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  The 2011 Los Angeles Film Festival  runs from June 16 - 26 . Today the Los Angeles Film Festival, presented by the Los Angeles Times, announced the first round of official US and international selections. The 2011 Los Angeles Film Festival is produced by Film Independent — the non-profit arts organization that also produces the Spirit Awards — and will screen over 200 feature films, shorts, and music videos, representing more than 30 countries. Opening and Closing Night...

American Independents Compete For Jury Prize

 Friday, June 8--------Six American independent films are competing for a juried prize in the Independentes Americanos section of FESTROIA. The Festival has been a long supporter of American independent films and is one of the few in the world that showcases the work in a seperate section of its own and with a separate prize of its own. "America has always been a source of inspiration for world cinema", FESTROIA director Fernanda Silva explained. "We feel it is important to let ...

CHALK Mixes Documentary and Drama

Tuesday, June 5--------Even though the film was screening in Portugal, many thousands of miles from its setting in Austin, Texas, the audience was remarkably the same. "There is always a strong core of teachers who come to our screenings", director Mike Akel said of his film CHALK, one of six American independent films screening in competition here at Festroia. When polling the audience during his introductory remarks, to see how many teachers were in the audience of 250, nearly 30 p...

SHARKWATER Takes A Bite Out Of Gen Art

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 Thursday, April 19-----SHARKWATER, the eco-activist documentary by Canadian director Rob Stewart, took the Acura Grand Jury Feature Film Award, with a cash prize of $10,000,  at the Gen Art Film Festival Awards Ceremonies on Tuesday night.  The film has already won eleven major international awards, and opened theatrically earlier this month in its native Canada with a record-breaking opening weekend (beating out such high profile documentaries as the Oscar winning AN INCONVENIENT TRUTH an...

SHARKWATER Takes A Bite Out Of Gen Art

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 Thursday, April 19-----SHARKWATER, the eco-activist documentary by Canadian director Rob Stewart, took the Acura Grand Jury Feature Film Award, with a cash prize of $10,000,  at the Gen Art Film Festival Awards Ceremonies on Tuesday night.  The film has already won eleven major international awards, and opened theatrically earlier this month in its native Canada with a record-breaking opening weekend (beating out such high profile documentaries as the Oscar winning AN INCONVENIENT TRUTH an...

Gen Art Film Festival a toasty alternative to the lingering winter chill

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The torrential downpour had not yet quite started on the Festival opening night on Wednesday, with the New York premiere of CRASHING, a literature-meets-pornography tale of a grizzled novelist (played to fare-thee-well perfection by New York's own Campbell Scott) who flirts with sex and artistic inspiration (not necessarily in that order) as he crashes on the coach of two female students who are themselves aspiring novelists. The film drew a strong response from the capacity crowd (so large that...

A Respite From The Rain at Gen Art Film Festival

Friday, April 13------If the theory that shitty weather is good for film festivals holds true, then the time is perfect for this year's Gen Art Film Festival. Although the calendar says mid April, Spring is decidely late this year, with massive rainstorms and temperatures well below normal bursting the bubbles of New Yorkers ready for the winter thaw. So, with the weather inclement, the heat generated from packed screenings and even more crowded after-parties are making this year's Gen A...

Fort Lauderdale Film Festival Kicks Off

DIXIE CHICKS--SHUT UP AND SING Monday, October 16-----Although the official Opening Night is not until Friday, with the hugely anticipated screening of Pedro Almodovar’s VOLVER, the Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival actually began its ambitious program slate this evening, with a number of films being shown this week at the Festival’s year-round cinematheque, the Cinema Paradiso, as a preview of coming attractions. Screening on Monday evening was the hilarious mockumentary CHALK, ...

2006 Florida Film Festival Award Winners

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A weekend of awards and tributes at the 15th Florida Film Festival close the 10-day long event, held in Orlando, Florida. At Friday evening’s Festival Revel celebration, held at the Citrus Club in downtown Orlando, the first-ever Florida Film Festival American Visionary Award was presented to legendary director John Waters. Dubbed the "Pope of Trash" by William Burroughs, John Waters has gained phenomenal international renown as writer and director of wildly original, irreverent, and offbeat p...

Florida Film Festival begins this week end

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The Florida Film Festival, one of the most respected regional festivals in the US, kicks off this evening, bringing more than 141 films over to the next 10 days to its home city of Orlando, Florida. The Festival is headquartered at the Enzian Theater, a not-for-profit arthouse cinema that brings adventurous independent and international programming to Orlando audiences throughout the year.This year, the Festival is presenting 51 feature films (33 narrative films and 18 documentaries) and a stagg...

Awards from San Jose Cinequest 16th

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Over a thousand filmmakers, guests and festival-goers filled the California Theatre in downtown San Jose for the Cinequest 16 closing night gala on Sunday, March 12. Cinequest co-founder Kathleen Powell introduced the jury members to present the awards. Film critic Steve Rhodes of Internet Reviews announced the winners of the feature competition, including Sören Senn’s KUSSKUSS (Maverick Spirit Winner) and Jan Martin Scharf and Arne Nolting’s WAHRHEIT ODER PFLICHT/TRUTH OR DARE (Best First ...

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