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41st Chicago Festival in action with 100 feature films

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The Chicago International Film Festival, the oldest competitive international film festival in North America, will raise the curtain on its 41st edition on October 6, then run through October 20 at Chicago theaters. Film fans will be able to choose from 100 feature films and 42 short films from 34 countries.The 2005 Festival will include three world premieres (The Trouble with Dee Dee, Feast and The Unseen), 11 North American Premieres and 34 U.S. premieres. “Our lineup truly offers something...

AFI gets ready for a stellar 19th Film Festival

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November 3rd to the 13th, 2005 With 16 World Premieres and 17 North American Premieres the AFI FEST 2005 presented by Audi is paving the way for a dynamic Los Angeles Film Festival. Now in its 19th year the Festival is known as one of the top-ten Film Festivals in the US. Known for its stellar presentation of programming and outstanding participation of filmmakers and cast, the Festival draws a large number of passionate film goers in Southern California and many international guest as well.AFI ...

Palm Springs Heats Up Dessert With Hot Winners

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PALM SPRINGS INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL OF SHORT FILMS The 11th Annual Palm Springs International Festival of Short Films concluded and the top winners announced on a beautiful warm Fall evening. Best of the Fest went to TORTE BLUMA and the Future Filmmaker Award went to Josh Staub for his beautiful heartfelt animation MANTIS PRABLE.Palm Springs have elevated it self to the top of the field as the largest short film festival and market in North America. More than 500 filmmakers and industry represen...

Palm Springs Shorts brings a long list of awards

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The best things in life are short, especially those screened at the 2005 Palm Springs International Festival of Short Films & Short Film Market (ShortFest), the largest short film festival and market in North America, now in its 11th year. Setting new records all around, more than 500 filmmakers and industry representatives from around the world participated in this year’s Festival which screened 324 short films in competition and included more than 2,400 of the filmmaker submissions, from ov...

Palm Springs International Festival of Shorts opens 11th

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2005 PALM SPRINGS INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL OF SHORT FILMSPalm Springs International Festival of Shorts Opened with specail screenings of awarding winning films from around the world to a excited audiance. Now in its 11th year the Festival run from September 20th to the 26th at the Camelot Theatres in Palm Springs, CA. With a roster of 324 films, selected from more than a record-setting 2,400 worldwide entries, up ten percent from last year. The Festival will showcase 86 World Premieres, 27 North A...

American Film Market - AFM Set To Break Records

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American Film Market the Cannes of the US is growing each year and in 2005 they are set to with an impressive up coming market. With a record number of exhibitors, 410 are scheduled to participate this November 2nd to the 9th. For AFM thisgrowth will make this years the largest market in the event's history. Exhibitors will come from 33 countries and with this news the Le Merigot Hotel will now host exhibitors to accommodate the influx of attendance. Le Merigot Hotel is located next door to the...

New Montreal Festival first edition: Lights, camera, action!

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The rehearsals are over. The inaugural edition of the New Montreal Montreal FilmFest is unspooling its first films to eager audiences. And the red carpet has been laid out to welcome its first guests... The opening of a new edition of any film festival is always filled with a mixture of hope, anticipation and anxiety. The launch of a brand new film festival, an event that wasn't even on the drawing board a year ago, quadruples these feelings. It would be dishonest to pretend that the NMFF is a f...

Temecula highlights overview

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THE TEMECULA VALLEY INTERNATIONAL FILM & MUSIC FESTIVALSEPTEMBER 14-22nd, 2005 * MOVIE EXPERIENCE AT TOWER PLAZAHighlights overrviewIndustry Film Showcases: The American Film Institute Showcase (AFI), Films From Canada - Toronto Int’l Film Festival Group – The Film Circuit Showcase, FILMS FROM INDIA, Presented By Ten Films / India Shorts, Italian Film Showcase – (From Our Sister-Festival) Rome Independent Film Festival (RIFF), Film Independent (FIND) Showcase, USC Film Showcase, Chapman Un...

ScreamFest joins European Fantastic Film Fests Federation

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SCREAMFEST HORROR FILM FESTIVAL ACCEPTED INTO THE EUROPEAN FANTASTIC FILM FESTIVALS FEDERATIONRachel Belofsky, Founder and Festival Director of SCREAMFEST Horror Film Festival and partner Stan Winston have announced that Screamfest has been accepted into the European Fantastic Film Festivals Federation (EFFFF). Screamfest is the first and only American festival accepted into the EFFFF and now joins the ranks of such prestigious European festivals such as Brussels, Fantasporto and Sitges. With o...

Oh say can you see by the Normandy light?

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While somewhat of a departure from the glamorous star-studded fest of yesteryear, the 2005 Deauville Film Festival brought a series of independent films to the Normandy coast in celebration of American cinema. Religion, the banality of daily life and hardship in the ghetto were among the more popular subjects explored by the directors who came to sunny Deauville to present their labors of love. Cameron Crowe's Elizabethtown, Paul Haggis' Crash and Tim Burton's The Corpse Bride were among the m...

Graham Leggat new San Francisco fest Executive Director

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SAN FRANCISCO FILM SOCIETY NAMES GRAHAM LEGGAT EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR San Francisco, CA ­ The San Francisco Film Society announces the appointment of Graham Leggat as Executive Director, effective October 17, 2005.³We¹re delighted that Graham is taking the helm at the Film Society,² said George Gund III, chairman of the Film Society¹s board of directors. ³His admirable breadth and depth of experience at major New York film organizations that have many elements and goals in common with the Film...

Vancouver Focus on New American Indies and Eastern Europe

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The VIFF Turns its Focus to New American Indies and Eastern Europe The Vancouver International Film Festival today announced two areas of regional focus within the Festival’s program for its 24th annual edition, which will take place September 29 to October 14th at ten venues, including the VIFF’s own brand new Vancity Theatre in downtown Vancouver. American Independence focuses on the best of the new indie scene, while The New World presents a selection of compelling narratives and incisive...

DOK Leipzig: new name for the Docu & animation Fest

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48 TH INTERNATIONAL LEIPZIG FESTIVAL FOR DOCUMENTARY AND ANIMATED FILM 03 - 09 October 2005The Festival has a new name DOK Leipzig replacing the International Leipzig Festival for Documentary and Animated Film'As of 2005 'DOK Leipzig - the International Leipzig Festival for Documentary and Animated Film' will commence one day earlier (Monday, 3rd of October to Sunday, 9th of October), so that the awards ceremony can take place on Saturday. Sunday will be audience day - naturally including prese...

The 5th Film Fleadh Shorts Night: The Craic is back

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- A Wee CRAIC Set For September 18 -5th Annual Film Fleadh Shorts Night AnnouncedThe CRAIC is Back! The 5th Annual Film Fleadh Shorts Night, A Wee CRAIC, is scheduled for September 18 at Arlene’s Grocery (95 Stanton St.) in the Lower East Side. Halfway to St. Paddy’s Day, it will feature the best in Irish short films intertwined with some excellent acoustic live music all under one roof. It promises to be the most innovative festival yet. Having wrapped up a very successful 2 week Festival i...

The New Montreal FilmFest recognised by FIAPF

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The New Montreal FilmFest slated to be accredited by FIAPF as a competitive festivalThe New Montreal FilmFest is slated to be accredited by the prestigious Paris-based International Federation of Film Producers' Associations (FIAPF).Following meetings between New Montreal FilmFest’s president Alain Simard and artistic director Moritz de Hadeln, with the directors of FIAPF, the Federation agreed that one of its delegates would attend the inaugural edition of the new Festival to prepare its offi...

Mary Steenburgen To Be Honored at 11th Temecula

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Actress, Mary Steenburgen To Be Honored With Lifetime Career Achievement Award As The 11th Annual Temecula Valley International Film & Music Festival Goes ‘Ballroom’ on Opening Night It’s not often, you’ll find an independent film festival launching with a red carpet/ballroom affair. But this year, The Temecula Valley International Film & Music Festival (TVIFF) is proud to announce they will take a new turn on the dance floor screening Shoreline Entertainment’s MARILYN HOTCHKISS BALL...

Kathleen McInnis will join Palm Springs Shorts Festival

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The 11th Annual Palm Springs International Festival of Short Films & Short Film Market, held from September 20-26, 2005 at the Camelot Theatres, announces that Kathleen McInnis will join the Festival as the Director of Short Film Programming this year. The largest short film festival and market in North America screens approximately 350 films from over 40 countries annually. Over the past 10 years, 46 of the short films nominated for Academy Awards have played at the Festival, with six of the ...

Seattle International Film Festival awards

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The 31st Annual Seattle International Film FestivalThe 31st Annual Seattle International Film Festival announces award winners and concludes its 25-day run on Sunday June 12 with the North American premiere of award winning director Gus Van Sant’s film Last Days. Van Sant will be in attendance for the screening, which will be followed by the Closing Night Gala. SIFF 2005 was a great year and brought many eminent Seattleites together—from Microsoft’s Bill Gates to Eddie Vedder of Pearl Ja...

Roundup of festival awards winners

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The current busy film festival season has harvested a bonanza of awards for worthy films at a number of film festival events. The Provincetown International Film Festival, which held its ninth and most successful session from June 14 to 19, announced a host of awards at its Gala Closing Night Party at the Boatslip Resort overlooking beautiful Cape Cod Bay.The Best Dramatic Feature prize was won by HEIGHTS, the multi-character drama starring Glenn Close and James Marsden. The film, directed by Ch...

Houston award winners

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WorldFest-Houston, the third oldest film festival in North America, celebrated the conclusion of its 38th annual independent film showcase with the Grand Awards Gala on April 30th and Closing Day festivities with a VIP tour of NASA and Space Center Houston and a Texas Barbecue on May 1st sponsored by The Houston Yacht Club. Both events were open to the public. WorldFest was founded as an International Film Society in August 1961. It became the third competitive international film festival in Nor...

Los Angeles Film Fest full line up

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FULL PROGRAM LINE-UPDirector of Programming Rachel Rosen joined Festival Director Rich Raddon in announcing the full program line-up for the 2005 Los Angeles Film Festival (June 16-26), including the Centerpiece Premiere, the Guest Director, the Artist in Residence, and the Closing Night Film. The Festival also announced that Don Cheadle, Lisa Kudrow, and Elijah Wood will serve as Honorary Festival Chairs for the 2005 Los Angeles Film Festival. “We are thrilled to be highlighting two films ...

Cannes Cinefondation awards

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CINEFONDATION AWARD 2005 In 1998, Gilles Jacob and Pierre Viot created the Cinéfondation to promote the discovery of the new generation of filmmakers. An official selection of school films is therefore presented during the Festival. This year, 18 films from Asia, Europe, North America and South America have been selected from the 1200 submitted.The Jury presided by Edward Yang and composed of Chantal Akerman, Sylvie Testud, Colin MacCabe and Yousry Nasrallah has awarded prizes to the following ...

Cinéfondation award goes to Tisch /Antonio Campos

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Gilles Jacob and Pierre Viot created the Cinéfondation in 1998 with the intent of sniffing out upcoming talent. This official selection of movies from film schools has been presented each year at the Festival ever since. On the program, 18 films from Asia, Europe, North America and Australia were selected from among the 1,200 submitted.Jury President Edward Yang was accompanied by Chantal Akerman, Sylvie Testud, Colin MacCabe and Yousry Nasrallah in making the prize-winning decisions:1st Prize:...

Widen your focus at San Francisco International Film Fest

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48th San Francisco International Film Festival (April 21-May 5) Widen your focus. That’s the tagline of the 48th San Francisco International Film Festival, whose curtains opened at the Castro Theatre on Thursday night, April 21. North America’s oldest film festival is “dedicated to forging a relationship between cultures and countries,” stated Roxanne Messina Captor, San Francisco Film Society Executive Director and recent recipient of France’s Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des L...

Interview with Fernando Pena, BAFICI director

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A typical day for Fernando Pena, the Artistic Director of the BAFICI, the Buenos Aires International Festival of Independent Cinema, begins routinely at 8:00am, when he comes into his office to deal with the mass of emails and phone messages from around the world.This early morning hour is the only time in the day when his phone is not ringing off the hook. Buenos Aires, famous for its nightlife and parties that last until the first rays of the morning sunlight, is not a town for early risers, b...
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