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Sir Michael Gambon and Jude Law to be honoured at British Independent Film Awards

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JUDE LAW AND SIR MICHAEL GAMBON TO BE HONOURED AT THE 15th MOËT BRITISH INDEPENDENT FILM AWARDS Recipients of both The Richard Harris Award and The Variety Award were announced today by Johanna von Fischer and Tessa Collinson, joint Directors, The Moët British Independent Film Awards. Sir Michael Gambon will receive the Richard Harris Award and Jude Law The Variety Award at the awards ceremony on Sunday 9th December at Old Billingsgate. The Richard Harris Award was introduced in 200...

Danny Huston and his nephew Jack at the MWFF for Two Jacks

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American film star Danny Huston and his nephew Jack will attend the Montreal World Film Festival for the premiere of Two Jacks directed by Bernard Rose. They will be accompanied by the film's producer Julia Verdin. In 2011 at the MWFF Huston won best actor for his role in Eran Riklis' Playoff. “I really enjoyed the Festival last year and I'm happy to be returning with Two Jacks,” said Huston.  “One of the great dynasties of American cinema, the Hustons have given us great films f...

Amazonas Film Festival today announced its 2011 line-up

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AMAZONAS FILM FESTIVAL UNVEILS 2011 JURORS AND LINE-UP Award-winning films from around the globe will be screened at this unique festival in the heart of the Amazonian rainforest The eighth annual Amazonas Film Festival today announced its 2011 line-up, which features award-winning films from around the globe, and its jury of international stars and filmmakers. The festival will run November 3-9 in Manaus, Brazil. Screenings will be held at the Teatro Amazonas, the Belle-Epoque opera house upon...

London BFI opens with 360 gala presentation tonight

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A dynamic and moving study of love in the 21st century from the director of The Constant Gardener. Combining impeccable filmmaking credentials and an intriguing premise, 360 is a dynamic and moving roundelay of love in the 21st century. Director Fernando Meirelles (City of God, The Constant Gardener, Blindness) and writer Peter Morgan (The Queen, Frost/Nixon) give us a distinctly modern take on Arthur Schnitzlerís classic play Reigen (La Ronde), the starting point for this interloc...

BFI London Film Festival shortlists and juries

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The 55th BFI London Film Festival is delighted to announce the shortlists and juries for the 2011 Festival Awards, supported by MontBlanc, which will take place at LSO St Luke’s on 26 October. At this year’s ceremony, the BFI will bestow its highest honour, the BFI Fellowship, on David Cronenberg and Ralph Fiennes. The original and provocative Canadian filmmaker David Cronenberg is internationally renowned for films exploring the darker impulses and inner lives of his characters. His disti...

Strong Film Sales Emerging From Toronto

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  SHAME (UK, Steve McQueen) Although it began rather slowly, the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) which just concluded on Sunday, saw a good degree of sales and acquisition activity, with many more deals to be announced in the coming weeks. Although it does not have an official market sidebar like Cannes or Berlin, there is a good amount of informal rubbing of shoulders between members of the international film community who were in attendance in force. According to ...

Toronto Top Ten Buzz Titles

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  A DANGEROUS METHOD (David Cronenberg, Canada)  The Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) enters its middle stretch this week, offering attending buyers, critics and film lovers a dizzying feast of film treats. Planning what to see is a definite must, since even at 5 films per day (my personal max), there are many that are missed. While here, one must adapt a strategy and raison d’etre……do you attend the highly buzzed titles in the largest cinemas (the ones by name dire...

Toronto Top Ten Buzz Titles

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  Michael Fassbender and Viggo Mortensen in A DANGEROUS METHOD  The Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) enters its middle stretch this week, offering attending buyers, critics and film lovers a dizzying feast of film treats. Planning what to see is a definite must, since even at 5 films per day (my personal max), there are many that are missed. While here, one must adapt a strategy and raison d’etre……do you attend the highly buzzed titles in the largest cinemas (the on...

44 french films at the London Film Festival

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The 55th BFI London Film Festival in partnership with American Express is delighted to announce that this year's programme includes 44 films from France. This is part of a worldwide selection of 204 feature films and 110 shorts from more than 54 countries. The 55th BFI London Film Festival runs from October 12 - October 27.France FEATURES: 17 GIRLS (17 FILLES): Dir. Delphine Coulin and Muriel Coulin A CAT IN PARIS (UNE VIE DE CHAT): Dir. Alain Gagnol and Jean-Loup FelicioliAMERICANO: Dir. Mathie...

360, directed by Fernando Meirelles (City of God, The Constant Gardener, Blindness) to open London Festival

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Rachel Weisz, Jude Law, Sir Anthony Hopkins to open THE 55TH BFI LONDON FILM FESTIVAL The 55th BFI London Film Festival, in partnership with American Express, is proud to announce that this year’s Festival will open on Wednesday 12 October with the European premiere of 360, directed by Fernando Meirelles (City of God, The Constant Gardener, Blindness) and with an original screenplay from the acclaimed writer Peter Morgan (The Queen, Frost/...

Toronto Film Festival Takes Shape

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For most of the planet, the official end of summer does not come until the autumn equinox on September 21. However, for people in the film industry, the Fall season begins in only a few weeks, with the beginning of the autumn film festival cycle. Kicking off (startingly early this year) in Montreal on August 18 with the Montreal World Film Festival and then dashing across the pond to the Venice Film Festival, which begins on August 28, and then back across to the Toronto Film Festival, ...

Rio International Film Festival 2010 Awards

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The 12th annual Rio de Janeiro Film Festival, which comes to a close tomorrow night after a packed fifteen days of screenings and market events, held its Première Brasil awards this evening, Tuesday October 5, to bestow its Redentor trophy (sculpted on Rio’s famous Christ statue) on those new Brazilan films and documentaries considered the best by the official jury and public. The votes were cast on the films selected for competition in the festival’s flagship PremièreBrasil section which ...

First Cinema Tropical Awards 2010 Celebrates Top Tens of the Decade

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By Maria Esteves – October 4, 2010The First Cinema Tropical Awards 2010 will commence on Friday, October 22, at the Times Center, New York. Cinema Tropical created by Carlos A. Gutiérrez and Monika Wagenberg, the awards are presented in partnership with Voces, Latino Heritage Network of The New York Times, IFC Center, Jorge Pinto Books, BOMB Magazine, and Americas Society. This year's awards honoring the ten best Latin American films of the decade (2000-2009) will showcase at the IFC Center,...

WASTE LAND a double audience award winner at Berlin Film Festival and Sundance

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  WASTE LAND a double winner at Berlin Film Festival British/Brazilian documentary secures second audience award E1 Entertainment International is proud to announce a historic double win for WASTE LAND, directed by Lucy Walker and co-directed by João Jardim and Karen Harley, which scooped the Panorama Audience Award as well as the Amnesty International Film Prize at the 2010 Berlin Film Festival.   Panorama Audiences were moved to award the film, a co-production b...

SHOOTING STARS 2010: EFP announces jury

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Presentation of Europe's best young actors at the 60th Berlinale         Jury member: Ana Geislerová The jury for SHOOTING STARS 2010 is now confirmed. At the end of November, Europe's 10 best up-and-coming actors will be chosen from the 21 nominations submitted by European Film Promotion's (EFP) member organisations. The SHOOTING STARS will be prese...

NEWSLETTER N° 407: March 18, 2009

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Our newsletter reaches over 73 000 subscribers every week   Follow this link if you cannot read the newsletter properly Contact the Editor of the site, Advertise on the sites. ENJOY THE NEW VERSION OF THE SITE - The renowned Festival Directory from Filmfestivals.com is MERGED AND MOVED to Fest21.com whith easier search options, simplified update process for fe...

Interview with Fernando Meirelles

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From the highly acclaimed director of The Constant Gardner and City of God comes the compelling post-apocalyptic thriller BLINDNESS. This must-see chilling thriller has an all-star cast including: Julianne Moore, Mark Ruffalo, Danny Glover and Gael Garcia Bernal. BLINDNESS is released to buy and rent on DVD on 30 March 2009 from Pathé Distribution Ltd.As a city is ravaged by an epidemic of sudden blindness, its victims are quarantined in a derelict hospital where a women (Moore; Children of Men...

Cinemanila : International Film Festival

The Cinemanila Int`l Film Festival is the Philippines` contribution to world cinema, offering a venue for independent films, and giving Filipinos, a film-loving people, the chance to view fine films outside of the "mainstream". Cinemanila, the festival traces its roots to the desire of continuing the legacy of Lino Brocka. In 1974, the great filmmaker created “Cinemanila,” an independent production outfit. With immortal classics like Mortal and Tinimbang Ka Ngunit Kulang, Brocka was able to associate Cinemanila to films that are uniquely Filipino yet able to play to international markets. In turn, Cinemanila the film festival was envisioned to be a nurturing environment for the future of the Filipino film industry. By exposing them to international-caliber films, Cinemanila aimed to rouse the yearning among young and upcoming filmmakers to be more globally competitive and to be optimistic that they too can create world-class films worthy of exhibition abroad.

Thoughts on 2008 Dubai International Film Festival.

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Held from December 11th-18th in Dubai’s luxurious Madinat Jemeirah’s conference center embedded in an upscale tourist resort with screening in other venues, the Dubai film festival is racing to be number one in the region. Catering to about 750 official participants who attended as guests and numerous other professionals, the program featured 181 films from 66 countries. More than 20 well attended industry events and panels were held ranging from marketing and distribution issues to cas...

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...

Interview with Donald Mugisha

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Donald Mugisha is a founding member of Ugandan film-making collective Yes! That’s Us. Their debut feature Divizionz is a refreshingly authentic portrait of African inner city slum life, centred around a group of young friends striving to make it in the city as musicians. Donald Mugisha Could you start by talking a bit about your film-making collective Yes! That's Us - how you formed, how you work together, and how you came to make this feature? We're a guerrilla filmmak...

Programme Announced for Cornwall Film Festival

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Cornwall Film Festival 6-9 November 2008 We are very excited to announce a fantastic programme for Cornwall Film Festival 2008 which offers something for everybody. South West feature premieres include Terence Davies’ Of Time and the City which will be introduced by Mark Kermode (BBC 2’s Culture Show); Fernando Meirelles’ (City of God, The Constant Gardner) Blindness with an introduction by Executive Producer Simon Channing-Williams and Mark Tonderai’s Hush with introduction by director ...

Filmfest Hamburg ends its journey through 134 film worlds

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Last night the 16th Filmfest Hamburg came to ist close with the German premiere of the Belgian-French road movie “Eldorado” in the presence of director Bouli Lanners.The 16th Filmfest Hamburg opened with the mountaineering drama “North Face”. The German premiere was attended by director Philipp Stölzl, lead actress Johanna Wokalek and the two actors Simon Schwarz and Georg Friedrich. This year’s Douglas-Sirk-Award was presented to the director Atom Egoyan. The renowned award is presen...

Toronto Film Festival Facts And Figures

Saturday, September 6-------The facts and figures of this year's  Toronto International Film Festival go something like this: 312 films from 64 countries, including 249 feature-length films, 76 per cent of which are world, international or North American premieres, and 61 of which are feature directorial debuts. Aside from close to 1500 international members of the press and the film industry, the Festival is also welcoming over 500 international stars and special guests on the red carpet. T...

Calgary International Film Festival to open with Blindness

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The Calgary International Film Festival (CIFF) is proud to announce the festival will open with Fernando Meirelles and Don McKellar’s Blindness at the American Express Opening Gala on September 18, 2008. Blindness was nominated for the Golden Palm and was the opening film at Cannes in 2008. Directed by Academy Award® nominated Fernando Meirelles (The Constant Gardener, City of God), and adapted from Nobel Laureate Jose Saramago's masterwork, Blindness is a harrowing tale about the fragility o...
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