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The Victoria Independent Film & Video Festival Line Up

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The Victoria Independent Film & Video Festival has announced its largest lineup to date for its 10-day celebration of film, January 27-February 5, 2006."Hold on to your hats, forget about going down south " the blast of fresh air will be coming from the Vic Independent this year as we launch our most eclectic and unique program yet" announces Festival Director Kathy Kay.With the Festival's strong focus on Canadian film, the Gala Screening this year is Rhombus Media's quirky new Mozart tribute, M...

Slamdance Podcast launches on iTunes

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The Slamdance Film Festival announced that Apple is launching the "Slamdance Podcast" on iTunes. In a unique creative partnership, the video Podcast will include trailers and screening times for many of the festival's films, as well as festival highlights, alumni updates and other unique clip content, all for free and available for download to anyone with a new video iPod or on their Apple computer. In conjunction with the Podcast itself, Slamdance will host a Podcasting screening and discussion...

The Victoria Independent Film & Video Festival Highligths

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The Victoria Independent Film & Video Festival has announced its largest lineup to date for its 10-day celebration of film, January 27-February 5, 2006."Hold on to your hats, forget about going down south – the blast of fresh air will be coming from the Vic Independent this year as we launch our most eclectic and unique program yet" announces Festival Director Kathy Kay.With the Festival’s strong focus on Canadian film, the Gala Screening this year is Rhombus Media’s quirky new Mozart trib...

Slamdance and fox21 Celebrate Teleplay Competition Finalists

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Slamdance and fox21 Celebrate Teleplay Competition Finalists fox21 to award contract deal to Teleplay Competition Grand Prize WinnerThe top three writers from the 2nd Annual Slamdance Teleplay Competition, who are in the running for a job with fox21, were announced at a ceremony hosted by Writers Boot Camp at the Bergamot Station Arts Center. This year’s competition drew 500 original pilot episodes and the selection process involved Slamdance readers and executives from fox21. The partnership...

Directors Guild of America announces 5 awards nominees

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Directors Guild of America Vice President Betty Thomas today announced the five nominees for the DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film for 2005. “What makes the DGA award truly meaningful to directors is the knowledge that only this award is decided solely by their peers – the men and women who know the passion and energy that go into each production,” said Thomas in announcing the nominations. “My congratulations to all five nominees for demonstrating how vi...

Miami International Film Festival Goes to Chile

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The 23rd Annual Miami International Film Festival will take placeMarch 3 - 12, 2006 In March of 2006, the Miami International Film Festival (MIFF), presented by Miami Dade College (MDC), will launch a new program, MIFF Abroad, which will celebrate the filmmaking of one Latin American country each year, starting with Chile at this year’s festival. The announcement was made today by Festival Director Nicole Guillemet.“For the first year of MIFF Abroad, we have chosen Chile. It is a logical and...

Good Night, and Good Luck awarded film of the year by Capri

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George Clooney’s film Good Night, and Good Luck, and Cristina Comencini’s The Beast in the Heart have won Capri-Kimbo Awards as best films of 2005. The two productions, introduced at the last Venice Film Festival and in the race for an Oscar, will be honored at the 10th anniversary edition of the Capri, Hollywood Film Festival December 27-January 2. The festival is produced by Capri in the World Institute with the support of the director general's office for cinema of the Ministry of Cul...

Sydney Pollack's Documentary Adventure

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Oscar-winning director Sydney Pollack tries his hand at the non-fiction format in SKETCHES OF FRANK GEHRY, his intimate film portrait of one of the world’s most successful and creative architects.Pollack, whose directorial career dates back to the 1960s, and includes such legendary films as THEY SHOOT HORSES DON’T THEY, THREE DAYS OF THE CONDOR, TOOTSIE and the multi-Academy Award winner OUT OF AFRICA, is one of a handful of directors who is also a prolific producer (THE TALENTED MR. RIPLEY,...

Dubai line up includes awards winners from Cannes, Berlin...

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The second Dubai International Film Festival begins on Sunday, December 11, and will feature 98 films including features, retrospectives and short films until Saturday, December 17The award-winning films are from a variety of genres and traditions, from American independent to African contemporary, Chinese drama to German-Lebanese documentary. An additional seven films are also on the short-list for next year’s Academy Award (Oscar) nominations. The Festival’s Opening Gala film, Paradise Now...

James Cameron to receive Santa Barbara Award for Excellence in Nature Filmmaking

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The Santa Barbara International Film Festival announced today the lineup of honorees for the 21st annual Fest, February 2-12, 2006. Actors Philip Seymour Hoffman, Naomi Watts, and Heath Ledger will be honored at this year’s Fest. Also set to be recognized for his achievements in nature filmmaking is James Cameron. As previously announced, George Clooney will be the recipient of the Modern Master Award.Philip Seymour Hoffman will receive “The Riviera Award,” an award the Santa Barbara In...

Morgan Freeman returns to Dubai Fest

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Morgan Freeman, Adel Imam, Yash Chopra Named as 2005 Honorees for Dubai International Film Festival Hollywood legend Morgan Freeman, Egyptian comedy superstar Adel Imam and distinguished Indian producer-director Yash Chopra will receive the Dubai International Film Festival’s 2005 honors for distinguished service to the film industry during the December 11 – 17 Festival this year. The three stars have been named as the Hollywood, Arab and Asian honorees in the Festival’s ‘In the Spotligh...

Winners of Lexus Inside Film Awards in Sydney

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Winners of Lexus Inside Film Awards 2005 in Sydney on November 23rd.The Lexus Inside Film Awards are the people's choice awards for Australian films.The Lexus Inside Film Awards celebrate and champion Australian film and creative talent. The Inside Film Awards creates a unique dialogue between Australian filmmakers and their audience, supports and promotes Australian cinema and invigorates a national screen culture.The Lexus Inside Film Awards are held in November each year. This year the event ...

European Film Promotion receives Media support for film sales

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By awarding 400.000 Euros to European Film Promotion s initiative Film Sales Support (FSS) for 2006, the European Commission s Media Programme has highlighted the significance of promoting and marketing European films outside of Europe. Entering its third year in January, FSS supports European sales agents and producers in their endeavour to market and propel cultural diversity of European cinema on selected international film festivals in Latin America, East Asia, Canada and the US. The generou...

The Fifth Annual Anchorage International Film Festival

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The Fifth Annual Anchorage International Film Festival(AIFF) is one of the last opportunities for independent filmmakers to add to their list of awards and accolades in order to attract distributors for their films. The festival begins on Friday, Dec. 2, and runs through Sunday, Dec. 11. "As each year comes to a close, filmmakers seek out just one more festival to try and obtain another set of laurels for their films," said Tony Sheppard, founder of AIFF. "Distributors do consider a film's succe...

Washington Jewish Film Festival will open in December

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16TH WASHINGTON JEWISH FILM FESTIVALDecember 1 - 1140 films • 9 countries • 5 venues • 10 daysThe 16th Washington Jewish Film Festival: An Exhibition of International Cinema presents 40 features, documentaries and shorts from 9 countries, in five venues, during the December 1 – 11, ten-day Festival. The Festival is presented by the Washington DCJCC's Morris Cafritz Center for the Arts and co-sponsored by the Embassy of Israel and Washington Jewish Week; and supported in part by a grant ...

AFI opens with Johnny Cash bio Walk The Line

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AFI FEST presented by Audi: AFI Los Angeles International Film Festival - has become one of the most influential film festivals in North America. Now in its 19th year as a program of the American Film Institute, AFI FEST spans 10 days each November and features international competitions of brand new films from emerging filmmakers, global showcases of the latest work from the great film masters and nightly red-carpet gala premieres. AFI FEST 2005 presented by Audi kicks off on November 3 at the ...

Hawai Festival announces the winners of the 27th edition

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Hawaii filmmakers flourish winning a record 6 awards1. First Hawaiian Bank Golden Maile AwardsCAVITE [PHILIPPINES] - Golden Maile: Best Feature FilmSISTERS IN LAW [CAMEROON] – Golden Maile: Best Documentary Film2. Russell Boyd [MASTER AND COMMANDER] wins the Eastman Kodak Award for Excellence in Cinematography3. Film in Hawaii Award presented to the late Kayo Hatta [PICTURE BRIDE].4. The Network for the Promotion of Asian Cinema (NETPAC) Award goes to SEASON OF THE HORSE [CHINA].5. Inaugura...

Savannah Film Festival honors Lumet and Falk

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Lumet and Falk among honorees at 2005 Savannah Film FestivalFestival, hosted by Savannah College of Art and Design, scheduled for Oct. 29-Nov. 5 in historic downtown Savannah, Ga.The eighth annual Savannah Film Festival, hosted by the Savannah College of Art and Design, has named legendary director Sidney Lumet and actor Peter Falk the recipients of the festival’s annual Lifetime Achievement Awards. Actress Natasha Richardson will also be honored during the weeklong festival.Lumet, known for a...

The 14th annual Heartland Film Festival awards

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The 14th annual Heartland Film Festival® concluded its nine-day run on Friday, October 21 with the announcement of the inaugural Audience Award winners and a sold-out screening of “Duma” with the film’s director and Academy Award® nominee Carroll Ballard (“The Black Stallion,” “Fly Away Home”). The 2005 Festival was a great success and brought another increase in attendance, despite a decrease in box office sales nationwide. An estimated 18,000 celebrated some of the year’s bes...

Savannah Film Festival opens with Lumet homage

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The eighth annual Savannah Film Festival, hosted by the Savannah College of Art and Design Oct. 29-Nov. 5, presents films by studio, independent and student filmmakers as well as industry-led workshops and special guests from all aspects of the film industry. Venues for the festival include Trustees Theater, 216 E. Broughton St., and Lucas Theatre, 32 Abercorn St., Red Gallery, 201 E. Broughton St., as well as a variety of other venues throughout the city.The festival kicks off with an opening n...

The Global Film Initiative announces members of the Film Board

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The Global Film Initiative, a non-traditional film distributor specializing in independent films from the developing world, today announced the membership of its Film Board, internationally-recognized filmmakers, producers and visionaries who support the mission of The Initiative. The sixteen charter members of the Film Board span four continents, and share a passion for independent film from the developing world. Through these industry leaders, The Global Film Initiative reaches out to communi...

Mill Valley Film Festival closed its 28th year

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Mill Valley Film Festival closed its 28th year with screenings of more than 200 films from over 50 countries on Sunday, October 16. Always an exciting Festival component, more than 175 filmmakers and actors from around the globe made the trip to Mill Valley to share their filmmaking experiences with the audiences. “We had an exceptional slate of US and world cinema, tributes, spotlights, music events, parties and receptions for film lovers of all ages,” notes Founder/Director Mark Fishkin. ...

Bob Berney hommage from Hamptons Fest

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BOB BERNEY AT THE SECOND ANNUAL ‘INDUSTRY TOAST’ DINNERDURING THE 13TH HAMPTONS FEST The Hamptons International Film Festival in its 13th year, will again be celebrating the art of film from October 19 - 23, 2005. For the second year, the Festival will partner with indie/WIRE to celebrate a person who best exemplifies the spirit of independent film and whose energy, vision and acumen enhances the industry. Fest Director, Denise Kasell is pleased to announce that the Hamptons second 'Toastee...

Hamptons International Film Fest panels with filmmakers

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Panels, Readings, & Special Events with Industry Insiders at The 13th Annual Hamptons International Film Festival: October 19-23, 2005The Hamptons International Film Festival (October 19-23)offers a number of interactive events including Festival Panels at the Southampton Inn, Bookhampton Talks sponsored by Time Warner Books, the Cinematography Master Class with Declan Quinn, a Daily Town Hall at the Festival Lounge, the Industry Mentor Forum and Conversations with our Rising Star mentors Alec B...

Zhang Yimou guest at Hawai Fest

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25th LOUIS VUITTON Hawaii International Film Festival October 20 - 30, 2005 Zhang Yimou, director of 'HERO', confirms attendance at the 25th Louis Vuitton Hawaii International Film Festival. Two-time Academy Award® nominee, Zhang Yimou will be receiving LVHIFF’s prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award."Zhang Yimou is widely recognized as one of the world’s top film directors and it’s very special having Mr. Zhang at LVHIFF our 25th anniversary," said Chuck Boller, Executive Director of th...

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