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Santa Fe 4th ready to kick off

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The Santa Fe Film Festival launches its fourth, and largest, season. Salutes to British director Stephen Frears, actor Peter Boyle and New Mexico novelist/screenwriter Max Evans anchor this year's Santa Fe Film Festival. In addition, the festival expects more than 200 filmmakers and other special guest artists to attend. The roster includes actress Elisabeth Moss (seen on TV series "The West Wing"), "The Wild Bunch" screenwriter Walon Green, legendary casting director Lynn Stalmaster and the te...

La fin du règne animal took best film at Torino

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TORINO FILM FESTIVAL took place between November 13-21, 2003 wrapped announcing awradsINTERNATIONAL FEATURE COMPETITION* jury members: director Alison Maclean (Canada), director Pappi Corsicato (Italy), director Goutam Ghose (India), director Michael Almereyda (USA) and director Manuel Mozos (Portugal).- BEST FEATURE FILM (20,500 euros): Joel Brisse's LA FIN DU REGNE ANIMAL (France)- SPECIAL JURY PRIZE: (tie) Parviz Shahbazi's DEEP BREATH (Iran) and Lukasz Barczyk's CHANGES / PRZEMIANY (Poland)-...

Corneau honored at french fest in the UK

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FRENCH FILM FESTIVAL UK 2003Every November the French Film Festival UK provides a unique and eclectic close-up of film-making from France, a wonderful opportunity to discover the genuine pulse of le cinéma français.With the 12th edition (Edinburgh Filmhouse, Glasgow Film Theatre, Aberdeen Belmont, Dundee Contemporary Arts, Stirling MacRobert, and an enhanced London presence at the Ciné Lumière and other venues) the festival looks set to provide yet another exceptionally strong line-up after ...

Viper Basel 2003 kicking off

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VIPER Basel 2003, the international film and new mediafestival, will run from 21 to 25 November. The city on the Rhine will againbe a lively meeting-place for examining the latest trends in film, art andthe new media.VIPER is both a catalyst and an impulse generator for innovations, ameeting-place for authors and producers, the art business and the massmedia, culture and industry. The principal programme items in VIPER Basel2003 are the international film, video and new media competition and the...

Fest of film schools in Munich

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INTERNATIONALE MÜNCHNER FILMWOCHEN27.11.- 30.11.2003International Festival of Film Schools – November, 2003 in MunichFor the first time in five years, the most important European festival for filmschools returns with a new concept to its original time frame in November.Tomorrow’s master directors will present their films, documentaries andanimated films from November 27 to 30 at the Munich Film Museum. A totalof 77 films from 43 film schools in 31 countries can be seen during the 23rdannual...

Bruce Willis aids Sonoma Valley Festival

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It seems that luck, skill, timing and talent go hand-in-hand when making a good movie or a commercial, and the Sonoma Valley Film Festival had all that going for it this past weekend when Hollywood mega-actor Bruce Willis showed up to lend his talent.Willis is starring in a commercial promoting the 2004 Sonoma Valley Film Festival, known as Cinema Epicuria. The 60-second trailer, titled "Cinema Epicuria or Bust," is being co-produced by Brenda Lhormer and Kevin McNeely, both Sonoma Valley reside...

Thessaloniki: breathe cinema not oxygen

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"Michel Demopoulos has given the Festival a new vitality, opening it up to a young audience. During the Festival, in this town, you breathe not oxygen but cinema!" Bernardo Bertolucci Some history about the festival: First held in 1960 as a modest "Week of Greek Cinema", the Thessaloniki International Film Festival has become, 43 years later, an annual event focused on the discovery and promotion of new directors from all over the world; a true celebration of film. For t...

10 one minute films will premiere at Rotterdam

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In a compilation titled ‘Just a Minute’, ten one-minute films will see their world premiere during IFFR 2004. In a project designed to celebrate and promote adventurous short film-making, the Rotterdam film festival has invited ten talented directors, masters of the short film form (most of them regularly presenting work in Rotterdam this and past years) to make a special one-minute film as part of a project collaboration between IFFR and the Dutch Province of Zuid-Holland. The film-makers p...

Zatoichi Kitano Rotterdam opener

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ZATOICHI opening film IFFR 2004Special sidebar ‘Once We Were Birds: Romani Cinema’Isaac Julien (UK) selected as ‘Artist in Focus’The major director, star and entertainer Takeshi Kitano will attend the opening of the 33rd International Film Festival Rotterdam to present his latest feature ZATOICHI. Kitano himself plays the title role as the legendary, blind swordsman with the young star of Japanese cinema Asano Tadanobu as his opponent. “Full of vitality, wit and marvellously choreograp...

EFA Critics awards to Bellochio and docu to S21

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EUROPEAN FILM ACADEMY AWARD OF THE CRITICS (PRIX FIPRESCI)The European Film Academy today announced the first two winners of this year's European Film Awards: The European Film Academy Critics Award 2003 - Prix Fipresci goes to the Italian film BUONGIORNO, NOTTE (Goodmorning, Night) by Marco Bellocchio. The critics' award is presented in co-operation with the international federation of film critics, Fipresci. In his statement, Fipresci president Michel Ciment said, "by awarding this prize to Ma...

Monster premiering for AFI finale

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Monster closed AFI last week end.The film written and directed by Patty JenkinsPROD: Brad Wyman, Donald Kushner, Charlize Theron, Mark Damon, Clark Peterson EXEC PROD: Meagan Riley-Grant, Steward Hall, Andreas Schmid, Andreas Grosch, Sammy LeeCast: Charlize Theron, Christina Ricci, Bruce Dern, Scott Wilson, Pruitt Taylor Vince Charlize Theron stars in MONSTER, a shockingly moving film that burrows deep beneath the tabloid-sized headline stories on Aileen Wournos, the man-hatingand murder...

Attendance at High Falls rises

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Record Box Office Receipts, Strong AttendanceMean Success for 2003 High Falls Film FestivalThe 3rd annual High Falls Film Festival, the premier East Coast festival that celebrates the work of women behind the camera, generated record box office receipts for its four-day, five-night run November 5-9 at the Little Theatres and at the Dryden Theatre at George Eastman House."We had a 17 percent jump in box office receipts over last year," said Ruth Cowing, the festival's managing director, "and we d...

York (shire) Fest new face

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York Independent Film Festival has now become York International Film Festival.So what else has changed apart from the name?We've now moved our website to www.yiff.co.uk (update your bookmarks if you still have our old address!), and introduced a new competetive category for films originating from Yorkshire alongside the usual awards for best feature, short, animation, documentary, short-short and the audience vote. We're assembling a new judging panel, featuring regular contributors to the nati...

BFI Sutherland trophy shortlists announced

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SUTHERLAND TROPHY SHORTLIST ANNOUNCEDA shortlist of three titles in competition for the British Film Institute (bfi) Sutherland Trophy was announced today (4 November), selected by a jury representing the film and entertainment worlds.The shortlist, chosen from twelve nominated titles, comprises No Rest for the Brave, a dreamlike coming-of-age odyssey from French director Alain Guiraudie; Osama, the first feature from post-Taliban Afghanistan directed by Siddiq Barmak; and Reconstruction, an exp...

Beverly Hills Fest: Indie fame

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BEVERLY HILLS, CA – If you were one of the lucky filmmakers attending the 2003 Beverly Hills Film Festival Awards Night Dinner at the infamous Beverly Hills Hotel this past May, consider yourself a part of Indie filmmaking history. The star studded event made up of Hollywood’s A-list actors, producers, directors, distributors and rising new filmmakers took center stage once again as the most prestigious film festival in the world. “The Beverly Hills Film Festival awards night ceremony is a...

AFI 2003 awards

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AFI FEST – Intl Jury Awards: BLUE, BEAH & DEEP SILENCE stand-outsFriday night, Nov 14th, at a standing-room-only celebration at CineSpace, the International Jury Award winners of AFI FEST 2003 were announced. Taking the Feature Jury Prize was Natasha Arthy's OLD, NEW, BORROWED AND BLUE, a Danish bittersweet comedy and an official Dogme film about the perils of love and honesty. "I'm really proud," said an elated Arthy minutes after winning. "It's very unreal. We didn't expect anything like thi...

Loving Glances awarded at Monte Carlo

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Loving Glances (Sjaj u Ocima) has picked up Best Screenplay award for writer/director Srdjan Karanovic and Best Music prize for veteran composer Zoran Simjanovic this weekend at the Monte Carlo International Film Festival. A co-production between F&ME and Belgrade based YODI Movie Craftsmen, the film is the last production ever to receive funding from the now defunct European Co-Production Fund run by British Screen. Other major funders were YODI, the Ministry of Culture of Serbia and Monteneg...

Meryl Streep follows De Niro for 2004 AFI

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Meryl Streep Follows De Niro in AFI Life Time Achievment tribute for 2004.The actress has been selected by the American Film Institute's (AFI) Board of Trustees to receive the 32nd AFI Life Achievement Award, the highest honor for a career in film, it was announced today by Sir Howard Stringer, Chair of the AFI Board of Trustees. The award will be presented to Streep at a gala tribute on June 10, 2004, which will be held in the Kodak Theatre at Hollywood & Highland. Mr. Stringer commented, "Mer...

AFI day 9

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Friday night, at a standing-room-only celebration at Cinespace, the jury award winners of AFI FEST 2003 were announced. Taking the Feature Jury Prize was Natasha Arthy's OLD, NEW, BORROWED AND BLUE, a Danish bittersweet comedy and an official Dogme film about the perils of love and honesty. "I'm really proud," said an elated Arthy minutes after winning. "It's very unreal. We didn't expect anything like this." Arthy and producer Birgitte Skov said that they planned to ring the two lead actors fro...

Artivist Festival prepares Earth Day premiere

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The Artivist Film Festival is the first festival dedicated to addressing social, global, political, animal rights and environmental issues through Visual Arts & Music. Its mission is to strengthen the voice of international activist Filmmakers & Artists - Artivists - while raising public awareness and funds for global social causes.Art can be a powerful medium for social change by bringing people together, raising awareness, instilling hope, and inspiring action. We seek to unite the entertain...

Costner, Zanuck and Minghella: Palm Springs tributes

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Actor Costner, Producer Zanuck and Director Minghella to Be Honored at Upcoming 15th Annual Palm Springs International Film FestivalThe tributes and awards for the upcoming Palm Springs International Film Festival are now announced. Academy Award winning actor/director/producer Kevin Costner, Academy Award-winning producer Richard D. Zanuck, and Academy winning director Minghella will be honored at the Award Gala being held on Sunday, January 11, 2004 at the Palm Springs Convention Center. T...

AFI day 8

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"I've been winning the Los Angeles Grand Prix," said director Anthony Minghella to a sold-out audience on Thursday night, after arriving fashionably late. Minghella was on hand to discuss his work with film critic Pete Hammond and to present 20 minutes from his latest film, COLD MOUNTAIN. Greeting him on stage were a number of people who have worked with Minghella over the years, including director Sydney Pollack (an executive producer of COLD MOUNTAIN and THE TALENTED MR. RIPLEY); cinematograph...

Bahamas Fest opens with latest J. Sayles film

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JOHN SAYLES AND PALM PICTURES WILL RECEIVE VISION IN FILM AWARDS AT GALA CEREMONIESTHE BAHAMAS ONE WORLD FILM FESTIVAL, taking place from November 13 – 17 in Nassau/Paradise Island, The Bahamas, will host the Americas Premieres (first showing in the Caribbean, Central and South America) of 35 Feature Films and 20 shorts from a dozen countries at its inaugural event.The Festival opens on November 13 with CASA DE LOS BABYS by director John Sayles. Sayles will receive a Vision In Film Award for C...

AFI day 7

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Day 7 featured what AFI FEST does best: Present an extraordinary spectrum of films, while giving fest-goers the opportunity to converse and meet with the filmmakers who made them. Within one evening, films from all eight sections were screened, in addition to a line-up of shorts and the Centerpiece Gala of the World Premiere of Norman Jewison's THE STATEMENT, starring Tilda Swinton. The evening began with a bolt of lightning and the US Premiere of Natasha Arthy's OLD, NEW, BORROWED AND BLUE, an ...

Gettin' square winner of Inside Film Awards in Sydney

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LEXUS IF (INSIDE FILM) AWARDS WINNERS ANNOUNCEMENTGettin’ Square and Japanese Story, the people’s choice in Australian filmWinners for the 2003 Lexus IF (Inside Film) Awards were announced in Sydney tonight at a prestigious event staged at Wharf 8 in Pyrmont. Hosted by Deborah Mailman, the live broadcast was followed by a celebratory party presented by Autore South Sea Pearls. Gettin' Square and Japanese Story earned the highest accolades on the night. Japanese Story collected four IF awards...
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