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The NY Sephardic Jewish Film Festival program

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The NY International Sephardic Jewish Film Festival, the first festival dedicated to showcasing international films with distinctly Sephardic themes, celebrates 10 years of cinematic explorations of Sephardic Jewry presented in a weeklong series of screenings, compelling panel discussions, and events. The festival, co-sponsored by the Yeshiva University Museum and the Manhattan JCC will take place from February 2 to 8, 2006 with screenings at the Center for Jewish History and one screening at t...

A Florentine Hommage to Ismail Merchant

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For a certain niche group of cinephiles ever since the release of a film called "Shakespeare Wallah" in 1965, the "Merchant-Ivory" label has become synonymous with high-class rarified taste in cinema in some way associated with India ("A Passage to India", "Heat and Dust"), or, in the later collaborations of this producer-director team, with ultra refined literary adaptations set in Victorian England such as "The Remains of the Day", and "Howard's end". To be brutally frank, since "Merchant-Ivor...

Films competing for Florence Festival dei popoli

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Florence hosts the 46th edition of Festival dei PopoliDecember 2 - 8The competition section proposes thirteen films; all Italian premieres, all representative of the new trend of the contemporary documentary cinema for style, language and content. Over 900 titles, which came from 65 different countries, participated at the pre-selection: these figures established an absolute record for our festival and we consider this a tangible sign of the extraordinary attention that Festival dei Popoli recei...

DV Film Festival's celebrates emerging talent

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The 6th Annual DV Film Festival's (Dec 7-8) celebrates emerging talent by screening independent digital films with intriguing subject matter, robust scripts, and foresights that push the digital envelope.The festival, being held at the Los Angeles Convention Center Room 403 A/B, runs concurrently with the Digital Video Expo West conference and exhibition. This year's festival includes three programs taking place Wednesday, December 7 through Thursday, December 8. The festival culminates with the...

Retrospective on Indian Musicals from Goa Fest

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The Retrospective on Indian Musicals began at IFFI-05 in Panaji with a Blockbuster Telgu film ‘Shankarabharanam’, directed by K. Vishwanath as the inaugural film. This section is a new edition to the IFFI and films which have music as their theme would be shown in this category. In all six films would be screened under this category. Besides the opening film, other films included are, Amar Bhoopali (Marathi) directed by V. Santaram, Baiju Bawra (Hindi)directed by Vijay Bhatt, Goopy Gyne Bagh...

Terry Gilliam, Taylor Hackford among guest at Capri fest

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American directors Terry Gilliam and Taylor Hackford, Shekhar Kapur from India, and Italian Roberto Faenza will appear together at a forum on the cinema industry that is a highlight of the 10th anniversary edition of the Capri, Hollywood Kimbo Film Festival to be held December 27, 2005 through January 2, 2006 on the Isle of Capri.The four leaders of world moviemaking are the first artists to confirm their participation in the cinema forum. The event will showcase ideas about the future of film ...

European Film Promotion in the US Bi Coastal screenings

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EUROPEAN FILM PROMOTION BI-COASTAL SCREENINGSEuropean Film Promotion (EFP), the trans-European organization that represents the interests of European film promotion agencies in 30 countries, concluded a bi-coast promotion effort to bring an exciting group of new European filmmakers to the attention of US distributors, programmers and the press.EFP began its efforts earlier this month with a special program entitled NEW FACES OF EUROPEAN CINEMA, presented in conjunction with the AFI Fest in Los A...

New York City Horror Festival awards

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THE NEW YORK CITY HORROR FILM FESTIVAL WRAPS MOST SUCSESSFUL AND HIGHLY ATTENDED YEAR TO DATE!The best of the horror film world gathered in New York to celebrate the New York City Horror Film Festival. The festival kicked off October 19th with a huge party at the famed Don Hills Night Club followed by four days of sold out film screenings, celebrity appearances, and an incredible and informative panel discussion at Tribeca Cinemas in Lower Manhattan. In addition to showcasing some of the best n...

2005 FIFAM—A different look at the world around us!

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ANNOUNCING THE 2005 AWARD WINNERSMontreal, October 31, 2005 — The nine (9) 2005 ADVENTURA Prizes were awarded yesterday at the closing ceremony of the 4th Montreal International Adventure Film Festival (also know by its French acronym FIFAM). Over 170 films from the four corners of the world had been submitted in preselection and 38 of them were retained for the official selection presented to the Montreal public over 4 days, namely from October 27 to 30, 2005. This year, the prizes are reward...

Ferpect Crime a side-splitting comedy at Vallalodid

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After viewing Costa-Gavras' "Couperet" (Arcadia) screened at the opening ceremony as the festival curtain-raiser, (out of competition), I am still holding my breath trying to decide what to think of it. Yes, it did have certain Hitchcockian echoes of "black humor", and yes, it was a thriller of sorts, and yes, there were certain socio-political overtones, and the performances by Jose García (the harried serial killer) and Karin Viard (the harried wife of the harried serial killer) were good an...

Dakota Fanning attends Dreamer Heartland fest opening

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Heartland Is Off to the Races with Opening EventOne of the hottest actors in Hollywood will help kick off the 2005 Heartland Film Festival®, October 13-21 in Indianapolis. Award-winning actor Dakota Fanning along with director/screenwriter John Gatins will attend the Festival’s opening night premiere of DreamWorks’ “Dreamer: Inspired by a True Story.” Indianapolis is one of a few select stops on a cross-country tour to promote the film. Besides the Toronto International Film Festival, H...

Hambourg FilmFest winners across the board

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It's fairly unusual at a film festival with umpteen titles to pick from that one selects three names out of a hat, and all three turn out to be not only winners, back to back, but films of quality ranging from excellent to astounding. Today's triple winning ticket: "ZOZO" from Norway by way of Beirut, "Fratricide" Brudermord) -- astounding turf battle between Turks and Kurds in a German city, and "Bashing", a hypnotic Kafkaesque look at life on Desolation Row in a northern Japanese industrial w...

The Hamptons International Film Festival full program

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THE 13TH ANNUAL HAMPTONS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVALOCTOBER 19-23, 2005 Hiam Abbass ~ Danny Aiello ~ Kevin Bacon ~ Jon Robin Baitz ~ Alec Baldwin ~ Ned Beatty ~ Bob Berney ~ Dyan Cannon ~ Alan Cumming ~ Hope Davis ~ David Dinerstein ~ David Marshall Grant ~ Ted Hope ~ Eugene Jarecki ~ Cherry Jones ~ Marc Levin ~ Claude LeLouch ~ Bill Nighy ~ Martin McDonagh ~ Liza Minnelli ~ Sarah Paulson ~ Zac Posen ~ Paul Reiser Miranda Richardson ~ Charlie Rose ~ Kyra Sedgwick ~ Vivienne Tam ~ Christine Vach...

Temecula highlights overview

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THE TEMECULA VALLEY INTERNATIONAL FILM & MUSIC FESTIVALSEPTEMBER 14-22nd, 2005 * MOVIE EXPERIENCE AT TOWER PLAZAHighlights overrviewIndustry Film Showcases: The American Film Institute Showcase (AFI), Films From Canada - Toronto Int’l Film Festival Group – The Film Circuit Showcase, FILMS FROM INDIA, Presented By Ten Films / India Shorts, Italian Film Showcase – (From Our Sister-Festival) Rome Independent Film Festival (RIFF), Film Independent (FIND) Showcase, USC Film Showcase, Chapman Un...

Literature to Life Festival

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The American Place Theatre ; Literature to Life Festival On Saturday, September 17th and Sunday, September 18th, The American Place Theatre will present our Literature to Life Festival. Created as part of a Training Program for Professional Teaching Artists, this weekend of back-to-back performances and guest lectures will also offer educators and the public an opportunity to preview all of The American Place Theatre current shows for the 2005-06 Season.FESTIVAL LOCATION: New York Society for Et...

Stories to be told in San Sebastian Fest competition

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The following films will compete for the San Sebastian honors in competition in the only Festival in Spain to hold the International Federation of Film Producers Association's top-level "non-specialised competitive" category. The Festival will celebrate its 53rd year between September 15 and 24, at a moment of tremendous popularity and excellent image. The entire city participates in its Festival as it fills with visitors attracted by the movies, the Festival atmosphere, the local food and touri...

24 New directors contenders at San Sebastian

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Twenty-four films from eighteen countries will compete at the 53rd San Sebastián International Film Festival (Sept 15-24) for the Altadis-New Directors Award, sponsored by Altadis and carrying a cash prize of €90,000 (approx. US$95,000). Five of these movies will be screened in the Official Selection and the other nineteen in Zabaltegi-New Directors. ALTADIS-NEW DIRECTORS AWARDZABALTEGIAGUA CON SAL (SALTED WATER), Pedro Pérez Rosado, SpainIn this, his second film, the director of Cuentos de ...

In Kino Veritas: Tango Odissey Wine Country Opener

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Tango Odyssey Leads Filmmaker Back Home to Bay AreaWhen local filmmaker Joshua Dylan Mellars got the idea to film his first documentary Tango Illusions in Buenos Aires, he had no idea that it would take a seven-year journey to complete it. Like good wine, filmmaking can take time. Tango Illusions premieres at the Napa-Sonoma Wine Country Film Festival on Saturday, August 13 at 6 pm at the Nicholson Ranch Winery in Sonoma.“My desire to film Tango Illusions has taken me to some strange places. S...

Subway Cinema’s New York Asian Film Festival

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Rarely does a film festival stress popular and commercially successful movies, dispenses with intellectual and high brow aspiration, disregards art house films, and provides little or no amenities to journalist and media professionals. Yet the 4th annual New York Asian Film Festival presented thirty new Asian feature films not screened before in New York City in two venues, the venerable Anthology Film Archives and the uptown Imaginasian Theatre, In spite of the lack of festival accoutrement...

Outfest will open with Cote d'Azur and close with Dying Gaul, so french

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One of the world’s largest gay and lesbian film festivals and the largest film festival in Southern California, the 23rd edition of Outfest will showcase a very strong year of gay/ lesbian/bisexual/transgendered filmmaking at its finest and most diverse. Outfest 2005, July 7 – 18, will screen 232 high quality narrative and documentary shorts and features from a record 28 countries around the world, beginning with the debut of the sexy comedy “Cote D’Azur,” starring Valeria Bruni-Tede...

True passion for filmmaking

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THE SHORT FILMS OF FIVE NEW YORK HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS TO HIT THE BIG SCREENS OF L.A. FOR A SECOND TIME.PET STORE, IF THIS IS THE WILL OF GOD - WHO NEEDS GOD,AND HARMONY WILL SCREEN AT THE LOS ANGELES FILM FESTIVAL AGAIN ON JUNE 26TH.Filmmakers Mark Sanders, Thomas Schuster, Laura Caccavo, Carly Wolff, and Ashish Amin might be in their teens, but when it comes to filmmaking they are talented beyond their years.This weekend they inspired L.A. moviegoers when their films screened at the 11th Annual...

Brooklyn International Film Festival

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Brooklyn International Film Festival BIFF June 3-12Established in 1998 for independent film makers as the ‘first international competitive film festival in New York” the BIIF has the mission to “connect film makers to distribution companies” and to “draw worldwide attention to Brooklyn as a center for the arts”. The 2005 edition presented 115 films originating in 80 countries from the about 1700 productions which had been submitted, including for the first time a one day children...

Non Stop Film Festival Blog by Gene Grant

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Filmfestivals.com contributor, local reporter and occasional blogger Gene Grant (www.genegrant.com/blog) announced his intentions to watch the entirety of the "New Mexico Filmmakers' Week," at the Guild Cinema, 3405 Central Ave. in Nob Hill, from Friday, June 24th to Thursday, June 30th, front to back.The event is presented by the New Mexico Film Office (www.nmfilm.com) and will feature 47 hours of both shorts and features. All the films are made by New Mexicans and the event is free."This is go...

Deep Blue will open the Maui Film Fest

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The Perfect Man followed by Deep Blue will open the Maui Film festival.June 15-19Deep Blue (83 min). Directed By: Alastair Fothergill,Andy Byatt.Our planet is mostly ocean, yet we know more about the surface of the moon than we do about that liquid space that is home to 80 percent of the Earth's living creatures. At least, we did until now. For more than five years, the creative team behind the acclaimed BBC series The Blue Planet explored the world's oceans, descending as deep as 16,500 feet to...

Peacock Wins Audience Award at Far East Film Festival

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GU Changwei’s directorial debut Peacock (Kong Que, China 2004 ) won the audience award at “Far East Film Festival 7” which closed on April 29th. Gu was cinematographer on several critically acclaimed films such as Kaige Chen’s Farewell My Concubine and Zhang Yimou’s Red Sorghum. Peacock is the story of three siblings growing up in China after the Cultural Revolution. The sister (Zhang Jingchu) works in various domestic capacities such as a glass washer, or in childcare. She fails mise...

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