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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 ...

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...

Sundance Opens and Rides the Waves at Park City

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Robert Redford’s opening night speech gave tribute the roots of independent filmmaking and how Sundance first started. For a documentary film has now been highlighted as the opening night choice for this prestigious film festival. Redford admitted that in the 60’s he started surfing and now he rides waves much different than when he was younger. It was a joy and a pleasure to have RIDING GIANTS be a historical part of the Sundance Festival this 2004.Sundance Film Festival now it's 23rd ye...

Directors View Fest "Let Freedom Ring"

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“Let Freedom Ring” Theme for the 5th Annual Director’s View Film FestivalCelebrates the rights of artists to tell their stories freely.Yes we, at Filmfestivals, really share this opinion: we need more of these ventures.Now in its fifth year, the Director’s View Film Festival was created to educate and expand people's horizons and make an impact on the community through an important cultural event. The five-day festival will take place from February 12-16, 2004 in Greenwich, Stamford, Wes...

The Santa Barbara full program

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Opening NightValentin2002 Argentina/The Netherlands 79 min 35mm Dir Alejandro AgrestiArgentina's Foreign Language Film Academy® submission. After the bitter separation of his parents and living with his eccentric grandmother, the life of a young boy begins to change in sweetly unanticipated ways when he opens up to the last in a long line of potential stepmothers. Director and cast to attend.Fri 1/30, 7:00pm GRAClosing NightReckoning, The2003 UK 110 min 35mm Dir Paul McGuigan This murder myst...

Minghella’s Cold Mountain Will Open the Berlminale

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Minghella’s Cold Mountain Will Open the Festival 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 ...

Boston fest calls Sundance and Slamdance rejects

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The Independent Film Festival of Boston IFFB has announced its Rejection Selection Promotion. One filmmaker will be randomly selected from IFFB’s rejected submissions to attend IFFB 2004 as a VIP guest of the Festival, which was recently cited by the Boston Society of Film Critics as “One of the Year’s Five Best Local Film Series.” This lucky filmmaker will enjoy travel arrangements, luxury hotel accommodations, and a VIP all-access pass to attend screenings, parties, panel discussions a...

Amnesty International-DOEN Award at Rotterdam

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33rd International Film Festival RotterdamJan 21 - Feb 1, 2004AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL-DOEN AWARD AT THE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL ROTTERDAMAt the upcoming edition of the International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR) opening next January 21, the second Amnesty International-DOEN Award will be awarded. This yearly prize given to a film about human rights and human dignity is presented by Amnesty International and Foundation DOEN and consists of a stipendium prize of Euro 5,000 and a modest distribu...

SAG awards nominations revealed

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NOMINATIONS ANNOUNCED FOR THE 10TH ANNUAL SCREEN ACTORS GUILD AWARDS®2004 Actor® Awards Ceremonies Air Sunday, February 22 on TNTat 8 PM ET/PT, 7 PM Central, 6 PM MTNominations for the 10th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards® for outstanding performances in 2003 in five film and eight primetime television categories were announced in Los Angeles at the Pacific Design Center’s SilverScreen Theater.Screen Actors Guild President Melissa Gilbert introduced Andie MacDowell (The Last Sign) and Mar...

2nd Dubrovnik Fest dates confirmed.

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THE SECOND ANNUAL DUBROVNIK INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL The Dubrovnik International Film Festival (DIFF)(www.DUBROVNIKiff.org) is announcing the sequel to last year’s highly successful inaugural film festival will commence on May 27 and close on May 30, 2004. Set in the picturesque Adriatic coastal city of Dubrovnik, Croatia, with its perfect combination of sun and medieval architecture, DIFF 2004 will celebrate creativity, extraordinary filmmakers and artistic diversity that both enlighte...

Minghella’s Cold Mountain Will Open the Berlinale

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Minghella’s Cold Mountain Will Open the FestivalLove 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 Pala...

TERRA CGI film wins 8th award

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TERRA WINS 8th AWARDMeniThings latest CGI film 'Terra' was presented with the 'Directors Choice Award' this past week by the Black Maria Film Festival. The prize was awarded to director Aristomenis Tsirbas by an international jury at this Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences sanctioned festival. This is Terra's 8th festival win. Festival director John Columbus praised director Meni's "Dynamic characters and unique cinematic expression". 'Terra' was chosen for this honor from over 700 featur...

NY Explorers fest celebrates scientific exploration

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SATURDAY, JANUARY 24, 2004 The Explorers Club's 2004 Documentary Film Festival is a day-long celebration of the best in films on the subjects of Scientific Exploration, Field Research, Wildlife and Conservation. The Explorers Club Documentary Film Festival represents a continuation and extension of the Club’s longstanding mission, as we seek to honor filmmakers who share our vision for, and commitment to, a healthier planet in the 21st century. The Festival will be held at The Explorers Club'...

Palm Springs in action

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The 15th Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival has commenced this past week. With over 200 films, from more than 60 countries playing for this year Festival, it’s clear to see why Palm Springs is well respect as a premiere North American Film Festival. The crowds are in full force to see the exciting mix and array of films. With the remodeling of the Signature Theater and Wyndam Hotel as Host Hotel the Festival also has a new fresh presentation.As well as the venues the Festival Di...

Big Sky Documentary Film Festival line up

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The 2004 Big Sky Documentary Film Festival will be held at the recently-restored Roxy Theater in downtown Missoula February 20-25, 2004. The festival will showcase 75 non-fiction films from all styles, formats and production dates, from the most innovative and timely new films to classics and rare historic works. "We are honored to show some of the best non-fiction films from around the world," said festival director Doug Hawes-Davis. "With over 500 entries, it was no easy task to choose this ye...

Carandiru set to open Mar del Plata

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The MAR DEL PLATA FESTIVAL's 19th. Edition will take place between March 11 to 20.Hector Babenco’s powerful prison drama CARANDIRU, Brazil’s entry for the Academy Awards next year, will open the Festival, with Pupi Avati’s IL CUORE ALTROVO (Heart is Everywhere) set as the Closing Night Gala. Both directors will attend the Festival.Carandiru was unveiled at last Cannes and will screen at Sundance achieving with mar del Plata opening a very respectable festival circuit.First established in 1...

Chicagoans of the year: Jose `Pepe' Vargas

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Chicagoans of the year: Jose `Pepe' VargasOver the last two decades, Jose "Pepe" Vargas has been quietly building his legacy as a film festival director and Chicago cultural leader. Not only will the soft-spoken Colombian native celebrate the 20th birthday of the Chicago Latino Film Festival in 2004 -- but this year Vargas started planning a $50 million fundraising campaign for a new home for the International Latino Cultural Center of Chicago, currently housed in modest offices at Columbia Coll...

Phoenix Fest looking for Pulp Fiction

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PHOENIX FILM FESTIVAL PARTNERS WITH HARKINS FOR LARGEST FILM FEST DEBUTPhoenix Film Festival will showcase their opening and closing film ceremonies at this year’s Festival in Arizona’s largest movie screen, the Harkins Cine Capri. Harkins Theatres, leader in Phoenix independent film releases, is now the exclusive venue for the 2004 Phoenix Film Festival (PFF) and a proud supporter of the Phoenix Film Foundation!Festival executive director Chris LaMonth says, “The chance to partner with a ...

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