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Seymour Cassel lends his name to new festival award at the Oldenburg Film Festival

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Independent icon Seymour Cassel lends his name to new festival award.    There is hardly an actor who better embodies the passion and love for independent cinema than American performer Seymour Cassel. For more than 50 years he has been working in front of the camera and is revered for his work with John Cassavetes while being THE face of independent cinema. Sam Peckinpah, Don Siege, Kenn Russell and Alender Rockwell or Wes Anderson have used his luminous qualities. For his performan...

FAFF 17, It’s A Shame ...

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          Author Film Festival FAF 2011 opened Israeli film director Eran Kolirin whose film Replacement hits the direct competition program of festival this year and is known as the award-winning author of film couple years back The Band's Visit. Author Film Festival FAF in Belgrade, Serbia, 30-5th of December began with the film Shame directed the British director and visual artist Steve McQueen. McQueen’s film Shame awarded at the b...

''The Tree Of Life'' to open Zabaltegi-Pearls Section of San Sebastian International Film Festival

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''The Tree Of Life'', Golden Palm at Cannes Festival, and ''Nader and Simin: A Separation'', Golden Bear at Berlin, in the Zabaltegi-Pearls Section of San Sebastian International Film Festival A selection of some of the finest films screened this year at important international film festivals will be presented in the Zabaltegi-Pearls section at the 59th edition of San Sebastian International Film Festival starting Sep.16th with The Tree of life. Here we list the first films selected to com...

Krakow’s film celebration underway!

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Today is the beginning of the 4th edition of Poland’s biggest independent film festival – OFF PLUS CAMERA. The program includes multiple meetings with the stars of cinema, workshops, discussion panels, new sections and contests.  Many movie personalities accepted our invitation: one of the most famous Hindu actors – Amitabh Bachchan, versatile Polish artist Lech Majewski, Australian director and screenwriter Peter Weir, Richard Jenkins, actor with an impressive filmography, as well as th...

New York: 2010 Margret Mead Film & Video Festival

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The 34th edition of the M. Mead Film Festival presented 38 selections from November 11 to 14 at the American Museum of Natural History, its principal sponsor. This festival is the oldest documentary film festival in the United States and includes outstanding and innovative productions covering animation, experimental approaches, in addition to archival material and restored films with a large number not shown before in the New York metropolitan area. Transcending the strict ethnographic film a...

ŚOLIDARNOSC = It is ALREADY 30 Years ~ KINOPOLSKA Polish Film Festival in PARIS

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Yikes, can it already be 30 years since Lech Walesa successfully led the Polish freedom movement, Solidarnosc, against the repressive Communist Regime and paved the way to liberty in the other Central and Eastern European satellite countries* This year’s edition of the KINOPOLSKA festival paid tribute the 30th anniversary of the historic Solidarity movement.        The  KINOPOLSKA Festival  promotes contemporary Polish cinema, and this year,  celebrated the ...

49e Semaine de la Critique: Prize List

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The following is the Prize List for 49e Semaine de la Critique held at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival: Feature Film Grand Prize Semaine de la Critique Jury: Attributed by the International Press (journalists and film critics are invited to vote after each screening). ARMADILLO Janus Metz SACD Prize Jury : Jacques Fansten, Laurent Heynemann, Gérard Krawczyk, Eric Kristy, Benjamin Legrand , Bertrand Tavernier (SACD). BI, DUNG SO! (BI DON’T BE AFRAID!) Phan Dang Di ACI...

A rash of deals announced from Sundance, at last.

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As the Sundance Film Festival shifts into its final weekend, with awards being announced on Saturday evening, several distribution deals have been announced. While the horde of film executives left the Festival in the past 48 hours, a rash of deals have been announced, with more expected in the days and weeks ahead. The heyday of when films were bought in the opening hours of the Festival are long gone, due to the difficult distribution landscape and the smaller number of active distribution buy...

NEWSLETTER N° 450: January 27, 2010

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.............WELCOME TO OUR NEWSLETTER N° 450: January 27, 2010 Follow this LINK if you cannot read the newsletter properly Contact the Editor, Advertise on the sites. Our newsletter reaches 77 000 film professionnals every week. COMING SOON THE NEXT FESTIVAL DAILIES ON FEST21.COM We follow 4 000 festivals for you. Stay tuned for Sundance, Berlin.... ___________________________________________________...

Sundance Begins With A Howl

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More than 50 years after its initial publication, the tone poem HOWL is still a shocking bit of humanism, a cry for tolerance and a yell for individual self-expression. The poem's author, the beat poet Allen Ginsberg, remained a controversial figure his entire life. The impact of this envelope-pushing literary classic and the bohemian philosopher who was its inspiration make for an appropriate opening night for this year's Sundance Film Festival, the mecca of independent and international cinema...

Sundance Sightings 1

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Robert Redford, Sundance Founder               John Cooper, Sundance Festival Director                 Brendan Hill, HESHER               Joseph Gordon Levitt, HESHER             Paris Hilton,...

The Global Film Village: Celebrity Tweetup for Haiti During Sundance Film Festival

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by Marla LewinIn response to the powerful earthquake that has devastated the island of Haiti, the “Tweet House” in Park City during the 2010 Sundance Film Festival, is offering a virtual and physical event called “The Celebrity Tweetup for Haiti”. The Tweetup will be held at The Tweet House, located at the SHOP Yoga Studio in Park City, Utah on Saturday, January 23rd from 5 to 7pm.Actor LeVar Burton, best known for his role in Star Trek: The Next Generation and co-host of the Tweetup sa...

Celtic Media Festival unveils Awards shortlist

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The shortlists have been announced for the Bronze Torc Awards for Excellence at the 31st annual Celtic Media Festival.  The awards celebrate the very best of film, television, radio and digital media to emerge from within the Celtic diaspora. 78 productions and companies have been shortlisted across the 21 award categories, with 26 entries each from Scotland, Wales and Ireland.  As always, Celtic languages feature prominently across all categories with all of the factual e...

Quentin Tarantino will open the Zabaltegi-Pearls section with Inglourious Basterds

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Also coming are new films by Woody Allen, Ang Lee, Jim Jarmusch, Bahman Ghobadi, Bong Joon-ho and Johnnie To, among other directors. North American director Quentin Tarantino will open the Zabaltegi-Pearls section with his latest movie. Inglourious Basterds. This film, winner of the Best Actor Award for Christoph Waltz at Cannes, will be screened on the first day of the 57th edition on Friday, 18 September. Zabaltegi-Pearls, the showcase for movies feted at the big int...

Film Selection for Karlovy Vary 2009 Festival

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The Karlovy Vary IFF (July 3 - 11, 2009) presents over 220 feature films from all over the world every year. Apart from the films in the special retrospectives, most of the films are screened in the Czech Republic each year for the first time, many of them in their world, international or European premiere as well. This year again, the audience will have chance to see interesting retrospectives and focuses apart from the traditional program sections. Official Selection - Competition ...

Film Selection for Karlovy Vary 2009

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The Karlovy Vary IFF (July 3 - 11, 2009) presents over 220 feature films from all over the world every year. Apart from the films in the special retrospectives, most of the films are screened in the Czech Republic each year for the first time, many of them in their world, international or European premiere as well. This year again, the audience will have chance to see interesting retrospectives and focuses apart from the traditional program sections.Official Selection - CompetitionThe exceptiona...

Film and Television Forum announces 4 full days of seminars

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The VIFF's 23rd Annual Film and Television Forum announces four full days of seminars, workshops and master classes scheduled for presentation at the Vancouver International Film Centre and Vancity Theatre from September 24-27 inclusive. From the creators of groundbreaking dramatic and reality-based series, and from Oscar-winning cinematographers to international buyers and commissioning editors, the Forum hosts the very best of filmmakers from around the world.Following on last year's successfu...

New York’s Asbury Shorts ,

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Asbury Shorts , New York’s longest running annual exhibition of award winning independent short films, will present “A Evening of the World’s Best Short Films” on Saturday August 23rd @ 7:30pm in the historic Paramount Theater, on the boardwalk, in Asbury Park, New Jersey. The fast-paced program will feature 2 short films by Jason Reitman, an Academy Award Nominee earlier this year for directing the mega hit feature film “JUNO.” Tickets cost $12 and will be sold as general admission...

NEWSLETTER N° 342: December 5, 2007

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FESTIVALS AGENDA SUBMISSION CALENDARS Festivals calling for your films... This week, this month... BABELGUM ONLINE FILM FESTIVAL Submit by February 15, 2008 Join the competition now to enter your film for the Babelgum Online Film Festival competition awards. Spike Lee chairs a ju...

Sundance Festival has announced the line-up of films

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Sundance Institute announced today the line-up of films selected from a record number of submissions for the U.S. and World Cinema Dramatic and Documentary Competitions for the 2008 Sundance Film Festival. The premier showcase for the best new work by American and international independent filmmakers, Sundance Film Festival provides audiences with abundant opportunities to discover today's most innovative films. In addition to the four Competition categories, the Festival presents films i...

Sundance Festival has announced the line-up of films

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Sundance Institute announced today the line-up of films selected from a record number of submissions for the U.S. and World Cinema Dramatic and Documentary Competitions for the 2008 Sundance Film Festival. The premier showcase for the best new work by American and international independent filmmakers, Sundance Film Festival provides audiences with abundant opportunities to discover today's most innovative films. In addition to the four Competition categories, the Festival presents films in five ...

Sundance Festival has announced the line-up of films

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Sundance Institute announced today the line-up of films selected from a record number of submissions for the U.S. and World Cinema Dramatic and Documentary Competitions for the 2008 Sundance Film Festival. The premier showcase for the best new work by American and international independent filmmakers, Sundance Film Festival provides audiences with abundant opportunities to discover today's most innovative films. In addition to the four Competition categories, the Festival presents films in five ...

Nanking '37 at Seattle '07 Shocking reconstruction of the rape of a city

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Directed in tandem by Bill Gutenburg and Dan Sturman, "NANKING" (USA 2007, RT, 91 minutes, in Mandarin, English and Japanese) is a startling and shocking reconstruction of a gigantic atrocity perpetrated by the Japanese army in China nearly 70 years ago, but presented in part by leading actors as if it were taking place today. The result, graphically depicting the sack and destruction of the city along with the indiscriminate bestial massacre of just about the entire civilian population, is a p...

Cyprus Festival program completed for second year

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Cyprus Island is starring again for the 2nd international and independent annual film festival CIFF, which will take place, from 12 until 19 April 2007. Big success in a row!After the successeful last year organisation, 600 films were submitted from 50 countries by filmmakers from Greece, Cyprus and all over the world to the programming office in order to participate in CIFF 2007 official program.The above-mentioned festival stands in the line of Cannes Festival, but also with reference to Sund...

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