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Research Findings on Independent Film Marketing and Distribution

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A helpful graphic describing current opportunities for independent filmmakers, distributors, investors, and audiences: http://valleyfilmfest.blogspot.com/2012/09/research-findings-on-independent-film.html ...

John Travolta & Oliver Stone received the Donostia award

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Last night American actor John Travolta received the Donostia Award, a lifetime achievement recognition. He´s in San Sebastian to present his latest movie, Savages, with director Oliver Stone who received one of the Special 60th anniversary Donostia Award at the same gala.  Savages co-star,actor Benicio del Toro was the master of ceremony. Travolta has been nominated twice for an Academy Award, one of which was for his brilliant portrayal of a philosophising hit-...

Paradise: Faith - Paradies: Glaube director Ulrich Seidl, Nabil Saleh, W.Thaler, Maria Hoffstratter. Sketch by Nesta.

Paradise: Faith - Paradies: Glaube director Ulricht Seidl, Nabil Saleh, W.Thaler, Maria Hoffstratter. Daylight, Day after rushes. Man has a function and responsibility as a power. Spontaneity. Religion and Marriage. Woman has too much power. Ein Frau. Sketch by Nesta 31/08/12 Venice.

Arbitrage opens the 60th San Sebastian Film Festival

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The 60th San Sebastian Film Festival was officially opened in a ceremony hosted by Spanish actors JoséCoronado, Barbara Goenaga and Cayetana Guillén Cuervo. A look back over the highs and lows of 60 years of cinema in San Sebastian with the help of archive footage was the storyline of this gala night. Producer Christine Vachon, Official Jury president, expressed the jury interest in working hard to arrive to the best agreement to hand the 60Th Golden Shell Awards. Durin...

REGULAR SUBMISSION DEADLINE! Submit Your Short Film!

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NEW! Every submission we receive for our 2013 festival will receive constructive, respectful, and honest feedback.  Screener feedback will be provided after official selections have been announced. The Love Your Shorts Film Festival in Sanford, Florida, is accepting short films in all genres and films with Florida connections. Entries cannot exceed 30 minutes, including credits. There are two ways to submit your film. We highly recommend and prefer you submit through Withoutabox....

Jan Chapman will head the six-member International Jury for the sixth annual Asia Pacific Screen Awards

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JAN CHAPMAN TO HEAD APSA INTERNATIONAL JURY Acclaimed Australian film producer Jan Chapman OAM will head the six-member International Jury for the sixth annual Asia Pacific Screen Awards, to be held in Brisbane on November 23, 2012. The Asia Pacific Screen Awards are the region’s highest accolade in film, and Ms Chapman follows previous International Jury Presidents Nansun Shi (2011, Hong Kong, PRC), Lord David Puttnam (2010, UK), Huang Jianxin (2009, People’s Republic of China), Bru...

THE 2ND ANNUAL GUAM INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL - PRESENTED BY DFS GALLERIA

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Guam - The 2nd Annual Guam International Film Festival Presented by DFS Galleria will take place from Thursday, September 27 through Sunday, September 30, 2012 at the Micronesia Mall Stadium Theatres and Zen Ultra Lounge in Tumon Bay.   With over 3000 attendees at last year’s event, Guam International Film Festival (GIFF) is focusing their efforts in engaging, educating and entertaining Guam’s diverse communities by showcasing culturally relevant films. “One thing I’m ...

DOK Leipzig 2012 almost reached last year's record at 2,850 submissions

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  Some 2,850 films from 77 countries were submitted to this year's International Leipzig Festival for Documentary and Animated Film, among them 2,200 documentaries and 650 animated films. The number of entries is down slightly from last years, when DOK Leipzig received a record 3,012 entries. The 55th edition of DOK Leipzig will take place from 29 October to 4 November 2012.   Around 75 films will be selected from among the entries to compete for the Golden Dove awards i...

Shellshock

Director: John Corcoran.

M3 Creative Film launches marketing & film production division

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Prolific Promo Agency Starts M3 Creative Film, Adding Second Feature as Its First Project, Magnet Releasing’s ‘John Dies at the End,’ Heads for TIFF’s Midnight Madness  In a new business model for Hollywood, award-winning creative content agency M3 Creative has formed a vertically integrated, multi-platform marketing/promotion and film production company with the establishment of M3 Creative Film. The new division allows M3 to use its marketing expertise to focus on producing hi...

Fine

Director: The Heyl Brothers.
The talented Heyl Brothers take you on a romantic journey of hope and love. The life of the happy and positive official Dickie (Corstiaan Smorenburg) suddenly changes when he meets a local traffic warden (Babette Holtmann) and falls in love. Unfortunately she is not that charmed, leaving Dickie desperate for her attention. Many lives are affected on Dickie’s quest for love…but will he finally conquer her heart? Young, old, religious or atheist. Anyone who’s in for a laugh, a sucker for love, longs for togetherness, is brainwashed by Disney and loves a happy end! For all you pessimists, chronically depressed, worrywarts and gloomy souls: We can’t be held responsible for life changing events or any sudden occurrence of hope, view at your own risk… we can however recommend this movie.

OH BOY wins big at Oldenburg Film Festival

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Five days of Film Festival action: Packed with great films, exciting stars, inspiring conversations, exclusive receptions and sizzling partys. For 19 years the festival turns the late summer in Oldenburg into a unique gathering spot for international and German independent cinema. UNION SQUARE director Nancy Savoca, who already attended the festival way back in 1994, was spot on when she observed: „ The Oldenburg festival has grown bigger, but it has retained its unique independent spirit.“ ...

THE LAND OF HOPE received the NETPAC Award

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    The 37th Toronto International Film Festival 2012 announced its award winners today. Sion Sono’s new film, THE LAND OF HOPE received the NETPAC Award.    New this year is the NETPAC Award for the Best First or Second Feature World or International Asian Film Premiere, as selected by a jury from the Network for the Promotion of Asian Cinema. Jury members include Laurice Guillen (Philippines), Shelly Kraicer (Toronto/Beijing) and Azize Tan (Istanbul). &...

The Acid Theatre

Director: The Heyl Brothers.
In this alternate reality of the ‘50’s we follow a little girl “Iza” (Lisa Eernisse) who after a horrifying incident with her father, wakes up in the afterlife. Here she meets strange creatures of the night, who take her to a party of darkness hosted by “Rinse”. Surrounded by terrifying creatures she feels utterly disrupted in her reality. Rinse notices this and shows her the alternate version of the party through the power of his music. Now Iza is in a blissful place, meeting all the wonderful creatures she once feared. But the journey is far from over. Iza needs to get home and only Rinse can show her the way… The Concept - Additional Information The Acid Theatre is a unique concept evolving from a meeting between a director and a music artist. The video and the song are created simultaneously by an extraordinary joint venture of two professionals, both specialized in their game. Challenged by their ability to adapt to one another the project was put to a whole new level of creativity. Another unique thing about this unique production is that it’s been fully financed by the artists. This gave them total creative freedom to apply the newest techniques in cinema production, like the custom developed E.D.I.© effect. Dubtek DuBTeK , a mix of “Dubstep” and “Tekno”, is a new futuristic and up-beat dance music. DuBTeK is on the rise to be the next big thing and “The Acid Theatre” shall be the messenger to deliver this prophecy to the devoted followers of dance music. EDI “Extreme Detail Image” is the new ultra high definition experience which will give your film the fullest and richest detail possible. The Acid Theatre© is the first film project in which E.D.I has been fully enabled.

Ridley Scott's "Japan in a Day" to be Special Opening Film for 25th TIFF in Tokyo

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 "Japan in a Day"© 2012 FUJI TELEVISION NETWORK, INC., JAPAN IN A DAY FILMS LTD  Tokyo International Film Festival (TIFF) is pleased to announce that “Japan in a Day” by the highly acclaimed filmmaker, Ridley Scott, has been selected as the Special Opening Film for the 25th TIFF. “Japan in a Day” is a collection of video submissions filmed on March 11 of this year, which have been compiled into a single film. It is a significant film in that it convey...

The 8th Annual HollyShorts Film Festival

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The 8th Annual HollyShorts Film Festival (www.hollyshorts.com) wrapped with a standing room only awards ceremony at Chinese 6 Theatres in Hollywood. The ceremony was hosted by Amy Paffrath, host of MTV’s Jersey Shore After Hours. The HollyShorts Best Overall Short Film prize, which wins a $10,000 in post production and finishing services package from Company 3 went to “ASAD”. Director Bryan Buckley was on hand to accept. The HollyShorts Best Director Award which ...

Venice awards ceremony in pictures

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69TH VENICE FILM FESTIVAL:  Golden Lion for Best Film to Pieta by KIM Ki-duk  69TH VENICE FILM FESTIVAL:  Silver Lion for the Best Director to The Master by Paul Thomas Anderson (Philip Seymour Hoffman collects award)   69TH VENICE FILM FESTIVAL:  Special Jury Prize to Paradies: Glaube by Ulrich Seidl  69TH VENICE FILM FESTIVAL:  Coppa Volpi for Best Actress to Hadas Yaron  69TH VENICE FILM FESTIVAL:  Marcello Mastroianni Award for Best ...

Keanu Reeves' "Side By Side" to open 20th PLUS CAMERIMAGE

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PLUS CAMERIMAGE, the International Film Festival of the Art of Cinematography celebrating its landmark 20th anniversary this year, announced today that Keanu Reeves’ new documentary “Side by Side” has been selected to open the Festival, which takes place November 24th – December 1st. The announcement was made by Festival Director Marek Żydowicz.   Said Żydowicz, “We are truly excited that ‘Side by Side’ will open the 20th edition of our Festival and that th...

15th RIDM: First films announced

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The Montreal International Documentary Festival (RIDM) is pleased to pre-announce several films on this year’s program, giving a sneak peek at what promises to be an exciting anniversary edition. One hundred domestic and foreign films will be screened during the 15th RIDM, from November 7 to 18 at the Cinémathèque québécoise, Cinéma Excentris, the Grande Bibliothèque and Concordia University.   FROM TORONTO TO MONTREAL A number of not-to-be-missed films at this year’s RIDM ...

Introduction by the Director of the 69th Festival, Alberto Barbera

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“It is now established that the main function of a festival is to choose what we can and must see from among the huge blind mass of production”. Far from wishing to refute this claim, which may well be true, I feel I must add a few comments. Not marginal comments, however, if it is true that one of the reasons that led me to return to serving the Venice Film Festival, turns its gaze - in cross-eyed fashion - in a different direction. Nor am I referring to what's left of the f...

Official Awards of the 69th Venice Film Festival

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                                          VENEZIA 69 WINNERS GOLDEN LION for Best Film to PIETA by Kim Ki-duk (Republic of Korea)   SILVER LION for Best Director to THE MASTER by Paul Thomas Anderson (USA) SPECIAL JURY PRIZE to Paradies: Glaube by Ulrich Seidl (Austria, Germany, France) COPPA VOLPI for Best Actor to ...

Jean Prewitt and Jonathan Wolf to Lead IFTA

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                                    The Independent Film and Television Alliance (IFTA®) has renewed contracts with CEO & President, Jean Prewitt and Executive VP & American Film Market Managing Director, Jonathan Wolf through 2015.   Chairman Paul Hertzberg stated, “We are thrilled to have...

Carlo Chatrian, new Artistic Director with Locarno fest

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                                The Board of Governors decided, at a special meeting held on Tuesday 4 September 2012, to designate Carlo Chatrian as the new Artistic Director of the Festival del film Locarno. Carlo Chatrian will take up his post from 1 November 2012, following Olivier Père, who is leaving the Festival to head up Arte Fran...

TIFF Deal on UK release of Matteo Garonne’s Cannes Grand Prix winner REALITY

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Independent Distribution have struck a deal with Fandango Portobello to co-release Matteo Garonne’s Cannes Grand Prix winner REALITY in the UK, which screens tonight as part of the official selection at The Toronto International Film Festival.  Luc Roeg, CEO of Independent made the announcement today.  The deal was negotiated between Roeg and Janine Gold of Fandango Portobello. Leading the project will be newly appointed Heads of Distribution, Sarah Townsend and Stef...
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