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24th Annual Kidsfest Kick Off in a month with 225 films!

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The CHICAGO INTERNATIONAL CHILDREN'S FILM FESTIVAL (Thursday, October 18 - Sunday, October 28) is set to kick off its 24th year of screening the best children's films in the world. Showcasing 220 films from 41 countries over 11 days, the Festival is the largest and longest running kidsfest in the U.S, and the only children's festival in the world that's recognized by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences as an "Academy qualifying" festival. CICFF winners in the animated and live acti...

Ian Black new Sarasota Fest president

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At the final SARASOTA FILM FESTIVAL Board meeting for fiscal 2007, Ian Black was sworn in and inducted as the fourth President of the Festival’s august Board. Black promised to continue the festival’s growth, advancement and programs initiated by his predecessors while indicating that he has plans for solidifying the festival’s fiscal and artistic well-being in this tenth anniversary year and beyond. During the last three years of outgoing President Neil McCurry’s term in office, the fe...

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Fries Virginia Film Festival opened on schedule

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As this small southwest Virginia community stands in complete shock from the human devastation caused by a gun man on the University campus at Blacksburg, the small town of Town of Fries, the Tourism Department of Galax City, The Carroll County Department of Tourism, and the Drydock Film Corporation are hoping for the best for the TOP TEN FILMS IN AMERICA FESTIVAL. The four day festival begins Thursday and will showcase 24 films including World Premiere features, shorts, documentaries, and Forei...

Ninth Sarasota Film Festival Launches Friday Night

Wednesday, April 11-----The 9th edition of the Sarasota Film Festival, one of the most dynamic and fastest growing film events in the country, will kick off this Friday evening with its most ambitious and exciting program to date. The 10-day event, which features a mix of emerging talents, international cinema and salutes to cinema greats, takes place in the beautiful Gulf Coast resort city of Sarasota, Florida (home of some of the most glorious sunsets this ex-Floridian has ever seen). The Fes...

Hugo television awards

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Cinema/Chicago, the presenting organization of the Chicago International Film Festival, will be presenting the 43rd Annual Hugo Television Awards on Thursday, April 12 beginning at 5:30pm at the Chicago Cultural Center’s Claudia Cassidy Theater. NBC5 news anchor Bob Sirott will host the event honoring those who push the envelope and display a mastery of their television commercial and production craft. The evening will honor the winners from this year’s competition as well as present Commitm...

HOW WOULD YOU LIKE TO BE STUCK IN AN AIRPORT FOR TWO DAYS AND LIVE TO TELL ABOUT

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Bob and I headed out to La Guardia Airport 2/15 for a 11am flight to attend a screening of our film KNOW WHO YOUR TALKING TO at the Magnolia Independent Film Festival in Starkville, Mississippi but we never got there. The earlier snowstorm got us bumped and placed on standby for two days(Thurs and Fri). Our festival contacts were going back and forth to the airport to pick us up and were worried. It was totally draining and disappointing. We really wanted to be at the festival. After two days of...

Had A Blast In Az

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we had a great time in casa grande over the weekend. there's something about watching your own films in the desert on the big screen that makes it all worth the effort and time that we put out to make the films happen. the people were great despite the low turnout. it's the first year of night gallery film festival's existence but it will get better as the buzz is created. we're glad we went....

Former Filmfestivals.com staffer Patrick de Bokay new Miami Fest Director

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Patrick de Bokay had opened the LA office of filmfestivals.com in 2000 Filmfestivals team sends him a warm salute and is happy to see Patrick get even closer to his festival management passion declared Bruno Chatelin from the festivals portal. Patrick and Bruno had worked together for a while when both worked for Fox theatrical arm in France.Miami Dade College (MDC) President Dr. Eduardo J. Padrón joined the team from the Miami International Film Festival (MIFF), which is presented by Miami Dad...

Tune In To Coverage of the Miami International Film Festival

Friday, March 2-----Sandy Mandelberger, the editor of AWARDS WATCH, is currently attending the Miami International Film Festival. I invite our regular readers to follow coverage of the films, filmmakers and special events taking place in Miami from March 2 to 11. New postings for the AWARDS WATCH  site will resume the week of March 12th. Until then, as they say in the tropics, I wish you a sun-sational time.....Miami Film Festival Online Dailies Coverage: www.miami.fest21.comSandy Mandelberger,...

Tune In To Coverage of the Miami International Film Festival

Friday, March 2-----Sandy Mandelberger, the editor of FILM NEW YORK, is currently attending the Miami International Film Festival. I invite our regular readers to follow coverage of the films, filmmakers and special events taking place in Miami from March 2 to 11. New postings for the FILM NEW YORK site will resume the week of March 12th. Until then, as they say in the tropics, I wish you a sun-sational time.....Miami Film Festival Online Dailies Coverage: www.miami.fest21.comSandy Mandelberger,...

A Ten Day Celebration Of Film

  Wednesday, February 28----The 24th edition of the Miami International Film Festival, which kicks off this Friday evening with the premiere of Paul Verhoeven's World War II epic BLACK BOOK, will showcase 112 films (92 features and 20 short films) during its ten-day run. The heavily international program includes 8 World Premieres, 31 International, North American and US Premieres and 47 East Coast Premieres.The World Cinema Competition features 15 films from all over the world, while the I...

Portland International Film Festival Encore screenings

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The Portland International Film FestivalClosing Night and Encore ScreeningsThe 30th Portland International Film Festival (PIFF) has been packing audiences into its theatres daily since opening on February 9th and is looking forward to several highlight events still to come in this 16-day feast of outstanding international cinema.The last films on Closing Night include:"Summer Palace" 2/24 7:45 Broadway Metroplex (B1)"Red Road": 2/24 8:00 Whitsell Auditorium (WH)"Private Fears": 2/24 8:15 Cinema ...

Miami Festival program includes 23 documentary features:

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In recent years, the documentary film has taken flight in terms of commercial interest. At the heart of this trend, the Miami International Film Festival (MIFF), presented by Miami Dade College (MDC), remains one of the premiere festivals for celebrating non-fiction filmmaking from around the world, as recently announced in their 2007 program. “We are always compelled by the art of storytelling in the documentary form,” said Festival Director Nicole Guillemet. “Non-fiction filmmaking borr...

Bobby Moresco named chairman of Los Angeles Italia

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The screenwriter and director Bobby Moresco (2006 Academy Award®-winner for the screenplay "Crash" with Paul Haggis) has been named chairman of the second annual “LOS ANGELES, ITALIA” FILM, FASHION AND ART FESTIVAL” February 18th to the 24th, 2007 at the Mann's Chinese 6 Theaters at Hollywood & Highland Center. "I'm proud of the chairmanship, which I assume with much respect towards Italian cinema and its traditions, not to mention the emotional ties that I have towards my Ligurian ances...

Big Sky Documentary Film Festival Official Selections

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This winter, the Big Sky Documentary Film Festival celebrates its 4th year of showcasing the best in documentary film from around the world. From February 15-21, 2007 Big Sky will present 100 films from 32 countries, including 30 World and North American Premieres.Created in 2004, the Big Sky Documentary Film Festival has quickly evolved into an internationally-recognized venue for showcasing innovative, contemporary and classic works, and has established itself as a premier venue for nonfiction...

Pan African Film and Arts Festival will honor legendary activist and associate of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr

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PAN AFRICAN FILM AND ARTS FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES 2007 HONOREES PAFF Night of Tribute to Honor Ambassador Andrew Young, Regina Young, Blair Underwood, St. Clair Bourne, and Hon. Herb J. Wesson The 15th Annual Pan African Film and Arts Festival will honor legendary activist and associate of to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Ambassador Andrew Young with the coveted PAFF Lifetime Achievement Award during their annual Night of Tribute. Other distinguished honorees include documentary filmmaker St. Clair Bo...

Driving away from the conference to LA through the desert

More to come here: come back for (better pictures... these were made with my Nokia N70. What a stunning experience, quite a long drive but a unique sightseeing trip through the Mojave Desert and Joshua Tree Park (there used to have 300 gold mines there, all gone...and nothing left, I checked). Rocks...all kind of rocks of course, pilings, liquid shapes, very unique, ask your local experts. Some great company with a couple of festival directors from Australia Toni and Philip Powell wh...

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