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Final Galas Premiere In Toronto

 Friday, September 14----------As the Toronto International Film Festival enters its final weekend, it has saved some of its choicest Gala Films for last. The Red Carpet arrivals continue tonight and tomorrow evening, with such luminaries as Shirley MacLaine, Max Von Sydow, Susan Sarandon, Christopher Plummer, Brenda Fricker and Sir Richard Attenborough expected the walk the walk. Set against wars both between nations and within hearts, CLOSING THE RING is an intimate epic, the latest work of ...

The Toronto Torrent

 Tuesday, September 4---------The Toronto International Film Festival doesn't officially open for another 48 hours, but already a hurricane of film talents, industryites, press and film buffs are descending onto the Ontario metropolis with a torrent that is almost audible. Coming in from Los Angeles, New York and the four corners of the globe, including the just concluded Montreal World Film Festival, and the still continuing Venice Film Festival......all eyes are on "the gateway to North...

The Toronto Torrent

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The Toronto International Film Festival doesn't officially open for another 48 hours, but already a hurricane of film talents, industryites, press and film buffs are descending onto the Ontario metropolis with a torrent that is almost audible. Coming in from Los Angeles, New York and the four corners of the globe, including the just concluded Montreal World Film Festival, and the still continuing Venice Film Festival......all eyes are on "the gateway to North America" as the frenzy, fun and fero...

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...

Michelle Pfeiffer (Finally) Gets Her Star

 Thursday, August 9-------Veteran actress Michelle Pfeiffer became an official Hollywood legend this week, when she (finally) received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The Academy Award nominated star was all smiles at ceremonies held in Los Angeles on Monday. She thanked her mother and father for supporting her decision to become an actress. "My mother taught me that I could do anything and that I should have a career before I get married,” Pfeiffer was quoted as saying.  &qu...

Special Presentations during this year's Toronto Festival

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The Toronto International Film Festival announced the addition of eight titles to screen as Special Presentations during this year's Festival, running September 6 - 15, 2007. These films join 17 titles as previously announced Special Presentations to date, and offer the latest achievements from an array of veteran filmmakers, directors on the rise, and celebrated actors working behind the camera. Titles announced today feature some of cinema's most well-known talent, including performances by Br...

Maura and Piccoli To Be Honored In Locarno

Tuesday, July 24---------Two of Europe's finest actors will receive the Locarno Excellence Awards in the beautiful resort city of Locarno, in the Ticino canon of Switzerland, as part of the Locarno Film Festival. The Festival, one of Europe's oldest, will pay tribute to Spanish actress Carmen Maura and French actor Michel Piccoli as part of its Festival events. The Locarno Excellence Award is given annually to an actor or actors of international standing. Previous honorees have includ...

Ischia Global Fest is the world event of the summer says Paul Haggis

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“Italy is my favorite country and the Ischia Global Fest is the world event of the summer: a perfect combination of content and quality of life. I am happy to be the chairman and to have worked with Pascal Vicedomini in order to make this edition even richer and to promote your country throughout the world through the medium of film. With Oliver Stone, Alejandro González Iñárritu, Hilary Swank, Ben Kingsley, Laura Dern, Sheryl Crow, Gustavo Santaolalla, Andrea Bocelli, and many other friend...

"Ischia Global Fest is the world event of the summer" says Paul Haggis

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“Italy is my favorite country and the Ischia Global Fest is the world event of the summer: a perfect combination of content and quality of life. I am happy to be the chairman and to have worked with Pascal Vicedomini in order to make this edition even richer and to promote your country throughout the world through the medium of film. With Oliver Stone, Alejandro González Iñárritu, Hilary Swank, Ben Kingsley, Laura Dern, Sheryl Crow, Gustavo Santaolalla, Andrea Bocelli, and many other friend...

New York International Independent Film and Video Festival ready to launch

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The New York International Independent Film and Video Festival (NYIIFVF) proudly announces its return to its hometown Manhattan for an eight day extravaganza of film screenings, world premieres, industry panels and after-parties, taking place July 19-26, 2007. The festival, known as "the voice of independent film," will showcase over 200 international and domestic features, shorts, documentaries and animations during its new summertime dates. The festivities kick off with a welcome party at prem...

Paul Mazursky: A True American Original

 Tuesday, May 1-----For those of you who only know Paul Mazursky as Larry David's nemesis on the HBO series CURB YOUR ENTHUSIASM, let me tell you....you are missing a lot. For audiences who came of age in the 1970s and 1980s, Mazursky was one of the important filmmakers of his time. Falling somewhere between Woody Allen's self-conscious angst and Mel Brooks' baudy burlesques, the best of Mazursky combined deep emotional drama with soaring comedic heights, to produce films that were ...

Gala Tribute to Diane Keaton

    Friday, April 6---------The Film Society of Lincoln Center presents its annual Gala Tribute to the Oscar-winning and much-loved actress Diane Keaton on Monday, April 9th. The evening will include highlights selected especially for this occasion from the actress’ extensive body of work, on-stage salutes from friends and colleagues, and personal remarks by Ms. Keaton.Ms. Keaton will be toasted and praised by such presenters as Woody Allen, Steve Martin and Martin Short, The Allen-Keaton...

Gala Tribute to Diane Keaton

  Tuesday, April 3---------The Film Society of Lincoln Center presents its annual Gala Tribute to the Oscar-winning and much-loved actress Diane Keaton on Monday, April 9th. The evening will include highlights selected especially for this occasion from the actress’ extensive body of work, on-stage salutes from friends and colleagues, and personal remarks by Ms. Keaton.Ms. Keaton will be toasted and praised by such presenters as Woody Allen, Steve Martin and Martin Short, The Allen-Keaton p...

NY Int'l Children's Film Festival Award winners

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For those who did not make it to the jam-packed awards ceremony on March 18, the NYICFF 2007 Award winners are: Grand PrizeFLATLIFEJonas Geirnaert, Belgium Special Jury Award SNEAKERSPeter Barlach, Sweden Audience Award, Ages 3 to 6 THE FAN AND THE FLOWERBill Plympton, USA Audience Award, Ages 5 to 10 (tie)JOURNEY TO MARSJuan Pablo Zaramella, ArgentinaSHAUN THE SHEEPChristopher Sadler, United Kingdom Audience Award, Ages 8 to 14FLATLIFEJonas Geirnaert, Belgium Audience Award, Ages 12 to 18WAT A ...

A Busy Weekend Of Films, Parties and Special Events

THE SHAPE OF WATER Friday, October 27----The excitement is certainly revving up at the Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival (FLIFF) this weekend, with a torrent of challenging new films, well-loved classics and enough social events to fatigue even the most energetic party animal. The Festival has a reputation on the festival circuit as one that is high on discoveries, offering its sophisticated audiences a chance to discover new talents and ponder film themes and techniques. This weeken...

Joaquin Phoenix, and Daryl Hannah honored at Artivist

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Two time OSCAR Nominee Joaquin Phoenix, and renowned actress Daryl Hannah will be honored at this year’s Artivist Film Festival & Awards. The 3rd Annual Artivist Film Festival, and The 2006 Artivist Awards will take place November 9-12, 2006 at the renowned Egyptian Theatre in the heart of Hollywood . 70 International Films from around the globe will be presented during the 4 day Festival. “ARTIVIST” is the 1st international Film Festival dedicated to addressing Human Rights, Children's...

Her Voice Her View Film Festival

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Her Voice Her View Film Festival(July 15-29, 2006), a part of the Pioneer Theater’s Female Film celebration makes us happy to say, "It’s that time of the month!"Featuring over 40 films by and about women, Her Voice Her View includes a variety of styles and subjects. "The Shape of Water" reveals an intimate encounter with five very different women in Brazil, India, Jerusalem and Senegal, narrated by Susan Sarandon. Black women and men unveil the reality of sexual violence and healing in Afric...

Estes Park Film Festival Line Up

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The oldest movie theatre west of the Mississippi will host the first annual Estes Park Film Festival. Feature FilmsSelf Medicated – Monty LapicaBrats: Our Journey Home - Donna MusilPreserve me a Seat – Jim FieldsSubdivision, Colorado - Neil WidenerThe Empty Acre – Patrick ReaScared New World - Yahn SoonTara’s Daughters - Roslyn DauberCosta Rica – Nick MolleStreetWok’n - Matthew Gunter & Eric MatyasShort FilmsA World at Waste - Stuart MacDonaldA Thousand Words - William Craig The Sand...

23rd Avignon Film Festival kicks off

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23rd Avignon Film FestivalTransatlantic Crossroads of Independent CinemaJune 22-25, 2006Now in its 23rd year, the Avignon Film Festival (known in France as “Rencontres Cinématographiques Euro-Américaines d’Avignon”) will launch its 2006 edition on Thursday, June 22, with John Turturro’s “Romance & Cigarettes” (starring Kate Winslet, James Gandolfini, Susan Sarandon, Steve Buscemi, Christopher Walken, Mary Louise Parker and Elaine Stritch). Mr. Turturro will be one of the guests of ...

Screen International is teaming up with the Hollywood Film Festival

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Screen International is teaming up for the third consecutive year with the Hollywood Film Festival and the Hollywood Awards to present the Hollywood World Award, a prize for the best in world cinema which will be presented at the Hollywood Awards ceremony at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills on Oct 23.The award is a key predictor of foreign films which are set to receive kudos in the year's awards season. In 2004, the prize went to both "The Motorcycle Diaries" and "The Sea Inside," whil...

Over 125 Films at upcoming Palm Beach Fest

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PALM BEACH INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVALUNVEILS 2006 LINE-UP Over 125 Films Headline April 20 - 28 Event The Palm Beach International Film Festival Executive Director Randi Emerman announced today the film line-up for the 11th annual event to be held April 20 – 28. Over a 125 films will screen at this years event, including features, documentaries and shorts. The eight-day Fest will introduce 18 world premieres, 3 U.S. premieres and 59 Florida premieres, including 31 international films.Opening...

Sarandon and Robbins Masterclass at Mar del Plata

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Before leaving her hand prints in the Boulevard Marítimo´s path, the actress Susan Sarandon and her husband, the director Tim Robbins, answered the audience's most different interests and they talked with the actors present there. "Bush´s re-election was useful only for the comedy actors and the punk rockers", said the director.An Oscar in the bathroomThe master class was signed by the actress´ sense of humour and the not always proper audience participation, which packed Hermitage´s Versai...

Philadelphia Festival full program detailed

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2006 PHILADELPHIA FILM FESTIVAL RUNS MARCH 30-APRIL 11 WITH PROGRAMMING FOR ALL AGES The 2006 Philadelphia Film Festival is expanding its programming to the eyes and ears of film lovers of all ages as it introduces a section tailored specifically for families and another that explores music in film for its 15th anniversary season. Produced by the non-profit Philadelphia Film Society, the Festival will run from March 30-April 11 and will show a total of 231 films from 41 countries: 115 feature ...

Mar del Plata kicks off its 21st edition

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MAR DEL PLATA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (March 9-19th)The 21st edition of the Mar del Plata International Film Festival will have as special guest Juliette Binoche and Abel Ferrara. Other important guest that will be present in the festival are Jesús Aranda, Ventura Pons, Patricia Reyes Espíndola, Susan Sarandon, Tim Robbins, Michael Winterbottom, Radaman Suleman, Charles McDougall and Paul Morrisey. Some of they will dictate Master Classes that will take place at the Salon Versalles. The fe...

The Shape of Water, sparkling jewels

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“The Shape of Water” Sometimes the Sparkling Jewels are Diamonds in the RoughSanta Barbara- Not far away from the glitterati of the Santa Barbara International Film Festival is a movie that may be a diamond in the rough. Kum-Kum Bhavnani’s “The Shape of Water” is so well thought of that Oscar winning actress Susan Sarandon is a part of it. “The Shape of Water” is about five women in four Third World countries who defy odds by using grass roots efforts to make sweeping social chang...

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