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8th ANNUAL SARASOTA FILM FESTIVAL March 31st – April 9th, 2006The Sarasota Film Festival Competition, Audience Awards and Filmmaker Honorees were announced at the annual black-tie Filmmakers’ Tribute Dinner hosted by the Longboat Key Club & Resort, the Official Resort of the Sarasota Film Festival, on Saturday evening, April 8th, 2006. The evening, which was introduced by Dinner Chair Mary Ann Robinson, Board President Neil McCurry, Festival Executive Director, Jody Kielbasa and Master of C...

Malibu Film Festival Honors Presented By Sir Anthony Hopkins

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Festival to Take Place April 7– April 10The 7th Malibu International Film Festival (MIFF) is proud to announce Academy Award Winner Sir Anthony Hopkins as special guest presenter for its 2006 special tribute to Brett Ratner. Hopkins reprised his role as Dr. Hannibal Lechter for the film Red Dragon, directed by Ratner in 2002. Past festival presenters include Gary Sinise and James Cameron.The tribute and awards ceremony took place 8pm, Monday, April 10 with dinner at Gladstone’s Malibu. Th...

Martin Scorcese to be honored at Silverdocs festival

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Veteran director Martin Scorsese will be honored at SILVERDOCS: The AFI/Discovery Channel Documentary Festival, the most prestigious showcase for non-fiction films in the United States.Scorsese will receive the Festival’s highest honor at the Charles Guggenheim Symposium on June 15th, during the Festival’s six-day mix of screenings, seminars and tributes to be held at the AFI Silver Theater in Silver Springs, Maryland, in the suburbs of Washington DC. The Festival, a collaboration between th...

Altman Joins Throng of Talented Honorees at Sarasota

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ROBERT ALTMAN And A PRAIRIE HOME COMPANION To Be Saluted At the 8th Annual Sarasota Film Festival: March 31 – April 9, 2006Altman Joins Throng of Talented Honorees Including Werner Herzog, Felicity Huffman, Allison Janney, William H. Macy, Robert Towne, Paula Wagner Honorary Academy Award® recipient Robert Altman will be Saluted at the Sarasota Film Festival during the final weekend of the 8th annual event where his latest film, the Picturehouse release of Garrison Keillor’s A PRAIRIE HOME ...

4th Ischia Global Film and Music Fest to host superstars

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THE 4TH ANNUAL ISCHIA GLOBAL FILM & MUSIC FEST – KIMBO CINEMA FORUM FESTIVAL TO TAKE PLACE FROM JULY 11TH – 16TH ON ISLAND OF ISCHIA, ITALY. SPECIAL HOMAGE TO THE GERMAN MOVIE INDUSTRY International screen stars and industry leaders of the European, American and Italian film communities will celebrate the ever-evolving culture of cinema at the 4th Annual Ischia Global Film & Music Fest - Kimbo Cinema Forum in the spectacular Regina Isabella Resort & Spa on the Isle of Ischia, Italy from July...

Aspen Shortsfest highlights

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Filmmakers from around the world will gather April 5-9 for Aspen Shortsfest 2006 at the Wheeler Opera House and other locations in Aspen and Carbondale, Colorado. Now in its 15th year, Shortsfest will present an array of short films for all ages chosen from over 45 countries. Two evenings of selected festival highlights will also screen April 14 - 15 at Denver’s Starz FilmCenter in association with the Denver Film Society. From premiers to Oscar®-nominated shorts, this year's International C...

Bside Entertainment proves “The Audience is Never Wrong” at SXSW

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After building several successful partnerships with filmmakers and festivals throughout its first year in business, Austin-based Bside Entertainment has unveiled its innovative platform of services at the South By Southwest (SXSW) 2006 Interactive/Film Trade Show. Bside is led by a strong advisory board that includes writer/producer Steven Bochco, former Polygram Films president Andrew Fogelson, top entertainment attorney Barry Hirsch, Slamdance co-founder and former AFI Fest director Jon Fitzge...

Cinequest Brands Mavericks

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Cinequest Brands MavericksThroughout Cinequest 16, Executive Director and Co-founder Halfdan Hussey retold the tale of the maverick. The term originated in the mid-1800s, when any unbranded cow roaming the open range near San Antonio, Texas, was thought to belong to rancher Samuel A. Maverick. Hussey didn’t mention that the cattle had been neglected—hence never branded—and any strays were referred to as “one of Maverick’s” in a pejorative tone. Over the last 12 days, Cinequest rounde...

“Paradise Now” From the Director’s Own Words

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“Paradise Now, which was featured at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival, plays tonight at the University of California at Santa Barbara.Over the past few months, Hany Abu-Assad’s film, “Paradise Now” has been honored and excoriated simultaneously. While being nominated for an Academy Award in the Best Foreign Language Film category, winning several other awards, and enjoying critical acclaim, the controversial Palestinian film about the last 48 hours of two would-be suicide b...

Palm Springs Festival of Shorts has a new programmer

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The 12th Annual Palm Springs International Festival of Short Films & Short Film Market (ShortFest) has announced it will be held from August 24 – 30, 2006 at the Camelot Theatres with widely respected film curator (and 2006 PSIFF Programming Manager) Anita Monga as the Director of Short Film Programming this year. The early entry deadline for ShortFest is April 15, 2006. Student entry fee is $30 and non-student entry fee is $40. Commenting on this year’s upcoming event, Festival Director ...

Tsotsi Celebrates South Africa's 2nd consecutive Oscar Nomination

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"Tsotsi" Celebrates Miramax’s Oscar Nominated Best Foreign Language Film at Spark Woodfire Grill (BH)South Africa has earned its second consecutive Best Foreign Language Film nomination in the country's history; “Yesterday” 2004 and “Tsotsi” 2005. Written and directed by Gavin Hood and based on a novel by Athol Fugard, both South African natives, “Tsotsi” would be the country’s first Academy Award.Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) March 5, 2006 -- Set amidst the sprawling Johannesburg town...

Full Frame Documentary Film Festival founder line up announced

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New Docs: Films in Competition travels around the globe for stories about family, war, and love with stops along the way for tortoises, call centers, art fraud, a war refugee Afro-Pop band, and asparagus as a metaphor for globalization!Full Frame Documentary Film Festival founder, CEO, and Artistic Director Nancy Buirski released the slate of seventy-four new documentaries chosen for the New Docs: Films in Competition, newly sponsored this year by A&E IndieFilms. "The films this year explore bo...

Edward James Olmos and William H. Macy at Cinequest FF

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Academy Award-nominated actor/director Edward James Olmos will receive the Maverick Spirit Award at the Cinequest Film Festival, which opens on today in the city of San Jose, California. Nominated for both the Academy Award and Golden Globe Award for his role as a tough-love principal of a Los Angeles inner city high school in the film STAND AND DELIVER (1988), Olmos has received many awards for his theater, film and television work.Olmos began as a rock musician, forming several “garage bands...

David Shor new Tahoe/Reno Festival President

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The Tahoe/Reno International Film Festival (T-RIFF) today announced that David Shor, managing director of Labrador Media Group and Labrador Pictures of Santa Barbara, California has become president of its board of directors. The Festival will be held Aug. 23-27, 2006 in Lake Tahoe.In announcing the appointment of Shor, Katrina Wilson, founder and executive director of the festival said, “It’s no secret that the Festival was a huge hit last season; it was voted by the Lake Tahoe community as...

Santa Barbara International Film Festival winners

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The 21st Annual Santa Barbara International Film Festival has announced the winners of the 2006 festival competition. The festival, which ran from Feb. 2-12, attracted more than 50,000 visitors to the area, bringing attendance to well over 100,000 people.Winners were selected by the following jury members:American Independent Jury: Gabrielle Kelly, Michael Nozik and Shaun ToubSpanish and Latin American Film Jury: Ann Louise Bardach, Peter Griffiths and Mary Kay PlaceBest International Featur...

Westside Story to get early special screening at BIFF 2006

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BANGKOKIANS are due to get a special pre-festival screening of the classic Robert Wise Academy Award© winning film, West Side Story, on Sunday, February 12 (2006). The movie will be shown free of charge on outdoor screens set up in public areas outside the massive new Siam Paragon retail and entertainment complex which will be used as the centre for the upcoming Bangkok International Film Festival (Feb 17 - 27). The screening will feature musical performances of songs from West Si...

Sexy Thriller to open French Fest in Australia

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The 17th Alliance Française French Film Festival will open with the Australian Premiere of Jérôme Salle’s sexy romantic thriller Anthony Zimmer, starring Sophie Marceau and Yvan Attal, headlining a program of 21 new features – the most in the event’s history. The Festival, touring Australia in March and April (see below for dates), supported by Peugeot, sold 45,000 tickets in 2005. "I’m proud to say that this is unquestionably the strongest Festival selection yet" said Chantal Girondi...

Portland's showcase of world cinema launches

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The 29th year of Portland's much anticipated showcase of world cinema launches Friday, February 10, 2006 with screenings and an after-film champagne and desert gala swinging into the night.With 150 screenings over 16 days featuring 67 features and 50 short subject films from 35 countries, with many Portland premieres and Oscar submissions for foreign films, the Portland International Film Festival is easily Oregon's biggest film event of the yearOpening Night Films7:00 PM ROLLING FAMILY (ARGENT...

The first documentary by Sydney Pollack to open Full Frame

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Legendary filmmaker Richard Leacock to be honored with Career AwardFull Frame Documentary Film Festival has chosen Sketches of Frank Gehry as the opening film of the 2006 festival. The first documentary by the Academy Award® winning director Sydney Pollack (The Interpreter, Out of Africa) is a look at the life and work of the renowned architect. The opening night screening is sponsored by Capitol Broadcasting. The festival also announced that it would present its Career Award this year to l...

Brattleboro home to the next Women’s Film Festival

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FILM FESTIVAL CELEBRATES 15 YEARS OF INNOVATIVE FILMS IN ONE OF AMERICA’S GREAT SMALL ART TOWNS Brattleboro Vermont, lying between the West and Connecticut Rivers with lush, dramatic Mount Wantastiquet as a backdrop, is listed as one of the Top Ten Art Towns with populations less than 30,000 (The 100 Best Art Towns In America, by John Villani). Only a three and a half hour drive from New York City and two hours from Boston, Brattleboro is also referred to as “the college town without a colle...

Santa Barbara A Tribute of Love to Roy London

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Santa Barbara- With several of his former students on hand, the late acting coach Roy London was feted during the Santa Barbara Film Festival showing of "Special Thanks to Roy London". Actors Sharon Stone, Gary Shandling, Julie Warner (who is also a producer of the film), Elizabeth Berkley, Arye Gross, and Rhonda Aldrich joined producers Tim Healy, Karen Montgomery, and director/producer at Santa Barbara's Victoria Hall Theatre on Saturday to screen the film. Afterward, film introducer Stone ...

Tears Of A Clown best picture from PAFF Pan African Fest

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TEARS OF A CLOWN, a Tony Spires Feature Film (120 min), has received a nod for Best Feature at The 14th Annual Pan African Film & Arts Festival and invites the public to its two Screenings: Friday, February 10, 2006 at 8:00 p.m. & Thursday, February 16, 2006 at 1:20 p.m. at the Magic Johnson Theatres. Where do comedians like Bernie Mac, Cedric the Entertainer, Jamie Foxx, D.L. Hughley and others come from? TEARS OF A CLOWN takes a candid look at the world of stand-up comedy and the jagged road...

Westside Story to get early special screening from from Bangkok

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Bangkokians are due to get a special pre-festival screening of the classic Robert Wise Academy Award© winning film, West Side Story, on Sunday, February 12.The movie will be shown free of charge on outdoor screens set up in public areas outside the massive new Siam Paragon retail and entertainment complex which will be used as the centre for the upcoming Bangkok International Film Festival (Feb 17 to 27).The screening will feature musical performances of songs from West Side Story, along with a...

Suprise French Penguin Docu gets Oscar nomination

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Luc Jacquet's Marche de l'Empereur just got nominated for best documentary by the Academy. The film has been seen by 20 Millions viewers and took a cumulated 77M$ at the US Box Office.Director: Luc JacquetScreenwriter(s): Luc Jacquet, Michel FesslerCinematography: Laurent Chalet, Jérôme MaisonProducer(s): Yves Darondeau, Christophe Lioud, Emmanuel PriouNarrators: Charles Berling, Romane Bohringer, Jules SitrukNominations for the 78th Annual Academy Awards were announced on Tuesday, January 31 ...

Palm Springs announces festival winners

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The 17th Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival came to a successful close on Sunday, January 15, 2006. The Festival, which ran from January 5-16, 2006, screened 232 films from 71 countries, including 84 premieres and 49 of the 54 foreign entries for this year’s Academy Awards. Palm Springs’ increasingly popular Festival continues to expand its diverse programming of quality independent and foreign films, setting the stage for this year’s film festival circuit.“We were overwhe...

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