eric Gautier who tries to enhance the story with more vi...

London reveals the fest opener: The Constant Gardener

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London reveals partial slate for the coming festival.Although the full programme for this year's Festival will only be revealed Wednesday 14 September, the festival has announced that The Constant Gardener by acclaimed City Of God director Fernando Meirelles will open this year's Festival on Wednesday 19 October. The evening promises to be star studded as the festival hopes to welcome Fernando Meirelles, Ralph Fiennes, Rachel Weisz, Danny Huston and Billy Nighy onto the red carpet. The Constant ...

Los Angeles Film Fest full line up

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FULL PROGRAM LINE-UPDirector of Programming Rachel Rosen joined Festival Director Rich Raddon in announcing the full program line-up for the 2005 Los Angeles Film Festival (June 16-26), including the Centerpiece Premiere, the Guest Director, the Artist in Residence, and the Closing Night Film. The Festival also announced that Don Cheadle, Lisa Kudrow, and Elijah Wood will serve as Honorary Festival Chairs for the 2005 Los Angeles Film Festival. “We are thrilled to be highlighting two films ...

Istanbul festival fortnight has opened

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The International Istanbul Film Festival, organized by the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts, has kicked off with Charles Dance's film Ladies in Lavender. The festival will run April 2nd to 17th, 2005. The Festival will show approximately 170 films from 62 countries. Among these films will be some brand new films that participated in world-acclaimed festivals last year and were appreciated and greatly honoured with awards, as well as unforgettable cinema classics and masterpieces from the...

Istanbul Film Fest will screen 170

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ISTANBUL FILM FESTIVAL IS FULL UP THIS YEAR!The International Istanbul Film Festival, organized by the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts, is approaching with full speed. The 24th International Istanbul Film Festival sponsored by AKBANK will be replete with some of the most striking, newest and world-class films, special screenings, guest stars and chats with masters of cinema from April 2nd to 17th, 2005. Once again, the Festival will practically lock film-lovers into the movie-theaters i...

Bahamas International Film Festival awards winners

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THE FIRST ANNUAL BAHAMAS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES AWARD WINNERS The Bahamas International Film Festival (BIFF) ended on Sunday, December 12, 2004 after debuting in Nassau on the island of New Providence in the Bahamas. BIFF showcased 75 films and welcomed nearly 40 filmmakers and industry professionals in its inaugural year, December 9-12, 2004. Over four days, Festival guests experienced indoor and outdoor screenings, educational panels, receptions at historic Nassau locales, an...

Ocean 12 to open Bahamas inaugural

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BAHAMAS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL TO OPEN INAUGURAL FESTIVAL WITHPRESTIGIOUS INTERNATIONAL PREMIERE The Bahamas International Film Festival (BIFF) will kick off its inaugural event on Thursday, December 9 with Steven Soderbergh’s eagerly awaited OCEAN’S TWELVE starring Brad Pitt, Catherine Zeta-Jones, George Clooney, Julia Roberts, Matt Damon, Andy Garcia, Bernie Mac, Don Cheadle, Peter Fonda, Casey Affleck, and Scott Caan. Steven Soderbergh was discovered on the film festival circuit an...

CineAsia Production Brings Hollywood to Thailand

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CineAsia Production Brings Hollywood Industry Players to ThailandThe dynamic film entertainment Show, CineAsia Production, is just a month away, Dec 7-9 2004, at the Bangkok Convention Center and Sofitel Central Plaza Hotel.For the past nine years, CineAsia has shone the spotlight on the motion picture exhibition (movie theater owners) and distribution industries in Asia. Industry executives gather to learn about industry trends, screen up-and-coming films and be among the first to see the late...

Solid Line Up for Toronto fest

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Toronto festival (Sept. 9-18) has revealed its full line upGALA PRESENTATIONSWorld PremiereARSÈNE LUPIN (F)Jean-Paul Salomé, France / United Kingdom / Spain / Italy, 2004World PremiereBEING JULIA (F)István Szabó, Canada / United Kingdom / Hungary, 2004World PremiereBEYOND THE SEA (F)Kevin Spacey, United Kingdom / Germany, 2004North American PremiereCLEAN (F)Olivier Assayas, France / United Kingdom / Canada, 2004World PremiereDOWNFALL (F)Oliver Hirschbiegel, Germany, 2004World PremiereFIVE CH...

Westcliffe Digital Film Fest for digital & independant

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NEXT WEEKEND - AUGUST 27-29 The Westcliffe Digital Film Festival – a Truly Guerilla Film Festival Featuring Truly Independent FilmsThe Westcliffe Digital Film Festival—a production of the Westcliffe Independent Film Association (WIFA), a 501(c)3 non-profit organization—is a unique festival that showcases the newest filmmakers who self-finance their vision and create truly independent feature and short films on digital video. The festival will screen 17 DV films NEXT WEEKEND, Friday through...

Head in the Clouds premieres in Montreal

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"Head in the Clouds", the highly-anticipatedromantic war drama from writer-director John Duigan starring Oscarwinner Charlize Theron, Penélope Cruz and Stuart Townsend, will have itsworld premiere at the 28th Montréal World Film Festival, which runs fromAugust 26 through September 6."Head in the Clouds" is one of six new feature films added to the 245titles that the MWFF announced at its news conference August 10. Amongthe new films is the Italian "The Life I Wish For", by GiuseppePiccioni, o...

Vision fest to kick up with Able Edwards

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VISIONFEST 04: The Other Festival (VF04) has announced its partial line-up for this year’s film festival, which runs June 23-27, 2004, at the Iris & B. Gerald Cantor Film Center (36 East Eighth Street, in the heart of the NYU campus, in Manhattan). The event will kick off its opening night with Able Edwards, which festival co-director Bruno Derlin described as “a truly groundbreaking sci-fi feature.” Created on an ultra low-budget and employing the use of green screens and desktop digital ...

The Slamdance program

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"The Slamdance 2004 Film Festival has invited 19 feature films to compete at our tenth annual festival," Peter Baxter, Slamdance President/Co-Founder, announced today. Eleven of the Competition Features screening this year are fictional narratives and eight are documentaries. In addition to the 19 feature length films, 13 of which are premieres, Slamdance will also screen 21 short films in competition. Special Screenings, films screening out of competition and festival events will be announced a...

The Slamdance program

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"The Slamdance 2004 Film Festival has invited 19 feature films to compete at our tenth annual festival," Peter Baxter, Slamdance President/Co-Founder, announced today. Eleven of the Competition Features screening this year are fictional narratives and eight are documentaries. In addition to the 19 feature length films, 13 of which are premieres, Slamdance will also screen 21 short films in competition. Special Screenings, films screening out of competition and festival events will be announced a...

Slamdance's motto is "By Filmmakers, For Filmmakers"

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Slamdance's motto is "By Filmmakers, For Filmmakers" aptly describes the programming team, which is largely comprised of alumni filmmakers. The Slamdance Film Festival serves as a showcase for the discovery of emerging film talent. Slamdance's mission is to support and nurture innovative artists. The organization's goals for the future are to strengthen its year-round organization and evolve the Slamdance brand into new ventures that will support emerging filmmakers. Special screenings have show...

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