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AFI announces Bernardo Bertolucci as Guest Artistic Director

The American Film Institute (AFI) announced today that internationally acclaimed filmmaker and Academy Award®-winning director and screenwriter Bernardo Bertolucci will serve as its Guest Artistic Director at AFI FEST 2012 presented by Audi. Last year’s Guest Artistic Director was Pedro Almodóvar, and David Lynch, an alumnus of the AFI Conservatory, held the role in 2010. As Guest Artistic Director, Bertolucci has selected four feature films for his special sidebar program at...

Ted Shugrue will be missed, my former boss at Sony Pictures till 1996

  Ted Shugrue waving and surrounded by his colleagues (Steve Klain, Duncan Clark, and Tony Manne to his right) Body language says he was happy... Ted Shugrue, the former head of Sony Pictures' overseas distribution division and president of Loews Cineplex International, died last Thursday fom liver cancer at the age of 62. In 1983, Shugrue became one of the first employees of the newly formed TriStar Pictures, where he was instrumental in building the distribution arm for TriStar (lat...

ReelWorld Film Festival wrap up figures

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The 2012 ReelWorld Film Festival finished with record crowds! “We are thrilled about the attendance at this years’ festival,” beams Executive Director Tonya Lee Williams. “We screened a remarkable selection of Canadian and International films by some very talented filmmakers.” April 11 The festival kicked off with the feature LUV, directed by Sheldon Candis who was in attendance for the premiere.  Thanks to the generous support of TDBank, ReelWorld held a pre-screening rec...

Eli Roth Inspired Filmmakers in Beverly Hills Today with Emotional Keynote Speech During IFTA Production Conference

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IFTA Production Conference, which featured an electrifying opening speech by celebrated independent filmmaker Eli Roth. He spoke before a sold-out crowd of more than 300.  Produced by the Independent Film & Television Alliance (IFTA), the event was titled: “Cost Isn’t An Obstacle Anymore! New Avenues to Finance, Produce & Distribute Films at Any Budget.”  Writer/director Eli Roth and Jean Prewitt, President.. Eli Roth ignited the ballroom at the Four Seasons Hotel i...

CCI Chairman urges entertainment and media enterprises & related trade associations to initiate competition compliance program

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 Speaking at FICCI FRAMES 2012  in Mumbai on Friday, Ashok Chawla, Chairman, CCI, urged entertainment and media enterprises and related trade associations to initiate competition compliance programs. Trade bodies could be used for price coordination or market allocation amongst member companies, he cautioned.A competition compliance programme would include imparting awareness and training to employees who may engage themselves or are exposed to anti competitive conducts. It not only reduce...

Germans spread Wilkommen mat for Indian filmmakers

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Cash strapped film-makers often look to foreign institutions like the Herbert Bals Fund and UK Film Council to subsidise the production costs.O so wunderbar! They will be happy to know that Germany is offering  generous support ranging from loans, tax credits and price reductions,  provided  the film is a co-production. The Wilkommen mat was spread in the Yuletide season at  a press conference and seminar in the Maquinez Palace during the on-going 42nd edition of the International Film Fes...

'The Help" Executive Producer Jeff Skoll to be Honored at Paley Center for Media's LA Gala

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The Paley Center for Media will honor Participant Media and its Founder Jeff Skoll at its annual gala event “Salute to Excellence,” Tuesday, December 13 at the Paley Center for Media in Beverly Hills, it was announced today by Paley Center for Media President and CEO Pat Mitchell. Participant Media, whose most recent film projects include “The Help” and “Contagion,” is being honored for its unique use of media to accelerate social change. Participant’s films are often accompanied ...

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...

The American Film Market expanded Conference schedule

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  The 2011 American Film Market today released its expanded Conference schedule with speakers encompassing a broad cross-section of key Hollywood and global players converging for the 32nd Market Nov. 2-9. Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP and Entertainment Partners will serve as the presenting sponsors of the AFM Conference Series, which will showcase panels on film financing, production, marketing, distribution and pitching. The five-day series will include prominent filmm...

Paul Hertzberg, President and CEO, CineTel Films, Inc., has been elected Chairman IFTA

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  IFTA Also Announces Election Results For New Executive Committee and Board of Directors   Independent Film & Television Alliance (IFTA), the trade association representing independent producers and distributors worldwide, today announced election results for its Executive Committee, as well as 10 members and two alternates for its Board of Directors. The elections were held as part of IFTA's Annual Members Meeting at the Beverly Hills Hotel in Los Angeles and conc...

Rome Film Festival will premiere Too Big to Fail

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  THE INTERNATIONAL ROME FILM FESTIVAL October 27 - November 4 2011   The background behind the financial crisis in Too Big to Fail by Curtis Hanson The 2008 financial crisis and the collapse of Lehman Brothers are the main focus of Too Big to Fail, the film by Oscar® winner Curtis Hanson  to be  premiered in the Official Selection of the International Rome Film Festival (27 October - 4 November, Auditorium Parco della Musica). The TV-film produced b...

AVATAR lands in themed Disney parks, with the first at Walt Disney World in Orlando

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  Disney, Fox and James Cameron will Bring AVATAR to Life at Disney Parks Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Worldwide is joining forces with visionary filmmaker James Cameron and Fox Filmed Entertainment to bring the world of AVATAR to life at Disney parks. Through an exclusive agreement announced today by Disney, Cameron's Lightstorm Entertainment and Fox, Disney will partner with Cameron and producing partner Jon Landau to create themed lands that will give them...

Eegar will open AFI Fest

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The American Film Institute (AFI) announced today that J. EDGAR, directed by AFI Life Achievement Award recipient and Academy Award-winning director Clint Eastwood, will have its world premiere as the Opening Night Gala of AFI FEST 2011 presented by Audi. The film stars Academy Award nominee Leonardo DiCaprio in the title role, along with Academy Award nominee Naomi Watts, Armie Hammer and Oscar winner Judi Dench. It is produced by Academy Award winners Eastwood and Brian Grazer, and Oscar nom...

Pedro Almodóvar will serve as its Guest Artistic Director at AFI FEST 2011

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American Film Institute (AFI) announced today that internationally acclaimed filmmaker Pedro Almodóvar will serve as its Guest Artistic Director at AFI FEST 2011 presented by Audi. AFI FEST – celebrating its 25th year in 2011 – will take place November 3 through 10 in Hollywood, California at the historic Chinese Theatre,  the Chinese 6 Theatres, the Egyptian Theatre and the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel. As Guest Artistic Director, Almodóvar will present a screening of hi...

Curtis 50 cent JacksonActor/Rapper on Hand for Caribbean Premiere of Latest Film "Things Fall Apart"

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It was announced today that rapper, actor and multi-tiered business mogul Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson will be attending the 2nd Annual Aruba International Film Festival (AIFF) for the red carpet premiere of his latest feature film "Things Fall Apart." The announcement was made by AIFF Founders and Producers Giuseppe Cioccarelli and Jonathan Vieira and Artistic Director Claudio Masenza. The year's Festival takes place June 10-16, 2011.       ...

Chapman launches first-of-its-kind Film Production Company

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Going where no other film school has gone before, Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Media Arts, recognized as one of the premier film schools in the United States, has launched a first-of-its-kind production and distribution company - Chapman Entertainment, LLC.   Chapman Entertainment is a sustainable, fully-functioning film production company designed to produce five to ten pictures per year in the micro-budget range (budgets in the $250,000 - $625,000 range). Ut...

Daryl Hannah Teams Up with Legacy to Engage Film Students in Socially Responsible Filmmaking

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Daryl Hannah Teams Up with Legacy to Engage Film Students in Socially Responsible Filmmaking In an effort to protect youth from the negative impact of smoking in movies, Legacy, best known for its truth® youth smoking prevention campaign, is asking aspiring filmmakers to think twice before using cigarettes as props in film. With the help of actress and activist Daryl Hannah, Legacy developed a six-minute documentary titled Redefining Cool. The short film explores how movies have bee...

Daryl Hannah engages Film Students in Socially Responsible Filmmaking

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Daryl Hannah Teams Up with Legacy to Engage Film Students in Socially Responsible FilmmakingIn an effort to protect youth from the negative impact of smoking in movies, Legacy, best known for its truth® youth smoking prevention campaign, is asking aspiring filmmakers to think twice before using cigarettes as props in film. With the help of actress and activist Daryl Hannah, Legacy developed a six-minute documentary titled Redefining Cool. The short film explores how movies have been used to nor...

22nd PSIFF Winners and closing gala

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  22nd ANNUAL PALM SPRINGS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES FESTIVAL WINNERS Palm Springs, CA (January 16, 2011) –The 22nd Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival announced this year’s award winners at a luncheon at Spencer’s Restaurant on Sunday, January 16, 2011.  The Festival, held from January 6-17, 2011, screened 205 films from 69 countries, including 41 of the 65 foreign language entries for this year’s Academy Awards®. Palm Springs’ increas...

Palm Springs International Film Festival Awards

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The Whistleblower Mercedes-Benz Audience Award for Best Narrative Feature; Louder Than a Bomb Audience Award for Best Documentary Feature; Of Gods and Men Receives FIPRESCI Award; Nothing's All Bad Receives New Voices/New Visions Award; Summer Pasture Receives The John Schlesinger Award The 22nd Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival announced this year's award winners at a luncheon at Spencer's Restaurant on Sunday, January 16, 2011.  The Festival, held from January 6-17,...

Palm Springs International Film Festival Awards

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The 22nd Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival announced this year's award winners at a luncheon at Spencer's Restaurant on Sunday, January 16, 2011. The Festival, held from January 6-17, 2011, screened 205 films from 69 countries, including 41 of the 65 foreign language entries for this year's Academy Awards®. Palm Springs' increasingly popular Festival continues to expand its diverse programming of quality independent and foreign films, setting the stage for the year's film festiv...

IFTA production conference monitize indie film inthe digital market

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The Independent Film & Television Alliance will bring leading industry executives together for the 12th annual IFTA Production Conference on Friday, Dec. 3, to discuss strategies for “Monetizing Independent Film in the Digital Marketplace.” The conference will take place from 8:30 a.m.-noon at Century City’s InterContinental Hotel, announced IFTA President-CEO Jean Prewitt and IFTA Vice-Chairman Pierre David.Dave Habiger, President and CEO of Sonic Solutions, will present the keynote addre...

NEWSLETTER N° 484: November 11, 2010

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 .............                                                                                                                                                          WELCOME TO OUR NEWSLETTER N° 484: November 11, 2010 Follow this LINK if you cannot read the newsletter properly Contact the Editor, Advertise on the sites.  Our newsletter reaches 82 000 film professio...

Gregory Von Hausch: The Spirit of FLIFF

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  The 25th edition of the Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival wraps tomorrow night after a record-breaking 28 days of world cinema, special events and tribute evenings. The "official" wrap was on Sunday evening, with the local premiere of CASINO JACK, the final film of  director George Hickenlooper, who died last week at the very young age of 47. FLIFF President and CEO Gregory von Hausch dedicated the evening to Hickenlooper, who had been a guest of the Festival sever...

Gregory Von Hausch: The Spirit of FLIFF

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The 25th edition of the Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival wraps tomorrow night after a record-breaking 28 days of world cinema, special events and tribute evenings. The "official" wrap was on Sunday evening, with the local premiere of CASINO JACK, the final film of director George Hickenlooper, who died last week at the very young age of 47. FLIFF President and CEO Gregory von Hausch dedicated the evening to Hickenlooper, who had been a guest of the Festival several times and was sche...
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