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60 Years of San Sebastian International Film Festival

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This year the Festival will be celebrating its 60th consecutive edition with the same enthusiasm felt the day it first saw the light on September 21st 1953. Conceived as an International Film Week for the purpose of screening and marketing films, it was not long before the IFFPA granted it B status (non-competitive), thanks to the success of its first edition. A year later it was called the International Film Festival, and in 1955 the IFFPA recognized the festival as competitive, spec...

Kenneth Branagh will Receive Honor at Sann Francisco Film Society Awards Night

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  Director Will Receive Honor at Film Society Awards Night at Warfield Theatre and Onstage Tribute at Castro Theatre San Francisco, CA -- The San Francisco Film Society announced today that Kenneth Branagh will be the recipient of the Founder's Directing Award at the 55th San Francisco International Film Festival (April 19 - May 3). The FDA will be presented to Branagh at Film Society Awards Night, Thursday, April 26 at the historic Warfield Theatre.   The Film Society and i...

ISRAEL FILM FESTIVAL wrapped in NYC

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The 25th ISRAEL FILM FESTIVAL closed tonight in NYC with a screening of the Panavision Audience Choice Award winning film – Avi Nesher’s The Matchmaker. The annual Panavision Audience Choice Award for Best Israeli Feature Film carries a state-of-the-art Panavision package worth over $60,000 for the director and producer to use toward their next film shot in Israel. Mr. Nesher’s The Matchmaker was shot utilizing funds he was awarded from the Panavision Audience Choice Award he received fo...

Israel Film Festival Spotlights New Film Talents

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  Israeli films have had a strong profile at international film festivals and in the Oscar competitions for the past decade. For the next two weeks, New York area audiences will get a chance to sample the variety, dexterity and quality of contemporary Israeli films as the Israel Film Festival marks its 25th anniversary. The Festival runs through May 19 at the AMC Loews 84th Street Theater on Manhattan’s Upper West Side.  Over a dozen filmmakers will join us from Israel for their film...

54th San Francisco International Film Festival Will Present Founder's Directing Award to Oliver Stone

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Director Will Receive Honor at Film Society Awards Night at Bimbo’s 365 Club and Onstage Tribute at Sundance Kabuki CinemasThe San Francisco Film Society announced today that Oliver Stone will be the recipient of the Founder’s Directing Award at the 54th San Francisco International Film Festival (April 21–May 5). The FDA will be presented to Stone at Film Society Awards Night, Thursday, April 28 at Bimbo’s 365 Club.The Film Society’s highly regarded Youth Education program wi...

Oliver Stone to receive Honor at San Francisco Film Society Awards Night

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  Director Will Receive Honor at Film Society Awards Night at Bimbo's 365 Club and Onstage Tribute at Sundance Kabuki Cinemas   San Francisco, CA -- The San Francisco Film Society announced today that Oliver Stone will be the recipient of the Founder's Directing Award at the 54th San Francisco International Film Festival (April 21 - May 5). The FDA will be presented to Stone at Film Society Awards Night, Thursday, April 28 at Bimbo's 365 Club.     ...

Cary Grant: Now That's A Movie Star

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  You can have your Tom Cruises, your Ashton Kutchers, your Robert Pattinsons....as far as I am concerned, the definition of a REAL movie star is Cary Grant. Evidently the Brooklyn Academy of Music agrees with me, because they are in the midst of their second Grant retrospective through the end of July. If one has never seen the great man on the big screen.....pounce. After last year’s successful series, BAMcinématek honors the leading man whose repertoire is mpressive and esse...

Francis Ford Coppola to be awarded at home at San Francisco

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Francis Ford Coppola will receive the Founder's Directing Award at the 52nd San Francisco International Film Festival (April 23 - May 7). The Founder's Award will be presented to Coppola at Film Society Awards Night, the organization's glamorous black-tie fundraiser, Thursday, April 30 at the Westin St. Francis Hotel.The Film Society's acclaimed Youth Education Program will be the beneficiary of the benefit gala honoring Coppola; Robert Redford, recipient of the Peter J. Owens Award for acting; ...

Jonathan Demme to chair the Official Jury at San Sebastian

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Academy Award-winning director, Jonathan Demme will present his new feature film, Rachel Getting Married, and a “work in progress” version of his latest Neil Young concert film, Neil Young Trunk Show: Scenes from a Concert.Jonathan Demme, winner of an Oscar for best director for The Silence of the Lambs (1991), and director of films including Something Wild (1986), Philadelphia (1993), The Manchurian Candidate (2004) and Neil Young: Heart of Gold (2006) will chair the Official Jury at the co...

Jonathan Demme to chair the jury at San Sebastian

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Jonathan Demme to chair the Official Jury at this year’s edition of the San Sebastian Film FestivalAcademy Award-winning director, Jonathan Demme will present his new feature film, Rachel Getting Married, and a “work in progress” version of his latest Neil Young concert film, Neil Young Trunk Show: Scenes from a Concert. Jonathan Demme, winner of an Oscar for best director for The Silence of the Lambs (1991), and director of films including Something Wild (1986), Philadelphia (1993), The M...

New april dates for the USA Film Festival Dallas

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The USA Film Festival announced NEW DATES for the 38th Annual USA Film Festival of April 21 - 27, 2008, to be held in Dallas.The seven-day festival will feature the best new independent short and feature films from around the world, along with special tributes; the Academy-qualified National Short Film & Video Competition featuring cash awards in multiple categories; and discussions with dozens of celebrities and filmmaker guests.ALL PROGRAMS during the seven-day USA Film Festival event will tak...

Directing Award at the San Francisco Fest for Mike Leigh

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The San Francisco Film Society announces that Mike Leigh will be presented with the inaugural Founder's Directing Award at the 51st San Francisco International Film Festival (April 24-May 8). The Founder's Award will be presented to Leigh at Film Society Awards Night, the annual benefit gala, on Thursday, May 1 at the Westin St. Francis Hotel.The Founder's Directing Award is presented each year to one of the masters of world cinema and is given in memory of Irving M. Levin, who founded the San F...

Tribute to Milos Forman at next USA Film Festival

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The USA Film Festival, one of the nation's foremost cultural organizations dedicated to the recognition of excellence in the film and video arts, will present its Great Director Tribute to Milos Forman in conjunction with a special preview screening of his new film Goya’s Ghosts on Thursday, July 19, in Dallas. The evening will include a film-clip compilation tribute and a screening of Goya’s Ghosts, followed by an on stage Q&A session with Milos Forman.USA FILM FESTIVAL’S GREAT DIRECTOR ...

Korean Superstar In Person at Jacob Burns Film Center

Tuesday, April 10----One of Asia's biggest movIe stars, South Korean screen idol Joong-hoon Park, will attend a mini-retrospective of his career, starting tomorrow evening at the Jacob Burns Film Center in Pleasantville (that's 30 minutes on Metro North, for Manhattan islanders). A household name in Asia, Park began his career in the 1980s in domestic dramas, but hit it big in comedy and action films as part of the South Korean film renaissance of the past decade. Park will present his n...

Ghent gives Lifetime Achievement Award to Agnes Varda

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During the 33rd Flanders International Film Festival-Ghent French filmmaker Agnes Varda will receive the Joseph Plateau Lifetime Achievement Award. As a tribute to Varda, the festival is putting together a retrospective of her film work. In cooperation with S.M.A.K. (the Ghent museum of contemporary art), two of her recent video installations will be shown.Agnes Varda is the leading lady of the French Nouvelle Vague movement that thrilled the European film audience in the sixties. With films as ...

Manuel de Oliveira and Stanley Donen at next Mostra

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The Venice Biennale Board, chaired by Davide Croff, welcomed Marco Müller's proposal to award Manoel de Oliveira and Stanley Donen the two Golden Lions for Lifetime Achievement of the 61st Mostra, which runs September 1-11.On the occasion of the prize awarded to de Oliveira, his new film O Quinto Império will be premiered during the second week of the festival.The Golden Lion to Stanley Donen will be awarded on September 11, the closing night of the festival, at the Teatro La Fenice in Venice....

Milos Forman honored at SFIFF this April

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MILOS FORMAN TO BE RECIPIENT OF FILM SOCIETY DIRECTING AWARD AT 47th SAN FRANCISCO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVALDirector, Producer, Writer in San Francisco April 22Milos Forman will receive the Film Society Award for Lifetime Achievement in Directing at the 47th San Francisco International Film Festival (April 15–29). The Award will be presented to Forman by Danny DeVito on Thursday, April 22, 2004 at Film Society Awards Night at the Ritz-Carlton, San Francisco. The San Francisco Film Society wi...
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