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Film festivals come in various shapes, sizes, formats and orientations. The currently ongoing 22nd installment of the Santa Barbara Film Festival is a bit off-beat in certain aspects. Lasting eleven days and presenting some 200 films it is certainly not small -- more like "medium to large." In terms of importance, however, while it is not considered to be quite in the same class as the North-American majors, Sundance, Telluride, Chicago, New York, Toronto and Montreal, it can nevertheless ce...

Mirren and Whittaker shine at S.A.G. Awards and Santa Barbara

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MIRREN AND WHITTAKER SHINE AT S.A.G. AWARDS by Alex Deleon, Santa Barbara This is the jolly season of awards in Southern California -- seems like there's a different one every week somewhere in L.A. or vicinity. Following the Golden Globes (Foreign Press Awards) a couple of weeks back we now have the Screen Actors Guild (S.A.G.) awards which are similar and yet a bit different. Both sets of awards go to both film and television personalities, but the Globes recognize all kinds of categories (w...

Film Festival Tourism

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The continued expansion of film festivals and their financial support by public authorities is well known. There are clear economic and political benefits derived from investing in cultural events since more visitors come to the venue of the festival and support the local economy through expenditures on lodging, meals, local products and other leisure activities. Further, support for the arts is an appealing political activity since there are no controversies involved and provides prestige for ...

Film Festival Tourism

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The continued expansion of film festivals and their financial support by public authorities is well known. There are clear economic and political benefits derived from investing in cultural events since more visitors come to the venue of the festival and support the local economy through expenditures on lodging, meals, local products and other leisure activities. Further, support for the arts is an appealing political activity since there are no controversies involved and provides prestige for ...

Slamdance Film Festival selection of 73 shorts

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More than 2,150 short films from 20 countries have been submitted to the 2007 Slamdance Film Festival, and 73 have been selected to screen, each of which is now in competition and eligible for a Grand Jury Award. There has been a dramatic increase in international submissions, particularly a marked rise in Spanish language short films, creating a strong international presence at this year’s Festival. Festival Films come from Australia, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Hungary, India, Ireland,...

Angel Awards: Monaco International Film Festival

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The festival dates are 7th, 8th, 9th and 10th December 2006. THE LIST OF JURY MEMBERS ATTENDINGDonovan - (Singer/Songwriter)Cliona Buckley – (Ireland Cinephile)Nigel Douglas - (Film/TV Director)Alexander Kaufmann (Entrepreneur & philanthropist Monaco, Geneve, Stockholm)Rony Bridges- (Feature Producer OranMor, Scotland)Sarah Manners - (Actress)Duncan James -(Singer of Band BLUE)2006 AMBASSADRESS - Michaela Foster Marsh promising Scottish Singer/Songwriter DAME DE HONOUR - Dame Shirley Bassey ...

Marion Hänsel gives Variety Cinema Militans Interview

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Marion Hänsel gives the Variety Cinema Militans Interview as part of the Holland Film Meeting during the 26th Netherlands Film Festival. On Saturday 30 September at 17:30, the filmmaker will get into conversation with Variety's Katja Hofmann about her vision on the future of cinema. The fixed theme of this section, 'the position and viability of cinema in the present age', is an adaptation of the theme of Dutch film theoretician Menno ter Braak's essay 'Cinema Militans' (1926). Directly after...

Marion Hänsel gives Variety Cinema Militans Interview

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Marion Hänsel gives the Variety Cinema Militans Interview as part of the Holland Film Meeting during the 26th Netherlands Film Festival. On Saturday 30 September at 17:30, the filmmaker will get into conversation with Variety's Katja Hofmann about her vision on the future of cinema. The fixed theme of this section, 'the position and viability of cinema in the present age', is an adaptation of the theme of Dutch film theoretician Menno ter Braak's essay 'Cinema Militans' (1926). Directly after t...

Sean Connery To Be Honored At Rome Film Fest

The inaugural Cinema: Rome Film Fest, which will be held in the Italian capitol from 13 to 21 October, is shaping up to become a major European festival destination this Fall. The details of the event are just beginning to take shape, with an ambitious program of serious arthouse premieres, industry networking opportunities and a substantial sprinkling of Hollywood stardust. Sure to be one of the highlights of the event will be atribute to veteran actor Sean Connery , who will be the first r...

The juries of the 11th Milano Film Festival

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The juries of the two International Competitions of the 11th Milano Film Festival consist of personalities from different sectors of the international and Italian cultural scene. The choice of the juries reflects the Milano Film Festival's disposition to become a meeting place for interaction between various cultural areas. The diversity of the juries' composition triggers a lively debate, in which the selection of the winning films will be the outcome of the convergence between different geogra...

Hannah McGill new Artistic Director for Edinburgh Fest

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HANNAH MCGILL NAMED NEW ARTISTIC DIRECTOR FOR THEEDINBURGH INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVALThe Edinburgh International Film Festival (EIFF), the longest continually running film festival in the world, announced today that Hannah McGill has been named the Festival’s new Artistic Director, replacing Shane Danielsen who will step down as Artistic Director following the upcoming Festival after five years in the position. McGill will take up her post on September 1, 2006.The announcement was made by Fes...

Sean Connery To Be Honored At First Rome Film Fest

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The inaugural Rome FilmFest, which will be held in the Italian capitol from 13 to 21 October, is shaping up to become a major European festival destination, giving the longtime Venice Film Festival a run for its money.The Festival announced that veteran actor Sean Connery will be the first recipient of the new Rome FilmFest’s Acting Award, the prize for the actor’s craft established by CINEMA, the Festival’s collaboration with IMAIE (the actors’ and authors’ syndicate). Connery will re...

The Sacred Feminine at Cannes

There may not have been much to chew on in Ron Howard’s The Da Vinci Code but there are stronger signs of female power at Cannes making this festival one of the best. First of all there is the veteran actor- the magnifique Gena Rowlands featured in Paris, Je T'Aime in Un Certain Regard and gave a Master Class on acting commencing with a standing ovation. Almost everything that comes out of the mouth of this veteran actor is inspirational and provocative: "We actors do not need to die to be r...

The presentation of the Cannes selection

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The Official Selection of the Festival de Cannes 2006 will, as every year, be made up films presented in: the Competition, Un Certain Regard, Out of Competition screenings.It offers both a shorts and film schools competition (Cinéfondation).Cannes Classics concerns heritage films, shown principally in the Buñuel Theatre.Finally, in addition to the theatres of the Palais (Lumière, Debussy, Buñuel, Bazin) now the Beach Cinema offers festival-goers and Cannes residents alike outdoors screenings...

The presentation of the Cannes selection

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The Official Selection of the Festival de Cannes 2006 will, as every year, be made up films presented in: the Competition, Un Certain Regard, Out of Competition screenings. It offers both a shorts and film schools competition (Cinéfondation). Cannes Classics concerns heritage films, shown principally in the Buñuel Theatre. Finally, in addition to the theatres of the Palais (Lumière, Debussy, Buñuel, Bazin) now the Beach Cinema offers festival-goers and Cannes residents alike outdoors scr...

The presentation of the Cannes selection

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The Official Selection of the Festival de Cannes 2006 will, as every year, be made up films presented in: the Competition, Un Certain Regard, Out of Competition screenings.It offers both a shorts and film schools competition (Cinéfondation).Cannes Classics concerns heritage films, shown principally in the Buñuel Theatre.Finally, in addition to the theatres of the Palais (Lumière, Debussy, Buñuel, Bazin) now the Beach Cinema offers festival-goers and Cannes residents alike outdoors screenings...

Fantastic awards here and there

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Méliès d’Argent winner in FantasportoThe 26th edition of Fantasporto proved to be a successful one - A great program, fantastic guests, and a wonderful setting provided by Porto itself. And the winners were…Méliès d’ArgentANIMAL, Roselyne Bosch, (Portugal, UK, France), 2005Short Film Nomination for a Méliès d’OrTHE LEGEND OF THE SCARECROW, Marcos Besas, (Spain), 2005For a full list of all Fantasporto winners in all the different categories visit our press section at melies.org or v...

The Big Sky Documentary Film Festival at a Glance

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This winter, the Big Sky Documentary Film Festival celebrates its 3rd year of showcasing the best in documentary film from around the world. From February 16 - 22, 2006 Big Sky will present 96 films and videos from 28 countries, including 14 World Premiers and 10 U.S. and North American Premiers.Big Sky has quickly built a strong national and international reputation for its programming excellence and established itself as the premier venue for nonfiction film in the American West. In 2005, afte...

De Hadeln reveals line up of 170 for inaugural Montreal

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170 productions from 40 countries at the Inaugural Edition of the New Montreal Filmfest including 60 Feature-Length Films in World, International or North-American première!The New Montreal Filmfest has announced those films selected for the very first edition, set to take place from September 18th to 25th, 2005. And let the record show that Program Director Moritz de Hadeln and his team have managed to score a plethora of extraordinary productions to open Montreal’s newest world-class even...

The Stars Come Out for EIFF's Opening Night

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The Edinburgh International Film Festival got off to a glamorous start as the cast of the Opening Night Film Wah-Wah graced the red carpet, prior to the screening at Cineworld. Director Richard E. Grant, actors Gabriel Byrne, Emily Watson, Nicholas Hoult, Sid Mitchell, Olivia Grant and Julian Wadham were all in attendance for the film's sold-out World Premiere.“...Terrified, exuberant, and exhilarated,” was how Grant described his mood just before the premiere of his directorial debut, which...

Commonwealth Film Festival wrapped

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Commonwealth Film Festival Celebrates Most Successful Year YetOpening gala presentation of Australian–British co-production, Oyster Farmer, had set the scene for what was to be a stimulating, energetic and extremely exciting 10 days. With more than 200 feature films, shorts and documentaries, the fourth Commonwealth Film Festival drew to a close with the UK Premiere of South African drama Forgiveness and the Audience Awards ceremony. A marked increased in audience participation was witnessed a...

Rome forever at the Italian Film Fest UK

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ROME FOREVER IN THE ITALIAN FILM FESTIVAL UK8 to 28 April 2005All roads lead to Rome for the 12th edition of the Italian Film Festival UK, the annual showcase for the best of il cinema italiano, supported by the country’s cultural institutions in Scotland and London and a whole host of companies with Italian connections. It runs in Edinburgh, Glasgow, London, Manchester, Aberdeen and Dundee from 8 to 28 April 2005.The Eternal City will be the focus for a unique Retrospective and associated Exh...

The Commonwealth Film Festival line-up

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The Commonwealth Film Festival is delighted to announce this year’s programme. Films have been specially selected from over 1200 submissions to reflect the best filmmaking from across the 71 nations of the Commonwealth, covering every base from drama, thrillers, comedy to animation, documentary and short film making. Not to mention the prestigious gala presentations, industry debates and fantastic parties lined up for all to enjoy.This years’ festival presents 10 real gems in the form of Gal...

Italian Film Fest will run in 6 cities in the UK

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ROME FOREVER IN THE ITALIAN FILM FESTIVAL UK8 to 28 April 2005All roads lead to Rome for the 12th edition of the Italian Film Festival UK, the annual showcase for the best of il cinema italiano, supported by the country’s cultural institutions in Scotland and London and a whole host of companies with Italian connections. It runs in Edinburgh, Glasgow, London, Manchester, Aberdeen and Dundee from 8 to 28 April 2005.The Eternal City will be the focus for a unique Retrospective and associated Exh...

Time of the writer: festivalof writers in Durban

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TIME OF THE WRITER 2005The 8th Time of the Writer, International Festival of Writers, brings together over 25 writers from South Africa , Africa and the rest of the world to engage in a six day programme. Activities include nightly readings at the Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre and a stimulating range of day activities, including an educators' forum, schools visits, prison writing project, a workshop on women's writing, and a publishing forum, all designed to nurture a culture of reading, writing an...

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