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Highfalls fest focuses on achievements of women in the industry

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A winner of 13 Australian “Oscars,” a French thriller that played in the prestigious closing night slot at the Toronto and New York Film Festivals, and the latest documentary from the woman who took the doc form into the mainstream are among the more than 50 narrative, documentary and short films to be screened at the 2005 HIGH FALLS FILM FESTIVAL, which takes place in Rochester, NY, November 9-13. High Falls is a festival with a difference – its mission. Susan B. Anthony lived in Roches...

Hollywood Film Festival mixes Star Power with discoveries

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The Hollywood Film Festival, which ended its six day run on Sunday, is a unique event that mixes the high profile of the Hollywood film industry with new discoveries from the worlds of American independent film and international cinema.Screenings were held at Hollywood’s Arclight Theaters, a major venue for specialty cinema (and also the home of next month’s AFI Film Festival). The Festival, which celebrates its ninth anniversary under the direction of its Founder and Executive Director Carl...

Rotterdam Trainee Project for Young Film Critics

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8th IFFR Trainee Project for Young Film Critics at the 35th International Film Festival Rotterdam (January 25 - February 5, 2006)The eighth IFFR Trainee Project for Young Film Critics of the International Film Festival Rotterdam offers three young (under 30 years), motivated and talented film critics a chance to get acquainted with the festival and the cinema of the world. The project was created in 1998 motivated by the fact that young and upcoming film critics get less opportunities to explor...

The Global Film Initiative announces members of the Film Board

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The Global Film Initiative, a non-traditional film distributor specializing in independent films from the developing world, today announced the membership of its Film Board, internationally-recognized filmmakers, producers and visionaries who support the mission of The Initiative. The sixteen charter members of the Film Board span four continents, and share a passion for independent film from the developing world. Through these industry leaders, The Global Film Initiative reaches out to communi...

Vermont International Film Festival awards

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The 16th Vermont International Film Festival, October 13 -16, 2005, was held in downtown Burlington. It wrapped announcing its awards. The Vermont International Film Festival celebrates the independent spirit of films by providing a forum for stories dealing with issues of global concern. This year the Festival will feature more than 60 compelling films with distinctive styles, techniques and structures, ranging from social commentaries, travel diaries, and political tracts, to experimental sh...

Dragons & Tigers Award to "Ox Hide"

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This year’s jury for the Dragons & Tigers Award at Vancouver International Film Festival was made up of David Bordwell (USA), Li Cheuk-To (Hong Kong) and Gerwin Tamsma (The Netherlands). They have selected Ox Hide by LIU Jiayin from China as winner of the 2005 Dragons & Tigers The film is a bold effort that shows astonishing confidence in both dramatic and stylistic choices made by the filmmaker. Ms Liu treats her own family life with insight, humour and clear-sightedness. Amongst other virt...

Mill Valley opens its 28th edition

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For 28 years, Mill Valley Film Festival has been presenting the best in American Independent and International feature films, hard-hitting documentaries, cutting edge video, delightful children’s fare and tributes to celluloid luminaries. This year is no exception. With more than 150 slated films and videos from around the globe, the Mill Valley Film Festival unspools October 6-16.“The 28th Festival is filled with extraordinary independent films from 55 countries around the world as well as ...

Leipzig Docu Kickoff for the 48th time

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The day has come for celebrating the opening of the 48th International Festival for Documentary and Animated Film, presenting the first two films selected for competition: "The Giant Buddhas" (Christian Frei, Switzerland) and "Element of Light" (Richard Reeves, USA). Numerous international guests are expected, including more than 100 filmmakers, whose productions will be presented during the festival.The following filmmakers are among those expected: Jenny Abel (USA) , Akram Agha (Syria), Jan va...

Mefest - Brus, festival awards spanish "Salamanca"

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13th MEFEST 2005 is held in Brus, mount Kopaonik.The Jury was chaired by Mr. Karpo Acimovic-Godina – president of the jury and included Mrs. Gordana Perovic Director of Recycling Agency of Serbia and Mr. Mirko Stojakovic – sport journalist from Belgrade.GRAND PRIX of the Festival – GOLDEN PINE goes to the Film "SALAMANCA" – director Herve Timarche from Spain SILVER PINE for TOURIST FILM is shared between "DEN VO MAKEDONIJA " - from group of authors, Macedoniaand"SLOVENIA POZIVLJA" – di...

Slamdance announces screenplay competition winners

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The winner of the 10th Annual Slamdance Screenplay Competition was announced at a special awards presentation and reception last night at the Writers Guild of America, west. The winner was unveiled at the event along side writers of the remaining top ten finalists. Invitees included Slamdance alumni screenwriters, filmmakers, readers, competition semifinalists past and present, and members of the WGAw Independent Writers Caucus."The competition received over 2,000 submissions this year—as the ...

53 rd San Sebastian opened with several bangs

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The Donostia-San Sebastian film festival on the incredibly picturesque North Spanish coast, ("NAZIOARTEKO ZINEMALDIA" in the exotic Basque language of the region), has opened heavily "front loaded" as the saying goes these days, which means that many of the big guns, films with high prize potential, have already been fired off in the first few days. The festival opener was, appropriately, "Obaba", one of the most eagerly awaited Spanish films of the year based on a Basque language best seller b...

New Montreal awards L'Audition with the Golden Iris

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The international jury, presided over by Claude Lelouch (France), including Felipe Cazals (Mexico), Chang Chen (Taiwan, China), Anna Galiena (Italy), Marcel Jean (Canada), Eberhard Junkersdorf (Germany) and Eva Zaoralova (Czech Republic), have awarded the following prizes:Gold Iris of Montreal – Grand Prize of the FestivalL’audition by Luc Picard (Canada)Silver Iris – Grand Prize of the JuryJosh's Trees by Peter Entell (Switzerland)Silver Iris – for Best DirectionHiroshi ISHIKAWA for Su-...

Mill Valley kicks in for 11 days of filmmakers treats

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For 28 years, Mill Valley Film Festival has been presenting the best in American Independent and International feature films, hard-hitting documentaries, cutting edge video, delightful children’s fare and tributes to celluloid luminaries. This year is no exception. With more than 150 slated films and videos from around the globe, the Mill Valley Film Festival unspools October 6-16 at the CinéArts @ Sequoia, 25 Throckmorton Avenue in Mill Valley; 142 Throckmorton Theatre, 142 Throckmorton Aven...

7th International Panorama opens with 144 films to screen

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7th International Panorama: 24/9 to 1/10 The International Panorama of Independent Creators appeals to young creators and it offers them the chance to present prolusions or not, with the only precondition to respect the culture and values of every population, to creators who do not have the financial support of governmental institutions and big studios. In this way the International Panorama is concerned with the “creator” cinema and the presented films are little “gems” of the internati...

San Sebastian Basque diaries: crowd pleasers and more

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53RD SAN SEBASTIAN FILM FESTIVAL OPENS WITH SEVERAL BANGSby Alex Deleon, San SebastianThe Donostia-San Sebastian film festival on the incredibly picturesque North Spanish coast, ("NAZIOARTEKO ZINEMALDIA" in the exotic Basque language of the region), has opened heavily "front loaded" as the saying goes these days, which means that many of the big guns, films with high prize potential, have already been fired off in the first few days. The festival opener was, appropriately, "Obaba", one of the m...

Gdynia Blues on the Baltic

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GDYNIA -- BLUES ON THE BALTICAlex Deleon, Sept. 15Although there are no international or Hollywood stars prancing around the premises there are enough Polish film celebrities and industry VIPs in attendance, and the 30th Jubilee mood is so high that the local papers have picked up the catch-phrase "Cannes on the Baltic". One reason for the upbeat atmosphere is the announcement by festival artistic director Maceij Karpinski, that after many years of quibbling and struggling the new Polish Cinema...

30th Gdynia Festival set for kick-off

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THIRTIETH POLISH FEATURE FILMS FESTIVAL IN GDYNIASeptember 12-17, 2005The Gdynia Festival of Polish Feature Films (Festiwal Polskich Filmow Fabularnych) is an annual event showcasing the entire feature film production of the country in the preceding twelve month period right up to curtain time. The festival was established on somewhat shaky ground in 1974 in the shipyard city of Gdansk -- later to become famous for the Solidarity strikes which led to the downfall of Communism in Poland -- but t...

Lelouch goes to Montreal to head the Jury

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Claude Lelouch heads jury of the New Montreal FilmFestCelebrated French filmmaker Claude Lelouch will head the international jury of the inaugural edition of the New Montreal FilmFest, September 18-25. The renowned director of A Man and a Woman and other hits will preside over a jury including Italian screen star Anna Galiena, Mexican director Felipe Cazals, Chinese film star Chang Chen, Quebec cineaste and animation expert Marcel Jean, German producer Eberhard Junkersdorf, and Eva Zaoralová, h...

Italian Cinema Worldwide roundtable in Venice from Media Salles

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Presentation in Venice of the MEDIA Salles’ new initiative “Italian Cinema Worldwide”Greater cohesion between the various components of the film’s life cycle, in order to reach shared objectives: this is what was demanded by many at Venice in Cinecittà Holding’s “Spazio Cinema Incontri”, during the round table presenting the special issue of MEDIA Salles’ Newsletter “European Cinema Journal” (hereattached), devoted to the initiative Italian Cinema Worldwide, for the promotio...

Midnight Madness Returns to Toronto With Thrills and Chills

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The 30th Toronto International Film Festival runs September 8-17.Filmgoers are guaranteed to be shocked, rocked, and electrified by Midnight Madness at the 30th Toronto International Film Festival. The Festival's popular, iconoclastic midnight programme is guaranteed to keep audiences wide awake. Now in its 18th year, Midnight Madness showcases the best in sci-fi, horror, and outrageous documentaries, gleefully highlighting the devilishly weird and wonderful. The titles below join the previou...

Domino to close New Montreal FilmFest on September 25

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Domino, Tony Scott’s film dramatization of the life of Domino Harvey, controversial daughter of legendary British actor Laurence Harvey and supermodel Paulene Stone, will close the New Montreal FilmFest on September 25. Domino and 13 other titles – Scottish director Saul Metzstein’s Guy X, an addition to the competition for the Golden Iris; Atom Egoyan’s latest film, Where the Truth Lies; Magnificent Desolation, a new IMAX documentary on the moon expeditions; Nancy Kwan’s Eve and the F...

Venice Roars On

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Patrice Chereau’s Gabrielle based on The Return by Joseph Conrad is the story about an upper class woman, Gabrielle (Isabelle Hubert), who writes a letter to her husband that she is leaving him for another man. She later returns home to her husband Jean (Pascal Greggory)the same day. The decision to project letters and plot developments onscreen as mega texts is one of the problems of Chereau’s film. The other is the cinematography by Eric Gautier who tries to enhance the story with more vi...

Cinema Under the Stars screens classics at Montreal

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Classic films outdooor screenings at Montreal Festival from August 26 to September 5, 2005, showing at the Esplanade of the Place des Arts on Ste-Catherine Street.Thousands of film lovers and festival-goers each year enjoy watching films projected nightly on the giant outdoor screen. These films, box office hits, classics of the seventh art and films that have graced the Festival's screens in the past, are shown beginning at 8:30 p.m.For the duration of the Festival, every day at 2, 4 and 6 p.m....

Halifax Atlantic City will screen 220 films and 50 shorts

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The 25th Atlantic Film Festival (AFF), September 15-24, 2005, announced today one of the largest line-up of films, industry programs and special events in the history of the Festival. This year's program includes a full slate of 220 Atlantic, Canadian and international films including the largest Atlantic program to date with 15 Atlantic features and 50 shorts. New special programs include: Focus on Germany, which will complement this year's Strategic Partners conference focus, plus the 25th AFF...

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...
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