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2013 Sundance Film Festival Announces Films in U.S. and World Competitions, NEXT

Sundance Institute announced today the films selected for the U.S. and World Cinema Dramatic and Documentary Competitions and the out-of-competition NEXT <=> section of the 2013 Sundance Film Festival, January 17-27 in Park City, Salt Lake City, Ogden and Sundance, Utah. Robert Redford, President & Founder of Sundance Institute said, “Every great film starts with an idea, and it is a testament to artists that they continually find new ideas, new stories, new points of view and...

Sundance Juries

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 Sundance Institute announced today 19 members of five juries awarding prizes at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival, January 17-27 in Park City, Salt Lake City, Ogden and Sundance, Utah. Short Film Awards will be announced at a ceremony on January 22 at Park City’s Jupiter Bowl, with feature film awards announced at a separate ceremony on January 26.   Members of the Alfred P. Sloan Jury will be announced in January. U.S. DOCUMENTARY JURY Liz Garbus Academy Award® nominated...

Masterclass with Frank Darabont ...and more at the Zurich Film Festival

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The Zurich Film Festival (ZFF) announced today the revered group of industry professionals that will headline the Festival’s signature Master Class series. 2012 ZFF Master Class instructors include: ●          Three-time Academy Award® nominated writer, producer and director Frank Darabont ("The Green Mile,” “The Shawshank Redemption,” “The Walking Dead”) ●          Two-time Academy Award® nominated producer Michael Shamberg (“Pulp Fiction...

Award winning Kashmiri film to open 20th Filmfest Hamburg

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Award winning Kashmiri film to open 20th Filmfest Hamburg The 20th edition of Filmfest Hamburg has announced its opening movie:an award winning Indo-American co-production which is set in Kashmir. The red carpet will be rolled out at the port city's CinemaxX Dammtor next month for the screening of "Valley of Saints" in the presence of its  New York-based director Musa Sayeed and Hamburg’s mayor Olaf Scholz. Also lined up to attend are the film's producer Nicholas Bruckma...

Ted Hope appointed Executive Director of San Francisco Film Society

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Ted Hope, one of the film industry’s most respected and prolific figures, has been named executive director of the San Francisco Film Society (SFFS), effective September 1, 2012. In a surprise move, the veteran film producer and one of the most influential individuals in independent film will embark upon a new chapter in his professional life, leaving New York City, where he produced independent films through his companies Good Machine, This is that corporation and Double Hope Films, t...

Spike Lee winner of the Jaeger-LeCoultre 2012 award in Venice

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American filmmaker Spike Lee is the winner of the Jaeger-LeCoultre Glory to the Filmmaker 2012 award of the Venice International Film Festival   The Biennale di Venezia and Jaeger-LeCoultre announce that the great American director, screenwriter, actor and producer Spike Lee has been awarded the Jaeger-LeCoultre Glory to the Filmmaker 2012 award of the Venice International Film Festival, dedicated a personality who has brought great innovation to contemporary cinema.   The Direc...

Christopher Nolan and Emma Thomas at Produced by 2012

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Christopher Nolan & Emma Thomas were humble and introspective in front of the eager audience at as they opened Produced by 2012 last weekend. Nolan and Thomas worked together in England before bringing their first film Following to the US in 1998, at a time in the US when there was a "movement of cheap films that secured distribution through the festival circuit." They submitted it to the Sundance Film Festival, didn't make it, but there met a programmer from the San Francisco In...

East End Film Festival line up

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The EAST END FILM FESTIVAL has announced its full programme, revealing a line up of 75 feature films and dozens of live, immersive events for 3rd – 8th July. Flying the flag for British cinema, celebrating the Olympics; championing cinematic portrayals of activist culture from the Arab Spring to LGBT rights movements; and offering a line up of the brave, the bold and uncategorisable, the EEFF returns in its eleventh year for what will be its most vital edition to date… EEFF 2012...

Interview with TRIBECA director Geoff Gilmore

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    Geoffrey Gilmore joined Tribeca Enterprises in 2009 as Chief Creative Officer. He is responsible for Tribeca's global content strategy and leads creative development initiatives and expansion of the brand. He was before in charge of the Sundance Film Festival.  Under his direction the Tribeca Film Festival has become the most important market oriented U.S. film festival serving commercial and artistic interests. Running from April 18 and through April 29, 2012 the Festival pro...

The first-ever Sundance London film and music festival came to a close

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  The first-ever Sundance London film and music festival came to a close last night, capping off four days of film screenings and music performances hosted by Robert Redford, Sundance Enterprises, Sundance Institute and AEG Europe, with the support of Presenting Partner Sony Entertainment Network. The festival closed with an intimate performance by Rufus and Martha Wainwright following the World Premiere of Sing Me The Songs That Say I Love You ~ A Concert for Kate McGarrigle, Lian Lunson...

WorldView and Sundance Institute to Present New Awards at Sundance London

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  Sundance Institute and WorldView today announced that they will jointly present awards to four films that focus on social justice issues in the developing world: Street Girls by Katie Mark; FARMING by Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje; My Brother the Devil by Sally El Hosaini; and Valley of Saints by Musa Syeed. Each award is accompanied by a £5,000 or £10,000 grant, and the Documentary Development Award for Street Girls is enhanced with professional access to film mentorship from Je...

Short Film Competition winners at the first-ever Sundance London film and music festival

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  Film by Daniel Lumb and Crinan Campbell from north London to screen at Sundance London London, 20 April 2012 - Extranjero, a five-minute film from Daniel Lumb and Crinan Campbell, was announced today as the winner of the Short Film Competition at the first-ever Sundance London film and music festival, 26-29 April at The O2. The film will screen as part of the official Short Film programme at the festival and is available for immediate viewing at http://competition.sundance-london.co...

Short Film Competition winners at the first-ever Sundance London film and music festival

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Film by Daniel Lumb and Crinan Campbell from north London to screen at Sundance London London, 20 April 2012 - Extranjero, a five-minute film from Daniel Lumb and Crinan Campbell, was announced today as the winner of the Short Film Competition at the first-ever Sundance London film and music festival, 26-29 April at The O2. The film will screen as part of the official Short Film programme at the festival and is available for immediate viewing at http://competition.sundance-london.com/wi...

Robert Redford to introduce film about the environmental work of HRH The Prince of Wales

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Sundance Institute and The O2 announced today the programme of Special Events and panels that will take place at the inaugural Sundance London film and music festival, from 26-29 April at The O2. These events and panels were programmed by Sundance Institute, which annually hosts the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah - the premier independent film festival in the United States.   Among the Special Events announced today are: ‘Rufus and Martha Wainwright sing Kate McGar...

Inaugural Sundance London unveils program of 14 films that premiered in Park City

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  Sundance Institute and The O2 announced today the programme of 14 narrative and documentary feature films that will make their UK premieres at the inaugural Sundance London festival, taking place at The O2 from 26-29 April. These films premiered in January at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah – the premier independent film festival in the United States.  “I welcome the opportunity to see how people in the UK experience these films,” said Robert ...

Anaheim Film Festival & Media Arts Expo Set to Unspool in the Fall

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Art and Commerce converge in Anaheim’s premier all in one entertainment content festival and marketplace, November 14-18, 2012 Entertainment content creators, buyers and Industry leaders expected to converge in Anaheim’s newest global marketplace for Film, Television, Music, Digital and Media Arts related industries.Jo Moulton, Executive Director of the Anaheim Film Arts Society today announced the Inaugural Anaheim Film Festival & Media Arts Expo (“AFFMAX”) is set to open November 14-1...

Tribute to Todd Solondz

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The 18th Sarajevo Film Festival (6-14 July 2012) will proudly present the Tribute to Todd Solondz. This exceptional US filmmaker will be joining us in Sarajevo to present to our viewers a selection of his impressive opus that earned him a place among the most renowned directors and writers of today. Solondz has been critically acclaimed for his examination of the "dark underbelly of middle class American suburbia", a reflection of his own background in New Jersey.  ...

Tropfest has staged the first ever Tropfest ‘Roughcuts’, with film industry heavyweights such as Oscar winner Geoffrey Rush

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  A DAY OF FILM INSIGHT FOR ROUGH BUFFS                                                                                                                                                 Tropfest in collaboration with Screen NSW has staged the first ever Tropfest ‘Roughcuts’, with film industry heavyweights such as Oscar winner Geoffrey Rush, and seas...

Mathew Modine joins the Jury for the Best First Feature in Berlinale

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The Berlinale has been even more committed to supporting the next generation of film makers since 2006, when it introduced the Best First Feature Award. The award is endowed with 50,000 Euros, donated by the GWFF (Gesellschaft zur Wahrnehmung von Film- und Fernsehrecht), a society dedicated to safeguarding film and television rights. The prize money is to be split between the producer and the director of the winning film. Additionally, the director will be awarded with a high-quali...

Sundance Audience Favorites

  THE SURROGATE (Ben Lewin, USA) Perhaps even more of an indicator of a film’s eventual commercial career is the Audience Awards given at the Sundance Film Festival because they point to an enthusiasm by the public. Distributors who may be wary of taking on certain titles can look to these prize winners for an early indication of how they will be received by audiences. In the U.S. Documentary Competition, the audience favorite announced at Saturday’s closing awa...

John Cooper: Indie Innovator

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  It is probably safe to say that John Cooper, the Director of the Sundance Film Festival, dreams in 24 frames per second. He has said in various interviews over the years that film has been part of his DNA going way back to childhood, although his first immersion in the arts was in live theater, ranging from performance to design. He spent the obligatory years in New York City, the center of live performing arts, but in 1989, by chance (or fate), he volunteered at the Sundance Institute...

Sony Classics Takes Two

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  Sony Pictures Classics has taken the rights to two high profile films at the Sundance Film Festival. The company started off the sales stampede last week with the acquisition of the musical documentary SEARCHING FOR SUGARMAN. The film, a Swedish/UK co-production directed by Malik Bendjelloul, tells the tale of Rodriguez, a 1970s rock n roller who quickly fell out of favor and died, but was rediscovered by avid fans in South Africa. The film follows two South African fans who go on a jo...

Scandinavian Invasion Of Sundance

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  TEDDY BEAR (Denmark)  It is now pretty clear that Vikings made landfall in North America several centuries before Columbus collided with the West Indies. If they had colonized the land, we would all be blonds and speaking Norwegian. Such, my children, are the vagaries of history. Well a new invasion from the Scandinavian nation is about to commence at the Sundance Film Festival, where a strong sampling of films from Norway, Sweden and Denmark are literally making waves. De...

San Francisco Executive Director Bingham Ray passed away while in Sundance

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  The San Francisco Film Society regrets to announce that Executive Director Bingham Ray passed away on January 23 while attending the 2012 Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. Bingham Ray Photo by Michael Rauner "The board of directors and staff of the Film Society are stunned and deeply saddened by the untimely death of our executive director Bingham Ray. We at the Film Society a...
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