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Michael Keaton's Directorial Debut

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Actor Michael Keaton, whose 30-year career has included the outrageous ghost in BEETLEJUICE and Batman in BATMAN RETURNS, is the star and director of THE MERRY GENTLEMAN, which had its East Coast premiere last evening at the Palm Beach International Film Festival. The film, a psychological thriller set around the Christmas Holidays in a gray and unforgiving Chicago, casts Keaton as a hit man with a conscience, whose world is crumbling and whose resolve is beginning to waver. The catalyst for thi...

Coppola And Friends In San Francisco

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The San Francisco Film Society has announced a special program as part of the 52nd San Francisco International Film Festival scheduled for next Friday, May 1. An Evening with Francis Ford Coppola & Friends, to be held at the historic Castro Theater, will honor the brilliant career of one of the seminal figures in American film. The event will take the form of a free-ranging onstage conversation between Coppola and his longtime colleagues and collaborators George Lucas, editor Walter...

Michael Keaton's Directorial Debut

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  Actor Michael Keaton, whose 30-year career has included the outrageous ghost in BEETLEJUICE and Batman in BATMAN RETURNS, is the star and director of THE MERRY GENTLEMAN, which had its East Coast premiere last evening at the Palm Beach International Film Festival. The film, a psychological thriller set around the Christmas Holidays in a gray and unforgiving Chicago, casts Keaton as a hit man with a conscience, whose world is crumbling and whose resolve is beginning to waver. Th...

Coppola And Friends In San Francisco

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The San Francisco Film Society has announced a special program as part of the 52nd San Francisco International Film Festival scheduled for next Friday, May 1. An Evening with Francis Ford Coppola & Friends, to be held at the historic Castro Theater, will honor the brilliant career of one of the seminal figures in American film. The event will take the form of a free-ranging onstage conversation between Coppola and his longtime colleagues and collaborators George Lucas, editor Walter Murch and sc...

Come Experience 12 Memorable Days at the 8th Tribeca Film Festival, April 22 - May 3, 2009

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By Maria Esteves - April 14, 2009 The 8th Annual 2009 Tribeca Film Festival (TFF09) sponsored by American Express, the founding sponsor of the festival will be held in selected theatres throughout New York City, April 22 - May 3, 2009. The festival founded in 2001 by Robert De Niro, Jane Rosenthal and Craig Hatkoff following the attacks on the World Trade Center, is a diverse international film festival that supports emerging and established directors. TFF annually presents the largest celebr...

Tribeca Film Festival

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The 8th Annual 2009 Tribeca Film Festival (TFF09) sponsored by American Express, the founding sponsor of the festival will be held in selected theatres throughout New York City, April 22 - May 3, 2009. The festival founded in 2001 by Robert De Niro, Jane Rosenthal and Craig Hatkoff following the attacks on the World Trade Center, is a diverse international film festival that supports emerging and established directors. TFF annually presents the largest celebration of film, music and culture. Thi...

Claw Award Winners (2008, Terror Film Festival)

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  2008 CLAW AWARD WINNERS Excellence in the Craft of FILMMAKING Best Feature Film ALIEN RAIDERS Director, Ben Rock Producers, Daniel Myrick, John Shiban, Steve Ecclesine, Tony Krantz Best Director TONY SWANSEY Squeal Best Screenplay EXCISION Richard Bates, Jr. Best Director of Photography MATHEW RUDENBERG Basement Jack Audience Favorite SWAMP DEVIL Director, David Winning Producer, Irene Litinsky, Ric Nish Best Horror Short Film THE PROCEDURE Di...

Claw Award Winners (2007, Terror Film Festival)

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  2007 CLAW AWARD WINNERS Excellence in the Craft of FILMMAKING Best Feature Film SIDE SHO Director, Mike D'Anna Producer, Paula Fox Best Director JOHN FAUST By Appointment Only Best Screenplay THE WISH Screenwriter, Christian Jude Grillo Best Horror Short Film RED HARVEST Director, Dylan Griffith Producer, Dylan Griffith Best Fantasy Short Film REGRET Director, Craig Sudac Producer, Craig Sudac Best Science Fiction Short Film ELECTRICAL SKELETAL...

Claw Award Winners (2006, Terror Film Festival)

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2006 CLAW AWARD WINNERS Excellence in the Craft of FILMMAKING Best Feature Film THE MURDER GAME Director, Robert Harari Best Director KENNETH SELKO Alone Best Screenplay UNDER SURVEILLANCE Screenwriter, David Campfield Best Horror Short Film THE DESCENDENT Director, Robert Glickert Best Fantasy Short Film THE FAERIES OF BLACKHEATH WOODS Director, Ciaran Foy Best Science Fiction Short Film PROJECT: ADAM Director, Jacob Buchheit Best Thriller Short Film ...

The New European Auteurs At NDNF

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New Directors New Films, an annual rite of spring in New York film circles, provides the armchair traveler with a delicious and intoxicating journey through world cinema. While the series is certainly international in scope, new films from Europe provide the cream in the coffee for ambitious filmgoers. This year, new European auteur directors are making a strong impression on New York film critics and industry reps.The themes and styles of the films are decidedly different. In CAN GO THROUGH SKI...

The New European Auteurs At NDNF

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UNMADE UNMADE BEDS (United Kingdom)  Wednesday, 2 April----New Directors New Films, an annual rite of spring in New York film circles, provides the armchair traveler with a delicious and intoxicating journey through world cinema. While the series is certainly international in scope, new films from Europe provide the cream in the coffee for ambitious filmgoers. This year, new European auteur directors are making a strong impression on New York film critics and industry reps. The ...

Ischia Global to support children's right

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Film directors Paul Haggis and Steven Zaillian, Italian actor Christian De Sica and actress Mariagrazia Cucinotta and British actress and producer Trudie Styler are the first artists to join the 3rd Social Cinema Forum of Ischia focused on “children’s right to education”. From July 12th throughout 19th, after the G8 international political summit to be held in Italy, and in a moment characterized by very urgent globalized humanitarian and environmental issues, the “leading” players of ...

Volker Schlöndorff turns 70

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"Light, Shadow and Movement. My Life and My Films" Now we can also say Happy 70th Birthday to Volker Schlöndorff who was born on March 31, 1949 in Wiesbaden. In his recently published autobiography "Light, Shadow and Movement" he candidly describes the steadfast bond between his life and his work. Schlöndorff`s career began in the early 1960s as an assistant to the then leading masters in France: Alain Resnais, Jean-Pierre Melville and Louis Malle. He made his first movie as early as 1966: YOU...

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 ...

The selected projects for Tribeca All Access

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The Tribeca Film Festival, presented by American Express, the founding sponsor of the Festival, along with the Tribeca Film Institute today announced the selected projects for Tribeca All Access (TAA). TAA is designed to help foster and nurture relationships between film industry executives and filmmakers from traditionally underrepresented communities; the program is made possible by Bloomberg. Celebrating its sixth year, Tribeca All Access will present 27 new projects during the six-day event...

Interview With Paul Schrader, preceeding his 2005 masterclass at the Galway Film Fleadh

A very good interview, which preceded Paul's 2005 visit to the Galway Film Fleadh, where he presented a Screenwriter's Masterclass. 52:43 minutes (8 MB)

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...

ECU Fest Director update

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The tape machine is chewing on the digibeta cassette like a cudding cow. An exploding projector bulb screams like an incoming artillery shell. The fire alarm is triggered and water cascades into the cinema. 350 soaked people stream out into the cold.The bedside alarm goes off and I open an eye. Hmm. 3.10am. Nice. How I hate these reoccurring dreams only days before the festival ;) Apart from the vertigo-inducing nightmares that play out in my head during a couple of hours sleep I’m ridiculousl...

SFIFF52 New Directors Competition Films

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The 52nd San Francisco International Film Festival (April 23 - May 7) will award over $100,000 in total prizes this year. The New Directors Prize of $15,000 is given to a narrative first feature that exhibits a unique artistic sensibility and deserves to be seen by as wide an audience as possible. An independent jury will select the New Directors Prize winner, to be announced at the Golden Gate Awards on May 6.SFIFF52 New Directors Competition Films:Autumn directed by Özcan Alper, Turkey 2008In...

Fantasporto Day 2 Just for fun

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Choke (Directors week) Goooooood, that was dirty fun, Sundance folks loved it the audience here loved it a lot Another story of the America of today. A former medical student, Victor, has found a way of paying for his Alzheimer afflicted mother's illness: he pretends to choke when dining in expensive reataurants. And there is always someone who feels responsible for his life and sends a cheque. Victor also goes to centers where he treats his addiction to sex while working in a thema...

Outfest announces line-up for Fusion 2009

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Outfest, the Los Angeles-based organization dedicated to nurturing, showcasing and preserving lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) media, has announced the extraordinary line-up for Fusion 2009: The Sixth Annual Los Angeles LGBT People of Color Film Festival, presented by HBO. An impressive program of films, panels, workshops, and parties will be featured during the three-day event that takes place March 6 through 8. The screenings of features and short films will be held at the...

Bluecat Screenplay Competition

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Winner $10,000, Four Finalists $1500. Every entrant receives script analysis. One finalist receives staged reading at High Falls Film Festival. BlueCat is the screenwriter`s screenplay contest, with unmatched support for writers. Entry Fee $45.

Sunscreen Film Festival

Sunscreen Film Festival is organized and presented by the St. Petersburg-Clearwater Film Society, a not-for-profit 501(c) (3) organization, which is dedicated to educating the public about the art of visual storytelling, enhancing opportunities for local filmmakers to develop their craft and art, and increasing the public’s awareness and support of local filmmaking as a cultural and economic asset. 

History:

The Sunscreen Film Festival has grown from its first festival in a local art gallery with 600 attendees in 2006 to a nationally recognized event with an attendance of over 11,000 people in 2011.  The SSFF has screened over 600 independent films in its first 6 years.  The festival is based at the Baywalk Entertainment Complex and Muvico 20 Theaters.  The festival additionally utilizes multiple locations around downtown St. Petersburg.

Sunscreen places a great emphasis on supporting and encouraging Florida based talent.  A grant has been established and given to the past two Best Florida Film winners at Sunscreen.  Additionally SSFF has film acquisition execs in attendance every year.  Over a dozen films have been picked up for distribution in the last 3 years at Sunscreen. 

Sunscreen is different from other festivals in that the festival guests are expected to take part in workshops, classes or some other manner that supports the mission of the festival.  Guests are asked to participate in educational programming as a part of their attendance at the festival.  Past guests over the first 6 festivals have included;

Just a few of our past guests have included:

  • actor John Travolta (Grease, Pulp Fiction)
  • actor Kelly Preston (Jerry Maguire)
  • actor Billy Dee Williams (Empire Strikes Back, Brian’s Song)
  • actor Patrick Wilson (Watchmen, Phantom of the Opera)
  • actor Jeff Donovan (Burn Notice, Changeling)
  • actor Ethan Supplee (My Name is Earl, Butterfly Effect)
  • actor Bill Cobbs (Night at the Museum, over 100 credits)
  • actor Alexa Vega (Spy Kids 1,2,3, Broken Hill)
  • actor Ayanna Berkshire (Twilight, Leverage)
  • actor Solomon Trimble (Twilight)

  • Ralph Winter (Producer, X-men 1-3, Wolverine, Fantastic Four, Star Trek 2-4)
  • Phil Cooke (Author, Filmmaker, Media Consultant)
  • Dean Batali (Producer, Head Writer, That 70’s Show, Buffy the Vampire Slayer)
  • Sean Covel (Producer, Napoleon Dynamite)
  • Doc Wyatt (Producer, Napoleon Dynamite)
  • Leo Partible (Comic Author, Producer)

  • screenwriter Timothy J. Sexton (Oscar nominee for Children of Men)
  • screenwriter Steven de Souza (Die Hard, 48 Hours)
  • casting director Lana Veenker (Twilight, Leverage)
  • casting director John Jackson (About Schmidt, Sideways)
  • composer, musician Michael Tolcher, (Scrubs, One Tree Hill, ESPN)
  • producer Dave Anderson (Prince of Egypt)
  • distribution, finance, acquisitions Jamie Fleming
  • distribution, finance, acquisitions John Flynn

Description:

The Sunscreen Film Festival which is put on by The non-profit St. Petersburg Clearwater Film Society not only screens great films and brings in top notch Hollywood talent but it also provides excellent year round programming.  The festival’s year round programming includes; special film screenings in partnership with and screened at the Museum of Fine Arts in downtown St. Petersburg, free outdoor film screenings, a Film School Summer Camp, and educational “Film Schools” for adults and kids throughout the year.  As well as actor’s workshops and community support programs.  Sunscreen additionally screens local independent films throughout the year in a theater environment to support local and Florida filmmakers.

The Sunscreen Film Festival is steadily growing into one of the top film festivals in the country. By programming great films, and bringing in top notch industry talent Sunscreen has established itself as one of the best young film festivals around. 

Sunscreen continues to receive community support from the following entities in the form of resources and in-kind donations.  The City of St. Petersburg, The Pinellas County Film Commission, The St. Petersburg Museum of Fine Arts, The University of Tampa, Southeastern University Lakeland, The Dali Museum, Baywalk Entertainment Complex and Muvico Theaters, and The Renaissance Vinoy Resort.

ReelHeart International Film Festival

ReelHeART is a truly open festival, accepting films of all genres, countries and lengths. Known as ‘The Filmmaker’s Film Festival’, which embodies our commitment to independent filmmakers and screenwriters worldwide.

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