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Toronto Opens with World Premiere of Deepa Mehta’s WATER

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Toronto International Film Festival Opens with World Premiere of Deepa Mehta’s WATERToronto International Film Festival opening night was a triumph on September 8th with the premiere of Deepa Mehta’s dynamic film WATER. Finishing out her ode to the elements this is the final film in her trilogy, following FIRE (1996) and EARTH (1998). Mehta film brought a classic presents to the 30th anniversary of one on the largest film festivals in the world. Mehta’s element series FIRE and EARTH were...

30th Toronto will open with World Premiere of WATER

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Toronto International Film Festival will open with of World Premiere of WATERToronto International Film Festival is set to open on September 8th to the 17th, 2005. This will be the 30th anniversary of the top North American Film Festival and one of the most respected Festivals in the world. To date programmers have acquired to screen 11 world premieres, five international premieres, and nine North American premieres from 17 countries. Last years Festival was close to 350 films from over 50 count...

DIIFF wrapped in Dubrovnik, The Festivity Town

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DIFF, 3rd International Film Festival in Dubrovnik 2005The essential goal of DIFF Dubrovnik International Film Festival 2005, 25-29 of May, is independent film screening and among all, presentation of film talents. Even though, its only 3rd year of its existence, City of Dubrovnik is presenting the festival as the part of one cultural and historical festival summer events. Dubrovnik in Croatia is well known in world for its cultural and historical venues. Tradition and culture in this beautiful ...

Scorsese to attend Full Frame docu Film Festival

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Martin Scorsese To Attend 2005 Full Frame Documentary Film FestivalAcclaimed director Martin Scorsese plans to attend this year's Full Frame Documentary Film Festival in Durham, North Carolina, April 7-10, 2005.At Full Frame, Scorsese will lead a tribute to Italian documentary filmmaker Vittorio De Seta. The Sicilian master made nine short documentaries in the 1950s documenting Sicilian and Sardinian life in his distinctively poetic style. Full Frame will screen all nine short documentaries by D...

SUPER SIZE ME Gets Super Size Oscar Party

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SUPER SIZE ME the hit documentary by Morgan Spurlock is on it’s way to the Academy Awards with a Happy Meal Buzz. The box office delight from talented debut filmmaker Spurlock is nominated for Best Feature Documentary. This film captured the “Fast Food Generation” as Spurlock took his work on a serious path of self-destruction as a filmmaker. His goal was to eat only from the fast food chain food for a month. As a celebration to this highly regarded nomination a party will take place on O...

Multi-Award Winning RYAN Poised for Oscar© Victory

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To most, animation conjures an alternate realm of magic. In Oscar© -nominated animation RYAN, this realm of magic is incontestably dark. Rather than tripping through to a world of benign fantasy, we are plunged into the foreboding chamber of a haunted mind. That mind once led the hand of celebrated Canadian animator, Ryan Larkin. In the aptly titled RYAN, director Chris Landreth celebrates the work of this overlooked artist while examining the personal demons that led to his professional and pe...

Palm Springs Festival Opens with Coach Carter

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Palm Springs International Film Festival opened this week to rave reviews with COACH CARTER. On hand were stars Samuel L. Jackson and Director Thomas Carter as they walked the Red-Carpet at the Palm Springs High School Auditorium. The Festival now in its 16th year has one of the most dynamic programs to date as a majority of the Foreign Oscar contention films and Premiere events that will be screened throughout the 12-day Festival which runs from January 6th to the 17th, 2005.Definitely a pres...

Slamdance short film making challenge

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The 2005 Slamdance Film Festival (January 21-28, 2005 in Park City, Utah) announced its line up of short films today, including a new jury competition and a short film making challenge.Nearly five dozen short films will screen during the week-long festival in several categories. Short films will screen in special “Blocks” in the Gallery section: these free screenings will be in competition for the Spirit of Slamdance Audience Award. Short films screening before narrative and documentary feat...

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 ...

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...

Chicago Children's Fest awards

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Films Celebrating Friendship, Family and Tolerance Win Top Honorsat the 21st Chicago International Children’s Film Festival. The Chicago International Children’s Film Festival’s closing night awards ceremony, sponsored by American Airlines, was held Sunday, October 31st at the Vittum Theater, 1012 North Noble Street. “Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” star James Avery hosted the gala as hundreds of movie lovers gathered to celebrate the most popular films of the festival.The most anticipated a...

Frenchie Jaoui Look at me" opens the NY Festival

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JAOUI OPENS NEW YORK FILM FESTIVALThe 42nd edition of the New York Film Festival opened this past weekend, with one of its most diverse and anticipated slates in recent years. Featuring an exciting mix of the new works of acknowledged film masters and fresh discoveries, the Festival, presented by the Film Society of Lincoln Center, is generally acknowledged as the crown jewel of film events in a city that boasts more than 25 film festivals during the year. “It is the gold standard as far as Ne...

Cala My Dog gets 9 Chinese awards nominations

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CALA, MY DOG! Wins Five Chinese Film Media Awards For Celestial PicturesCala, My Dog!, won in five of the nine categories that the film was nominated at the 4th Annual Chinese Film Media Awards. The awards ceremony was held in Shenzhen, China on 25 April, 2004. The five awards Cala swept home for Celestial were:Best FilmBest Director: Lu XuechangBest Actor: Ge YouBest Supporting Actress: Li QinqinMost Popular Actor in the Mainland (Silver): Ge You A delighted William Pfeiffer, CEO of Celestial ...

Santa Barbara Latino CineMedia Fest program

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UCSB and community organizations announce the Inaugural Santa Barbara Latino CineMedia FestivalSUMMARY FACTS: • The Inaugural Santa Barbara Latino CineMedia Festival• A new film festival that celebrates the creativity and vision of Latin American, U.S. Latino and Native American filmmakers• Highlights include a special film-live performance of The Grey Automobile / El Automóvil Gris and a tribute to Mexican filmmakers Arturo Ripstein and Paz Alicia Garciadiego, Regents' L...

Full Frame docu fest awards

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The Full Frame Documentary Film Festival wrapped up its seventh year with record attendance resulting in sixteen sold-out screenings and events. The number of passes issued this year was 1520 compared to last year's 1000. Tickets also exceeded last year's totals. By Saturday evening, 12,495 tickets had been issued; at that point last year the festival had issued 11,670. As of Sunday's Award Barbecue, tickets issued climbed to 13,278 and, with the balance of Sunday's afternoon and evening scree...

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...

Billy Crystal Take 8

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Billy Crystal will host the Academy Awards for the eighth time this February 29 (CTV/ABC), he'll have his lucky charm in his pocket: his childhood's ttothbrush.Billy Crystal has created one of the most versatile and prolific careers in the entertainment industry, finding success in front of the camera, as a performer in film and television, and behind the scenes as a writer, director and producer.His family owned and operated the legendary Commodore label and record store, so Crystal grew up in ...

Oscar ceremony serves up a clean sweep and a long nap

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Oscar ceremony serves up a clean sweep and a long nap February 29, 2004Sean Penn picked the wrong year to attend the Oscars. Hollywood’s favorite rebel – and four-time best actor nominee – famously snubbed Academy Awards ceremonies in the past. Though he threatened, yet again, to bypass this year’s awards show, he turned up Sunday night in a sleek tux with wife Robin by his side. Penn went on to win the best actor gold for his Mystic River turn – but he also had to sit through one of t...

Cala My Dog receives 9 chinese nominations

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Celestial Pictures Receives Nine Nominations For Prestigious Chinese Media Film Media Award For CALA, MY DOG!Ever since the world premiere of Cala, My Dog! in May 2003, at the Berlin Film Festival, the Mainland-produced drama has gone on to win the phenomenal acclaim of critics and has touched the hearts of audiences worldwide. It has been announced that Cala, My Dog! has earned an outstanding nine 'Chinese Film Media Awards' nominations for Celestial Pictures. The 'Chinese Film Media Awards' ...

Oscar ceremony serves up a clean sweep and a long nap

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Sean Penn picked the wrong year to attend the Oscars. Hollywood’s favorite rebel – and four-time best actor nominee – famously snubbed Academy Awards ceremonies in the past. Though he threatened, yet again, to bypass this year’s awards show, he turned up Sunday night in a sleek tux with wife Robin by his side. Penn went on to win the best actor gold for his Mystic River turn – but he also had to sit through one of the most lackluster awards ceremonies in years.Billy Crystal’s cracked...

Oscar ceremony serves up a clean sweep and a long nap

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Sean Penn picked the wrong year to attend the Oscars. Hollywood’s favorite rebel – and four-time best actor nominee – famously snubbed Academy Awards ceremonies in the past. Though he threatened, yet again, to bypass this year’s awards show, he turned up Sunday night in a sleek tux with wife Robin by his side. Penn went on to win the best actor gold for his Mystic River turn – but he also had to sit through one of the most lackluster awards ceremonies in years.Billy Crystal’s cracked...

Billy Crystal - Oscar host - Take 8

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Billy Crystal will host the Academy Awards for the eighth time this February 29 (CTV/ABC), he'll have his lucky charm in his pocket: his childhood's ttothbrush.Billy Crystal has created one of the most versatile and prolific careers in the entertainment industry, finding success in front of the camera, as a performer in film and television, and behind the scenes as a writer, director and producer.His family owned and operated the legendary Commodore label and record store, so Crystal grew up in ...

An Oscar night in Cleveland

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OHIO INDIE AWARDS JOIN THE OFFICIAL OSCAR NIGHT(R) PARTY IN CLEVELANDThe official presentation of Independent Pictures' Ohio Indie Awards, presented to the winning films from the 2003 Ohio Independent Film Festival, will add to the festivities at Cleveland's own Academy-sanctioned Oscar Night(R) Americaparty. The Cleveland party is one of 46 official parties that will be held across the country when the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences stages its 76th Academy Awards(R) Presentation on...

Fitzroy shorts "it doesn’t matter that it’s short as long as it fitz"

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FITZROY SHORTS March 3rd"it doesn’t matter that it’s short as long as it fitz.."This month features short doco Cut Outs about the current stencil art boom in Melbourne by Cassandra Bakic and Tropfest Best Film award winner Emma Freeman’s new short film Mittens which was pre- selected for the Academy Awards in 2003 …and one to surprise us all is the hilarious mocumentary Stunt C*ck’s all the way from the U.S, featuring Lou Diamond Phillips and real life porn star Ron Jeremy (and no it...

HIFF fest director shopping film in Berlin

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HAWAII INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR RETURNS FROM IRAN AND BERLIN FILM FESTIVALS WITH NEW FILMSChuck Boller, Executive Director of HIFF, secures new films from Iran and Berlin film festivalsChuck Boller, Executive Director for the Louis Vuitton Hawaii International Film Festival just returned from two major film festivals, Fajr International Film Festival held in Iran and the Berlin International Film Festival held in Germany. “Our focus at the Louis Vuitton Hawaii Internation...
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