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2004 SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES AWARD WINNERSThe Sundance Film Festival has announced the winners of the Independent Feature Film Competition and the Audience Awards for the 2004 Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah (January 15 - 25).The Documentary Grand Jury Prize was given to DIG!, directed and produced by Ondi Timoner. The Dramatic Grand Jury Prize was presented to PRIMER, directed, written, and produced by Shane Carruth. The Documentary Audience Award was presented to BORN INTO B...

Primer and Dig! win at Sundance

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2004 SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES AWARD WINNERSThe Sundance Film Festival has announced the winners of the Independent Feature Film Competition and the Audience Awards for the 2004 Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah (January 15 - 25).The Documentary Grand Jury Prize was given to DIG!, directed and produced by Ondi Timoner. The Dramatic Grand Jury Prize was presented to PRIMER, directed, written, and produced by Shane Carruth. The Documentary Audience Award was presented to BORN INTO B...

Slamdance awards

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The Slamdance Film Festival announced its winners tonight in 10 categories at the Slamdance Sparky Award ceremonies at Snow Park Lodge in Deer Valley. "Over the years the Park City Slamdance screenings have become a place for the industry to discover new talent," says Slamdance director Peter Baxter. "Salt Lake City has become increasingly important from a public perspective. This year we expanded into the Madstone Theatres to double our Salt Lake offerings." The "Sparkies" were followed by a pa...

Slamdance schedule of final party

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Slamdance 2004 Closes January 23rd With A Blow-Out "Birthday Party" Celebrating The 10th Annual Film FestivalParty Preceded by Sparky Awards PresentationThe 10th Annual Slamdance Film Festival, which kicks off January 17 in Park City and Salt Lake City, Utah, will end the 2004 festival with a 10th Birthday Party Celebration following the closing night award ceremony on Friday, January 23rd at 9 PM at the Snow Park Lodge (2250 Deer Valley Drive South) in Deer Valley. The party features celebrity ...

Writers Guild of America award nominees

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The Writers Guild of America, west and East announced nominations for outstanding achievement in writing for the screen, television and radio during the 2003 season. SCREEN NOMINEES Original Screenplay BEND IT LIKE BECKHAM, Written by Gurinder Chadha and Paul Mayeda Berges and Guljit Bindra, Fox Searchlight Pictures DIRTY PRETTY THINGS, Written by Steven Knight, Miramax Films IN AMERICA, Written by Jim Sheridan & Naomi Sheridan & Kirsten Sheridan, Fox Searchlight Pictures LOST IN TRANSLATION, Wr...

AFM seminars and panels Feb 27- March 2

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Each year, the sell-out AFM Finance Conference and a series of Industry Seminars provide a forum where attendees can interact with and learn from prominent financiers, CEOs, filmmakers, talent and industry executives. A tentative schedule appears below.AFM Finance ConferenceFriday, 27 February 9am - 10:40am The Future of Feature Film Financing: The Financiers & Facilitators11am - 12:40pm The Future of Feature Film Financing: The CEOs Location:Fairmont Miramar Hotel (Starlight Ballroom)101 Wilshi...

Panorama Dokumente 2004: Politics Alert

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From Woody Harrelson’s gift for green issues and an anarchistic political satire on the WTO to the illumination of politically uncharted regions in Latin America*, from Karmakar’s essay about a forgotten concentration camp in southeast Poland to the growing-up of Palestinian children – from the situation of Iranian women, the homeless in Hollywood, intellectual women on the different sides of wars and conflicts to analytical portraits of culturally relevant artists like Klaus Nomi and The ...

Virtual Reality father keynotes in Santa Barbara

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Virtual Reality Meets ‘The Matrix’ at Digital DaysDigital Days, the popular digital technology showcase featured annually at Santa Barbara International Film Festival, is providing film fans, students and industry veterans with the unique opportunity to see presentations by both a ‘father’ of virtual reality and the film editor of the popular science-reality film trilogy ‘The Matrix’. The keynote speaker at the 6th Annual Digital Days will be Jaron Lanier, computer scientist, compose...

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...

Cold Mountain Berlin opener

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Love and war are the eternal themes of the cinema, and they will also usher in the Berlinale on February 5: Cold Mountain – an epos about the American Civil War by Anthony Minghella which is already being treated as a hot contender for the Oscar – is to be the first highlight of the festival. Alongside the director, leading actors Nicole Kidman and Jude Law are expected to stroll up the red carpet for the opening ceremony at the Festival Palast. Fearing for the safety of his beloved Ada, the...

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 ...

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...

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