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Cesar 's choice: Elephant DVD screener will self destruct...

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The French Academy des César has just launched the nomination process sending out to the voting members some 45 DVD presenting the 2003 panorama of the French production.In the best foreign category Elephant voted Palme d’Or in Cannes was the only film to be offered in a self destructing DVD.The film will only be visible within the 48 hours following the opening of the sealed plastic cover.The ceremony takes place February 21st and will be transmitted live on Canal+ ...

D - Innovation: Imagina panels on Multimedia Mobiles

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Key mobile telecom players strongly support the idea of a European event for digital creation and interactive contents.“Images, 3D, Mobile Phones”This session surveys new services built around imaging technology: camera phones, Internet access, displays or 3D technologies.With Olivier Cordoléani, Consultant (FR), Vincent Marcatte, France Telecom R&D (FR), Cédric Nicolas, Mobile Multimedia and i-mode Expertise and Roadmap manager, Bouygues Telecom (FR) and other speakers to be confirmed.Tue...

Golden Globes awards

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The 61st annual Golden Globes will be presented in a Jan. 25 ceremony at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. And the Golden Globe awards nominees are...Cold Mountain 8Mystic River 5lost in translation 4Master and Commander 3thirteen 2seabiscuit 2BEST PICTURE - DRAMA"Cold Mountain" "The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King" "Master and Commander" "Mystic River" "Seabiscuit" BEST PICTURE - MUSICAL OR COMEDY"Bend it Like Beckham" "Big Fish" "Finding Nemo" "Lost in Translation ""Love Actually "ACTRESS - DRAM...

Golden Globes awards

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And the 61st annual Golden Globe awards nominees are...BEST PICTURE - DRAMA"Cold Mountain" "The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King" "Master and Commader" "Mystic River" "Seabiscuit" BEST PICTURE - MUSICAL OR COMEDY"Bend it Like Beckham" "Big Fish" "Finding Nemo" "Lost in Translation ""Love Actually "ACTRESS - DRAMACate Blanchett "Veronica Guerin" Nicole Kidman "Cold Mountain" Scarlett Johannson "Girl with a Pearl Earring" Charlize Theron"Monster" Uma Thurman "Kill Bill Vol. 1 "Evan Rachel Woo...

Anatomy of hell selected premiere at Rotterdam

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IFFR 2004 will screen the world premiere of famous French director Catherine Breillat's ANATOMY OF HELL (ANATOMIE DE L'ENFER) just prior to its release in France. This film is one of the highlights in a series of premieres of the upcoming Rotterdam edition. IFFR also announces the first seven titles selected for the 2004 VPRO Tiger Awards Competition. Two more filmmakers are honoured with a 'Filmmaker in Focus' programme: Ken Jacobs (USA) and Tunde Kelani (Nigeria).The following seven titles are...

IFCT Fest : High Tech under the snow

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International Festival for Cinema and Technology began its 4-day run in the screening room of New York’s Remote Lounge last Saturday. The Remote Lounge is the futuristic East Village bar that is scattered with 50 some odd mini video cams and microphones. Patrons can sit down at control station tables and edit their own live reality t.v. show by flicking between cameras and even tele-flirt with someone in another part of the bar. On face of it, this would seem to be the perfect venue for a fest...

Slamdance's motto is "By Filmmakers, For Filmmakers"

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Slamdance's motto is "By Filmmakers, For Filmmakers" aptly describes the programming team, which is largely comprised of alumni filmmakers. The Slamdance Film Festival serves as a showcase for the discovery of emerging film talent. Slamdance's mission is to support and nurture innovative artists. The organization's goals for the future are to strengthen its year-round organization and evolve the Slamdance brand into new ventures that will support emerging filmmakers. Special screenings have show...

Line up for Sundance peaks?

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Sundance, Park city, Salt Lake City Opening Night Riding Giants will open Sundance festivities in Park City, January 15th A documentary by Stacy Peralta (the skateboarder-turned-filmmaker who won the director's prize at Sundance 2001 for the extreme-sports documentary "Dogtown and Z-Boys). Screenwriters - Stacy Peralta and Sam George. The first docu to open Sundance ever. "Watching a 90-foot wave coming across the screen at the Eccles is somethi...

Screeners ban lifted: indies win

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A federal judge freed movie distributors to send copies of films to awards voters -- a decision seen as a victory for independent film producers as awards season approaches.US District Judge Michael B. Mukasey lifted a rule imposed by the Motion Picture Association of America that blocked studios from sending the copies, or "screeners," to voters.The MPAA had argued that the ban, issued in September, was a means of slowing the explosion of movie piracy. Digital copies of many films turn up on th...

Indian Film Fest in Florence

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River to River. Florence Indian Film FestivalFrom December 10-14, 2003 the third edition of the River to River Florence Indian Film Festival, the only European film festival entirely dedicated to cinema both from and about India, will arrive in Florence. The festival is organized by Luca Marziali and Selvaggia Velo of bdjMEDIA.Screenings will take place at the Spazio Uno Cinema in Via del Sole, 10, Florence - Italy. PRESS RELEASE N.3River to River. Florence Indian Film FestivalFrom December 10-1...

HBF funds half a million € for non-western projects

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The Hubert Bals Fund is designed to bring remarkable or urgent feature films and feature length creative documentaries by innovative and talented filmmakers from developing countries closer to fulfillment. The HBF provides grants that often turn out to play a crucial role in enabling these filmmakers to realize their projects. In its Fall 2003 Selection Round, Hubert Bals Fund (HBF) of the International Film Festival Rotterdam grants a total of Euro 467,000 to twenty-eight non-Western film-maker...

Next Kim Ki-Duk selected for next Cinemart (Rotterdam)

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Forty-seven film projects have been selected for the 21st CineMart, the first and largest co-production market worldwide, to be held January 25 - 29, 2004 as part of the 33rd edition of the International Film Festival Rotterdam.CineMart director Ido Abram: "With this promising line up of film projects by established film-makers as well as projects by new talents from all continents, we are looking forward to a very strong 21st CineMart. We feel that this selection connects extremely well with th...

The treaty: a successful short on the circuit

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THE TREATY was honored as the BEST SHORT FILM at the 2003 Midwest Entertainment Industry Conference in Lexington, Kentucky. The MEIC is the nation's FIRST non-profit entertainment industry conference. The conference is an annual convergence of national entertainment industry personnel representing a wide spectrum of companies and services within the entertainment industry, and artists from the worlds of film, music, game development, and publishing. THE TREATY also made its international debut...

Vibrator

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At first sight, the title of Ryuichi HIROKI’s latest movie refers to sexual misery and loneliness. After all, it’s what a vibrator is about and we cannot forget that the helmer made his directing debut in 1982 in erotic films before receiving the Grand Prix in the video section of the Yubari Fantastic Film Festival for the 1993 film "Sadistic City". Or maybe it refers to the cellphone that vibrates in the inner jacket of 30-year old Rei Hayakawa (played by Shinobu Terashima, Arts Festival pr...

Go Figure! Science film fest in Quebec winners

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13th Annual Quebec International Festival of Science and FilmGO FIGURE!2003 AwardsTéléscience is proud to announce the award winners of GO FIGURE !, 13th Annual Quebec International Festival of Science and Film. During this ceremony, hosted by Gregory Charles, in attendance of Madame la Sous-Ministre associée à la Science et à la Technologie au Ministère du Développement Économique et Régional., 8 awards have been handed :Grand Prize for the Best Film (all categories)Awarded to A Nose f...

Santa Fe 4th ready to kick off

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The Santa Fe Film Festival launches its fourth, and largest, season. Salutes to British director Stephen Frears, actor Peter Boyle and New Mexico novelist/screenwriter Max Evans anchor this year's Santa Fe Film Festival. In addition, the festival expects more than 200 filmmakers and other special guest artists to attend. The roster includes actress Elisabeth Moss (seen on TV series "The West Wing"), "The Wild Bunch" screenwriter Walon Green, legendary casting director Lynn Stalmaster and the te...

Bruce Willis aids Sonoma Valley Festival

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It seems that luck, skill, timing and talent go hand-in-hand when making a good movie or a commercial, and the Sonoma Valley Film Festival had all that going for it this past weekend when Hollywood mega-actor Bruce Willis showed up to lend his talent.Willis is starring in a commercial promoting the 2004 Sonoma Valley Film Festival, known as Cinema Epicuria. The 60-second trailer, titled "Cinema Epicuria or Bust," is being co-produced by Brenda Lhormer and Kevin McNeely, both Sonoma Valley reside...

Record Submissions for 3rd Annual Pixie Awards

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Record Submissions for 3rd Annual Pixie Awards The Directors Board of Motion Pixure Arts and Technologies -- a non-profit organization that recognizes excellence in the production of Internet films and animations -- received a record number of submissions again this year for the 3rd Annual Directors Board Awards, or Pixie Awards 2003 "The Pixies are quickly becoming an online institution as THE award for broadband and Internet movies. Watch the award-winners from around the 'net or submit your...

York (shire) Fest new face

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York Independent Film Festival has now become York International Film Festival.So what else has changed apart from the name?We've now moved our website to www.yiff.co.uk (update your bookmarks if you still have our old address!), and introduced a new competetive category for films originating from Yorkshire alongside the usual awards for best feature, short, animation, documentary, short-short and the audience vote. We're assembling a new judging panel, featuring regular contributors to the nati...

Beverly Hills Fest: Indie fame

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BEVERLY HILLS, CA – If you were one of the lucky filmmakers attending the 2003 Beverly Hills Film Festival Awards Night Dinner at the infamous Beverly Hills Hotel this past May, consider yourself a part of Indie filmmaking history. The star studded event made up of Hollywood’s A-list actors, producers, directors, distributors and rising new filmmakers took center stage once again as the most prestigious film festival in the world. “The Beverly Hills Film Festival awards night ceremony is a...

Gianni Profita & Ph. Wolff on European Cinema figures

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The number of tickets sold on the 18 markets of Western Europe grows by 0.9% in 2002, rising from 958 to 966 million. Admissions are down, however, in the countries of Eastern Europe and the Mediterranean Rim, where they record an overall dip of 4.6%, from 106 to 101 million tickets sold in the 2001-2002 period.These are some of the figures presented in the new “European Cinema Yearbook” – 2003 advance edition, produced by MEDIA Salles and presented at Taormina this morning, Saturday 15 No...

Meryl Streep follows De Niro for 2004 AFI

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Meryl Streep Follows De Niro in AFI Life Time Achievment tribute for 2004.The actress has been selected by the American Film Institute's (AFI) Board of Trustees to receive the 32nd AFI Life Achievement Award, the highest honor for a career in film, it was announced today by Sir Howard Stringer, Chair of the AFI Board of Trustees. The award will be presented to Streep at a gala tribute on June 10, 2004, which will be held in the Kodak Theatre at Hollywood & Highland. Mr. Stringer commented, "Mer...

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