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Personalites in Locarno Fest, masterclass and promo

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The big event of the week was the one day visit August 8 of Hollywood actress and Oscar bearer Susan Sarandon. Susan gave a so-called “master class” which is a recently coined festival term to glorify a guest appearance in which a famous film personality talks more or less at random for an hour or two to a gathering of professional admirers. The Italians have a special soft spot for Ms. Sarandon as she was once married to an Italian singer and has two children by him. The actrice who is...

XX. Black International Cinema Berlin 2005

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XX. Black International Cinema Berlin 2005 has been granted by UNESCO the official status of “Associated Project to the UNESCO Slave Route Project”. XX. BLACK INTERNATIONAL CINEMA BERLIN 2005AWARDS 1. Best film/video by a Black filmmaker. 500 YEARS LATERDirector: Owen 'Alik ShahadahDocumentary, Color, 102 min.U.S.A./UK 2005English JEPARDEE!Director: Christopher MarlonNarrative, Color, 24 min.U.S.A. 2004English 2. Best film/video on matters relating to the Black Experience/Marginalized People...

Jewish Comedy Takes most German Film Prizes

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"Alles auf Zucker" (Go for Zucker: An Unorthodox Comedy), the first Jewish comedy made in Germany since World War II, won "Lola" awards for best film, best director and best actor, as well as top honors for screenwriting, costume and music.The film, which cost just 1.5 million euros has been a surprise box office hit, beat the blockbuster "Der Untergang" (Downfall), about Hitler's final days, which went home empty-handed."I just beat Hitler!...It's just great that a little Communist guy of Jewis...

PiFan 2005 opening films

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The 9th Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival (a.k.a. PiFan) July 14 - 23, 2005 The films that will break out the grand opening of PiFan2005 are Nochnoi Dozor, directed by Timur Bekmambetov callled the Quentin Tarantino of Russia for a new style of Science Film and Battle in Heaven, directed by Carlos Reygadas who won the gold camera award by JAPON showing fastidious mise en scene. The Closing films are The Wind Mill Palm Forest, directed by YOU Sang Wook who directed and Open Water, di...

27th Moscow festival awards

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THE 27th MIFF PRIZE WINNERSEach year the Moscow film festival occupies a more and more prominent place on the international arena. It is eagerly awaited not only in Russia but in many other countries because the qualitative growth of the contemporary Russian cinema is an unquestionable fact. The Jury was composed of Valentin Chernykh, Nicola Piovani, Ulrich Seidl, Janos Kende, Victoria Tolstoganova, Claire Denis and for the competition perspectrives: Juraj Jakubisko, Jang Joon-Hwan, Yelena Safon...

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...

Brooklyn International Film Festival

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Brooklyn International Film Festival BIFF June 3-12Established in 1998 for independent film makers as the ‘first international competitive film festival in New York” the BIIF has the mission to “connect film makers to distribution companies” and to “draw worldwide attention to Brooklyn as a center for the arts”. The 2005 edition presented 115 films originating in 80 countries from the about 1700 productions which had been submitted, including for the first time a one day children...

In the city of Angels, The Los Angeles Festival flies again

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IN THE CITY OF ANGELS, THE LOS ANGELES FILM FESTIVAL FLIES AGAINThe Los Angeles Film Festival took wing with an ideal opener, the North American premiere of David Jacobson’s Down In The Valley at the Cinerama Dome, Hollywood on Thursday, June 16. With an excellent cast and strong performances, the film captures the valley’s famous slackness with an apt tobacco-stained tanginess. Nocturnal images of snaking highways act as rivers of light isolating valley dwellers from the world and, as in th...

The Transilvania International Film Festival awards

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The Transilvania International Film Festival awarded it's winnersThe fourth edition of Transilvania International Film Festival (Cluj, 2005) awarded this year’s winners, at the Awards Gala which took place at Cluj National Theatre on the 4th of June 2005. TIFF Jury AwardsThe Transilvania Trophy (ex-aequo, 4000 euro) went to two films from the official Competition: the Russian movie 4 directed by Ilya Khrzanovski and Whisky (Uruguay, Argentina, Germany, Spain 2004), by Juan Pablo Rebello and Pa...

DIIFF wrapped in Dubrovnik, The Festivity Town

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DIFF, 3rd International Film Festival in Dubrovnik 2005The essential goal of DIFF Dubrovnik International Film Festival 2005, 25-29 of May, is independent film screening and among all, presentation of film talents. Even though, its only 3rd year of its existence, City of Dubrovnik is presenting the festival as the part of one cultural and historical festival summer events. Dubrovnik in Croatia is well known in world for its cultural and historical venues. Tradition and culture in this beautiful ...

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...

First works shine at Troia Film Fest

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The Troia International Film Festival, which runs through this weekend in the picturesque coastal town of Setubal, Portugal, has a commitment to first time directors. One of its most well-attended sections includes a competition for First Works. In addition, this year’s American Independents competition boasts directorial debuts from a group of talented directors.First works from Europe dominate the section, which includes the local premieres of the films RED COLOURED, GREY TRUCK (Srdjan Kolje...

Zlin Festival line up

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ZLÍN 2005 – INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL FOR CHILDREN AND YOUTHMay 29 – June 4, 2005The 45th International Film Festival for Children and Youth, which will last until Saturday, June 4, was started in Zlín on Sunday, May 29, 2005.Every year, the Zlín film festival brings its viewers dozens of films from all over the world. The main pillars of the festival are international competitions of feature and animated films for children and youth. Within the framework of support for young filmmakers...

Newport International Film Festival all set for next week

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The 2005 Newport International Film Festival, the 8th Annual event, will get underway Tuesday, June 7th – 12th, 2005, and run for six glorious days and nights of entertaining films, informative symposiums, and, of course, those glamorous Newport parties. The Festival atmosphere is relaxed, yet filled with all the enchantment, energy, and excitement of Hollywood. The Newport International Film Festival draws filmmakers and celebrities from around the world. This year the festival will honor wri...

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 ...

Batmobile on Formula 1 German grand Prix track

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FORMULA ONE EUROPEAN GRAND PRIX, NÜRBURGRING, GERMANY ON SUNDAY 29TH MAY 2005THE BATMOBILE will make its first European public appearance this weekend at the Formula One event, Nürburgring, Germany. This opportunity is made possible by Bernie Eccleston and Formula One Management. The all new Batmobile, which takes a starring role in what is set to be the event film of the summer BATMAN BEGINS, will complete two showcase laps of the world’s longest circuit. The state of the art vehicle will b...

Newport International Film Festival highlights

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The 2005 Newport International Film Festival, the 8th Annual event, will get underway Tuesday, June 7th – 12th, 2005, and run for six days and nights of entertaining films, informative symposiums, and, of course, those glamorous Newport parties. The Festival atmosphere is relaxed, yet filled with all the enchantment, energy, and excitement of Hollywood. This year the festival will honor writer/director/actor/musician Michael McKean with the annual Claiborne Pell Award for Lifetime Achievement....

Cannes FIPRESCI winners

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At the 58th Cannes International Film Festival (France, May 11-22, 2005) the Prize of the International Critics (FIPRESCI Prize)was presented to films - in the competitive section- in the section Un Certain Regard- in the Directors' Fortnight or the Critics' WeekThe winners are:Competition:"Hidden" (Caché) by Michael Haneke (France, Austria, Germany, Italy, 2005, 1h 57, 35mm)Un Certain Regard:"Sangre" by Amat Escalante (Mexico, 2005, 1h 30, 35mm)Directors' Fortnight / Critics Week:"Crying Fist"...

Gus Van Sant's newest release Last Days opens PT festival

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GUS VAN SANT'S LAST DAYS OPENS PROVINCETOWN INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL JUNE 15The Provincetown International Film Festival, scheduled for June 15-19, enters into its seventh year with another stellar line-up of films and highlights. This year's program includes fifty-five new features (28 narratives and 27 documentaries), with 10 countries represented. Opening Selection is the East Coast premiere of director Gus Van Sant's newest release Last Days unveiled at Cannes (slated for theatrical rele...

Terrorists, Communists and Giant Cockroaches Scoop Footage Awards

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Top honours in the second annual FOCAL Footage Awards have gone to programmes on subjects ranging from perceptions of terrorism to visualisations of an Olympic Games for animals.The awards, sponsored by APTN Library, recognise the use of archive footage in the media. They were announced at a ceremony at the British Academy of Film and Television Arts in London, and presented by renowned film-maker Lord Puttnam.Two of the most highly contested categories were for the use of footage in Current Aff...

San Francisco Festival Awards

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48TH SAN FRANCISCO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES AWARD WINNERS AT GOLDEN GATE AWARDS CEREMONY SKYY PRIZE – FIRST NARRATIVE FEATUREME AND YOU AND EVERYONE WE KNOW (USA), Miranda July, directorAWARDED $10,000 FIPRESCI PRIZEPRIVATE (Italy), Saverio Costanzo, director GOLDEN GATE AWARD – DOCUMENTARY FEATURECZECH DREAM (Czech Republic), Vít Klusák and Filip Remunda, directorsAWARDED $5,000 cash prize and Production Suite courtesy of Apple GOLDEN GATE AWARD – BAY AREA DOCUMENTARY FEAT...

Cross-border cooperation: Producers on the move (go to Cannes)

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19 PRODUCERS ON THE MOVE 2005 selected forCannes International Film Festival (11 – 22 May 2005)Their first co-production “School’s Out” (directed by Miguel Martí) is already in the can: the producers Pandora Da Cunha Telles (Animatógrafo 2) from Portugal and Pedro Uriol (Morena Films) from Spain got talking at PRODUCERS ON THE MOVE 2004 in Cannes. A little bit later they had already settled on the basis for this joint project. European Film Promotion (EFP) launched the initiative PRODU...

Cannes 2005: 30 jury members:

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Cannes jury members of the different sections could feed 10 smaller festivals. Some of them have very strong ties with the festival and accept to pay an hommage to a festival that did so much for their career. Kusturica can be considered an icon among them.FEATURE FILMS JURYEmir KUSTURICA, President (Director - Serbia-Montenegro)Toni MORRISON (Writer -United States)Nandita DAS (Actress - India)Salma HAYEK (Actress - Mexico)Agnès VARDA (Director - France)John WOO (Director - China)Fatih AKIN (Di...

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...

Animago Awards at fmx/05:

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fmx/05: 10th International Conference on Animation, Effects, Realtime, and Content April 27th to April 30th , 2005 / Stuttgart, Haus der Wirtschaft fmx/05 - 10th International Conference on Animation, Effects, Realtime and Content. fmx continues its steady growth, having emerged as the leading event for Animation, Visual Effects and DCC (Digital Content Creation) in the German speaking area. Topics range from film and TV production, animation, effects and realtime to scientific applications, g...
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