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DOP Mike DeGruy dies during 27th SBIFF, his last words: “I can’t wait to tell you about this little adventure”

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During the 27th Santa Barbara Film Festival on the night of February 3rd, while I was celebrating my birthday, celebrated documentarian filmmaker and venerated cinematographer Mike DeGruy died in a helicopter crash in Australia. DOP of docs like DEEP BLUE (2003) and TV series like PLANET EARTH (2006), to name but a few, this talented and adventurous artist will be missed by all. The following statement is notice from Santa Barbara Press. written by Vanessa McMahon SBIFF PRESS ...

DOP Mike DeGruy dies this week in crash off the coast of Australia

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  During the 27th Santa Barbara Film Festival on the night of February 3rd, while I was celebrating my birthday, celebrated documentarian filmmaker and venerated cinematographer Mike DeGruy died in a helicopter crash in Australia. DOP of docs like DEEP BLUE (2003) and TV series like PLANET EARTH (2006), to name but a few, this talented and adventurous artist will be missed by all. The following statement is notice from Santa Barbara Press. written by Vanessa McMahon SBIFF PRESS...

James Franco at PSIFF 2011 on SAL

James Franco’s feature film SAL (2011) held its world premiere at the 68th La Biennale Venice Film Festival. Most recently the film debuted in Palm Springs during the 23rd Palm Springs International Film Festival. After the screening of the film, Franco appeared with lead actor in SAL, Val Lauren, to attend a Q and A to audiences.   photo by PSIFF press

Spoken Word Fest Auditions

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THE PAN AFRICAN FILM FESTIVAL IS HOLDING AUDITIONS FOR THE SPOKEN WORD FEST!   Auditions will be held Saturday & Sunday in the Community Room of the Baldwin Hills Plaza.  Saturday January 21 from 3pm-6pm Sunday January 22 from 2pm-5pm We ask that you bring original spoken word or poetry pieces that are no longer than 3 minutes.  The address for the Baldwin Hills Malls is given below. 3650 West Martin Luther King jr. Blvd Los Angeles, CA 90008 323.290.6636...

'Forgiveness of Blood' at Palm Springs

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              photo still from 'THE FORGIVENESS OF BLOOD' (2011)   Director Joshua Marston's latest film, THE FORGIVENESS OF BLOOD (2011), screened this week in Palm Springs during the 2012 Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF). Marston once again impresses audiences with his one-of-a-kind filmic verisimilitude. Similar to his international hit MARIA FULL OF GRACE (2004), which was filmed in Col...

AFM will stay in Santa Monica through 2017

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The American Film Market (AFM®), the premier event of the Independent Film & Television Alliance® (IFTA®), will remain in Santa Monica through 2017, IFTA leadership announced today.  New agreements will keep the AFM at the Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel, its home since 1991, with additional exhibition space continuing at JW Marriott's Le Merigot Beach Hotel and with conferences continuing at the Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows.   IFTA Chairman Paul Hertzber...

AFM confirmed to stay in Santa Monica till 2017

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The American Film Market (AFM®), the premier event of the Independent Film & Television Alliance® (IFTA®), will remain in Santa Monica through 2017, IFTA leadership announced today. New agreements will keep the AFM at the Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel, its home since 1991, with additional exhibition space continuing at JW Marriott's Le Merigot Beach Hotel and with conferences continuing at the Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows. IFTA Chairman Paul Hertzberg noted, "We tirelessly explored ...

2012 Call for Entries for the 4th Annual Petaluma International Film Festival

2012 submissions are open for the 4th Annual Petaluma International Film Festival, a showcase for the independent feature and short films from around the world. Deadline: August 15, 2012. www.PetalumaFilmFestival.org

Free Event! Co-Producer Germany: How to Get Your Film Funded, Oct. 29 in Los Angeles

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SEE FEST filmmakers: Did you know that Germany is one of the biggest financial partners of South East European filmmakers? Or that Germans are some of the main distributors of SEE films?   Find out how you too can get German film funds for your next project, and all the ways that these funds can impact international production, in:    Co-Producer Germany: How to Get Your Film Funded Sat. Oct 29th at 12:30pm Goethe-Institut Los Angeles 5750 Wilshi...

Petaluma International Film Festival line up announced

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  the lineup for the 3rd Annual Petaluma International Film Festival, a showcase for the independent feature and short films from around the world, set for October 21-22-23, 2011 at the Boulevard Cinemas in Petaluma.   We hope by creating this artistic and cultural event, the city of Petaluma and its world class businesses along with the surrounding areas will have a global exposure and recognition that they deserve.   At the 3rd Annual Petaluma International Film Festival, 45 films w...

The inaugural Napa Valley Film Festival goes live

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The inaugural Napa Valley Film Festival goes live at: http://napavalleyfilmfest.org/ The festival is scheduled for November 9-13, 2011 Some quick highlights: - 5 nights - 4 festival villages - 12 screening venues - 100 films - 125 wineries pouring - 250 filmmakers and industry guests - 30,000 anticipated total attendance   Top-lining a diverse program of films in competition and out (John Sloss of Cinetic Media is President of the...

Malibu Fest honors Director Mary Lambert

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12th Malibu International Film FestivalHonors Director Mary Lambert with Cinematic Environmentalist Award  On this upcoming Thursday, October 6th, the 12th Annual Malibu International Film Festival will honor director Mary Lambert with a Cinematic Environmentalist Award during its Opening Night directly after the screening of her documentary “Miss South Pacific: Beauty and the Sea.” The film not only follows the 2009-2010 Miss South Pacific Pageant, but also tells the story of various P...

A toast to Malibu International Film Festival

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12th Malibu International Film Festival Announces Official Film Selections & Special EventsThe 12th Malibu Film Festival is scheduled for October 6th through October 8th. The Festival kicks off on Thursday evening at Malibu Cinemas with its Opening Night Films sponsored by Keely Brosnan, Pierce Brosnan, Kym Gold, and Kanner Sister Productions. The Opening Night films are “Miss South Pacific: Beauty and the Sea” directed by Mary Lambert (Pet Sematary 1 & 2) and “Kissing Strangers” directe...

Santa Barbara International Film Festival steps into acquisition

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In 2012 the Santa Barbara International Film Festival will continue on its path to becoming one of the world’s most sought after and prestigious film festivals with the debut of its first ever Acquisitions Program, which will take place on the first weekend of the festival, January 27-29, 2012, it was announced today by SBIFF Executive Director Roger Durling.   The weekend long program will be run in association with Traction Media, a Los Angeles-based film production and sales company, and...

Our dear colleague Graham Leggat passed away

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It is with deep sadness that we announce that Graham Leggat, beloved executive director of the San Francisco Film Society, died at his San Francisco home on August 25, 2011, after an 18-month battle with cancer. He was 51. "For nearly six exciting and transformative years, Graham Leggat led the San Francisco Film Society with irrepressible determination, dash and design," said Pat McBaine, president of the Film Society's board of directors. "His vision, leadersh...

Call for Entries // 2012 San Francisco Green Film Festival

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The SAN FRANCISCO GREEN FILM FESTIVAL announces its call for submissions for the 2nd Annual SFGFF taking place March 1-4, 2012.  SFGFF is the San Francisco Bay Area's leading festival for innovative film, television, and digital media that inspire environmental action and advocacy. The 2012 festival will take place over four days with special film premieres and green related programs and events in San Francisco's downtown Financial District. Festival screenings are at the Landmark...

LA Screenplay Competition Awards Show Oct. 21st.

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LA Screenplay Competition Awards Show will be October 21st, 2011 in Los Angeles.The winners of the Los Angeles Screenplay Competition will be announced and awards will be presented in Los Angeles, California on October 21st, 2011. You do not have to be present to accept your award. The awards show will be streamed on the Internet. If you live too far away to attend, you will be given the option to make your awards speech via the Internet for the world to see....

Calling all surfers

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WAVESCAPE @THE DURBAN INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL A tumultuous documentary about a schism that splits Papau New Guinea villagers apart, a flowing depiction of South Africa’s surfing dolphins, and a music video by Paul McCartney and filmmaker Jack McCoy premiere at the 2011 Wavescape Surf Film Festival, adding a unique variety to the 32nd Durban International Film Festival, which is supported by the National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund (principal funder) and runs from July 21 to ...

top winners of the San Francisco Video Contest

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sfTravel, the San Francisco review guide, has announced the top winners of the San Francisco Video Contest after judging an impressive field of entries. The 2011 contest to support emerging talent in film captured the San Francisco experience for communities across Youtube and Facebook. Congratulations to our incredible field of 2011 winners who will receive both cash prizes and global exposure for their videos on sfTravel.com. Nick Ashton, marketing director of sfTravel said, "The ener...

Santa Cruz Film Festival to Kick Off Extravaganza April 9, 2011

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  The Santa Cruz Film Festival is celebrating the launch of its 10th Anniversary Season with a red carpet gala tribute to old Hollywood at the fabulous Top of the Ritt in Downtown Santa Cruz. Come as your favorite star from the golden age of cinema!   Join the Festival team, supporters, filmmakers and other film lovers at the 2011 SCFF Kick Off Extravaganza and see for yourself what this year's Festival will bring. This is one event in Sa...

Santa Catalina Film Festival

The SANTA CATALINA FILM FESTIVAL is a film festival that not only celebrates the art and entertainment of film in all of its forms, but also Santa Catalina Island in all of its rich history, glory, and beauty.

Through screenings and associated events, the festival aims to present a wide spectrum of filmmaking - feature films, documentaries, screenplays, animation, short films, experimental, student work, big budget, micro-budget, trailers and soon…

The SANTA CATALINA FILM FESTIVAL awards mainstream films in various categories, but the Isla Earth Award, for the Conservation Series, is presented by the Catalina Island Conservancy, our beneficiary, honoring filmmakers that have their similar mission in protecting, educating and promoting the power of nature.


The SANTA CATALINA FILM FESTIVAL brings film enthusiasts and filmmakers together to better enjoy the art and fun of filmmaking, but also to enjoy the beauty and hospitality of Santa Catalina Island.

The Film Festival offers our guests the opportunity to learn, grow and exhibit films within the unique and romantic setting of Los Angeles County’s Pacific treasure. The festival will also offer attendees quality films that will entertain, educate, and inspire their own interests. Film professionals, and the interested public, will have the opportunity to gain industry knowledge through festival activities,
education centers, and seminars with our guest speakers.

The SANTA CATALINA FILM FESTIVAL is about the filmmakers’ opportunity to entertain, educate and inspire their audience, just like the island itself.

Oscars Schmaoscars by Kimberly Deisler

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When it rains it pours and that’s exactly what it’s doing right now, literally and figuratively.  While I have no business complaining about weather because the rest of the country is neck deep in a winter from hell, I’m none too happy with the impending forecast for next Saturday’s outdoor event, especially as a press person.  Standing the line is less than fun on the best days, let alone in the rain. That being said, if I have to, there is no other event I’d rather be doing it for...

VIDEO Preview: "Night of 100 Stars" Oscar Watch Gala streaming live at FoxNews.com

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 Night of 100 Stars will be live this year:Beverly Hills Courier & FoxNews.com "Night of 100 Stars" preview:http://www.facebook.com/notes/tamara-henry/beverly-hills-courier-foxnewscom-night-of-100-stars-preview/10150142963022474...

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