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Eegar will open AFI Fest

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The American Film Institute (AFI) announced today that J. EDGAR, directed by AFI Life Achievement Award recipient and Academy Award-winning director Clint Eastwood, will have its world premiere as the Opening Night Gala of AFI FEST 2011 presented by Audi. The film stars Academy Award nominee Leonardo DiCaprio in the title role, along with Academy Award nominee Naomi Watts, Armie Hammer and Oscar winner Judi Dench. It is produced by Academy Award winners Eastwood and Brian Grazer, and Oscar nom...

“No Sex is No Option” to Open the 18th Oldenburg International Film Festival

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World Premiere: “No Sex is No Option” to Open the 18th Oldenburg International Film Festival The star-studded comedy has its world premiere at the debut of a new festival venue: for the first time ever, the Opening Gala will be held at Oldenburg’s EWE Arena. Hamburg based writer, Mia Morgowski, landed a surprise bestseller in 2008 with her book, “No sex is no option”, which now finds its way into German cinemas. Morgowski reveals the crucial mis...

Michael Kaplan 'Conversations With' at AIFF 2011

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  Costume Designer Michael Kaplan attended an ‘In Conversations With’ panel in Aruba during the Aruba International Film Festival 2011. Journalist Brandon Harris conducted the interviews. The panel went on for over and hour. Below is transcribed part of the Q and A that followed (to the best of what I could transcribe). Q: How are you able to keep yourself and your soul in the work that you do when it is for someone’s film and they have a specific idea of what they want? And als...

Michael Kaplan 'Conversations With' at AIFF 2011

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  Costume Designer Michael Kaplan attended an ‘In Conversations With’ panel in Aruba during the Aruba International Film Festival 2011. Journalist Brandon Harris conducted the interviews. The panel went on for over and hour. Below is transcribed part of the Q and A that followed (to the best of what I could transcribe). Q: How are you able to keep yourself and your soul in the work that you do when it is for someone’s film and they have a specific idea of what they want? And als...

San Sebastian Festival will run from Friday 16 to Saturday 24 September

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  POSTERS The star of the poster for the 59th edition is a suitcase, an invitation to embark on the journey represented by a film festival   The new image for the 59th edition of San Sebastian Festival was presented at an event in San Sebastian's Kutxaespacio Science Museum. At this meeting, we announced the winner of the poster competition launched for the first time this year for the Official, Zabaltegi and Horizontes Latinos sections. Open to graphic designers across the wor...

The 11th Annual New York Indian Film kick off

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the 11th Annual New York Indian Film Festival kicked off in spectacular fashion on Wednesday night, May 4, with the Opening Night celebration which featured the U.S. Premiere of the Delhi-set comedy "Do Dooni Chaar," Disney's first live-action Hindi film. The star-studded red carpet premiere, held at Manhattan's prestigious Paris Theater, was attended by special guests Rishi Kapoor and Neetu Singh Kapoor along with writer/director Habib Faisal. Also attending the premiere were Aparna...

IFF APRIL 09, 2011

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• LA COMMUNE (PARIS, 1871) STARTS! One of the Festival’s most anticipated films, La Commune (Paris, 1871) lasts 345 minutes and reenacts history. The film will be shown in Pera in three installments at 11.00, 13.30, and 16.00. The screening will be attended by the son of the film’s director Peter Watkins, its editor and casting director Patrick Watkins.   • FROM THE KIRGHIZ CINEMA Kirghiz director Aktan Arym Kubat draws a funny and touching portrait of small-town ...

Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles (IFFLA) Line up

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  The 9th annual Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles (IFFLA) announced today its line up with 13 feature films, 6 documentaries and 13 short films that will make up their 2011 program.   The list includes the Los Angeles premiere of I AM KALAM and the world premiere of Walt Disney Pictures' ZOKKOMON which will be this year's galas screenings bookending the festival at ArcLight Hollywood, April 12th-17th.   Opening this year's festival is the award-winning and i...

Garden State Film Festival Returns to Asbury Park

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  9th Annual Garden State Film Festival Returns to Asbury Park, NJ  March 31-April 3, 2011 Honorees Include: Honorary Chairperson, John Lloyd, President of Meridian Health Care Spirit of NJ Clarence Clemons of Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band Beacon Award Lainie Kazan, Movie, TV, Music and Broadway Star Lifetime Achievement Award-Steve Sabol, President of NFL Films Plus-Ann Reinking acclaimed BroadwayStar and Choreographer & ...

Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles (IFFLA) Announces 2011 Shorts Programs

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The 9th Annual IndianFilm Festival of Los Angeles (IFFLA) which takes place April 12-17 at ArcLightHollywood has announced the 13 short films that will screen in the 2011festival. The shorts were selected from over 350 submissions worldwide. Theshorts will be presented in two programs each one screening twice throughoutthe six-day festival. The IFFLA programming team includes Rani Breslow, IsaacKlausner, Sudeep Sharma, and Rachael Sevilla along with Executive DirectorChristina Marouda and P...

A Peep into the world of ILM at FMX 2011

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FMX 201116th Conference on Animation, Effects, Games and Interactive MediaMay 3-6, 2011. Stuttgart, Germany. Award winning Visual Effects studio Industry Light & Magic, founded by George Lucas in 1975, will feature in a very special screening at this year's FMX. Director Leslie Iwerks and ILM veteran's Tim Alexander, Ben Snow and Hal Hickel will present the documentary, "Industrial Light & Magic: Creating The Impossible". For the past 35 years ILM has been responsible for some of the most memora...

Critics' Choice Movie Awards Select 'The Social Network'

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The 16th Annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards Select 'The Social Network' as Best Picture and David Fincher as Best DirectorThe Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA) announced the winners of the 16th annual Critics’ Choice Movie Awards earlier this evening. The star-studded ceremony was held at the Hollywood Palladium and aired live on VH1. “The Social Network” was named the year’s Best Picture and David Fincher won Best Director honors for the film.Other big winners of the night incl...

NEWSLETTER N° 487: December 4, 2010

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 .............                                                                                                                                                          WELCOME TO OUR NEWSLETTER N° 487: December 4, 2010 Follow this LINK if you cannot read the newsletter properly Contact the Editor, Advertise on the sites.  Our newsletter reaches 82 000 film profession...

Tallinn Hosts European Film Awards

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  The European Film Awards, aka as the "European Oscars", will take place for the first time in Tallinn, Estonia as part of the final weekend of events at the Black Nights Film Festival, the Baltic region's largest and most respected film event. The star-studded gala, presented by the European Film Academy, kicks off Tallinn's celebrations as European City of Culture for 2011. A large delegation of European producers, actors, filmmakers, distributors and industry p...

Deborah Hadfield on 'The Kindness of Strangers'

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                                  Deborah Hadfield is the proud debut director of her first feature film, the romantic road movie entitled, ‘The Kindness of Strangers' (2010). I spoke with Deborah recently about the making of her film and what it was like to shoot on location throughout three different countries in Europe...

"Keep it Short" as Miami Shorts FF highlights the ultra-short

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    The Miami Short Film Festival (MsFF) celebrated its Opening Night with incredible fanfare on Monday, November 15, 2010.  There were great expectations and its patrons were once again rewarded with a delightful night of shorts. It was splendid to see the number of patrons who remained for the Q&A that followed the night's screening, featuring Jeffrey Ruggles and Kristen Slaysmen, director and leading lady of Queen's Day. &nb...

25 Years and counting for FLIFF

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The Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival (affectionately known as FLIFF) has become one of the significant regional showcases of world cinema and American indie films. This year, FLIFF is celebrating its 25th anniversary, and despite the economic downturn in south Florida, is pulling out all the stops for a no-holds-barred celluloid celebration. The Festival comes to its nearly four-week climax this coming weekend. The festivities began on October 22 with the premiere of NICE GUY JOH...

25 Years And Counting For FLIFF

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The Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival (affectionately known as FLIFF) has become one of the significant regional showcases of world cinema and American indie films. This year, FLIFF is celebrating its 25th anniversary, and despite the economic downturn in south Florida, is pulling out all the stops for a no-holds-barred celluloid celebration. The Festival comes to its nearly four-week climax this coming weekend. The festivities began on October 22 with the premiere of NICE GUY JOHNN...

25 Years And Counting For FLIFF

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  The Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival (affectionately known as FLIFF) has become one of the significant regional showcases of world cinema and American indie films. This year, FLIFF is celebrating its 25th anniversary, and despite the economic downturn in south Florida, is pulling out all the stops for a no-holds-barred celluloid celebration. The Festival comes to its nearly four-week climax this coming weekend.      The festivities began on October ...

HIFF 30 Award Winners Announced!

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The Awards Show for the 2010 Hawaii International Film Festival was held yesterday, and the winners are listed below. Thank you to Tiffany & Co. for providing us with the beautiful awards.The Vision in Film Award, presented by City & County of Honolulu, was given to Roger & Chaz Ebert.The Maverick Award, presented by Dr. Lawrence KW Tseu, was given to Nancy Kwan.The Award for Career Achievement was given to co-directors Qiankuan Li & Guiyun Xiao.The Outstanding Industry Leadership Award was give...

Spotlight on tudou.com at Hawai Fest

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With an estimated 1.3 billion people living in China, the use of the internet is increasing more and more everyday. For some, the Web is a tool and for others it's an obsession. The Hawaii International Film Festival (HIFF) is honored to introduce the 2010 HIFF Interactive spotlight on China's largest and fastest growing video sharing website to date called TUDOU.com to share some insight into the ever expanding digital content world of China.TUDOU.com is not the "YouTube of China." Or, that's...

Highlights from the Chicago International Children's Film Festival

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  The Chicago International Children's Film Festival ("CICFF") celebrates its 27th season this October 22-31, 2010. A record number of films have been submitted to the 2010 Festival, an increase of 12% so far over 2009. (In 2009, entries increased by 19% overall from 2008.) This year, "there is an unprecedented number of entries, already in this early submissions stage", according to Programming Director, Ann Vikstrom. Nancy Goldenberg, Director of Children's Programs...

Queer Fruits Film Festival - 2010 Call for Entries now open

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Queer Fruits Film Festival would like to invite you to consider screening in the second festival. The festival will screen 29th-30th December 2010, in the glamorous surrounds of the Star Court Theatre, Lismore (Northern NSW, Australia) The timing of the festival is to take advantage of the influx of GLBTIQ visitors to the Northern Rivers for the annual Tropical Fruits New Year's Eve party extravaganza. In 2009, filmmakers from 18 countries and every state in Australia entered, leading to ...

London Film Festival Audiences Surpass Previous Years

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Yesterday, The Times BFI 53rd London Film Festival rounded off another highly successful year with the world premiere of Sam Taylor-Wood’s NOWHERE BOY. This year’s Festival hosted 193 feature films and 113 short films from 46 countries including 15 world premieres. There were 515 screenings and 553 filmmakers, with 277 of the filmmakers from outside the UK.  With 874 industry delegates accredited, the Festival exceeded last year’s figures and reports the high...

London Film Festival Audience hits a 124 000 record

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Tonight, The Times BFI 53rd London Film Festival rounded off another highly successful year with the world premiere of Sam Taylor-Wood’s NOWHERE BOY. This year’s Festival hosted 193 feature films and 113 short films from 46 countries including 15 world premieres. There were 515 screenings and 553 filmmakers, with 277 of the filmmakers from outside the UK. With 874 industry delegates accredited, the Festival exceeded last year’s figures and reports the highest ever audience attendance in e...
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