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Ang lee wins gold again at Venice awards

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The 64th Venice Film Festival came to an end on Saturday 8 September. The awards ceremony took place, along with the Golden Lion of the 75th Anniversary presented to Bernardo Bertolucci, in the Sala Grande at the Palazzo del Cinema. The Golden Lion for Best Film goes to Se, Jie (Lust, Caution) by Ang Lee; the Silver Lion for Best Director goes to Brian De Palma for Redacted; the Special Jury Prize goes to La Graine et le mulet by Abdellatif Kechiche and I’m not There by Todd Haynes. The Volpi ...

The Toronto Torrent

 Tuesday, September 4---------The Toronto International Film Festival doesn't officially open for another 48 hours, but already a hurricane of film talents, industryites, press and film buffs are descending onto the Ontario metropolis with a torrent that is almost audible. Coming in from Los Angeles, New York and the four corners of the globe, including the just concluded Montreal World Film Festival, and the still continuing Venice Film Festival......all eyes are on "the gateway to North...

The Toronto Torrent

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The Toronto International Film Festival doesn't officially open for another 48 hours, but already a hurricane of film talents, industryites, press and film buffs are descending onto the Ontario metropolis with a torrent that is almost audible. Coming in from Los Angeles, New York and the four corners of the globe, including the just concluded Montreal World Film Festival, and the still continuing Venice Film Festival......all eyes are on "the gateway to North America" as the frenzy, fun and fero...

Ang Lee's Lust to screen at Calgary

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WESTERN CANADIAN PREMIERES OF LUST, CAUTION AND WALK ALL OVER ME ANNOUNCED AS GALA PRESENTATIONS AT 8TH ANNUAL CALGARY INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL The Calgary International Film Festival (CIFF) presented by American Express is pleased to announce that Ang Lee's LUST, CAUTION and WALK ALL OVER ME by Calgary director Robert Cuffley will be two of the three Gala Presentations scheduled for the 8th annual edition of the Festival. Both films will be making their Western Canadian premieres at the Fest...

Stockholm International Film Festival dedicated to Ingmar Bergman

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The 18th Stockholm International Film Festival dedicated to Ingmar Bergman Ingmar Bergman was one of the greatest directors ever and he will continue to inspire filmmakers, in Sweden and abroad. His exceptional work and distinguished artistry even shaped the image of Sweden and Swedes abroad. Ingmar Bergman’s influence on Swedish film and culture in general cannot be underestimated. During the Stockholm International Film Festival, November 15th-25th, the audience will be invited to reexplore ...

Alejandro González Iñárritu to attend the ”Social Cinema Forum”

Mexican director Alejandro González Iñárritu, director of Babel, (a film defined by critics as “the manifesto of globalized culture” and seven-time Oscar candidate in 2007) is the star of the ”Social Cinema Forum” which will take place at Ischia’s Regina Isabella Hotel from July 10th to the 15th during the fifth Global Film & Music Fest (www.ischiaglobal.com). The festival will also feature producer like Lawrence Bender (winner of the 2007 Oscar for the docu-film An Inconvenient...

Alejandro González Iñárritu Guest Star at Ischia Festival

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Mexican director Alejandro González Iñárritu, director of Babel, (a film defined by critics as “the manifesto of globalized culture” and seven-time Oscar candidate in 2007) is the star of the ”Social Cinema Forum,” which will take place at Ischia’s Regina Isabella Hotel from July 10th to the 15th during the fifth Global Film & Music Fest (www.ischiaglobal.com). The festival will also feature directors like Davis Guggenheim (winner of the 2007 Oscar for the docu-film An Inconvenient ...

Kenneth Branagh guest at Bergman Week at Fårö

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British actor and director Kenneth Branagh is this summer's guest at Bergman Week at Fårö, with his version of Mozart's The Magic Flute, which also Ingmar Bergman directed in 1975. Branagh, well-known for his Shakespeare interpretations on film and stage, premiered The Magic Flute at the Venice and Toronto festivals. For the Swedish premiere of the film, he has chosen Bergman Week at Fårö (June 26 - July 1). For the fourth consecutive year, Bergman Week arranges seminars, talks and guided to...

Cliff Robertson on hand at WorldFest to accept his Remi Career Achievement Award

The 41st Annual WorldFest-Houston, April 11-28, 2008 will begin announcing both Feature and Short Film & Video selections for the upcoming ten-day International Film Festival by March 1st, 2008. WorldFest will select 55-60 International Indie Feature films and between 88 and 96 short film & video productions. Additional Remi Award winners will be announced by March 15th in all 10 competition categories. The

41st WorldFest-Houston - April 11-20, 2008 - Entries are now OPEN - to JAN 15th!

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Howdy from Houston ... If you have a film/video ready to enter now, competition categories are still open! All Screenplays are also still open, until January 15! Email us to check on your category and if the jury is still hard at work, they may accept your entry. Simply contact us at - entry@worldfest.org for a quick response. We will start posting the titles of Shorts and Features that have been selected for screening at WorldFest in the next few weeks! We will post them here on FEST21 and on ...

SPECIAL EXTENDED DEADLINE FOR FEST21 MEMBERS ONLY!

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Today, January 31st is the Final Entry Deadline for the 40th Annual WorldFest-Houston, but as a very special benefit to members/viewers of FEST21 only, we are allowing a special FEST21 Deadline of Friday, February 9th! Your entry must be in our office by that day. To qualify - simply print FEST21 in the upper right-hand corner of the Entry Form! Extra Special benefits for FEST21 members: * Exclusive FEST21 Entry Deadline of FEB 9! * The Late fee is waived!. * One extra Competition Category at N...

VERY SPECIAL INVITATION TO FEST 21 FOLKS!

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We have just EXTENDED the Final Deadline to Tuesday, January 15th, 2008! We are making the Final Deadline Extension - to Arrive By January 31st. Your entry must be in our office by that day. Special benefits for FEST21 members ONLY: * The Late fee is waived!. * One extra competition category at No Charge! ... so you get two total categories. * So easy to enter, goto http://www.worldfest.org, click on Enter Film Festival on the upper left grey bar, then click on FAQ, CATEGORIES and ENTRY FORMS, ...

Directors Guild of America Announces Its Nominees

Wednesday, January 10----The Directors Guild of America (DGA), which represents film and television directors, announced its five nominess for the DGA Award for Outstanding Achievement in Feature Film at a ceremony in Los Angeles yesterday. DGA President Michael Apted made the announcement. Aside from being a highly prized award determined by one’s peers, the DGA Award has traditionally been one of the industry's most accurate barometers for who will win the Best Director Academy Award. ...

Howdy from Houston!

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We are delighted to be part of Fest21 as we celebrate the 40th Annual WorldFest-Houston, the 3rd oldest International Film Festival in North America... As a special gift/bonus to Fest21 readers - we are happy to offer an Extended Final Deadline to JAN 15 with the Late Fee Waived to all filmfestivals.com and Fest21 readers. To qualify, simply put FEST21 on to top right of your entry form and it is done! To compete in the 40th Annual WorldFest - simply goto http://www.worldfest.org Then click on...

Hawai Film Fest Awards Golden Orchid toLove for Share

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LIST OF AWARDS1 HALEKULANI GOLDEN ORCHID FOR BEST FEATURE FILM LOVE FOR SHARE (director Nia Dinata, Indonesia)2 HALEKULANI GOLDEN ORCHID FOR BEST DOCUMENTARY TIME AND TIDE (directors Julie Bayer and Josh Salzman, Tuvalu, USA) Special jury award for SHARKWATER (director Rob Stewart, Canada)3 FILM IN HAWAII AWARD LOST4 NETWORK FOR PROMOTION OF ASIAN CINEMA AWARD 4:30 (director Royston Tan, Singapore)5 EASTMANN KODAK AWARD FOR ACHIEVEMENT IN CINEMATOGRAPHY Matthew Libatique, ASC6 ...

Ang Lee to Visit Bergman Week on Fårö, Sweden

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Multiple Academy Award winning director Ang Lee (Brokeback Mountain) describes himself as ”a huge Bergman fan”. He will visit Fårö off the coast of Sweden on July 1-2 and introduce the screening of his film The Ice Storm and also talk about his favourite Bergman film, Wild Strawberries under the heading “My Flavour of Strawberries”.This year's "Bergman Week" presents a program filled with exciting guests representing three generations of filmmakers, a string of rarely seen Bergman film...

Ang Lee to visit this summer's Bergman Week on Fårö!

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Multiple Academy Award winning director Ang Lee (Brokeback Mountain) describes himself as ”a huge Bergman fan”. He will visit Fårö July 1-2 and introduce the screening of his film The Ice Storm and also talk about his favourite Bergman film, Wild Strawberries under the heading “My Flavour of Strawberries”. This year's Bergman Week presents a program filled with exciting guests representing three generations of filmmakers, a string of rarely seen Bergman films and excursions into the he...

Hola! from Houston! The Fest director is inviting you

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We have now assembled a wonderful program of 55 new Indie Feature Films and 100 International Short Films. More than 450 international filmmakers are attending from all over the world! WorldFest is the 3rd oldest International Film Festival in North America, founded in 1961 - We discovered Spielberg, Lucas, Ang Lee, Ridley Scott, The Coen Brothers and David Lynch with their first awards! Come and See the Spielberg's of Tomorrow!This year WorldFest is streaming Short Film winners, and trailers of...

BAFTA Awards Honors "Gay Shepherds"

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The Orange BAFTA – British Academy of Film and Television Awards - ceremony held February 19 in London turned out some surprises in an eclectic number of wins by various actors, directors and producers. The event was hosted by the outstandingly witty Stephen Fry, best known for his role as Oscar Wilde in Wilde. Absolutely every person he presented received a stunning compliment. Even Matt Dillon whom he told the audience he had seen Crash with at the same theater as the awards ceremony - the O...

Japanese racoons and a clamorous chinese new year in the midst of Rotterdam Fest

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It so happens that Rotterdam's extensive Chinatown is located just around the corner from the film festival centre, and the Chinese New Year which is reckoned according to the lunar calendar, came out extra late this year on January 30th, smack-dab in the midst of the film festival. Consequently, all afternoon today, festival filmgoers navigating between film venues in the area, were treated to an extraordinary side-show -- fabulous colourful dragon mock-ups held aloft by teams of dragon dancers...

Suprise French Penguin Docu gets Oscar nomination

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Luc Jacquet's Marche de l'Empereur just got nominated for best documentary by the Academy. The film has been seen by 20 Millions viewers and took a cumulated 77M$ at the US Box Office.Director: Luc JacquetScreenwriter(s): Luc Jacquet, Michel FesslerCinematography: Laurent Chalet, Jérôme MaisonProducer(s): Yves Darondeau, Christophe Lioud, Emmanuel PriouNarrators: Charles Berling, Romane Bohringer, Jules SitrukNominations for the 78th Annual Academy Awards were announced on Tuesday, January 31 ...

Brokeback Mountain: Getting the Message

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Why was Heath Ledger (Ennis) nominated for Brokeback Mountain for the Golden Globes, and not Jake Gyllenhaal (Jack)? The Hollywood Foreign Press managed to nominate all the Desparate Housewives! But not the desparate ones from Brokeback Mountain (Michelle Williams, Anne Hatheway), their roles not really fleshed out. If 'love is a force of nature', as the film poster states, why not equal awards to both actors? Could it be that it is assumed that it is harder to play someone coming to terms wi...

Directors Guild of America announces 5 awards nominees

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Directors Guild of America Vice President Betty Thomas today announced the five nominees for the DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film for 2005. “What makes the DGA award truly meaningful to directors is the knowledge that only this award is decided solely by their peers – the men and women who know the passion and energy that go into each production,” said Thomas in announcing the nominations. “My congratulations to all five nominees for demonstrating how vi...

Terry Gilliam's Oscar bets from Capri Hollywood: Woody Allen...

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“Heath Ledger is my big favorite for the Oscar for best actor. He’s a friend and worked with on The Brothers Grimm, but I think that Brokeback Mountain is a film that has strong emotions. Of course that is only my opinion. But nothing is certain, so why not? I have never understood the logic of Oscar.” Director Terry Gilliam, a host of the Capri Hollywood - Kimbo International Festival Film, spoke freely, making forecasts and giving his impressions of Oscar night, coming March 5 at th...

Golden Globe Awards list of nominees

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The 63rd Annual Golden Globe Awards has announced its nominations.Ang Lee's Brokeback Mountain gets 7 nominations for Brokeback Mountai, other nominees for best Picture are The Constant Gardener; Good Night. And, Good Luck, A History Of Violence and Match Point. The awards ceremony will take place January 16thPicture - DramaBrokeback Mountain Produced by Diana Ossana, James SchamusThe Constant Gardener Produced by Simon Channing-WilliamsGood Night. And, Good Luck. Produced by Grant HeslovA His...
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