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The 2007 All Roads Film Festivals will soon come into full view.  Last week, the halls of the National Geographic Society were all abuzz as members of the selection committee hunkered down to review over 35 hours of film in 40 hours. This was truly a global affair with committee members traveling from the Pacific Islands, Middle East, Europe, North America and South America.  Drawn from an expansive pool of over 250 films, All Roads 2007 will soon be upon us, sharing the unique stories of voic...

$125 000 in cash & prizes for CFC Short Film Fest

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The Canadian Film Centre’s Worldwide Short Film Festival (June 12th – 17th) is proud to recognize the talented and dedicated filmmakers who contribute to the success of our Festival through their creativity by presenting 2007’s top filmmakers with one of the largest cash prizes for short film in the world. Offering 10 awards and over $125,000 in cash and prizes, the WSFF honours exceptional creators whose talent and dedication inspires audiences and budding filmmakers alike.2007 welcomes t...

Canadian Film Centre's Worldwide Short Film Festival Line up

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Presented by TELUS, the Canadian Film Centre's Worldwide Short Film Festival is proud to announce its spectacular 2007 line-up; an exceptional array of contemporary short films set to entertain festival goers from June 12th to 17th in Toronto, Canada. The 13th annual festival offers 29 different programs specially selected from a record-breaking 3,131 submissions. Presenting viewers with a wide-ranging collection of 265 shorts from more than 30 countries around the globe, the Worldwide Short F...

Emerging Talent Film Festival New Fest comer in Monaco

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The First International Emerging Talent Film Festival wrapped up on Tuesday night, 15 May, at Monte-Carlo’s Grimaldi Forum, with a Special Advance screening of Paul Freedman’s film on the travesty in Darfur, SAND AND SORROW, narrated by George Clooney, and the presentation of the Festival’s Juried Competition Wing Awards. The Festival’s Gala Closing Night Party followed the screening and awards presentation, held in the beautiful rooftop space, Karément, set atop the Grimaldi Forum with...

New York Tribeca Film Festival - the future Cannes of North America?

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This film festival continues to expand, though it lacks a clear profile, compared to other major fests like the New York Film Festival, Sundance, or the Berlinale. Each year it adds new components. If current trends prevail Tribeca will rank among the biggest film festivals in the world.  During the last edition (April 25 – May 6, 2007), the number of premieres had increased, more industry executives attended and a consensus emerged in the trades that Tribeca had become a viable place for dis...

New York Tribeca Film Festival - the future Cannes of North America?

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This film festival continues to expand, though it lacks a clear profile, compared to other major fests like the New York Film Festival, Sundance, or the Berlinale. Each year it adds new components. If current trends prevail Tribeca will rank among the biggest film festivals in the world. During the last edition (April 25 – May 6, 2007), the number of premieres had increased, more industry executives attended and a consensus emerged in the trades that Tribeca had become a viable place for disc...

WorldFest Wraps its Big 40th with Davi's Dukes!

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Final Jury Decisions on all ten major Competition Categories. WorldFest-Houston, the 3rd longest-running International Film Festival in North America, celebrated the conclusion of its 40th annual independent film showcase with a Grand Awards Gala on April 28th and Closing Day Festivities on April 29th with a VIP NASA and Space Center Houston tour and Texas BBQ sponsored by The Houston Yacht Club and wrapped it up with Robert Davi's award winning directorial debut, The Dukes. (Chazz Palminteri,...

New Mexico Raises it's Film Industry Stature w/Inaugural First Vision Filmmakers Forum: April 27

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New Mexico Governor and Democratic Presidential hopeful Bill Richardson has announced the inaugural "First Vision Filmmakers Forum,"  (April 27, 2007) a day-long symposium featuring both emerging and established film and television experts from North America to explore cultural trends in diversity film initiatives.  The film industry has been steadily staking out an increased presence in the Land of Enchantment since the early days of Bonanza.  With this event, Richardson aims to of...

The Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles 5th edition

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The Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles (IFFLA) will introduce a new film series this year, BOLLYWOOD BY NIGHT to be presented by LA Weekly, highlighting some of the most popular Bollywood films, including the 20 year anniversary screening of Shekhar Kapur’s MR. INDIA, it was announced by Festival Director Christina Marouda. The 2007 Festival will also be introducing for the first time IFFLA EcoVision presented by e2e Analytix, a program that aims to spread ecological awareness and to celebra...

Ninth Sarasota Film Festival Launches Friday Night

Wednesday, April 11-----The 9th edition of the Sarasota Film Festival, one of the most dynamic and fastest growing film events in the country, will kick off this Friday evening with its most ambitious and exciting program to date. The 10-day event, which features a mix of emerging talents, international cinema and salutes to cinema greats, takes place in the beautiful Gulf Coast resort city of Sarasota, Florida (home of some of the most glorious sunsets this ex-Floridian has ever seen). The Fes...

Filmfestivals destination tourism and business Part 2

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As a response to the several inquiries that I have received, this article provides additional information following my December 15 background essay on the emerging field of film festival tourism. As noted before, film festival tourism is part of the rapidly expanding cultural tourism industry that serves a fairly affluent and knowledgeable audience. Conversely, local or national departments of tourism have realized that attracting cultural film tourists generates additional income for the local ...

Film Festival Tourism part II

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As a response to the several inquiries that I have received, this article provides additional information following my December 15 background essay on the emerging field of film festival tourism. As noted before, film festival tourism is part of the rapidly expanding cultural tourism industry that serves a fairly affluent and knowledgeable audience. Conversely, local or national departments of tourism have realized that attracting cultural film tourists generates additional income for the loca...

Heddy Honigmann Honored With Two Festival Awards

  Friday, March 30------Celebrated Dutch documentary filmmaker Heddy Honigmann is being honored by two back-to-back film festivals next month. The prolific director will be honored at both the Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Film Festival, where she will be presented with the prestigious Hot Docs Outstanding Achievement Award, and the San Francisco Film Festival will similarly honor her with its Golden Gate Persistence of Vision Award, honoring the lifetime achievement of a singul...

Sarasota to honor Edward Norton and writer/producer Brian Koppelman

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Academy Award nominated actor Edward Norton and writer/producer Brian Koppelman (who recently teamed together as actor and producer of the critically acclaimed and commercially successful The Illusionist), will join in the festivities at SFF’s big first Saturday night (April 14) event, “The Reel Experience at The Lake Club.” Mr. Norton will be honored with the Festival’s Humanitarian Award with Koppelman receiving an ‘Excellence in Screenwriting’ honor for his work (which includes t...

Young Chicago Critics Program

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Nelson Ogbuagu is a typical Chicago middle-school student who has had some atypical experiences. A student at the Walt Disney Magnet School in Chicago, Nelson’s passion for filmmaking has been nurtured for years by the Chicago International Children’s Film Festival’s Young Chicago Critics (YCC) camp, the premier film criticism and production summer camp for kids in Chicago. But this year, after serving on YCC for three years, Nelson will do something he has never dreamed of doing: travelin...

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...

Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles gets support from Majors

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Media conglomerates, Time Warner, Sony Pictures Entertainment and Wal-Mart will be sponsoring this year’s Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles (IFFLA), it was announced today by the Festival’s Executive Director, Christina Marouda. Time Warner will be joining ArcLight Hollywood as the festival’s Premiere Sponsors. In addition, Sony Pictures Entertainment and its Sony Pictures Television International divisions, and Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. have signed on as partnering sponsors for the 2007 I...

Focus On Canadian Cinema at MoMA

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Tuesday, March 13----The Museum of Modern Art presents its fifth annual exhibition of recent films from Canada in the Canadian Front 2007 series that begins tomorrow evening and runs through March 19th, at the Musuem of Modern Art (MoMA). The eight-film progam, a mix of dramatic features and documentaries, opens with the New York premiere of AWAY FROM HER, the directorial debut of actress Sarah Polley (best known for her roles in Atom Egoyan's THE SWEET HEREAFTER and the 2004 remake of Geor...

Focus On Canadian Cinema at MoMA

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Tuesday, March 13----The Museum of Modern Art presents its fifth annual exhibition of recent films from Canada in the Canadian Front 2007 series that begins tomorrow evening and runs through March 19th, at the Musuem of Modern Art (MoMA). The eight-film progam, a mix of dramatic features and documentaries, opens with the New York premiere of AWAY FROM HER, the directorial debut of actress Sarah Polley (best known for her roles in Atom Egoyan's THE SWEET HEREAFTER and the 2004 remake of Geor...

Aspen Shortsfest 2007 16th edition focuses on film (shorts)

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Filmmakers and film lovers will gather April 3-8 when Aspen Shortsfest 2007 hits the screen at the Wheeler Opera House and other locations in Aspen and Carbondale, Colorado. Now in its 16th year, Aspen Shortsfest is considered one of the world’s finest international short film and video showcases. Shortsfest’s centerpiece, the International Competition offers a lively, heart-warming and thought-provoking selection of drama, comedy, animation and documentary – all 30 minutes or less. From t...

Former Filmfestivals.com staffer Patrick de Bokay new Miami Fest Director

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Patrick de Bokay had opened the LA office of filmfestivals.com in 2000 Filmfestivals team sends him a warm salute and is happy to see Patrick get even closer to his festival management passion declared Bruno Chatelin from the festivals portal. Patrick and Bruno had worked together for a while when both worked for Fox theatrical arm in France.Miami Dade College (MDC) President Dr. Eduardo J. Padrón joined the team from the Miami International Film Festival (MIFF), which is presented by Miami Dad...

South American films get US distribution at Miami Fest

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Miami International Film Festival (MIFF) festival director Nicole Guillemet announced today that three films screening at MIFF received North American distribution deals. "The films truly celebrate the spirit of the festival and is another step towards growth for the festival further establishing it as a marketplace where filmmakers have the opportunity to seek and find distribution,” said Guillemet. “This has always been a part of my vision for the festival and to see it come to fruition is...

Miami Fest Nicole Guillemet steps down after the fest

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Nicole Guillemet, the respected Director of the Miami International Film Festival for the past five years, will bid adieu after this year's session, after having overseen an explosive growth of the Festival's scope and reputation under her stewardship. She has left an indelible mark, having upgraded the programming and the organization of the event, and making it one of North America's most exciting and well-run film festivals. The expanded focus on films from Latin America and Spain has made th...

Nicole Guillemet Oversees Her Last Festival

Thursday, March 1-----Nicole Guillemet, the respected Director of the Miami International Film Festival for the past five years, will bid adieu after this year's session, after having overseen an explosive growth of the Festival's scope and reputation under her stewardship. She has left an indelible mark, having upgraded the programming and the organization of the event, and making it one of North America's most exciting and well-run film festivals. The expanded focus on films from L...

A Ten Day Celebration Of Film

  Wednesday, February 28----The 24th edition of the Miami International Film Festival, which kicks off this Friday evening with the premiere of Paul Verhoeven's World War II epic BLACK BOOK, will showcase 112 films (92 features and 20 short films) during its ten-day run. The heavily international program includes 8 World Premieres, 31 International, North American and US Premieres and 47 East Coast Premieres.The World Cinema Competition features 15 films from all over the world, while the I...
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