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First Time Directors Ski To Success at Sundance

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Sundance Film Festival has been known as an innovator within the Film Festival Industry. First organized as a Festival to highlight independent films, Sundance is staying true to its roots with the wide selection of first time Independent feature directors. This past year at Sundance we saw many of the small independent films, with first time feature directors get recognition and were signed right in Park City with multi million dollars deals. Now some have gone out to wide distribution to t...

First Golden Bear to Fernando Solanas (lifetime achievment)

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BERLINALE 2004: AN HONORARY GOLDEN BEAR FOR FERNANDO SOLANAS This year the 54th Berlin International Film Festival will award the world-renown Argentinean filmmaker Fernando Solanas an Honorary Golden Bear for his lifetime achievement. In celebration of this occasion, his powerful documentary film Memoria del saqueo (Memoir of a Plunder) will be screened after the award presentation on February 10, 2004 at the Kino International.“We are delighted to be able to pay tribute to this outstandin...

Kinderfilmfest

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The programme of the 27th Kinderfilmfest is now complete, more than two weeks before the festival begins. This year’s Kinderfilmfest competition and the new 14plus competition will include a total of 20 feature films and 19 short film productions from 24 countries. On February 6, 2004 the 27th Kinderfilmfest will be opened by the actor and singer Dominique Horwitz. It will start off with the British film Wondrous Oblivion, whose screening will be attended by its director, Paul Morrison, and it...

Forum of new cinema

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The selection of films for the 34th International Forum of New Cinema has now been completed. An extensive programme of works from 23 countries presents new focuses, little-known filmmaking countries and many debuts from around the globe. Thirty of the films – more than half of the programme – are world premieres.The Wolfgang Staudte Award Jury – which this year includes filmmakers Catherine Breillat (France) and Thomas Arslan (Germany) as well as Imruh Bakari (Tanzania), the director of t...

Bafta nominations put Cold Mountain on top

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Cold Mountain has received 13 nominations and The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King has received 12 nominations for the forthcoming Orange British Academy Film Awards. Scarlett Johansson received two nominations in the category Actress in a Leading Role for her roles in Girl With A Pearl Earring and Lost In Translation . Sean Penn has received two nominations in the Actor In A Leading Role category for his roles in 21 Grams and Mystic River . Cold Mountain has been nominated in the categ...

World sales: Panel on the new game

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World Sales PanelTuesday, January 20Film sales have been a global proposition for quite some time, but the role of international sales agents remains a mystery to many filmmakers. Sales representatives are no longer simply brokers who sell a movie into the international marketplace. Now, they are involved in financing projects, presales, co-productions, and getting films into festivals.Wouter Barendrecht, Jonathan Dana, Cassian Elwes, Charlotte Mickie, Steven Raphael, John Sloss, and Christine V...

No Dance

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The independent Nodance Film Festival, the world’s first DVD-projected film festival, has invited twenty-five feature films, shorts, music videos and documentaries to screen as part of its seven day event, January 18-24th, 2003. Returning to its headquarters on Main Street in Park City, Utah, Nodance celebrates the best in alternative digital film. Nodance is proud to present a tribute featuring a retrospective of films from the illustrious career of director Mike Figgis, starting with the ope...

72 hour shoot in NY for a 5 minute long short

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SKYY SHORT FILM PROJECT WINNERS New York City Is Destination For 72 Hour ShootThe finalists of SKYY Vodka’s first-ever SKYY SHORT FILM PROJECT: One Script, Three Different Filmmakers, Three Very Different Films, was announced today at an Eyes on SKYY event at the SKYY View Lounge in Park City, Utah. An innovative program supporting aspiring filmmakers in the short film format, the SKYY VODKA SHORT FILM PROJECT was launched in Park City in 2003 with call to entries ending June 30, 2003. Hundr...

Battle of the sexes High Def online from Atom

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ATOMFILMS HI-DEF has launched in Park City.Hi-Def is a free service that will make you remember why you wanted broadband in the first place. It automatically delivers AtomFilms hits to your computer for full-screen, near DVD-quality viewing. Watching movies on your computer will never be the same!Each week, Hi-Def will deliver three films using idle bandwidth on your computer system. Films arrive automatically -- all you have to do is sit back and enjoy them in their full-screen, Hi-Def glory. F...

Online critics awards: 6 to Lord of the Rings

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THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE RETURN OF THE KING wins BEST FILM in the 4th ANNUAL CINEMARATI AWARDS along with 5 other awardsTwo awards each to Kill Bill, Lost in Translation, and Raising Victor VargasCINEMARATI, the renowned organization of professional online film critics from across the globe, today named THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE RETURN OF THE KING as the Best Film of 2003 in the fourth annual Cinemarati Awards. Winners in 23 additional categories, recognizing the best cinematic efforts of las...

Sundance Welcomes the Women

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A Rise of Women Filmmakers Hits the Theaters of Park CityThis year a record number of women filmmakers are making their mark in this prestigious American Festival. With many first time women feature filmmakers as well as student short females, Sundance has leveled the fields of equality to all that are accepted. Sundance Film Festival now it’s 23rd year in the past has not had such a balance of ratio’s, of course there are just more men making films than women too.Hopefully the trend will ...

Sundance vs Slamdance sled-off

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SLAMDANCE 3rd ANNUAL SUNDANCE VS SLAMDANCE SLED-OFF The 3rd Annual Slamdance VS Sundance Sled-Off will take place on Thursday, January 22nd at 3 PM. Sledders will meet at the Treasure Mountain Inn to travel to the sledding location. Slamdance Co-Founder Dan Mirvish says , "We've won the last two sled-offs, but we hear Sundance is fielding a good team this year. We're hoping some of our many alums with films at Sundance this year will return like prodigal sons to the slopes of Park City. As alway...

In Berlin: the first 5 revealed

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The opening of the Berlinale is still one month off – yet Festival Director Dieter Kosslick is pleased to be able to announce the first films in the Competition. Five entries are definite and they range “from tragic love story to political psychodrama, from historical thriller to intimate family saga”, as Kosslick explains. The entries are from Germany, Spain, Denmark, Croatia and the USA, and their celebrated directors, such as Romuald Karmakar or Academy Award-winner Ron Howard, are a gu...

Peter jackson Modern Master award at Santa Barbara

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PETER JACKSON TO RECEIVE MODERN MASTER AWARD AT 19th SANTA BARBARA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVALThe Santa Barbara International Film Festival will present this year's Modern Master Award to the director/producer/writer of the "Lord of the Rings" Trilogy, Peter Jackson, it was announced today by Festival Director, Roger Durling. Says Durling, "When I first came on board, I was asked who would be my choice for Modern Master. I could think of only one name that perfectly exemplified a Modern Master ...

1st edition of the Berlinale Co-Production Market

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Rotterdam-Berlinale Express 2004: Rotterdam’s CineMart and the new Berlinale Co-Production Market collaborate The Berlin International Film Festival and the International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR, January 21 – February 1, 2004) will continue with the Rotterdam-Berlinale Express. Five CineMart 2004 projects will be presented during the Berlinale Co-Production Market, which will take place on Sunday, February 8, and Monday, February 9, 2004.The five chosen projects in the Rotterdam-Berlin...

Talent Campus hosts 520 talents

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An explosive, creative mixture: 520 film talents from 84 countries were able to qualify for the Berlinale Talent Campus 2004 with the samples of their work (films, scripts and sound) they submitted. They will now meet internationally acclaimed professional filmmakers, for example Eleanor Bergstein, Anthony Minghella, Walter Murch, Nicolas Philibert, Zbigniew Preisner, Alan Parker and Wim Wenders.Compared to last year the total number of countries represented has increased by 23, including, for t...

Perspektive Deutsches Kino

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In its third year the focus of Perspektive Deutsches Kino on young, innovative cinema “Made in Germany” has become even broader. “This series also allows us to show films which – due to their unusual formats – would not fit into other festivals’ programmes. This year we made four finds of this kind in film schools: Charlotte, Blind, Leise Krieger (Silent Warriors) and Transport”, head of the Perspektive Alfred Holighaus remarked on the selection for the series. In Germany today not...

The Berlinale Jury members

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Which competition film or participant will take home a Golden or Silver Berlin Bear at the end of the Berlinale 2004 is decided by the International Jury. In 2004 this committee will again consist of seven international film experts from a variety of disciplines. This year’s President of the Jury is Frances McDormand, an Academy Award winner and star of independent film.The award ceremony of the 54th Berlin International Film Festival will be held at the Berlinale Palast on Saturday, February ...

Large French Filmmaker quota at Rotterdam

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The French cinema is represented at the 33st International Film Festival Rotterdam with a remarkable number of films. Catherine Breillat has chosen Rotterdam as the festival for the world premiere of ANATOMIE DE L'ENFER. This will take place on January 23rd.Breillat's ROMANCE also received its world premiere in Rotterdam. A selection of 'Photogrammes' from ANATOMIE DE L'ENFER by Breillat will be presented at the RAM Gallery in Rotterdam. Festival regular Raul Ruiz is a Filmmaker in Focus with m...

Sharks at Risk (from Cousteau) debuts in Santa Barbara

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Cousteau Tradition Revived at Santa Barbara International Film FestivalJean-Michel Cousteau's latest film, "Sharks at Risk," in its English language debut, will screen at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival on February 7th at 1:15 pm in Victoria Hall, 33 W. Victoria Street. This is part of the "Special Screenings" section of the 19th annual event. With reports of shark attacks increasingly in the news, Cousteau revisits what is known about shark behavior and compares myth to reality. ...

Marcel Ophuls honored at full Frame docu fest in april

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FULL FRAME DOCUMENTARY FESTIVAL TO HONOR MARCEL OPHULS AT THIS YEARS FESTIVAL, APRIL 1 – 4, 2004 HBO’s film Elaine Stritch at Liberty, based on Elaine Stritch’s Tony Award-Winning One-Woman Broadway Show, to have its World Premiere; Stritch will join Ophuls, Barry Levinson, Tom Fontana, Harry Shearer and others as special guests Elaine Stritch at Liberty, HBO’s documentary film on Elaine Stritch’s one-woman Broadway show will open this year’s Full Frame Documentary Film Festival. The...

Talk on short at the SKYY View Lounge

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Eyes on SKYY Explores Short Film and Announces Short Film Project FinalistsShort Film Explosion: Experts Tell How, Why and What's the Future of Short Film.The panel takes place today,Noon ­ 2 pm, Monday, January 15, 2004 and will feature keynotes from today¹s leaders in the short film industry including:* Bobby Bauer, president, Uncle* Dana Brunetti, President, Triggerstreet.com* Megan O¹Neill, director of acquisitions, Atom Films* John Halecky, senior shorts film programmer, iFilm* John Manu...

Skyy Short Film finalists

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The finalists of SKYY Vodka’s first-ever SKYY SHORT FILM PROJECT: One Script, Three Different Filmmakers, Three Very Different Films, was announced today at an Eyes on SKYY event at the SKYY View Lounge in Park City, Utah.An innovative program supporting aspiring filmmakers in the short film format, the SKYY VODKA SHORT FILM PROJECT was launched in Park City in 2003 with call to entries ending June 30, 2003. Hundreds of filmmakers submitted a filmed “PITCH” about why they want to be a dir...

Beverly Hills Fest resurrects "In Old California"

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Ever wonder who wrote, directed, starred in and produced the first independent film ever shot in Hollywood? Sound like a trivial pursuit question almost impossible to answer? The answer is probably a resounding “yes” for most moviegoers and filmmakers alike, but not for the organizers of the Beverly Hills Film Festival. This year’s festival will open with the first movie ever shot in Hollywood, “In Old California,” produced by the oldest movie company in America, Biograph Company....

Movable film salon travels on the road

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Premiering on January 16 in the heart of Main Street in Park City, Utah, Skyy Spirits, LLC will debut its SKYY View Lounge, a cinema-inspired moveable salon designed to showcase original content, host the hottest premiere parties, provide networking opportunities and hold thought-provoking film events in a contemporary, stylish cocktail-inspired atmosphere. Drenched in SKYY’s signature cobalt blue with clean lines and stylish furnishings, the SKYY View Lounge will showcase SKYY’s short prog...
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