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Lewiston Auburn Film Festival

A call for entries is underway for the first-ever Lewiston Auburn Film Festival (LAFF), which will be held on April 2, 2011, in both Lewiston and Auburn, Maine.

You can read a little more here, or go directly to  www.lafilmfestival.org for the details.

Instead of sticking viewers in a traditional cineplex, LAFF is coveting various downtown eateries, galleries, hotels, etc. into theaters for one day only. These locations will host either an afternoon of movies or an afternoon of workshops. One ticket will get festival goers in to all of the movies  and workshops.

The call for entries seeks movies that were created between Jan. 1, 2009 and Dec. 31, 2010 Categories for films are: feature-length, short, documentary and experimental. There are prizes in every category along with a few other major prizes that will be announced, including a short film contract with a local publishing company.

 In order to attract a diversified menu of applicants, organizers have kept submission fees low, and in it’s inaugural year, have waived them entirely for international applicants.

 We want your films!!! Visit www.lafilmfestival.org for the submission form.
 

 Deadline submissions December 31,2010

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Lewiston and Auburn, with a rich history and bright future, is the perfect backdrop for a film festival. As you walk from one town to the other, across the bridge and over the mighty Androscoggin River that cascades over the Great Falls, you’ll see both our past and our future: Our past in the worn red brick mills that line the river, and our future in the enterprising new businesses that now fill them. We are the second largest community in the state and continue to grow every year.

Instead of sticking you in a traditional cineplex, each location participating in LAFF is doubling as a theater for one day only. These locations will host either an afternoon of movies or an afternoon of workshops. One ticket will get you in to all of the movies and workshops.

The 2010 New York Film Festival

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The New York Film Festival, still after 22 years under the outstanding stewardship of Richard Pena, has completed its 48th edition running from September 24 to October 10. It has remained a most desirable platform for directors and the place to detect tendencies for high quality commercial movie making and for films in the art cinema sector. It is a festival where film tastes are shaped and where an upscale discerning audience derives pointers for serious filmmaking and for features they should...

European Directors In TIFF Spotlight

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 Manoel De Oliveira (Portugal) The Toronto International Film Festival has always had a love affair with European cinema and this year, in its 35th anniversary year, is no different. Nearly half of the films presented here this week are European or have European co-production partners. The European Film Promotion organization is assisting nearly 50 European sales companies with their presence here in order to assist the films in finding North American distribution here. More in ...

The Who's Who Of Toronto

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  Woody Allen and Anthony Hopkins For you stargazers, here is a list of the films that feature top rank film directors and acting talents that are premiering this week at the Toronto International Film Festival (and the talent that is here): 127 HOURS (Danny Boyle, Director; James Franco, Actor) AMIGO (John Sayles, Director; Chris Cooper, Actor) ANOTHER YEAR (Mike Leigh, Director; Jim Broadbent, Actor) THE BANG BANG CLUB (Ryan Phillipe, Actor) BARNEY...

London Film Festival program launch

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The programme for the 54th BFI London Film Festival, launched today by Artistic Director Sandra Hebron, showcases an array of highly anticipated films by both established and emerging talent from around the world. A particularly strong feature this year is the selection of British films including the previously announced Opening and Closing Night Galas. Over 16 days the festival will screen a total of 197 features and 112 shorts, including 11 World, 23 International and 33 European premieres, ma...

Films competing at san Sebastian

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Directors Naomi Kawase, Bent Hamer, Peter Mullan and Victoria Galardi will compete for the first time at San Sebastian Festival alongside John Sayles, Raúl Ruiz and Daoud Aoulad-Syad, all repeat contenders for the Golden Shell.The Japanese moviemaker Naomi Kawase will present Genpin. Kawase won the Caméra d’Or at Cannes with Moe no Suzako (1997) and was the first woman to win the Special Jury Prize in Cannes in 2007 for Mogari no More (The Mourning Forest). The British director, screenwriter...

Official Selection - John Sayles, Naomi Kawase, Bent Hamer, Raúl Ruiz and Peter Mullan

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John Sayles, Naomi Kawase, Bent Hamer, Raúl Ruiz and Peter Mullan in the Official Selection Directors Naomi Kawase, Bent Hamer, Peter Mullan and Victoria Galardi will compete for the first time at San Sebastian Festival alongside John Sayles, Raúl Ruiz and Daoud Aoulad-Syad, all repeat contenders for the Golden Shell. The Japanese moviemaker Naomi Kawase will present Genpin. Kawase won the Caméra d’Or at Cannes with Moe no Suzako (1997) and was the first woman to win the...

MEAT THE TRUTH

Director: Gertjan Zwanikken.
The documentary Meat the Truth is the first major project undertaken by the Nicolaas G. Pierson Foundation. Meat the Truth is a high-profile documentary, presented by Marianne Thieme (leader of the Party for the Animals), which forms an addendum to earlier films that have been made about climate change. Although such films have convincingly succeeded in drawing public attention to the issue of global warming, they have repeatedly ignored one of the most important causes of climate change, namely: intensive livestock production. Meat the Truth has drawn attention to this by demonstrating that livestock farming generates more greenhouse gas emissions worldwide than all cars, lorries, trains, boats and planes added together. The Nicolaas G. Pierson Foundation chose to compile the best scientific information on climate change and livestock farming, which is presently available and to translate this for a broader audience. The film was produced by Claudine Everaert and Gertjan Zwanikken. The calculations on greenhouse gas emissions used in the film derive from and have been validated by the Food and Agricultural Organisation of the UN (FAO), the World Watch Institute, the Institute for Environmental Studies of the Free University Amsterdam and numerous other authoritative sources. Well-known Dutch celebrities, such as Anthonie Kamerling, Georgina Verbaan, Henk Schiffmacher, Yvonne Kroonenberg, Karen van Holst Pellekaan, Wim.T.Schippers and Dolf Jansen, participated in the making of the Dutch version of this documentary, which has already been deemed better than Al Gore’s An Inconvenient Truth by the science editors of the quality Dutch daily newspaper, the NRC Handelsblad. In the meantime, the Nicolaas G. Pierson Foundation has also produced an international version of Meat the Truth. This English language film is better tailored to an international public and uses calculations on the carbon savings that may be achieved by reducing one’s meat consumption based on American, rather than Dutch, examples. Many well-known celebrities, such as Pamela Anderson, Bill Maher, James Cromwell, Emily Deschanel, Tony Denison, Esai Morales, Megan Blake, Debra Wilson Skelton, Elaine Hendrix, Kate Flannery, Carol Leifer, Joy Lauren, Hal Sparks, Constance Marie, Kristina Klebe, Skyler Gisondo, Graham Patrick Martin, Greg Vaughan and Touriya Haoud Vaughan, participated in the making of the international version of the film. With this documentary, the Nicolaas G. Pierson Foundation hopes to make a contribution to the societal discussion about a more plant-based and thus also more animal-friendly diet and society. Moreover, the Foundation also anticipates that the film will provide a showcase for prominent scientific reports about livestock farming and climate change, which unfortunately have thus far proved inaccessible to the general public. The world premiere of Meat the Truth was held on 10th December 2007 in the Tuschinski cinema in Amsterdam. The international version of the film premiered at London's Odeon West End Cinema in Leicester Square on 19th May 2008 and has since also had its premiere screening in the USA at the Egyptian Theatre, Hollywood, LA during the Artivist Film Festival on 3rd October 2008.

2010 Troia Film Festival Award Winners

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  The 26th edition of FESTROIA, the oldest and most prestigious film event in Portugal, concluded last weekend with the announcement of the Golden Dolphin Awards. This has been a rough period for cultural organizations in Portugal, with an already uncertain economy facing new challenges from what could be a long period of austerity. However, despite this, Festival Director Fernanda Silva continue the traditions begun by Festival founder Mario Ventura to create an event that reaches hig...

Festroia Lifetime Achievement Award

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  On its 26th edition, FESTROIA – International Film Festival of Setúbal decided once more to pay a tribute to Portuguese cinema, by presenting a Lifetime Achievement Dolphin Award to Rogério Samora, who is celebrating three decades as an actor. Rogério Samora is the fifth Portuguese actor to receive Festroia’s most important individual award, after Ruy de Carvalho (2003), Raul Solnado (2004), Joaquim de Almeida (2006) and Nicolau Breyner (2008). Born in Lisbon in 1958, J...

Provincetown International Film Festival Brings Warm Tides

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The year America's oldest art colony turned 100, it reckoned it couldn't start another century without a cinema fete. Thus was born the Provincetown International Film Festival. That was 1999, and now PIFF heads into its 12th edition June 16 to 20, 2010. The Festival will once again salute "new achievements in independent film…and the work of acclaimed and emerging directors, producers and actors," as per its website. Not a peep about writers, which is the bailiwick of the N...

NEWSLETTER N° 459: April 1, 2010

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............. WELCOME TO OUR NEWSLETTER N° 459: April 1, 2010 Follow this LINK if you cannot read the newsletter properly Take Center Stage in Cannes and trust the combined experience of the filmfestivals.com founders promoting your film, festival. Sign up for a free brainstorming around your strategy and objectives. Meanwhile take a look at the following package Cannes Blast ...

IndieLisboa Festival unveils 280 strong features and shorts line-up and 33 Portuguese World Premieres

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The International Independent Film Festival of Lisbon - IndieLisboa (April 22- May 2) has unveiled its full line-up for its 7th edition, and will present over 100 features and 180 shorts as well as workshops, panel discussions and masterclasses. Twelve films have been shortlisted for the main International Competition, which is reserved for first or second time directors. The line-up includes Benjamin Heisenberg's The Robber, Javier Rebollo's La mujer sin piano, Martijn Maria Smits C'est ...

Marc Price and Nancy Bishop confirrmed speakers on FEST Training Ground

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Marc Price is the person responsible of one of the biggest film phenomenons in 2009 with its film "Colin" "Colin" hit the spotlight in Cannes where the film wowed by the critics and got several distribution deals, but some films have achieved similar objective, but none of the others had a similar budget to "Colin" that was made for 50 Euros! This achievement made Marc Price a case study, he wrote "Colin" during his day work and suddenly he was...

Heddy Honigmann and the Berlinale Forum at IndieLisboa 2010

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Dutch director Heddy Honigmann and the "Forum" section of the Berlin International Film Festival will be honoured this year in IndieLisboa's "Independent Hero" program. The 7th Lisbon International Independent Film Festival will be held between 22 April - 2 May. Heddy Honigmann Retrospective Heddy Honigmann is one of the "Independent Heroes" of IndieLisboa's next edition. The Lisbon Independent Film Festival will pay tribute to this renown documentary filmma...

French films and directors at IFFR 2010

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With more than sixty French film productions and co-productions included in the line-up, French cinema boasts a strong presence at the 39th International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR). Internationally acclaimed, recent French productions (feature films, short films, performances) will top the bill together with numerous début features, including two films competing for the VPRO Tiger Awards, by a talented and innovative young generation of filmmakers, confirming the IFFR’s role as a major pl...

Award-Winning Portugese Director To Be Jury Member at ÉCU 2010

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Director Joao Salaviza pictured center. Salaviza won the Palme d'Or Short Film award for his film "Arena" at the Cannes Film Festival 2009 (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images Europe) Porguese director, João Salaviza, awarded “Best Short Film” at Cannes 2009 for his film, “Arena” Born in Lisbon in 1984, Salaviza majored in cinema at the School of Theater and Cinema, concluding his studies at the Universidad del Cine in Buenos Aires. His first shor...

Dreaming The Night Away

Director: Pierre Jézéquel.
Richard wanders among the lower life of a decadent and neglected city. However, a sudden confrontation with an unpleasant reality will send him on an intense emotional ride, where betrayal and revenge are inescapably tied.

Robert McKee returns to Portugal

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The most renowned and respected world specialist in the field of screenwriting will once again be in Lisbon on the 13th, 14th and 15th of November, to present the Genre Thriller, Genre Comedy and Genre Love Story Seminars. The event will take place in Lisbon, on the Teatro Aberto for three days. Appealing to a largely diverse public, this seminar takes place over the course of three intense days and is an unique source of knowledge and inspiration to professionals and students connec...

A Peek At Portugese Cinema at NYFF

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   TO DIE LIKE A MAN (Joao Pedro Rodrigues) Portugese cinema has had a bit of a low profile of late (overshadowed by its Iberian neighbor Spain) but this year's New York Film Festival has a surprising number of new films from Portugal that are among the highlights of this year's film gathering. Reaching one's 100th birthday is an accomplishment for anyone anywhere, but while most in their centenary are content to sit on the back porch reminiscing about their lives, director...

Countryside 35x45

Director: Evgeny Solomin.
Throughout the country old Soviet passports are being exchanged for the new Russian ones. A provincial photographer is traveling from one Siberian village to another taking 35x45 mm passport photos of the villagers. Thanks to a large number of clients and profound observation of countryside life the films turns into poetic story about world-view of people living in remote areas at the cross-roads of two cultures, of Soviet and modern Russian ones.

Un Certain Regard: "To Die like a Man" by João Pedro Rodrigues

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To Die Like a Man by João Pedro Rodrigues, today's Certain Regard offering, finds Tonia, a veteran Lisbon drag queen, at a turning point. She's aging, and her star status is threatened by a new generation of performers, who think she should retire; a son she abandoned is trying to get in touch with her, and her young boyfriend Rosário wishes she would finally undergo a real sex-change operation. Every decision she makes will be crucial. "To Die Like a Man is ...

Interview with Fernando Meirelles

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From the highly acclaimed director of The Constant Gardner and City of God comes the compelling post-apocalyptic thriller BLINDNESS. This must-see chilling thriller has an all-star cast including: Julianne Moore, Mark Ruffalo, Danny Glover and Gael Garcia Bernal. BLINDNESS is released to buy and rent on DVD on 30 March 2009 from Pathé Distribution Ltd.As a city is ravaged by an epidemic of sudden blindness, its victims are quarantined in a derelict hospital where a women (Moore; Children of Men...

A look back in history of fantasporto

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In the last three decades, Fantasporto brought to Portugal for the first time the films of such names as David Cronenberg, André Tarkovsky, Brian de Palma, John Carpenter, Alain Resnais, David Lynch, Pedro Almodovar, Andrzej Zulawski, Ridley Scott, Luc Besson, Peter Greenaway, Neil Jordan, Jean-Jacques Beneix, Joel and Ethan Cohen, Sam Raimi, Brian Yuzna, Peter Jackson, Hal Hartley, Anthony Minghella, Quentin Tarantino, Roberto Rodriguez, Danny Boyle, Paul Anderson, David Fincher, James Mango...

Festroia - International Film Festival

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The Official competitive Section specialises in films from countries producing up to 30 features yearly and it takes place 25 miles from Lisbon at the celebrated beach area of Setubal Bay.

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