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Inaugural Austin Fantastic Fest opens with Zathura

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The first-ever Austin Fantastic Fest (October 6 - 9) will present sneak previews of Jon Favreau’s ZATHURA, Robert Rodriguez & Frank Miller’s SIN CITY: RECUT & EXTENDED, and Werner Herzog’s THE WILD BLUE YONDER; work-in-progress screenings of John Gulager’s FEAST and Eli Roth’s HOSTEL; behind-the-scenes peeks at the making of Richard Linklater’s A SCANNER DARKLY and Andrew Adamson’s THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA: THE LION, THE WITCH AND THE WARDOBE; and over a dozen other feature films f...

Lund International Fantastic Film Festival awards

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The 11th edition of Lund International Fantastic Film Festival in Sweden closed on Sunday the 25th with an award ceremony at Filmstaden in Lund. The following prizes were awarded: The Silver Méliès for best feature film was awarded to: The Descent (Neil Marshall, UK 2005)“The film works on many levels, both primal and psychological. In the hands of a lesser director, this could have been just another forgettable horror film - but as it is The Descent manages to be realistic, emotional, and a...

Sin City extended version at the inaugural Fantastic Fest

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The inaugural Fantastic Fest (Oct. 6-9, 2005) will present sneak previews of Robert Rodriguez & Frank Miller’s SIN CITY: RECUT & EXTENDED; John Gulager’s Project Greenlight horror film FEAST as a work-in-progress; and Werner Herzog’s science-fiction fantasy THE WILD BLUE YONDER (Winner, FIPRESCI Prize, 2005 Venice Film Festival).SIN CITY: RECUT & EXTENDED expands the hit film into a trilogy of stand-alone stories, featuring new footage and extended scenes. (Fantastic Fest will be the firs...

Award-Winners at Oldenburg International Film Festival

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Oldenburg International Filmfestival awards the drama „About a girl“ and the media-satire „Pretty Persuasion“ with the German Independence AwardOn Sunday evening the 12th Oldenburg International Filmfestival came to a close with the International Premiere of “The Wendell Baker Story” at the Cinemaxx cinema. The directors Luke and Andrew Wilson attended the screening, which started the festival’s Closing Night Gala. Luke Wilson is also starring as the leading character, Wendell Bak...

ScreamFest joins European Fantastic Film Fests Federation

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SCREAMFEST HORROR FILM FESTIVAL ACCEPTED INTO THE EUROPEAN FANTASTIC FILM FESTIVALS FEDERATIONRachel Belofsky, Founder and Festival Director of SCREAMFEST Horror Film Festival and partner Stan Winston have announced that Screamfest has been accepted into the European Fantastic Film Festivals Federation (EFFFF). Screamfest is the first and only American festival accepted into the EFFFF and now joins the ranks of such prestigious European festivals such as Brussels, Fantasporto and Sitges. With o...

Harry Kümel presides the12th Oldenburg Filmfestival

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Belgian director Harry Kümel will be president of the jury of the 12th Oldenburg International Filmfestival (September 7th to 11th 2005)For the second time four German independent-productions will be judged by an international jury. The five industry insiders will give the “German Independence Award – Best German Film” to the best nominee.Belgian HARRY KÜMEL is the president of this year’s jury. His first feature “Monsieur Hawarden” paid homage to Josef von Sternberg and brought hi...

New York Film Fest announces film slate

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The New York Film Festival, the Big Apple’s oldest and most prestigious film event, announced the 24 features for its 43rd edition, which will run from September 24 to October 9 at its home base of Lincoln Center.The Festival will open with GOOD NIGHT AND GOOD LUCK, the directorial debut of actor-turned-director George Clooney, following its debut screenings at the Venice and Toronto Film Festivals. The film chronicles the story of legendary American broadcaster Edward R. Murrow, whose groundb...

Brussels European Festival in action

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The Brussels European Film Festival (July 1-9, 2005) was offered a famous start last Friday in Flagey ! Some 650 guests filled the large theatre of Flagey and more than thousand people danced until the end of the night under the electro rock'n roll rhythms of the famous Belgian group SOLD OUT. After the welcoming speeches of Dominique Janne (Festival director), Jan De Clercq (Programme Director) and Gabrielle Claes (director of Cinédécouvertes), the Danish thriller "King's Game" directed by Ni...

DIIFF wrapped in Dubrovnik, The Festivity Town

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DIFF, 3rd International Film Festival in Dubrovnik 2005The essential goal of DIFF Dubrovnik International Film Festival 2005, 25-29 of May, is independent film screening and among all, presentation of film talents. Even though, its only 3rd year of its existence, City of Dubrovnik is presenting the festival as the part of one cultural and historical festival summer events. Dubrovnik in Croatia is well known in world for its cultural and historical venues. Tradition and culture in this beautiful ...

Sydney Film Festival new direction ahead

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Sydney Film Festival runs from Friday June 10 – Saturday June 25, 2005. Sydney Film Festival (SFF) Artistic Director Lynden Barber today heralded a new era for the Festival when he presented his inaugural program with the announcement of new venues, new red carpet events, new ticketing options and interactive filmmaker forums.Joined by NSW Minister for Tourism, Sandra Nori and SFF President Cathy Robinson, Lynden said his first program was all about diversity, not only reflected in the selecti...

Oporto International Film Festival: Fantasporto awards Nothing

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25th edition of the Oporto International Film Festival – Fantasporto has closed its doors on Saturday, again with more than 100,000 spectators.FANTASPORTO 2005 AWARDSVINCENZO NATALI DOES IT AGAIN!OFFICIAL SECTION FANTASY CINEMAThe Canadian director Vincenzo Natali does it again! After “Cube” and “Cypher” he wins the Fantasporto 2005 Grand Prix Best Film Award of the Official Fantasy Section, with the movie “Nothing”. The Best Film Award of the Director’s Week was the South-Korean...

Nino Simone - Beverly Hills Fest President

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With 50 films in competition, festival director, Nino Simone, truly makes The Beverly Hills Film Festival, a festival for the filmmakers. What does it take to produce this endeavor in a city familiar with such ostentatious festivals, as Hollywood’s AFI Film Festival? With a laugh, Nino emphasizes, “[It takes] a lot of money and a lot of manpower!” He illuminates the numerous phases to produce a successful film festival, from putting a notice out for open submissions to the rigorous selecti...

Vicenzi (Cube, Cypher...) wins again at Fantasporto

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25th edition of the Oporto International Film Festival – Fantasporto has closed its doors on Saturday, again with more than 100,000 spectators.FANTASPORTO 2005 AWARDSThe Canadian director Vincenzo Natali does it again! After “Cube” and “Cypher” he wins the Fantasporto 2005 Grand Prix Best Film Award of the Official Fantasy Section, with the movie “Nothing”. The Best Film Award of the Director’s Week was the South-Korean action/thriller movie “Old Boy”, by Chan-Wook Park. In t...

Santa Fe Festival "under the wire" for Oscar deadline

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The chilly Santa Fe Film Festival, now firmly established as a critical stop on the film festival calendar as an “under the wire” event for filmmakers looking for that last chance at a looming Oscar deadline, went off for the fifth edition under the guidance of festival director Jon Bowman. If there’s any over riding factor now bedeviling the organizers is the abundance of material showing up on their doorstep. With over 900 entries, the festival finds itself as a late year bell weather of...

Fantasporto 2005 25th edition line up

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FIRST LINE UP FOR FANTASPORTO’200525 YEARS OF FESTIVALWelcome to Oporto, Unesco World Heritage Town and to its 25th edition of Fantasporto!The Oporto International Film Festival, or Fantasporto, as it is better known, is the biggest and most prestigious film event in Portugal and it is spreading its wings internationally. To commemorate the 25th Anniversary next February 2005, the festival is going to bring to Oporto some of its winners, some well known faces of the cinema of today as well as...

New Festival players launch FCG in Cannes

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Former Film fest directors Jon Fitzgerald and Mitch Levine announce the launch of Festival Consulting Group (FCG), a company devoted to serving the film festival community. Supported by a comprehensive website, FestivalConsulting.com, the Company will offer a complete range of services – from Sponsorship to Strategic Planning to Production Services – and virtually everything in between. The announcement was made at a reception at the Plage des Palmes Café in Cannes, co-hosted by Film Find...

Silver anniversary of Fantasporto splash in Cannes

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Going now to its 25th edition, Fantasporto has 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...
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