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TIFF It Girl: Jessica Chastain

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  You can be excused if you believe that new starlet Jessica Chastain is in every movie opening this season. The busy actress can currently be seen on the big screen in three major summer movies, including Terrence Malick’s THE TREE OF LIFE, the best seller adaptation THE HELP and the espionage actioner THE DEBT. At the recent Venice Film Festival, she regally walked the red carpet along with co-star and director Al Pacino for WILDE SALOME, his meta-textual adaptation of the Oscar Wilde ...

TIFF 2011 Award Winners

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  WHERE DO WE GO NOW?  The 36th edition of the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) came to a climactic close on Sunday with the announcement of its award recipients at a reception at the Four Seasons Hotel With the Festival further solidifying its status as one of the Top Four in the world (with only Cannes, Berlin and Sundance in the running), it remains distinguished by not having a juried competition, with the exception for awards given to native Canadian films. So while th...

VIFF line-up of canadian films

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MEDIA RELEASE September 7, 2011 -------------------------------------------------------------------VANCOUVER INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVALSeptember 29 - October 14, 2011 VIFF line-up showcases 80+ Canadian filmsCanadian Images Program includes 24BC productions VIFF is one of the biggest annual showcases of Canadian film in the world, with a special emphasis on BC films. Close to one-quarter of the festival's more than 360 films this year are home-grown. Canadian films are shown within several pro...

38th Telluride Film Festival draws to a close

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Telluride Film Festival (September 2-5, 2011), presented by the National Film Preserve, draws to a close today following a spectacular weekend of diverse programming, surprise screenings and special guests.   Telluride Film Festival screened twenty-eight new feature films in its main program, six film revivals selected by Guest Director Caetano Veloso, nine Backlot programs, nine classics and restorations, 30 shorts and student films, and hosted nine seminars and conversations between...

Representing Poland at the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival

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The biggest annual film event in North America kicks off September 8 as the Toronto International Film Festival celebrates its 36th year. Toronto always delivers an extravaganza of cinematic fare sufficient to overwhelm the most diehard of film fans-- or film geeks as the case may be. And this year should prove to be no exception, with (at last count) 268 features and 68 short films scheduled to be screened from 65 countries.Although the majority of media attention will be focused on red carpet ...

German Films Previews: German Exporters report strong business in Hamburg

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The 11th German Films Previews in Hamburg was once again a business success for German film exporters. 17 screenings at the 2011 Event (July 10 – 13) were presented in Hamburg’s Dammtor Cinema. The 11 attending German film sales companies again reported strong business with finalized deals and ongoing negotiations resulting from the Previews.  The annual showcase of current and upcoming films organized by German Films in association with the German Film Exporters Association (VDFE) ...

VIDEOHOLICA 2011 INTERNATIONAL VIDEO ART FESTIVAL

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VIDEOHOLICA 2011 INTERNATIONAL VIDEO ART FESTIVAL EDITION 4 05 - 12 AUGUST 2011, VARNA, BULGARIA For the fourth consecutive year, the International Video Art Festival VIDEOHOLICA will be held in Varna from 5th to 12th August 2011. This year’s program of VIDEOHOLICA brings an abundance of video screenings, presentations and exhibitions presenting video art on a global scale. The main program of VIDEOHOLICA 2011, curated by Pavlina Mladenova and Neno Belchev, will be a seri...

Documenting life

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28 July: Day 4 Day 4 was filled with very serious movies and a light-hearted Canadian doccie that had its first screening outside North America. I loved St Henri, the 26th of August, maybe its because of my journalistic background as we're always trying to find these little stories in the community - the hairstylist, the boxer, the shopkeeper. It's candy to the soul. This Montreal suburb, although it seems ghetto-like, has wonderful characters and the 14 filmmakers did a fine job to f...

Dominic Cooper's Sadistic Madman

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  Dreamboat British actor Dominic Cooper (MAMMA MIA!, AN EDUCATION) steps up to leading man stature in THE DEVIL’S DOUBLE, a harrowing and unsettling portrait of the consequences of complete and corruptible power. The film tells the true and truly sickening story of Uday Hussein, the power-mad and sadistic son of Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein whose personal reign of terror gave him free reign to kill, rape and maim at will. In order to protect his personal security, he forces a former c...

Errol Morris' Tabloid Tale

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  Oscar winning documentarian Errol Morris has had more than his share of interesting interview subjects in his 30 year plus career, but perhaps none is quite as gonzo as the one he captures in his new film TABLOID, which opens in limited release in North America this week (and is available on most VOD platforms). The film focuses on the bizarre-but-true story of Joyce McKinney, a former Miss Wyoming beauty queen who became a notorious tabloid sensation in the 1970s when she snatched her...

Graham Leggat says good bye to San Francisco Fest

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  JULY 5, 2011  I am writing to share with you news of my immediate departure from the San Francisco Film Society, where it has been my unalloyed pleasure and honor to serve as Executive Director since October 2005. As you know, I have relished my leadership role in this dynamic, beloved organization. Unfortunately, health issues make it impossible for me to continue to serve effectively, and I am stepping down to leave the organization in the capable hands of a remarkably devoted staff a...

Butterfly Wings

Director: Sanjay Arora.
Based on a true story of a handicapped woman ( Story of Hope,Inspiration and Courage) Neha Bhatia, free-spirited and fun-loving who takes life for granted ends up a victim of a fatal accident, leaving her with a severe brain stem injury resulting in quadri-paralysis and comatose. Thus begins the journey of Neha?s recovery, unexpected but not impossible. A journey that explores unconditional love and support from Ayesha, Neha's older sister. Ayesha?s immense belief in her sister and undying faith in their sisterly bond becomes the spine of the film. Neha eventually sheds her inhibitions of insecurities and becomes an inspiration to other people through her independence. Sometimes even the eyes that see may not have the vision to inspire or be inspired ? it unfortunately takes a tragic happening to realise that life is not to be taken for granted. That life is a blessing to be counted and appreciated everyday and to be celebrated with unconditional love.

Palm Springs Shortfest awards 2011

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Bahiya & Mahmoud Receives Best of Festival Award; UMOJA: No Men Allowed Receives Panavision Grand Jury Award; Tsuyako Receives Future Filmmaker AwardThe 2011 Palm Springs International ShortFest, the largest short film festival and market in North America, announced its Festival award winners on Sunday, June 26, 2011. 331 short films screened throughout the Festival along with more than 3,000 filmmaker submissions available in the film market. A total of $128,800 in prizes, including $14,000 i...

AFM to launch a new five-day conference program

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The American Film Market (AFM®) today announced it will launch a new five-day conference program at the 2011 Market set for Nov. 2-9 in Santa Monica. The inaugural AFM Conference Series will cover five topics spanning from treatment to screen. The AFM’s 8,000 attendees will have the rare opportunity to hear from the industry’s global thought leaders, decision makers and experts who all converge annually at the AFM. The AFM Conference Series, scheduled for 9 a.m.-1 p.m. daily from Friday, ...

CREATE11 programme highlights

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CREATE11, now in its fourth year, is a summer arts festival for east London, celebrating the intrinsic creativity of the area and sponsored by Deutsche Bank. The festival presents over 200 homemade, world-class events profiling east London creativity taking place in surprising spaces: a disused motorway undercroft in Hackney Wick; London’s historic music halls; a 1980’s building in Canary Wharf; a WWII bunker in Dalston; a floating cinema on the waterways of east London; a shop turned into...

The Nomading Film Festival (NoFF) descends on Manhattan

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The Nomading Film Festival (NoFF) descends on Manhattan in a mere five days and it was just announced that the founders are going to be raffling off an 8-day trip for two in Denali National Park, sponsored by Intrepid Travel. All one has to do is buy a ticket to the festival and his/her name is in the drawing. Other festival giveaways will include trips from Outdoor Bound, gift certificates courtesy of Chris Guillebeau, Travel Hacking Cartel, Unconventional Guides, flip flops courtesy of Feelgoo...

The BUFF Blog (June 2011)

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Online, on-air and in person, this is BUFF. And so said the voice of BUFF which greeted the masses of online followers with the May 31 announcement of this year’s opening feature. And though the dulcet tones of Ewan Allinson and DJ Elayne Smith will continue to form a cornerstone of the BUFF movement, things are going to be a little bit different round here. From September, the 2011 British Urban Film Festival will be coming at ya with a whole new look which means, finally, that the buffest fi...

Gdynia Film Festival Wraps for Another Year: “Essential Killing” Sweeps Top Prizes

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Here in Poland, the 2011 Gdynia Film Festival wrapped up on Saturday. Celebrating its 36th year, the festival showcases the best of Polish and eastern European cinema, featuring work by established and emerging film makers. “Essential Killing” received the Golden Lions first prize in this year's Main Competition. Directed by Jerzy Skolimowski, the film tells the story of a young suspected insurgent (played by Vincent Gallo) who is captured in Afghanistan. After being transported...

Palm Springs International ShortFest lines up 331

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It’s not always about length... enjoy some quality shorts this summer! The 2011 Palm Springs International ShortFest, Short Film Festival & Film Market announced today its roster of 331 films, selected from more than 3,000 worldwide entries. Now in its 17th year, ShortFest will showcase 64 World Premieres, 58 North American Premieres and 25 U.S. Premieres. The selection of films for screening and competition features star-studded casts and award-winning films from 50 countries around the wo...

Cannes Market...A success for 2011?

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p>64th Cannes Market : Cannes, 2011 Cannes Market2011...Was it a success? This year's Cannes (2011), I had the opportunity to interview Scott Martin of ARCHSTONE DISTRIBUTION and we spoke about the 64th Cannes Film Festival, their sales company and the results of this year's market in general. It's no secret that since the economic recession of the past few years as well as various changes in modes of distribution outlets, recent market sales have taken a hardhit. However, the mood ...

Cannes Market...A success for 2011?

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64th Cannes Market : Cannes, 2011 Cannes Market2011...Was it a success? This year's Cannes (2011), I had the opportunity to interview Scott Martin of ARCHSTONE DISTRIBUTION and we spoke about the 64th Cannes Film Festival, their sales company and the results of this year's market in general. It's no secret that since the economic recession of the past few years as well as various changes in modes of distribution outlets, recent market sales have taken a hardhit. However, the mo...

3rd Annual Hollywood Brazilian Film Festival

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Opening Ceremony and Gala It is HBRFEST’s pleasure and honor to invite you to be part of this wonderful event! We from HBRFEST invite you to participate in all of our activities: Film screenings, Receptions and Galas.Opening Ceremony  Gala and opening filmWednesday June 1st, 2011 6:00Pm At the Egyptian Theatre  6712 Hollywood Boulevard ,Hollywood, CA 90028Thanks to LG, our lead sponsor, the whole festival is free and open to the public , except the Opening Gala which is by invitation only a...

The press conference for The BEAVER

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*The Beaver* is a film about how a millionaire who's suffering from depression tries to get better with the help of a "talking" beaver. The film stars Jodie Foster and Mel Gibson. At the press conference, the actress/director of the movie Jodie Foster, writer kyle killen, and producer Keith Redmon were present. Since Jodie Foster can speak fluent French, she was kind enough to do the press conference in both French and English. She talked about the inspiration of the movie, the makin...

Woody Allen: Still On Top

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Consider this proposition…..you are an aging film director whose last hit film occurred when Ronald Reagan was President; you were caught with your pants down in a sexual scandal with a stepdaughter 35 years your junior; you have burned countless professional bridges with a reputation for being demanding, exhausting and off-putting. And yet…..you are still at the top of your game. Not many film directors (or lesser mortals) could suffer the sling and arrows of all these misfortunes. But Woo...

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