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Mashed Potato Hangover from LA Comedy Shorts

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Okay, while most of the blog postings on LA Comedy Shorts blog on fest21.com have been “generic” in voice, this one is all me. As a comic and writer, I’ve loved swimming in the deep end of the pool with the big boys and girls of comedy the past few days and today’s panel was definitely that. So, this entry is all about me, you can indulge or just click off. Funny People Talking About Sh*t was moderated by Artistic Director Gary Anthony Williams and America’s Next Top African-Amer...

Mashed Potato Hangover by Kimberly Deisler

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Okay, while most of the blog postings have been “generic” in voice, this one is all me.  As a comic and writer, I’ve loved swimming in the deep end of the pool with the big boys and girls of comedy the past few days and today’s panel was definitely that.  So, this entry is all about me, you can indulge or just click off. Funny People Talking About Sh*t was moderated by Artistic Director Gary Anthony Williams and America’s Next Top African-American.  Next up was comic...

Bobcat Goldthwait to be honored at L.A. Comedy Shorts

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The Inaugural L.A. Comedy Shorts Film Festival will honor director/comedian/actor/writer Bobcat Goldthwait with the first-ever 2009 COMMIE AWARD at the Closing Night Awards ceremony on Sunday, March 8, 2009 at Cinespace in Hollywood. “Just when you think you’ve got Bobcat pegged, he pops up from a totally different direction, completely unexpected, and with another brilliantly funny facet to crack you up,” commented Gary Anthony Williams, Artistic Director of LACSFF. “Writing. Acting....

What? No Prozac?

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Forget the Prozac, come on, get Happy! You’d better shake off the straight jacket today! Shout hallelujah, come on, get happy! Throw the protective head gear away! Downtown LA will never be the same! This weekend the first ever LA Comedy Shorts Film Festival rolls out the red carpet at the newly renovated Downtown Independent Theater located at 251 S. Main St., Los Angeles.  This four-day comedic extravaganza was founded by the following funnies Ga...

Downtown LA: Forget the Prozac, come on, get Happy!

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Forget the Prozac, come on, get Happy! You’d better shake off the straight jacket today! Shout hallelujah, come on, get happy! Throw the protective head gear away! Downtown LA will never be the same! This weekend the first ever LA Comedy Shorts Film Festival rolls out the red carpet at the newly renovated Downtown Independent Theater located at 251 S. Main St., Los Angeles. This four-day comedic extravaganza was founded by the following funnies Gary Anthony Williams (Artistic Director, Boston...

L.A. Comedy Shorts ready to open

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Sometimes when someone laughs at something short, that’s a good thing. Like L.A. Comedy Shorts– an honest to goodness film festival in the heart of Los Angeles hosting funny, short films.Started by funny people, for funny people, The L. A. Comedy Shorts Film Festival is a four-day, non-stop celebration of comedic short films, held March 5-8, 2009 in downtown Los Angeles. The Festival will introduce the newest and hottest comedic talent to the industry in a fun-packed weekend of screenings...

IFFS Europe schedule of panels and events

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2009 IFFS Europe Opening Keynote Presentations Marco Müller Director Venice International Film Festival Wieland Speck Director of Panorama Berlin International Film Festival Tuesday, April 7, 2009 8:30 am Registration Opens 9:15 am Opening Remarks by Conference Chair 9:30 am - 10:30 am Dynamic Programming   Year round programming, migrating content to the web and extending audience reach are all critical programming issues. Once your festival ha...

Paso Robles Digital Film Festival

The Paso Robles Digital Film Festival. Where film and music collide. Festival-goers will stroll to small film screenings in elegant wineries and live music concerts in cozy intimate venues in beautiful Paso Robles Wine Country.

Edinburgh Festival introduces 2 new awards

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The Edinburgh International Film Festival Artistic Director Hannah McGill today announced the introduction of two new significant international awards; Best New International Feature Award and Best International Short Film at this year’s Festival, 17 – 28 June 2009.The Film Festival, now in its second year in June, has been long acclaimed for its discovery and recognition of outstanding British Film, awarding The Michael Powell Award to cinematic gems such as Control, Tsotsi and last years w...

Watch the First video of the panels at the Festival Summit in Vegas

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THE PANEL: Filmmaker Professional Development and the Festival Experience Developing programs to set your festival apart and educate the filmmaker can be a key component to any festival. What can and should you do to properly enhance the filmmaker experience? Hear from established fests how year after year they continue to create an exceptional filmmaker experience.             Moderator: Mike Jones, Managing Editor, Fi...

I shot the conference: 200 festival directors...in one shot

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Watch the First video of the panels at the Festival Summit in Vegas     Filmmaker Professional Development and the Festival Experience Developing programs to set your festival apart and educate the filmmaker can be a key component to any festival. What can and should you do to properly enhance the filmmaker experience? Hear from established fests how year after year they continue to create an exceptional filmmaker experience. Moderator: Mike Jones, Managing Edit...

Las Vegas International Film Festival Summit Excellence Awards

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5th Annual International Film Festival Summit December 7-9, 2008 Las Vegas Congratulations to the 2008 Excellence Award Honorees The Excellence Awards are the only awards that honor and pay tribute to the dedicated professionals and executives managing film festivals. Festivals continue to provide a vital intersection where the major stakeholders in the entertainment industry converge. For decades the tireless work of the film festival professional has made monumental impacts on the indus...

Las Vegas International Film Festival Summit Awards

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5TH ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL SUMMIT DECEMBER 7-9, 2008 LAS VEGAS2008 Excellence Award Honorees were handed by Ernie Hudson at the Las Vegas HiltonThe Excellence Awards are the only awards that honor and pay tribute to the dedicated professionals and executives managing film festivals. Festivals continue to provide a vital intersection where the major stakeholders in the entertainment industry converge. For decades the tireless work of the film festival professional has made monumental ...

The updated agenda of Vegas International Film Festival Summit

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SUNDAY DECEMBER 7, 2008 11:00am Registration Opens 1:45pm- 2:00pm Welcoming Remarks & Introductions 2:00pm- 2:45pm Opening Keynote Presentation: Indie Films' Change Agenda Rick is the CEO of SnagFilms, a new digital distribution company founded by AOL Vice-Chairman EmeritusTed Leonsis, and backed by Leonsis, AOL founder Steve Case and others. Launched in July, 2008, SnagFilms gives everyone the latest in web tools to find, watch and share great documentary films and then engag...

The Starz Denver Film Festival will honour Bill Pullman

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The 31st Starz Denver Film Festival (SDFF) will honor an outstanding and wide array of talented film artists during the 11-day festival which kicks off November 13 and runs through November 23. Actor Bill Pullman will receive the Festival's prestigious John Cassavetes Award while Richard Jenkins will be presented with the Excellence in Acting Award. Additionally, SDFF will pay tribute to cinematographer Wally Pfister, Iranian filmmaker Majid Majidi and Swiss filmmaker Thomas Imbach for their ...

Schedule of panels and keynotes at Las Vegas Festival Summit 08

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2008 CONFERENCE AGENDA SUNDAY DECEMBER 7, 2008 11:00am Registration Opens 1:45pm- 2:00pm Welcoming Remarks & Introductions 2:00pm- 2:45pm Opening Keynote Presentation Rick Allen Chief Executive Officer SnagFilms 2:45pm- 4:00pm Festivals: Distribution Revolution or Evolution? Current distribution models are evolving faster than ever as studio business models evolve and new organizations crop up. As the independent film ‘distribution revolution’ marches fo...

Masoud Amralla Al Ali jury member of Durban International Film Festival

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Masoud Amralla Al Ali, Artistic Director of the Dubai International Film Festival, has been selected as a jury member in the upcoming Durban International Film Festival. The Durban International Film Festival will be held from 23 July - 3 August at Durban in South Africa. Under the banner Love Film, Hate Xenophobia, the festival will showcase over 200 films from nearly 95 countries. Opening the festival is the African Premiere of Ralph Ziman’s Jerusalema, a gritty gangster thriller set ...

15 world premieres at next London Film Festival

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The Times BFI 52nd London Film Festival runs from 15 October – 30 October. The programme, announced today by Artistic Director Sandra Hebron, includes a record number of world and international premieres with a total of 189 features and 108 shorts screening alongside a stellar line-up of special events and expected guests.Opening Night film, Ron Howard’s FROST/NIXON, is one of the Festival’s 15 world premieres and the Closing Night Gala is the European premiere of Danny Boyle’s SLUMDOG M...

Babelgum Online Film Festival Announcement In Toronto

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Babelgum, the independent web tv platform, hosted a brunch reception in the sky lounge atop the Sutton Place Hotel yesterday, announcing plans for the second edition  of the Babelgum Online Film Festival and showcasing some of the short film winners from its first round. Babelgum is a free internet television platform that combines full-screen video quality of traditional television with the interactive capabilities of the internet, offering programming-on-demand of unique content to a global a...

Carol Coombes (Miami G&L Fest) joins TLAVideo

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TLAvideo.com is proud to announce that the award-winning creative force behind the Miami Gay & Lesbian Film Festival, Carol Coombes, will be joining TLAvideo.com as a Managing Editor. Coombes will be working to develop and nurture TLAvideo’s growing and popular lesbian catalogue. Her position begins in early October, 2008.“I am delighted to be joining TLAvideo.com as Manager Editor of Lesbian content.” Said Coombes. “I am looking forward to working with the terrifically dedicated team a...

Durban Film Festival announces winners

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29th Durban International Film Festival announces winnersAward-winners at the 29th Durban International Film FestivalBest Film: Foster Child (Philippines), directed by Brillante Mendoza…"delving with remarkable skill into the everyday lives of his extremely well-developed characters, the director fuses documentary and drama to create a brave, humane and unconventional film." Best South African Feature Film: Triomf, directed by Michael Raeburn …"by immersing itself into the often sordid world...

Key Speakers from Future of Cinema Salon Series in Locarno

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Locarno Film Festival, Fest21.com, CFC Media Lab and Telefilm Canada are proud to premiere our Future of Cinema Salon Series at the Locarno Film Festival. We will be hosting the Future of Cinema Panel on Digital Distribution that brings together international voices around the table, plus a special hands-on demo of some of the most innovative works coming out of Canada and Switzerland, including Late Fragment a critically-acclaimed dramatic interactive feature film which premiered last year at ...

Amos Gitai to speak at Locarno Future of Cinema Salon

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Amos Gitai will speak at the panel on Digital Distribution at Future of Cinema Salon Locarno 2008Future of Cinema Panel on Digital Distributionin association with XDC The Hollywood Reporter and  Cineuropa.org  Saturday August 9th, 2008: Forum, 11:00AM - 12:30AM What is the current International panorama of D Cinema, how many screens.Which business models prevail in Europe, what is the status in Switzerlan?Which content from film to opera and sports in the theatres?Which new consumers’ habits...

Youth Say “YES!” to International Films

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The MediaBridge YouthFest is ready for its close-up. This dynamic short film festival will feature live action and animated works from eight countries, curated by youth ambassadors from Mexico, India, Portugal, Russia, and Sri Lanka working together with teens from Chicago, downstate and western Illinois. Two MediaBridge screenings will be held on Saturday, August 9th at The Normal Theatre (209 North Street, Normal, IL) at 7:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. Tickets are $6.00 per screening. MediaBridge is a...

Introduction of the festival by it's Director Frederic Maitre

61st Locarno Film Festival Introduction from Frédéric Maire, Artistic Director"After the festivities of the 60th anniversary, the 61st Locarno International Film Festival promises to be more lively and sassy than ever. The Festival is both streamlining - in its programming - and developing: two exhibitions, two books published, a totally revamped space for receptions and discussions around the superb Magnolia at the entrance to the Piazza, a «PardoWay» to facilitate socialising and good...

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