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2012 AMERICAN FILM MARKET kicks off

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More Than 10% Increase in Buyers Expected, Including 120 New Buying Companies Industry Conversations Featuring Directors Sacha Gervasi and Victor Levin, “Harry Potter” Franchise Executive Producer Michael Barnathan, Producer Bonnie Curtis, Jonathan Silverman, Pamela Adlon and Many More Also Announced. The 2012 American Film Market (AFM®) will kick-off tomorrow with more than 120 new buying companies and a 10% increase in buyers, according to AFM Managing Director Jonathan Wolf. ...

AFM (Oct. 31-Nov. 7) will kick off with more than 50 new exhibiting companies

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The American Film Market (AFM), set for Oct. 31-Nov. 7 in Santa Monica, will kick off with more than 50 new exhibiting companies.  National organizations from Australia, Dominican Republic, Panama, Russia and Thailand will also have a presence at AFM for the first time. New exhibitors hail from more than 18 countries and include such companies as: Altitude Film Sales (William Clarke and Andy Mayson), Embankment Films (Hugo Grumbar and Tim Haslam), Good Universe (Joe Drake and Nathan Kahane...

Boyz'n the Hood John Singleton keynote at 2012 Film Independent Forum

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  JOHN SINGLETON IS FORUM KEYNOTE SPEAKER! ALSO, A HACKATHON. This just in: Academy Award® nominated director John Singleton will give the keynote address for the 2012 Film Independent Forum. At age 24, Singleton was the youngest individual and first ever African-American to be nominated for an Academy Award® for Best Director. Boyz N the Hood, John Singleton’s first feature film, landed him Oscar® nominations for Best Director and Original Screenplay. His othe...

Film festivals - do they have a future? Forum held in Katowice

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                        Can anyone harness enough courage to raise such a question? It is as if to ask about chances of survival of a live organism that is ridded of its heart. Or both lungs. This live (and very much so!) organism stands for cinema, whereas it is the film festivals that constitute the heart and the lungs. Although "the death of the cinema" has long b...

Guests at Forum Future of Film Festivals 2012 Katowice Poland

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    „Future of film festivals - between the Local and the Global": Film Forum guests list   The Forum is parrt of Ars Independent, organized by Anita Skwara for the Festival. THE AGENDA    September 24th at Rondo Sztuki 10:00 - 10: 30 welcome speech Introduction during which the managers will present goals and ideas of the Forum and intro-duce the attendees. "Authorial word&...

Masterclass with Frank Darabont ...and more at the Zurich Film Festival

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The Zurich Film Festival (ZFF) announced today the revered group of industry professionals that will headline the Festival’s signature Master Class series. 2012 ZFF Master Class instructors include: ●          Three-time Academy Award® nominated writer, producer and director Frank Darabont ("The Green Mile,” “The Shawshank Redemption,” “The Walking Dead”) ●          Two-time Academy Award® nominated producer Michael Shamberg (“Pulp Fiction...

Frankenweenie European Premiere to open the 56th BFI London Film Festival

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The 56th BFI London Film Festival in partnership with American Express is delighted to announce that this year’s Festival will open on Wednesday 10 October with the European Premiere of Disney’s FRANKENWEENIE, directed by acclaimed filmmaker Tim Burton.  In partnership with American Express and Disney, and in a first for the Festival, the Opening Night screening and red carpet will go live from Odeon Leicester Square to BFI Imax and 30 screens across the UK.  The Festival will also...

EFA Board members Elected for 2012

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The President: Wim Wenders, Director, Germany Wim Wenders attended the Academy of Film & Television in Munich, worked as a film critic for various German publications, and was a founding member of Filmverlag der Autoren. In 1976 he set up his own production company, Road Movies, and, in 2002, Reverse Angle. Often hailed as one of the most important German directors on the international scene, Wenders has received various international awards, including the Golden Lion (TH...

AFM Conference Series the program has been announced

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The American Film Market (AFM®) set for Oct. 31-Nov. 7 in Santa Monica, today announced the topics and schedule for its five day AFM Conference Series .   The, Conferences, covering a range of timely and valuable topics spanning from treatment to screen, will take place 9:15 am – 12:45 pm daily from Friday, Nov. 2 – Tuesday, Nov. 6, and will be comprised of a Finance Conference, Pitch Conference, Marketing Conference, Video-on-Demand Conference and Micro-Budget Conference.   The progra...

Taisia Igumentseva was awarded with the First Cinefondation Prize and €15,000

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RUSSIA’S ‘ROAD TO’ WINS CINEFONDATION AWARD AT 65TH CANNES INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL   Managing Director of ROSKINO Catherine Mtsitouridze announced today that the Russian film director Taisia Igumentseva was awarded with the First Cinefondation Prize and €15,000 during the 65th Cannes Film Festival for the short feature film Road To, which she made with the help of the All-Russian State University of Cinema VGIK and Alexey Uchitel’s film studio Rock Films, was supported b...

Russia's "Road To" wins Cinefoundation award

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Jean-Pierre Dardenne who headed the Cinnefoundation and Short Films Jury RUSSIA’S ‘ROAD TO’ WINS CINEFONDATION AWARD AT 65TH CANNES INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL  Young Russian Filmmaker Taisia Igumentseva wins E15,000 Managing Director of ROSKINO Catherine Mtsitouridze announced today that the Russian film director Taisia Igumentseva was awarded with the First Cinefondation Prize and €15,000 during the 65th Cannes Film Festival for the ...

The winners of the Stuttgart Festival of Animated Film 2012 have been chosen

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The Woodstock of Animated Film   on its 30th birthday, the Stuttgart Festival of Animated Film has found its place at the centre of the city and the hearts of the local population. "On the one hand the Festival has become one of the most important meeting places for international animated film whilst on the other, it has brought life and international flair to Stuttgart's front room," said Ulrich Wegenast, Artistic Managing Director of the Film- und Medienfestival gGmbH, which has...

Eli Roth Inspired Filmmakers in Beverly Hills Today with Emotional Keynote Speech During IFTA Production Conference

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IFTA Production Conference, which featured an electrifying opening speech by celebrated independent filmmaker Eli Roth. He spoke before a sold-out crowd of more than 300.  Produced by the Independent Film & Television Alliance (IFTA), the event was titled: “Cost Isn’t An Obstacle Anymore! New Avenues to Finance, Produce & Distribute Films at Any Budget.”  Writer/director Eli Roth and Jean Prewitt, President.. Eli Roth ignited the ballroom at the Four Seasons Hotel i...

The sketches of the IFFS Summit Europe panelists by Nesta Morgan

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http://www.fest21.com/en/blog/nesta_morgan Nesta's.fest21.com, the Signature Sketch collection of caricature filmic moments in the festival community... "I storyboard, and design film and tv sets. My sketchbooks are full of the character and environment settings of both cinema and literary worlds, they are my own original storyboard collection of festival travel sketches, with pen and paper. Nesta's Sketch Collection covers The Berlinale Talent Campus, Edinburgh Film & ...

Carl Th. Dreyer Takes Center Stage at CPH PIX

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In April 2012 Danish feature film festival CPH PIX and Lynch Company present the World Premiere of Stuart Lynch's film-theatre work 'Dreyer, The Tyrannical Dane' - a tribute to a director labeled both a tyrannical sadist, a misunderstood genius and one of the World's greatest filmmakers ever. A Crossover of Film and Theater The film-theatre work explores the enigmatic Carl Theodor Dreyer's fascination with the struggle and power of women and the transformational magic of light and compos...

IFFS Europe The Fest Summit Agenda april 3 & 4

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2012 IFFS EUROPE - PARIS - CONFERENCE AGENDA Tuesday April 3, 2012 Co-chairs:  Bruno Chatelin Chief Operating Officer FEST21.COM FILMFESTIVALS.COM Scott Hillier Festival Director European Independent Film Festival 8:30 am - Registration Opens ...

Cost Isn't An Obstacle Anymore!: theme of next IFTA Production Conference on Friday, April 20

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  The Independent Film & Television Alliance (IFTA) will bring together top producers with finance, distribution and digital marketing experts for the 13th annual IFTA Production Conference on Friday, April 20, entitled "Cost Isn't An Obstacle Anymore! New Avenues to Finance, Produce & Distribute Films at Any Budget."  The conference will take place from 9:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at the Four Seasons Hotel (300 South Doheny Drive, Los Angeles), announced IFTA President-CEO Jean...

David Andrusia New Executive Director at the Arab Film Festival in the USA!

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  The President, Board of Directors of the Arab Film Festival in the USA! : "Dear Friends and Supporters of the Arab Film Festival, I am delighted to announce the hiring of our new executive director, Mr. David Andrusia. This was a very competitive process as we had over 50 talented applicants and a very intensive review process. After careful consideration and many interviews, David overwhelming emerged as the best candidate. I am pleased to say that David has accepted the...

Mathew Modine joins the Jury for the Best First Feature in Berlinale

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The Berlinale has been even more committed to supporting the next generation of film makers since 2006, when it introduced the Best First Feature Award. The award is endowed with 50,000 Euros, donated by the GWFF (Gesellschaft zur Wahrnehmung von Film- und Fernsehrecht), a society dedicated to safeguarding film and television rights. The prize money is to be split between the producer and the director of the winning film. Additionally, the director will be awarded with a high-quali...

Naomi Watts Promotes Jacob's Creek Cool Harvest At Centennial Park

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Naomi Watts Promotes Jacob's Creek Cool Harvest At Centennial Park This afternoon famous Australian actress Naomi Watts along a number of her friends, associates, and a sprinkle of Sydney’s social set enjoyed an afternoon and evening of wining and dining thanks to Jacob’s Creek Cool Harvest. The sophisticated and glamorous event was held amongst a vineyard inspired set and the rolling lawns of Centennial Park. Special guest and Cool Harve...

35th Göteborg International Film Festival inaugurated!

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Tonight the 35th edition of Göteborg International Film Festival was inaugurated. Opening film was the award-winning Swedish drama Avalon with Johannes Brost in the lead role. The audience can now look forward to ten days full of film screenings, seminars and parties!Sweden's Minister of Culture Lena Adelsohn Liljeroth held an opening speech before the curtain went up, as did the Festival’s managing director Michael Fellenius and artistic director Marit Kapla. The Mai Zetterling scholarship w...

LA Film Fest appoints Stephanie Allain as Festival Director

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    Film Independent, the non-profit arts organization that produces the Los Angeles Film Festival and the Spirit Awards, announced the selection of accomplished film producer Stephanie Allain as its new Los Angeles Film Festival Director, starting immediately. She succeeds Rebecca Yeldham, who recently elected to step down for personal reasons. Stephanie will be working closely with Festival Managing Director Gloria Campbell and Festival Artistic Director David Ansen, as we...

LA Fest appoints Stephanie Allain, producer with stellar track record

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 Film Independent, the non-profit arts organization that produces the Los Angeles Film Festival and the Spirit Awards, announced the selection of accomplished film producer Stephanie Allain as its new Los Angeles Film Festival Director, starting immediately. She succeeds Rebecca Yeldham, who recently elected to step down for personal reasons. Stephanie will be working closely with Festival Managing Director Gloria Campbell and Festival Artistic Director David Ansen, as well as Associate Direc...

Todd Miller will serve as President and Chief Operating Officer of Celestial Tiger Entertainment

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Celestial Tiger Entertainment (CTE), the Asian media company launched last month by Celestial Pictures Limited, Saban Capital Group and Lionsgate, unveiled today its senior management team, led by industry veteran Todd Miller, who will serve as President and Chief Operating Officer.  CTE also announced the members of its Board of Directors. Miller brings over two decades of management and media experience to CTE and will lead the company and drive its core businesses of branded pa...

Celestial Tiger Entertainment appoints Todd Miller as President COO

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Celestial Tiger Entertainment (CTE), the Asian media company launched last month by Celestial Pictures Limited, Saban Capital Group and Lionsgate, unveiled today its senior management team, led by industry veteran Todd Miller, who will serve as President and Chief Operating Officer. CTE also announced the members of its Board of Directors. Miller brings over two decades of management and media experience to CTE and will lead the company and drive its core businesses of branded pay-TV channels, ...
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