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HIGHLIGHTS FREE OUTDOOR SCREENINGS PROGRAM AT MONTRÉAL WORLD FILM FESTIVALSA cornucopia of acclaimed movies from Canada and around the globe will be screened free-of-charge nightly during the 12-day run of the 28th Montréal World Film Festival, August 26 – September 6.The Cinema Under The Stars program, presented by Loto-Québec in association with the MWFF, will feature two hit films each night starting at 8:30 pm on the Esplanade of Place des Arts, Sainte-Catherine at Jeanne Mance. Only on...

8th InFACT™ Theatrical Documentary Showcase in Wyoming

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The Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival, in partnership with Jackson Hole Cinemas and the International Documentary Association (IDA), is bringing the Eighth Annual InFACT™ Theatrical Documentary Showcase to Jackson, Wyoming this fall. Jackson Hole Cinemas owner, Frank Londy said, "I can think of no time when the importance of documentary films has been more apparent. Seeing a powerful, personal film about a subject near to the heart of the documentarian filmmaker on the movie screen has trem...

Altman, Sayles join Imagine Festival

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ALTMAN, SAYLES, FILMMAKERS JOIN IMAGINE FESTIVAL,MASSIVE CITYWIDE ARTS FESTIVAL SET FOR GOP CONVENTION WEEKHistoric Imagine Festival of Arts, Issues & IdeasTo Present Highly Charged Film SeriesRobert Altman, John Sayles, Jehane Noujaim and a host of powerhouse filmmakers will take part in an extraordinary, highly charged film series that is the newest addition to the massive Imagine Festival of Arts, Issues & Ideas, set for the week of the Republican National Convention, organizers announced tod...

Hollywood fest announces its craft winners

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HOLLYWOOD FEST ANNOUNCES CRAFT KUDOS WINNERSRecipients to be feted at Hollywood Awards GalaThe Hollywood Film Festival announces honorees who will be recognized for their outstanding achievements at the festival's Hollywood Awards Gala Ceremony, which will take place on October 18, 2004, at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills.Academy-nominated editor Sally Menke will receive the "Hollywood Editor of the Year Award," Academy Award-winning visual effects artist John Dykstra will receive the ...

Rita Moreno homage from LALIFF

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GABI RECIPIENT RETROSPECTIVE: RITA MORENO (Retrospectiva Premio Gabi: Rita Moreno)Each year the Festival honors an artist’s career and contribution to cinema with the “Gabi”, Gabriel Figueroa Lifetime Achievement Award. This award is the heart and soul of the Festival and has been bestowed in the past to Raúl Julia, Carlos Saura, María Félix, Anthony Quinn, Nelson Pereira dos Santos, Federico Luppi and of course, Gabriel Figueroa. This year, in its eight edition, LOS ANGELES LATINO INTE...

If you missed Dubrovnik Fest awards...

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The Dubrovnik International Film Festival (DIFF) (www.DUBROVNIKiff.org) completed its second annual festival on May 30, 2004 in the beautiful Marin Drzic Theater in the heart of Dubrovnik. Awards were presented on closing night to films in competition in five categories: Best Feature Film, Best Director,Best Screenplay, Best Documentary Film and Best Short Film.The honor for Best Feature Film was bestowed upon SILENCE OF THE SEA(Iran), which tells the story of an Iranian man’s desire to return...

Bollywood meets Hollywood

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BOLLYWOOD MEETS HOLLYWOOD AT THIS FUSION FEST OF EAST AND WESTNamed “the nation’s premier South Asian Arts Festival” by Asian WeekArtWallah 2004, Fifth Annual Festival of the South Asian Diaspora July 8 - 11, 2004Over 80 artists from across the US, Canada and England will be presenting experimental and innovative works through dance, music, film, theater, stand-up comedy, literature, visual arts, interactive workshops and panels.HIGHLIGHTS INCLUDE:FILM: Nisha Ganatra, director of Chutney P...

Alan Parker heads Moscow Jury

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Moscow festival jury members:MAIN COMPETITIONAlan PARKER — Chairman, director (United Kingdom) Jerzy STUHR — actor, director (Poland) Boris AKUNIN — author (Russia) Armen MEDVEDEV — film critic, film producer (Russia) Barbara SUKOWA — actress (Germany) Humbert BALSAN — film producer (France) COMPETITION PERSPECTIVESAlexei UCHITEL — Chairman, director, producer (Russia) Diana DUMBRAVA — actress (Romania) Stefan LAUDYN — festival director (Pola...

ILM' s Ben Snow to speak at AEAF

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Following the phenomenal success of both The Mummy and The Mummy Returns, writer/director Stephen Sommers, has returned to the multiplexes with a movie that reinvents the classic movie monsters: Dracula, the Wolfman and Frankenstein. The $US170 million action blockbuster Van Helsing, starring Australian actors Hugh Jackman and David Wenham, also boasts some strong Australian talent behind the scenes.Industrial Light & Magic’s Ben Snow one of the visual effects supervisors responsible for creat...

Short Shorts Fest recognised by the Academy

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The Short Shorts Film Festival, Japan's largest arena for short film, now joins the ranks of Cannes, Venice and Toronto as an Academy-recognized film festival for short films. Beginning this June, the film receiving the Short Shorts Film Festival Committee Award will be eligible for nomination for an Academy Award."This is a great honor for Short Shorts," said Short Shorts co-founder Douglas Williams. "And a great opportunity for the filmmakers participatingin our festival. With over 1500 hund...

Donnie Darko director's cut premieres at Seattle Fest

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NEWMARKET FILMS SET TO RELEASE "DIRECTOR'S CUT" OF RICHARD KELLY'S CULT FAVORITE DONNIE DARKO Film to Premiere at 2004 Seattle Film Festival on May 29th, 2004 LOS ANGELES - Newmarket Films, the distribution arm ofthe Newmarket Entertainment group of companies, will premiere the director's cut of Richard Kelly's critical and cult favorite Donnie Darko at the Seattle Film Festival on May 29th, it was announced today jointly by Newmarket Films' partners William Tyrer, Chris Ball and Bob Berney.Wri...

Honorary Foreign Film Student Oscar nomination

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FRAGILE by Sikander Goldau nominated for Honorary Foreign Film Student OscarAcademy AwardAMPAS (Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences) has selected five films from 39 entries coming from 23 countries. The winner of the Honorary Foreign Film Student Oscar Academy Award automatically qualifies for participation in the OSCAR competition for the best short film. The short fiction film FRAGILE by Sikander Goldau – student at the Academy of Television & Film Munich (HFF/M) - was produced by Sc...

Eric Leven profiles Starship Troopers 2 visuals FX

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Starship Troopers 2 blasts into Melbourne Digital Media Festival Lock and Load! The alien bugs are back in STARSHIP TROOPERS 2: HERO OF THE FEDERATION, the much-anticipated sequel to Paul Verhoeven’s cult-classic 1997 hit Starship Troopers. Marking the directorial debut of Academy Award-winning visual effects supervisor Phil Tippett (who worked on VFX for the original Starship Troopers in addition to other high-profile films such as Return of the Jedi and Jurassic Park), STARSHIP TROOPERS 2: H...

Newport Beach kicks off

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NEWPORT BEACH FILM FESTIVAL HAS KICKED OFFApril 15 –25, 2004http://www.newportbeachfilmfest.comThe Newport Beach Film Festival will spotlight over 350 films from around the world including features, shorts, documentaries, and animation that will compete for a series of awards including Jury Awards and Audience Awards. In addition to film screenings, the Festival will host several premiere galas, yacht parties, and question and answer sessions with filmmakers. The Festival runs from April 15th ...

San Francisco Film Festival opening night

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47th San Francisco International Film Festival (April 15-29) April 15th is tax day. But all the stress of income tax preparations and payments evaporated when the rousing theme song from San Francisco, the 1936 movie starring Jeannette MacDonald and Clark Gable, blasted from the pipes of the Castro Theatre’s Mighty Wurlitzer organ. Everyone in the 1400-seat movie palace clapped along. As Wu-Tang Clan producer and Kill Bill composer RZA proclaimed about the 1922 historic landmark: ...

Yair Landau to chair Israel Film Festival anniversary

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ISRAEL FILM FESTIVAL CELEBRATES 20 YEARS OF SHOWCASING THE BEST IN ISRAELI CINEMAYair Landau, Vice Chairman of Sony Pictures Entertainment, will serve as the Chairman of the 20th Anniversary of the Israel Film Festival. The Honorary Co-Chairman is Arnon Milchan.Jason Alexander to Host Gala Kick-Off With Award Presentations to Gale Anne Hurd, Norman Jewison, Arthur Hiller and Israeli Filmmaker Eitan EvanOpening Night Film “Nina’s Tragedies” Will Premiere at the Academy of Motion Picture A...

Hower Shore scores double

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The Canadian composer Howard Shore has won two Oscars for The Lord of the Rings - The Return of the King at the 76st Annual Academy Awards ceremony last night. On April 16th Howard Shore will conduct his Lord of the Rings symphony in six movements in the Antwerp sportpaleis.Howard Shore was awarded two times at the 76th Oscar ceremony: best original song Into the West, performed by Annie Lennox and best original score. Earlier this year, Shore won two Golden Globes for the same categories. The L...

Oscar award not allowed to board plane

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Academy Award Winner and Her Friend Oscar Not Allowed to Board PlaneRecent Academy Award Winner and Durango Film Festival Winner Maryann DeLeo and her Oscar Award tried to leave Durango early this morning. La Plata County Airport officials had different plans though for DeLeo's friend Oscar. Officials felt that Oscar could have been used as a weapon in flight and would not allow DeLeo and Oscar to board. After some careful packaging and long discussion DeLeo and Oscar were allowed to board th...

Hawaii Festival Spring Fling will feature 21 films

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For Immediate Release Contact: Chris DacusMarch 11, 2004 Email: media@hiff.orgHAWAII INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL SPRING FLING PRESENTED BY COMMERCIAL DATA SYSTEMS SHOWCASES 21 EMERGING INDEPENDENT FILMSFilm Festival offers movie buffs a wide diversity of 21 films from 13 countriesHONOLULU –The Hawaii International Film Festival (HIFF) is proud to present its 7th annual SPRING FLING presented by COMMERCIAL DATA SYSTEMS, a showcase of new, emerging cinema to kick off the New Year. Signature Do...

Laws of Attraction closing San Fransisco SFIFF

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The 47th San Francisco International Film Festival (April 15–29) is set to close on Thursday, April 29, 7 pm, at the historic Castro Theatre with Peter Howitt’s LAWS OF ATTRACTION. A humorous depiction of two warring lawyers who fall for each other, the film stars Pierce Brosnan, Julianne Moore and Parker Posey.Divorce attorneys Audrey and Daniel have seen love gone wrong in all its worst case scenarios. So, how bad could their chances be? Academy Award nominee Julianne Moore and Pierce Bro...

Durango Fest line up

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Fourth Annual Durango Film Festival Slated for March 6-14This year's fourth annual Durango Film Festival, March 6-14 in historic downtown Durango will feature local and international independent features, documentaries, animation, short films, regional films and children's films, including 33 World Premiers.Gus Van Sant's Elephant, the winner of the prestigious Palme d' Or and Best Director Award at the 2003 Cannes Film Festival will be shown as well as the winner of the Documentary Audience Awa...

Howard Shore wins two Oscars

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The Canadian composer Howard Shore has won two Oscars for The Lord of the Rings - The Return of the King at the 76st Annual Academy Awards ceremony last night. On April 16th Howard Shore will conduct his Lord of the Rings symphony in six movements in the Antwerp sportpaleis.Howard Shore was awarded two times at the 76th Oscar ceremony: best original song Into the West, performed by Annie Lennox and best original score. Earlier this year, Shore won two Golden Globes for the same categories. The L...

Digital Days SBIFF awards winners

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DIGITAL DAYS 2004 TEEN FILMMAKER AWARDS ANNOUNCEDRichard Corwin and Gretchen Miller, producers of Digital Days 2004 at the 19th Annual Santa Barbara International Film Festival, announced the winners for the Teen Filmmaker program as:* Amanda Weiss, "Someone's Rocking My Dreamboat," Cal Arts, Valencia, CA* Cole Sanchez, "Fridge," Rancho Marrieta, CA* Carolyn Chrisman, "Ascension Rites," Anacapa School, Santa Barbara, CA * Austin Madison, "Boy Meets Rex," Sacramento, CA* Daniel Howard, "Jai Yen-C...

Weinstein Likes Evil

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Miramax co-chair Harvey Weinstein who was at the Berlinale for the opening film Cold Mountain said he was impressed by Swedish director Mikael Håfström, enjoyed the visual style in Evil and what the young director got out of his actors. He recently spent time speaking with Håfström while on a visit to Sweden to promote Cold Mountain. Evil is one of the nominated best foreign language films for an Academy Award. When Håfström is in Hollywood later this month he will be speaking with prod...

Charlize Theron Speaks Out Against Death Penalty

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South African actress Charlize Theron criticized the death penalty after the international premiere of Patty Jenkin's Monster on Sunday, February 9. The film is included in the official selection for the Golden Bear at the 54th Berlinale. Theron who has won a best actress award at the Golden Globes and nominated for an Academy Award for best actress, plays Aileen Wuornos, a homeless prostitute who killed seven men who paid her for sexual services. Wuornos claims the first murder was in self defe...

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