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Shanghai, once called the Paris of the East, is rapidly becoming one of the major cultural and financial destinations in the world.  The Shanghai International Film  Festival, sponsored by Jaeger Le Coultre , watch maker extraordinaire,  wrapped its 15th edition Sunday night with a bang and a Closing night ceremony featuring a Broadway like production number. Chinese Superstar Chow Yun Fat received the Lifetime Achievement Award from Martial Arts legend Jackie Chan.   I...

Palm Springs International ShortFest lines up 331

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It’s not always about length... enjoy some quality shorts this summer! The 2011 Palm Springs International ShortFest, Short Film Festival & Film Market announced today its roster of 331 films, selected from more than 3,000 worldwide entries. Now in its 17th year, ShortFest will showcase 64 World Premieres, 58 North American Premieres and 25 U.S. Premieres. The selection of films for screening and competition features star-studded casts and award-winning films from 50 countries around the wo...

Bill Condon Elected President of Film Independent

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Film Independent, the non-profit arts organization that produces the Spirit Awards and the Los Angeles Film Festival, elected new officers Bill Condon, Rodrigo Garcia, Alan Poul and Stephanie Allain to its Board of Directors.  The Board of Directors is comprised of leaders from the film community who serve in a volunteer capacity, and make strategic decisions on the direction and vitality of the organization. Director/producer Bill Condon (Kinsey, Gods and Monsters) will serve as Presid...

SAN FRANCISCO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL BUCKS ECONOMIC TRENDS TO SET NEW RECORDS FOR REVENUE AND ATTENDANCE

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Longest-Running Film Festival in the Americas Enjoys a Spectacular 52nd Year with Superb Programming, Numerous Special Guests and Many Memorable Sold-out Events The San Francisco Film Society wrapped its 52nd San Francisco International Film Festival (April 23-May 7) with 272 screenings of 151 films from 55 countries, with 144 filmmakers and 54 industry guests from 25 countries in attendance, with an estimated 82,000 filmgoers. Over its packed 15 days the Festival set new record highs for att...

'Benjamin Button' and 'Slumdog Millionaire' Lead 81st Academy Awards Nominations

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By Maria Esteves - January 25, 2009 The 81st Academy Awards nominations was announced by President Sid Ganis of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and 2006 Oscar winner Forest Whitaker "The Last King of Scotland" on Thursday, January 22, 2009. THE CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON picked up 13 Oscar nominations including best picture and best director. The next frontrunner with 10 Oscar nominations was SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE including best picture.  The 81st Academy ...

80TH ACADEMY AWARD NOMINEES BY CATEGORY

80TH ACADEMY AWARD NOMINEES BY CATEGORY By Maria Esteves - February 10, 2008 The 80th Academy Awards ceremony for outstanding film achievements of 2007, hosted by Jon Stewart will be held at the Kodak Theatre, Hollywood, California, and televised live by ABC Television Network on Sunday, February 24, 8:00 PM EST. The Oscars will also be televised live in more than 200 countries worldwide. The 80th Academy Award Nominees was announced by President Sid Ganis, Academy of Motion Picture Arts...

Oscar Nominations by category for the 79th Awards

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The 79th edition of the Academy Awards brought us its surprises along with the long list of nominees announced in Los Angeles early Tuesday by the AMPAS president Sid Ganis and actress Salma Hayek.Leading surprise was the absence of Bill Condon's Dreamgirls in the best feature category. The film leads with 8 nominationsPerformance by an actor in a leading roleLeonardo DiCaprio - BLOOD DIAMONDRyan Gosling - HALF NELSONPeter O'Toole - VENUSWill Smith - THE PURSUIT OF HAPPYNESSForest Whitaker - THE...

Suprise French Penguin Docu gets Oscar nomination

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Luc Jacquet's Marche de l'Empereur just got nominated for best documentary by the Academy. The film has been seen by 20 Millions viewers and took a cumulated 77M$ at the US Box Office.Director: Luc JacquetScreenwriter(s): Luc Jacquet, Michel FesslerCinematography: Laurent Chalet, Jérôme MaisonProducer(s): Yves Darondeau, Christophe Lioud, Emmanuel PriouNarrators: Charles Berling, Romane Bohringer, Jules SitrukNominations for the 78th Annual Academy Awards were announced on Tuesday, January 31 ...

Mill Valley Film Festival closed its 28th year

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Mill Valley Film Festival closed its 28th year with screenings of more than 200 films from over 50 countries on Sunday, October 16. Always an exciting Festival component, more than 175 filmmakers and actors from around the globe made the trip to Mill Valley to share their filmmaking experiences with the audiences. “We had an exceptional slate of US and world cinema, tributes, spotlights, music events, parties and receptions for film lovers of all ages,” notes Founder/Director Mark Fishkin. ...

Sid Ganis named AMPAS - Oscar new President

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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences has named its new President, Sid Ganis has been elected to the post at Tuesday night's board meeting.Sid Ganis established Out of the Blue...Entertainment on the Sony Pictures lot in late '96 as a provider of motion picture, television and musical entertainment for Columbia, TriStar and others. On the creative side, Ganis was formerly president of Paramount Pictures' Motion Picture Group for several years before joining Sony Pictures Entertainment. G...

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