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Greek film Wasted Youth to open 40th IFFR

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The 40th International Film Festival Rotterdam will open on the evening of Wednesday 26 January with the world première of the Greek film Wasted Youth, a fiction film also selected for the festival's Tiger Awards Competition. Co-directors Argyris Papadimitropoulos and Jan Vogel, the producers and cast members Haris Markou, Ieronimos Kaletsanos, Arthouros Kiviliof, Jason Wastor and Themis Bazaka will be present at the opening.   Wasted Youth is set during a hot summer day in Athens. A six...

Christmas Is Over.....Bring On The Jews

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With a rare Christmas weekend blizzard extending the holiday in the Northeast corridor of the United States, and before Christmas dinners are completely digested, it is time to clear the palate for a smorgasboard of Jewish-themed films. The Jewish Museum and the Film Society of Lincoln Center will present the 20th annual New York Jewish Film Festival at the Film Society's Walter Reade Theater, The Jewish Museum, and The JCC in Manhattan from January 12 to 27. In all, 36 features and sh...

Film Independent producers lab selection

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14 FILMMAKERS & 9 PROJECTS SELECTED FOR FILM INDEPENDENT’S 2010 PRODUCERS LABFilm Independent, the non-profit arts organization that produces the Spirit Awards and Los Angeles Film Festival just wrapped its 10th annual Producers Lab earlier this week with 14 filmmakers and 9 projects participating. Sponsored by Technicolor and Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, the seven-week program took place in Los Angeles and was designed to help producers improve their craft, and move their current projects into...

Wild & Scenic® Film Festival highlights

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Wild & Scenic® Film Festival Kicks Off January 14-16, 2011 This January, SYRCL’s (South Yuba River Citizens League) 9th Annual Wild & Scenic® Film Festival returns with another incredible selection of films to change your world. Each year, the Wild & Scenic® Film Festival draws top filmmakers, celebrities, leading activists, social innovators and well-known world adventurers to the historic downtown of Nevada City, California. Considered the largest film festival of its kind, this y...

NEWSLETTER N° 486: November 27, 2010

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 .............                                                                                                                                                          WELCOME TO OUR NEWSLETTER N° 486: November 27, 2010 Follow this LINK if you cannot read the newsletter properly Contact the Editor, Advertise on the sites.  Our newsletter reaches 82 000 film professio...

Isabelle Giordano, Paris Fife's Godmother launches the festival with Naked Beauty -Pollen from Disneynature

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Isabelle Giordano the godmother of the 28th edition of the International Environmental Film Festival opened the festival at MK2 Bibliothèque to a full crowd of VIP's and environment and industry players. Jean Paul Huchon introduction speech detailed the Ile de France - region's plans and challenges in the environmental field. Jean François Camilieri the founder of Disneynature opening film Naked Beauty Pollen introduced the  movie. The 28th edition of the International Environmental...

Gregory Von Hausch: The Spirit of FLIFF

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  The 25th edition of the Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival wraps tomorrow night after a record-breaking 28 days of world cinema, special events and tribute evenings. The "official" wrap was on Sunday evening, with the local premiere of CASINO JACK, the final film of  director George Hickenlooper, who died last week at the very young age of 47. FLIFF President and CEO Gregory von Hausch dedicated the evening to Hickenlooper, who had been a guest of the Festival sever...

Gregory Von Hausch: The Spirit of FLIFF

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The 25th edition of the Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival wraps tomorrow night after a record-breaking 28 days of world cinema, special events and tribute evenings. The "official" wrap was on Sunday evening, with the local premiere of CASINO JACK, the final film of director George Hickenlooper, who died last week at the very young age of 47. FLIFF President and CEO Gregory von Hausch dedicated the evening to Hickenlooper, who had been a guest of the Festival several times and was sche...

AFM Day 2: Fries Frame, ODB, Doddle, IM Global & Hong Kong Day updated

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by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles CorrespondentMaybe it was just a coincidence that Academy Award winning director Kathryn Bigelow was spotted making a stealth move out of the parking structure in Santa Monica on Day 2 of the American Film Market (AFM), but today, Nov. 5, heavy hitter Gary Barber, Co-Chairman/CEO of Spyglass will join Harvey Weinsten, Co-Chairman of The Weinstein Co., Nick Meyer CEO of Sierra Pictures, and Stewart Till, Chief Executive of The Icon Group in a heavy hitter roundta...

Animatron winners announced

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Professional jury members Saraswathi Balgam, Charlotte Bavasso, Pete Bishop, Isaac Littlejohn Eddy, Tommy Pallotta, Bill Plympton, Frank Rivera and Jeff Scher picked the $17,000 cash-prize winners of the first Babelgum “Animatron” Animation Film Festival, who were announced Sunday at the Hamptons International Film Festival Awards Ceremony.The Winning Films (viewable at www.babelgum.com/animatron) Are:FANTASY CATEGORYJury Award Winner $2,500“This Is J03,” Once Were Farmers (U.K.)Runner-u...

The future of Animation panel at The Hamptons International Film Festival

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  "The Future of Animation" panel took place Sunday, October 10, at UA Cinema 6 in East Hampton, at the Hamptons International Film Festival, panelists included Lee Unkrich and Darla K. Anderson (director and producer of Toy Story 3), Thelma Adams (US Weekly, New York Film Critics Circle), Signe Baumane (Birth, Teat Beat of Sex), and Jim Cox (Over the Hedge, RingTales co-founder). New Yorker cartoon editor and Cartoon Bank founder Bob Mankoff will moderate.   "...

Tito

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Director: Alejandro Ramirez & Xavier Cortez.
Tito is a mentally ill youngster who enjoys life and contributes to society but has a dark past and even a darker future. Confusion, anger and sorrow take over after he meets a stranger on the street. Shocking & unexpected consequences will follow to the end.

Israel Fest film slate

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Enriching the American vision of Israeli life and culture through the powerful medium of film, the Israel Film Festival has definitively become the largest showcase of Israeli films in the United States. 2010 marks the 25th anniversary of this much acclaimed Israeli showcase that celebrates a quarter-century of Israeli cinema in the United States, and today the film festival announced its most dynamic program since its founding. Encompassing over 30 titles, including award winning features, do...

Eugene Hernandez Leaving indieWIRE

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  Eugene Hernandez, the highly respected and well liked Founder and Editor-in-Chief of indieWIRE is leaving the leading news, information, and networking site to take on what he describes as “a dream job” as Director of Digital Strategy at the Film Society of Lincoln Center.   Hernandez founded indieWIRE in 1996, and has been Editor-in-Chief throughout the site’s near 15-year history.  He will leave his current position October 29th, but maintain ties to indieWIRE as a...

Sergio Castellitto will head the Jury of the Rome Festival

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  Actor-director Sergio Castellitto will head the International Jury of the International Rome Film Festival (28th October - 5th November 2010), it was announced today by the Festival's President Gian Luigi Rondi. The other members of the Jury will be: Italian journalist and writer Natalia Aspesi, winner of the Pietro Bianchi Award for film criticism; director Ulu Grosbard (United States - Belgium), who has directed feature films such as Falling in Love with Meryl Streep and True Confession...

Introducing AFF Director Roman Gutek

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  The AMERICAN FILM FESTIVAL , the first film event in Eastern Europe completely devoted to classic and contemporary American independent works, will take place from October 20 to 24, 2010 in the historic city of Wroclaw, Poland. The Festival is the brainchild of Roman Gutek, a pioneering distributor who has been the prime mover in bringing world cinema to his native Poland in the past two decades. Roman Gutek has worked as a committed distributor of auteur films in Poland for a...

1st London Iranian Film Festival - Selection Committee Announcement

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Selection Committee Announcement Kamran Shirdel (Head of Film Selection Committee)DocumentarianConsidered a pioneer of Iran's NEW cinema. Born in born 1939 in Tehran, he studied architecture, urbanism, and design at the University of Rome and film direction at the Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia of Rome. After graduating in 1964, he worked as an assistant director with John Huston on The Bible before making his diploma film, Gli Specchi (The Mirrors), in Rome. He returned to Iran and star...

UK’s wildlife has been left out in the cold

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The UK’s wildlife has been left out in the cold as a survey* published today reveals that almost half of Britain’s population no longer feed wild animals (45%) and a third of people surveyed no longer wish to encourage them around their home (32%). It seems people are no longer comfortable with the wildlife around them, as over a third of people (34%) living in urban areas admitted that their attitude towards local wildlife has been affected by the recent fox maulings. 39% of Londoners adm...

Matthew Modine Feted As Global Citizen

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  Film, at its most loftiest, can be a unifying force on the planet and the people who work in it, both in front and behind the camera, can be its "global citizens". That is the spirit that has inspired the Martha's Vineyard International Film Festival (MVIFF) to bestow their first ever Global Citizen Award to actor/activist Matthew Modine. The award, created by local sculptor Barney Zeitz, will be presented on Saturday, September 11, 2010, following the screening of TH...

Matthew Modine accepts Global Citizen award at Martha's Vineyard Festival

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Renowned actor Matthew Modine will receive the MV International Film Festival's first annual "Global Citizen" award.The award, created by Vineyard sculptor Barney Zeitz, will be presented on Saturday, September 11, 2010. Mr. Modine's new film " The Trial," directed by Gary Wheeler and to be released by 20th Century Fox, will screen at 7:30 at the Capawock Theatre on Vineyard Haven's Main Street. The award presentation and a Q&A with audience members will immediately follow the screening. Mr. Ma...

Sidewalk Film Festival 2010 Documentary Features Line-up

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Sidewalk Film Festival is proud to announce the 2010 Documentary Features Line-up. Sidewalk Film Festival will take place September 24th, 25th and 26th in Downtown Birmingham. Tickets are on-sale now at www.sidewalkfest.com. In Competition: (listed in alphabetical order by title)American Jihadist (Saturday, Sept. 26th – 2:45pm – Alabama Theatre Studio) Filmmaker – Mark Claywell *scheduled to attend American Jihadist profiles the enigmatic Isa Abdullah Ali, aka Clevin Raphael Holt, a self-d...

Another Planet

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Director: Ferenc Moldovanyi.
“Expanding upon themes he explored in Children: Kosovo 2000 (SDFF 24), Ferenc Moldoványi’s latest documentary is at once hypnotically beautiful and acutely disturbing. Shot over a two-year period in four countries on four continents—Ecuador (South America), Mexico (North America), Democratic Republic of Congo (Africa), and Cambodia (Asia)—Another Planet unfolds as a cinematic tone poem in the tradition of Koyaanisqatsi, exposing the unequal distribution of wealth around the world as a major humanitarian crisis. Framed by pastoral sequences in which a Tarahumara shaman imparts a dream of paradise on earth, the film moves quickly and seamlessly between the lives of seven children inextricably linked by their shocking and tragic experiences of daily exploitation and abuse. We meet lonely, aimless urchins, barely eking out a living on the streets. We see child laborers toiling in brick factories, garbage dumps, and brothels, only to be beaten when business is down. And perhaps most harrowing of all, we get to know the child soldiers of Congo as they are turned into killing machines. Throughout this journey, Moldoványi’s unwavering vision reminds us of the eternal coexistence of beauty and horror all over the world. Informed by the haunting cinematography of Tibor Máthé as well as Tibor Szemzö’s ethereal soundtrack, Another Planet crosses cultural boundaries to forge a commentary on the human condition as damning as it is open-ended.” 31st Starz Denver International Film Festival Official Catalogue "This globe-spanning film hits hard on many levels—visually, intellectually, emotionally. Beautifully shot in Ecuador, Mexico, Africa and Asia, Moldoványi’s film presents images that sparkle in the eye even as they punch you in the heart. Moldoványi introduces us to children in Cambodia, Ecuador, Mexico and the Democratic Republic of Congo, each of whom is struggling to survive. Working long hours, often in dangerous and dirty conditions, these children show us a side of existence that many have never seen or even imagined. While many in the US hold childhood as a special and protected time of nurtured innocence, this film reminds us all that for many children life is a brutal and precarious game of survival. With subjects that include children scavenging dumps for recyclables, child soldiers and child sex workers, this film offers a sympathetic and unblinking eye. The children themselves are our strongest storytellers, and they open up to Moldoványi’s camera to give us their own perspective. Their frankness astonishes as they talk matter-of-factly about their jobs and the consequences of not earning. The children either are at the mercy of adults—often the parents who force them to work and beat them when they don’t earn enough—or have been abandoned by adults altogether. While the film is not a gentle journey, it imagines a better world, a greater one. The filmmaker relies on your humanity and empathy to be moved by these children, while never directly suggesting a call to action. This film offers an unprecedented opportunity to explore another planet, a trip definitely worth taking." SILVERDOCS: AFI/Discovery Channel Documentary Festival

The Office Orphan

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Director: David Lilley.
In today’s economic climate, working late and cutbacks are part of normal life. Two executives are feeling the pinch and whilst working late it becomes clear just how far those cutbacks have gone. Loonatik and Drinks present ‘The Office Orphan’, a funny and satirical take on the recession and the lengths that some businessmen will go to in order to save money.

The Honorees at this year's Philadelphia QFest

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  The Honorees at this year's QFest are a talented and eclectic bunch. Please join us in celebrating 2010's cross-generational and multi-talented recipients for QFest's Artistic Achievement Awards.   Cheryl Dunye: Artistic Achievement Award in Directing     Friday, July 16, 2010 ...

An Interview with New York City International Film Festival Founder Roberto Rizzo

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By Maria Esteves - June 1, 2010 Presenting characters that overcome life's difficulties, filmmaker Roberto Rizzo (RR) is founder of the New York City International Film Festival (NYCIFF). Rizzo's passion for film began at the age of four, is writer, producer, director of Trust Me, Couples, Fascination, and Connecticut Cooking & Conversation, founded Vesuviano Pictures, has appeared in 13, 30 Rock, My Father's Will, New Amsterdam, and others. RR has performed many interviews and several ...

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