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On the heels of the most successful HollyShorts Film Festival to date with standing room screenings and first ever indie film summit, HollyShorts Announces dates for 2012 Fest: The festivities will take place-August 9-16, 2012. HollyShorts starts accepting submissions for 2012 starting December 1, 2011. The 7th Annual HollyShorts Film Festival wrapped with a standing room only awards ceremony at the Geisha House in Hollywood live-streamed courtesy of Dyal Productions and hosted by Actress She...

The 20 Best Movies for Back to School

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Summer is nearly over, and for lots of kids, it's time to go back to school. But before you head off to class, enjoy the last of your days of leisure this summer with a few back-to-school-appropriate films. Whether your idea of a great movie is tongue-in-cheek satire or an inspirational story of triumph, there's a back to school movie for you, and we've listed 20 of the best ones here. There are, of course, many more great movies appropriate for back to school viewing, but we believe thes...

“’Their real influence is their own imaginations’: Dorothy Supri on the International Student Film Festival Hollywood”

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By James Latham Young filmmakers today have more and better opportunities than ever to make movies and get them seen. At the VFF, we’ve screened some films made by teenagers, while other festivals are solely devoted to the work of young filmmakers. Recently I spoke with Dorothy Supri, who, along with Robin Saban, runs the International Student Film Festival Hollywood. For nine years, the ISFFH has screened a wide range of works by students from all over the world. I wanted...

Nu Image Names Roy Matalon New President of International Sales & Distribution

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  Roy Matalon has been named President of International Sales & Distribution for Nu Image, Inc. it was announced today (8/18) by principals Danny Dimbort, Avi Lerner and Trevor Short. Matalon joins Nu Image after 14 years at New Regency Productions as Senior Vice President of Distribution of domestic and international theatrical, home entertainment and television; overseeing sales, licensing, and, marketing. Prior to New Regency, Matalon served as Managing Director of Theatrical...

HollyShorts Indie Film Summit

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Festival Co-located  Event to Feature Marquee Film Panels, Seminars, Presentations and Networking  Opportunities with the Top Executives in Hollywood Panels Will Be  Live-Streamed Courtesy of Dyal Productions with Showbiz Store and Cafe Hosting  Multiple Sessions On the heels of the upcoming HollyShorts Film Festival which takes  place August 11-18 in Hollywood, the festival's organizers are unleashing the  inaugural HollyShorts Indie Film Summit, a week-long confer...

J Rosette's Genre-Busting Asian Social-Issue Horror Flick, FREEDOM DEAL Update 7/29/11

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Hello Colleagues in Media, Film, Business, Music, the Arts, Philanthropy, and Beyond: This is writer-director Jason Rosette of Camerado SE Asia, I hope you are all well! With the recent winding down of the 4th edition of the CamboFest, Cambodia Film Festival, our efforts have shifted back to producing a fabulous and compelling feature film that we've been developing for some time.  I hope you'll take a moment to read on - there's never been a movie quite like this, and you'll soo...

7th Annual HollyShorts Film Festival Takes off August 11-18 at Various Locations in Hollywood, CA

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7th Annual HollyShorts Film Festival Takes off August 11-18 at Various Locations in Hollywood, CA Hollywood, July 16, 2011—The organizers of HollyShorts (www.hollyshorts.com) have announced the full lineup for the 7th annual HollyShorts Film Festival, which takes place August 11-18 in various locations throughout Hollywood. Acclaimed writer Jamie Linden (Dear John, We Are Marshall) will premiere his short film “The Envelope in the Glovebox” which he used to pitch into the ...

7TH ANNUAL HOLLYSHORTS FILM FESTIVAL TO HONOR PRODUCERS KEVIN CHINOY AND FRANCESCA SILVESTRI

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  7TH ANNUAL HOLLYSHORTS FILM FESTIVAL TO HONOR ACCLAIMED PRODUCERS KEVIN CHINOY AND FRANCESCA SILVESTRI WITH INAUGURAL MAVERICK PRODUCERS AWARD   ”   Hollywood -The organizers of HollyShorts (www.hollyshorts.com) announced today that the 7th Annual HollyShorts Film Festival will kick off by honoring the award-winning production team of Kevin Chinoy and Francesca Silvestri with the inaugural HollyShorts Maverick Producer’s Award for their significant contrib...

TWO EYES STARING, interview with ELBERT VAN STRIEN

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 photo still from film TWO EYES STARING (2010) At this year’s ‘Ground Zero’ for fantasy ‘funtastic’ film festival FANTASTIC ZAGREB, the frightful, fearsome, fanciful and freaking fantabulous film to open it with a big bang was the very much talked about new supernatural thriller TWO EYES STARING (2010) by the bold and brilliant Dutch director Elbert van Strien. And what a film to open with! If you have a taste for the paranormal and love a good ghost story, well this is one that will...

TWO EYES STARING, interview with ELBERT VAN STRIEN

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At this year’s ‘Ground Zero’ for fantasy ‘funtastic’ film festival FANTASTIC ZAGREB, the frightful, fearsome, fanciful and freaking fantabulous film to open it with a big bang was the very much talked about new supernatural thriller TWO EYES STARING (2010) by the bold and brilliant Dutch director Elbert van Strien. And what a film to open with! If you have a taste for the paranormal and love a good ghost story, well this is one that will keep you quivering long after you’ve seen the ...

Palm Springs Shortfest awards 2011

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Bahiya & Mahmoud Receives Best of Festival Award; UMOJA: No Men Allowed Receives Panavision Grand Jury Award; Tsuyako Receives Future Filmmaker AwardThe 2011 Palm Springs International ShortFest, the largest short film festival and market in North America, announced its Festival award winners on Sunday, June 26, 2011. 331 short films screened throughout the Festival along with more than 3,000 filmmaker submissions available in the film market. A total of $128,800 in prizes, including $14,000 i...

Red Carpet Interview with Barbara Mori at AIFF 2011

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actress Barbara Mori  I spoke with the luminous Uruguayan/Mexican actress Barbara Mori on her way up the red carpet during the Aruba International Film Festival the night of her Aruba premier of the Hollywood/Bollywood film KITES (2010/1). She approached me and greeted me with a kiss. ME: Oh, I get a kiss. So sweet! Hi Barbara, I'm Vanessa with filmfestivals.com. Can you tell us a little bit about your film KITES and how it is to be here? I mean, you're Uruguay born and now a Mexic...

Red Carpet Interview with Barbara Mori at AIFF 2011

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actress Barbara Mori I spoke with the luminous Uruguayan/Mexican actress Barbara Mori on her way up the red carpet during the Aruba International Film Festival the night of her Aruba premier of the Hollywood/Bollywood film KITES (2010/1). She approached me and greeted me with a kiss. ME: Oh, I get a kiss. So sweet! Hi Barbara, I'm Vanessa with filmfestivals.com. Can you tell us a little bit about your film KITES and how it is to be here? I mean, you're Uruguay born and now a Mexican actress and...

TEQUILA, interview with Sergio Sanchez Suarez

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 While in Aruba during the 2nd annual Aruba Film Festival, I spoke with Mexican director Sergio Sanchez Suarez about his romantic nostalgic Mexican film TEQUILA (2011) which held its international world premier the previous night in Aruba's Paseo Herencia Theater. Here is what he had to say about TEQUILA. ME: Hi Sergio. How are you? Can you start by telling us a bit about your film TEQUILA?SERGIO: Well, it’s a love story about a guy who gets deeply in love with a woman he can't have ...

Sergio Sanchez Suarez, interview on Tequila

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 While in Aruba during the 2nd annual Aruba Film Festival, I spoke with Mexican director Sergio Sanchez Suarez about his romantic nostalgic Mexican film TEQUILA (2011) which held its international world premier the previous night in Aruba's Paseo Herencia Theater. Here is what he had to say about TEQUILA. ME: Hi Sergio. How are you? Can you start by telling us a bit about your film TEQUILA?SERGIO: Well, it’s a love story about a guy who gets deeply in love with a woman he can't have...

Kevin Chinoy and Francesca Silvestri to be honored at HollyShorts

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The organizers of HollyShorts (www.hollyshorts.com) announced today that the 7th Annual HollyShorts Film Festival will kick off by honoring the award-winning production team of Kevin Chinoy and Francesca Silvestri with the inaugural HollyShorts Maverick Producer’s Award for their significant contributions to indie filmmaking and their ground-breaking short film projects. The presentation will take place during the HollyShorts opening night celebration that will be held Thursday August 11 at th...

LA FILM FESTIVAL JUNE 16-26

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2011 LOS ANGELES FILM FESTIVAL By Ron Gilbert You must explore the LA Film Festival this year to view what has happened to downtown LA and the films offered. I have seen many of the documentaries and they are must see films. Of course we have the blockbuster films like Green Lantern but many indie films are worth watching, This year you can use your phone to view what’s happening, Film Independent Goes Mobile for 2011 Los Angeles Film Festival  The fre...

LA FILM FESTIVAL JUNE 16-26

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2011 LOS ANGELES FILM FESTIVAL By Ron Gilbert You must explore the LA Film Festival this year to view what has happened to downtown LA and the films offered. I have seen many of the documentaries and they are must see films. Of course we have the blockbuster films like Green Lantern but many indie films are worth watching, This year you can use your phone to view what’s happening, Film Independent Goes Mobile for 2011 Los Angeles Film Festival  The fre...

Elvis Mitchell as the curator for Film Independent's new Film Series

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Film Independent, the non-profit arts organization that produces the Spirit Awards and the Los Angeles Film Festival (LA Film Fest), and The Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) announced the selection of esteemed film critic Elvis Mitchell as the curator for its new Film Series. The two organizations have partnered for a new weekly Film Series in the fall, with The New York Times as the presenting sponsor. Mitchell will be a full-time staff member at Film Independent and will be working c...

7TH ANNUAL HOLLYSHORTS FILM FESTIVAL TO HONOR ACCLAIMED PRODUCERS KEVIN CHINOY AND FRANCESCA SILVESTRI

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7TH ANNUAL HOLLYSHORTS FILM FESTIVAL TO HONOR ACCLAIMED PRODUCERS KEVIN CHINOY AND FRANCESCA SILVESTRI WITH INAUGURAL MAVERICK PRODUCERS AWARD Freestyle Production Team Set To Open Fest with Showcase of Top Projects and Industry Super Panel at Arclight Hollywood Cinerama Dome Thursday, August 11, 2011 Showcase to Include:  Kristen Kiwi Smith’s “The Spleendectomy,” starring Anna Faris, Jennifer Aniston and Andrea Bu...

DRIVE-ing at Cannes, with Ryan Gosling

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This was a very endearing press conference, especially in light of Lars Von Trier’s press conference two days prior for MELANCHOLY (2011) that still had everyone’s head spinning in Cannes. Von Trier’s comments on his Nazi sympathies as well as his protested desire to return to Denmark and focus only on soft and hardcore porn had everyone at Cannes thinking twice about Danish cinema and its praiseworthy art-house directors. Nicolas Winding Refn is a former student of Von Trier so naturally,...

DRIVE-ing AT CANNES, with Ryan Gosling

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This was a very endearing press conference, especially in light of Lars Von Trier’s press conference two days prior for MELANCHOLY (2011) that still had everyone’s head spinning in Cannes. Von Trier’s comments on his Nazi sympathies as well as his protested desire to return to Denmark and focus only on soft and hardcore porn had everyone at Cannes thinking twice about Danish cinema and its praiseworthy art-house directors. Nicolas Winding Refn is a former student of Von Trier...

Eye on German Cannes pre sales

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Constantin Film, one of Germany’s leading independents, has licensed all German speaking rights to Texas Chainsaw Massacre 3D, in a Cannes presale deal from Nu Image, Inc. John Luessenhop is directing Texas Chainsaw Massacre 3D. Production is slated to begin in June.  The film is a joint Nu Image, Inc./Millennium Films and Lionsgate production, with Nu Image selling international rights and Lionsgate distributing in the U.S. Carl Mazzocone is producing the film, which hopes to l...

"The Season" to screen at The New York International Film Festival (NYIFF)

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   The New York International Film Festival (NYIFF) today announced that it will screen  "The Season" as part of its spring Gotham lineup on Sunday May 1st  at 10pm at the Quad Cinema (34 West 13th Street). To date, The Season has won impressive festival accolades including, Best Cinematography at the Dark Carnival Film Festival, Best Score at the British Film Festival of LA, an Award of Merit from the Accolade Film Festival, an Audience Choice: Gold Medal of Excellence...

"The Season" to screen at The New York International Film Festival (NYIFF)

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The New York International Film Festival (NYIFF) today announced that it will screen "The Season" as part of its spring Gotham lineup on Sunday May 1st at 10pm at the Quad Cinema (34 West 13th Street). To date, The Season has won impressive festival accolades including, Best Cinematography at the Dark Carnival Film Festival, Best Score at the British Film Festival of LA, an Award of Merit from the Accolade Film Festival, an Audience Choice: Gold Medal of Excellence at the Park City Film Festiv...

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