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Fitzroy Shorts Fest inaugural event Nov 6th

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THE INAUGURAL THE FITZ: BEST SHORT FILM AWARDS 2004 Leading Melbourne short film festival Fitzroy Shorts will hold its very first short film awards event, the Fitz Awards, at the Fitzroy Town Hall on November 6th. Taking place during the peak of the Australia film industry’s end-of-year awards season (between AFIs, and before the IF Awards), the Fitz Awards stands apart as the only awards event solely dedicated to short film, and arrives at a time when an unprecedented number of Australian sho...

new and old european classics on view in Turkey

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New and old european classics on view in Turkey with the "European Film Festival On Wheels" – Izmir, Turkey. With Turkey now bucking for entry into the EU (European Union) this travelling selection of carefully culled European films -- Features and Shorts, old and new -- is a most significant cinematic and cultural event in this dynamic country of 65 million, stretching west to east, from the Aegean Sea to the Caucasus, north to south, from the Black Sea to the Eastern Mediterranean. Founder...

Wenders and Edgar Reitz honored at Manheim fest

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Two German, Wim Wenders and Edgar Reitz, receive Master of Cinema-Award of the International Filmfestival Mannheim-Heidelberg Mannheim-Heidelberg (IFMH), October 2004 – Two Old Masters of German cinema shall be honoured Master of Cinema at this year’s 53rd International Filmfestival Mannheim-Heidelberg. Edgar Reitz, one of the masterminds of New German Cinema, co-author of the “Oberhausener Manifest” and fantastic storyteller, presents his most important and also longest film, the trilog...

Hamptons gives its awards

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The 12th Annual Hamptons International Film Festival presented its Golden Starfish Awards at a ceremony held at Guild Hall on Saturday, October 23, 2004.On hand to present the awards were the Fest’s Executive Director Denise Kasell, Board Chairman Stuart Match Suna, Programmer Rajendra Roy, and Emcee Bob Balaban. Also on hand with welcoming remarks was Evan Shapiro on behalf of presenting sponsor IFC. The Golden Starfish Award for Best Narrative, with a prize of over $180,000 in goods and in-...

Denver Film Festival full program

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The 27th Starz Denver International Film Festival (SDIFF27), produced by the Denver Film Society, rolls-out October 14 - 24, 2004. This year’s festival features a focus on German cinema along with a host of new and returning awards and showcases approximately 200 films, including eighteen premieres, including six World, five North American, and seven U.S. premieres. SDIFF27 will host over a hundred actors, directors, and producers as guests and promises to answer the festival’s theme quest...

East comes to Cottbus Nov 2

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Cottbus festival will open on November 2 in the large auditorium of the Staatstheater Cottbus with the world premiere of three films from the series EUROPE’S OLD NEW FACES / VON DEN SOCKELN, a co-production by Rundfunk Berlin-Brandenburg (RBB) and LOOKS as well as partners in the ten new EU member states in cooperation with ARTE. The documentary series, which was made in 2004, analyses national monuments and myths and is the festival's contribution to the "Cultural Year of the TEN."The members...

Hollywood Fest bestows Kudos W. Salles and Moore...

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HOLLYWOOD FILM FESTIVAL BESTOWS KUDOS : WALTER SALLES' "THE MOTORCYCLE DIARIES," ALEJANDRO AMENABAR'S "THE SEA INSIDE," & "FAHRENHEIT 9/11" AMONG WINNERS"Vinzent" Wins Best Feature"What Remains of Us" Wins Best Documentary"Automation" Wins Best Short SubjectThe 8th Annual Hollywood Film Festival's "Hollywood Awards" ceremony, honoring independent filmmakers and established Hollywood professionals, was held last night before a standing-room-only audience of over 1,200 Hollywood Film Festival atte...

Filmfestivals proud presenter of the Hollywood European Award to The Sea Inside

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The 8th Annual Hollywood Film Festival's "Hollywood Awards" ceremony, honoring independent filmmakers and established Hollywood professionals, was held October 18 before a standing-room-only audience of over 1,200 Hollywood Film Festival attendees at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills. Special honors went to Newmarket Films' President Bob Berney, film preservation leader Robert Rosen, actor John Travolta, actor Leonardo DiCaprio, actress Annette Bening, director Michael Mann, producer Mel...

EFA board meeting during Warsaw Fest

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EUROPEAN FILM ACADEMY IN WARSAWEuropean Film Academy (EFA) Board Meeting will take place in Warsaw during the 20th Warsaw International Film Festival today, Saturday, October 16, 2004.During this year Festival the decision will be reached whether the European Film Award Ceremony in 2006 will take place in Warsaw. EFA Board Members are meeting, among others, the Minister of Culture Waldemar Dąbrowski, as well as the Vice President of Warsaw Andrzej Urbański.Guests of the WMFF:- Chairman...

The Henchman starts shooting

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Vienna-based Allegro Film began shooting today in Styria on one of the biggest Austrian co-productions ever, Simon Aeby’s The Henchman starring, fresh from his Wimbledon success, Nikolai Coster-Waldau, Eddie Marsan (Gangs of New York, 21 Grams) and Steven Berkoff (Rambo, Octopussy). Delegate producer is Helmut Grasser.Directed by Swiss-born Simon Aeby, whose Wes Bentley starrer Three below Zero won him the prestigious Max Ophuls newcomer award, The Henchman was written by Austrian writer Susan...

Detroit Docs line up of 100 documentaries

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Detroit Docs International Film Festival Is Celebrating Year 3! from November 11-14, 2004 Highlights include this year: Screening over 100 documentaries from all over the world including the U.S., Canada, Scotland, Australia, Germany, Israel, United Kingdom, Poland, and Japan Introducing three new venues; Wayne State University, Detroit Institute of Arts & the Museum of New Art Welcoming 30+ filmmakers and visitors from out of town to attend the festival with their works Festival kicks off with ...

Hamptons gearing up for the 12th edition

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HAMPTONS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES ITS PROGRAMOne hundred miles to the east of New York City, at the tip of Long Island, the various villages of the Hamptons are world renowned as the summer playground for the rich and famous. Now that Summer is over and the first chill of the Fall season is in the air, the Hamptons are gearing up for what has become another celebrated event….the 12th edition of the Hamptons International film Festival. Running from October 20th through the 24th, t...

Hollywood European Awards nominees

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The Hollywood EUROPEAN Awards(tm) presented by Filmfestivals.com and the Hollywood Film Festival covers films from Europe. An Initiative from the Festival's founder Carlos de Abreu with Paula Wagner and Bruno Chatelin.The ten nominees in alphabetical order are "5x2" (France) directed by Francois Ozon, "Bad Education" (Spain) by Pedro Almodovar, "The Consequences Of Love" (Italy)directed by Paolo Sorrentino, "Head-On" (Germany/Turkey) directed by Faith Akin, "A Hole In My Heart" (Sweden) directe...

Salento festival winners

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SALENTO INT.L FILM FESTIVAL (SIFF 2004) WINNERS Salento Int.l Film Festival packed the Esperia Palace Hotel in Lido Marini (Lecce) Italy Sunday Night September 26, at the Awards Ceremony Party for the 1st annual Salento Int.l Film Festival.Academy Award Winner Cinematographer Vittorio Storaro, and the Academy Award nominee Production Designer Bruno Rubeo (Merchant of Venice) received the "FINIBUS TERRAE AWARD" which recognizes the artistic excellence, professional accomplishment and dedication...

A View from the London bridge: Europe

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The Times bfi 48th London Film FestivaLOctober 20 to November 4Cinema Europa listingThe 7th Day (Spain, 2003) Two internationally renowned European talents, director Carlos Saura and writer Ray Loriga, collaborate on a powerful drama of love and revenge.Aaltra (Belgium, 2004) Shot in beautiful black and white CinemaScope, Aaltra is deliciously mordant black comedy and the ultimate wheelchair road movie.Aftermath (Denmark, 2004) Poignant and intense study of grief, the story of a young profession...

Viva Pedro, Leigh and more at NY Fest

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VIVA PEDRO! An exclusive evening with Pedro Almodóvar, the legendary Spanish director of Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, All About My Mother, Talk to Her, and the upcoming Bad Education. Highlights from the director's rich career will be screened, followed by a conversation between Mr. Almodóvar and Richard Peña, NYFF Selection Committee Chairman. We expect onstage appearances by special guests who have appeared in Mr. Almodóvar's films. 7A Thu. Oct. 7, 6:15 pm Alice Tully Hall HB...

Hollywood Festival line up completed

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THE 2004 HOLLYWOOD FILM FESTIVAL TO OPEN WITH THE WORLD PREMIERE OF "THE CUTTING EDGE"AND CLOSE WITH THE U.S. PREMIERE OF "A LOVE SONG FOR BOBBY LONG"The screenings will take place from October 12 to 17 at Arclight Theatres located at 6360 Sunset Blvd., in Hollywood.Opening Night World Premiere - "The Cutting Edge" by Wendy AppleCenterpiece Premieres:"Finding Neverland" by Marc Forster"Eulogy" by Michael Clancy"Undertow" by David Gordon Green"P.S." by Dylan KiddClosing Night U.S. Premiere - "A L...

Meet Mar del Plata Festival Director

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In the following interview Miguel Pereira, Director of the Mar del Plata International Film Festival, speaks about his ideological position, his views about the past, the image he wants for the festival and the procedures to reach this aim. Fernando Madedo: First of all. Define Film Festival? Miguel Pereira: Today it`s very difficult to know what a Film Festival is, because there are more than seven thousands festivals around the world. I think that the word had included events that aren...

EFA Short list revealed

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Every year, the various activities of the European Film Academy culminate in the presentation of the European Film Awards which are produced by DDA Productions, London. In 2004, the European Film Awards are taking place for the seventeenth time and they will include 17 categories (including the Jameson People’s Choice Awards voted for by cinema audiences across Europe).The European Film Awards 2004 will be celebrated in Barcelona on December 11, 2004.The nominees are...EFA members votes will d...

AFI FEST 2004 Announces a Tribute to Almodóvar

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AFI FEST 2004 Announces Six Galas and a Tribute to Pedro Almodóvar!Los Angeles' longest-running film festival opens on November 4, 2004, with the US Premiere of BEYOND THE SEA, directed by and starring Kevin Spacey. The Centerpiece Gala will be THE MERCHANT OF VENICE, directed by Michael Radford. The Festival's Closing Night Gala on November 14, 2004, will be the US Premiere of THE SEA INSIDE, directed by Alejandro Amenábar. The other Gala Presentations are HOUSE OF FLYING DAGGERS, directed by...

Downfall German contender for the Oscars foreign films

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THE DOWNFALL represents Germany in the race for the OSCARThe independent expert jury, which was appointed by GERMAN FILMS to selection the German entry to compete for the OSCAR for the best Foreign Language Film, has chosen THE DOWNFALL by Oliver Hirschbiegel. The jury on its decision: with the film The Downfall Oliver Hirschbiegel and Bernd Eichinger succeed in achieving the haunting and demystifying cineamtic realisation of the last days of Adolf Hitler and the Third Reich." The production by...

The Hamptons International Film Festival panorama

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THE 12TH ANNUAL HAMPTONS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVALOCTOBER 20-24, 2004 The 2004 HAMPTONS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL, the 12th annual celebration of presenting films and filmmakers, programs and personalities and an outstanding opportunity for audiences to catch something out of the ordinary, will return to the East End on October 20th through 24th, 2004, in East Hampton, New York with additional venues in Sag Harbor, Southampton and our new location in Montauk.The Hamptons International Film F...

Montreal jury and awards

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JURYPresident : CLAUDE ZIDI, director (France)DIANA BRACHO, actress (Mexico)JAIME CAMINO, director (Spain)ANITA CAPRIOLI, actress (Italy)BRETISLAV POJAR, director (Czech Republic)DENISE ROBERT, producer (Canada)JERRY SCHATZBERG, director (United States)FEATURE FILMSGrand Prix of the Americas:THE SYRIAN BRIDE (HACALA HASURIT) by Eran Riklis (Israel/France/Germany)Jury Award :Ex-aequo :THE PARKING ATTENDANT IN JULY (KAN CHE REN DE QI YUE) by An Zhanjun (China) AROUND THE BEND by Jordan Roberts (Un...

The International Juries of the 61st Venice Fest

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The international juries of the 61st Venice Film Festival Venezia 61. - Venezia Orizzonti - Venezia Cinema Digitale Venezia 61 - Golden Lion John Boorman (UK, President). Director. He began his career as a documentary filmmaker in 1955 at the BBC. He won the Best Director Award at Cannes in 1998 for The General (the story of an Irish criminal) and in 1970 for Leo the Last (with Marcello Mastroianni). What stands out in his work is his great iconographic and narrative talent. Since his first Ame...

Politically incorrect films at San Sebastian

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INCORRECT THEMATIC RETROSPETIVE OF THE 52 DONOSTIA-SAN SEBASTIAN INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL In this age of politically correct doctrinaire thinking, the San Sebastian Film Festival has selected a series of films that contradict this false uniformity. Throughout history various filmmakers have questioned the established order, by attacking the injustices and arbitrary nature of society, or by openly making fun of its myths and taboos. They are the people that we are paying homage to here.The cho...
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