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A record number of attendants at Fantasia's Industry Rendez-Vous

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After announcing the creation of Fantasia’s Industry Rendez-Vous and the Frontières International Co-Production Market (including the addition of Off-Frontières projects), Montreal's Fantasia International Film Festival has now confirmed a record number of attendees from the film industry at the festival.   A total of 250 film professionals are scheduled to attend Fantasia during its second weekend, July 26 to 29, to participate in its Industry Rendez-Vous and Frontières International ...

It is soon Time to celebrate B Movies!

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The B Movie Celebration : September 23rd to 25th Franklin Indiana  www.bmoviecelebration.com it's time for  the 5th Annual B-Movie Celebration in Franklin, Indiana. It’s time once again to gather and pay tribute to B-Movies past, present and future. As we all know, the B-Movie has had a long and humble tradition beginning with the double features of the 1930s and 40s where a lower-budget production would be used to fill the bottom half of a double bill. Within that time, there we...

Istanbul Film Festival opens tomorrow celebrates 30 year anniversary

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BANGKOK ~ The 30th Istanbul Film Festival will take place during April 2-17. With approximately 150, 000 participants last year Istanbul Film Festival is again the biggest cinema event of Turkey and once again offers rich content. Some 230 films in 21 sections will be shown in the festival. A  wide-ranging programme composed of special retrospectives exclusive to the 30th year includes new films premiered in January at Sundance and in February at Berlin, Golden Tulip International and Na...

Venice awards announced

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The 66th Venice International Film Festival concluded with the presentation of the Golden Lion Award for best film to Lebanon by Samuel MAOZ (Israel, France, Germany). The festival ran 2nd to 12th September 2009.The Venezia 66 Jury, chaired by Ang Lee and comprised of Sandrine Bonnaire, Liliana Cavani, Joe Dante, Anurag Kashyap, Luciano Ligabue, Sergei Bodrov, having viewed all twenty-five films in competition, has decided as follows: Silver Lion for Best Director to: Shirin NESHAT for the film ...

The Global Film Village:The Official Awards of the 66th Venice Film Festival by Marla Lewin

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The 66th Venice International Film Festival concluded with the presentation of the Golden Lion Award for best film to Lebanon by Samuel MAOZ (Israel, France, Germany). The festival ran 2nd to 12th September 2009.The Venezia 66 Jury, chaired by Ang Lee and comprised of Sandrine Bonnaire, Liliana Cavani, Joe Dante, Anurag Kashyap, Luciano Ligabue, Sergei Bodrov, having viewed all twenty-five films in competition, has decided as follows: Silver Lion for Best Director to: Shirin NESHAT ...

The Global Film Village: NEVERMORE a fitting tribute to Edgar Allen Poe by Marla Lewin

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The play opens with music in the dark theatre, almost as a mediation, and then a lit candle, and Edgar Allen Poe emerges in a bravura performance at the Steve Allen Theatre in Hollywood. The team of Combs, Paoli and Gordon create a fascinating one man show. Jeffrey Combs As Edgar Allen Poe Stuart Gordon said he got the idea to honor Poe because this the bicentennial year of his birth. Gordon began by engaging accomplished actor Jeffrey Combs, who he has worked with six tim...

IFFBoston 2008 - Who Makes the Call?

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At the Opening Night party for Independent Film Festival Boston 2008, I asked Managing Director Brian Tamm about the festival’s selection process and whether they keep any themes in mind when filling out the schedule.  His response was: “We just try to select the best films we can. You guys [the press] tell us what the themes are.” Well, let’s see what they came up with. With the Opening Night thriller’s frostbitten Siberian north (Transsiberian) and the Closing Nig...

A presentation of inaugural Downbeach Film Festival

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Director-writer Kevin Smith will be honored August 9 at a retrospective during the inaugural Downbeach Film Festival (DBFF), August 8 to 10. New Jersey native Smith will speak about his career and hold a Q & A with the audience in the Screening Room at Resorts Atlantic City. The festival will also award Smith the Lifesaver Award for lifetime achievement to date for such films as Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back, Dogma, Chasing Amy and Clerks. The festival kicks off August 8 with a slate of films i...

Bloody Harvest: A Celebration of Horror in Film

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Hello all,First blog entry, so be gentle. We just completed a partnership with the organizers of, "CUT!2008" - a benefit and celebration of cinema dedicated to the art and imagination that goes into the creation of film. The festival took place March 29-30, 2008 at the New Beverly Cinema in Los Angeles, and turned out to be a cinephile's dream! Through film screenings and interactive Q&A panels with special guests (in alphabetical order) NICK BICANIC, TONY CURRAN, MARTIN DELANEY, ...

The 17th Philadelphia Film Festival is coming up

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The festival has a program titled DANGER AFTER DARK presented by the TLA Entertainment Group, which is dedicated to FANTASTIC film genres. With the guidance of Raymond Murray, Artistic Director, I was able to program films from multiple genres that I love dearly and also include films that my fellow curators suggested. A big thank you to my colleagues at Fantastic Festivals around the world (you know who you are!) for all your help and support as well.At the tail end of the information, I’ve...

The Toronto Torrent

 Tuesday, September 4---------The Toronto International Film Festival doesn't officially open for another 48 hours, but already a hurricane of film talents, industryites, press and film buffs are descending onto the Ontario metropolis with a torrent that is almost audible. Coming in from Los Angeles, New York and the four corners of the globe, including the just concluded Montreal World Film Festival, and the still continuing Venice Film Festival......all eyes are on "the gateway to North...

The Toronto Torrent

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The Toronto International Film Festival doesn't officially open for another 48 hours, but already a hurricane of film talents, industryites, press and film buffs are descending onto the Ontario metropolis with a torrent that is almost audible. Coming in from Los Angeles, New York and the four corners of the globe, including the just concluded Montreal World Film Festival, and the still continuing Venice Film Festival......all eyes are on "the gateway to North America" as the frenzy, fun and fero...

RToronto Midnight Madness

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This popular, iconoclastic midnight programme highlights the weird and the wonderful including thrillers, chillers and rockumentaries from directors who prefer to work in genres not usually seen in a festival context. 2007 Programme DAINIPPONJIN Hitoshi Matsumoto THE DEVIL'S CHAIR Adam Mason FLASH POINT Wilson Yip FRONTIÈRES Xavier Gens GEORGE A. ROMERO'S DIARY OF THE DEAD George A. Romero À L'INTÉRIEUR Alexandre Bustillo, Julien Maury STU...

Jack Palance receives the Remi Lifetime Achievement Award at his last vist to WorldFest!

During his last visit to WorldFest, Jack Palance spoke to filmmakers and VIP guests at the Remi Grand Awards Gala. He even performed his famous one-hand push-up. A legendary actor and one of the last truly great stars of the Silver Screen... Each year, WorldFest honors someone that has contributed significantly to the Art of Film. In the past, WorldFest has honored Jimmy Stewart, Frank Capra, Josh Logan, Gregory Peck

Curtain closes on Cambridge Film Festival

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26th Cambridge Film Festival (6-16 July, Cambridge Arts Picturehouse)“ This ever-expanding festival has really pushed the boat out this year, with an amazing slew of UK premieres – over 30 and counting. And this is only the tip of the iceberg!” The Guardian 1/7/06“ The Cambridge Film Festival has developed into a leading showcase for art-house hits. It’s a taste of the best of what’s to come” The Observer 2/7/06“Cambridge has the knack of attracting big names – to the irritatio...

Mar del Plata International Fim Festival awards

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MAR DEL PLATA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVALOFFICIAL PRIZES OF ITS 21st EDITIONThe mexican film "Noticias Lejanas" directed by Ricardo Benet obtained the GOLD ASTOR AWARD for the Best Film in Official Section in Competition at the 21st edition of Mar del Plata Intenational Film Festival. Marcos Martins received Best Director for "Alice" with the SILVER ASTOR AWARD and William Macy Best Actor for his work in the film "Edmond", directed by Stuart Gordon. Justine Clarke was awarded with the SILVER AST...

Cinequest Brands Mavericks

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Cinequest Brands MavericksThroughout Cinequest 16, Executive Director and Co-founder Halfdan Hussey retold the tale of the maverick. The term originated in the mid-1800s, when any unbranded cow roaming the open range near San Antonio, Texas, was thought to belong to rancher Samuel A. Maverick. Hussey didn’t mention that the cattle had been neglected—hence never branded—and any strays were referred to as “one of Maverick’s” in a pejorative tone. Over the last 12 days, Cinequest rounde...

Edward James Olmos and William H. Macy at Cinequest FF

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Academy Award-nominated actor/director Edward James Olmos will receive the Maverick Spirit Award at the Cinequest Film Festival, which opens on today in the city of San Jose, California. Nominated for both the Academy Award and Golden Globe Award for his role as a tough-love principal of a Los Angeles inner city high school in the film STAND AND DELIVER (1988), Olmos has received many awards for his theater, film and television work.Olmos began as a rock musician, forming several “garage bands...

Ben Kingsley and William H. Macy at Cinequest Fest

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Sir Ben Kingsley, an Oscar winner for his lead role in GANDHI and an Oscar nominee for his role in SEXY BEAST, will receive the Maverick Spirit Award at the Cinequest Film Festival, to be held in the city of San Jose, California from March 1 to 12.Kingsley will present An Afternoon with Sir Ben Kingsley at the historic California Theater in downtown San Jose on March 5th. He will speak about his television, stage and film careers, which have made him one of the most distinguished actors of our t...

Masters of Horror series from Vancouver VIFC

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Vancouver International Film Centre, Vancity Theatre presents MASTERS OF HORRORJanuary 13-17,19"For people who are really scary movie fans, this is nirvana."-John LandisShot mostly in Vancouver throughout 2005, and only seen thus far on digital cable and at selected film festivals, the MASTERS OF HORROR series brings together a baker's dozen of the genre's greatest directors. Given free reign and a limited budget, they pieced together a mini-series of B-movie throwbacks, alternately terrifying, ...

Stockholm Film Festival full line up

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STOCKHOLM XVI COMPETITIONSTORM by Måns Mårlind, Björn Stein (Sweden)HARDCORE by Dennis Iliadis (Greece)ME AND YOU AND EVERYONE WE KNOW by Miranda July (USA)THE ICEBERG by Dominique Abel, Fiona Gordon & Bruno Romy (Belgium)LOWER CITY by Sergio Machado (Brazil)THE FORBIDDEN CHAPTER by Fariborz Kamkari (Iran)COLD SHOWERS by Antony Cordier (France)THE GREAT ECSTASY OF ROBERT CARMICHAEL by Thomas Clay (Great Britain)FESTIVAL by Annie Griffin (Great Britain)THE PIANO TUNER OF EARTHQUAKES by Stephen...

Festival de Rio: showcase for Latin American cinema

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Rio International Film Festival 2005 September 22 through October 6The Rio Int'l Film Festival (Festival do Rio), taking place in one of the world's most famous cities September 22 - October 6, will light up Rio de Janeiro with the brightest and best of world cinema. The biggest and most important showcase for Latin American cinema, and one of the biggest in the world, this year's festival will play host to more than 300 features and documentaries from 60 countries with screenings spread over 35...

Out of competition & Lot of prestige at Venice fest

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Films showing out of Competition at the forthcoming venice festival Auguest 31-September 10Marco Muller seems to have put all his strength and efforts to open a classical venice film feast with prestigious marquee value, red carpet and critics favourites. Jaume BALAGUERÒ Fragile Spain 100’Calista Flockhart, Richard Roxburgh, Elena AndyaEmmanuelle BERCOT Backstage France 115’Emmanuelle Seigner, Noémie Lvovsky, Isild Le BescoPeter Ho-sun CHAN Ru guo ai (Perhaps Love) China/Hong Kong Jacky Ch...

40 Shades of Blue among films competing at Deauville

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THE BALLAD OF JACK AND ROSEby Rebecca Millerstarring Daniel Day-Lewis and Camilla BelleJack lives on the site of his abandoned island commune with his 16-year-old daughter Rose. Since the break-up of the commune, Jack has sheltered Rose completely from the influences of the outside world. When Jack invites his girlfriend and her two sons to live with them, the situation quickly becomes precarious…BRICK 1st featureby Rian Johnsonstarring Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Lucas HaasProducer: Ram BergmanB...

Puchon awards winners

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Jury Members- Stuart GORDON, Director, USA (Chairperson)- Thom PALMEN, Festival Director, Sweden- Jörg BUTTGEREIT, Director, Germany- SHIOTA Tokitoshi, Festival Director, Japan- SHIN Bo-kyung, Production Designer, KoreaBest of Puchon: ArahanAn amazing combination of fantasy, martial arts and comedy performed by an excellent cast, led by RYOO Seung-bum. The film’ energy is contagious leaving the audience gasping with pleasure.Best Director Choice: Leonardo DI CESARE from Good Life DeliveryA to...

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