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FMX 2010, the 15th Conference on Animation wrapped

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Early this morning FMX 2010, the 15th Conference on Animation, Effects, Games and Interactive Media ended with a booming party. The biggest expert meeting in Europe maxed out capacities for the venue of Haus der Wirtschaft. On each of the four days way over 3.000 international animation specialists, visitors and young talents from 41 countries rarely found free seats in one of the simultaneous programs in the other ten rooms and had to sit on the floor. You could hardly miss the positive atmosph...

Sarasota Film Festival Brings Gems to the Gold Coast

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Sarasota, Florida is considered ground zero for the recent real estate crash. But any darkness that prevails during April 9-18, 2010 will envelope the inky cinemas where the 12th annual Sarasota Film Festival will unfold. Bookended by Robert Pulcini and Shari Springer Berman’s The Extra Man and James Franco’s Saturday Night, the Gold Coast cotillion spans 168 films. Thirty countries are represented, yielding what director of programming Holly Herrick tallies as the Festival's most diverse li...

82nd Annual Academy Awards Winners

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By Maria Esteves - March 8, 2010 The 82nd Academy Awards ceremony presented by Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences (A.M.P.A.S.) for outstanding film achievements of 2009, co-hosted by Steve Martin and Alec Baldwin was held at the Kodak Theatre, Hollywood, California, Sunday, March 2, 8:00pm ET (5:00pm PT). Live coverage of 2010 Oscar Awards were seen in the U.S. on ABC Television Network, on the internet, and in more than 200 countries worldwide. THE HURT LOCKER received the aw...

AVATAR and THE HURT LOCKER Lead the 82nd Academy Awards Nominations

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By Maria Esteves - February 2, 2010 The 82nd Academy Awards nominations were announced by Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) President Tom Sherak and 2008 Oscar nominee Anne Hathaway, on Tuesday, February 2, 2010. AVATAR, directed by James Cameron and THE HURT LOCKER, directed by Kathryn Bigelow (Cameron's ex-wife) picked up nine Oscar nominations including best picture and best director. The 82nd Academy Awards ceremony presented by AMPAS for outstanding film achieve...

Oscar nominations for the 82nd Academy Awards Announced

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by Marla Lewin Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences President Tom Sherak and 2008 Oscar® nominee Anne Hathaway took the stage at a 5:38 a.m. PT this morning, live news conference to announce the nominees in 10 of the 24 categories. Nominations for the 82nd Academy Awards Best motion picture of the year Avatar(20th Century Fox), A Lightstorm Entertainment Production, James Cameron and Jon Landau, Producers The Blind Side (Warner Bros.), An Alcon Entertai...

The Global Film Village: Nominations for the 82nd Academy Awards Announced

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by Marla LewinAcademy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences President Tom Sherak and 2008 Oscar® nominee Anne Hathaway took the stage at a 5:38 a.m. PT this morning, live news conference to announce the nominees in 10 of the 24 categories.Nominations for the 82nd Academy AwardsBest motion picture of the yearAvatar(20th Century Fox), A Lightstorm Entertainment Production, James Cameron and Jon Landau, ProducersThe Blind Side (Warner Bros.), An Alcon Entertainment Production, Nominees to be determ...

Anima Poster designed by François Schuiten

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Anima 2010 Poster © François Schuiten / Folioscope                                     29th Brussels Animation Film Festival from 12th to 20th February Feeling a little off-colour this winter? A bit stressed out with listening to what is going wrong with the world? Anima is offering some light re...

The Global Film Village: 2010 Producers Guild of America Awards

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by Marla Lewin Sunday marked another milestone in this year’s awards  season as The Producers Guild of America (PGA) announced their winners in television and motion picture productions at their 21st Annual PGA Awards ceremony held at the Hollywood Palladium. The Winners are listed in Bold in each category: Darryl F. Zanuck Producer of the Year Award in Theatrical Motion Pictures:   AVATAR Producers: James Cameron, Jon Landau DISTRICT 9 Produce...

Members of the Jury at Imagina (Media and Entertainment)

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Shelley Page - President Head of International Outreach - DreamWorks Animation - United Kingdom Shelley has been working in the field of feature animation since 1986. Her career in animation began in London with the legendary animation director Richard Williams from 1982. She served as head of backgrounds on the Walt Disney film Who Framed Roger Rabbit?. In 1989 she was hired by Steven Spielberg as one of the original team ...

River to River, Florence, a bluesy Ramayana closes fest

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                                  To start with last things first, this highly varied Indian film week came to a rousing close on December 11 with a brilliant feature length animation entitled "Sita Sings The Blues"   SITA is the heroine of the Indian national epic known as the Ramayana, a tale close to the heart of every India...

River to River, Florence, a bluesy Ramayana closes fest

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To start with last things first, this highly varied Indian film week came to a rousing close on December 11 with a brilliant feature length animation entitled "Sita Sings The Blues" SITA is the heroine of the Indian national epic known as the Ramayana, a tale close to the heart of every Indian person. In the story she follows her husband Prince Rama into exile in a forest where she is kidnapped by the evil king Ravana of (Sri) Lanka. While remaining faithful to her husband, Sita is subjected t...

The Global Film Village: 67TH ANNUAL GOLDEN GLOBE AWARDS NOMINATIONS

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by Marla Lewin   1. BEST MOTION PICTURE – DRAMA AVATAR Lightstorm Entertainment; Twentieth Century Fox THE HURT LOCKER Voltage Pictures C/O 42West; Summit Entertainment INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS The Weinstein Company / Universal Pictures; The Weinstein Company PRECIOUS: BASED ON THE NOVEL PUSH BY SAPPHIRE A Lee Daniels Entertainment / Smokewood Entertainment Group Production; Lionsgate UP IN THE AIR Paramount Pictures; Paramount Pictures 2. BEST PERFO...

Cheeky Chaps

Director: Nathanael Draper.
No man's land in is a dangerous place to be, but for George and Fredric, its the perfect location for a game of chess. Fredric and George have always been great friends. Two friends who frequently enjoy a good game of chess. However, after a long winning streak Fredric is suddenly challenged. Has Fredric met his match? Will he be able to keep his reputation as the champion, or will George claim his title and his dignity?

News from Paso Digital Film Festival

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Just South and Sideways of Sundance in the Cowboy Wine Country town of Paso Robles, California,  promoter Benford Standley is bringing back his unique independent film festival for a second-year run.  Last year's festival was honored to host actor-director Clint Eastwood, Oscar-winning film editor Joel Cox, producer Nigel Sinclair, and a wide slate of fantastic independent films and filmmakers. Four days of films and music in 2008 featured greats like Ramblin' Jack Elliott, Johnny Rivers, Eagl...

The Award Winners at Filmfestival Münster 2009

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Münster has truly been gripped by film fever for 5 thrilling days and nights during the 13th Münster Film Festival. The city’s Cineplex welcomed around 7,000 visitors to the festival’s screenings, setting a new record. The expert juries debated the merits of each film into the early hours of the morning before finally deciding on the following winners. The European Feature Film Competition awards the best director an attractive € 7,500. The winner is: Pierre Schoeller for VERSAILLES (Fr...

Bill Mechanic will deliver IFTA Production Conference Keynote

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New Distribution Options and Reinvention on Agenda Prominent industry executive and producer Bill Mechanic will deliver the keynote address at the 11th Annual Independent Film & Television Alliance's (IFTA) Production Conference, which takes place from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 29, IFTA President-CEO Jean Prewitt announced today. Mechanic will be joined by other industry leaders at Century City's InterContinental Hotel to address the best ways to overcome difficult production...

LA Shorts Fest '09 Announces Jury

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    LA Shorts Fest '09 has announced the jury for its thirteenth annual short film festival.   The jury is made up of a mixture of well known talent and industry executives, most of who are expected to be on hand to walk the red carpet on opening night, July 23.   Members of the LA Shorts Fest '09 jury are:   -        Julian McMahon, Golden Globe nominated Acto...

LA Shorts Fest '09 Announces Jury

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LA Shorts Fest '09 has announced the jury for its thirteenth annual short film festival. The jury is made up of a mixture of well known talent and industry executives, most of who are expected to be on hand to walk the red carpet on opening night, July 23. Members of the LA Shorts Fest '09 jury are: - Julian McMahon, Golden Globe nominated Actor (CHARMED, NIP/TUCK, FANTASTIC FOUR I&II...),- Jessalyn Gilsig, Actress (PRISON BREAK, NIP/TUCK, HEROES, and the upcoming GLEE, PROM NIGHT....

Silent Film Festival News!

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Lupe Vélez in LADY OF THE PAVEMENTSFESTIVAL UPDATES!1. The 14th Annual San Francisco Silent Film Festival! 2. Become a Member/ Renew 3. The Complete Festival Schedule 4. How, When, and Where to buy tickets 5. Festival Hotel Arrangements6. Co-presentation with 3rd i 7. Other Upcoming Silent Films Dear Friend of The Silent Film Festival,The 14th Annual San Francisco Silent Film Festival is just a couple days away and we hope to see you there!The weekend begins and ends with the radiant Lupe Vél...

The Global Film Village: Hollywood Focuses on the Future by Marla Lewin

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ESCA 2009: This is a conference about the nuts and bolts that drive the Entertainment Industry and was held at the Luxe Hotel in Los Angeles over two days. The Studios feel that Blu-ray is the wave of the future. The question remains how to keep the quality and cost effectiveness for both machines and product.  It is important for the consumer to be aware that if you are not paying for the top end models of players, then all products may not be compatable at this time.   Internation...

Documentaries At The Crossroads

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  by Sandy Mandelberger, Festival Dailies Editor As SILVERDOCS, the nation's most prominent documentary film festival, begins to hit its stride, it is worth mentioning that the documentary film has not had the charmed life at the box office as we saw earlier in the decade. While not every film can hope to reach the stratosphere of FAHRENHEIT 911 (which had a record-shattering $120 million international box office gross in 2004), the recent crop of documentaries coming to theaters ...

Showcomotion Young People’s Film Festival unveils program

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The 11th Showcomotion Young People’s Film Festival unveils a packed programme of films, fun and activities from 25 June to 9 July at the Showroom Cinema in Sheffield. ICE AGE 3: DAWN OF THE DINOSAURS FAMILY GALAFestival organisers have announced that the family gala at this year’s Showcomotion Young People’s Film Festival is a preview screening of the summer blockbuster Ice Age 3: Dawn Of The Dinosaurs. This much anticipated animation screens at the festival on Sunday 28 June and follows ...

The 14th Annual San Francisco Silent Film Festival

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"Dear Friend of The Silent Film Festival,We are thrilled to announce the lineup for The 14th Annual San Francisco Silent Film Festival, taking place at the Castro Theatre on July 10-12. Tickets are on sale now for the foremost celebration of silent cinema in the Americas!In the space of a mere three days audiences will have the chance to experience the breathtaking vitality and depth of the silent era with 12 programs of classic films and rediscoveries—complete with live musical accompaniment ...

Los Angeles Film Festival additional programing

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the Los Angeles Film Festival, announced additional official film selections and programming for the 2009 Los Angeles Film Festival, presented by the Los Angeles Times. The Los Angeles Film Festival will run from Thursday, June 18 to Sunday, June 28. Louie Psihoyos’ The Cove and Rebecca Cammisa’s Which Way Home will be a part of the Free Screenings section.Walt Disney Pictures’ Ponyo will close this year’s Festival on Sunday, June 28 at 6:30 p.m. at the Mann Village Theater. From the A...

UP, the new animation film from the Disney•Pixar studios, will be the 3D Opening Ceremony film

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UP, the new animation film from the Disney•Pixar studios, produced under John Lasseter's supervision, will be the Opening Ceremony film of the 62nd Festival de Cannes, a World Premiere in Disney Digital 3-D on Wednesday May 13th, 2009. UP, a comedy adventure in which 78-year-old Carl Fredricksen fulfils his dream of a great adventure when he ties thousands of balloons to his house and flies away to the wilds of South America, only to discover that he has brought with him his biggest nig...

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