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ÉCU SPOTLIGHT: CHARLIE KAUFMAN AND “CROWDFUNDING”

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  ÉCU SPOTLIGHT: CHARLIE KAUFMAN AND “CROWDFUNDING” ÉCU is a strong supporter of the unbridled creativity which is afforded to indie filmmakers, but acknowledges the difficulties in financing costs. This week the spotlight is on the acclaimed American screenwriter, director and producer Charlie Kaufman, who defies conventions and creates inspiringly innovative work. In September he raised twice the $200,000 budget required to produce his upcoming animat...

2012 Film Independent Spirit Awards Nominees Video Announcement

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The Spirit Awards celebrates artist-driven filmmaking and recognizes the finest achievements of today’s independent filmmakers.                                     2012 FILM INDEPENDENT SPIRIT AWARD NOMINATIONS ANNOUNCED - $115,000 in grants to be awarded to filmmakers - LOS ANGELES (Novembe...

Film Independent Spirit Awards announced

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Film Independent, the non-profit arts organization that produces the Spirit Awards and the Los Angeles Film Festival, announced nominations for the 2012 Film Independent Spirit Awards this morning. Anthony Mackie and Kate Beckinsale served as presenters. Nominees for Best Feature include 50/50, Beginners, Drive, Take Shelter, The Descendants and The Artist.Margin Call was selected to receive the annual Robert Altman Award, which is bestowed upon one film’s director, casting director and ense...

The Göteborg Film Festival is up and running

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  34th Göteborg International Film Festival has now started. At the inauguration ceremony the American director and screenwriter Charlie Kaufman received the festival's new Honorary Dragon Award. We have ten days ahead of us with no fewer than 443 films from 76 countries, 750 screenings at 18 salons.   Apart from the honorary award two other prizes were handed out at the inauguration ceremony at the Draken cinema. This year the Göteborg Film Award (50 000 SEK) went to Andrea...

NEWSLETTER N° 491: January 7, 2011

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NEWSLETTER N° 491: January 7, 2011

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 .............                                                                                                                                                          NEWSLETTER N° 491: January 7, 2011 Season's greeting to all our friends on the festival circuit! Follow this LINK if you cannot read the newsletter properly Contact the Editor, Advertise with us  Thi...

NEWSLETTER N° 489: December 18, 2010

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 .............                                                                                                                                                          WELCOME TO OUR NEWSLETTER N° 489: December 18, 2010 Follow this LINK if you cannot read the newsletter properly Contact the Editor, Advertise with us  This newsletter reaches 83 000 film professionnals...

Charlie Kaufman will be honored at next Goteborg

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Academy Award-winning screenwriter Charlie Kaufman will visit Sweden for the first time to receive the newly instituted Honorary Dragon Award. He is the man behind hit movies like Being John Malkovich, Adaptation, Confessions of a Dangerous Mind and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. At the festival office in Göteborg, the heat is on to complete the programme and invite exciting guests. We can now reveal that one of these exciting guests is writer-director Charlie Kaufman. He was born in N...

Biografilm Festival – International Celebration of Lives

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Biografilm Festival – International Celebration of Lives is the first international event entirely dedicated to biographies and life tales. The sixth edition (Bologna, June 9-14, 2010) was a major success with both critics and audience, with over 30.000 visitors in 6 days and nearly 400 films submitted from all over the world. As usual, in 2010, Biografilm has shown a rich premiere calendar.During its six editions, Biografilm presented to the Italian audience films such as The Cats of Mirikita...

American Film Festival Poland list of upcoming events

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The AMERICAN FILM FESTIVAL (AFF), the first film event in Eastern Europe solely devoted to the works of contemporary and classic American cinema, has announced a number of Special Events and VIP Guests who will participate in the inaugural edition which begins next week. These events are in addition to the 20 Dramatic Features and 15 Documentary Features that will compete for Audience Awards and cash prizes, including a chance at Eastern European distribution.“We have assembled a very dynamic ...

Canadian Detective Story Premieres In Locarno

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  YOU ARE HERE, a meta-detective story produced by ZeroFunction Productions and Scythia Films, will have its world premiere in the Filmmakers of the Present competition at the Locarno International Film Festival this week. Reminiscent of the mind-games of Charlie Kaufman and the experimentation of Steven Soderbergh, YOU ARE HERE is the first feature by internationally acclaimed Toronto-based video artist Daniel Cockburn.  The film weaves a Borgesian fantasy composed of mul...

Laura Dern to Chair Spirit Awards Event Committee

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Film Independent, the non-profit arts organization that produces the Spirit Awards and the Los Angeles Film Festival, announced today that the 2010 Spirit Awards will be held on Friday evening March 5 at LA Live in downtown Los Angeles. The event will be held in a tent on the complexís panoramic event deck beginning at 8:00 p.m. Over the past 25 years, the event has been held at various locations in Los Angeles, including 385 North Restaurant, Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, Beverly Hills Hotel, R...

New Filmmakers’ Day drew a packed house in Vancouver

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A slate of cinema’s top award-winning filmmakers galvanized a sold-out event at VIFF’s 24th Annual Film &Television Forum on Saturday, October 3 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 writer/director Charlie Kaufman (Adaptation, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Synecdoche, New York) and award-winning cinematographers, Ellen Kuras (Away We Go, Shine a Lig...

Producer Ted Hope Honored At Woodstock FF

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Award-winning producer Ted Hope, one of the most respected independent producers in the film industry, will be honored with the honorary Trailblazer Award at the 10th Anniversary edition of the Woodstock Film Festival, which opened today. Hope is a true indie pioneer who has shepherded dozens of American indie films over the past three decades. He will be honored at the WFF Gala Awards Ceremony on Saturday night, October 3rd. Hope enjoys a reputation as an unparalleled spotter o...

Lars von Trier’s Antichrist on Sarajevo Film Festival

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Sarajevo Film Festival, which takes place from Aug 12 to 20, has announced the Panorama section programmed by regular Screen critic Howard Feinstein. The titles selected are: Another Man (Switzerland) Lionel Baier, Antichrist (Denmark) Lars Von Trier, Bronson (UK) Nicolas Winding Refn, Daniel & Ana (Mexico/Spain) Michel Franco, Fear Me Not (Denmark) Kristian Levring, The Fly (Russia) Vladimir Kott, Goodbye Solo (USA) Ramin Bahrani, Laila’s Birthday (Palestine) Rashid Masharawi, Love Expo...

Lars von Trier’s Antichrist on Sarajevo Film Festival

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Sarajevo Film Festival, which takes place from Aug 12 to 20, has announced the Panorama section programmed by regular Screen critic Howard Feinstein. The titles selected are: Another Man (Switzerland) Lionel Baier, Antichrist (Denmark) Lars Von Trier, Bronson (UK) Nicolas Winding Refn, Daniel & Ana (Mexico/Spain) Michel Franco, Fear Me Not (Denmark) Kristian Levring, The Fly (Russia) Vladimir Kott, Goodbye Solo (USA) Ramin Bahrani, Laila’s Birthday (Palestine) Rashid Masharawi, Love Exposure (...

New York Asian Film Festival to open with Written by

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New York Asian Film Festival (June 19 ­ July 5) Announces Opening Night, Closing Night and Centerpiece Presentation Films Taking place at the IFC Center and Japan Society in New York City, the New York Asian Film Festival is the largest festival of popular Asian film in North America and we're proud to announce its Opening and Closing Night films as well as its Centerpiece Presentation. These three titles join a line-up of 45 feature films competing in this year¹s New York Asian Film Festival ...

Interview with Film Director, Jim Jarmusch, "Limits of Control"

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"Limits of Control" reminded me slightly of "Coffee and Cigarettes", only with two espressos (separate cups), matchbooks, and wooden string instruments, set in Spain. The film opens with the quote, "as I descend down impassable rivers, I no longer feel guided by the ferryman", and very little dialogue thereafter. "Usted habla espanol?", and "whenever someone thinks he is bigger than the rest of us, he must go to the cemetary", are repeatedly stat...

Interview with Director Jim Jarmusch/ "The Limits of Control"

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"Limits of Control" reminded me slightly of "Coffee and Cigarettes", only with two espressos (separate cups), matchbooks, and wooden string instruments, set in Spain. The film opens with the quote, "as I descend down impassable rivers, I no longer feel guided by the ferryman", and very little dialogue thereafter. "Usted habla espanol?", and "whenever someone thinks he is bigger than the rest of us, he must go to the cemetary", are repeatedly stated throughout the journey of a mild mannered myste...

The Ingmar Bergman International Debut Award – the nominees are …

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The Ingmar Bergman International Debut Award is the film award which is discovering new talent. The award was inaugurated during the Göteborg International Film Festival 2007 when the winner was Andrea Arnold for Red Road. In 2008 Jaime Rosales got the award for his Solitary Fragments. Now the time has come to discover a brand new director.Ingmar Bergman was the honourary president of the Göteborg International Film Festival during 1994-2007 and blessed the festival's Bergman award with the wo...

Gotham Award Winners Announced In New York

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  Wednesday, December 3-------On the same day as the Film Independent Spirit Award nominations were announced (cheeky, that), the annual Gotham independent Film Awards were given out in New York City. Winning top honors were FROZEN RIVER by Courtney Hunt as Best Feature Film and TROUBLE THE WATER by Tia Lessin and Carl Deal as Best Documentary.   FROZEN RIVER'S lead actress Melissa Leo also won the Gotham Breakthrough Actor award, and along wih her Film Inde...

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...

Sitges 08: 41st Edition results

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The 41st edition of the Sitges - International Film Festival of Catalonia, held from October 2nd to the 12th, continued the success it obtained in 2007 and maintained its figures of 50,000 tickets sold and 100,000 viewers in its movie theaters, including accredited press members, guests and free screenings. The total number of festival visitors was 140,000, including the huge amount of participants in the Eastpak Zombie Walk held on Friday October 10th in Sitges. 400 media representatives from 2...

London Festival Enjoys audience and industry records

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The Times BFI 52nd London Film Festival rounded off its most successful year to date with the European premiere of Danny Boyle’s SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE. This year’s Festival hosted 191 feature films and 109 short films from 43 countries including a record 15 world premieres. There were 398 screenings and 537 visiting international filmmakers, a record 1096 industry professionals, and the highest ever audience attendance. High-profile international filmmakers and actors attended their film’s s...

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