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Select SFIFF Films will be Made Available to Festival Scope Members Worldwide

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  Select SFIFF Films will be Made Available to Festival Scope Members Worldwide The San Francisco International Film Festival (April 21-May 5) is excited to announce that the Festival has been invited to join Festival Scope, a new Internet platform that allows programming of selected film festivals to be viewed online by film professionals around the world.   "We see the participation of SFIFF in Festival Scope as a substantial benefit for the works programmed...

Christine Vachon: The State of Cinema is...Not Necessarily Taking Place in a Cinema

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Last night, closing out day 4 of the San Francisco International Film Festival, Christine Vachon of Killer Films delivered the State of Cinema Address. Christine has personally produced over 60 films, including I'm Not There, Boys Don't Cry, One Hour Photo, and the 2010 HBO mini series Mildred Pierce. The annual Address is billed as assessment of cinema + culture + society. Here's a little summary. The style of the talk was the type where Vachon would ask a question, sort of state that she ...

Christine Vachon: The State of Cinema is...Not Necessarily Taking Place in a Cinema

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Last night, closing out day 4 of the San Francisco International Film Festival, Christine Vachon of Killer Films delivered the State of Cinema Address. Christine has personally produced over 60 films, including I'm Not There, Boys Don't Cry, One Hour Photo, and the 2010 HBO mini series Mildred Pierce. The annual Address is billed as assessment of cinema + culture + society. Here's a little summary. The style of the talk was the type where Vachon would ask a question, sort of state that she didn'...

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: 6th Annual Hell's Half Mile Film & Music Festival

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Hell's Half Mile Film & Music Festival is now accepting submissions for our 6th annual festival, taking place from September 29, 2011 to October 2, 2011 Visit http://www.hhmfest.com for more details orVisit our submissions page at http://www.withoutabox.com to submit a film More than an event for those who simply appreciate film and music, it's a grassroots effort to develop a community that participates in the arts. The festival idea developed from a "wouldn't it be great.....

Bertolucci to kick off Cannes with Honorary Palme d'or

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This is a novelty for the Festival de Cannes: from 2011, the organizers will award an annual Honorary Palme d'or, which will be presented during the Opening Ceremony. This recognition is attributed to an important filmmaker, whose work is authoritative but never got a Palme d'or. In the recent past, Woody Allen, in 2002, or Clint Eastwood in 2009, were awarded this distinction by President Gilles Jacob, on behalf of the Board of Directors of the Festival de Cannes. Now, the act becom...

The Los Angeles County Museum partners with FIND

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  The Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) announced today that it has entered into a partnership with Film Independent, the non-profit arts organization that produces the Spirit Awards and the Los Angeles Film Festival.  As a result of the museum's analysis and strategic planning process (funded by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association) over the past year around its current film program, Film Independent was identified as an ideal partner for its film series.  The collaboration com...

Nippon Connection 2011 – Festival Program completed

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11th Japanese Film Festival in FrankfurtApril 27 – May 1, 2011The program for the eleventh Japanese Film Festival Nippon Connection in Frankfurt is complete. In the 150th year of “German-Japanese Friendship“, the biggest festival for Japanese film worldwide will present an overview of film making in the Land of the Rising Sun, from April 27 to May 1, 2011, featuring many international premieres. More than 100 of the latest film productions from Japan will be shown in the NIPPON CINEMA and ...

Hungarian Documentary and Short Film Festival in Los Angeles wrapped

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The 2nd Hungarian Documentary and Short Film Festival in Los Angeles came to its end after ten days of continuous screenings on Sunday. The event was organized by the Consulate General of Hungary, the USC School of Cinematic Arts, the Wende Musem of Cold War, the United Hungarian House and the South-Eastern-European Film Festival of Los Angeles.. „Civil Report - A Report by the Civil Law Committee on the Abuse of Human Rights", a film by János Gulyás won the „Ember Judit A...

Hungarian Documentary and Shorts Fest in LA wrapped

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The 2nd Hungarian Documentary and Short Film Festival in Los Angeles came to its end after ten days of continuous screenings on Sunday. The event was organized by the Consulate General of Hungary, the USC School of Cinematic Arts, the Wende Musem of Cold War, the United Hungarian House and the South-Eastern-European Film Festival of Los Angeles.. „Civil Report – A Report by the Civil Law Committee on the Abuse of Human Rights”, a film by János Gulyás won the „Ember Judit Award” out o...

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...

Interview with Amir Bar-Lev, THE TILLMAN STORY

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Interview with director Amir of THE TILLMAN STORY (USA, 2010). First, read more about the film here: http://www.fest21.com/en/blog/vanessa_mcmahon/the_tillman_story_q_and_a   ME: First of all I want to congratulate you on your film which to me is very thought-provoking in terms of the questioning of what makes a myth. AMIR: Well, thank you. ME: So, how did you start to make this film and when? AMIR: Well, we started in 2007 which was right around w...

Interview with Amir Bar-Lev, THE TILLMAN STORY

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Interview with director Amir of THE TILLMAN STORY (USA, 2010). First, read more about the film here:  http://www.fest21.com/en/blog/vanessa_mcmahon/the_tillman_story_q_and_a   ME: First of all I want to congratulate you on your film which to me is very thought-provoking in terms of the questioning of what makes a myth. AMIR: Well, thank you. ME: So, how did you start to make this film and when? AMIR: Well, we started in 2007 which was right around ...

THE TILLMAN STORY- Q and A.

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THE TILLMAN STORY- Q and A.   THE TILLMAN STORY (USA, 2010) by director Amir Bar-Lev is a documentary about the football player Pat Tillman who gave up a multimillion dollar career in professional American football to go to war with the Army Rangers in 2002. He sacrificed personal success to fight alongside his brothers in war, a decision which for him was deeply personal. While in Iraq, Pat was tragically killed by ‘friendly fire’ (his own men). After his death he b...

THE TILLMAN STORY- Q and A.

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THE TILLMAN STORY- Q and A.   THE TILLMAN STORY (USA, 2010) by director Amir Bar-Lev is a documentary about the football player Pat Tillman who gave up a multimillion dollar career in professional American football to go to war with the Army Rangers in 2002. He sacrificed personal success to fight alongside his brothers in war, a decision which for him was deeply personal. While in Iraq, Pat was tragically killed by ‘friendly fire’ (his own men). After his death he b...

International Family Film Festival awards

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International Family Film Festival 2011 IFFF AWARD RECIPIENTS IFFF Spirit Award 48 Below!Director: Michael ArchamboSterling Crown Studios IFFF Pearl AwardChristmas BunnyDirector/Producer/Writer: Tom SeidmanHoney Creek Pictures, LLC IFFF Top Applause AwardHannah’s GoldDirector: Joel SouzaVisualeyes Productions2011 IFFF FEATURE FILMSWinner:Best Feature – DramaChristmas Angel, SunWorld PicturesFinalist:Best Feature – DramaCooper, MSNations Productions Winner:Best Feature - Foreign DramaHorizo...

JUST TALKING at 13th TDF

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    PRESS CONFERENCE- THE WORLD ACCORDING TO ION B. / PORTRAIT OF A MAN / A SMALL ACT / CAMP VICTORY, AFGHANISTAN On Friday, March 18, 2011, a Press Conference was held as part of the 13th Thessaloniki Documentary Festival. Present were the directors Carol Dysinger (Camp Victory, Afghanistan), Alexander Nanau (The World According to Ion B.) Visa Koiso-Kanttila (Portrait of a Man) and Jennifer Arnold (A Small Act). In her documentary Camp Victory, Afghanistan, director Carol Dysinger...

Santa Cruz Film Festival to Kick Off Extravaganza April 9, 2011

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  The Santa Cruz Film Festival is celebrating the launch of its 10th Anniversary Season with a red carpet gala tribute to old Hollywood at the fabulous Top of the Ritt in Downtown Santa Cruz. Come as your favorite star from the golden age of cinema!   Join the Festival team, supporters, filmmakers and other film lovers at the 2011 SCFF Kick Off Extravaganza and see for yourself what this year's Festival will bring. This is one event in Sa...

La Semaine de la Critique all over the world for its 50th edition

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        In May, La Semaine de la Critique will celebrate its 50th edition. Since in 1962, La Semaine de la Critiq...

54TH SAN FRANCISCO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES DOCUMENTARIES IN GOLDEN GATE AWARDS COMPETITION

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12 Feature-length Documentaries from 11 Countries Contend for $60,000 in Cash Prizes   San Francisco, CA – The 54th San Francisco International Film Festival (April 21–May 5) today announced its Documentaries in Competition for the esteemed Golden Gate Awards. The International will award close to $100,000 in total prizes this year. Sixty thousand dollars will be awarded to winners in three categories: investigative documentary feature ($25,000), documentary feature ($20,...

Nippon Connection 2011 - Preview on the Festival Program

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11th Japanese Film Festival, Frankfurt am Main  April 27 - May 1, 2011   There's only a few weeks left to the starting shot of the eleventh Nippon Connection Film Festival and the preparations are in full swing. From April 27 to May 1, 2011 more than 100 of the latest Japanese short and feature films will find their way to Frankfurt, among them many international premieres with the film makers in attendance. The biggest festival of Japanese film is topped off by a rich and sens...

David Rimmer Retrospective

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Cambridge Cinema Shorts presents a retrospective of celebrated Canadian experimental short film maker David Rimmer. Twice nominated for the Canadian Govenor General’s Award in media arts, Rimmer has produced over 40 films over 30 years, from experimental to documentary, to dance, to music, to portraits of artists The evening will be personally curated and hosted by David Rimmer who will introduce and discuss a selection of his short films. From David Rimmers entry in the The Cana...

Festival FILM NOIR: THE OTHER SIDE OF HOLLYWOOD

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  FILM NOIR: THE OTHER SIDE OF HOLLYWOOD February 17-27, 2011 Rodina Cinema Center, St. Petersburg, Russia     Humphrey Bogart, Marilyn Monroe, Jack Nicholson, Rita Hayworth, Kirk Douglas; John Huston, Billy Wilder, Jacques Tourneur, Charles Vidor, Robert Aldrich, Stanley Kubrick, and Roman Polanski are all featured in our festival FILM NOIR: THE OTHER SIDE OF HOLLYWOOD! from February 17 to 27 in St.Petersburg, Russia. We are pleased to pre...

Paul Giamatti inspired me tonight in his performance in Barney’s Version

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Paul Giamatti inspired me tonight in his performance in Barney’s Version By Ron Gilbert Inspiration is the key to getting you up in the morning to start a new day with excitement and fervor and those goals that you have set for yourself in whatever you do. As a writer I need to be inspired so that I can explode with creative dialogue so that you can read about a film that moves me. Tonight that happened. Michael Konyves’ script based on Mordecai Richler’s novel, Richard’s dir...

Sundance 2011 Crowns Its Winners

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Winning an award at the Sundance Film Festival is no small accomplishment. The competition to just get into the Festival is fierce (150 films chosen out of over 2000 submissions.....ouch). However, winning the top prizes is still no assurance that the films will be widely seen or make any dent at the box office. Some years, the top prize winners have barely registered beyond the festival circuit. In others, such as last year's winner WINTER'S BONE, the win at Sundance led to an outstanding showi...

Sundance Crowns Its Winners

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  Winning an award at the Sundance Film Festival is no small accomplishment. The competition to just get into the Festival is fierce (150 films chosen out of over 2000 submissions.....ouch). However, winning the top prizes is still no assurance that the films will be widely seen or make any dent at the box office. Some years, the top prize winners have barely registered beyond the festival circuit. In others, such as last year's winner WINTER'S BONE, the win at Sundance led to an outs...
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