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MANHATTAN SHORT today announced The Feature Film Project

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MANHATTAN SHORT today announced The Feature Film Project, a new program that will discover and launch one feature film each year, with the help of over one hundred cinemas and the interactive opinions of movie goers across the United States. On March 21 2013 the winning feature film selected from a global call for entries will screen in over one hundred cinemas across the USA.  Audiences at each venue will receive a voting card at each cinema and be asked, ‘Should this film retur...

The 59th Sydney Film Festival wrapped with a 10% growth and 122 000 admissions

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The 59th Sydney Film Festival wrapped on Sunday 17 June 2012 with the Australian Premiere of the US sci-fi comedy, Safety Not Guaranteed, bringing to a close the most highly attended Sydney Film Festival to date. “This year, attendances at films and talks grew by 10% to 122,000,’  said SFF CEO, Leigh Small. “There was also a 27% growth in Flexipass sales, indicating individuals are attending more films during the Festival. We were elated by the positive festival buzz in the city...

Sydney Film Festival 6-17 June 2012 Program Launch

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The 59th Sydney Film Festival program was officially launched today by The Hon Barry O’Farrell, MP, Premier of NSW. “It is with great pleasure that I welcome the new Sydney Film Festival Director, Nashen Moodley, to present the 2012 Sydney Film Festival program,” said NSW Premier Barry O’Farrell. “The Sydney Film Festival is a much-loved part of the arts calendar providing film-makers with a wonderful opportunity to showcase their work, as well as providing an injection into the St...

The 59th Sydney Film Festival today announced early highlights in advance of the full program launch on Wednesday, 9 May.

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‘Revealing the first confirmed films for this year's Festival really lets us share our excitement,' said Nashen Moodley in his first year as Festival Director for Sydney Film Festival. ‘This is just a cross-section and a taste of what we have in store, but you'll already see the extraordinary diversity in subject, style and geography that makes a great international film festival memorable and thought-provoking. From the film that everyone was talking about in Sundance to a look inside Woo...

Sydney gest and Vivid Sydney partner

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NSW Minister for Tourism, Major Events and the Arts George Souris, today announced a two year funding deal for Australia’s oldest and most internationally recognised film festival.Minister Souris said the NSW Government through Destination NSW is proud to support the Sydney Film Festival for an additional two years to ensure the continued growth and development of this important cultural event.“This new two year deal is exciting and will firmly position Sydney as Australia’s creative capit...

The 59th Sydney Film Festival is coming… Soon!

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Across 12 days and nights, the 59th Sydney Film Festival brings the CBD to life with screenings of over 150 films, red carpet galas, talks and forums; plus some very special, soon-to-be-announced, events and international guests. From 6-17 June, Sydney Film Festival will showcase the best in cinema from across Australia and around the world, including features, documentaries, short films, retrospectives, restorations, animation and more. The Sydney Film Festival programming ...

Nashen Moodley appointed to Sydney Film Festival

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Durban International Film Festival manager Nashen Moodley has been appointed as director of the Sydney Film Festival.  Previously a journalist at Independent Newspapers, for whom he still writes film reviews, Moodley has been centrally involved in the development and management of Durban International Film Festival programmes since joining the University of KwaZulu-Natal's Centre for Creative Arts in 2001. Announcing Moodley's new appointment, Peter Rorvik, director of the CCA and ...

58th Sydney Film Festival – it’s a wrap!

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Sydneysiders braved one of the coldest winters in many years to make the 2011 Sydney Film Festival another resounding success. “Revenue targets were exceeded and total box office takings were higher than ever, despite reduced capacity due to renovations underway around the State Theatre, and having one day less in the Festival.” says CEO Leigh Small.Sold-out sessions increased to 72 in 2011 from 63 last year, and percentage capacity attendance increased significantly, resulting in nearly hal...

Sydney Film Festival Audience Awards Winners

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Showtime Movie Channels Audience Awards Winners The 2011 Sydney Film Festival today revealed the winners of the Showtime Movie Channels Audience Awards. The Audience Awards highlight the crowd-pleasing titles across feature films and documentaries and each winning film will receive a Dinosaur Designs trophy. “Showtime Movie Channels is committed to bringing its audiences a compelling and diverse choice of film and documentary entertainment and we are delighted to support the ...

Life in Movement wins Sydney best documentary prize

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The winner in the 2011 FOXTEL Australian Documentary Prize was announced tonight at the Closing Night of the Sydney Film Festival. This is the third year of the Awards which were founded to showcase Australian documentary filmmaking talent.Winner of the FOXTEL Australian Documentary Prize is Life in Movement produced and directed by Bryan Mason and Sophie Hyde.Life in Movement is a documentary about Tanja Liedtke who was appointed in 2007 to succeed Graeme Murphy as Artistic Director of the Sydn...

A Separation wins at the Sydney Film Festival

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A Separation wins the Sydney Film Prize at the 2011 Sydney Film FestivalSydney Film Festival Jury President, Chen Kaige announced A Separation as thewinner of the 2011 Sydney Film Prize at the Official Competition Awards lunch today at the Wharf Restaurant. The $AUD60,000 Sydney Film Prize is the largest of its kind for film in Australia. The Official Competition and the Sydney Film Prize is sponsored by iShares and a Dinosaur Designs trophy is also presented to the winning film.Chen Kaige, spea...

Sydney Film Festival Unleashes 2010 Program

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Sydney Film Festival (SFF) has unleashed the Official Program for the 2010 Festival, which runs from 2-14 June 2010.  The festival program will include winning films from international film festivals, Australian Premieres, World Premieres and much more. Opening Night Gala The 2010 Festival kicks off with the World Premiere of Shirley Barrett's South Solitary on Wednesday 2 June at 7.30pm. Shirley Barrett's distinctive filmmaking is underpinned by elegant storytelling and an intoxi...

Sydney Film Festival 2009 preview

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Ken Loach doesn’t usually do ‘funny’ so his new film, Looking for Eric, is newsworthy and no wonder Clare Stewart has chosen it to open this year’s Sydney Film Festival; we need a good laugh that’s not at the expense of our bumbling politicians. And there are three Australian films out of the 12 in the Competition, albeit not comedies, vying for the $60,000 Hunter Hall cash prize, reports Andrew L. Urban. But it also ends on an upper, with Lone Scherfig’s An Education. In between, a ...

Sydney Film Festival - Don't Try This At Home

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Today the Sydney Film Festival launched the official 2009 program that will showcase some of the world's most dynamic and inspiring films. From 3-14 June, the festival program will include nine World premieres, three International and 86 Australian premieres along with a stunning array of gala screenings at Sydney's majestic State Theatre.The Festival is inviting Sydneysiders to get off their couch and experience the real deal. Kicking off with Looking for Eric on Wednesday 3 June, direct from C...

Sydney Official Competition winner

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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

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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

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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...

Full jury list for Sydney Festival new competition

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The full Jury for its inaugural Official Competition.  Australian actress Essie Davis and LA film writer and critic Scott Foundas will join Jury President Gillian Armstrong, Hong Kong producer Nansun Shi and Iranian director/writer/producer Majid Majidi. Running 4-22 June, Sydney Film Festival has opened with the one of the Official Competition films, Mike Leigh's Happy-Go-Lucky.  All 12 Competition films will have a Red Carpet Premiere over the first 12 nights of the festival.All Jury membe...

Full jury list for Sydney Festival new competition

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The full Jury for its inaugural Official Competition.  Australian actress Essie Davis and LA film writer and critic Scott Foundas will join Jury President Gillian Armstrong, Hong Kong producer Nansun Shi and Iranian director/writer/producer Majid Majidi. Running 4-22 June, Sydney Film Festival has opened with the one of the Official Competition films, Mike Leigh's Happy-Go-Lucky.  All 12 Competition films will have a Red Carpet Premiere over the first 12 nights of the festival.All Jury membe...

Adelaide Film Festival wins award for Festival of the Year!

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The Adelaide Film Festival is delighted to win The Inside Film Magazine IF Award for Festival of the Year, announced at the Inside Film IF Awards on Friday 16 November. Coming hot on the heels of the Adelaide Film Festival’s inclusion in Variety’s Top 50 International Film Festivals, the IF Award for Festival of the Year is yet another ringing endorsement of one of the youngest but most dynamic and innovative festivals in the world. Festival Director, Katrina Sedgwick, says, ‘The festiva...

Adelaide Film Festival wins award for Festival of the Year!

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The Adelaide Film Festival is delighted to win The Inside Film Magazine IF Award for Festival of the Year, announced at the Inside Film IF Awards on Friday 16 November.Coming hot on the heels of the Adelaide Film Festival’s inclusion in Variety’s Top 50 International Film Festivals, the IF Award for Festival of the Year is yet another ringing endorsement of one of the youngest but most dynamic and innovative festivals in the world.Festival Director, Katrina Sedgwick, says, ‘The festival te...

Adelaide Film Festival wins award for Festival of the Year!

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The Adelaide Film Festival is delighted to win The Inside Film Magazine IF Award for Festival of the Year, announced at the Inside Film IF Awards on Friday 16 November.Coming hot on the heels of the Adelaide Film Festival’s inclusion in Variety’s Top 50 International Film Festivals, the IF Award for Festival of the Year is yet another ringing endorsement of one of the youngest but most dynamic and innovative festivals in the world.Festival Director, Katrina Sedgwick, says, ‘The festival te...

The Sydney Film Festival wrapped

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The Sydney Film Festival wrapped up a memorable two weeks of international and Australian films this weekend with the presentation of the Dendy Awards for Australian Short Film, the Urban Cinefile Audience Awards, as well as the FIPRESCI Award for Best Documentary. The awards were followed by the slick closing night film Thanks for Not Smoking, starring Aaron Eckhart as spin doctor Nick Naylor who works for the Academy of Tobacco Studies. Spiked with black humour (Nick dines every week with the ...
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