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Ted Hope appointed Executive Director of San Francisco Film Society

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Ted Hope, one of the film industry’s most respected and prolific figures, has been named executive director of the San Francisco Film Society (SFFS), effective September 1, 2012. In a surprise move, the veteran film producer and one of the most influential individuals in independent film will embark upon a new chapter in his professional life, leaving New York City, where he produced independent films through his companies Good Machine, This is that corporation and Double Hope Films, t...

Third New York City International Film Festival Opens with Saving Grace B. Jones

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By Maria Esteves – August 5, 2012 The Third New York City International Film Festival (NYCIFF 2012) presented by NYCIFF Institute will be held August 10-16, 2012 at the NY Film Market, Magno theater, and Tribeca Cinemas. The New York City International Film Festival presents a high-profile platform for emerging and established independent filmmakers from around the world. This year’s festival will showcase over 100 films (documentaries, features, shorts), exhibitor show, panel...

Spike Lee winner of the Jaeger-LeCoultre 2012 award in Venice

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American filmmaker Spike Lee is the winner of the Jaeger-LeCoultre Glory to the Filmmaker 2012 award of the Venice International Film Festival   The Biennale di Venezia and Jaeger-LeCoultre announce that the great American director, screenwriter, actor and producer Spike Lee has been awarded the Jaeger-LeCoultre Glory to the Filmmaker 2012 award of the Venice International Film Festival, dedicated a personality who has brought great innovation to contemporary cinema.   The Direc...

EFA Board members Elected for 2012

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The President: Wim Wenders, Director, Germany Wim Wenders attended the Academy of Film & Television in Munich, worked as a film critic for various German publications, and was a founding member of Filmverlag der Autoren. In 1976 he set up his own production company, Road Movies, and, in 2002, Reverse Angle. Often hailed as one of the most important German directors on the international scene, Wenders has received various international awards, including the Golden Lion (TH...

Michael Mann will chair Venice's jury

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    Marina Abramovic, Laetitia Casta, Peter Ho-Sun Chan, Ari Folman, Matteo Garrone, Ursula Meier, Samantha Morton, Pablo Trapero to form the Venezia 69 International Jury chaired by Michael Mann The selection has been made for the members of the International Jury for the Competition at the 69th Venice International Film Festival (29 August – 8 September 2012), with American director Michael Mann as president. The decision was made by the Boa...

Venice Festival to open with Mira Nair's Reluctant Fundamentalist

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The Reluctant Fundamentalist, the new film directed by Mira Nair, will be the opening film at the 69th Venice International Film Festival (29 August – 8 September 2012), directed by Alberto Barbera and organized by la Biennale di Venezia chaired by Paolo Baratta. The Reluctant Fundamentalist is produced by Lydia Dean Pilcher and presented by Doha Film Institute. Based on the best-selling novel of the same title, translated into 25 languages, The Reluctant Fundamentalist  is a riv...

Line Up for the 24th Galway Film Fleadh announced

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Last week in the Radisson Hotel, Galway, the programme for Ireland’s premier film festival, the Galway Film Fleadh, was unveiled. Among festival staff, industry professionals and film entusiasts, Festival Programmer Gar O’Brien said at the launch “This year is without doubt a banner year for Irish film…alongside the usual mix of the best in world cinema and documentaries”. The 24th edition of the festival, which takes place from 10-15th July, has a line-up that includes 1...

Winners of the Aruba International Film Festival’s Caribbean Spotlight Series

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Winners of the Aruba International Film Festival’s Caribbean Spotlight Series (CSS) Competition were announced on Sunday night at a special Festival event held on the rooftop of the Paseo Harencia. Encouraged by tremendous local support over the last two years, AIFF continues to expand its popular "Spotlight" series, which was created to showcase movies from Aruban and Caribbean filmmakers. The CSS Jury Award was split between two films; the US/Dominican Republic baseball...

2012 Feel Good Film Festival Proudly Announces Program Schedule

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This year's Hollywood International Feel Good Film Festival cannot be missed!  This buzzing red carpet event is set to take place August 3-5, 2012 at the Laemmle NoHo7 Theater in LA's North Hollywood District.  Notable past films screened include two Academy Award winning films – Westbank Story and God of Love – Valerie Weiss’ Losing Control, Rosa Karo’s The Italian Key, Showtime’s I Am Comic, and films from over 25 countries including Venezuela, Estonia, China, and Finland....

Jeremy Irons speaks about 'TRASHED' (2012) at 65th Cannes!

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  On May 21st, 2012 at the 65th Cannes Film Festival, docu-director Candida Brady and Academy Award-winning actor Jeremy Irons presented their film ‘TRASHED’ (2012) in the Salle Bunuel theater to press. The film is about the horrific state of plastic and garbage, the ever looming and impossible to ignore eco-crises of our planet, which is being consumed by its own waste. Q and A with Jeremy Irons. Q: Where does your desire to make this environmental documentary come from? ...

Jeremy Irons speaks about 'TRASHED' (2012) at 65th Cannes!

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  On May 21st, 2012 at the 65th Cannes Film Festival, docu-director Candida Brady and Academy Award-winning actor Jeremy Irons presented their film ‘TRASHED’ (2012) in the Salle Bunuel theater to press. The film is about the horrific state of plastic and garbage, the ever looming and impossible to ignore eco-crises of our planet, which is being consumed by its own waste.   Q and A with Jeremy Irons.   Q: Where does your desire to make this environmental ...

Rob Reiner’s “The Magic of Belle Isle” to open Aruba Fest

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 Program details for the 3rd annual Aruba International Film Festival (AIFF), which takes place June 22-28, 2012, were announced today. The Festival will showcase a diverse array of films from 18 different countries and feature several international and South American premieres. The lineup was announced by AIFF Artistic Director Claudio Masenza along with Festival founder Jonathan Vieira.   AIFF will open with the international premiere of director Rob Reiner’s ...

ASC Names New President, Officers

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Stephen Lighthill has been elected to serve as president of the American Society of cinematographers (ASC). The vote was made by the newly elected Board Of Governors who also elected ASC Officers, Vice Presidents Richard Crudo, Daryn Okada and Kees Van Oostrum; Treasurer Victor J. Kemper; Secretary Fred Goodich; and Sergeant-at-Arms Steven Fierberg. Lighthill takes over the reins from outgoing ASC President Michael Goi, who served a maximum three consecutive terms. This will be Ligh...

Edinburgh International Film Festival (EIFF) today announced the full industry programme line-up

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Edinburgh International Film Festival (EIFF) today announced the full industry programme line-up to take place over 9 days during the Festival. Key industry players will take part in discussions focusing on all areas of the filmmaking process, predominantly hosted at EIFF's new delegate centre venue at the Traverse Theatre. An additional In-Person onstage career interview was also announced with Academy Award® winning cinematographer Chris Menges. The strong presence of first feature fi...

Interview with director ANDREI KONCHALOVSKY

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Director ANDREI KONCHALOVSKY, director of the Golden Globe winning film ‘RUNAWAY TRAIN’ (1986), held a master class on May 21st in Cannes. Read below interview with the director during the 65th Cannes Film Festival.     Q: Was it easier to make your second film?   Andrei: Easy? Nothing is easy. To make films is difficult anyway, even to make bad films. As a matter of fact, to make bad films its as difficult to make as good. The difference is very little and it&r...

Interview with director ANDREI KONCHALOVSKY at Cannes

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Director ANDREI KONCHALOVSKY, director of the Golden Globe winning film ‘RUNAWAY TRAIN’ (1986), held a master class on May 21st in Cannes. Read below interview with the director during the 65th Cannes Film Festival. Q: Was it easier to make your second film? Andrei: Easy? Nothing is easy. To make films is difficult anyway, even to make bad films. As a matter of fact, to make bad films its as difficult to make as good. The difference is very little and it’s not money or...

Join the FUN! AUG 3-5, 2012 - 5th Feel Good Film Festival at Laemmle NoHo7 - www.fgff.org

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Los Angeles, CA May 21, 2012 — Entering into its fifth year, Hollywood's International Feel Good Film Festival (FGFF) announces it will hold its 2012 event at Laemmle’s newest all-digital theater in the heart of North Hollywood’s Arts District. Dedicated to provide a platform for filmmakers worldwide with positive views on life, the Festival will take place August 3-5, 2012, with pre- and post-screening gala parties and an encore screening of the winning films on Thursday, August 9. ...

Abu Dhabi Film Commission (part of twofour54) announces the launch of the region’s first incentive scheme

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twofour54, the media & creative industries hub and the Abu Dhabi Film Commission (part of twofour54), have launched the region’s first incentive scheme as it looks to accelerate Abu Dhabi as the first choice for international and regional producers needing location, production and post-production services. The scheme will be operational from September 1st.  The incentive, in the form of a rebate of up to 30% of qualifying spend in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, will be available fo...

WORLDVIEW ENTERTAINMENT HEATS UP Eli Roth’s THE GREEN INFERNO

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      CANNES PRESS WORLDVIEW ENTERTAINMENT HEATS UP Eli Roth’s THE GREEN INFERNO Eli Roth to Direct New Horror Thriller that Exclusive Media will Offer to Buyers in Cannes May 17, 2012 (CANNES, FRANCE) -- Worldview Entertainment, a New York City-based motion picture production and investment company, has signed on to finance and produce Eli Roth’s new horror thriller, “The Green Inferno.” Roth, who reignited the horror genre with the “Hostel...

Feel Good Film Festival Call for Entries - Late Registration through May 15, 2012

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Feel Good Film FestivalThe 2012 5th International Feel Good Film Festival (FGFF) to be hosted by the Laemmle NoHo 7 Theater in the heart of North Hollywood’s Arts District,  will be held August 3-5, 2012. The Festival is dedicated to providing a platform for filmmakers worldwide with positive views on life and is proud to support the expansion of NoHo’s Arts District by screening at the District’s newest addition of Laemmle’s Theater.  Festival organizers look forward to making this ...

The Artist will be re released in the USA

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  The Weinstein Company announced today the re-release of Academy Award®  Best Picture winner THE ARTIST nationwide this Friday, May 11, 2012. This will be the last chance for moviegoers to experience the 5 time Academy Award® winning love letter to films in a movie theater – the way it was intended to be experienced, and it is the perfect opportunity for a Mother’s Day outing. Said TWC President of Marketing Stephen Bruno, “As Summer approaches, we wanted to give audiences...

ÉCU on the Road 2011 Tour

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For ÉCU – The European Independent Film Festival three days in Paris is just not enough. Every year our festival travels around the world making sure our “Official Selection” directors and films are made known. This follows our commitment to cultivate the new and inspiring talent that we come across. Last year was quite a busy year for us. ÉCU traveled around the globe to 17 countries showing the very best of its independent films. This is made possible through the help...

2012 Los Angeles Film Festival Line-Up

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This year's Festival will screen a diverse slate of nearly 200 feature films, shorts, and music videos, representing more than 30 countries, along with signature programs such as the Filmmaker Retreat, Poolside Chats, Coffee Talks, Music Events and more. Check back May 15 for the complete Festival schedule! OPENING NIGHT:   To Rome With Love- (DIRECTOR/WRITER Woody Allen PRODUCERS Letty Aronson, Stephen Tenenbaum CAST Woody Allen, Alec Baldwin, Roberto Benigni, Penélope Cruz,...

WorldView and Sundance Institute to Present New Awards at Sundance London

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  Sundance Institute and WorldView today announced that they will jointly present awards to four films that focus on social justice issues in the developing world: Street Girls by Katie Mark; FARMING by Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje; My Brother the Devil by Sally El Hosaini; and Valley of Saints by Musa Syeed. Each award is accompanied by a £5,000 or £10,000 grant, and the Documentary Development Award for Street Girls is enhanced with professional access to film mentorship from Je...

Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles Winners

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  Celebration! That was the mantra throughout the six days of the 2012 Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles (IFFLA). The festival concluded Sunday evening (April 15) with a red carpet and gala 10th anniversary fete that included the Los Angeles premiere of Prashant Bhargava's PATANG and the presentation of the festival's Grand Jury and Audience Choice Awards, followed by an after party. This year the festival hosted 45 filmmakers and screened 33 features, documentaries, and...

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