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Tribeca awards to The Green Hat

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TRIBECA FILM FESTIVAL 2004The third edition of New York’s newest film cultural event, the Tribeca Film Festival, came to a star-studded finale this weekend as a host of celebrities honored the winners of top Festival awards at a gala ceremony and party in lower Manhattan. THE GREEN HAT, a film exploring its characters struggles to transcend traditional definitions of love in the new China, won two awards for Best Narrative Film and Best New Filmmaker for first-time Chinese director Liu Sen Dou...

Jester Wins at Sprockets - Toronto children's Fest

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JESTER TILL (TILL EULENSPIEGEL) receives Audience Award for best animation film at the prize-giving ceremony for the 7th International Children's Film Festival SPROCKETS in Toronto. The Audience Award for Best Animation Film was presented at the closing ceremony of SPROCKETS in Famous Players Canada Square to the animated feature JESTER TILL (TILL EULENSPIEGEL) by Eberhard Junkersdorf. The film was produced by Munich Animation Film (in co-production with CP Medien/Ludwigsburg and De Familie Jans...

L'adoption screened at recent Paris Film Festival

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L'adoption written and directed by Alain-Paul MallardScreened at Paris Film Festival earlier in AprilIt is summer in a small town in France, a heat that weighs listlessly on a landscape of newly constructed identical houses and dry wasteland, intersected with slip roads and railway lines. To assuage their boredom, best friends Marion (Selma El Mouissi) and Mélanie (Iliana Zabeth), 10 and 12 years old respectively, ride around on their bikes and claim as their own a half-completed building aband...

Peter Putka received an Emmy award

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Montreal native, Peter Putka received an Emmy award for a public service announcement for Imagine New York, a project of the Municipal Art Society of New York.The New York Emmy’s are local television’s most highly respected peer recognition award. The winning entries were announced at the 2004 New York Emmy Gala on March 28th at the Waldorf Astoria hotel.Featuring New York celebrities of the Creative Coalition - Kevin Bacon, Richard Belzer, Peter Boyle, Harvey Keitel, Bebe Neuwirth as well ...

Peak at Hot Docs

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CELEBRATE THE 11TH YEAR OF DOCUMENTARY EXCELLENCE AT THE HOT DOCS FESTIVAL RUNNING APRIL 23 – MAY 2, 2004This spring, Hot Docs, North America’s largest documentary film festival and market, celebrates its 11th year of presenting the best documentary cinema from Canada and around the world. In 2003, Hot Docs was voted Toronto’s Best Big Film Festival by Toronto’s Now Magazine and public attendance climbed to over 32,000. Hot Docs was established in 1993 by the Documentary Organisation of ...

Canada’s NSI Festival Filmexchange was hot!

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The weather cooperated for SnowScreen, Manitoba-made films sold out, the pitch session and Film and TV Industry Luncheon attracted dynamic crowds and amateur filmmakers rocked the house – not a bad week for NSI FilmExchange, Canada’s Coolest Film Festival, March 2 – 6.The festival started off with a hot event and the momentum built all week. Approximately 5,000 people attended throughout the five-day event, about 1,000 more than 2003. Delegate and screening pass sales also rose.Families, p...

Facts on markets and MIFED strategy

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FILM INDUSTRY: MARKET INFOIn the face of frictions arising between the various markets, of problems derived from the stretching sales slump, of the development of new technologies which will take a toll on the future, Mifed has decided to carry out an in-depth survey to grasp the actual needs of the film industry.We feel the gathered data – shown below – are useful to both markets and festivals, and have been fundamental for Audiovisual Industry Promotion to draft up the new Mifed 2004 proje...

NSI Announces Final ZeD Drama Prize Participants

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NSI ZeD Drama Prize Participants AnnouncedThe National Screen Institute – Canada (NSI), in association withCBC ZeD congratulates the selected NSI ZeD Drama Prize participants,announced today at the NSI FilmExchange Canadian Film Festival.From the 85 submissions, 18 teams were short listed, then chosen by jurydown to the selected 2004-05 participants:Kathleen’s Closet, by producer Diana Wilson, and writer-director SheilaJordan (British Columbia)The Snow Queen, by producer Sara Lazer, and writ...

MIFED official strategy for the future

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Audiovisual Industry Promotion strategy for Mifed 2004 and future guidelines.MIFED 2004The 71st Mifed will take place from October 12th to 16th at Milan Fairgrounds.The choice of the new dates has been based on the needs expressed by the market majority (attendance to the greatest number of markets) and to favour both financially and logistically sellers and non European buyers already in Europe for the market scheduled just beforehand – MipCom, 4-8 October.Mifed will be simultaneous to and in...

Choker Bali will open LA indian Fest

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The 2004 Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles Wednesday April 14-April 18 SundayCHOKHER BALI (premieres in Toronto)will open the festiival on April 14. Next day IFFLA will feature a Gala Film Tribute to Celebrate Career of Indian Actress Kirron Kher on April 15 Rituparno Ghosh's CHOKHER BALI (A Passion Play) as the opening night film of the 2004 festival. The film, based on Rabidranath Tagore's novel CHOKHER BALI, is a period drama featuring superstar actress Aishwarya Rai as a young widow in Bri...

The Panorama of Canadian Feature Films at FilmExchange

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FILMS FROM QUEBEC TO SCREEN AT NSI FILMEXCHANGE CANADIAN FILM FESTIVAL, MARCH 2 – 6, 2004 IN WINNIPEGSarah Polley, Kevin Pollak, William Hurt, Mark McKinney, Sir Ian McKellan and others star in some of the year’s best Canadian Feature Films.These national and internationally celebrated stories will be screened with the storytellers attending at one night only intimate screenings followed by an interactive Q&A with the audience. Opening Film: The Blue Butterfly Special Presentation: Seven Tim...

San Diego latino has Arturo Ripstein as guest director

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THE 11TH ANNUAL SAN DIEGO LATINO FILM FESTIVAL: DISCOVERY AND CELEBRATION: MARCH 11 ­ 21, 2004The Media Arts Center San Diego is proud to announce the 2004 San Diego Latino Film Festival with more than 100 films from Mexico, Cuba, Chile, Colombia, Peru, Guatemala, Brazil, Bolivia, Argentina, Spain and the U.S. This prestigious and internationally recognized film festival is the longest running Latino festival in Southern California. With a projected audience of over 17,000, SDLFF is also one ...

San Diego lines up 100 latino films

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THE 11TH ANNUAL SAN DIEGO LATINO FILM FESTIVAL:MARCH 11 – 21, 2004The Media Arts Center San Diego is proud to announce the 2004 San Diego Latino Film Festival with more than 100 films from Mexico, Cuba, Chile, Colombia, Peru, Guatemala, Brazil, Bolivia, Argentina, Spain and the U.S. This prestigious and internationally recognized film festival is the longest running Latino festival in Southern California. With a projected audience of over 17,000 people, SDLFF is also one of the largest. Att...

Victoria opens festivals to film lovers

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The 2004 Victoria Independent Film & Video Festival opened to an enthusiastic crowd with WILBUR WANTS TO KILL HIMSELF. This UK/Denmark film has been a hit on the festival circuit and Executive Director Kathy Kay knew she picked a winner for the filmgoers of Victoria Island. Now in it’s 10th year this Annual Festival officially kicks off the 10 day Festival in the beautiful setting of British Columbia, Canada. WILBER WANTS TO KILL HIMSELF tells the story of two brothers Wilbur and Harbour and...

Filmmakers: pick your Fest! (Houston is calling)

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"Why Even Bother with a Film Festival?"First of all, a warning: most of the 300-plus "film festivals" in NorthAmerica are not really film festivals. They are screening events. Theyshow a few films and tapes in a less-than-excellent venue andgenerally do very little for your film. A lot of scams are out there too...One in NYC (we won't mention names here, but they are easy to checkon) attempts to charge the filmmaker anywhere between $300 and$3000 to "participate" in their so-called Independent F...

IFCT Fest : High Tech under the snow

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International Festival for Cinema and Technology began its 4-day run in the screening room of New York’s Remote Lounge last Saturday. The Remote Lounge is the futuristic East Village bar that is scattered with 50 some odd mini video cams and microphones. Patrons can sit down at control station tables and edit their own live reality t.v. show by flicking between cameras and even tele-flirt with someone in another part of the bar. On face of it, this would seem to be the perfect venue for a fest...

Figgis Cold Creek River

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Cold Creek Manor" was born when screenwriter and executive producer Richard Jefferies was writing "Tron 2.0" for Walt Disney Pictures. Over dinner with the studio's top creative executives one night, Jefferies mentioned an idea that he had been toying with for several years. It was a thriller about a family that moves from the city to the country, where they buy a great old fixer-upper house. But their dream turns into a nightmare when the home's former owner shows up and a mystery unravels. ...

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...

Toronto looking for a new programming head?

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According to Screen International Toronto's Piers Handling will be stepping aside from programming duties while remaining CE. He is reported to be taking applications for co-director job probably looking at the Cannes duo winning strategy.In a recent interview he gave to Filmfestivals he was speaking of his programing directions.What kind of films screen at Toronto?I think Toronto has always been opened to every variety of film. Of course, popcorn movies don't always belong in a festival, but th...

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...

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...

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