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Do you believe in fairies? Try the Pixie Flix Fest

The 2nd Annual Pixie Flix Fest gay & lesbian film festival will be held JUNE 5th - 7th 2004 in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. The main venue is at the Wyndham Palace Resort Hotel and Spa across the street from Downtown Disney®. The Wyndham Palace Resort is the official host hotel for Gayday Orlando. Gayday Orlando is attended by more than 130,000 gays & lesbians from around the world. Organized by Technophiliax electronics, Pixie Flix is recognized as the alternative to the expensive "circuit parti...

3 Independent Spirit Awards to Lost in Translations

2004 INDEPENDENT SPIRIT AWARDS WINNERS ANNOUNCED!Best FeatureLost in Translation (Focus Features)Producers: Sofia Coppola and Ross KatzBest DirectorSofia CoppolaLost in Translation (Focus Features)Best ScreenplaySofia CoppolaLost in Translation (Focus Features)Best First FeatureMonster (Newmarket Films)Director: Patty JenkinsProducers: Mark Damon, Donald Kushner, Clark Peterson, Charlize Theron, Brad Wyman Best First Screenplay Thomas McCarthyThe Station Agent (Miramax Films)John Cassavetes Awar...

Indie fame at Oscars

Following is a summary of films in the top categories involving AFMA member companies: Best PictureThe Lord of the Rings: Return of the KingAlliance Atlantis – Canadian distributorNew Line – Producer/US distributorSvensk Filmindustri – Scandinavian distributionLost In TranslationFocus Features – US distributor Best ActorCold MountainMiramax – Producer/US distributorHouse of Sand and FogCobalt Media Group – ProducerFilmax S.A. – Spain distributorMiramax – UK distributorLost in Tra...

Oscar ceremony serves up a clean sweep and a long nap

Sean Penn picked the wrong year to attend the Oscars. Hollywood’s favorite rebel – and four-time best actor nominee – famously snubbed Academy Awards ceremonies in the past. Though he threatened, yet again, to bypass this year’s awards show, he turned up Sunday night in a sleek tux with wife Robin by his side. Penn went on to win the best actor gold for his Mystic River turn – but he also had to sit through one of the most lackluster awards ceremonies in years.Billy Crystal’s cracked...

Oporto festival closes with 112 000 spectators

24th edition of the Oporto International Film Festival ­ Fantasporto hasclosed its doors on Saturday, again with more than 100,000 spectators.SOUTH KOREA, DANEMARK AND SPAIN SHARE THE AWARDS LIST IN FANTASPORTO 2004Spanish cinema with KILLING WORDS and EL OUTRO LADO DE LA CAMA, and SouthKorean cinema with A TALE OF TWO SISTERS and ACACIA are on the path tosuccess in Fantasporto. Also the Danish cinema, a frequent visit at Oporto(which presented and awarded in past editions the first films to co...

Billy Crystal - Oscar host - Take 8

Billy Crystal will host the Academy Awards for the eighth time this February 29 (CTV/ABC), he'll have his lucky charm in his pocket: his childhood's ttothbrush.Billy Crystal has created one of the most versatile and prolific careers in the entertainment industry, finding success in front of the camera, as a performer in film and television, and behind the scenes as a writer, director and producer.His family owned and operated the legendary Commodore label and record store, so Crystal grew up in ...

Oscar Quiz

1. Six motion pictures have received 13 or more nominations. Name the two most nominated films, how many nominations they received andwhat years they were nominated."All about Eve" 1950, "Titanic" 1997, 14 nominations.2. What film has won the most Oscars without beingnominated for Best Picture?"The Bad and the Beautiful" won in five 1952, in theSupporting Actress, Art Direction (Black-and-White),Cinematography (Black-and-White), Costume Design(Black-and-White) and Writing (Screenplay) categories...

The presenters of the Oscar ceremony

The 76th Annual Academy Awards on Sunday, February 29th at 8:00PMThe Producer: Joe RothThe Host: Billy Crystal The presenters:Adrien Brody, Alec Baldwin, Angelina Jolie Ben Stiller, Charlize TheronChris Cooper, Colin FarrellDiane Lane, Francis Ford Coppola, Ian McKellan, Jack BlackJada Pinkett Smith, Jamie Lee Curtis, Jim CarreyJohn Cusack, John TravoltaJude LawJulia RobertsJulianne MooreLiv Tyler Nicolas Cage, Oprah WinfreyOwen Wilson Pierce Brosnan, Queen Latifah Renee Zellweger Robin William...

Slamdance goes on stage

SLAMDANCE ON STAGEUntitled Girl Guide Cookie Thriller By Alana GarropFeaturing Juliet Landau (Drusilla from Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Loretta King from Ed Wood)Slamdance launches the first staged reading series. The top ten scripts from 2003 will be read on stage at local LA theatres. Starting this Monday night at the Coronet Theatre with "Untitled Girl Guide Cookie Thriller". Free performance, a perfect place to mingle with filmmakers, screenwriters, agents and industry folk while downing...

Dandelion Cleveland Fest opener

THE 28TH CLEVELAND INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL TO OPEN WITH DANDELIONCLOSING NIGHT FILM – BRIGHT YOUNG THINGS DANDELION opens the 28th Cleveland International Film Festival (CIFF) on Thursday, March 18, 2004. The film, written and directed by Mark Milgard, stars Mare Winningham and Arliss Howard and was produced by Molly Mayeux. A favorite at the 2004 Sundance Film Festival, DANDELION tells the beautiful and touching story of Mason Mullich, whose family leads a life of quiet desperation....

Buy the film Alvarez & Cruz, on eBay

LATINO FILMMAKERS LAUNCH FIRST-EVER ONLINE AUCTION FOR GLOBAL DISTRIBUTION RIGHTS In a first move of its kind, two Latino filmmakers are reaching out to global distributors in an unconventional way: they are auctioning distribution rights to their feature film, Alvarez & Cruz, on eBay. Alvarez & Cruz is an English-language crime drama that focuses on two Latino conmen/carjackers and their relationships -- or lack thereof -- with their deadbeat fathers. Ricky Alvarez (Alex D¹Lerma) & Jojo Cruz (...

An Oscar night in Cleveland

OHIO INDIE AWARDS JOIN THE OFFICIAL OSCAR NIGHT(R) PARTY IN CLEVELANDThe official presentation of Independent Pictures' Ohio Indie Awards, presented to the winning films from the 2003 Ohio Independent Film Festival, will add to the festivities at Cleveland's own Academy-sanctioned Oscar Night(R) Americaparty. The Cleveland party is one of 46 official parties that will be held across the country when the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences stages its 76th Academy Awards(R) Presentation on...

Fitzroy shorts "it doesn’t matter that it’s short as long as it fitz"

FITZROY SHORTS March 3rd"it doesn’t matter that it’s short as long as it fitz.."This month features short doco Cut Outs about the current stencil art boom in Melbourne by Cassandra Bakic and Tropfest Best Film award winner Emma Freeman’s new short film Mittens which was pre- selected for the Academy Awards in 2003 …and one to surprise us all is the hilarious mocumentary Stunt C*ck’s all the way from the U.S, featuring Lou Diamond Phillips and real life porn star Ron Jeremy (and no it...

LALIFF and Ibermedia launch their Ibericoamerican program

LOS ANGELES LATINO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVALand the IBERMEDIA ProgramPresentationLOS ANGELES LATINO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (LALIFF) and the IBERMEDIA Program hosted a cocktail party in Santa Monica, within the context of the AMERICAN FILM MARKET. The party was held with two objectives: to introduce the IBERMEDIA Program in the United States and to launch two catalogues produced by LALIFF and geared to support and advance the distribution of Iberoamerican cinema in the United States.Actor...

Digital Days SBIFF awards winners

DIGITAL DAYS 2004 TEEN FILMMAKER AWARDS ANNOUNCEDRichard Corwin and Gretchen Miller, producers of Digital Days 2004 at the 19th Annual Santa Barbara International Film Festival, announced the winners for the Teen Filmmaker program as:* Amanda Weiss, "Someone's Rocking My Dreamboat," Cal Arts, Valencia, CA* Cole Sanchez, "Fridge," Rancho Marrieta, CA* Carolyn Chrisman, "Ascension Rites," Anacapa School, Santa Barbara, CA * Austin Madison, "Boy Meets Rex," Sacramento, CA* Daniel Howard, "Jai Yen-C...

French Rendez Vous in NY

RENDEZ-VOUS WITH FRENCH CINEMA | MARCH 12 - 21Each March brings the excitement and crowds of Rendez-Vous with French Cinema to the Walter Reade. Attending this year's festival: actress NATHALIE BAYE, actor PHILIPPE TORRETON, directors MICHAEL HANEKE, ANNE FONTAINE and many others. Check the website for the schedule of appearances. Join us for this year's selection of 15 new films, including:• WHO KILLED BAMBI? WInner, Camera d'Or at the 2003 Cannes Film Festival, directed by the writer of Hu...

AFM welcomes 88 first timers

All exhibition space has been sold out for the 24th Annual American Film Market (AFM), being held February 25 through March 3 at the Loews Hotel in Santa Monica, it was announced by Jean M. Prewitt, President and Chief Executive Officer, AFMA, and Jonathan Wolf, Executive Vice President, AFMA and Managing Director, AFM. It was also announced that 291 film and television companies, including a record 88 first timers, will be exhibiting at the world’s largest motion picture trade event. This mar...

Interview with Golden Bear Director Fatih Akin

Head On (gegen die Wand) won the Golden Bear at Berlinale.Let us hear the director speak about his film in a discussion with Feridun Zaimoglubr>Feridun Zaimoglu is a leading Turkish-German author and painter. His novel 'Abschaum' was transposed to the big screen as 'Kanak Attak', which enjoyed a successful run in German theaters. Zaimoglu has made a name for himself as a cultural spokesman for Germany's Turkish population.The synopsis:'You can put an end to your life without killing yourself', w...

Mar del Plata unveils panorama

Mr. Miguel Pereira, President of Mar del Plata International Film Festival announced that the 19th Edition of the Festival will be held between March 11th and March 20th, 2004.Babenco’s CARANDIRU -powerful drama set in a prison- representing Brazil in the forthcoming Academy Awards, will be opening the Festival at the Opening Gala, and Pupi Avati’s IL CUORE AL TROVE (The heart is everywhere) will be screened for the Closing Gala on the 20th . Both filmmakers will be attending the festival.Es...

Film Fleadh NY Irish Film Festival

THE SIXTH ANNUAL FILM FLEADH NEW YORK’S IRISH FILM FESTIVALThe Film Fleadh is America’s one and only Irish Film and Music Festival Celebrating its Sixth Anniversary with Irish Cinema's best and brightest. This year’s lineup includes 6 feature films (4 U.S. premieres, 2 documentaries) and 10 short films.Feature Films: NYC Premiere of Intermission (Starring Colin Farrell and Cillian Murphy). The U.S. Premier of Headrush (starring Huey Morgan from the Fun Loving Criminals)US Premier of Spin t...

The Panorama of Canadian Feature Films at FilmExchange

FILMS FROM QUEBEC TO SCREEN AT NSI FILMEXCHANGE CANADIAN FILM FESTIVAL, MARCH 2 – 6, 2004 IN WINNIPEGSarah Polley, Kevin Pollak, William Hurt, Mark McKinney, Sir Ian McKellan and others star in some of the year’s best Canadian Feature Films.These national and internationally celebrated stories will be screened with the storytellers attending at one night only intimate screenings followed by an interactive Q&A with the audience. Opening Film: The Blue Butterfly Special Presentation: Seven Tim...

SAG awards recipients (LOTR and Mountain)

10TH ANNUAL SCREEN ACTORS GUILD AWARDS® ACTOR® RECIPIENTS THEATRICAL MOTION PICTURES Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading RoleJohnny Depp / PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: THE CURSE OF THE BLACK PEARL - Jack Sparrow / Buena Vista Pictures Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading RoleCharlize Theron / MONSTER - Aileen Wuornos / Newmarket Films Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting RoleTim Robbins / MYSTIC RIVER - Dave Boyle / Warner Bros.Outstanding Pe...

Barbarians rules Cesar

French-speaking Denys Arcand stole the show at Saturday's Cesar Awards as "The Barbarian Invasions" took away 3 major César for best film, best director and best scenario.Pas sur la bouche wins 3 too: for best second actor, cosumes and soundBon Voyage gest 3 best male newcomer, best photography and best set.Omar Sharif, won the best actor trophy for "Monsieur Ibrahim and the Flowers of the Koran," "Mystic River" won the best foreign film.See all awards on the french filmfestival website....

WGA go to Lost in Translation and American Splendor

The Writers Guild of America, west and East announced the winners of the 56th Annual Writers Guild Awards for outstanding achievement in writing for the screen, television, and radio in gala ceremonies at the Century Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles and the Pierre Hotel in New York on Saturday, February 21, 2004. Original Screenplay LOST IN TRANSLATION, Written by Sofia Coppola; Focus Features Adapted Screenplay AMERICAN SPLENDOR, Written by Robert Pulcini & Shari Springer Berman, based on the comic b...

Film Star Awards in New Orleans

2004 LE PRIX INTERNATIONAL FILM STAR AWARDS AND GALASUNDAY, MARCH 28th AT 5PMORPHEUM THEATER AND FAIRMONT HOTEL NEW ORLEANSThe 2004 Le Prix International Film Star Awards will be held Sunday, March 28th at 5pm at the Orpheum Theater in New Orleans, Louisiana.A black-tie patron Gala follows the Awards presentation in the famed Blue Room of the Fairmont New Orleans Hotel. The Le Prix International Film Star Awards is the only international awards show that honor entertainers for their body of work...