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AFI announces Bernardo Bertolucci as Guest Artistic Director

The American Film Institute (AFI) announced today that internationally acclaimed filmmaker and Academy Award®-winning director and screenwriter Bernardo Bertolucci will serve as its Guest Artistic Director at AFI FEST 2012 presented by Audi. Last year’s Guest Artistic Director was Pedro Almodóvar, and David Lynch, an alumnus of the AFI Conservatory, held the role in 2010. As Guest Artistic Director, Bertolucci has selected four feature films for his special sidebar program at...

Labirent TRAILER

"Labirent" is one of the movies in the Official Selection of ÉCU 2012. A massive explosion rips though a busy street in Istanbul, Turkey. 95 people are dead; 30 Americans and 5 British. The massacre sends shock waves from Turkey to London and Washington, DC. A new terrorist organization is behind the attack. The explosion is just the beginning. "Labirent" est un film de la séléction officielle ...

Call for Entries: 2012 DC Shorts Film Festival and Screenwriting Competitions

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DC Shorts showcases the largest audience-driven collection of short films in the USA.  Now in our 9th year, we expect hundreds of filmmakers and thousands of audience members mix, mingle and explore the world of short cinema. DC Shorts is unique among film festivals, as we entries to read the feedback and scores from the judging panels — a point which impressed MovieMaker Magazine to name us as “one of 20 festivals worth an entry fee,” and “one of the leading film festivals” ...

ReelFest DC is now accepting submissions

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REEL FEST DC is now accepting submissions! DEADLINE: AUGUST 31, 2011 October 19th-23rd at several screening locations in Washington, DC! www.reelfestdc.com After three successful seasons in Boston, MA, ReelFest is branching out. Join us in the nation’s capital for a showcase of some of the country’s finest independent filmmakers. Washington, DC is a city with a rapidly expanding independent film presence, spectacular networking opportunities and has recently been dubbed the d...

Aspen Film present the second annual NEW VIEWS series

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The Aspen Institute and Aspen Film present the second annual NEW VIEWS series highlighting critically acclaimed documentaries and including post-screening discussions with special guests. The series begins Monday, July 18, and continues on Monday nights through August 8. All films will be shown at 7:30 p.m. at Paepcke Auditorium in Aspen. New documentaries are playing an exciting role in public discourse, bringing a vibrant voice to culture and society. This selection of important films and spea...

Actor Morgan Freeman to receive Life Achievement Award at the 39th AFI (in best company)

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Clint Eastwood, Helen Mirren, Sidney Poitier, Mike Nichols, Matthew Broderick, Rita Moreno and Many More Among Those Honoring Legendary Actor Morgan Freeman at the 39th AFI Life Achievement Award Ceremony Honor Takes Place At Historic Sony Pictures Studios Thursday, June 9, 2011 At 7:00 p.m. AFI and TV Land announced today that Clint Eastwood, Helen Mirren, Sidney Poitier, Mike Nichols, Matthew Broderick and Rita Moreno are among the luminaries in film who will pay tribute to M...

BFM Digital and GI Film Festival Join Forces to Extend Availability of Independent Films Celebrating Service Members

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BFM Digital, a leading independent music company specializing in digital distribution, marketing, and promotions, has partnered with GI Film Festival (GIFF), a non-profit educational organization dedicated to sharing the military experience in and out of the arena of war, to digitally distribute, market and promote their vast catalogue of independent films. BFM Digital has long been a leader in digital distribution, marketing, and promotions for independent artists and labels. The recent add...

FINAL CALL FOR ENTRIES

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Interview with director of the Luang Prabang Film Fest

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Interesting Travelers - Interview with Gabriel Kupermanby Travis Ball I arrived in Luang Prabang, Laos, in early December, 2010, intending on only spending four days there before heading to Thailand. During my early explorations, I came across a sign near the city center promoting a film festival that was starting in two days. Thoroughly intrigued, I decided to attend the opening ceremony the following evening. The opening film blew me away and I ended up staying for the full duration of the wee...

NEWSLETTER N° 500 bis: march 11rd, 2011

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 .............                                                                                                                                                          NEWSLETTER N° 500 bis: march 11rd, 2011 Follow this LINK if you cannot read the newsletter properly  500 Let us toast to that! Since we like that number we will name this issue 500 bis if you do not mind? ...

American Jihadist

"American Jihadist" is a submission to ÉCU 2011. "American Jihadist" is the story of Isa Abdullah Ali, an African-American Muslim from the ghettos of Washington, DC, labeled a "known terrorist" by the U.S. Defense Department though he's never been charged with any crime. Check out the trailer!

International Forest Film Festival

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An International Forest Film Festival competition to mark the International Year of Forests, 2011 has named Vance Martin, Jan McAlpine, and Cristina Mittermeier as the judges who will select winning films from 18 finalists in six categories. The International Forest Film Festival competition, launched by the Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival and the United Nations Forum on Forests Secretariat, will announce the finalists in December 2010, and the winners will be honoured at the global launch o...

NEW VIEWS: Premiere Documentaries in Aspen

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 A recent renaissance in documentary filmmaking is having a major impact on American public discourse regarding the arts, politics, and society. To further explore this connection, NEW VIEWS: Premiere Documentariespresents five new documentaries focusing on music, the visual arts, photography, and more. Not yet available to the general public, these inspiring, thought-provoking films have won acclaim and awards on the international film festival circuit. Each screening will be followed by...

Premiere Documentaries series in Aspen this summer

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Aspen Film and the Aspen Institute have created a new partnership to bring a selection of world-class film experiences to Aspen this summer. NEW VIEWS: Premiere Documentaries, a new series highlighting critically acclaimed documentaries and filmmaker conversations, will launch July 8, 2010, at the Aspen Ideas Festival and continue Monday evenings from July 19 through August 9. NEW VIEWS: Premiere DocumentariesA recent renaissance in documentary filmmaking is having a major impact on American pub...

Shirin Neshat Film Lands At Indiepix

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  Following sold out screenings at New Directors/New Films Festival, the Spring film showcase that concluded yesterday, arthouse specialty distributor IndiePix will release acclaimed Iranian video/photographer Shirin Neshat’s directorial debut WOMEN WITHOUT MEN. The film opens theatrically in Los Angeles on April 9, Washington, DC  on April 30 followed by a mid-May release in New York. A national platform rollout continues with home video and digital release slated for the fall. ...

The Shortie Awards: International Film & News Festival

The 9th Annual Shortie Awards - International Film and News Festival highlights the work of students ages 7-18 and their teachers. Entry deadline for 2010 is April 9.The awards ceremony will be held on May 23, 2010 at La Maison Francaise in Washington, DC.

For more information, please visit www.shortie.org/festival

 

 

Opening Night New York Premiere of STILL BILL Q&A Session

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By Maria Esteves - March 2, 2010 The Opening Night New York Premiere documentary of STILL BILL, co-directed by Damani Baker and Alex Vlack, commenced January 27 - 28, 2010, at the IFC Center, New York. Grammy Award winning singer, songwriter and musician Bill Withers appeared for a special Q&A session following the two sold out opening screenings with filmmakers Damani Baker and Alex Vlack. STILL BILL played at the IFC Center for a week. Arrivals at the opening night included artists, pr...

Interview with French Film Director, Phillipe Seclier/"An American Journey"/Photographer Robert Frank

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"An American Journey: Revisiting Robert Frank's 'The Americans'": Opens at "The Film Forum" on Wednesday, September 30.  SA: Question:  "Robert Frank is thought of as one of the greatest living masters of photography.  How did you decide to make a film about him?"Phillipe Seclier: Answer: "It's a long story.  I traveled to the USA in 1984, and learned a lot about American culture, theater, movies, paintings and American photography.  In 2005, I was lookin...

Interview with French Film Director, Phillipe Seclier

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Interview with French Film Director, Phillipe Seclier/"An American Journey"/Photographer Robert Frank"An American Journey: Revisiting Robert Frank's 'The Americans'": Opens at "The Film Forum" on Wednesday, September 30. SA: Question: "Robert Frank is thought of as one of the greatest living masters of photography. How did you decide to make a film about him?"Phillipe Seclier: Answer: "It's a long story. I traveled to the USA in 1984, and learned a lot about American culture, theater, movies...

Which are the coolest festivals in the world? a list of 25

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Which are the coolest festivals in the world? Filmmaker Magazine asked their (mostly american) audience and produced this list of 25 "cool festivals". Most likely with cool parties, free drinks, and open opportunities for indie filmmakers. Not surprisingly the selection does not list international festivals (besides Locarno) nor established A listers. So what is YOUR list? Feel free to post a comment. ANN ARBOR FILM FESTIVAL ANN ARBOR, MI http://www.moviemaker.com/fe...

Which are the coolest festivals in the world? a list of 25

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Filmmaker Magazine asked their (mostly american) audience and produced this list of 25 "cool festivals".Most likely with cool parties, free drinks, and open opportunities for indie filmmakers.Not surprisingly the selection does not list international festivals (besides Locarno) nor established A listers which these readers may be not attending massively.. So what is YOUR list? Feel free to post a comment.ANN ARBOR FILM FESTIVAL ANN ARBOR, MI http://www.moviemaker.com/festivals/article/25_coolest...

A Love Affair With Non-Fiction At SILVERDOCS

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For lovers of non-fiction film, it doesn't get much better than the SILVERDOCS DOCUMENTARY FILM FESTIVAL, which begins its week-long love affair with documentaries next week. Boasting some of the finest achievements from the world of documentary film, the Festival is sponsored by the American Film Institute and The Discovery Channel. Its home base at the AFI Silver Theater, one of the finest arthouse venues in the country, brings even more allure to the ambitious slate of films. SILVERDOCS bring...

A Love Affair With Non-Fiction At SILVERDOCS

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  by Sandy Mandelberger, Festival Dailies Editor For lovers of non-fiction film, it doesn't get much better than the SILVERDOCS DOCUMENTARY FILM FESTIVAL, which begins its week-long love affair with documentaries next week. Boasting some of the finest achievements from the world of documentary film, the Festival is sponsored by the American Film Institute and The Discovery Channel. Its home base at the AFI Silver Theater, one of the finest arthouse venues in the country, brings even...

Interview with Film Director, Eran Riklis

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"Erev tov, Mr. Eran Riklis": “The words that come to mind when one sees “Lemon Tree”/”Etz Lemon”, which premiered this past week, and is currently playing at IFC, and “Syrian Bride”, are courage, resiliency, and loss. In “Lemon Tree”/”Etz Lemon”, the strong-willed Palestinian female lead, Salma Zidane, played by Hiam Abbass, from “The Visitor”, faces losing her inherited lemon orchard when an Israeli Defense Minister Navon and his wife, Mira Navon, played by Rona Lipa...

Interview with Film Director, Eran Riklis

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"Erev tov, Mr. Eran Riklis":   “The words that come to mind when one sees “Lemon Tree”/”Etz Lemon”, which premiered this past week, and is currently playing at IFC, and  “Syrian Bride”, are courage, resiliency, and loss.   In “Lemon Tree”/”Etz Lemon”, the strong-willed Palestinian female lead, Salma Zidane, played by Hiam Abbass, from “The Visitor”, faces losing her inherited lemon orchard when an Israeli Defense Minister Navon and his wife, Mira Navo...
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