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It is causing a revolution in animation, and the Stockholm International Film Festival, meeting that demand, scheduled three screenings by Japanese anime (animation) directors during the festival: Satoshi Kon's Tokyo Godfathers, featuring three disparate characters; Gin the alcoholic, Hana the transvestite and Miyuki the homeless girl in Tokyo - who find an abandoned baby; Mamoru Oshii's, Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence - Japan's entry for best foreign film at the 2005 Academy Awards, a universe...

Ryan animated film by Chris Landreth, from AFI

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An animated documentary film by Chris Landreth: WITH ALL THE SURPRISESWow! Impressive! Imaginative! The list goes on. Academy Award nominated Canadian filmmaker, Chris Landreth, and his film, RYAN deserve recognition beyond a time when the mere idea of recognition may die out. Based on the life of animator, Ryan Larkin, a Canadian animator who produced influential and original animation at the National Film Board of Canada many years ago, the film chronicles a deceptive path and the life that le...

CineAsia Production Brings Hollywood to Thailand

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CineAsia Production Brings Hollywood Industry Players to ThailandThe dynamic film entertainment Show, CineAsia Production, is just a month away, Dec 7-9 2004, at the Bangkok Convention Center and Sofitel Central Plaza Hotel.For the past nine years, CineAsia has shone the spotlight on the motion picture exhibition (movie theater owners) and distribution industries in Asia. Industry executives gather to learn about industry trends, screen up-and-coming films and be among the first to see the late...

Beyond The Sea AFI opener

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AFI Los Angeles International Film Festival Opens with BEYOND THE SEAUS Premiere of BEYOND THE SEA, directed by and starring Kevin Spacey opened the prestigious American Film Institute, Los Angeles Film Festival this week. The 2004 AFI Festival is in its 18th year and is set for November 4 -14, 2004 in Hollywood, California. Executive Director Christian Gaines had a wonderful opening night with the unveiling of the long awaited Miramax film BEYOND THE SEA. This is the story of 50's - 60's croo...

Fitzroy Shorts Fest inaugural event Nov 6th

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THE INAUGURAL THE FITZ: BEST SHORT FILM AWARDS 2004 Leading Melbourne short film festival Fitzroy Shorts will hold its very first short film awards event, the Fitz Awards, at the Fitzroy Town Hall on November 6th. Taking place during the peak of the Australia film industry’s end-of-year awards season (between AFIs, and before the IF Awards), the Fitz Awards stands apart as the only awards event solely dedicated to short film, and arrives at a time when an unprecedented number of Australian sho...

Mill Valley Film Festival Closes

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The Mill Valley Film Festival wrapped up here this week and as in years past the films themselves were the focus. Outside of New York, the Bay Area is one of the top markets for independent and foreign films, in part because the populace is diverse and highly educated. The Mill Valley festival draws more filmmakers and producers than celebrity-struck fans, which is just fine for the people showing the films -- they'd rather see word of mouth race through the industry, so they can get distributio...

Allen Daviau seminar at the Hawai Fest

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Allen Daviau, THE COLOR PURPLE & E.T. THE EXTRA-TERRESTRIAL cinematographer, confirms attendance at the 2004 Louis Vuitton Hawaii International Film Festival. "Kodak chooses wonderful cinematographers year after year and this year’s recipient, Allen Daviau, is an outstanding cinematographer," said Chuck Boller, Executive Director of LVHIFF. "I encourage aspiring local filmmakers to mark your calendars for “The Eastman Kodak Seminar with Allen Daviau”, this is wonderful opportunity to lear...

Jim Sheridan & Morgan Freeman honored at Turks and Caicos

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JIM SHERIDAN, MORGAN FREEMAN TO RECEIVE AWARDS AT DEBUT CARIBBEAN FILM FESTIVALNovember 13-20, 2004.Academy Award-nominated director Jim Sheridan (IN AMERICA) and actor Morgan Freeman (THE SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION) are among the luminaries who will receive Career Achievement Awards at the 1st Annual Turks & Caicos International Film Festival from November 13-20, 2004, event organizers have announced. Sheridan and Freeman have three Oscar nominations apiece.Also scheduled to attend and receive a Care...

Cinemagic Dishes up Feast of Premieres for Youngsters

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With the programme launch of the Laganside Cinemagic World Screen Festival for Young People, which runs from the 25th November – 9th December, it is clear young people will be able to access some of the best world cinema, with 17 Northern Irish, Irish and UK premieres among the 70 international films being screened.Joan Burney, Chief Executive, Cinemagic discusses the line up:“With the assistance of a panel of 19 young consultants we have been sourcing and reviewing a diverse range of intern...

Salento festival winners

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SALENTO INT.L FILM FESTIVAL (SIFF 2004) WINNERS Salento Int.l Film Festival packed the Esperia Palace Hotel in Lido Marini (Lecce) Italy Sunday Night September 26, at the Awards Ceremony Party for the 1st annual Salento Int.l Film Festival.Academy Award Winner Cinematographer Vittorio Storaro, and the Academy Award nominee Production Designer Bruno Rubeo (Merchant of Venice) received the "FINIBUS TERRAE AWARD" which recognizes the artistic excellence, professional accomplishment and dedication...

Virginia Film Festival has a theme: Speed

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The 17th annual Virginia Film Festival is a four-day whirlwind program of screenings, performances, panels, and parties. Based at the University of Virginia and set to run from October 28-31, 2004, the Virginia Film Festival infuses the campus and community at large with its thematic presentations and special events. This year’s theme of SPEED will explore our accelerated culture of fast foods and quick cuts, as well as the history of racing and chasing in the movies. A remarkable lineup of gu...

Malibu Fest: And The Winner Is...

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Malibu Film Festival packed the Malibu Inn on Thursday Night for the Vermeer Awards Party for the 5th annual Malibu International Film Festival.Out of 1400 film submissions Andy Dick awarded the Grand Jury Prize with the Pollywog Entertainment / Andy Dick Film Scholarship of $1000 at this Thursdays Vermeer Dutch Chocolate Cream Awards Party for the 5th annual Malibu Int'l Film Festival. Other presenters included Academy Award Winner, Martin Landau, who presented awards including the Best New Pro...

Speed is the Theme at Virgina Fest, get ready for it

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THE 17TH ANNUAL VIRGINIA FILM FESTIVAL PREVIEWS 2004 PROGRAMCultural Theme of “SPEED” Provides Adrenaline Rush for Film Enthusiasts October 28th –October 31st Festival Guests Include Directors Paul Schrader, Nicole Kassell, and David Gordon Green; Artist Sharon Lockhart, Musician Jim White and “Speed” LevitchFestival Director Richard Herskowitz released today the 17th annual Virginia Film Festival’s four-day whirlwind program of screenings, performances, panels, and parties. Based ...

Annette Bening & Di Caprio Awarded at Hollywood Fest

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ANNETTE BENING AND LEONARDO DiCAPRIO TO RECEIVE ACTING AWARDS FROM THE HOLLYWOOD FESTOscar(r) nominated actress Annette Bening will get the "Hollywood Actress ofthe Year Award" and Academy Award-nominated actor Leonardo DiCapriowill receive the "Hollywood Actor of the Year Award."The Hollywood Film Festival's Board of Advisors is proud to announce that this year's festival will honor Oscar(r)-nominated actress ANNETTE BENING with its "Hollywood Actress of the Year Award" and Academy Award nomina...

Digital synthetis tech For HD 3D

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‘DIGITAL SYNTHESIS’ TECH SYMPOSIUM FEATURES HD 3DSPEAKER LINEUP ANNOUNCEDRetuning to Santa Barbara, California for its biennial Tech Symposium,Digital Synthesis, the Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival is presenting a compelling lineup of speakers and premiere screenings. Participants will venture from deep sea to deep space in special High Definition 3D screenings featuring NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory’s Journey to Mars and selections from James Cameron’s Aliens of the Deep as well as...

AFI FEST 2004 Announces a Tribute to Almodóvar

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AFI FEST 2004 Announces Six Galas and a Tribute to Pedro Almodóvar!Los Angeles' longest-running film festival opens on November 4, 2004, with the US Premiere of BEYOND THE SEA, directed by and starring Kevin Spacey. The Centerpiece Gala will be THE MERCHANT OF VENICE, directed by Michael Radford. The Festival's Closing Night Gala on November 14, 2004, will be the US Premiere of THE SEA INSIDE, directed by Alejandro Amenábar. The other Gala Presentations are HOUSE OF FLYING DAGGERS, directed by...

Malibu winners

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Malibu Film Festival packed the Malibu Inn on Thursday Night for the Vermeer Awards Party for the 5th annual Malibu International Film Festival.Andy Dick awarded the Grand Jury Prize with the Pollywog Entertainment / Andy Dick Film Scholarship of $1000 at this Thursdays Vermeer Dutch Chocolate Cream Awards Party for the 5th annual Malibu Int'l Film Festival. Other presenters included Academy Award Winner, Martin Landau, who presented awards including the Best New Production Company Award to Poll...

Mount Shasta Festival unveills program of 20 films

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MOUNT SHASTA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL OFFERS EXCITING GETAWAY WEEKEND FOR FILM BUFFS AND OUTDOOR ENTHUSIASTSNorthern California and Southern Oregon movie buffs can look forward to viewing 20 wonderful films from eight countries along with an opportunity to enjoy spectacular outdoor adventures during the inaugural Mount Shasta International Film Festival. The festival, helmed by Founder/Director Jeffrey Winters, unspools the weekend of October 8th-10th at Coming Attractions Theatre in downtown...

San Sebastian live

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THE 52nd SAN SEBASTIAN FILM FESTIVALAs if to serve notice that this festival is solidly back on track in the "Big Time" the 52nd edition of this Basque Country autumn extravaganza opened with a bang on September 17 with a screening of Woody Allen's latest opus, "Melinda Melinda" and an opening night lifetime award presented to the American director who was here in person to accept the honor from the hands of Spanish super-star director, Pedro Almodovar.. Allen who is well known for his dislike ...

Gibson awarded producer of the year at Hollywood fest

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Academy Award-winning producer/director MEL GIBSON will receive the "Hollywood Producer of the Year Award"The Hollywood Film Festival's Board of Advisors, co-chaired by Paula Wagner, is proud to announce that this year's festival will honor Oscar(r) winning producer/director MEL GIBSON with its "Hollywood Producer of the Year Award."The award will be bestowed upon Mr. Gibson as part of the Hollywood Awards Gala Ceremony on Monday evening, October 18, at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.Other industry pr...

San Sebastian fest ambiance

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THE 52nd SAN SEBASTIAN FILM FESTIVALby Alex DeleonAs if to serve notice that this festival is solidly back in the "Big Time" the 52nd edition of this early autumn Basque Country extravaganza opened with a bang on September 17 with a screening of Woody Allen's latest opus, "Melinda Melinda" and an opening night lifetime award presented to the American director who was here in person to accept the honor. Allen who is well known for his dislike of festivals (the only one he condescends to visit up...

Chicago fest will open with Kinsey

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The 40th Chicago International Film Festival will kick it off with KINSEY,the new film by Bill Condon starring Liam Neeson, Laura Linney, Chris O'Donnell, Peter Sarsgaard, Timothy Hutton, John Lithgow, Tim Curry, Oliver Platt, Dylan Baker.Thursday, October 7th at the Chicago Theatre The film fresh from its Toronto VIACOM GALAS premiere is quite remarkable: a star-studded, glossy Hollywood film about Alfred Kinsey, a man who was once considered among the most dangerous figures in post-war America...

Record Numbers at Palm Springs Shorts

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Record Number of Shorts Heat Up At Palm Springs International of Shorts Film Festival "Wasp" Receives Best of Festival Award at Palm Springs International of Shorts Film Festival. Awards were given out in Palm Springs at the end of the largest and most respected short film festival in North America. The Palm Springs International Short Film Festival takes place during the heat of summer and heats up the competition of the short film format. What this does is set the base for shorts throughout...

Palm Springs Short Festival and Market open

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Palm Springs International Short Film Festival and Market opens with Award Winning Program The opening night for the 10th Annual Palm Springs International Short Film Festival was a successful tribute to the art of short films. Audiences enjoyed the cool theaters while out side the desert heat steamed up the competition in North America’s most prestigious short festival. With over 2000 entries over 300 films are set to screen this next week. A number of Cash and industry prizes will be awar...

Caleb Deschanel honoured at Hollywood Fest

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HOLLYWOOD FEST HONORS CALEB DESCHANEL AND CELEBRATES THE AMERICAN SOCIETY OFCINEMATOGRAPHERS' 85th ANNIVERSARY.Oscar(R)-nominated cinematographer Caleb Deschanel (ASC) will be this year's recipient of the "Hollywood CINEMATOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR Award." In addition, the American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) will mark its 85th anniversary at the Hollywood Film Festival, which takes place October 12 to 18 at the Arclight Cinemas in Hollywood."Mr. Deschanel is undoubtedly one of Hollywood's fine...

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