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And the winner is The Hurt Locker...

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For those of you who forgot...here is the list of the nominees... As for the winners, well, you will have to wait a bit more... Independent Spirit Awards had a Precious night, will it be The Hurt Locker's night? Will Avatar stay blue, cold or go Gold...? This is our bet anyway. Watch the 82nd Academy Awards telecast on Sunday, March 7 at 5 p.m. PT/ 8 p.m. ET on ABC. Best Picture "Avatar" James Cameron and Jon Landau, Producers "The Blind Side" ...

How To Immigrate To Canada

Director: Don Bapst.
The story of one man's immigration experience and the many piles of paperwork along the way. An adventure spanning three continents and countless generations. A step-by-step quest for a home and a country to build it in. The story of a fitted tuxedo for a groom without a groom and his lost Canadian prince. It's also the story of the many legal victories in the GLBT movement and all the tiresome work that still has to be done. It's a celebration of the Great North, where less may be more, and an exploration of the immigrations we are each making every day.

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The story of one man's immigration experience and the many piles of paperwork along the way. An adventure spanning three continents and countless generations. A step-by-step quest for a home and a country to build it in. The story of a fitted tuxedo for a groom without a groom and his lost Canadian prince. It's also the story of the many legal victories in the GLBT movement and all the tiresome work that still has to ...

Second Jaipur International Film Festival awarded 12 films

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Second Jaipur International Film Festival (JIFF-2010) held at India’s Pink City Jaipur of Rajasthan screened 87 films, representing 21 countries (five continents) at OTS’ Bhagwat Singh Mehta Auditorium from January 29-31 amid jam packed and spell bound viewers. 12 films were awarded in different categories. "Le Grand Sault", a Canadian entry, winning the award for the Best short film. The 15 minute film has been made by Herve Demers of Canada. Amfuem made by Rainer Strecker of Germany won th...

The Blue Light

Director: Ramiro Hernandez.
Magical, heartwarming tale about how a little girl and her dad deal with tragedy. He hits the bottle, she escapes into an enchanting magical garden, in which she eventually drags her dad into.

La Cinematheque in Philadelphia

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Ooh la la, PCA ushers in 4 more French Films under the programming begun this past fall called, La Cinematheque (click link to see trailer of each film). Delayed a week due to snow, next Thursday, February 25, 6:45pm, Prince Music Theater (1412 Chestnut Street) the series starts off with Les Boreaux De Dieu (God’s Office), directed by Claire Simon - An “auteur” filmmaker captures women talking candidly about sex, pregnancy and abortion. Ray Murray, Artistic Director: “Thanks to th...

The Global Film Village: Hurt Locker Triumphs at BAFTA Awards

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by Marla Lewin2010 BAFTA Awards Winners                                      photo (c) 2010 BAFTA The British Academy of Film and Television Arts Awards for 2010 (BAFTA) were announced tonight at London’s Royal Opera House. In his first formal act as President of BAFTA, Prince William presented Vanessa Redgrave with a British Academy Fellowship. HRH Prince William succeeds Lord Attenborough in the position. David Parfitt, Chair of BAFTA, said: “The Academy has had a long...

Philadelphia Film Festival Spring Preview

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  Dear Friends of the Film Society, The Philadelphia Film Society is proud to announce that it will produce the Philadelphia Film Festival Spring Preview, Presented by Pennsylvania Hospital, a three-day film event scheduled to take place on Friday, April 9th, Saturday, April 10th and Sunday, April 11th exclusively at the Prince Music Theater.  This event will feature three to four films per day, with complementary tickets to all films for Film Society Members a...

AVATAR and THE HURT LOCKER Lead the 82nd Academy Awards Nominations

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By Maria Esteves - February 2, 2010 The 82nd Academy Awards nominations were announced by Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) President Tom Sherak and 2008 Oscar nominee Anne Hathaway, on Tuesday, February 2, 2010. AVATAR, directed by James Cameron and THE HURT LOCKER, directed by Kathryn Bigelow (Cameron's ex-wife) picked up nine Oscar nominations including best picture and best director. The 82nd Academy Awards ceremony presented by AMPAS for outstanding film achieve...

Arte Award and Prince Claus Fund Film Grant handed out at CineMart

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During the CineMart 2010 Closing Night Party, Wednesday February 3, 2010 in Rotterdam, The Netherlands, the Arte France Cinéma Award went to CineMart 2010 Project LAYLA FOURIE by Pia Marais (Germany / South Africa / The Netherlands). The Prince Claus Fund Film Grant was awarded to CineMart 2010 Project BY THE TIME IT GETS DARK by Anocha Suwichakornpong (Thailand). Arte France Cinéma Award The Arte France Cinéma Award (10,000 Euro) for the Best CineMart 2010 Project is given to LAYLA FOURIE ...

Oscar nominations for the 82nd Academy Awards Announced

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by Marla Lewin Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences President Tom Sherak and 2008 Oscar® nominee Anne Hathaway took the stage at a 5:38 a.m. PT this morning, live news conference to announce the nominees in 10 of the 24 categories. Nominations for the 82nd Academy Awards Best motion picture of the year Avatar(20th Century Fox), A Lightstorm Entertainment Production, James Cameron and Jon Landau, Producers The Blind Side (Warner Bros.), An Alcon Entertai...

The Global Film Village: Nominations for the 82nd Academy Awards Announced

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by Marla LewinAcademy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences President Tom Sherak and 2008 Oscar® nominee Anne Hathaway took the stage at a 5:38 a.m. PT this morning, live news conference to announce the nominees in 10 of the 24 categories.Nominations for the 82nd Academy AwardsBest motion picture of the yearAvatar(20th Century Fox), A Lightstorm Entertainment Production, James Cameron and Jon Landau, ProducersThe Blind Side (Warner Bros.), An Alcon Entertainment Production, Nominees to be determ...

Meet Indie Filmmaker: SPUNKBUBBLE

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   British director Tom Browne talks to us about his film ‘Spunkbubble’ recently entered in ÉCU’s European Dramatic Short category. As original as it is violent, the film is shot entirely as surveillance-camera footage, witnessing the events taking place in one individual hotel room. Yet what these events actually are, we can never really be quite sure…….  By Mairi Cunningham Q: Your film is unsettling yet intriguing. Tell me what it is about and where the inspi...

NATPE to move (2011) from Vegas to Miami

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The National Association of Television Program Executives (NATPE) is about to conclude a very successfull line-up of speakers and activities for its annual Market & Conference at the Mandalay Bay Resort in Las Vegas January 25-27. Some also say the 2010 edition looks like the end of an era. Variety's CYNTHIA LITTLETON commented today "...the plan to move the gathering next year to Miami's Fontainebleau Hotel has many longtime attendees feeling that NATPE '10 is the book...

Open letter from Paul Haggis in Port au Prince, Haiti

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This morning we toured the "street schools" in the slums of Cite Soleil and surrounding areas, the poorest neighborhoods in the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere; the schools sponsored by NPH International and Artists for Peace and Justice (APJ). Most were destroyed. The good news was that the quake hit just as school had let out, so nowhere near as many children were killed as we feared. Still, too many. We met many people who had lost children, sisters and brothers. W...

Open letter from Paul Haggis in Port au Prince, Haiti

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FROM YOUR FRIENDS AT FILMFESTIVALS.COM BRAVO PAUL!..."This morning we toured the "street schools" in the slums of Cite Soleil and surrounding areas, the poorest neighborhoods in the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere; the schools sponsored by NPH International and Artists for Peace and Justice (APJ). Most were destroyed. The good news was that the quake hit just as school had let out, so nowhere near as many children were killed as we feared. Still, too many. We met many people who had lo...

The nominations for the Orange British Academy Film Awards in 2010

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The official nominations for the Orange British Academy Film Awards in 2010                           BEST FILM AVATAR - James Cameron, Jon Landau AN EDUCATION - Finola Dwyer, Amanda Posey THE HURT LOCKER - Nominees TBC PRECIOUS: BASED ON THE NOVEL PUSH BY SAPPHIRE - Lee D...

Top-Ten List of Film Curses

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You may elect your best Film Curse using our Poll click to VOTE  •1.          Dorian Gray (2009) Cursed character: Dorian Gray - played by Ben Barnes The Story: Fresh-faced and innocent, Dorian Gray arrives in London to move into the house he has inherited. Almost immediately he falls under the influence of amoral and calculating Lord Henry Wotton, leading to a life of increasing debauchery and even violence. Through many years Gray stays as young...

The official nominations for the Orange British Academy Film Awards in 2010

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BEST FILM AVATAR - James Cameron, Jon Landau AN EDUCATION - Finola Dwyer, Amanda Posey THE HURT LOCKER - Nominees TBC PRECIOUS: BASED ON THE NOVEL PUSH BY SAPPHIRE - Lee Daniels, Sarah Siegel-Magness, Gary Magness UP IN THE AIR - Ivan Reitman, Jason Reitman, Daniel Dubiecki OUTSTANDING BRITISH FILMAN EDUCATION - Finola Dwyer, Amanda Posey, Lone Scherfig, Nick Hornby FISH TANK - Kees Kasander, Nick Laws, Andrea Arnold IN THE LOOP - Kevin Loader, Adam Tandy, Armando Iannucci, Jesse Armstrong, Sim...

Members of the Jury at Imagina (Media and Entertainment)

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Shelley Page - President Head of International Outreach - DreamWorks Animation - United Kingdom Shelley has been working in the field of feature animation since 1986. Her career in animation began in London with the legendary animation director Richard Williams from 1982. She served as head of backgrounds on the Walt Disney film Who Framed Roger Rabbit?. In 1989 she was hired by Steven Spielberg as one of the original team ...

River to River, Florence, a bluesy Ramayana closes fest

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                                  To start with last things first, this highly varied Indian film week came to a rousing close on December 11 with a brilliant feature length animation entitled "Sita Sings The Blues"   SITA is the heroine of the Indian national epic known as the Ramayana, a tale close to the heart of every India...

River to River, Florence, a bluesy Ramayana closes fest

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To start with last things first, this highly varied Indian film week came to a rousing close on December 11 with a brilliant feature length animation entitled "Sita Sings The Blues" SITA is the heroine of the Indian national epic known as the Ramayana, a tale close to the heart of every Indian person. In the story she follows her husband Prince Rama into exile in a forest where she is kidnapped by the evil king Ravana of (Sri) Lanka. While remaining faithful to her husband, Sita is subjected t...

The Global Film Village: The Last Station opens and The Lightkeepers Closes PSIFF


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by Marla LewinThis January marks the 21st anniversary year of the Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF). Today Festival Director Darryl Macdonald announced the program and said, "Our film line-up this year is a strong reflection of the current zeitgeist in world cinema. Sixty-seven first-time feature film directors will screen this year, representing a surge of new filmmaking talent on the world stage. In addition, we'll showcase a vintage crop of new works by established master...

The Global Film Village: 15 Features Vying for VFX Oscar®

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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today announced that 15 films have been selected as semifinalists for Achievement in Visual Effects for the 82nd Academy Awards®. The films are listed below in alphabetical order: “Angels & Demons” “Avatar” “Coraline” “Disney’s A Christmas Carol” “District 9” “G-Force” “G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra” “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince” “Sherlock Holmes” “Star...

Meet Indie Filmmaker: TURNSTUNDE

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 Article by Anna Takayama     Turnstunde, from director Hannes Rall, a recent submission to the ÉCU 2010 Animation category, is about the adventures of a young boy and his unusual nightmare: the gym lesson! Anna Takayama finds out what inspired the director, and more.   Q: What is your film about? A chubby little boy is faced with the the recurring traumatic experience of attending a gym lesson. He is confronted by his evil and slightly sadistic sport...

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