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NEWSLETTER N° 479: October 7, 2010

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 .............                                                                                                                                                          WELCOME TO OUR NEWSLETTER N° 479: October 7, 2010 Follow this LINK if you cannot read the newsletter properly Contact the Editor, Advertise on the sites.  Our newsletter reaches 82 000 film professionn...

The Loss Of Innocence At TIFF

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  Yesterday was September 11th, and again I find myself in the city of Toronto, as I did in 2001......when the planes crashed, the towers fell, the buildings burned and America lost its innocence. It was a very strange place to be back then, in the midst of covering a film festival, while one's city was in chaos. For those of us from New York, there was a shared concern about the loss of loved ones, the security of our friends and family and the frustrations of not being able to place p...

Stars Shine Brightly In Toronto

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  Natalie Portman in BLACK SWAN  While film professionals are here at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) to buy and sell films in a still soft market, for the Toronto public the big attraction are the movie stars who will be walking the red carpet in the coming 10 days. Toronto is a bit star-crazy, with all the local television stations highlighting their TIFF coverage and promising viewers up-close-and-personal access with the movie stars who are huddling here. Ever...

One day to go Until Toronto Film Festival

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RABBIT HOLE (John Cameron Mitchell, USA) With just a month left until the Toronto International Film Festival, the largest film event in North America and one of the premiere film summits of the year, the shape of the event is coming into closer view. With independent and international cinema showing some pulse at the box office after a disasterous two years, all eyes will be turning to Canada in the coming weeks for a crystal ball peak at what should be some of the big end-of-y...

Woodstock FF Award Winners

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Filmmakers, industry mavens, film critics and local film buffs gathered last evening at the historic Backstage Productions Arts and Entertainment Complex in Kingston, NY for the awards ceremonies of the 10th edition of the Woodstock Film Festival. The film event closes today, celebrating 10 years of exceptional independent film, panels, concerts, events and parties, with the best of the best in the indie film world.Emceed by actor/director Giancarlo Esposito, the WFF Awards ceremony guests, pres...

Woodstock FF Award Winners

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  DON'T LET ME DROWN (Cruz Angeles, USA) Filmmakers, industry mavens, film critics and local film buffs gathered last evening at the historic Backstage Productions Arts and Entertainment Complex in Kingston, NY for the awards ceremonies of the 10th edition of the Woodstock Film Festival. The film event closes today, celebrating 10 years of exceptional independent film, panels, concerts, events and parties, with the best of the best in the indie film world. Emceed by actor/dire...

LAFF Awards

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Today Film Independent, the non-profit arts organization that produces the Spirit Awards and the Los Angeles Film Festival, announced its 2009 Los Angeles Film Festival award winners at a special event, presented by Target. The Los Angeles Film Festival, presented by The Los Angeles Times, ran from Thursday, June 18 to Sunday, June 28. “One of our goals at Film Independent is to help filmmakers build an audience for their work, and the Los Angeles Film Festival does just that,” said Film I...

Sarasota Film Festival highlights

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The 11th Annual Regal Entertainment Group SARASOTA FILM FESTIVAL will get underway on Friday evening March 27, 2009 and run through Sunday, April 5, 2009. The Festival will be presented at Sarasota’s Hollywood 20 Cinemas with Opening Night at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Center, Closing Night Tribute at the Sarasota Opera House, screenings and conversations at the Historic Asolo, and other area venues. This year’s Festival will present over 160 narrative, documentary and short films from t...

Portland International Film Festival’s Audience Awards

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The 32nd Portland International Film Festival’s Audience Awards The 31,000 audience members at this year’s 32nd Portland International Film Festival have selected their favorite films from among the 78 feature and 36 shorts screened February 6-22. Tying for first place for Best Feature Award are Toa Frazer’s DEAN SPANLEY (New Zealand) and Dorie Dörrie’s CHERRY BLOSSOMS (Germany). Two films also tied for the Best Documentary Award—Festival guest Jennifer Grausman’s film PRESSURE COO...

Indie Oscars Announce Nominations

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  Tuesday, December 2-------The Film Independent Spirit Awards, also referred to as the "indie Oscars" has announced its nomination list today, giving added fuel to the awards season. Top nominees include FROZEN RIVER (Courtney Hunt), BALLAST (Lance Hammer) and RACHEL GETTING MARRIED (Jonathan Demme). Other films competing for the Best Feature Award include THE WRESTLER (Darren Aronofsky) and WENDY AND LUCY (Kelly Reichardt).   FROZEN RIVER, which won the ...

The Film Independent Spirit Awards

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The Film Independent Spirit Awards, also referred to as the "indie Oscars" has announced its nomination list today, giving added fuel to the awards season. Top nominees include FROZEN RIVER (Courtney Hunt), BALLAST (Lance Hammer) and RACHEL GETTING MARRIED (Jonathan Demme). Other films competing for the Best Feature Award include THE WRESTLER (Darren Aronofsky) and WENDY AND LUCY (Kelly Reichardt). FROZEN RIVER, which won the top prize at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival, boasted six nomination...

Just Talking 16/11

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The first ‘Just Talking’ event of this year’s Thessaloniki International Film Festival (TIFF) took place on Sunday, November 16th, at the Old Pump Station in Thessaloniki’s port. Naoko Ogigami, director of the film ‘Megane / The glasses’ (Focus), Anna Boden, director of the film ‘Sugar’ (Independence days), Tomas Alfredson, director of the film ‘Let the right one in’ (Independence days) and the leading actor of the film ‘Terribly happy’ (Independence days) Jacob Ceder...

Bahamas International Film Festival Jury members

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The Bahamas International Film Festival (BIFF) announced today the members of the jury that will preside over the 5th edition of the Festival, which takes place December 4-11, 2008. The jury was revealed today by BIFF Founder and Executive Director Leslie Vanderpool. This year, the Festival will showcase 80 films from 22 different countries, including 50 features of which several are world or international premieres and nearly all Bahamian premieres. The four competition categories at BIFF are S...

AFI FEST DAILY NEWS, Day 9

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You know what today is? It's Friday—the weekend! And you can quite happily spend all of it attending the films and events at AFI FEST. There's no better way to start than with the Festival's Tribute to Danny Boyle and the Special Screening of his latest film, SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE. But we have alternatives: Special Screenings of Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck's SUGAR and Arnaud Desplechin's A CHRISTMAS TALE, a big block of films in the World Cinema section, competition films in the Docu...

NEWSLETTER N° 386: October 22, 2008

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LIVE FROM THE LONDON FILM FESTIVAL LFF - Incendiary LFF - American Teen LFF - 1234 LFF - Dean Spanley SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE will be Closing Night Gala of The Times BFI 52nd London Film Festival LFF - Miracle at St Anna Victoire Terminus, winner of this year's Grierson Award Galas and Special Screenings at London Fest Watch our daily video podcasts _______________________________________________________...

Focus from London Fest on Sugar: Interview with Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck

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Writer-directors Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck released their first feature, Half Nelson, in 2006 to critical acclaim, popularity and awards. Their next film, Sugar, is a beautifully realised study of the American Dream seen through the eyes of a talented young baseball player from the Dominican Republic. Sugar is a coming-of-age story and an immigrant story set in the world of American baseball. How did you come up with it?RF: Well in the United States, boys grow up being obsessed with baseball, a...

VIFF's 23rd Annual Film and Television Forum wrapped

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A slate of cinema's top award-winning filmmakers galvanized a 'standing-room-only' event at VIFF's 23rd Annual Film and Television Forum on Saturday, September 27 at the Vancouver International Film Centre. New Filmmakers' Day, the only event of its kind in Western Canada drew a packed house for such notable guests as Oscar-winning cinematographer Guillermo Navarro (Pan's Labyrinth, Hell Boy II: The Golden Army) and Sundance favourites, the writer/director team Ryan Fleck and Anna Boden (Half Ne...

Hamptons International Film Festival highlights

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The HAMPTONS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL is proud to announce the films, programs and special events which will make up the 2008 season. Now in its 16th year, this East Coast favorite comes to life against the fall back-drop as talent, industry and audiences participate in what has now become one of the leading international film festivals of the world. The 2008 Hamptons International Film Festival runs October 15th through 19th, 2008, in East Hampton, New York with additional venues in Southa...

No Borders Co-Production Market In New York

 Friday, September 19-----One of the key events of the Independent Film Week in New York, organized by the IFP/Independent Feature Project this past week, is the No Borders International Co-Production Market. Now in its 14th year, No Borders is the only international co-production market in the U.S., connecting U.S. and international narrative projects at the script stage with financiers and buyers. "No Borders has become one of the great success stories of IFP's first 30 years," said...

IFP filmmaker conference panelist list

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IFP FILMMAKER CONFERENCE PANELIST LIST as of 9.8.08SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 14th - MAKING YOUR FIRST FEATURESCRIPT TO SCREEN 10-11AMSusan Stover, Producer, Laurel Canyon Howard Gertler, Producer, Process MediaRobert Seigel, Attorney, Cowan DeBaets Abrams & Sheppard LLPMichael Sladek, SAG IndieMeredith Tucker, Casting Director Year of the Dog, Youth in RevoltEmily Ziff, Partner, Cooper’s Town Productions PRODUCTION & POST PRODUCTION 11:30AM - 12:30PMSusan Stover, Producer, Laurel Canyon Howar...

15 world premieres at next London Film Festival

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The Times BFI 52nd London Film Festival runs from 15 October – 30 October. The programme, announced today by Artistic Director Sandra Hebron, includes a record number of world and international premieres with a total of 189 features and 108 shorts screening alongside a stellar line-up of special events and expected guests.Opening Night film, Ron Howard’s FROST/NIXON, is one of the Festival’s 15 world premieres and the Closing Night Gala is the European premiere of Danny Boyle’s SLUMDOG M...

Film and Television Forum announces 4 full days of seminars

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The VIFF's 23rd Annual Film and Television Forum announces four full days of seminars, workshops and master classes scheduled for presentation at the Vancouver International Film Centre and Vancity Theatre from September 24-27 inclusive. From the creators of groundbreaking dramatic and reality-based series, and from Oscar-winning cinematographers to international buyers and commissioning editors, the Forum hosts the very best of filmmakers from around the world.Following on last year's successfu...

Sundance En Espanol: Celebrating Latin Cinema

 Friday, January 25----------The Sundance Institute has a long history of support for Latin films. This year, they have launched  Sundance en Español, a celebration of Latin films and filmmakers participating in the Sundance Film Festival. This year, the program features a collection of six Spanish Language films and four films in English by Hispanic and Latino directors. The films were selected to screen in Salt Lake City, which has a sizable Spanish-speaking community. Earlier this week, ...

Sundance en Español : Celebrating Latin Cinema

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The Sundance Institute has a long history of support for Latin films. This year, they have launched Sundance en Español, a celebration of Latin films and filmmakers participating in the Sundance Film Festival. This year, the program features a collection of six Spanish Language films and four films in English by Hispanic and Latino directors. The films were selected to screen in Salt Lake City, which has a sizable Spanish-speaking community. Earlier this week, a press conference, information p...

Sundance Festival has announced the line-up of films

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Sundance Institute announced today the line-up of films selected from a record number of submissions for the U.S. and World Cinema Dramatic and Documentary Competitions for the 2008 Sundance Film Festival. The premier showcase for the best new work by American and international independent filmmakers, Sundance Film Festival provides audiences with abundant opportunities to discover today's most innovative films. In addition to the four Competition categories, the Festival presents films i...
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