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Sydney Pollack's Interpreter opens Tribeca

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NICOLE KIDMAN AND SEAN PENN STAR IN LATEST FROM FILMMAKER SYDNEY POLLACKA special premiere of Universal Pictures’/Working Title Films’ thriller The Interpreter—the latest from Academy Award®- winning director Sydney Pollack and Oscar® winners Nicole Kidman and Sean Penn—is slated to open the fourth annual Tribeca Film Festival, with a screening at Manhattan’s Ziegfeld Theater on April 19. The screening will be held in association with the United Nations, whose officials allowed unpre...

Philadelphia highlights

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For 14 Days, the Festival Presents 259 Features, Documentaries, Animated Films and Shorts from 42 Countries, including 31 World or US PremieresAwards go to Malcolm McDowell and Steve Buscemi; New Festival Award Named for Archie Perlmutter 2005 Programs Demonstrate Festival’s International Flair and Philadelphia Roots New Films from Araki, Miike, Ozon, Solondz, Wenders and Van Gogh -- his last film; 46 First-time Directors include Actors David Duchovny, Peter Riegert(Philadelphia—March 22, 20...

Malibu fest will feature 30 and open with Mad Hot Ballroom

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THE MALIBU FILM FESTIVAL6th EDITIONFestival to Take Place April 14 – April 18The Malibu Film Festival (MFF) will screen over 30 films at the Aero Theater in Santa Monica in the sections of Short Live Action Films, Animated Short Films, Short Subject Documentary Films, Feature Length Documentary Films, Narrative Feature Films, announced today by new Festival Director, Tiffany Peckosh. The Festival will feature 5 World Premieres, 9 West Coast Premieres, 3 Los Angeles Premieres and 4 Academy Awa...

Bermuda Fest in action, opens with The Upside of Anger

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BERMUDA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES 2005 LINEUP“THE UPSIDE OF ANGER” and “MAD HOT BALLROOM” OPEN and CLOSE MICHAEL WINTERBOTTOM TO BE “FILMAKER IN FOCUS” Showcasing a film line-up as rich and eclectic as the culture of the island itself, the Bermuda International Film Festival will welcome visitors for the 8th annual Fest, March 18-24. . The Bermuda International Film Festival invites influences from around the world with films that will compete for Best Feature from the ...

Hate crime awarded best film at Sedona festival

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‘HATE CRIME’ Controversial Film Exploring Religious Intolerance Wins Two Awards at Sedona (Arizona) Festival.SEDONA, AZ—Hate Crime, an independent feature film exploring the destructive consequences of religious intolerance, won the Audience Choice Award for Best Feature, as well as being named Executive Director’s Festival Favorite at the Sedona International Film Festival on Sunday. The awards were presented to writer-director Tommy Stovall and executive producer Marc Sterling during ...

Paul Haggis honored at The San Francisco Fest

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PAUL HAGGIS TO RECEIVE INAUGURAL MAURICE KANBAR AWARD AT48th SAN FRANCISCO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVALApril 21–May 5, 2005)Writer/Director/Producer to be Honored for Excellence in ScreenwritingThe San Francisco Film Society announced today that Academy Award nominee Paul Haggis will be the recipient of the inaugural Maurice Kanbar Award for excellence in screenwriting at the 48th San Francisco International Film Festival (April 21-May 5, 2005). The award will be presented to Haggis at Film Soc...

Super Size Me wins WGA 1st ever Docu Screenplay Award

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Super Size Me's Morgan Spurlock Wins WGA's First-Ever Documentary Screenplay Award LOS ANGELES -- The Writers Guild of America, west and East have named Super Size Me, written by Morgan Spurlock, as the winner of the Guild's first-ever Documentary Screenplay Award for outstanding achievement in documentary writing for the screen during 2004. The newly-created award was presented by producer Brian Grazer at a SRO reception for over 400 nonfiction filmmakers held Tuesday, February 15, at the Roose...

Santa Barbara celebration of the 20th anniversary

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SANTA BARBARA INTERNATIONAL FILM FEST BRINGS PLATINUM POWER TO 20TH ANNIVERSARYSanta Barbara, CA – Star power and a slew of notable films combined to create a year at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival worthy of a platinum celebration. The 20th anniversary of the Fest was marked by ten days filled with more than 140 films, five panel discussions, four award events, and a smattering of “Conversations With” actors, all drawing crowds of film fans and stargazers into the community...

Kevin Bacon accepts Santa Barbara Riviera awards

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KEVIN BACON takes SBIFF Riviera Award“I hate my voice, and I’m ugly. “And I can’t act.”That’s what Kevin Bacon said about himself when he watched dailies of “Footloose.” Clearly, the Santa Barbara International Film Festival doesn’t think so. The actor/director got the Riviera Award Friday night. Meant for an actor whose career has altered the landscape of American cinema, an artist whose work has enriched society as a whole. It was presented by director Ivan Reitman, who, as p...

Kate Winslet’s Eternal Star Shines on Santa Barbara

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Kate Winslet’s Eternal Star Shines on Santa BarbaraOn Tuesday night, the 20th Annual Santa Barbara International Film Festival presented Academy Award nominee Kate Winslet with the Sapphire Inspired Award for Outstanding Performance of the Year.Winslet was chosen based on her exceptional performances in 2004 as Sylvia Llewelyn Davies in “Finding Neverland” and Clementine Kruczynski, the uninhibited girlfriend of Jim Carrey in “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind,” for which she recei...

PAFF Opening Night Gala!

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The Pan African Film and Arts Festival will hold its 7th annual event taking place February 18, 2005 at the Magic Johnson Theaters. Based on the acclaimed autobiographical one-man show by Ruben Santiago-Hudson (who wrote the adaptation and appears in the film), and co-executive produced by the Academy Award®-winning actress Halle Berry, this warm and vibrant drama is an inspiring story of coming of age, of a mother/son love that transcends biological ties, and of an extraordinary woman who buil...

Joan Allen will be honored at the 48th San Francisco Fest

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JOAN ALLEN TO RECEIVE PETER J. OWENS AWARD AT 48th SAN FRANCISCO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVALActor to be Saluted for Brilliance, Independence and IntegrityThe San Francisco Film Society announced today that Joan Allen will be the recipient of the Peter J. Owens Award to be presented at the 48th San Francisco International Film Festival (April 21-May 5, 2005). The Owens Award, named after local cultural benefactor and longtime Film Society board member Peter J. Owens, honors an actor whose work ex...

National Neighborhood Day: short film contest

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CONCEPTNational Neighborhood Day, a national nonprofit organization founded to promote community development through neighborhood relationships, is hosting a short film contest to encourage amateur and professional filmmakers to illustrate the potential, possibilities and benefits of healthy neighborhoods. Entries must be postmarked by June 1st, 2005.CASHCash awards will be granted in three categories: Grand Prize ($5000), Youth Prize ($2000) and Special Jury Award ($2000).ALL-STAR PANEL OF JUDG...

Dallas KidFilm Festival ready to start

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The USA Film Festival announcesSCHEDULE OF EVENTS21st Annual KidFilm® Festival – January 22-23, 2005The USA Film Festival’s 21st annual KidFilm® Festival announces the schedule of events from the festival taking place Saturday, January 22 and Sunday, January 23, 2005 at the Angelika Film Center, 5321 East Mockingbird Lane, Dallas, Texas.PROGRAMS LISTING Animation Extravaganza This year’s diverse showcase offers something for audiences of ALL AGES where many favorite books are brought to...

Nicole Kidman honored at Palm Springs

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The 16th Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF) will honor Academy Award winner Nicole Kidman with the distinguished Chairman’s Award and Academy Award winner Howard Shore with the Frederick Loewe Award for Film Composing at the Festival’s Annual Awards Gala, announced Chairman Earl Greenburg. Alejandro Amenábar (director of The Sea Inside), who directed Kidman in The Others, will present the award to her, Shore’s presenter will be announced at a later date. The Awards ...

Palm Springs Festival line up

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The 16th Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival has announced its roster of 190 films, culled from more than 65 countries for the 2005 Festival. The selection of films for screening includes a total of 80 premieres (14 World, 45 U.S. and 21 North American). Also 41 of the 50 films submitted for consideration in the Best Foreign Language Film category for the Academy Awards will be screened at this year’s Festival, held from January 6-17, 2005. (For a complete list of this year’s ...

Hollywood, the Global Village: Festivals Feed a Love of Movies

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Ella Waldek, 74, and Ida Mae Martinez, 73, don't look much like movie stars. But as they answered questions and kibitzed for an audience at the historic Little Theater at the High Falls Film Festival here, it was clear that they were born to entertain. Ms. Waldek and Ms. Martinez are two real-life heroines of ''Lipstick and Dynamite the First Ladies of Wrestling,'' a crowd-pleaser directed by Ruth Leitman about the brash and lovable pioneers of women's wrestling in the 1940's and 50's. It may no...

Palm Springs Fest unveils 2005 festival

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PALM SPRINGS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVALUnveils Outstanding 2005 FestivalPalm Springs International Film Festival now in it’s 16th year has unveiled the program set for the January Festival. With a wonderful array of 190 films, from over an amazing 65 countries for this prestigious 2005 Festival. This is a dynamic presentation of 79 premieres (14 World, 45 U.S. and 20 North American). Also of the 50 films submitted for consideration in the Best Foreign Language Film category for the Academy...

Miami International Film Festival Announces Program

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The Miami International Film Festival (MIFF), presented by Miami Dade College (MDC), announced today the full schedule of films for the 22nd annual Festival to be held February 4-13, 2005.118 Films—87 Features and 31 Shorts—from 47 Countries Highlight 2005 FestivalIncluding 7 World Premieres, 15 International, North American& U.S. Premieres, and 33 East Coast PremieresUnveiled today for the 2005 program were 118 films from 47 countries, including 7 World Premieres, 15 International, North Am...

Titanic's Caprio & Winslet and Kevin Bacon to be honored at Santa Barbara

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LEONARDO DI CAPRIO, KEVIN BACON AND KATE WINSLETTO BE HONORED AT 20TH EDITION OF THE SANTA BARBARA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVALLeonardo Di Caprio, Kevin Bacon and Kate Winslet, three of Hollywood’s most distinguished actors, will be honored for their achievements at the 20th Annual Santa Barbara International Film Festival, it was announced today by Artistic Director Roger Durling. Di Caprio, soon to be seen in Martin Scorsese’s “The Aviator,” has been selected to receive the “Platinum...

HDFEST 2004 Deffie Awards

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HDFEST Announces 2004 Deffie Awards at NYC Festival Tour FinaleOn Sunday, December 5th at the Tribeca Grand Screen Theatre, HDFEST announced the winners of its 2004 HDFEST Deffie Awards to cheering crowds of festival-goers. The December New York event was the conclusion to the HDFEST 2004 World Tour which began in May 2004 and featured six high-definition festival events. Alongside indie HD films and high-definition filmmaking panel discussions, the HDFEST New York event also included special ...

New York love affair with Europe

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In a remarkably crowded end-of-year film season, New York film audiences are buzzing about the excitement being created by European films, which have been on abundant display in theaters across town. In short, New York loves European cinema.Of course, this is no new story. The films of pioneers Ingmar Bergman, Federico Fellini, Francois Truffaut and Luis Bunuel first took root with New York film critics and film buffs. The Festival’s major film festivals always feature a strong contingent of f...

Ocean 12 to open Bahamas inaugural

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BAHAMAS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL TO OPEN INAUGURAL FESTIVAL WITHPRESTIGIOUS INTERNATIONAL PREMIERE The Bahamas International Film Festival (BIFF) will kick off its inaugural event on Thursday, December 9 with Steven Soderbergh’s eagerly awaited OCEAN’S TWELVE starring Brad Pitt, Catherine Zeta-Jones, George Clooney, Julia Roberts, Matt Damon, Andy Garcia, Bernie Mac, Don Cheadle, Peter Fonda, Casey Affleck, and Scott Caan. Steven Soderbergh was discovered on the film festival circuit an...

Bahamas impressive and eclectic line up

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FIRST ANNUAL BAHAMAS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES LINE-UP The first annual Bahamas International Film Festival (BIFF) rolls out December 9-12, 2004. Over four days, BIFF will play host to a combination of industry professionals, filmmakers, celebrity guests, visitors and the local community. The Festival will present more than 75 films in a wide range of special sections: an International Competition, a selection of cinema’s “New Visions,” a World Cinema showcase, a Caribbean S...

Oliver Stone Honored by Stockholm for Lifetime Achievements

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Oliver Stone arrived in Stockholm on Thanksgiving day to receive the Stockholm International Film Festival Lifetime Achievement Award, the day before the Swedish premiere of Alexander . Already “the numbers are looking good”, said the director for his latest film. The press conference held by Colombia TriStar in a magnificent ornate room at the Grand Hotel dealt mainly with his new film starring Colin Farrell, Anthony Hopkins and Angelina Jolie. Stone was honored to receive the Stoc...

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