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"The courses are packed with very valuable information with many options on where and how money can be raised. The information was real, realistic and supported by a lot of true life examples Elliot was able to share with us. The course highlighted the complexities of raising finance in this competitive industry, but it also gave encouragement as there are many avenues for first time filmmakers like myself." Neil O'Neil "My entry into the filmmaking industry began with an id...

Film Celebrates Berlinale Birthday

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  As part of the sixtieth birthday celebration, the Berlinale is hosting the world premiere of TRACE OF THE BEARS (Spur Der Baren), a German documentary by Berlin-based Zero Film, that traces the history of one of the world's great film events. While other A-list festivals such as Cannes or Venice are artistic, economic and tourist events, the Berlinale is unique for its political dimensions and its highly developed sense of social and world consciousness. The Festival’s history r...

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It goes something like this. Seven years running, the Santa Barbara International Film Festival has made dreams come true with a themed student competition that pairs industry professionals with student filmmakers. Appropriately, this year’s theme is Twenty-Five. Final Draft and Business First Bank sponsored the competition with The Riordan Foundation providing a grant. To start, both high school and college student writers submit a ten page sample of their best work be it sta...

Oscar Snubs and Surprises

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    Yes, we all expected AVATAR and THE HURT LOCKER to have good showings for this morning's Oscar nomination announcements (they are both tied at 9 nominations each) and we were not surprised when the names George Clooney, Jeff Bridges, Sandra Bullock and Meryl Streep were intoned at the 5:30am ceremony in Los Angeles. And yes, even the six nods for PRECIOUS (including well-deserved nominations for Gabourey Sidibe, Mo'Nique, director Lee Daniels and screenwriter Geoffrey Flet...

Mark Ruffalo Dons Director's Cap

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  Actor Mark Ruffalo, a genial leading man who has been one of the most consistent (and unheralded) actors in significant films over the past decade, has made his directorial debut here at the Sundance Film Festival. His sturdy direction offers a quirky spin to SYMPATHY FOR DELICIOUS, a comedy drama bout a diabled disk jockey who wakes up one day with the power to heal. The DJ, who is paralyzed and confined to a wheel chair, is winning played by Christopher Thornton, who also wro...

The Global Film Village: Sundance 2010 Announces Jury Prizes for Short Films

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Mark Albiston and Louis Sutherland won the 2010 Sundance Shorts International Prize photo courtesy of Sundance Film Festival by Marla Lewin The 2010 Sundance Film Festival announced the jury prizes in shorts filmmaking and gave honorable mentions based on outstanding achievement and merit. The awards were presented at a ceremony held in Park City, Utah. These award recipients will also be honored at the Festival’s Awards Ceremony hosted by David Hyde Pierce on Satur...

Celtic Media Festival unveils Awards shortlist

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The shortlists have been announced for the Bronze Torc Awards for Excellence at the 31st annual Celtic Media Festival.  The awards celebrate the very best of film, television, radio and digital media to emerge from within the Celtic diaspora. 78 productions and companies have been shortlisted across the 21 award categories, with 26 entries each from Scotland, Wales and Ireland.  As always, Celtic languages feature prominently across all categories with all of the factual e...

Fantasporto unveils highlights for the 30th anniversary edition

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At the Rivoli ­ Teatro Municipal, between the 26th February and the 7th March 2010, it is time to celebrate 30 years of dedication to films and the film industry. In the World Heritage City of portwine, of the River Douro and the Atlantic Ocean,  Oporto will be again the meeting place of large audiences celebrating the most important film festival in Portugal. As usual, and the prestige of the festival was built on this, the Oporto festival brings the most recent productions presente...

Fantasporto 30: programme released

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At the Rivoli ­ Teatro Municipal, between the 26th February and the 7th March 2010, it is time to celebrate 30 years of dedication to films and the film industry. In the World Heritage City of portwine, of the River Douro and the Atlantic Ocean, Oporto will be again the meeting place of large audiences celebrating the most important film festival in Portugal. As usual, and the prestige of the festival was built on this, the Oporto festival brings the most recent productions presented in three...

Call for Entries - A Visionary Screenwriter Competition - Cash Award

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The Visionary Screenwriter Competition has been developed by screenwriters for screenwriters. The Visionary Screenwriter Competition focuses on the writer's unique creative contribution to the film and television industries. Our awards are deliberately development focused. We encourage everyone to embrace the development and feedback process. The judges are looking for an engaging premise, well executed, with compelling characters, sharp dialogue and a satisfying ending. We want your best work...

DER FÜRSORGER (THE WELFARE WORKER)

Director: Lutz KONERMANN.
Welfare worker Hans-Peter Stalder possesses the secret code to happiness: a money-multiplying strategy which promises incredible wealth to its hand-picked investors and a subsequent life of leisure and luxury. There’s only one downside to his story: it’s entirely made up of lies and the only one who really benefits from it is Stalder himself. For thirteen years the notorious conman and womanizer fools his guileless victims and tricks the authorities, embezzling millions and taking women’s hearts by storm. But when a stupid mistake trips him up, the time has come for confession – big-time confession.

The Global Film Village: Behind the scenes with James Bond

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by Marc Halperin The USC School of Cinematic Arts and
Visions and Voices and The USC Arts & Humanities Initiative in conjunction with Danjaq and Eon Productions presented a special program taking us behind the scenes of the world’s most well known secret agent on the 6 through the 8th of November,  2009. Nine of the popular films were shown during three days and two panel discussions were presented with stars and members of the production team. This was a tribute to th...

AN EDUCATION Leads London Critics

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AN EDUCATION, the 1960s-set drama by Danish director Lone Scherfig, led the pack at the announcement of the 30th London Film Critics’ Circle Awards nominations. The film scored seven nominations, including British Film of the Year and notices for actors Carey Mulligan, Alfred Molina, Rosamund Pike and Olivia Williams. AN EDUCATION will compete for Best British film with the likes of Jane Campion’s BRIGHT STAR, Armando Iannucci’s IN THE LOOP, Andrea Arnold’s FISH TANK, ...

The Global Film Village: London Critics’ Circle Film Awards

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by Marla Lewin The Education with seven nominations leads the awards of the UK film critics.Fish Tank had six and In The Loop and Nowhere Boy tied with five each and A Prophet had four nominations. The 30th Awards will take plave on February 18 at the Landmark Hotel, Marylebone. In addition to awards to current films special awards will be given to Quentin Tarantino and Francis Ford Coppola forApocalypse Now in honor of its 30th anniversary.THE ATTENBOROUGH AWARD: BRITISH FILM OF THE ...

The Global Film Village: The Last Station opens and The Lightkeepers Closes PSIFF


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by Marla LewinThis January marks the 21st anniversary year of the Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF). Today Festival Director Darryl Macdonald announced the program and said, "Our film line-up this year is a strong reflection of the current zeitgeist in world cinema. Sixty-seven first-time feature film directors will screen this year, representing a surge of new filmmaking talent on the world stage. In addition, we'll showcase a vintage crop of new works by established master...

"La Soga" "Morenita" "Traces of the Trade" and "Gaining Ground" Take Home Bahamas Top Prizes

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BAHAMAS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL NAMES 2009 FESTIVAL AWARD WINNERS Competition winners were announced this evening at the awards ceremony for the 6th Bahamas International Film Festival, held at the Balmoral Club in Nassau. The announcements were made by Festival Founder and Executive Director Leslie Vanderpool and BIFF jurors following a special career achievement event honoring Johnny Depp.   The Festival showcased 86 films from 26 different countries, including 38 fea...

Charlotte Gainsbourg will be the focus of FIAF's CinémaTuesdays

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Charlotte Gainsbourg will be the focus of FIAF's CinémaTuesdays in the New Year with nine great films, including a sneak preview of her latest work, Persécution (a New York premiere).  "Charlotte For Ever and forever in my heart"-Serge Gainsbourg     The French Institute Alliance Française (FIAF), New York's premiere French cultural center, will be starting off the New Year with CinémaTuesdays film programming in January and February dedicated to ...

The European Film Awards Winners

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THE WHITE RIBBON wins European Film 2009. Picture: EFA/ActionPress/Guido Ohlenbostel Founded in 1988, the European Film Academy now unites more than 2,000 European film professionals with the common aim of promoting Europe’s film culture. Few surprises at the 22nd EUROPEAN FILM AWARDS: Das Weisse Band (The White Ribbon), Germany/Austria/France/Italy written and directed by Michael Haneke produced by Stefan Arndt, Veit Heiduschka, Michael Katz, Margaret Menegoz & Andrea ...

The ninth River to River. Florence Indian Film Festival came to an end

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River to River. Florence Indian Film Festival: 4-10 December 2009 - Cinema Odeon - Piazza Strozzi, 1 -  Florence The ninth River to River. Florence Indian Film Festival ended on Thursday, December 10th, and was a hit with the public and the press, with 3100 people coming to confirm the excellent idea of the 50 days of International Cinema in Florence and the beautiful historical Odeon cinema. The selection of films in competition, the special sections and the r...

Croatian Film on 15th Author Film Festival

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Jury of the 15. Author Film Festival in Belgrade, Serbia, lead by Russian film director Sergei Dvortsevoy, the chairman of the jury, Nadia Turnicev and Antonio Nuić-Croatian film director, in Belgrade Serbia awarded with Grand Prix Aleksandar Saša Petrović Award, for The Best Film of festival and 7,000 Euros prize, Croatian film “The Blacks”, directed by Zvonimir Jurić and Goran Dević,” for the film that successfully combines minimalism and insight dept.”The film already awarded i...

Croatian Film on 15th Author Film Festival

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Jury of the 15. Author Film Festival in Belgrade, Serbia, lead by Russian film director Sergei Dvortsevoy, the chairman of the jury, Nadia Turnicev and Antonio Nuić-Croatian film director, in Belgrade Serbia awarded with Grand Prix Aleksandar Saša Petrović Award, for The Best Film of festival and 7,000 Euros prize, Croatian film “The Blacks”, directed by Zvonimir Jurić and Goran Dević,” for the film that successfully combines minimalism and insight dept.”The film alr...

Meet Indie Filmmaker: SÆKZI

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Article by Anna Takayama    SÆKZI, a recent submission to the ÉCU 2010 Dramatic Short category, is an honest story of a woman’s battle with her lack of self-confidence through the eyes of her devoted lover. Director Lars T. Moen gives interviewer Anna Takayama his views on women, beauty, ideals, and love in modern times.   Q: What is your film about? Sækzi is a film about self-confidence, and how it shouldn’t matter what you look like. The film port...

Thessaloniki Film Festival wrapped and delivered its awards.

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The jury of the International Competition Section of the 50th Thessaloniki Film Festival comprised of: Theo Angelopoulos, Director (Greece), President Lissy Bellaiche, Sales agent for the I/S Danish Film Producers (Denmark) Mirjana Karanovic, Actress (Serbia) Eugenio Caballero, Production designer (Mexico) Lav Diaz, Director (Philippines) Gyorgi Palfi, Director (Hungary) and Amos Poe, Director (USA) THE AWARDS Best Feature Film Award - Golden Alexander (40.000...

EFA nominations for the 22nd European Film Awards

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At the Seville European Film Festival the European Film Academy and EFA Productions announced the nominations for the 22nd European Film Awards. At the same time, the new EFA-website with lots of information about the Awards went online at http://www.europeanfilmawards.eu/ The more than 2,000 EFA Members will now vote for the winners which will be presented during the Awards Ceremony on 12 December in Bochum. Nominated are: EUROPEAN FILM 2009 Fish Tank, UK written and ...

River to River. Florence Indian Film Festival Full program

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9th River to River. Florence Indian Film Festival4-10 December 2009Odeon Cinema - Piazza StrozziFlorence, ItalyHerewith the full line up of films.FRIDAY 4 DECEMBER6.30 pm - Museo Marino Marini, Piazza S. Pancrazio, FlorenceExhibition opening Raja Ravi Varma, the artist who changed the facet of gods, curated by Giovanni Aprile8.30 pm - Cinema Odeon, Opening Evening Performance of the Apsara Dance Group and Opening FilmRang Rasiya (Colours of Passion), Ketan Mehta, 120’, col., hindi - italian an...

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