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By Maria Esteves - December 7, 2008 The 81st Academy Awards (Oscar) presented by The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (A.M.P.A.S.) for outstanding film achievements of 2008 nominees will be announced in The Samuel Goldwyn Theater, Beverly Hills, CA, on Thursday, January 22, 2009. The 2009 Oscars will be held at the Kodak Theatre, Hollywood, CA, and televised live in more than 200 countries worldwide by the ABC Television Network, on Sunday, February 22, 2009. This year's Oscar tele...

Bahamas International Film Festival Jury members

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The Bahamas International Film Festival (BIFF) announced today the members of the jury that will preside over the 5th edition of the Festival, which takes place December 4-11, 2008. The jury was revealed today by BIFF Founder and Executive Director Leslie Vanderpool. This year, the Festival will showcase 80 films from 22 different countries, including 50 features of which several are world or international premieres and nearly all Bahamian premieres. The four competition categories at BIFF are S...

Well-Known film-industry panelists announced at the up-coming Paso Robles Digital Film Festival

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Guests in attendance at the up-coming Paso Robles Digital Film Festival, will be invited to attend a slate of first-person panel discussions, featuring a list of well-known film industry professionals and personalities. PRDFF organizer Ben Standley is pleased to announce that panel discussions planned for the festival will be hosted and led by as many as 16 already-booked, knowledgeable Hollywood film-makers, actors, editors, composers and publicists. "What's unique, is that at a lot of ...

AEAF Award finalists announced

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The finalists in the 12th AEAF Awards are now online. Full listThis year, we received over 200 entries from around the world. For the first time, the Short Film category received the most number of entries. This reflects the increasing number of young artists taking advantage of the range of digital media technologies, HD cameras, multiple core processors, the latest software for editing, animation and special effects, to create work of the highest quality. Thank you to everyone who entered thei...

Your best 100 kids movies? KIDSFIRST! share that with us

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These are films for kids between the ages of 2 and 18 that KIDS FIRST! believes to have universal appeal, exhibit outstanding attributes in terms of their production values and portray values and have qualities that make them as applicable today as the day they were first released. We know that media has the power to influence children, negatively or positively. The films on this list portray the values and ethics that we, as a culture wish to instill in our children. The idea behind this list ...

Screenwriting Expo Golden Pitch Festival

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From Friday to Sunday (Nov. 14th-16th), the 2008 Screenwriting Expo will once again host the best pitch event in existence: The Golden Pitch Festival.With the best collection of studios, production companies, agencies and management companies we've ever presented, the Golden Pitch Festival gives you unparalleled access to industry professionals at top companies who are actively seeking new clients and material. For legal reasons, many of these companies must reject unsolicited material from unre...

Hollywood Awards Gala will honor...

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The 12th Annual Hollywood Film Festival and Hollywood Awards, co-chaired by Paul Haggis and presented by Starz, are pleased to announce honorees who will be recognized for their achievements at the festival's Hollywood Awards Gala Ceremony, which will take place on October 27, 2008, at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills. Multi-talented actor, director and producer Ben Stiller will be honored with the "Hollywood Comedy of the Year Award," Academy Award-winning actress Marisa Tomei with the...

Hollywood Awards will honor Danny Elfman

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The 12th Annual Hollywood Film Festival and Hollywood Awards, co-chaired by Paul Haggis and presented by Starz, are pleased to announce their craft honorees for this year's Hollywood Awards. Composer Danny Elfman will be given the "Hollywood Composer of the Year Award," Cinematographer Mandy Walker, A.C.S., will receive the "Hollywood Cinematographer of the Year Award," editors Daniel P. Hanley, A.C.E., and Mike Hill, A.C.E., will be honored with the "Hollywood Editor of the Year Award," product...

9th New York International Latino Film Festival Awards Ceremony

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By Maria Esteves - August 19, 2008 The Ninth Annual New York International Latino Film Festival (NYILFF) 2008 Awards Ceremony presented by HBO was held at El Morocco Theater & Nightclub, Sunday, July 27, 2008, 8:00 PM. The award acknowledges the best in filmmaking and emerging directors of Latino descent. The award announcers were NYILFF founder/executive director Calixto Chinchilla and executive director Elizabeth Gardner. A special live performance by Comedy Troupe, ROOM 28 preceded the c...

Ben Stiller and Robert Downey Jr.to present Tropic Thunder at San Sebastian

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Ben Stiller and Robert Downey Jr. will present at San Sebastian Festival the comedy Tropic Thunder, one of the most eagerly awaited films of the year. Ben Stiller is the director of this DreamWorks production, distributed in Spain by Paramount Pictures Spain, to be presented out-of-competition as part of the Official Selection at San Sebastian Festival. Ben Stiller, Jack Black and Robert Downey Jr. lead an ensemble cast in Tropic Thunder, an action comedy about a group of self-absorbed actors w...

Sony Pictures Imageworks & Animation @ SIGGRAPH 2008

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Sony Pictures Imageworks, the Academy Award® winning, state-of-the-art digital production studio, and Sony Pictures Animation, producer of feature length CGI motion pictures, will have a comprehensive presentation during SIGGRAPH 2008, the 35th International Conference on Computer Graphics and Interactive Techniques. In addition to the more than 15 presentations in the conference program and on the show floor, the companies will highlight current and upcoming projects, their recently expanded ...

Outfest Los Angeles gay & L fest awards

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Outfest, the Los Angeles-based nonprofit organization dedicated to nurturing, showcasing and protecting lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) media, held its 14th annual film competition awards ceremony on July 20 at the John Anson Ford Amphitheatre. A total of 17 Outie Awards were distributed before the packed house of festival goers, celebrity guests and presenters, and Outfest 2008 filmmakers. The presentation of awards was followed by the Los Angeles premiere of Tom Gustaf...

8th New York International Latino Film Festival Awards Ceremony

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By Maria Esteves - August 21, 2007 The 8th Annual New York International Latino Film Festival (NYILFF) 2007Awards Ceremony presented by HBO was held at Arena, Sunday, July 29, 2007, 8:00pm. The award acknowledges the best in filmmaking and emerging directors of Latino descent. The award announcers were founder/executive director Calixto Chinchilla and executive director Elizabeth Gardner, NYILFF. Since 1998, NYILFF was founded by Calixto Chinchilla to assist emerging Latino filmmaker's contr...

Lessons From The Kung Fu Panda

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As the Kung Fu Panda’s entourage struck the city for its Sydney Film Festival Australian premiere last Monday night, I waited in watchful expectation among the media pack on the red carpet, reciting all the Confucius wisdom I could remember, to mentally prepare myself  to ask ‘The Hard Questions’.  The Paramount Pictures PR whispered to me quietly as if a secret aside “this is the Dreamworks CEO, do you have a question?”  And there heading towards me, first in the Kung Fu Panda PR a...

Lessons From The Kung Fu Panda

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As the Kung Fu Panda’s entourage struck the city for its Sydney Film Festival Australian premiere last Monday night, I waited in watchful expectation among the media pack on the red carpet, reciting all the Confucius wisdom I could remember, to mentally prepare myself to ask ‘The Hard Questions’.The Paramount Pictures PR whispered to me quietly as if a secret aside “this is the Dreamworks CEO, do you have a question?”And there heading towards me, first in the Kung Fu Panda PR attack, ...

Hollywood shines in Cannes for "Kung Fu Panda" Premiere

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The stars glittered brightly on the Croisette Thursday evening at the premiere of Kung Fu Panda, DreamWorks Studio’s latest animated film directed by John Stevenson and Mark Osborne starring the voice talents of major Hollywood actors Dustin Hoffman, Jack Black, Jackie Chan, Angelina Jolie, Lucy Liu and David Cross. It was the event of the evening in Cannes, with red carpet appearances by Hoffman, Black, Jolie, Liu, Stephen Spielberg, George Lucas, Brad Pitt, and Eva Longoria.        ...

winners of Golden Trailer Awards

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Tonight, in front of a live audience at the spectacular 1920’s-era Orpheum Theatre in Los Angeles, the year’s top movie previews were celebrated at the 9th Annual Golden Trailer Awards™. In a show hosted by world-renowned Sinbad, with presenters culled from the ranks of today’s top and up-and-coming comedians, statuettes for 16 award categories were handed out. But the biggest prize of all still remains to be determined: between May 9 and May 14th, the public can log onto USA TODAY onl...

fmx/08 drew the cg community to Stuttgart's conferences

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In its 13th annual appearance, the fmx/08 has once more lived up to its reputation. For four full days, the conference on all things relevant to digital entertainment drew the international cg community to Stuttgart's Haus der Wirtschaft to inform themselves about the latest developments and – more importantly – to exchange ideas and experiences. The comprehensive and first-rate program is decisive in making this event the best of its kind in Europe, but other factors also play a role. Under...

Digital media under scrutiny at next fmx/08

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Digital media change the way we perceive the world around us – next to film and television, interactive entertainment is playing an ever larger role. This can be seen and experienced at fmx/08 in Stuttgart, Germany. Everyone committed to the creation, production and distribution of animation, effects, games and other digital media will meet for the 13th year to instruct and learn, to discuss and listen, to see and be seen. Hundreds of speakers and thousands of visitors from all over the world ...

Tim Robbins to Deliver Opening Keynote at NAB Show

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Academy Award-winning actor and critically acclaimed screenwriter, director and producer Tim Robbins will deliver the opening keynote speech on Monday, April 14 at the NAB Show in Las Vegas. During his keynote, Robbins will look at the changing face of entertainment and how new distribution and content creation opportunities will impact Hollywood and other industries. In addition to discussing his personal and professional experiences as it relates to content, Robbins will also participate in a ...

fmx/08 Complete Program Online!

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Digital media change the way we perceive the world around us – next to film and television, interactive entertainment is playing an ever larger role. This can be seen and experienced at fmx/08 in Stuttgart, Germany. Everyone committed to the creation, production and distribution of animation, effects, games and other digital media will meet for the 13th year to instruct and learn, to discuss and listen, to see and be seen. Hundreds of speakers and thousands of visitors from all over the world ...

fmx/08: Conference on Animation, Effects, Games and Digital

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fmx/08: 13th International Conference on Animation, Effects, Games and Digital Media : May 05 - 08, 2008Haus der Wirtschaft, Stuttgart, Germany www.fmx.de Deutsche Telekom Digital Entertainment Awards @ fmx/08! This brand new award aims at honoring new concepts, cutting edge developments and forward thinkers, shaping the future of digital entertainment. The award will be given in 3 categories: Best New Technology in Effects & AnimationBest Small Screen AdaptationBest Interactive Design & Usabil...

SIGGRAPH FJORG! - the International Animation Contest

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FJORG! - the International Animation Contest will take place at the upcoming SIGGRAPH conference, 11 through 15 August 2008 in Los Angeles, California, USA. FJORG! is an "iron animator" event in which competing teams from around the world have 32 hours to create a 15-second, character-driven animation while adhering to at least one of two themes and facing multiple distractions. The online submission system is now open and submission and uploaded materials are due by 7 May 2008. Submis...

80TH ACADEMY AWARD WINNERS LIST

By Maria Esteves - March 6, 2008 The 80th Academy Awards ceremony for outstanding film achievements of 2007, presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and hosted by Jon Stewart was held at the Kodak Theatre, Hollywood, California. The Oscars were televised live by ABC Television Network, Sunday, February 24, 8:00 PM EST, and in more than 200 countries worldwide. This year's Oscar winners by category are: Best Picture NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN, (Miramax and Paramount Vant...

Oscar revealed

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The waiting is over , the best ones got it.Big winners were No country, and Blood....Marion Cotillard is sacred best (french) actress everywhere in the world from Cesar, to Bafta and Oscar...Marion Cotillard in La Vie en Rose Performance by an actor in a leading role  George Clooney in “Michael Clayton” (Warner Bros.)Oscar to Daniel Day-Lewis in “There Will Be Blood” (Paramount Vantage and Miramax)  Johnny Depp in “Sweeney Todd The Demon Barber of Fleet Street” (DreamWork...

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