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Bobby and Bush both Dead On Arrival, score at Toronto

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Dick Cheney becomes the 44th President of the United States when George W. Bush, after addressing the Economic Club of Chicago, is assassinated outside a Chicago hotel, after a speech marked by l0, 000 demonstrators violently protesting nuclear brinksmanship policies in Iraq, North Korea and Iran. The date is Oct.19, 2007.This is the setting for the 93-minute fictionalized, controversial feature,”Death of a President”. The picture won the prestigious international critics (FIPRESCI) prize ...

Sarasota Film Festival extends Jody Kielbasa at helm

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Jody Kielbasa, who has served as Executive Director of the Sarasota Film Festival since its inception 9 years ago, has had his contract renewed and extended for an additional 5 years, it was announced today by Executive Board Member Phil Chmieleski.Following overtures to Mr. Kielbasa from other internationally top-rated film festivals, the Board and Mr. Kielbasa settled on an agreement to keep him at the helm in Sarasota.“It was inevitable that with the success of our festival and Jody’s int...

11th PIFF is Biggest Film Festival in Asia

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The Pusan International Film Festival (PIFF), which takes place every October in the south-eastern port city of Busan, South Korea gears up for its 11th edition, its largest thus far. In fact, the festival has grown to such proportions that US entertainment media Variety will begin publishing dailies at PIFF this year, something it until now had only done for the world’s top three film festivals, Cannes, Berlin, and Toronto. In Seoul, South Korea at an unusually crowded press conference, PIF...

Standing Room Only At Sold Out Festival Opener

Katharine Cornell Theater Thursday, September 14----It was standing room only at the Katharine Cornell Theater this evening, as the inaugural Martha's Vineyard International Film Festival kicked off a four day film celebration with its high wattage Opening Night Film, Michel Gondry's much anticipated THE SCIENCE OF SLEEP. The sold out screening brought out a mixture of locals, visting filmmakers and some of the cultural elite who call this beautiful island off the coast of Cape Cod home. The s...

The Cinemas of East Asia program at Vancouver Fest

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Festival Director Alan Franey and programmer Tony Rayns today announced that the 25th annual Vancouver International Film Festival will feature a total of 39 features, three mid-length films and 35 shorts in the Festival's cornerstone Dragons & Tigers: The Cinemas of East Asia program. Again presented this year thanks to the generous support of Brad Birarda of Research Capital, the Dragons & Tigers program is one of the preeminent showcases of East Asian films in the world. The series will featu...

Latest film of Japanase Director Sato to premiere at Montreal

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YAMATO: THE LAST BATTLE at the MWFFThe epic Japanese film YAMATO: THE LAST BATTLE by director Junya Sato will have its international premiere at the 30th edition of the Montréal World Film Festival, which runs from August 24 to September 4, 2006, it was announced.Produced by Haruki Kadokawa for the Toei Studio, and starring Takashi Sorimachi, Shido Nakamura, Kyoda Susuki, Tetsuya Watari et Tatsuya Nakadai, the film recounts the last mission of the battleship Yamato during World War II. The larg...

Vancouver to open with latest Almodovar's Volver

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The 25th Annual Vancouver International Film Festival (VIFF) will open on September 28 with a screening of Pedro Almodóvar’s VOLVER. Festival Director Alan Franey also announced a few of the special events and thematic highlights of this year’s festival, which will take place September 28 to October 13 at ten theatres in the Vancouver area, again centred at the Empire Granville 7 Cinemas.“In our 25th year, rather than reflecting on the past, the VIFF looks to the future with much curiosit...

The Secret's World Premiere Openeing Tahoe Reno Fest

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The Secret, a full length feature film that's already impacting thousands of lives around the world, will have its first public screening at the Tahoe Reno International Film Festival on August 23rd at 8:00 p.m.Tapping into the phenomenal momentum of a film that’s already changing lives around the world, the Tahoe-Reno International Film Festival (T-RIFF) today announced its opening night film.The Secret (www.thesecret.tv) will make its world premiere at T-RIFF on Wednesday, August 23rd. The f...

Montreal World Film Fest must continue its work !

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The MONTREAL WORLD FILM FESTIVAL must continue its work !For 30 years, millions of spectators came to Montreal from around the world, millions of films lovers participated in the WORLD FILM FESTIVAL. The WORLD FILM FESTIVAL presents films from all continents, stimulates the development of quality films, supports art cinema, discovers new talent. The greatest directors and actors have come to the Montreal World Film Festival. The WORLD FILM FESTIVAL has its own personality and for three decades i...

Our Earthmen Friends to open the 30th edition of the MWFF

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Bernard Werber’s OUR EARTHMEN FRIENDS to open the 30th edition of the MWFFBernard Werber’s OUR EARTHMEN FRIENDS will open the 30th edition of the Montreal World Film Festival on August 24, it was announced. Werber is the celebrated French author of the “Ants” trilogy and most recently of the novel Le Souffle des Dieux (The Breath of the Gods), the sequel to Nous les Dieux (We Gods). A "documentary" on Earth-dwellers made by extra-terrestrials, OUR EARTHMEN FRIENDS was directed by Werber ...

Second Tahoe/Reno International Film Festival

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Second Tahoe/Reno International Film Festival brings Social Consciousness to Pristine SettingWeaving socially responsible content into pure entertainment at one of the most pristine locations on the West Coast is the driving force behind the country’s fastest growing, emerging film festival. In just its second year out, The Tahoe/Reno International Film Festival (T-RIFF) offers a unique film festival experience that educates, touches hearts, inspires ideas, and connects audiences to the joy d...

Essential Cinema: The Rules of the Game

When the New York Film Festival's salute to 50 Years of Janus Films begins on September 30th with the screening of a pristine 35mm film print of the Jean Renoir classic THE RULES OF THE GAME, it will begin a month-long celebration of 30 cinematic gems that can only be described as "essential cinema". Renoir's film, set in a French country estate on the eve of World War II, not only is illustrative of its particular time and place, but serves as a kind of coda for the instability and restlessne...

7th Annual FILMI South Asian Film Festival to go live

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This year’s FILMI South Asian Film Festival 7 features a whole host of exciting and riveting films about South Asian Diaspora. Programming highlights include: Bombay Calling, by Ben Addelman and Samir Mallal, Sanjay Talreja’s Cricket… and the Meaning of Life, and the eye opening documentary A Very British Bollywood by Anthony Wonke.The 7th Annual FILMI South Asian Film Festival is also delighted to present the family orientated North American Premiere of Vishal Bharadwaj’s Chatri Chor (T...

Montreal World Film Festival: 30 and still standing

Monday, July 10---It's been quite a year for the MONTREAL WORLD FILM FESTIVAL!!! Not only has it emerged triumphant from a near-fatal loss of federal funding and the creation of a rival festival event last year, but it has confounded its critics by coming back stronger than ever in time to celebrate its 30th anniversary as North America's only FIAPF approved competition festival. The rival event, funded by local media powerhouse Equipe Spectra and headed by former Berlinale topper Mortiz de Ha...

Skip City: The Updates of Digital Cinema Symposium

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SKIP CITY INTERNATIONAL D-Cinema FESTIVAL 2006SYMPOSIUM The Updates of Digital Cinema regarding the distribution and screening over the worldThe standardization of digital cinema by the Digital Cinema Initiatives (DCI) is nearly complete, and digital cinema projects are currently being developed around the world. In this symposium, panelists from Japan and abroad will present the latest news on digital cinema distribution. The future of the digital cinema business o...

Gibbs, Ragsdale win top Juneteenth Film Festival

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Gibbs, Ragsdale win top Juneteenth Film Festival directing awardsRoundtree, Reid, Bishop Jakes and Elise honored at 3rd annual black film Two filmmakers – from Dallas and Los Angeles – took top honors for best documentary and best short feature film categories, respectively, as the Juneteenth Film Festival (JFF) Awards and Tribute show completed a third successful season. (Please visit www.juneteenthfilmfestival.com)Angela Gibbs, LA-based daughter of actress Marla Gibbs, won the best short ...

Gibbs, Ragsdale win top Juneteenth Film Festival directing awards

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Roundtree, Reid, Bishop Jakes and Elise honored at 3rd annual black film showcaseTwo filmmakers – from Dallas and Los Angeles – took top honors for best documentary and best short feature film categories, respectively, as the Juneteenth Film Festival (JFF) Awards and Tribute show completed a third successful season. (Please visit www.juneteenthfilmfestival.com)Angela Gibbs, LA-based daughter of actress Marla Gibbs, won the best short film award with The Ties That Bind, a story of a young wo...

SILVERDOCS Announces Jury and Audience Awards

Monday, June 19---The 4th annual SILVERDOCS:AFI/Discovery Channel Documentary Festival ended its six-day event with the announcements of Jury and Audience prizes in a number of diverse categories. The Festival, which had a significant breakthrough this year, in terms of content, celebrity attendance (Martin Scorsese, Jim Jarmusch, Al Gore, Thomas L. Friedman, Will Shortz and others) and audience response has more than reinforced its claim as the premiere documentary film festival in North Ameri...

EFP Industry Screenings in New York

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EFP launches Third Session of Industry Screenings in New YorkFour New European films to be showcased at the Tribeca Grand, June 27th and 28thAfter two successful sessions in November 2005 and March 2006, European Film Promotion (EFP) continues its programme Industry Screenings in New York on June 27th and 28th. Again, selected film industry people will be invited to view four new European films in the Tribeca Grand Hotel’s screening room.Film Producers Jeroen Beker and Laurette Schillings pres...

Skip City D-Cinema Fest full line up

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SKIP CITY INTERNATIONAL D-CINEMA FESTIVAL 2006 announces the full line up and international jury membersThe 3rd SKIP CITY INTERNATIONAL D-Cinema FESTIVAL 2006, takes place at SKIP CITY (Kawaguchi, Saitama) from Saturday July 15th to Sunday July 23rd. This year, the festival received 584 submissions from 52 countries and regions. Cash reward totaling in 17,000,000yen (approx. $160,000) will be given to filmmakers in feature and short competition section. Boy Meets Ghost Hanadashonenshi by ...

SILVERDOCS Opens This Evening With Tales of Hollywood

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Tuesday, June 13-----The 4th edition of SILVERDOCS: The AFI/Discovery Channel Documentary Festival, the leading documentary film festival in North America, launches this evening with a reflective view of the creative and economic pressures of the Hollywood system. BOFFO! TINSELTOWN’S BOMBS AND BLOCKBUSTERS, directed by veteran documentarian Bill Couturie, is based on the book written by long-time Variety editor-in-chief Peter Bart, in celebration of the film trade’s 100th anniversary. The ...

5th Sacramento french film festival

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5TH SACRAMENTO FRENCH FILM FESTIVAL CREST THEATRE - JULY 14-16 & 22-23, 2006 In July 2006, the 5th annual Sacramento French Film Festival will be held over two consecutive weekends. The exciting film selection will represent the best of contemporary French cinema including, for the first time in the Festival’s history a North America Premiere, along with many Northern California and Sacramento premieres. Classic masterpieces, outrageous Saturday Midnight movies as well as French and local sh...

Atlanta Film Festival turns 30

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Image Film and Video Center’s 30th Annual Atlanta Film Festival, the South’s premier experience for movie lovers, independent filmmakers and fans, will take place June 9-17 in Downtown and Midtown Atlanta. Celebrating an impressive three decades, this film festival is one of the longest-running in North America and one of the best-attended in the Southeastern United States. "We are extremely excited to be celebrating our 30th anniversary. This year's program is our finest ever," said Jake ...

22nd Troia International Film Festival Opens

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Friday, June 2, Setubal---The 22nd edition of the TROIA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL, Portugal's oldest and most prestigious film event, had a gala Opening this evening in the beautiful coastal town of Setubal. The Opening Night festivities began with the screening of a rare silent film by director Victor Sjostrom. TERGE VIGEN, produced in 1917, is a film of rare beauty and quality from one of Scandanavia's earliest film giants. The film has been restored by the Norwegian Film Institute, with...

SILVERDOCS: AFI/Discovery Channel Documentary Festival to launch June 13

SILVERDOCS: AFI/DISCOVERY CHANNEL DOCUMENTARY FESTIVAL has become one of the most prestigious events in the world of non-fiction film. The 2006 Festival, a mixture of film screenings, information seminars and special events, will take place from June 13 to 18, 2006 at the AFI Silver Center in Silver Springs, Maryland (USA). Return to this dedicated website to read articles, view photos, hear audio files and view video at North America's most intriguing festival devoted to the work of documen...
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