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Thessaloniki International Film Festival spotlights

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51st THESSALONIKI INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVALDecember 3 - 12, 2010Three diverse and distinctive directors are being celebrated this year in the 51st edition of the Thessaloniki International Film Festival:Polish filmmaker Dorota Kedzierzawska and Danish director Susanne Bier, who will both attend the Festival to present and discuss their films, and the late Werner Schröter. DOROTA KEDZIERZAWSKA SPOTLIGHTDorota Kędzierzawska was born in 1957 in the Polish city of Łódż, home to th...

Joel Schumacher at 2010 Plus Camerimage Festival!

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American director and screenwriter Joel Schumacher will attend Plus Camerimage as the festival's special guest and will chair the Jury of the Student Etudes Competition. He is also the recipient of this year's Special Plus Camerimage Award to the Director. Joel Schumacher Joel Schumacher is renowned for his versatility, style and ability to move seamlessly between film genres with equal popular success and critical acclaim. He began his film career as a costume d...

Call for Entries Scene: Brooklyn presented by Brooklyn Arts Council

Calling all Brooklyn filmmakers!


Scene: Brooklyn presented by Brooklyn Arts Council seeks short and feature length narrative films, short and feature length documentaries, animations, and experimental work from Brooklyn based filmmakers and artists.

Scene: Brooklyn is an ideal way to have your work seen in professional venues by New York audiences in curated film programs, and promoted through extensive marketing and press outreach.  Scene: Brooklyn screening venues have included BAMcinématek, UnionDocs, Galapagos Art Space, The Bell House, and these and other sites are being considered for our May 2011 flagship series.  Scene: Brooklyn presents prizes for Audience Award winners, as well as panels and parties. In addition to the May 2011 flagship series, Scene: Brooklyn presents screenings throughout the year in partnership with Brooklyn venues, as well as sending film compilations on tour.

Early bird discounts available until November 12th so don't wait to submit!

Submit your film through our Withoutabox site here - https://www.withoutabox.com/login/1015

For more info go to - www.brooklynartscouncil.org/scenebrooklyn

ABOUT:
Scene: Brooklyn, an initiative of Brooklyn Arts Council, is dedicated to presenting and supporting the tremendous range of filmmakers and media artists working in Brooklyn. This evolving program includes a flagship week of screenings presented in partnership with venues throughout Brooklyn each May, special screenings and media arts events throughout the year, professional development seminars for film and media artists, and filmmaker meet ups.  Brooklyn Arts Council also supports film and media artists and organizations through grants, fiscal sponsorship and its online registry and directory.

Scene: Brooklyn serves Brooklyn and the wider New York community by providing quality film and media arts programming that reflects Brooklyn's diversity. It also gives audiences an opportunity to get acquainted with the artists who live in their borough, and a chance to see non-commercial films locally.

RULES:
Films to be screened in the flagship spring series are to be submitted no later than January 14, 2011.

ELIGIBILITY:
Please read carefully. Brooklyn Arts Council will only consider films that meet the following qualifications:

• Films by film and media artists (director, producer, or screenwriter), who are based in Brooklyn are eligible (all subject areas).

• Films shot in or about Brooklyn by non-Brooklyn residents will also be accepted (all subject areas).

• To reiterate – Only films by Brooklyn based filmmakers (director, producer or screenwriter) or films shot in Brooklyn or about the borough will be considered. Films shot elsewhere by non-Brooklyn residents will not be considered and no refunds will be given.

FOR ALL APPLICANTS

Entries must be complete works no longer than 120 minutes in length. They must have been completed on or after June 1, 2009. Industrial or instructional works and those previously submitted to Scene: Brooklyn are not eligible. All films and videos in a language other than English must be subtitled in English for presentation. All entrants must complete the online application form and mail or hand-deliver a DVD for jury screening.

There is no limit to the number of entries each applicant may submit. Please submit a separate entry form and a separate DVD for each entry. Do not include multiple films on one DVD.

LABELING
All tapes must be labeled with the following information:

1. Film Title, total running time, category, and date (narrative; experimental; documentary; animation.)

2. Shipper’s name and telephone number.

3. Withoutbox tracking number.

Entries may be disqualified if they are not properly labeled.

PACKAGING
Films and videotapes must be shipped in a padded envelope.

RETURN OF ENTRIES

Please include a self-addressed stamped envelope if you would like us to return your DVD. Be sure to indicate that you would like your preview screener returned; we will not do so unless you indicate for us to do so on your application form.

JUDGING AND NOTIFICATION
Judging will take place January – March 2011 by a jury of film industry professionals in the New York metropolitan area.

Notification will happen no later than March 30, 2011.

Spotlight on SHOOTING STARS at International Rome Film Festival

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With the aim of increasing the awareness of European films and talent in Italy, European Film Promotion (EFP) will be bringing three SHOOTING STARS 2010 to the International Rome Film Festival (October 28 - November 5) for the first time. Following the showcase at the Berlin International Film Festival, the selected three emerging actors will present their recent films at Italy's glittering cinematographic feast. The Italian SHOOTING STAR Michele Riondino will be seen in Ten Winters by Valerio...

Oliver Assayas: Post-Punk Auteur

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  In CARLOS, the riveting and expansive 5 1/2-hour biopic of the charismatic 1970s terrorist Ilich Ramirez Sanchez, writer/director Olivier Assayas relies on a dizzying cinematic style that is also punctuated by the punk music that characterized the rebellion of the age in which he lived. Music and visuals are among the many pallettes that Assayas has used with great fidelity and skill throughout his diverse and diverting 25-year career. As an added panache to the theatrical release o...

Screenwriter Hawk Ostby will receive "Vermonter of the Year" Award!

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Academy Award-Nominated Screenwriter Hawk Ostby will receive our "Vermonter of the Year" Award!This Year's Festival Will Also Include Panel Discussions, The 3rd Annual Horror Fest, Special Film Showcases, Receptions, Q & As with Filmmakers, and More This year's festival will feature more special events than ever, including- Vermonter of the Year-An Evening with Academy Award®-nominated Screenwriter Hawk Ostby with screenings of Children of Men and Iron Man A Romanian Film Showcase-Romanian-Mad...

VIP Guests At American Film Festival

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   DJ Spooky An army of American producers, directors, screenwriters and actors will come together in Wroclaw next week for the inaugural edition of the AMERICAN FILM FESTIVAL, the first event in the region completely devoted to classic and contemporary American cinema.   One of the most highly anticipated guests is DJ Spooky (aka Paul Miller), who will be in Wroclaw to present a live concert version of his multi-media extravaganza REBIRTH OF A NATION, ...

American Film Festival Poland list of upcoming events

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The AMERICAN FILM FESTIVAL (AFF), the first film event in Eastern Europe solely devoted to the works of contemporary and classic American cinema, has announced a number of Special Events and VIP Guests who will participate in the inaugural edition which begins next week. These events are in addition to the 20 Dramatic Features and 15 Documentary Features that will compete for Audience Awards and cash prizes, including a chance at Eastern European distribution.“We have assembled a very dynamic ...

The future of Animation panel at The Hamptons International Film Festival

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  "The Future of Animation" panel took place Sunday, October 10, at UA Cinema 6 in East Hampton, at the Hamptons International Film Festival, panelists included Lee Unkrich and Darla K. Anderson (director and producer of Toy Story 3), Thelma Adams (US Weekly, New York Film Critics Circle), Signe Baumane (Birth, Teat Beat of Sex), and Jim Cox (Over the Hedge, RingTales co-founder). New Yorker cartoon editor and Cartoon Bank founder Bob Mankoff will moderate.   "...

Berlinale retrospective will honour Ingmar Bergman

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The Retrospective of the 61st Berlin International Film Festival will honour Swedish director Ingmar Bergman, who died in 2007. The cinematic oeuvre of this legendary filmmaker includes more than 60 works. Films such as The Silence (Tystnaden, 1962/63), Scenes from a Marriage (Scener ur ett äktenskap, 1972/73) and Fanny and Alexander (Fanny och Alexander, 1981/82 – which took home four Oscars) brought him international fame. He won nearly all of the world’s most prestigious film awards, inc...

Israel Fest film slate

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Enriching the American vision of Israeli life and culture through the powerful medium of film, the Israel Film Festival has definitively become the largest showcase of Israeli films in the United States. 2010 marks the 25th anniversary of this much acclaimed Israeli showcase that celebrates a quarter-century of Israeli cinema in the United States, and today the film festival announced its most dynamic program since its founding. Encompassing over 30 titles, including award winning features, do...

North Country Film Festival announces line up

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The FLICKERS North Country Film Festival (NCFF) is pleased to announce that Hollywood screenwriter Chris Sparling, whose credits include the suspense thriller BURIED starring Ryan Reynolds and who is working on a film with M. Night Shyamalan, will be a special guest at the festival.The non-profit festival aims to promote New Hampshire’s Great North Woods as a regional center for the arts, and is expected to bring celebrities, audiences and international filmmakers to the area. This exciting e...

Stars Shine Brightly In Toronto

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  Natalie Portman in BLACK SWAN  While film professionals are here at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) to buy and sell films in a still soft market, for the Toronto public the big attraction are the movie stars who will be walking the red carpet in the coming 10 days. Toronto is a bit star-crazy, with all the local television stations highlighting their TIFF coverage and promising viewers up-close-and-personal access with the movie stars who are huddling here. Ever...

VIFF 25th Annual Film & TV Forum announces a stellar line-up

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  The VIFF 25th Annual Film & TV Forum promises five full days of pitching sessions, seminars, panels, master classes, and networking opportunities with the brightest creative and most astute business professionals in film and television today. The Forum opens with an extended version of Storyville Vancouver followed by DOC Day, FILM Day, and TV Day, featuring thematic streamlined programming catering to all levels of Vancouver filmmakers. The ever-popular New Filmmakers' Day rounds o...

Film News

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    Costume Designer dies during film shoot: ABC News Teenage screenwriter makes debut in first film: Miami Herald The problems with reviewing films at film festivals: SlashFilm Blair Witch director schedule to shoot next indie film: Baltimore Sun Watch 97 movies in 24 minutes or less: Washington Post ...

EVERYTHING WILL HAPPEN BEFORE YOU DIE!

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In the midst of all the Venice Film Festival excitement, I'd like to bring your attention to some good old Americana Indie-style. If the title doesn't grab you enough, like it certainly does for me, then hopefully this in-depth interview with the filmmakers Dan Finkel, (Director/Writer/Producer) and Brian McGuire (Actor/Writer/Producer) for the new witty and spirited- che spiritoso!- American Indie film Everything Will Happen Before You Die (2010).     First, I...

American Indies To Compete In Montreal

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  Premiering in the Competition section of the Montreal World Film Festival this week are two American independent productions from directors with long histories in the indie arena. TWELVE THIRTY is the fourth film from writer/director Jeff Lipsky, whose films have been major hits at film festivals worldwide. TWELVE THIRTY is drama about a family with adult children that is broken, and a self-centered young man who, in the span of a week, becomes entangled in each of their lives,...

The Girl Who Played With Fire Fundraising Event

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The Girl Who Played With Fire, the highly anticipated second instalment of the Millennium Trilogy, is coming to Cornwall in September. Noomi Rapace reprises her role as Lisbeth Salander, described by esteemed critic Roger Ebert as “compelling as any movie character in recent memory.”   When a researcher and Millennium journalist on the cusp of exposing Sweden’s sex trade are murdered, Lisbeth’s prints turn up on the murder weapon, making her the prime suspect. With a history o...

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Director: Matthew Pellowski.
The story revolves around an iconic actress on the skids, making a play for a comeback with a late night talk show host.

Ernest Borgnine Screen to receive SAG Life Achievement Award

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Ernest Borgnine, who is exuberantly entering his seventh decade of creating memorable characters and award-winning performances, will receive Screen Actors Guild (SAG)’s most prestigious accolade-—the Screen Actors Guild Life Achievement Award for career achievement and humanitarian accomplishment. Borgnine, who has performed in more than 200 motion pictures, five television series and dozens of television films and guest appearances, will be presented the Award, given annually to an actor w...

ERA New Horizons Film Festival In Full Swing

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  ERA New Horizons International Film Festival, named by the Polish Film Institute as the most significant film event in the country, is in full swing in the historic city of Wroclaw. Festivities began on July 22nd with the Polish Premiere of the Festival's opener Cannes Film Festival Grand Prix Winner, Of Gods and Men (Des hommes et des dieux) by Xavier Beauvois. That same evening also saw the screening of a second French film, the kaleidoscopic Enter the Void, the latest masterpiece ...

NEWSLETTER N° 472: july 21, 2010

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 .............                                                                                                                                                          WELCOME TO OUR NEWSLETTER N° 472: july 21, 2010 Follow this LINK if you cannot read the newsletter properly Contact the Editor, Advertise on the sites.  Our newsletter reaches 81 000 film professionnals e...

Christopher Kyle on Alexander

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        A special one of a kind interview with co-writer of Alexander (2004) Christopher Kyle and his latest projects...   Ahhh! Alexander!!! Im sorry but no matter what anyone says, I LOVE this film! I asked if screenwriter Christopher Kyle would give me his take on the apparent 2004 flop of this (in my opinion) masterpiece. Every time I need inspiration I put this film on, which is basically once a month at least. So, if I love t...

Heliopolis

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  Heliopolis (2009) is an indie film made by first-time director Ahmad Abdalla about the lives of five different characters living in Cairo's upper class Greek district of Heliopolis. While none of their lives overlap, they all share the same feelings of loneliness and stangnancy in contemporary Cairo life. When I met and spoke with Ahmad at the PSIFF 2010, the first thing I told him was how much I loved the film. Really, I was annoyed with myself by the midpoint of ...

Las Vegas Film Festival in 110 Heat, Yes, That Sucks

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Do we give a sh*t about Vegas and its film festival? If you're Hollywood, you kind of look at it like an artifact on the artifact. A facsimile hatched together for the Sunset Boulevard  devotee/autograph-seeking/souvenir-collecting fan-based crowd.   Which is to say that in 110 F degree heat, stuck in Hooter's with a bunch of paunchy middle aged doofs looking for p-u-s-s-y, there are many other things one of the film persuasion might consider doing... laundry, for exampl...

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