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DRIVE at TIFF 2011

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DRIVE (2011) held its North American premier this week at 2011 Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF). Below is the press conference for the film in competition DRIVE (2011) at this year’s Cannes Film Festival. On panel were: Director Nicolas Winding Refn, Actor Ryan Gosling, Writer Hossein Amini, Editor Mat Newman, Producer Marc Platt and Producer Adam Siegel.Nicolas Winding Refn is a former student of Von Trier so naturally, there was a thick tension in the DRIVE pressroom with ever...

European Film Awards 2011 the selection of titles

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European Film Awards 2011 THE SELECTION ALMANYA – WILLKOMMEN IN DEUTSCHLAND ALMANYA Germany/Turkey, 101 min. DIRECTED BY: Yasemin Samdereli              WRITTEN BY: Yasemin Samdereli & Nesrin Samdereli PRODUCED BY: Andreas Richter, Ursula Woerner & Annie Brunner AMÉRICA AMERICA Portugal/Spain/Brazil/Russia, 111 min. DIRECTED BY: João Nuno Pinto WRITTEN BY: João Nuno Pinto, Luisa Costa Gomes & Melanie Dimantas PRODUCED BY: Pandora Da Cun...

The Awards of the 68th Venice Film Festival

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VENEZIA 68  Golden Lion for Best Film  Faust by Aleksander Sokurov (Russia) Silver Lion for Best Director  Shangjun CAI for the film Ren Shan Ren Hai (People Mountain People Sea) (China - Hong Kong)   Special Jury Prize  Terraferma by Emanuele Crialese (Italy)   Coppa Volpi for Best Actor  Michael Fassbender in the film Shame by Steve McQueen (United Kingdom)   Coppa Volpi for Best Actress  Deanie Yip in the film Tao jie (A Simple Life) by Ann Hui (China - ...

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...

The Telluride Film Festival final line up

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Telluride Film Festival (September 2-5, 2011), presented by the National Film Preserve, announces its program for the 38th Telluride Film Festival. Featuring diverse programming from around the globe, TFF once again sets the stage for some of the year’s most highly anticipated films.   TFF opens its 38th year with over twenty-five new feature films plus special artist tributes, Guest Director programs selected by Caetano Veloso, Backlot programs, classics and restorations, shorts, studen...

Fantastic Fest announces the short film lineup

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Fantastic Fest is excited to announce the short film lineup for the seventh edition of Fantastic Fest, happening September 22-29 in Austin, Texas. Fantastic Fest loves its short films – they provide a fertile ground for new and exciting filmmaking talent to show off their genre goods in an unrestrained format. Here is the lineup for Fantastic Fest 2011: ALL MEN ARE CALLED ROBERT (2011) U.S. Premiere Director: Marc-Henri Boulier, France, 6 minutes A naked, terribly bruised man is runn...

4th Annual Iranian Film Festival - San Francisco

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San Francisco: The 4th Annual Iranian Film Festival - San Francisco, an annual cultural event showcasing the independent feature and short films made by or about the Iranians from around the world, will present an outstanding program this year with a never seen before discovery of a documentary produced by British broadcaster Sir David Frost called Crossroads of Civilization which was made in 1976 but never seen before, and the IFF will have its world premiere for the first time. The film te...

CICAE - THE INTERNATIONAL ART CINEMA NETWORK with 3,000 arthouse cinema screens in its network joins UFFO and supports the Code

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The CICAE organisation has joint UFFO and pledged its support for the organisations code of conduct. This comes just weeks after the UFFO organisation announces that the legendary Hollywood actress Maureen O’ Hara took on the role as president. CIACE joining the UFO movement is a coup as it has opened up the UFFO organisation to thousands of potential new members all-over the world. UFFO now has just under 80 film festival members registered and supporting the ethical code of conduct...

Carte Blanche for Dieter Kosslick at the MoMA in New York

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To celebrate Dieter Kosslick’s 10th year as director of the Berlinale, The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York is dedicating a film series to him. Entitled “Carte Blanche: Dieter Kosslick, the Culinary Cineaste”, MoMA will be screening eleven films from August 22 to 30, 2011.Director of the Berlin International Film Festival since May 2001, Dieter Kosslick has long been engaged in issues related to food, pleasure and ecology, as well as their cultural significance and cinematic present...

7th Annual HollyShorts Film Festival Takes off August 11-18 at Various Locations in Hollywood, CA

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7th Annual HollyShorts Film Festival Takes off August 11-18 at Various Locations in Hollywood, CA Hollywood, July 16, 2011—The organizers of HollyShorts (www.hollyshorts.com) have announced the full lineup for the 7th annual HollyShorts Film Festival, which takes place August 11-18 in various locations throughout Hollywood. Acclaimed writer Jamie Linden (Dear John, We Are Marshall) will premiere his short film “The Envelope in the Glovebox” which he used to pitch into the ...

Call for Entries - Deadline August-26-2011

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Now in its eighth year, top-tier, international awards competition, The Accolade, announces its Call for Entries for filmmakers, television producers and videographers. Download entry form at www.accoladecompetition.org. The Accolade is unique; it is an awards competition, not a traditional film festival. Awards go to those filmmakers, television producers and videographers who produce fresh, standout entertainment, animation and compelling documentaries. It is a showcase for c...

NEWSLETTER N° 512: june 8, 2011

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7 .............                                                                                                                                                          NEWSLETTER N° 512: june 8, 2011 Follow this LINK if you cannot read the newsletter properly    Contact the Editor to Advertise with us  This weekly newsletter reaches 111 000 film professionals. ...

DRIVE-ing at Cannes, with Ryan Gosling

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This was a very endearing press conference, especially in light of Lars Von Trier’s press conference two days prior for MELANCHOLY (2011) that still had everyone’s head spinning in Cannes. Von Trier’s comments on his Nazi sympathies as well as his protested desire to return to Denmark and focus only on soft and hardcore porn had everyone at Cannes thinking twice about Danish cinema and its praiseworthy art-house directors. Nicolas Winding Refn is a former student of Von Trier so naturally,...

DRIVE-ing AT CANNES, with Ryan Gosling

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This was a very endearing press conference, especially in light of Lars Von Trier’s press conference two days prior for MELANCHOLY (2011) that still had everyone’s head spinning in Cannes. Von Trier’s comments on his Nazi sympathies as well as his protested desire to return to Denmark and focus only on soft and hardcore porn had everyone at Cannes thinking twice about Danish cinema and its praiseworthy art-house directors. Nicolas Winding Refn is a former student of Von Trier...

Stars descend on French Riviera for Cannes film festival's opening

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The Croisette boulevard on May 10, 2011 in Cannes, on the eve of the opening ceremony of the 64th International Cannes Film Festival AFP/Fred Dufour by Robert MacPherson The 64th edition of the Cannes film festival gets underway on Wednesday with up-and-coming directors and Hollywood A-listers rubbing shoulders at the world's biggest cinema gathering. Woody Allen's latest romantic comedy "Midnight in Paris" opens the 11-day event on the French R...

BFM Digital and GI Film Festival Join Forces to Extend Availability of Independent Films Celebrating Service Members

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BFM Digital, a leading independent music company specializing in digital distribution, marketing, and promotions, has partnered with GI Film Festival (GIFF), a non-profit educational organization dedicated to sharing the military experience in and out of the arena of war, to digitally distribute, market and promote their vast catalogue of independent films. BFM Digital has long been a leader in digital distribution, marketing, and promotions for independent artists and labels. The recent add...

16th Conference on Animation, Effects, Games and Interactive Media

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FMX 2011 May 3-6, 2011. Stuttgart, Germany. The 16th FMX Conference on Animation, Games, Effects and Interactive Media ended yesterday achieving remarkable successes! FMX 2011 brought in larger crowds than ever before, with 3,500 visitors attending each day. The increase in visitor numbers has been overwhelming; during the conference extra special efforts were introduced to keep up with the demand. The conference included high profile animated films such as "Rang...

Le Piano / Dashnamoure

Director: Levon Minasian.
Thirteen years after the Armenian city of Leninakan was destroyed in an earthquake, Loussiné, a 13 year old orphan lives with her grandfather in a "domik" – a prefabricated small house. She is dumb, but a talented pianist. To prepare for an international competition, the Ministry of Culture lends her a beautiful piano. But when the instrument is delivered, it’s clear that the trailer where they live is too small to hold a piano…

Krakow Film Festival the line up of documentaries selected

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The selection for competitions of 51st Krakow Film Festival (23rd – 29th May) has ended. Films selected for the international documentary film competition has been announced in the first row. International documentary film competition was open to documentaries with a running time of 30 to 60 minutes and more than 60 minutes and only premieres were accepted. The competition consists mainly of films spotted at foreign festivals, complemented by titles picked from the record 2700 festival entri...

First International Uranium Film Festival invites you to Rio

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  1st INTERNATIONAL URANIUM FILM FESTIVAL RIO DE JANEIRO 2011  MAY 21st - 28th   Urânio em Movi(e)mento, the First International Uranium Film Festival invites you to Rio de Janeiro, May 21st to 28th 2011. The main locations of the festival are the two beautiful cultural centres Parque das Ruinas and Laurinda Santos Lobo in the famous quarter Santa Teresa. The festival team has now selected 15 feature documentaries and movies and 19 short films: 7 films from USA, Brazil 5, ...

And the awards go to...

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David Andre accepts award for Amnesty International Award           The 13th Thessaloniki Documentary Festival – Images of the 21st Century (March 11 - 20, 2011)   AWARDS     AUDIENCE AWARDS   The Audience Award for a film over 45’ in the International Selection goes to:   TEARS OF GAZA (GAZAZ TARER) by Vikebe Lokkeberg, Norway, 2010   The Audien...

Thessaloniki 2011 Docs awards

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The 13th Thessaloniki Documentary Festival – Images of the 21st Century (March 11 - 20, 2011) AWARDS   AUDIENCE AWARDS  The Audience Award for a film over 45’ in the International Selection goes to:  TEARS OF GAZA (GAZAZ TARER) by Vikebe Lokkeberg, Norway, 2010  The Audience Award for a film under 45’ in the International Selection goes to:  THE OTHER TOWN (OTEKI KASABA) by Nefin Dinc, Turkey, 2010  The Audience Award for a Greek film over 45’ goes to:  ALMA BONITA (TO MORO MOU F...

13th TDF documentary film lineup

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film still from MY SWEET CANARY (2011), opening film for 13th TDF 13th THESSALONIKI DOCUMENTARY FESTIVAL Images of the 21st Century March 11 – 20, 2011 The 13th Thessaloniki Documentary Festival - Images of the 21st Century, part of the Thessaloniki International Film Festival, presents approximately 220 films (shorts and features) by directors from all over the world, as well as a full parallel events program (previously announced on February 25). OPENING FILM ...

First International Uranium Film Festival in Rio

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Urânio em Movi(e)mento, the First International Uranium Film Festival invites you to Rio de Janeiro, May 21st to 28th 2011. The main locations of the festival are the two beautiful cultural centres Parque das Ruinas and Laurinda Santos Lobo in the famous quarter Santa Teresa.The festival team has now selected 15 feature documentaries and movies and 19 short films: 7 films from USA, Brazil 5, Germany 5, Australia 4, France 3, Africa do Sul 2, Costa Rica 1, Sweden 1, Russia 1, India 1, Denmark 1,...

54TH SAN FRANCISCO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES DOCUMENTARIES IN GOLDEN GATE AWARDS COMPETITION

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12 Feature-length Documentaries from 11 Countries Contend for $60,000 in Cash Prizes   San Francisco, CA – The 54th San Francisco International Film Festival (April 21–May 5) today announced its Documentaries in Competition for the esteemed Golden Gate Awards. The International will award close to $100,000 in total prizes this year. Sixty thousand dollars will be awarded to winners in three categories: investigative documentary feature ($25,000), documentary feature ($20,...

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