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History Boys at AFI

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Sunday afternoon, I went over to the Arclight to catch a couple of films at the AFI festival. "The History Boys" a british film directed by Nicholas Hynter is something I had ticked off early on as a 'must see' film. I was a bit disappointed by the end product. I believe the synopsis I read was a bit misleading. It's essentially a gay coming of age film organized around the back drop of a bunch of guys who get great A levels and then go on to try to get into Oxbridge. ...

David Lynch Inland Empire AFI Centerpiece

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"David Lynch is an artist," explained American Film Institute President and CEO Jean Picker Firstenberg. Firstenberg introduced the writer-director and his new film, INLAND EMPIRE, Friday's Centerpiece Gala Presentation at AFI FEST 2006 presented by Audi. "He see things we don't see," Firstenberg added about the AFI Conservatory alum. Lynch was accepted as a directing fellow in 1970 and received a grant from AFI to make a 34-minute film, THE GRANDMOTHER. Firstenberg explained: "We are proud to s...

AFI brings Bobby Kennedy back to life

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AFI FEST Opens with 38-Year Journey by Eric BeteilleAFI FEST Daily News THE TIME IT TAKES TO JOURNEY between the former site of the Ambassador Hotel and the home of Grauman's Chinese Theater: About 20 minutes. The time it takes to journey between the assassination of Robert F. Kennedy and the premiere of a film celebrating the spirit of the man and his time: About 38 years. The cast of Emilio Estevez's BOBBY, making its US premiere as the Opening Night Gala Presentation of AFI FEST 2006 presente...

AFM Hosts Record 54 AFI FEST Films

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This year, the American Film Market (AFM) hosts 54 of the 147 films screening at AFI FEST presented by Audi, a record for the partnership between the concurrent events. Of the 54 shared titles, 24 films screen both places, at AFM in Santa Monica and at AFI FEST in Hollywood. Other shared films are represented by sales agents at AFM while their screenings take place only at AFI FEST. Free shuttles carry AFM badge-holders and AFI FEST pass-holders between the events November 1-8. Since the formati...

AFI FEST AFM Organizers Predict Record Attendance

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Organizers Predict Record Attendance at 2006 International Market and FestivalSince the formation of their strategic partnership in 2004, the American Film Market and AFI FEST have grown to become the largest gathering of film industry professionals in North America. Registration is running well ahead of last November’s events and organizers predict that turnout for this year will easily top the 2005 attendance of more than 9,000 individuals working in all facets of the motion picture industry...

AFI FEST 2006 Opens with BOBBY

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BOBBY is the Opening Night Gala presentation for AFI FEST, November 1 - 12, 2006. The film's US premiere is AFI FEST Opening Night, Wednesday, November 1, 2006 at Grauman's Chinese Theatre in Hollywood. Written and directed by Emilio Estevez, BOBBY revisits the night Robert F. Kennedy was assassinated at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles in 1968. The film's ensemble cast includes Harry Belafonte, Joy Bryant, Nick Cannon, Emilio Estevez, Laurence Fishburne, Brian Geraghty, Heather Graham, Antho...

SILVERDOCS: AFI/Discovery Channel Documentary Festival to launch June 13

SILVERDOCS: AFI/DISCOVERY CHANNEL DOCUMENTARY FESTIVAL has become one of the most prestigious events in the world of non-fiction film. The 2006 Festival, a mixture of film screenings, information seminars and special events, will take place from June 13 to 18, 2006 at the AFI Silver Center in Silver Springs, Maryland (USA). Return to this dedicated website to read articles, view photos, hear audio files and view video at North America's most intriguing festival devoted to the work of documen...

Martin Scorcese to be honored at Silverdocs festival

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Veteran director Martin Scorsese will be honored at SILVERDOCS: The AFI/Discovery Channel Documentary Festival, the most prestigious showcase for non-fiction films in the United States.Scorsese will receive the Festival’s highest honor at the Charles Guggenheim Symposium on June 15th, during the Festival’s six-day mix of screenings, seminars and tributes to be held at the AFI Silver Theater in Silver Springs, Maryland, in the suburbs of Washington DC. The Festival, a collaboration between th...

FIAPF accredits the LA based AFI FEST in 2006

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The International Federation of Film Producers’ Associations (FIAPF) has confirmed that the US film festival, AFI FEST presented by Audi: AFI Los Angeles International Film Festival, has applied for accreditation of the 2006 edition.The international film producers community that FIAPF represents has decided to recognise the 2006 edition of AFI FEST (November 2 – 12, 2006) celebrating its 20th Anniversary, as a festival with an international competition which specialises in narrative feature...

Made in Germany - LA German fest conclusions

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Made in Germany - Sixth Festival of German Cinema in Los Angeles.As part of the cooperation with the 19th AFI FEST (3. - 13.11.2005) in Los Angeles, German Films presented SOPHIE SCHOLL- THE FINAL DAYS (SOPHIE SCHOLL- DIE LETZTEN TAGE; US distributor: Zeitgeist) in the presence of the director Marc Rothemund and lead actress Julia Jentsch at the sold-out Arclight Hollywood cinema. Afterwards, a big opening party with 400 guests was held in the nearby LOFT on the roof of the multi-storey car park...

AFI wrapped awarding Kissed by Winter, Tsotsi and C.R.A.Z.Y.

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AFI FEST 2005, Los Angeles' longest-running Festival, wrapped another successful year at ArcLight Hollywood with its Awards Presentation, sponsored by Netflix. Held on Sunday, November 13, at 5:00 p.m. in the Loft at the Rooftop Village, the event was hosted by Tom Arnold, whose THE KID AND I just saw its World Premiere at a special screening at the Festival.The Festival Jury has awarded Norway's "Kissed by Winter" its grand jury prize in the international feature competition, while the audience...

AFM wraped up sucessful year with figures in the risr

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"American Film Market Wraps Up Successful Year, Looks Forward To Continued Partnership with AFI FEST by Chris Davison This year's American Film Market (AFM) took place from November 2-9 in Santa Monica, and achieved substantial gains in exhibitors, buyers and overall attendance. The number of attendees across all categories--including exhibitors, buyers, industry badges, press and guests--reached a record high of 8,014, a 13% increase over last year's total. Buyers came from 62 different countr...

AFI FEST 2005 plays host to more stars!

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AFI FEST 2005 presented by Audi completed its packed first weekend, with a full slate of star-studded screenings and special events. Among the most notable were parties for Andy Garcia's theatrical directorial debut, THE LOST CITY; the period piece ghost story AN AMERICAN HAUNTING, starring Donald Sutherland; and Felicity Huffman's TRANSAMERICA--which brought out the DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES star's husband, William H. Macy, and all of her gorgeous co-stars. Other Festival attendees included Alan Cum...

AFI gets ready for a stellar 19th Film Festival

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November 3rd to the 13th, 2005 With 16 World Premieres and 17 North American Premieres the AFI FEST 2005 presented by Audi is paving the way for a dynamic Los Angeles Film Festival. Now in its 19th year the Festival is known as one of the top-ten Film Festivals in the US. Known for its stellar presentation of programming and outstanding participation of filmmakers and cast, the Festival draws a large number of passionate film goers in Southern California and many international guest as well.AFI ...

American Film Market - AFM Set To Break Records

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American Film Market the Cannes of the US is growing each year and in 2005 they are set to with an impressive up coming market. With a record number of exhibitors, 410 are scheduled to participate this November 2nd to the 9th. For AFM thisgrowth will make this years the largest market in the event's history. Exhibitors will come from 33 countries and with this news the Le Merigot Hotel will now host exhibitors to accommodate the influx of attendance. Le Merigot Hotel is located next door to the...

11th Temecula Valley Film & Music Festival live

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THE 11TH ANNUAL TEMECULA VALLEY INT’L FILM & MUSIC FESTIVAL September 16th and 17th Indie Music Artists from two major music markets coasts – Los Angeles and New York. Two local Rock bands from Murrieta. Two separate Pop artists from different parts of Canada. Two Brandons. There’s even have R&B twins from Chicago. Two is a magic number as this year’s 11th annual Temecula Valley International Film & Music Festival (TVIFF) slated for September 14-22,2005 at the Movie Experience 10 a...

Silverdocs rides non fiction wave

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SILVERDOCS June 14-19, June Silver: Spring, MarylandBlame it on Michael Moore. The filmmaker provocateur of FAHRENHEIT 911 created a tidal wave of audience and media interest in documentary film that has not yet crested. The truth is that documentaries have escaped from their restricted niche and now can generate the kind of publicity and audience interest that was once reserved for fiction features.Documentaries are suddenly hot, and the financials of making and distributing them have made them...

AFI closes with solid 20% public attendance growth

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Standing ovations for international cinema masters like Pedro Almodóvar, Jean-Pierre Jeunet and Terry George at AFI FEST 2004, which concluded Sunday at ArcLight Hollywood's Cinerama Dome with the US Premiere of New Line Cinema's SEA INSIDE. Written and directed by Alejandro Amenábar, the film stars Javier Bardem. Both filmmaker and star were in attendance.Although attendance figures are still being tabulated, festival organizers have seen a 20% increase in Box Office receipts over the previou...

AFI Film Festival US Top Fifteen Festival

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AFI (American Film Institute Film Festival: 4-14 Septembre) The eleven day 2004 Festival is in its 18th year and set to close on November 14, 2004 in Hollywood, California. This Festival is the longest running festival in the Los Angeles area and one of the most respected. AFI is referred to as one of the Top Fiteenn Film Festivals held within the United Sates. With the high caliber line up, dynamic programming events and a multitude of special guests it's easy to see why this festival has appro...

Beyond The Sea AFI opener

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AFI Los Angeles International Film Festival Opens with BEYOND THE SEAUS Premiere of BEYOND THE SEA, directed by and starring Kevin Spacey opened the prestigious American Film Institute, Los Angeles Film Festival this week. The 2004 AFI Festival is in its 18th year and is set for November 4 -14, 2004 in Hollywood, California. Executive Director Christian Gaines had a wonderful opening night with the unveiling of the long awaited Miramax film BEYOND THE SEA. This is the story of 50's - 60's croo...

2004 AFM Opens with first AFI Partnership

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The 25th American Film Market (AFM) opened this week to rave reviews with a record number of exhibitors, buyers, screenings and market premieres. This was presented by Michael Ryan, Independent Film & Television Alliance (I.F.T.A.) Chairman, Jean M. Prewitt, President and Chief Executive Officer, I.F.T.A., and Jonathan Wolf, Executive Vice President, I.F.T.A. and Managing Director, AFM. Santa Monica, California is the annual setting for the largest US film market, where film reps and buyer co...

AFI FEST 2004 Announces a Tribute to Almodóvar

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AFI FEST 2004 Announces Six Galas and a Tribute to Pedro Almodóvar!Los Angeles' longest-running film festival opens on November 4, 2004, with the US Premiere of BEYOND THE SEA, directed by and starring Kevin Spacey. The Centerpiece Gala will be THE MERCHANT OF VENICE, directed by Michael Radford. The Festival's Closing Night Gala on November 14, 2004, will be the US Premiere of THE SEA INSIDE, directed by Alejandro Amenábar. The other Gala Presentations are HOUSE OF FLYING DAGGERS, directed by...

AFM wrapped with positive figures.

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The 2004 American Film Market closed with an increase in total attendance of 5%, it was announced by Jonathan Wolf, Executive Vice President, AFMA, and Managing Director of the AFM. In addition, Mr. Wolf reported that total buyers are up 10% from last year. The AFM, which opened Wednesday, February 25, concludes tomorrow, March 3.Total attendance is 7,212, up 5% from 6,834 in 2003. The final tally of buyers is 1,434 compared to 1,309 last year, a 10% increase, with 642 buying companies registe...

AFM & AFI synergies announced for next fall market

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AFM ANNOUNCES INITIAL PLANS FOR NEW STRATEGIC RELATIONSHIP WITH AFI FESTAFM today revealed initial plans for the new relationship between the American Film Market (AFM) and the AFI Los Angeles International Film Festival (AFI FEST). The announcement was made jointly by Michael Ryan, Chairman, AFMA, Jean Prewitt, AFMA President and CEO, and Jonathan Wolf, AFMA Executive Vice President and Managing Director of AFM.The current AFM concludes on Wednesday and has set a new record with the highest num...

AFM ties with AFI announced for next fall market

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AFM ANNOUNCES INITIAL PLANS FOR NEW STRATEGIC RELATIONSHIP WITH AFI FESTAFM today revealed initial plans for the new relationship between the American Film Market (AFM) and the AFI Los Angeles International Film Festival (AFI FEST). The announcement was made jointly by Michael Ryan, Chairman, AFMA, Jean Prewitt, AFMA President and CEO, and Jonathan Wolf, AFMA Executive Vice President and Managing Director of AFM.The current AFM concludes on Wednesday and has set a new record with the highest num...
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