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The Global Film Village: LA Film Festival Wraps with Awards by Marla Lewin

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 This was my first year covering the LA Film Festival.  I first remember going to some screenings in past years when it was held at the Sunset 5 in Hollywood, and later some parties and mixers in Westwood and at the W Hotel.  After Cannes, June is also a busy month for film festivals around the world.  This year, there was a greater focus on international film at the Festival. I spoke with new Executive Program Director Rebecca Yeldham at the award brunch, and shared how we enjoyed meeti...

CineVegas 2009 dailies report

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Cinevegas is set off the Las Vegas strip at the Palms Hotel and Brenden Theatre complex. Parties were held at the Playboy Club, the Rain Night club, the Venetian and Mandalay Bay Hotels. The festival closed with a street party and Drive-In showing of a 1950's movie "classic" that recently served as the inspiration of Monsters versus Aliens. There is a casino level suite where filmmakers and industry meet for a once a day feed, and a cocktail hour. There has been much said and written about a pa...

The Global Film Village: CineVegas 2009 by Marla Lewin

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Dennis Hopper in the CineVegas Lounge   Cinevegas is set off the Las Vegas strip at the Palms Hotel and Brenden Theatre complex. Parties were held at the Playboy Club, the Rain Night club, the Venetian and Mandalay Bay Hotels.  The festival closed with a street party and Drive-In showing of a 1950's movie "classic" that recently served as the inspiration of Monsters versus Aliens. There is a casino level suite where filmmakers and industry meet for...

The short film buyers’ and distributors’ “Who’s Who”

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Guadalupe ARENSBURG Responsable for short film acquisitions, Canal + Spain Lucia NICOLAI Head of Editorial, Qoob - MTV (Italy) Patrice CARRÉ Chief Editor and Buyer , Ciné Cinéma (France)     Agusti Argelich GIRONES Aquisition manager, V3 Televisio de Catalunya Angèle PAULINO Responsable for cinema short films, TV5 Monde Mary LAMPE Executive Producer, PBS Texas ...

WorldFest-Houston Intl Film Festival Announces Awards

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The 42nd Annual WorldFest-Houston Intl Film Festival Announces The Remi Award Winners for 2009Houston, Texas - Apr 26, 2009 WorldFest-Houston, the 3rd longest-running International Film Festival in North America, celebrated the conclusion of its 10-day run of film, fun and fanfare in its 42nd annual independent film showcase with a 10% increase in overall audience attendance! Kick-off was the world premiere of WorldFest alum, Jim Amatulli's "Flying By" with film luminary and Oscar winner, Patric...

IFFBoston 2008 - Who Makes the Call?

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At the Opening Night party for Independent Film Festival Boston 2008, I asked Managing Director Brian Tamm about the festival’s selection process and whether they keep any themes in mind when filling out the schedule.  His response was: “We just try to select the best films we can. You guys [the press] tell us what the themes are.” Well, let’s see what they came up with. With the Opening Night thriller’s frostbitten Siberian north (Transsiberian) and the Closing Nig...

True Beauty This Night

Director: Peter Besson.
Last night, Rhett Somers met the love of his life. Now all he has to do is convince her that she's the one. Not an easy feat considering how they met.

60 films lined up from Houston WorldFest

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Houston World Fest will run April 17 - 26, 2009 WorldFest was founded 49 years ago as Cinema Arts, an International Film Society in August, 1961. WorldFest became the third competitive international film festival in North America, following San Francisco and New York. WorldFest is the oldest Independent Film & Video Festival in the World. It evolved into a competitive International Film Festival in April, 1968. It was founded by award-winning producer/director Hunter Todd to present a quality fi...

Palm Beach International Film Festival Line Up

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The Palm Beach International Film Festival (PBIFF) announced its highly anticipated film line-up for the 14th edition, April 23-27, 2009. Executive Director Randi Emerman announced that more than 110 films will screen at this year’s event, which now spans five days. “We’re a little shorter this year, yet we have added more venues, as well as a second weekend featuring the ‘Best of the Fest,” said Emerman. “The festival takes pride in our determination to bring Palm Beach County on...

Chile guest of Cine Las Americas

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Cine Las Americas is honored to announce the participation of Chile as the invited country for the 12th annual Cine Las Americas International Film Festival, scheduled for April 22 to 30 in Austin, Texas.Chile is the first invited nation to participate in a planned annual guest country program that Cine Las Americas started in 2009. The goal of this year's program is to create a space for the screening of films that represent the best and most successful of contemporary Chilean cinema, focusing...

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...

First look at Houston WorldFest selection

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THIS IS AN INITIAL JURY SELECTION - IT IS SUBJECT TO CONSTANT REVISION! THIS LIST IS IN ALPHA ORDER, AND IT SHOWS ONLY TITLE, DIRECTOR AND THE COUNTRY OF ORIGIN. THIS LIST WILL BE AMENDED DAILY. SHORT FILMS WILL BE LISTED SHORTLY. THIS LIST DOES NOT SHOW THE SCREENING TIMES OF THE FILMS! WE WILL POST SHOW TIMES IN A FEW DAYS. WORLD PREMIERES- (TITLE - DIRECTOR - COUNTRY OF ORIGIN): 11 MINUTES AGO - BOB GEBERT - CALIFORNIA EINSTEIN'S GREATEST MISTAKE - BRANKO KARABATIC - CROAT...

The 2009 SXSW Film Festival Award Winners

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Judi Krant's debut feature "Made in China" has won the narrative feature jury competition at South by Southwest The film "Made in China," which premiered at the festival, follows a Texas novelty inventor who travels to Shanghai.and discovers that it takes more than a bright idea to succeed. (Cast includes Jackson Kuehn, Dan Sumpter...) Feature Jury AwardsDOCUMENTARY FEATUREWinner – 45365Director: Bill RossHonorable Mention – The Way We Get ByDirector: Aron GaudetNARRATIVE FEATUREWinner – M...

11th TDF: TRIBUTES AND SPOTLIGHTS (2/13/2009)

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11th TDF: TRIBUTES AND SPOTLIGHTS (2/13/2009) 11th THESSALONIKI DOCUMENTARY FESTIVAL - Images of the 21st Century MARCH 13 – 22, 2009 TRIBUTES AND SPOTLIGHTS TRIBUTE: AFRICA The 11th Thessaloniki Documentary Festival, within its goal of promoting social and political awareness, has chosen Africa as its main thematic tribute for its 11th edition. For the first time in Greece and the Balkans, African documentaries rel...

Backseat Film Festival screening schedule

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March 6-15th is fast approaching for lucky year seven of the Backseat Film Festival! We’re proud to announce all the great movies we are screening, including 14 feature films (all of which are Philly premieres) as well as over 50 shorts and music videos from around the world! Official selections include films of all genres from Brazil, Sweden, Spain, New Zealand, Canada, Germany, UK, Switzerland, and of course, plenty of local stuff too! And many of the filmmakers will be present at their scre...

What Matters Most by Jane Cusumano

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Synopsis WHAT MATTERS MOST is a bittersweet Romeo and Juliet story set in a one-horse Texas town. The lives of two teenagers revolve around torn feelings of friendship, passionate love, and tragic memories, all woven through the guilt and control of their parents, the pain of small-town prejudice, and the dreams of two people reaching for each other from opposite sides of the tracks. Director Writer/director Jane Cusumano died one month after completing this film, culminating her four...

Houston WorldFest 2009

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Houston International Film & Video Festival April 17 - 26, 2009 Deadline is extented to February 31 ONLY for filmfestivals.com and fest21.com filmmakers! NO LATE FEE CODE is fest21 Download the preferred entry form here and save $15 42nd Annual WorldFest 9898 Bissonnet Street, Suite 650, Houston, Texas 77036 USA Tel: 1-713-965-9955 or fax Fax : 1-713-965-9960 Website: www.worldfest.org E-mail: entry@worldfest.org      FORGET SUNDANCE! "WorldFest is on...

NEWSLETTER N° 403: February 18, 2009

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Our newsletter reaches over 73 000 subscribers every week   Follow this link if you cannot read the newsletter properly Contact the Editor of the site, Advertise on the sites. ENJOY THE NEW VERSION OF THE SITE LAUNCHED THIS WEEK Quick summary of the changes on fest21.com include : - New look, easier navigation - Transfer of the Festival Directory data...

A look back in history of fantasporto

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In the last three decades, Fantasporto brought to Portugal for the first time the films of such names as David Cronenberg, André Tarkovsky, Brian de Palma, John Carpenter, Alain Resnais, David Lynch, Pedro Almodovar, Andrzej Zulawski, Ridley Scott, Luc Besson, Peter Greenaway, Neil Jordan, Jean-Jacques Beneix, Joel and Ethan Cohen, Sam Raimi, Brian Yuzna, Peter Jackson, Hal Hartley, Anthony Minghella, Quentin Tarantino, Roberto Rodriguez, Danny Boyle, Paul Anderson, David Fincher, James Mango...

Texas Black Film Festival Winners

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On Saturday February 7, 2009 at the Studio Movie Grill - Dallas, the Texas Black Film Festival presented awards to an impressive collection of films and filmmakers. Concluding three full days of screenings, workshops and community panels, the TBFF Awards Program reflected the spirit of social change sought to be achieved in these historic times. The big winner of the evening was the short historical narrative filmed in Ghana, "The Warrior Queen," directed by Hezekiah Lewis of Apple Valley, Calif...

The Folk Singer - A tale of Men, Music & America

Director: M.A. Littler.
The Folk Singer – A Tale of Men, Music & America is a journey into the souls of men, maverick roots music and the dying old America. The film follows folk blues singer Jon Konrad a.k.a. Possessed by Paul James on tour from Texas to Louisiana in attempt to make enough money to supply for his unborn child. On his journey his crosses paths with musical peers, honky tonk propietors and religious mavericks. Together they explore their struggles, doubts, hopes and demons or as Jon's friend Scott Biram puts it: „We can rejoice in one another's sharing of pain!“ The Folk Singer juxtaposes raw human emotion, slapstick humour and wild American roots Music. The film features today's acclaimed fringe roots artists Possessed by Paul James, Scott Biram, Reverend Deadeye, Tom VandenAvond, Drew Landry and Ghostwriter.

NEWSLETTER N° 401: February 4, 2009

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Our newsletter reaches over 73 000 subscribers every week   Follow this link if you cannot read the newsletter properly Contact the Editor of the site, Advertise on the sites. ENJOY THE NEW VERSION OF THE SITE LAUNCHED THIS WEEK Quick summary of the changes on fest21.com include : - New look, easier navigation - Transfer of the Festival Directory data...

Texas Black Film Fest nominees

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TEXAS BLACK FILM FESTIVAL 2009! Announces Nominees in the following categories.Nominees for Best Actor in a Short or Feature Film Lionel Mack Smith for his performance in the short film "Larry (The Actor)" Louis Gossett, Jr. for his performance in the feature film "The Least Among You." Zora Howard for her performance in the short film "Premature" Angela Bassett for her performance in the feature film "Gospel Hill." Marie Tirenkti of Ghana for her performance in "Warrior Queen"...

Pet Flix Film Festival 2008 Presented By Vca Animal Hospital

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Would you like to see your furry friend on the big screen? Submit your film shorts, documentaries, or your special home video moments of your pets to the SPCA of Texas’ Pet Flix film festival.Information and an entry form can be found at www.petflix.org.

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Thin Line Film Fest is an international, all-documentary-inspired film festival. We screen all types of docs including tradional, "mocks," or ANY form of docu/fiction hybrid.

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