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Film festivals - do they have a future? Forum held in Katowice

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                        Can anyone harness enough courage to raise such a question? It is as if to ask about chances of survival of a live organism that is ridded of its heart. Or both lungs. This live (and very much so!) organism stands for cinema, whereas it is the film festivals that constitute the heart and the lungs. Although "the death of the cinema" has long b...

Comic-Con IV: A Fan's Hope

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Morgan Spurlock is the the greatest example of a filmmaker who thinks outside the box and has the imagination and inspiration of a true artist. I compare him to the artist Andy Warhol because he sees what others may view but his artistic talent allows him to create something unique. Perhaps his determination to be a filmmaker after being rejected by the USC film school several times but finally making the cut at the NYU film school opened his eyes in a ...

Spike Lee's Miracle at St. Anna will close Bahamas

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Festival Founder and Executive Director Leslie Vanderpool today announced the final program details for the 5th edition of the Bahamas International Film Festival (BIFF), which takes place December 4-11, 2008. 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 Spirit of Freedom: Dramatic; Spirit of Freedom: Documentary...

Bahamas International Film Festival line up

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Festival Founder and Executive Director Leslie Vanderpool today announced the final program details for the 5th edition of the Bahamas International Film Festival (BIFF), which takes place December 4-11, 2008. 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 Spirit of Freedom: Dramatic; Spirit of Freedom: Documentary...

Program for the 5th edition of the Bahamas Fest

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Festival Founder and Executive Director Leslie Vanderpool today announced the final program details for the 5th edition of the Bahamas International Film Festival (BIFF), which takes place December 4-11, 2008. 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 Spirit of Freedom: Dramatic; Spirit of Freedom: Documentary...

Madonna Makes Her Feature Directing Debut In Berlin

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Thursday, February 14---------When you are one of the most famous people on the planet, it is hard to go anywhere without noisy crowds assembling. And when you are premiering your film directorial debut......it is a papparazzi dream on steroids. This is the tame description of what happened last evening, when Madonna, the Material Girl herself, was in Berlin to premiere her new film FILTH AND WISDOM. As one can only imagine,  Madonna made quite a media splash. She was prominently featured o...

ITN slate of films for the 2007 American Film Market (AFM).

The Acquisitions team at ITN Distribution Inc. (ITN) has gone into overdrive as they announce their slate of films for the 2007 American Film Market (AFM). ITN staffers will be conducting sales for territories worldwide in Suite 825 at the Lowes Santa Monica Beach hotel. This year's films are a diverse mix of high-concept features, shorts and high-quality documentaries in a wide variety of genres such as arthouse, action, war, horror, thriller, comedy and martial arts. Many titles have worldwide...

ITN slate for next AFM

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The Acquisitions team at ITN Distribution Inc. (ITN) has gone into overdrive as they announce their slate of films for the 2007 American Film Market (AFM). ITN staffers will be conducting sales for territories worldwide in Suite 825 at the Lowes Santa Monica Beach hotel. This year’s films are a diverse mix of high-concept features, shorts and high-quality documentaries in a wide variety of genres such as arthouse, action, war, horror, thriller, comedy and martial arts. Many titles have worldwi...

Iraq at center of Hamptons opening with The Situation

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The 14th Annual Hamptons International Film Festival, October 18 - 22, is proud to announce this year’s selection for Opening Night film: The World Premiere of Philip Haas’ compelling drama, THE SITUATION. Combining elements of thriller, romance and war movie, THE SITUATION, the first U.S. feature film dealing with the war, set exclusively in Iraq, is a dramatization of one of the countless human stories that lie behind the headlines of present-day Iraq. When some American soldiers throw an...

Oldenburg International Film Festival 2006 ready to go

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From 6th to 10th September, the “German Sundance“ festival will turn the contemplative city in Northern Germany into a mecca for film enthusiasts.This year´s opening film is “Vineta” by Franziska Stünkel, who gained international reputation with her short films. Her testosterone-laden debut features some of the most prominent German actors and tells the story of an architect coming to the edge of reason while trying to build the perfect city. The International Section shows a series o...

Hannah McGill new Artistic Director for Edinburgh Fest

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HANNAH MCGILL NAMED NEW ARTISTIC DIRECTOR FOR THEEDINBURGH INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVALThe Edinburgh International Film Festival (EIFF), the longest continually running film festival in the world, announced today that Hannah McGill has been named the Festival’s new Artistic Director, replacing Shane Danielsen who will step down as Artistic Director following the upcoming Festival after five years in the position. McGill will take up her post on September 1, 2006.The announcement was made by Fes...

Deep Blue will open the Maui Film Fest

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The Perfect Man followed by Deep Blue will open the Maui Film festival.June 15-19Deep Blue (83 min). Directed By: Alastair Fothergill,Andy Byatt.Our planet is mostly ocean, yet we know more about the surface of the moon than we do about that liquid space that is home to 80 percent of the Earth's living creatures. At least, we did until now. For more than five years, the creative team behind the acclaimed BBC series The Blue Planet explored the world's oceans, descending as deep as 16,500 feet to...

Indian Film Festival in LA opened with Choker Bali

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IFFLA's big Opening Night at ArcLight Hollywood was a stunning success. Tickets to the Los Angeles premiere of Rituparno Ghosh's CHOKHER BALI (A Passion Play) were sold out for this gala event. The Opening Night party afterwards at SIR in Hollywood featured an array of festival guests, including IFFLA Tribute honoree KIRRON KHER (KHAMOSH PANI, BARIWALI), along with festival filmmakers MANISH JHA (MATRUBHOOMI), CHRISTOPHER MIGLINO (A DAY IN THE LIGHT), ANUJ MAJUMDAR (EQUATION) and KESHNI KASHYAP ...
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