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Emile Hirsch and Nikki Blonsky to be honored at Palm Springs

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The 19th Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF) will honor Emile Hirsch and Nikki Blonsky with separate Rising Star Awards at the Festival’s annual Awards Gala. They will join previously announced honoree Marion Cotillard who will receive the Breakthrough Performance Award. Festival chairman Earl Greenburg made the announcement at a private event at the historic Charlie Chaplin home of Patricia Barry in Beverly Hills, CA hosted by Festival board member Stephen Breimer, which...

Festival Closer Is THE DARJEELING LIMITED

 Wednesday, October 3---------Hopping from its World Premiere at the Venice Film Festival to its Opening Night Gala last Friday at the New York Film Festival, the Wes Anderson film THE DARJEELING LIMITED will close the Times BFI 51st London Film Festival on November 1st. The film will open theatrically in the UK on November 23rd via distributor Twentienth Century Fox. THE DARJEELING LIMITED presents the fractured fable of three American brothers who have not spoken to each other in a year,...

The Provocative Cinema of Michael Haneke

 Monday, October 1---------Austrian filmmaker Michael Haneke is among the most celebrated and controversial figures in the world of contemporary world cinema. His films have been divisive and disturbing affairs that leaves audiences shaken and uncertain. He holds up a mirror to a world of extreme anxiety, offensive violence and a lack of human empathy. He has inspired amazing performances from his actors, leading many to win international awards. His cinema is ferocious, compelling and unforget...

Are you ready for AFM? 522 films to screen

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A diverse selection of 522 feature films, including 106 industry world premieres and 364 market premieres, have been confirmed to screen at the 28th American Film Market (AFM) October 31 to November 7, 2007, in Santa Monica, it was announced today by Jonathan Wolf, Executive Vice President, Independent Film & Television Alliance (IFTA) and AFM’s Managing Director.A total of 34 different languages will be represented on the screening schedule of this year’s AFM.In addition, Wolf announced tha...

EASTERN PROMISES To Open London Film Festival

 Monday, October 1----------EASTERN PROMISES, the acclaimed new film from legendary Canadian director David Cronenberg, will open the Times BFI 51st  London Film Festival on Wednesday, October 17th. The film, which recently won the Peoples Choice Award at the Toronto International Film Festival, has received some of the strongest reviews of the year  when it opened theatrically in North America in the past week. Oscar nominations and end-of-the-year critics prizes should be in the offing for ...

South Asian International Film Festival kicks in NY

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The fourth annual 2007 South Asian International Film Festival will be held from October 3-9, 2007 in New York City. The festival will present five films in its children afternoon series screening from 4:30 through 7:00 P.M. on Sunday, October 7, 2007 at the Rubin Museum of Art, 150 West 17 th Street at 7th Avenue. The first film, Krishna-Animated Series , premiering in North America, is the story of Krishna saving villagers from the violence and hate of the malevolent serpent Kaliya. Director...

Palm Springs International Film Festival to salute Marion Cotillard

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The 19th Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF) will honor Marion Cotillard with the Breakthrough Performance Award for her performance in La Vie en Rose. This is the first honoree announcement made for the 2008 Festival. The Awards Gala will kick-off the 2008 Awards Season on Saturday, January 5, 2008 at the Palm Springs Convention Center. The Festival is scheduled to be held January 3-14, 2008. Festival chairman Earl Greenburg said, “Marion Cotillard delivers a tour de f...

2007 International Film Festival Summit Addresses Impact of Technology on Content and Film Festivals

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One of the main theme's at this year's IFFS the convergence of technology with film festivals, and several issues relating to this topic will be addressed in a morning session on Monday, Dec. 3rd. The film and entertainment industries realize the evolution of technology is seriously impacting how content is promoted and delivered. The 2007 IFFS will address digital content shedding light on this evolving landscape. New York, NY (PRWEB) September 20, 2007 -- The 4th Annual International Film Fes...

Flake Film Festival winners announced

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The 2007 Flake Film Festival premiere screenings have just finished with a huge sell out finale and awards presentation night at the Jindabyne Cinema in the NSW Snowy Mountains where the 2007 winners were also announced. This years festival was a huge success- "2007 was our 5th Birthday and we celebrated with our best fest yet! The final 15 films were truly amazing and showed off the high quality of filmmaking talent we have in Australia" says festival founder and director Anthony Trovatello (Ch...

Flake Film Festival Awards announced

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The 2007 Flake Film Festival premiere screenings have just finished with a huge sell out finale and awards presentation night at the Jindabyne Cinema in the NSW Snowy Mountains where the 2007 winners were also announced. This years festival was a huge success- "2007 was our 5th Birthday and we celebrated with our best fest yet! The final 15 films were truly amazing and showed off the high quality of filmmaking talent we have in Australia" says festival founder and director Anthony Trovatello (Ch...

Dubai among the Hottest Film Fests according to US Today

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America-wide newspaper USA Today has cited the Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) in a recent expose entitled, “Where in the World are the Hottest Film Fests?” DIFF ranked along with industry giants such as Sundance, the biggest independent festival in North America, and Cannes, which celebrated its 60th anniversary this year.The article pointed to the importance of DIFF’s mandate to bring people together in the Middle East to share cultural differences, and complimented its spirit a...

2007 Wine Country Film Festival Highlights

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The popular roving Wine Country Film Festival presented another stellar program of movies in three communities - Sonoma, American Canyon and Napa - north of the Golden Gate Bridge. In addition to world and American films, the fest offered Arctic Tale and No Reservations which made their regional debuts in the festival. WCFF’s approach to programming singles out the best in domestic and international titles in unique groupings such as Cinema of Conscience – films addressing social and pol...

The Toronto Torrent

 Tuesday, September 4---------The Toronto International Film Festival doesn't officially open for another 48 hours, but already a hurricane of film talents, industryites, press and film buffs are descending onto the Ontario metropolis with a torrent that is almost audible. Coming in from Los Angeles, New York and the four corners of the globe, including the just concluded Montreal World Film Festival, and the still continuing Venice Film Festival......all eyes are on "the gateway to North...

The Toronto Torrent

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The Toronto International Film Festival doesn't officially open for another 48 hours, but already a hurricane of film talents, industryites, press and film buffs are descending onto the Ontario metropolis with a torrent that is almost audible. Coming in from Los Angeles, New York and the four corners of the globe, including the just concluded Montreal World Film Festival, and the still continuing Venice Film Festival......all eyes are on "the gateway to North America" as the frenzy, fun and fero...

The Summer Is Definitely Over: Toronto FF In 2 Weeks

 Friday, August 25---------In a sure sign that summer is definitely in its last throws, the Toronto International Film Festival held its major press conference earlier this week, announcing the full roster of films and special events that will be presented from September 6 to 15. In less than two weeks, the titans of the film industry, and a smattering of first-timers and more humble folk like this journalist, will venture to the "New York of the North" to be part of an extravaganza t...

INNOVATION IN CINEMA TAKES CENTRE STAGE AT TIFF, WITH WORLD PREMIERE OF LATE FRAGMENT, NORTH AMERICA’S FIRST INTERACTIVE DRAMA

                    Toronto (August 15, 2007) - The Canadian Film Centre (CFC) and the National Film Board of Canada (NFB)are delighted to announce the world premiere of Late Fragment, North America’s first interactive dramaticfeature film, at the 32nd Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), as part of the Future Projections program.Late Fragment, an interactive film by Daryl Cloran, Anita ...

Palm Springs International Festival of Short Films

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If you dare wear short shorts, then wear them to the 2007 Palm Springs International Festival of Short Films & Short Film Market (ShortFest), held from August 23-29, 2007 at the Camelot Theatres in Palm Springs, CA. Now in its 13th year, the Festival has announced its roster of 332 films, selected from more than 2,500 worldwide entries. The Festival will showcase 54 World Premieres, 12 North American Premieres and 20 U.S. Premieres. The selection of films for screening and competition feature...

24th Annual CICFF Gets Advice From Children's Jury

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When the Chicago International Children's Film Festival needs help selecting the winners of its most prestigious awards, it calls on its toughest critics: kids. The 2007 CICFF Children's Jury, comprised of young critics ages 7-14, will convene August 7-17 at Facets Multi-Media to review films for the 24th annual Chicago International Children's Film Festival. Participants will view and critique more than 100 films that have been selected from among 1,000 entries submitted this year. The Childr...

FILMI South Asian Film Festival

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The eighth Annual FILMI South Asian Film Festival (FSAFF), in association with TELUS, comes to the NFB mediatheque and AGO Jackman Hall in Toronto August 8 to 12. This year's FILMI South Asian Film Festival 8 features a whole host of exciting and riveting films about South Asian Diaspora in an increasingly urbanizing and globalizing world. Programming highlights include: The closing night film Life in a Metro, by Anurag Basu, the hilarious Canadian premiere of Offshore by Diane Cheklich, Liz Mir...

Hawai Fest: a first glimpse on the fall line up

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The 27th Annual Louis Vuitton Hawaii International Film Festival (HIFF), the premier international film event in the Pacific, is set for October 18 – 28 on Oahu. More than 150 feature films, documentaries, shorts and animations, representing countries from around the world will be showcased.HIFF is the centerpiece event in Hawaii where thousands of people from around the world, top celebrities from Asia and the United States, award-winning filmmakers and directors, and the US and foreign press...

Four-day anime festival - "Anime Bento

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NCM FATHOM, the entertainment division of National CineMedia, takes an unprecedented move in alternative theatre entertainment by announcing a special, four-day anime festival - "Anime Bento, 4 Nights, 4 Servings - The Hottest Anime Movies on the Big Screen" - with FUNimation Entertainment and Manga movies never before seen on the big screen with exclusive bonus features each night. The announcement was made at the 37th Comic-Con International, the largest comic book and pop culture event in Nor...

New York Film Festival To Celebrate 45th Anniversary

Wednesday, July 18-------The New York Film Festival, one of the pre-eminent film events in North America, celebrates its 45th anniversary this year. The event, which will run from September 28 to October 14, has begun to announce some of its programming and special events, tantalizing New York film lovers with some gems to look forward to. The Film Society of Lincoln Center, which presents the Festival along with its yearlong programming at the flagship Walter Reade Theater, has announced that...

Asian Cinema On The Ascendant

 Friday, July 14-------Three films from Asia that have made waves on the international film festival circuit are opening in New York this weekend, and will roll out to other cities in North America during the next few weeks. The widely different films point to the continued renaissance of Asian cinema as a world force and the ambitious and risk-taking aesthetic of a new generation of Asian directors.Of the three filmmakers, the South Korean director Kim Ki-Duk is probably the best known in this...

Hawaii International Film Festival line up

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The 27th Annual Louis Vuitton Hawaii International Film Festival (HIFF), the premier international film event in the Pacific, is set for October 18 – 28 on Oahu. More than 150 feature films, documentaries, shorts and animations, representing countries from around the world will be showcased.HIFF is the centerpiece event in Hawaii where thousands of people from around the world, top celebrities from Asia and the United States, award-winning filmmakers and directors, and the US and foreign press...

Entry Forms For Foreign Film Oscars Are Sent Out

Thursday, July 12---------The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has mailed out the entry forms for the Foreign Language Film competition to 95 countries, in preparation for the 80th Academy Awards. To qualify for the 2007 Awards, a film must be released in the submitting country between October 1, 2006, and September 30, 2007, and be publicly screened in 35mm or 70mm film or in a qualifying digital cinema format for at least seven consecutive days in a commercial motion picture theate...
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