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The Franco-American Cultural Fund today announced the winners for the 12th Annual City of Lights, City of Angels (COL•COA) film festival. Writer-director Abdellatif Kechiche’ “The Secret of the Grain” won the COL•COA Critics Award (given by a jury of Los Angeles Film Critics Association members), and writer-director Dany Boon’s Welcome to the Land of Ch’tis, was voted COL•COA Audience Award. “The Second Life of a Sugar Bowl” by Didier Canaux received the “court-métrage...

COL•COA Audience Award to french hit "cht'is"

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The Franco-American Cultural Fund today announced the winners for the 12th Annual City of Lights, City of Angels (COL•COA) film festival. Writer-director Abdellatif Kechiche’ “The Secret of the Grain” won the COL•COA Critics Award (given by a jury of Los Angeles Film Critics Association members), and writer-director Dany Boon’s Welcome to the Land of Ch’tis, was voted COL•COA Audience Award. “The Second Life of a Sugar Bowl” by Didier Canaux received the “court-métrage...

Miami Encuentros: Networking At The Miami Film Festival

 Wednesday, March 5---------In the past number of years, major film festivals around the world has seen it as their mission to not only exhibit the best films available, but also to serve as a breeding ground for new projects to get launched, financed and distributed. To this end, the Miami International Film Festival (MIFF) has joined the ranks of such major film festival events as Cannes, Berlin, Rotterdam, Pusan, Dubai and several others, in organizing parallel industry events designed to st...

Florida film festival announces juries

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ENZIAN announced today the members of the American Independent Competition juries awarding prizes at the 17th Annual Florida Film Festival, which runs March 28 through April 6. The juries collectively are comprised of nine individuals from the film and entertainment community, each of whom brings a unique perspective and range of experience. The jurors include:NARRATIVE FEATURE COMPETITION• Effie T. Brown, Producer (Real Women Have Curves, In the Cut, Rocket Science)• David Laub, Acquisition...

2008 Sundance Film Festival Awards

 Sunday, January 27-----------FROZEN RIVER, a film about a struggling single mother in upstate New York who teams with a Mohawk woman to smuggle people across the Canadian border, has won the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival. The film, a debut feature from writer/director Courtney Hunt, is adapted it from her own 2004 short of the same name. The film was one of a handful to actually be picked up by a major distributor during the Festival......having found a home with arthouse di...

FROZEN RIVER Wins Top Sundance Prize

 Sunday, January 27-----------FROZEN RIVER, a film about a struggling single mother in upstate New York who teams with a Mohawk woman to smuggle people across the Canadian border, has won the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival. The film, a debut feature from writer/director Courtney Hunt, is adapted it from her own 2004 short of the same name. The film was one of a handful to actually be picked up by a major distributor during the Festival......having found a home with arthouse di...

Frozen River wins top Sundance Prize

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FROZEN RIVER, a film about a struggling single mother in upstate New York who teams with a Mohawk woman to smuggle people across the Canadian border, has won the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival. The film, a debut feature from writer/director Courtney Hunt, is adapted it from her own 2004 short of the same name. The film was one of a handful to actually be picked up by a major distributor during the Festival......having found a home with arthouse distributor Sony Pictures Classics ...

A sneak peak Nordic countries films to compete for the Oscar from the Scandinavia House

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On January 7, 8, 9, 10, and 11, 2008, Scandinavia House will present a special sneak preview of all five films chosen by the Nordic countries to compete for the Oscar nomination for the category of Best Foreign Language Film, 2007 by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. They have been selected by Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden as the best films released in those countries in 2007. Scandinavia House is pleased to present Jar City (Mýrin), January 7, directed by Baltasa...

Catching Up With Films You May Have Missed

 Wednesday, December 12---------It's one of the frustrating feelings of the true buff......a film you were hoping to see in theaters that disappears about its first week's run. In this age of the rapid release, where specialty titles often don't have much staying power, unless you catch them in their first week of release, it's possible to miss out on them until them turn on pay television or DVD. This is true not only of the smallest indie titles but of some major releases as well that, for re...

European Film Awards: The Year of The Romanian Film

Tuesday, December 4----------The year 2007 will be remembered for many things.....but one of the biggest surprises, at least in the worlds of film and media, has been the emergence of the former Communist state of Romania as the hottest film producing territory, not only in Europe, but also worldwide. Of course, a few international arthouse hits does not a thriving industry make, but if one wanted to get a sense of where the energy and inspiration in contemporary cinema could be coming from next...

SAVAGE GRACE: Crossing Moral Boundaries

 Monday, October 29----------In these sangfroid days when nearly everything is acceptable on the big screen, the sight of a mother giving a handjob to her son is still, please excuse me, a little controversial. That scene, that serves as the kind of climax (no pun intended) of SAVAGE GRACE, the long gestating project from American indie director Tom Kalin, may be one of the reasons that the project has taken more than a decade and a half to reach the big screen. However, the London Film Festiva...

Film In Focus: SAVAGE GRACE

 Monday, October 29----------In these sangfroid days when nearly everything is acceptable on the big screen, the sight of a mother giving a handjob to her son is still, please excuse me, a little controversial. That scene, that serves as the kind of climax (no pun intended) of SAVAGE GRACE, the long gestating project from American indie director Tom Kalin, may be one of the reasons that the project has taken more than a decade and a half to reach the big screen. However, the London Film Festiva...

Focus on Savage Grace from London Festival

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In these sangfroid days when nearly everything is acceptable on the big screen, the sight of a mother giving a handjob to her son is still, please excuse me, a little controversial. That scene, that serves as the kind of climax (no pun intended) of SAVAGE GRACE, the long gestating project from American indie director Tom Kalin, may be one of the reasons that the project has taken more than a decade and a half to reach the big screen. However, the London Film Festival did bring it, with all its c...

Hollywood Film Festival's Prizes

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The 11th Annual Hollywood Film Festival's "Hollywood Awards(r)" ceremony, honoring independent filmmakers and established Hollywood professionals, was held last night before a standing-room-only audience of over 1,200 Hollywood Film Festival(r) attendees at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills.The festival, presented by STARZ, announced this year's winner of the "Hollywood Movie of the Year Award" -- Zach Snyder's "300" -- which was chosen by the public voting online at the Yahoo! Movies we...

IFP Expands 17th Annual Gotham Awards

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IFP Expands 17th Annual Gotham Awards with Move to Brooklyn's Steiner Studios on Tuesday, November 27 and New Slate of Public Programs Throughout NovemberThe 2007 film awards season will kick-off in New York on Tuesday, November 27 with the 17th Annual Gotham Awards. Produced and presented by IFP, the Awards are expanding on two fronts this year with their move to the City's newest studio complex, Steiner Studios, and with their new collaborations to present public programs related to the Awards...

Gotham Awards To Move To Brooklyn

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In yet another sign of Brooklyn's growing cache as a cultural destination, the Gotham Awards, one of the stellar events on the New York film industry calendar, is moving from its current site in Manhattan to Brooklyn's Steiner Studios, the largest studio facility in the city, located on the Brooklyn waterfront. The 17th Annual Gotham Awards, produced and presented by the Independent Feature Project (IFP), a national producers organization, will be presented at the new venue on Tuesday, November ...

Gotham Awards Moving To Brooklyn

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Friday, July 20------In yet another sign of Brooklyn's growing cache as a cultural destination, the Gotham Awards, one of the stellar events on the New York film industry calendar, is moving from its current site in Manhattan to Brooklyn's Steiner Studios, the largest studio facility in the city, located on the Brooklyn waterfront. The 17th Annual Gotham Awards, produced and presented by the Independent Feature Project (IFP), a national producers organization, will be presented at the ne...

Gotham Awards To Move To Brooklyn

Thursday, July 19------In yet another sign of Brooklyn's growing cache as a cultural destination, the Gotham Awards, one of the stellar events on the New York film industry calendar, is moving from its current site in Manhattan to Brooklyn's Steiner Studios, the largest studio facility in the city, located on the Brooklyn waterfront. The 17th Annual Gotham Awards, produced and presented by the Independent Feature Project (IFP), a national producers organization, will be presented at the ...

Golden Trailer awards

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8th Annual Golden Trailer Award WinnersShow Category WinnersBest Action300, Warner Bros., Mojo LLCBest Animation/FamilyThe Simpson’s Movie, Twentieth Century Fox, Trailer ParkBest DramaThe Departed, Warner Bros., Giaronomo Productions/Mojo, LLCBest ComedyBorat, Twentieth Century Fox, Trailer ParkBest MusicLeonard Cohen: I’m Your Man, Lionsgate, Mark Woollen & AssociatesBest ThrillerThe Descent, Lionsgate, FishbowlMost OriginalBee Movie, Paramount Pictures, Sameth A.D.V.Best Horror1408, MGM/T...

Los Angeles Film Festival full line up

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Film Independent announced the full program line-up for the 2007 Los Angeles Film Festival (Thursday, June 21 – Sunday, July 1), including the Opening Night and Closing Night films.As previously announced, Academy Award®-winning actor and filmmaker Clint Eastwood will receive this year’s Spirit of Independence Award on Thursday, June 28 at a special event sponsored by Target. Tony Bennett, who is the focus of a new documentary for which Clint Eastwood serves as executive producer, will pre...

Romanian Film Wins Cannes Palme D'Or

Sunday, May 27-------The Romanian film 4 MONTHS, 3 WEEKS AND 2 DAYS by director Cristian Mungiu (whose celebrated debut film THE DEATH OF MR. LAZARESCU was cited by US film critics as one of the best of last year) has won the prestigious Palme D'Or at the 60th Cannes Film Festival. The film, which was picked up for US distribution by IFC First Take, is the first film from Romania so honored. The prizes in all categories were presented prior to the Closing Night screening of the Quebec fi...

Judges Announced for DivX Film Festival

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DivX, Inc. announced today the panel of judges for the DivX(R) Film Festival, an online video festival devoted to creativity, storytelling and improving digital media. Hosted on DivX Stage6(TM), the festival offers filmmakers the chance to win prizes plus gain exposure to key entertainment industry figures and access to an international audience. Filmmakers are urged to act quickly and send their submissions by April 30, 2007. Prizes up for grabs include a series of DivX Certified and DivX Ultra...

9th Annual Sarasota Film Festival highlights & line up

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9th Annual Sarasota Film FestivalApril 13 – 22, 2007Among the many great filmmakers and special guests expected in for the Festival are Edward Norton, Brian Koppelman, Norman Jewison, Joe Pantoliano, Marcia Gay Harden, Chad Lowe, Michelle Trachtenberg, Jonathan Sehring, Tom Bernard, Mark Urman, Jon Gerrans, Marshall Persinger, Elias Koteas, Kim Raver, Dagmara Dominczyk, Patrick Wilson, David Call, Anna Chlumsky, Zoe Cassavetes, Michael Badalucco, Juha Wuolijoki, Dr. Edgar Mitchell, David Singt...

Audience Award Winners Announced for Woodstock FF

Wednesday, October 18----The 7th Woodstock Film Festival, which wrapped this past Sunday, has announced its Audience Award winners for this year. Two virtual ties for the 2006 Audience Awards for Best Narrative Feature and Best Documentary saw the awards go to four films instead of two this year. The Audience Award for Best Narrative Feature was shared by AFTER THE WEDDING, a Danish film that was the Festival's Centerpiece Film and FORGIVENESS, an Israeli film by Udi Aloni. AFTER THE WEDDI...

Jonathan Sehring Of IFC Entertainment To Be Honored

Jonathan Sehring Wedneday, October 11---Jonathan Sehring, the President of IFC Entertainment and a longtime supporter of the independent film movement, will be honored at the Woodstock Film Festival with this year's Trailblazer Award. Sehring will receive the award from Oscar-nominated actor Matt Dillon, the star of IFC Films' FACTOTUM, at a special Awards Ceremony on Saturday evening. Matt Dillon Sehring has been a prime mover in the contemporary renaissance of American independent film. Via...

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