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Statement from IFTA President Jean Prewitt on Congress’s action

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Statement from Jean Prewitt, President and CEO of the Independent Film & Television Alliance, regarding Congress’ action today in extending the term of Internal Revenue Code 181, a provision originally adopted as part of the American Jobs Creation Act of 2004 to maintain the competitiveness of the United States for production of independent film and television programming:“IFTA is delighted with Congress’s action in extending the term of IRC 181 in today’s vote. Its targeted provisions ...

James Earl Jones to receive SAG Achievement Award

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Screen Actors Guild (SAG) announced today that James Earl Jones, whose acting prowess and iconic voice are world-renown, will receive the Guild’s most prestigious accolade—the Screen Actors Guild Life Achievement Award for career achievement and humanitarian accomplishment. Jones will be presented the Award, given annually to an actor who fosters the “finest ideals of the acting profession,” at the “15th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards®,” which premieres live on TNT and TBS Sunday...

Tucson Film & Music Festival Announces Centerpiece

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Upstairs Film is excited to announce the centerpiece and closing night films selected to screen at the Tucson Film & Music Festival (TFMF) on Columbus Day Weekend, October 9-12, 2008. TFMF events will take place at various venues throughout charming downtown Tucson, including The Screening Room, The Rialto, The Loft Cinema, and PLUSH.Now in its fourth year of showcasing both music and music-related film content with an emphasis on AZ and the Southwest, TFMF will feature Arizona, US and World pre...

Tallgrass Film Festival to honour MPAA' s Dan Glickman

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Dan Glickman, Chairman and CEO of the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA), former U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, Kansas Congressman and Wichita native, will be honored with the Ad Astra Award at the 2008 Tallgrass Film Festival. The MPAA serves as the voice and advocate of the American motion picture, home video and television industries. The Ad Astra award, named for the State motto, “Ad Astra Per Aspera”, or “To the stars through difficulty” is presented each year to an indivi...

Outfest Los Angeles gay & L fest awards

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Outfest, the Los Angeles-based nonprofit organization dedicated to nurturing, showcasing and protecting lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) media, held its 14th annual film competition awards ceremony on July 20 at the John Anson Ford Amphitheatre. A total of 17 Outie Awards were distributed before the packed house of festival goers, celebrity guests and presenters, and Outfest 2008 filmmakers. The presentation of awards was followed by the Los Angeles premiere of Tom Gustaf...

Breckenridge Film Fest Hosts World Premiere of "Washington, You're Fired"

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Thomas Haden Church, Spiderman 3, and Ed Kramer, special effects creator for the latest Star Wars Trilogy, were among the top guests highlighted at this year's 2008 Breckenridge Festival of Film. Mixed in among the Hollywood stars and the latest dynamic creations of upcoming directors and writers was a shinning star of a different kind. The world premiere of the new political investigative thriller, "Washington, You're Fired," was launched upon an unsuspecting audience with explosive results. On...

Italian Film Market at the Drake International Film Fest

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The Italian Film Market is the “pilot project” of the Drake International Film Festival, reserved for the exchange of movies and ideas between Italian and international producers and sellers. The second edition will take place in Caserta from the 24 th through 28 th of June, 2008. Two hundred buyers and sellers coming from thirty different countries met during the first edition at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Caserta underneath the largest glass dome in Europe. Attendees were able to use office s...

United Nations Secretary-General to Open the Global Insight Summit At Jackson Hole Film Festival

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The United Nations and The Jackson Hole Film Institute, announced the first Global Insight Summit to take place at the fifth annual Jackson Hole Film Festival, June 5-9, 2008. The Global Insight Summit represents an unprecedented collaboration, bringing together entertainment leaders and UN officials to explore how film and television can be leveraged to bring awareness to global issues. The Secretary-General of the United Nations, Ban Ki-moon will open the Global Insight Summit and will conduct...

Sarasota Film Festival Announces Narrative Films, Documentaries & Shorts Packages

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The Sarasota Film Festival celebrates its 10th Anniversary April 4-13th 2008. What began as a three-day festival with a handful of events has grown over a decade into one of the leading regional festivals is North America. As previously announced, this year the festival is thrilled to have as its honorary chairs, Governor Charlie Crist, United Artists CEO Paula Wagner and Creative Artists Agency (CAA) Co-Chairman Rick Nicita. They are all expected to attend the 10th Anniversary Ball, where th...

Panels and Workshops at PAFF

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The 16th Annual Pan African Film and Arts Festival continues its tradition of providing a marketplace for filmmakers by announcing their signature selection of panel and workshops for its 2008 festival. Curated by acclaimed producer Sherri James, PAFF's panels and workshops are expected to draw thousands of attendees and are designed to provide resources for independent filmmakers. 2008 participants include studio executives, actors, directors, writers, musicians, and more! Panels and worksho...

PAFF opens with Namibia: the struggle for liberation

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The Pan African Film and Arts Festival Starts Today and opens with NAMIBIA: THE STRUGGLE FOR LIBERATIONThursday, February 7, 7:00 PM(2007/US/Narr/161min)Director: Charles BurnettStars Danny Glover, Carl Lumbly, Joel Haikali, and Obed Emvula NAMIBIA: THE STRUGGLE FOR LIBERATION depicts the long struggle waged by the people of Namibia for their independence that was ultimately won with the help of Cuban military volunteers fighting in Angola. The 1987 battle of Cuito Cuanavale, in which the South ...

International conference (Rotterdam fest) on media education from an artistic perspective

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Media education is a hot topic within national governments and educational institutions alike. Big words like new citizenship, empowerment and media literacy are used to convince us of its necessity. But what do filmmakers have to say? Until now they have remained surprisingly silent on the subject. During the upcoming International Film Festival Rotterdam, the international conference ‘How to Stimulate Filmsense(s)’, taking place on Wednesday January 30, 2008 is the place for them to speak ...

Silent Film Festival, Event report from the founders

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DECEMBER 1ST EVENT REPORT"Dear Friend of the Silent Film Festival, Thank you for making 2007 a remarkable year. Our 12th annual festival was our most memorable yet, and three weeks ago you helped make our one-day Winter Event a tremendous success. Beginning with VITAPHONE VAUDEVILLE, Robert Gitt's introduction enthralled us with stories about such vaudeville characters as the brothers Willie & Eugene Howard, billed in their day as “Two Hebrew Humorists Who Hail from Harlem,” bandleader Dick ...

Goa: not just fish, feni and football... but films too

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GOA, India: Over 90 films have been shot with Goa as their backdrop, talented Goan musicians have contributed a lot to Bollywood, as the Mumbai (Bombay)-based film industry churning out 1000 films year currently is called Actresses from Goa like Ermelinda Cardoso (screen-name: Sudhabala) have played an important role in the silent movie era, a book called 'Location Goa', looking at the links between films andthis small region on the west coast, says. Its author, the journalist Mario Cabral e Sa,...

Indian film star Shahrukh Khan inaugurates 38 IFFI; Goa to "stay" as venue

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GOA, India, Nov 24, 2007: The 38th International Film Festival of India (IFFI-07) got off here with Bollywood actor Shahrukh Khan inaugurated the event late Friday. Politicians also pledged that India's premier festival would continue to be hosted in this small coastal state that New Delhi wants to build into an "Indian Cannes". Shahrukh Khan called IFFI a pride of the nation. Recognizing the contribution of the common citizen in raising the popularity of cinema, he said, "Let's d...

Indian film star Shahrukh Khan inaugurates 38 IFFI; Goa to "stay" as venue

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GOA, India, Nov 24, 2007: The 38th International Film Festival of India (IFFI-07) got off here with Bollywood actor Shahrukh Khan inaugurated the event late Friday. Politicians also pledged that India's premier festival would continue to be hosted in this small coastal state that New Delhi wants to build into an "Indian Cannes".Shahrukh Khan called IFFI a pride of the nation. Recognizing the contribution of the common citizen in raising the popularity of cinema, he said, "Let's dedicate the 38th...

Goa, coping with the pressures of a shiftover of the IFFI from New Delhi

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Faced with having to cope with the pressures of shifting its venue from the Indian national capital to the country's smallest province, the IFFI (International Film Festival of India) is currently working to win friends and influence people here in the former Portuguese colony of Goa.India's attempt -- which started since the IFFI shifted here in November 2004 -- is aimed at recreating an "Indian Cannes" of sorts, in this small region, known better for being a holidayer's paradise and ...

Goa, coping with the pressures of a shiftover of the IFFI from New Delhi

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Panjim, Goa, Nov 22: Faced with having to cope with the pressures of shifting its venue from the Indian national capital to the country's smallest province, the IFFI (International Film Festival of India) is currently working to win friends and influence people here in the former Portuguese colony of Goa.India's attempt -- which started since the IFFI shifted here in November 2004 -- is aimed at recreating an "Indian Cannes" of sorts, in this small region, known better for being a holidayer's pa...

Sport Movies & TV 2007 to open with Women and Sport

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ON OCTOBER 27th STARTS “SPORT MOVIES & TV 2007” On October 27th, at 5 p.m., with the opening, at Palazzo Giureconsulti (P.zza Mercanti 2 in Milano Free entrance) of the Exhibition ““WOMAN AND OLYMPIC VALUES: Women and Sport, Yesterday and Today” , by the OLYMPIC MUSEUM LAUSANNE - CIO, will start the “Opening Ceremony” of “Sport Movies & Tv 2007 - 25th Milan International FICTS Festival”, the most important International Festival dedicated to sports televisions and movies. 6 da...

The Fog Of The Iraq War

 Friday, September 7--------September is a month of decision for the US policy in Iraq. Next week, General Petraeus, the head army honcho supervising the "surge" of additional troops on the ground in Iraq, will make his long awaited report to the US Congress about the state of the War. As has been noted in newspapers and on television programs both in the US and around the world, the patience of the American people is at its breaking point, and politicians from both the opposition and...

Oscar buzz already surrounds some of Telluride 33 features

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Today marks the close of the 34th Telluride Film Festival, presented by the National Film Preserve and Apple. The sold out Festival featured many of this year’s highly anticipated films from across the globe. This celebration of art and film set among the beauty of the Rockies opened Friday, August 31 and closed today, September 3.The Festival paid tribute to three film luminaries including Daniel Day-Lewis, whose award was presented by surprise guest Paul Thomas Anderson, director of the upco...

It's Showtime at The Telluride Film Festival

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The 34th Telluride Film Festival celebrates the best in film, past, present and future, from all around the globe, the Festival kicks off another exciting weekend packed with tributes, features, documentaries, shorts, conversations and panel discussions. The Festival opens today Friday, August 31 and runs through Monday, September 3.The Festival will pay tribute to three film luminaries including Daniel Day-Lewis, who captivated filmgoers with his performances in ROOM WITH A VIEW, THE UNBEARABLE...

Annual Tucson Film + Music Festival

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3rd ANNUAL TUCSON FILM + MUSIC FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES LINE UPLos Angeles CA + Tucson, AZ (August 16, 2007) Upstairs Film is proud to present the 3rd Annual Tucson Film + Music Festival, Labor Day weekend August 31 – Sept 3, 2007. This year a plethora of film and music events will take place at the Rialto Theater, Hotel Congress with a special “under the stars” kick off screening of Martin Scorsese’s “Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore (1974)” at the Cinema La Placita downtown.The festival...

Two Must-See Issue Documentaries Open This Week

 Monday, July 23-------Two must-see documentaries that document political and social "hot button" regions are making their theatrical debuts this week. THE DEVIL CAME ON HORSEBACK is an extraordinarily powerful film that exposes the genocide taking place in the Darfur region of Sudan, as seen through the eyes of an American witness. The film, directed by Annie Sundberg and Ricki Stern, opens on Wednesday, July 25th at New York's IFC Center, followed by a national release by Inte...

Rediscovering German Cinema Classics

Wednesday, June 6------Film festivals are all about discovery......of newly emerging filmmakers or the latest films from acknowledged film masters. However, the best festivals also take a look backward, to celebrate the accomplishments of cinema giants long since past, and through this showcase bring to light "lost" films for a new generation of film lovers. Such is the case with Festroia's program of ten classic German feature films, a collaboration between the Festival and the G...
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