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Tropfest NY, the world’s largest short film festival

Establishing itself as a New York film tradition on par with its Down Under namesake, Tropfest NY, the world’s largest short film festival, today announced it will return to downtown Manhattan for its third year on Friday, September 26, 2008. Previously presented at Trofest@Tribeca in association with the Tribeca Film Festival, Tropfest NY 2008 marks the first time the free public outdoor festival will be presented independently by Tropfest and its founder John Polson. Tropfest NY will bring a...

Sydney Official Competition winner

Sydney Film Festival Jury President Gillian Armstrong last night announced UK film, Hunger, as the winner of the inaugural Sydney Film Prize. Hunger was awarded the Prize ahead of 11 other international films.In her announcement at Sydney Opera House, Jury President Gillian Armstrong said, "Before we announce the winner of the Sydney Film Prize the jury would like to make special mention of two films. We commend Carlos Reygadas' Silent Light for its highly poetic and creative use of sound...

Sydney Film Festival raises its reward to $60,000

There have been more red carpets than a Persian carpet showroom at the Sydney Film Festival this year. The festival ends its ‘red carpet marathon’ this evening with the Australian premiere of The Square, competing for a record $60,000 Sydney Film Prize with 11 other official competition films, each one graced with a red carpet gala for its opening night premiere. But Australia is no longer a classless society. The red carpet at Sydney Film Festival has two lanes – one for all the ticket-...

Sydney Film Festival offers $60,000 reward

There have been more red carpets than a Persian carpet showroom at the Sydney Film Festival this year.  The festival ends its ‘red carpet marathon’ this evening with the Australian premiere of The Square, competing for a record $60,000 Sydney Film Prize with 11 other official competition films, each one graced with a red carpet gala for its opening night premiere. But Australia is no longer a classless society.  The red carpet at Sydney Film Festival has two lanes – one for all the ticke...

Dungog Film Festival Wrap

DUNGOG FILM FESTIVAL 2008 MAKING AN IMPACTBorn in 2007, the Dungog Film Festival has grown in one year from a baby fest with a dozen films and 1,400 visitors, into an adolescent of 80 films and an estimated 4,000 visitors, doubling the population of Dungog for the duration (May 29 – June 1). Andrew L. Urban reports on the world’s biggest showcase of Australian filmmaking centred on the country’s oldest cinema, The James.You may hear extravagant claims about this year’s Dungog Film Festiv...

Julie Ryan and Jane Yuile as new Directors of the SAFC Board.

Chair of the South Australian Film Corporation (SAFC), Cheryl Bart todayannounced that the Premier of South Australia and Minister for the Arts, the Hon Mike Rann MP has appointed Julie Ryan and Jane Yuile as new Directors of the SAFC Board.“I am very pleased to welcome Julie and Jane to the Board of the SAFC. They bring with them a wealth of knowledge and experience that I’m sure will prove invaluable to the future direction and continued success of the SAFC. Julie’s appointment demonstra...

AIDC - Australian International Documentary Conference : The documentaries have landed

The 2008 Australian International Documentary Conference (AIDC) has opened at Fremantle’s historic Esplanade Hotel. The program is well underway and key speakers, including the Keynote Address by UK filmmaker Peter Greenaway are still to come. AIDC 2008 day 1: Steering Committee Screen Australia UpdateThree became one! NSW Film and Television Office CEO Tania Chambers and Film Australia CEO Daryl Karp took up the reigns on this session, with Australian Film Commission (AFC) CEO Chris Fitche...

Animator Bill Plympton guest star at Aspen Shortfest

Two-time Oscar nominee Bill Plympton, whose animated shorts are a perennial Shortsfest highlight, will be the featured special guest for this year's Director Spotlight. Known for his twisted humor and keen observations of the absurd in everyday life, Plympton has directed more than 30 films, ranging from animated shorts (How to Kiss, 25 Ways to Quit Smoking, Guide Dog, his most recent Oscar nomination) to full-length features, both animated and live action (J. Lyle, I Married a Strange Person, H...

Award Winners At Inaugural Middle East International Film Festival

 Monday, October 21--------The Middle East International Film Festival – Abu Dhabi (MEIFF) announced the winners of the Black Pearl Awards at the Closing Night Ceremony held at the Emirates Palace  on Saturday evening. The Black Pearl trophy (designed by Mohammed Gomaa) is a handmade sculpture representing the beautiful and rare black pearl originally discovered in the pristine waters of the Abu Dhabi coastline, and a symbol that is an integral part of Abu Dhabi history and culture. The Bla...

Tropfest@Tribeca 2007 Awards

Tuesday, September 25-------- Tropfest@Tribeca, the new outdoor short film screenings event that attracted nearly 7500 attendees on Sunday evening in lower Manhattan, announced its award winners. The new Festival, a collaboration between Tribeca Enterprises and John Polson, creator of Australia’s Tropfest, the world’s largest short film festival, premiered 16 films at the World Financial Center Plaza in New York and was also sent live via satellite to Brookfield Properties FCP Park at First ...

Tropfest At Tribeca

 Wedneday, September 20---------- A little bit of Australia is making its way to downtown Manhattan this Sunday, when Tropfest@Tribeca 2007, the latest venture by the Tribeca Film Festival, gets into gear to offer New York film buffs a chance to sample some of the world's most provocative short films. Tropfest began in Australia in 1993 and has become the world's largest short film festival. Now, a New York version will unspool as a FREE EVENT (nice)  at the World Financial Center Plaza near G...

Australian Docu Conference returns to Perth

It’s become one of the most popular events on the celluloid circuit – the Australian International Documentary Conference (AIDC) hits the road and returns to Perth, Western Australia in February 2008.From February 20-22, filmmakers, producers, commissioning editors, sales agents and distributors from around the globe will converge at the Esplanade Hotel in the port city of Fremantle, Western Australia for three days of intense discussion and debate, deal making, ideas swapping and screenings...

Revelation Perth International Film Festival highlights for the summer

Revelation Perth International Film FestivalJuly 12-22, 2007Luna Leederville | Luna SX | The Bakery Revelation announces the 2007 Screen Conference as one of the country’s most vibrant industry discussion platforms, embracing the creative, the business and the technical.The event runs July 12-22 over 4 full days of the two weekends and includes masterclasses,panel discussions, film festival screenings, workshops, script hothouses and the chance for local filmmakers to mix it with their contemp...

Singapore and Australia intend to sign film Co-production agreement by end of 2007

Leveraging on the strong bi-lateral relationship between Singapore and Australia, both countries announced at the Marché du Film (Cannes Film Market) today the intent to sign a Film Co-production Agreement by end of 2007.  The agreement will further enhance the cultural and creative exchange between the two countries and it will cover co-productions in films, television, video recordings, animations and digital format productions. In an effort to kick-start the collaboration, the Singapore Fil...

2007 Adelaide Film Festival Program launched

The 2007 Adelaide Film Festival (AFF) program was launched this morning by Festival Director, Katrina Sedgwick at the Palace Cinemas in Adelaide, one of the main venues for this year’s festival. Taking place from February 22 to March 4, the 2007 AFF will present a dynamic program of screenings, special events, workshops and forums, which is expected to attract over 45,000 film lovers and film makers across its 11-day program. This festival, the third AFF will present an astounding 17 world pre...

FIPRESCI comes to the Adelaide Film Festival

Adelaide Film Festival has announced Michael James Rowland’s debut feature Lucky Miles and Rolf De Heer’s newest feature film, Dr Plonk as the Opening and Closing Night films for the 2007 festival. Both films are part of a slate of twelve new Australian films which received funding from the Adelaide Film Festival Fund and will premiere at the 2007 Festival, running from February 22 to March 4. Festival Director, Katrina Sedgwick said, ‘It is wonderful to be able to program both our openin...

Phillip Noyce guest speaker at the Sydney Film School Fest

Internationally acclaimed Australian director Phillip Noyce is to be guest speaker at the biannual Sydney Film School Festival, helping celebrate the student achievements at the Palace Academy Twin, Paddington on December 13.The Australian born, director of films such as Rabbit-Proof Fence, Patriot Games, The Quiet American and Catch A Fire, Noyce will address audiences at the closing night of the two-night festival.The Sydney Film School Festival will showcase over 50 student major documentarie...

Phillip Noyce guest speaker at Sydney Film School Festival

Phillip Noyce guest speaker at Sydney Film School Festival this WednesdayAustralian director Phillip Noyce will be the keynote speaker at the closing night of the Sydney Film School Festival, Wednesday December 13 at the Palace Academy Twin, Paddington.The Festival will showcase 50 student major works, including both documentary and drama for their 2006 graduation. Awards will be given for outstanding achievement across a range of areas, and audiences will be given the opportunity to vote for ...

Film In Focus: 48 SHADES

Tuesday, October 31-----The coming-of-age film is now a staple of international cinema. It is a form that continues to fascinate, particularly debut directors. Such is the case with the Australian film 48 SHADES, the writing and directorial debut of actor Daniel Lapaine. Lapaine made his film acting debut in 1994 in the international arthouse hit MURIEL’S WEDDING, which introduced Toni Collette, a much sought after actress down under and in Hollywood. He had substantial roles in the films ...

Ten Canoes wins at Flanders International Film Festival - Ghent

Ten Canoes wins the 33rd edition of the Flanders International Film Festival - GhentTen Canoes by Rolf de Heer and Peter Djigirr has won the Grand Prize for Best Film at the 33rd Flanders International Film Festival - Ghent. The international jury, under the chairmanship of Jan Harlan, announced the winner on Saturday evening. The ceremony was followed by a screening of the closing film Black Book in the presence of director Paul Verhoeven. The Festival was closed in style with a masked ball at ...

Documentary makers and pros will gather in Adelaide

Documentary makers and buyers from around the globe will descend on Adelaide to work and play at the Australian International Documentary Conference which is taking place from February 23 to 26, alongside the Adelaide Film Festival. The AIDC is a must-attend four-day event for the factual film and broadcasting industry, focussing on debate, discussion and deal-making opportunities. In addition, masterclasses and forums raise and explore current challenges and showcase work.The 2007 program looks...

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Sydney International Film Festival matches world football with world cinema

The poster image of this years’ Sydney International Film Festival was haunting. A nymph-like beauty, in mid flight, peers deep into a wall of water. Her face swirls into the rhythm of the water and is lost into its depths. And so too, that image was entrancing as the cinema blackened and every hour yet another film festival debut emerged from the darkness and spellbound its audience. ‘Go deeper’ was the message… and the 53rd Sydney International Film Festival delved deep into the wealth...

Sydney Fest, deeper into an ocean of film

The vibrancy of a film festival can be measured by a willingness to juxtapose films that confound thematic linkage, offering surprises and revelations in an ocean of film from around the world: this year’s program, Lynden Barber’s second as Artistic Director, suggests he is more interested in challenging us than placating us. He wants us to ‘go deeper’. Andrew L. Urban previews the 53rd Sydney Film Festival (June 9 – 25, 2006).With over 120 feature length films and more than 60 shorts ...

Perth Revelation Fest unveils its lineup

After 10 months of previewing at films from the four corners of the globe and putting our viewing technology into meltdown, Revelation is proud to unveil the 2006 program.Featuring the strongest range of feature films in the event’s nine year history, the 2006 program cements Rev’s reputation as one of the most individual and creatively driven international film festivals in the region.“We’re committed to working both within and without the established exhibition and distribution structu...