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Marion Cotillard to Receive the "Hollywood Actress Award" at the Hollywood Film Awards Gala Ceremony

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The 16th Annual Hollywood Film Awards, presented by the Los Angeles Times, announce that Academy Award winning actress Marion Cotillard will receive the  "Hollywood Actress Award" for her distinguished performance in Jacques Audiard's "Rust and Bone," a Sony Pictures Classics release, at the Hollywood Film Awards Gala ceremony on October 22. "We are honored that Ms. Cotillard will be the recipient of this year's 'Hollywood Actress  Award.' It is a privileg...

Amour wins big in Durban

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Award-winners announced at Durban International Film Festival The 33rd edition of the Durban International Film Festival, with principal funding from the National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund,  this evening (Saturday, July 28) announced its award-winners, prior to the closing film. Winner of the Best Feature Film award, Love (Amour) was applauded by the International Jury as “unmissable”, and the film’s director Michael Haneke, as a “contemporary master with an astute under...

The Durban International Film Festival returns

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The Durban International Film Festival returns for its 33rd year to celebrate the magic of cinema in all its beauty and diversity. From the 19th to the 29th July, Durban will be illuminated by the glow of the silver screen, with over 290 screenings in 10 venues across the city. Alongside world-class cinema from across the globe, comprising 80 feature films, 40 documentaries and 45 short films, the festival offers a comprehensive workshop and seminar programme that facilitates the sharing...

Thai cinema and the Thai film industry to shine during Thai Night 2012

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Cannes' Thai Night 2012 Friday May 18th, 2012 at 6:00pm Grand Salon, Intercontinental Carlton Cannes     Presided by Her Royal Highness Princess Ubolratana Rajakanya Sirivadhana Barnavadi, Thai Night 2012 will be the occasion to celebrate another banner year for Thai cinema. Palme d'Or winner Apichatpong Weerasethakul is back in the official selection with "Mekong Hotel".  Also present in Cannes this year is an ec...

The sketches of the IFFS Summit Europe panelists by Nesta Morgan

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http://www.fest21.com/en/blog/nesta_morgan Nesta's.fest21.com, the Signature Sketch collection of caricature filmic moments in the festival community... "I storyboard, and design film and tv sets. My sketchbooks are full of the character and environment settings of both cinema and literary worlds, they are my own original storyboard collection of festival travel sketches, with pen and paper. Nesta's Sketch Collection covers The Berlinale Talent Campus, Edinburgh Film & ...

IFFS Paris 2012: It's Complicated: Defining the Relationship between Festivals and Distributors. by Nesta

Of Gods and Men, Le Prophet, Tom Boy, multi contrary. Moulin Rouge. Regine Hatchondo, Unifrance Films; Loic Magneron, WIDE, Eye on Film; Stephane Huard, Universal Film; Steve Rubin, Luc Besson on The Lady.

Two Must-Attend Film Festivals,in India

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by Lekha Shankar      With almost every city in India boasting of a film festival today, it’s difficult to know which ones to choose. But two film festivals seems a cut above the rest. The International Film Festival of India (IIFI),  is the oldest and biggest film festival in the country ,which is  held in late-November, in the scenic beach-town of Goa. It  has the glitter, glamour, and high-quality cinema that one associates with a top-range fest...

Cinequest Film Festival concludes 13 days with awards

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For over 13 days, Cinequest Film Festival 22 (CQFF22) delivered never-ending passion and provided an unforgettable experience for more than 90,000 attendees.  Through themes of creation, innovation, and empowerment, Cinequest 22 celebrated 60 U.S., North American and World Premieres, representing over 40 countries. A record 95,000 participants enjoyed first-class venues, including those with Barco state-of-the-art projection for all digital formats. A spectacular new Intel VIP Lounge, w...

Past winners at Fantasporto 1981 / 2011

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WINNERS FANTASPORTO     1981 (Non-Competitive Festival)   1982 Grand Prix Fantasporto 82:  The Redemeer - Krsto Papic (Jugoslavia)   1983 Grand Prix Fantasporto 83: Scanners - David Cronenberg (Canada)   1984 Grand Prix Fantasporto 84: Le Dernier Combat - Luc Besson (France)   1985 Grand Prix Fantasporto 95: The Company of the Wolves - Neil Jordan (UK)   1986 Grand Prix Fantasporto 86: ...

IFFI Lifetime Achievement Award Bertrand Tavernier : a deeply committed, politically engaged film-maker

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It is a paradox that one of the world's finest filmmakers  Bertrand Tavernier has been bestowed with the IFFI  Lifetime Achievement Award by a country that makes and screens the largest number of films  in the world, but has never  shown a film by Tavernier."Film-makers are selfish, we want everyone  to see our films," said the snowy haired monsieur from  France, underlining his "privilege to be honoured in a country that has so rich a cinematic culture." And ...

IFFI Goa launches with 100 films from 65 countries

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Films from 65 countries for 42nd international film festival goa, shahrukj khan, luc besson, betrand tavernier to attendMore than 100 films from 65 countries will be screened during the 42nd International Film Festival of India - 2011 in Goa between Nov 23 and Dec 3,3011 Bollywood badshah Shahrukh Khan will be chief guest at IFFI's inauguration at the Ravindra Bhavan in Margao Goa on 23 November. The main centre of the festival is Panaji,although films will be screened over the 10 day Fest in...

Films from 65 countries for 42nd international film festival goa, shahrukj khan, luc besson, betrand tavernier to attend

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More than 100 films from 65 countries will be screened during the 42nd International Film Festival of India - 2011 in Goa between Nov 23 and Dec 3,3011  Bollywood badshah Shahrukh Khan will be chief guest at IFFI's inauguration  at the Ravindra Bhavan in Margao Goa  on 23 November. The main centre of the festival is Panaji,although films will be screened over the 10 day Fest in Margao,Goa's commercial hub which is located 4 km from the political capital.     Revived in this...

Stockholm International Film Festival begins!

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Finally the time has come for a twelve days film fest to light up the winter darkness. Stockholm presents 16 Red Carpet screenings at the premiere theatre Skandia, most of the screenings will have actors or directors present. Miranda July joins us on Skype and we also present Wong Kar Wai's favourite photographer Christopher Doyle. Between November 9 - 20 the festival will show 173 films from 44 countries, and welcome  directors, actors and film lovers from all over the world. &nb...

The Tokyo International film festival to support Tsunami victims

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24th TOKYO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL AIMS TO SUPPORT EARTHQUAKE AND TSUNAMI VICTIMS by Alex Deleon   Jūzō Itami  The Tokyo International film festival (TIFF) which came into being in 1985 and is now in its 24th edition forms, is, along with Pusan in neighboring Korea, what might be called the "one-two punch" of leading Asian film festivals. This festival started off slowly and was only held every other year between 1985 and 1991, but fi...

Arab Film Competition Jury for Narrative Film at Third Annual DTFF

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Acclaimed Syrian director Mohammed Malas will be joined by internationally renowned filmmakers and actors to form the Arab Film Competition Jury for Narrative Films at the third annual Doha Tribeca Film Festival (DTFF). The news came as the Doha Film Institute (DFI) announced the jury for the inaugural DTFF Arab Documentary Film Competition, which will be led by pioneering and award-winning British documentary filmmaker Nick Broomfield (Kurt & Courtney, Battle for Haditha, Biggie & Tup...

What's cooking at Roma Fest 6th edition?

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Fifteen films in competition for the Official Selection of the sixth edition of the International Rome Film Festival (27th October - 4th November) featuring productions from all over the world.  Among many others, the scheduled films include Hotel Lux by Leander Haußmann, Babycall by Pål Sletaune, Hysteria by Tanya Wexler, Poongsan by Juhn Jaihong, The Eye of the Storm by Fred Schepisi with Geoffrey Rush and Charlotte Rampling, Une vie meilleure by Cédric Kahn with Guillaume Canet, Magic V...

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 ...

Stars Come Out In Toronto

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  One need not look up at the skies in the Canadian metropolis of Toronto to see stars. There will be as many stars at street level (make that red carpet level) as there will be in the heavens as the 2011 edition of the Toronto International Film Festival continues through this Sunday. Brad Pitt, George Clooney, James Franco, Rachel Weisz, Salma Hayek and Viggo Mortensen will be backing a flurry of Hollywood and indie movie bows in Toronto, as will Keira Knightley, Clive Owen, Ge...

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...

Arresting, New Docu film on Aung Sang Suu Kyi, 'LADY OF NO FEAR'

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  Even as one waits eagerly for French director Luc Besson's fictional film on Burmese freedom fighter Aung Sang Suu Kyi,'The Lady', with Maggie Cheung playing the lead,  a new, real-life docu film on Burma's most famous political leader 'Lady of No Fear' has won applause at many Human Rights Festivals, and will now do the rounds of many  international film festivals around the world .  Infact, it's told that Luc  Besson studied this  docu at length, before he began his ...

Rome Film Fest to open with Besson's The Lady

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THE INTERNATIONAL ROME FILM FESTIVAL will run October 27 – November 4 2011    Luc Besson’s The Lady will open the sixth edition of the International Rome Film Festival, running this year from October 27 to November 4 at the Auditorium Parco della Musica. The film, presented out of competition, recounts the political and personal odyssey of Aung San Suu Kyi (played by Michelle Yeoh), the Burmese pacifist and human rights activist who has militated against the dictatorship in her ...

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, ...

Les Amants du Pont Neuf Guide

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by Kathryn Hall My flatmate and I set a house rule to only watch French films while living in Paris, to better ‘immerse’ ourselves in our adoptive land’s language and culture and so on. Though we push it at times, (’Jean Reno’s French, so I guess we can justifiably watch Léon again…’) this has led us to stumble upon a couple of less widely remembered French films. The first was Les Amants du Pont Neuf, directed by Leos Carax – a very late-’80s/early-...

The Awards at Fantasporto conclude a fantastic week

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FANTASPORTO AWARDS 2011 The year 2011 proves to be a year of discoveries. The Dutch film "Two Eyes Staring" born of a conversation between director Elbert Van Strien and his therapist won the Grand Prix best Film Award of the 31st edition of International Film Festival of Porto, and also the Award for Best Screenplay. This is a sophisticated psychological thriller with shades of horror about how we deform the reality from what we see. With a surreal atmosphere, surrounded by seemingly normal, a ...
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