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Quebec Producer Denise Robert Wins Award At TIFF

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  The Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), which opens this evening with a homegrown film (the hockey musical SCORE), does not have a formal film competition. However, aside from the Audience Awards and Best Canadian Feature prizes that will be announced at the end of the Festival, TIFF does bestow a few awards of note. The first of these was announced today. The Canadian Media Production Association announced that veteran Quebec producer Denise Robert is the recipient of...

Stars Shine Brightly In Toronto

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  Natalie Portman in BLACK SWAN  While film professionals are here at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) to buy and sell films in a still soft market, for the Toronto public the big attraction are the movie stars who will be walking the red carpet in the coming 10 days. Toronto is a bit star-crazy, with all the local television stations highlighting their TIFF coverage and promising viewers up-close-and-personal access with the movie stars who are huddling here. Ever...

Toronto Film Festival Versus The Bedbugs

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  As film professionals and movie stars fly into Toronto for the international film festival that begins on Thursday, most will not realize that the city and the Festival that is its standard bearer, have been in a pitched battle with tiny insects. Panic was in the air when it was leaked to the local press last week that bedbugs (the insect scourge usually found in mattresses) were found at the Scotiabank Theatre, one of the Festival's main screening venues and the site for most of th...

NEWSLETTER N° 475: September 3, 2010

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 .............                                                                                                                                                          WELCOME TO OUR NEWSLETTER N° 475: September 3, 2010 THE SUMMER WRAP NEWSLETTER Follow this LINK if you cannot read the newsletter properly Contact the Editor, Advertise on the sites.  Our newsletter ...

Toronto International Film Festival announces another stellar line-up

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  The 35th Toronto International Film Festival announces another stellar line-up of films across five programmes, including the newest in cutting-edge filmmaking, international cinematic discoveries and new works from established masters. MAVERICKS Notable guests from the world of film and beyond share revealing anecdotes and engage in unforgettable discussions. Bruce Springsteen In...

Tokyo International Film Festival will commemorate Bruce Lee

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Tokyo International Film Festival (TIFF) will commemorate Bruce Lee, theking of Asian action movies, with a showing of selected movies as part ofthe festival's Winds of Asia Middle-East section. This special tributeentitled "The 70th Anniversary: Bruce LEE to the Future", will screenBruce Lee's the most successful film "Enter the Dragon," and his last film,"Game of Death" (the rare version that was distributed in Japan in 1978), aswell as exciting Asian films that pay homage to Bruce Lee, who co...

Never Let Me Go will open BFI London Film Festival

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The 54th BFI London Film Festival, in partnership with American Express, is proud to announce that this year's Festival will open on Wednesday 13 October with the European premiere of Never Let Me Go, directed by Mark Romanek (One Hour Photo), based on the highly acclaimed, bestselling novel by Kazuo Ishiguro and adapted for the screen by Alex Garland (Sunshine, 28 Days Later). The stars of the film are expected to attend the opening night screening, including Oscar nominee Keira Knightley (Prid...

Horizontes Award

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Eleven latin american films to contend for the Horizontes Award 'Abel', opera prima from Diego Luna produced by Gael García Bernal, will open Horizontes Latinos Eleven movies from different Latin American countries will contend for the Horizontes Award and its 35,000 Euros at the 58th San Sebastian Festival. At this event, the Horizontes Latinos section showcases a selection of the most interesting and innovating Latin American films made over the last twelve months, wit...

One day to go Until Toronto Film Festival

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RABBIT HOLE (John Cameron Mitchell, USA) With just a month left until the Toronto International Film Festival, the largest film event in North America and one of the premiere film summits of the year, the shape of the event is coming into closer view. With independent and international cinema showing some pulse at the box office after a disasterous two years, all eyes will be turning to Canada in the coming weeks for a crystal ball peak at what should be some of the big end-of-y...

NEWSLETTER N° 472: july 21, 2010

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 .............                                                                                                                                                          WELCOME TO OUR NEWSLETTER N° 472: july 21, 2010 Follow this LINK if you cannot read the newsletter properly Contact the Editor, Advertise on the sites.  Our newsletter reaches 81 000 film professionnals e...

Toronto FF Opens With Hockey Musical

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   Olivia Newton-John in SCORE: A HOCKEY MUSICAL Toronto and hockey......a match made in maple leaf heaven. Add music and icon Olivia Newton-John to the mix and you've got the ingredients for a fun and campy film delight. Well, that delightful concoction, the first hockey musical that I've ever heard tell of, will be the Opening Night Gala for the Toronto International Film Festival in September. The Festival hosts the world premiere of SCORE: A HOCKEY MUSICAL by Canadian writ...

Toronto Film Festival Moves Downtown

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  The 2010 edition of the Toronto International Film Festival, one of the most important events of the film calendar, is readying for a major move to downtown Toronto from its previous digs in the swanky Yorkville section. The new action is set on Queen Street and King Street West, a vital area of theaters, restaurants, bars and, not coincidentally, the newly opened TIFF Bell Lightbox, the Festival's main hq and the site of the Festival's year-round programs. While this does repre...

NEWSLETTER N° 465: may 13, 2010

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.............                                                      WELCOME TO OUR NEWSLETTER N° 465: may 13, 2010 Follow this LINK if you cannot read the newsletter properly The Future of Cinema Salon returns to Cannes Filmfestivals.com and Xomo present the Future of Festivals...its Digital...toast !  Mingle Talk and Wine tasting at the Spa des Stars  May ...

Dimitris Eipides is the new director of the Thessaloniki International Film Festival

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Dimitris Eipides is the new director of the Thessaloniki International Film Festival (TIFF), appointed by Greek minister of culture Pavlos Geroulanos, following the resignation of previous Festival Director, Despina Mouzaki. Eipides' first step as TIFF director is to change this year's event dates to a December 3-11 slot as additional time for the Festival preparations will be necessary, a move already approved by FIAPF. Certain to remain for this year are core sections of the Fes...

Russia’s Northern Capital hosts the St. Petersburg International Film Forum

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From 2 to 5th of May, Russia’s Northern Capital hosts the St. Petersburg International Film Forum. In the year of the 65th Anniversary of Victory, the public will be offered Russian and foreign films on the theme of war. In all, around 100 films are slated to be screened, among them both classics and new, as yet unrecognized masterpieces of Russian and foreign filmmaking. Audiences will also see retrospectives of war films and selections of documentaries and animation on the subject of war.Alm...

The 2010 Buff New Year's Message (from Buff Enterprises)

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Film buffs will continue to be spoiled in 2010 as the awards season continues in full swing with the long awaited release of ‘Precious’ at the end of January. Produced by Tyler Perry and Oprah Winfrey, Precious (Based on the novel 'Push’ by Sapphire) is set in Harlem in 1987 and is the powerful and disturbing story of an obese teenage black girl whose life is a living hell. Pregnant for the second time by her father and bullied and abused both emotionally and physically by her mother, she ...

NEWSLETTER N° 441: November 20, 2009

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.............WELCOME TO OUR NEWSLETTER N° 441: November 20, 2009 Follow this LINK if you cannot read the newsletter properly Contact the Editor, Advertise on the sites. Our newsletter reaches 77 000 film professionnals. COMING SOON THE NEXT FESTIVAL DAILIES ON FEST21.COM Tallinn Black Nights, IDFA, We follow 4 000 festivals. Stay tuned. ____________________________...

Toronto awards winners since 1978

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2009 Precious 2008 Slumdog Millionaire 2007 Eastern Promises 2006 Bella 2005 Tsotsi 2004 Hotel Rwanda 2003 Zatôichi 2002 Whale Rider 2001 Le fabuleux destin d'Amélie Poulain 2000 Wo hu cang long 1999 American Beauty 1998 La vita è bella 1997 The Hanging Garden 1996 Shine 1995 Antonia 1994 Priest 1993 The Snapper 1992 Strictly Ballroom 1991 The Fisher King 1990 Cyrano de Bergerac 1989 Roger & Me 1988 Mujeres al borde de un ataque de nervios 1987 The Pr...

The Global Film Village: Interview with AFI Film Festival Artistic Director & Festival Programmer Robert Koehler

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by Marla LewinI spent almost an hour with Robert Koehler who has gone from a top movie critic for Variety, to Artistic Director, Programmer of the AFI Film Festival and he gave me a look inside how he approached putting together this years festival and where it is going.Marla: Congratulations,  Robert, this is your second year programming the festival, How different is it from being a critic? How is it going? Robert: I was at the Los Angeles Times, and started in 94 writing for Variety, w...

Interview with AFI Film Festival Artistic Director

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The Global Film Village: Interview with AFI Film Festival Artistic Director & Festival Program Robert KoehlerI spent almost an hour with Robert Koehler who has gone from a top movie critic for Variety, to Artistic Director, Programmer of the AFI Film Festival and he gave me a look inside how he approached putting together this years festival and where it is going.Marla: Congratulations, Robert, this is your second year programming the festival, How different is it from being a critic? How is it...

22nd Tokyo International Film Festival

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The 22nd Tokyo International Film Festival, held from October 17 (Sat) until October 25 (Sun), 2009, has played an integral role in Japan's film industry and cultural scene since its establishment in 1985. TIFF aspires to be recognized as one of the four major film festivals in the world - in the same league as Cannes, Venice and Berlin, which now stand at the summit of the more than 2,600 international film celebrations. "Films don't necessarily have to portray the era, however,...

“Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire” Opens in Select Theaters, November 6, 2009

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By Maria Esteves - October 21, 2009 The 47th New York Film Festival 2009 (NYFF09) presented by the Film Society of Lincoln Center, was held at the new state of the art Alice Tully Hall, September 25 - October 11, 2009. A special press screening of  "PRECIOUS: BASED ON THE NOVEL PUSH BY SAPPHIRE," preceded the press conference with director Lee Daniels moderated by NYFF selection committee Melissa Anderson, at the Walter Reade Theater, on Thursday, October 1, 1:00 PM. PRECIOUS,...

Oscar, meet Precious........Film In Focus from NY Fest

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Oscar, meet Precious........the Academy Awards have just gotten their first blast of ghetto love with the rising tides surrounding the urban drama PRECIOUS: Based On A Novel By Sapphire by producer-turned-director Lee Daniels. The film, a major hit out of Sundance and screening as the Centerpiece Film this past weekend at the New York Film Festival, is getting some of the hottest reviews of the year and positioning its director, screenwriter, actors and techicians into the Oscar gold circle. The...

47th New York Film Festival Centerpiece Presentation of PRECIOUS Red Carpet Photos

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By Maria Esteves - October 7, 2009 The 47th New York Film Festival 2009 (NYFF09) Centerpiece Presentation of "PRECIOUS: BASED ON THE NOVEL PUSH BY SAPPHIRE, directed by Lee Dainels was held at Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center, on Saturday, October 3, 7:00 PM.  NYFF09 presented by the Film Society of Lincoln Center, Centerpiece red carpet arrivals included cast of actors, directors, producers, recording artists, and celebrity guests. PRECIOUS released by Lionsgate, winner of the Audien...
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