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Silverdocs: AFI/Discover Channel Documentary Festival: June 13-18, 2006

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 vide

Did Cannes kill The Code?

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With the worldwide simultaneous release today of THE DA VINCI CODE across the globe, a question lingers in the air: Did Cannes kill The Code? Or more specificially, did the buildup and hype surrounding the Cannes opening create such a high expectation that the film will suffer from disappointed critics and viewers?While the mass hysteria over THE DA VINCI CODE has passed into memory in Cannes with all the subtlety of a hangover after too much champagne, the industry waits with bated breath the b...

Did Cannes Kill The Code?

With the worldwide simultaneous release today of THE DA VINCI CODE across the globe, a question lingers in the air: Did Cannes kill The Code? Or more specificially, did the buildup and hype surrounding the Cannes opening create such a high expectation that the film will suffer from disappointed critics and viewers? While the mass hysteria over THE DA VINCI CODE has passed into memory in Cannes with all the subtlety of a hangover after too much champagne, the industry waits with bated breath th...

The 9th Shanghai International Film Festival

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The 9th Shanghai International Film Festival will take place 17 – 25 June, 2006. It falls into four major sections which are Jin Jue Award International Film Competition, Jin Jue International Film Forum, International Film Panorama and International Film & TV Market. It is a new start for the Festival to accept film submissions online in 2006.By April 28th,the SIFF COMMITTEE has received 682 motion pictures from 52 countries in applications has shot up by almost 200 compared to 2005,and has h...

Perhaps Love to open San Francisco

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The 49th San Francisco International Film Festival (running April 20 to May 4) will launch on April 20th with the US Premiere of PERHAPS LOVE, the first film from Hong Kong to open the Festival. The film will have its gala screening at the historic Castro Theater, one of the grandest and most beautiful cinema palaces in the country. The film, directed by Hong Kong auteur Peter Chan, will kick off 15 days of movie magic as the oldest film festival in North America again unspools in the City by th...

The Short Film Network 's new distribution channel

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The Short Film Network Brings Award-Winning Short Films to Mainstream Audiences Around the WorldThe Short Film Network (SFN)'s new distribution channel provides much deserved exposure for short films and their filmmakers to the public and industry pros. SFN is also working with film festivals, state film offices and schools to better educate filmmakers on making commercially viable and clearable films.Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) April 6, 2006 -– The Short Film Network (SFN), a cooperative organiza...

Hola! from Houston! The Fest director is inviting you

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We have now assembled a wonderful program of 55 new Indie Feature Films and 100 International Short Films. More than 450 international filmmakers are attending from all over the world! WorldFest is the 3rd oldest International Film Festival in North America, founded in 1961 - We discovered Spielberg, Lucas, Ang Lee, Ridley Scott, The Coen Brothers and David Lynch with their first awards! Come and See the Spielberg's of Tomorrow!This year WorldFest is streaming Short Film winners, and trailers of...

Miami International Film Festival Awards

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The 23rd edition of the Miami International Film Festival (MIFF) reached its climax last evening, with the awarding of the Knight Grand Jury Prizes and other honors at the Festival’s Gala Awards Ceremony, held at the historic Gusman Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Miami.The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation contributed $75,000 (of a total grant of $250,000) to create the Knight Grand Jury Prizes for this year’s Festival, which includes a cash award of $25,000 for winners in t...

The Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival films on tour

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The Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival (JHWFF) is pleased to announce the best wildlife films of the year, from the recent 2005 Festival, are traveling around the country and overseas as part of their Best of Festival tour. Films from this most-prestigious wildlife film festival will be featured at screening events in Colorado, Washington D.C., and Alaska over the next few months.“We are thrilled to be launching the Festival tour this year,” notes Laura Johnson, Festival Director. “Our ...

Award winners announced in Miami

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AWARD WINNERS ANNOUNCED IN MIAMIThe 23rd edition of the Miami International Film Festival (MIFF) reached its climax last evening, with the awarding of the Knight Grand Jury Prizes and other honors at the Festival’s Gala Awards Ceremony, held at the historic Gusman Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Miami.The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation contributed $75,000 (of a total grant of $250,000) to create the Knight Grand Jury Prizes for this year’s Festival, which includes a cash a...

Palm Springs Festival of Shorts has a new programmer

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The 12th Annual Palm Springs International Festival of Short Films & Short Film Market (ShortFest) has announced it will be held from August 24 – 30, 2006 at the Camelot Theatres with widely respected film curator (and 2006 PSIFF Programming Manager) Anita Monga as the Director of Short Film Programming this year. The early entry deadline for ShortFest is April 15, 2006. Student entry fee is $30 and non-student entry fee is $40. Commenting on this year’s upcoming event, Festival Director ...

Palm Springs announces festival winners

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The 17th Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival came to a successful close on Sunday, January 15, 2006. The Festival, which ran from January 5-16, 2006, screened 232 films from 71 countries, including 84 premieres and 49 of the 54 foreign entries for this year’s Academy Awards. Palm Springs’ increasingly popular Festival continues to expand its diverse programming of quality independent and foreign films, setting the stage for this year’s film festival circuit.“We were overwhe...

Miami International Festival announces Line Up

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The Miami International Film Festival, now in its 23rd edition, announced its official program, along with other announcements, at a packed news conference on the campus of the Festival’s patron, Miami Dade College.The Festival, which has grown in reputation as a major showcase for American independent and international films, with an accent on Spanish-language cinema, will open on March 3rd with the world premiere of HEARTLIFT (Lifting de Corazon), Argentine director Eliseo Subiela’s delici...

1,750,000,000 theater tickets sold in 2004 in Europe (up 6.7%)

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The MEDIA Salles’ “European Cinema Yearbook – 2005 advance edition”at Capri Hollywood 2005The main results published in this new edition show that the number of spectators who crossed the threshold of cinemas in Europe and the Mediterranean Rim in 2004 was 1 billion, 75 million.This was an exceptionally good year: 68 million more tickets sold compared to 2003, with a 6.7% increase.Western Europe (19 countries, from Iceland to Austria, Portugal to Finland) continued to have the lion’s s...

FIAPF accredits the LA based AFI FEST in 2006

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The International Federation of Film Producers’ Associations (FIAPF) has confirmed that the US film festival, AFI FEST presented by Audi: AFI Los Angeles International Film Festival, has applied for accreditation of the 2006 edition.The international film producers community that FIAPF represents has decided to recognise the 2006 edition of AFI FEST (November 2 – 12, 2006) celebrating its 20th Anniversary, as a festival with an international competition which specialises in narrative feature...

Technicolor Digital Cinema test plans with Century Theatres

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Thomson through its Technicolor Digital Cinema business, announced it has reached a strategic understanding with Century Theatres, Inc., one of America’s largest national theatre circuits, to install DCI-compliant digital projection systems in Century-owned and operated screens. Under the terms of the understanding, Technicolor Digital Cinema will install digital projection equipment beginning with a beta-test deployment of 90-120 screens in the first quarter of 2006. It is Thomson’s intent...

Morgan Freeman returns to Dubai Fest

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Morgan Freeman, Adel Imam, Yash Chopra Named as 2005 Honorees for Dubai International Film Festival Hollywood legend Morgan Freeman, Egyptian comedy superstar Adel Imam and distinguished Indian producer-director Yash Chopra will receive the Dubai International Film Festival’s 2005 honors for distinguished service to the film industry during the December 11 – 17 Festival this year. The three stars have been named as the Hollywood, Arab and Asian honorees in the Festival’s ‘In the Spotligh...

Richard Peña on his work at New York Film Fest - part 3

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RICHARD PENA ON HIS WORK III Do you think that the continued expansion of film festivals is indication of the growing cinematic interest by the audience?I wish it were that. I don’t know. It is probably an indication of more people looking for ways of having jobs that are more glamorous. I am not sure how much it helps films. The vast majority of the festivals have no impact on the films at all. In the best possible of all worlds it is a nice cultural activity, but they do not really affec...

Richard Peña on his work at New York Film Fest - part 2

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RICHARD PENA ON HIS WORK and Interview for Filmfestivals.com by Claus Muller Are there specific criteria the New York Film Festival selection committee applies?You know In the end I think that this is not science, it [this work] really is art, so that basically our criteria are personal and probably pretty arbitrary You start of with saying why do I like that film and everybody brings their own criteria to it. Some people like the film, because they feel the film talks something import...

Richard Peña, Program Director of the Film Society of Lincoln Center

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This is the first of a three part interview for filmfestivals.com by Claus MuellerRichard Peña on his WorkRichard Peña, noted film curator and scholar, is in charge of the New York Film Festival and the programs of the Film Society of Lincoln Center. Since his appointment in 1988, Mr. Peña has enhanced festival standing as the most selective and influential cinema event in North America, and extended the Film Society’s programs to cover in depth year-round retrospectives of influential film...

AFI opens with Johnny Cash bio Walk The Line

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AFI FEST presented by Audi: AFI Los Angeles International Film Festival - has become one of the most influential film festivals in North America. Now in its 19th year as a program of the American Film Institute, AFI FEST spans 10 days each November and features international competitions of brand new films from emerging filmmakers, global showcases of the latest work from the great film masters and nightly red-carpet gala premieres. AFI FEST 2005 presented by Audi kicks off on November 3 at the ...

Focus East Asia at Regent Park Fest

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Regent Park Film Festival Nov 9 – 13th 2005; Focus East Asia This free festival runs from November 9 -13, and this year spotlights East Asia with films from China, Vietnam, Philippines and Asian Canadian filmmakers. The RPFF presents works in both fiction and documentary, long and short, from here and abroad. The festival will be presenting a whole range of works short and long, fiction and documentary, from here and abroad. This year has a spotlight on East Asia with films from China, Vietn...

Hawai Festival announces the winners of the 27th edition

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Hawaii filmmakers flourish winning a record 6 awards1. First Hawaiian Bank Golden Maile AwardsCAVITE [PHILIPPINES] - Golden Maile: Best Feature FilmSISTERS IN LAW [CAMEROON] – Golden Maile: Best Documentary Film2. Russell Boyd [MASTER AND COMMANDER] wins the Eastman Kodak Award for Excellence in Cinematography3. Film in Hawaii Award presented to the late Kayo Hatta [PICTURE BRIDE].4. The Network for the Promotion of Asian Cinema (NETPAC) Award goes to SEASON OF THE HORSE [CHINA].5. Inaugura...

IFP New York 2005: more focus on docs

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The 27th IFP market, the largest convocation of aspiring and actual independent film makers in North America closed September 22 expanding to more participants and more industry speed networking. It reduced the number of works screened from 400 in past markets to 199 from the more than 1400 submitted in 2005. Thus IFP is shifting from a market and or festival to an efficient networking event that arranged this year an estimated 1,500 buyer-driven meetings with film makers. A new component, Th...

Unveiled awarded the "Hessischer Filmpreis"

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UNVEILED awarded the "Hessischer Filmpreis" during the Frankfurt BookfairMedia Luna Entertainment awarded the director Angelina Maccarone whose film UNVEILED won the "Hessischer Filmpreis" during the Frankfurt Bookfair on Friday, October 21st. Among 30 other films in the competition, UNVEILED was awarded as Best Feature Film of the year.The film is a political drama and touching love story between two women, starring Jasmin Tabatabai and Anneke Kim Sarnau. Prosecuted in Iran for her homosexualit...
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