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Canadian Surf Film Festival salutes winners

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The Canadian Surf Film Festival (CSFF) celebrated the Jury’s selections and best box office sales yet at last night’s Closing Awards and party in Halifax. Prizes went to a local Nova Scotian kite surfer, an American short film about river surfing, and two Norwegian survivalists/surfers, amongst others. The Festival experienced its best ever box office sales and is already looking to up the ante for next year.   “We couldn’t be happier with this year’s Festiva...

3rd Canadian Surf Film Festival (September 27- 30, 2012) announces 2012 film line-up

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The 3rd annual Canadian Surf Film Festival (CSFF) launches its 2012 program, full with regular length features and shorts about surfing, its communities, its environments and the soci-political issues that define it. As in year’s past, the event runs in Halifax over four-days– September 27-30–bringing international film festival darlings and local indie shorts together for the viewing pleasure of surfers, non-surfers and film lovers alike.   “It’s lining up to be another gr...

A whole new world at DIFF

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Film allows you to see the world without leaving your seat. My third day at DIFF took me from Lisbon to a farm in Africa, the Deep South, the Philippines and Paris. Dark clouds rolled into Durban yesterday, but the sun always shines at the movies (thank you A-Ha). My first film was the wonderful black and white Portuguese film, Tabu. The competition film is filled with nostalgia. It is set in modern-day Lisbon and in 1930s colonial Africa. It is a wonderful love story remi...

Guess hosts ladies night with CLEO Bachelors; Sydney, Australia

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Guess hosts ladies night with CLEO Bachelors; Sydney, Australia Four of the most prolific Cleo Bachelor 2012 finalists were in attendance at today's beauty industry event at Westfield Sydney. Surfer and Masterchef hunk Hayden Quinn; X Factor's Johnny Ruffo; entrepreneur Andrew McIver and DJ Keiynan Lonsdale, all provided tunes for the evening. Hosted by Cleo editor Gemma Crisp, the lucky 100 guests all enjoyed champagne and canapes before being invited to a 'style off'...

Guy Maddin, ‘Spiritisms’ within a New Festival at the Centre Pompidou, Paris

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22 FEBRUARY - 12 MARCH 2012 11 am - 9 pm, ADMISSION FREE SOUTH GALLERY, SPACE 315, FORUM -1 SMALL ROOM AND LARGE ROOM The third New Festival at the Centre Pompidou offers the public the chance to discover the diversity of the visual culture of our time and to appreciate how the territory of contemporary culture has broadened.   No fewer than one hundred artists including the film director Guy Maddin, visual artists and performers, writers and historians, musicians and sh...

Fighting Fear Movie Premiere At Fox EQ Sydney

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 Fighting Fear Movie Premiere At Fox EQ Sydney Fighting Fear is the second feature documentary by talented, 28 year old Australian filmmaker Macario De Souza, whose debut feature documentary Bra Boys became the highest grossing Australian documentary of all time and was narrated by Oscar-winning actor Russell Crowe.   The flick enjoyed its premiere tonight at Fox Studios - Entertainment Quarter, at Sydney's Moore Park....

Calling all surfers

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WAVESCAPE @THE DURBAN INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL A tumultuous documentary about a schism that splits Papau New Guinea villagers apart, a flowing depiction of South Africa’s surfing dolphins, and a music video by Paul McCartney and filmmaker Jack McCoy premiere at the 2011 Wavescape Surf Film Festival, adding a unique variety to the 32nd Durban International Film Festival, which is supported by the National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund (principal funder) and runs from July 21 to ...

Durban International Film Festival to open with OTELO BURNING

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Over 250 screenings will be presented at the 32nd edition of the Durban International Film Festival’s from 21 to 31 July. With principal support from the National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund, the line-up of films from over 50 countries includes numerous award-winners and premiere screenings, with a core component of the newest South Africa productions. The festival proudly opens with the World Premiere of a film shot in Durban - Otelo Burning, directed by Sara Blecher. Beginning in the ...

The panels at tHe American Pavilion

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  Indie Film Innovators: Keeping up with New Thinking in Distribution - Friday, May 13th at 3:00pm Panelists include: Jon Fougner (Facebook), Tim League (Alamo Drafthouse), Shawn Bercuson (PreScreen), David Fenkel (Oscilloscope), Berry Meyerowitz (Phase Four)  Moderated by: Scott Macaulay, Editor-in-chief, Filmmaker Magazine Queer Night Party - Friday, May 13 9:00pm Host and guest DJ John Cameron Mitchell (Rabbit Hole) SATURDAY, MAY 14 In Conversation: John ...

Sports Meets Cinema at Tribeca Film Festival

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  FIRE IN BABYLON (USA)  America’s twin obsessions with the movies and sports finds voice at the Tribeca Film Festival, particularly with its Tribeca/ESPN Sports Film series. With sports-topic films such as WIN WIN and SOUL SURFER making major waves at the theatrical box office, the commercial viability of the sports story remains a potent one. The films in the series offer a variety of pleasures, both visual and sensual.  FIRE IN BABYLON by Stevan Riley is a story of the succe...

Cinequest Film Festival 21 wrapped

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  Cinequest Film Festival 21 (CQFF21) proved to be so much more than a film festival by continuing to transform lives across the globe through discovery, innovation, connecting and creativity. The festival celebrated 75 U.S., North American and World Premieres representing over 41 countries. Enhancing its position as the place to discover the future of film innovations, Cinequest produced 22 art and innovation forums and workshops. A record 91,000 participants enjoyed premier venues loaded ...

Edward James Olmos, Jon Chu, James Russo and Jaime Murray added to lineup of Stars attending Cinequest

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The stars will roll into Cinequest Film Festival, always a bastion for the discovery of new and emerging talent and innovations, at the palatial California Theatre for their premieres. Previous Maverick Spirit Award winner, Edward James Olmos, will return to Cinequest for the World Premiere of America on March 3, 2011, at 7 p.m. at the California Theatre. Olmos stars in and executive produces the powerful story of a courageous woman who flees Puerto Rico to start life anew in New York City. ...

NEWSLETTER N° 495: february 4, 2011

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 .............                                                                                                                                                          NEWSLETTER N° 495: february 4, 2011 Follow this LINK if you cannot read the newsletter properly The Berlin edition of the IFFS Festival Summit 2011 Bruno Chatelin, your editor, will co chair the Berlin edition 2011.   ...

Cinequest Empowers Mavericks...and shows films to over 80,000 attendees

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  "PASSIONE" AND "SOUL SURFER" TO OPEN AND CLOSE CINEQUEST FILM FESTIVAL John Turturro, AnnaSophia Robb and Bethany Hamilton To Receive Cinequest Maverick Spirit Awards The Cinequest Film Festival announced today the two features that will bookend the upcoming Festival as the Opening and Closing Night films. John Turturro's acclaimed Italian music documentary Passione will raise the curtain at this year's festival as the official Opening Night Film while Sean ...

NEWSLETTER N° 464: may 6, 2010

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.............                                                      WELCOME TO OUR NEWSLETTER N° 464: may 6, 2010 Follow this LINK if you cannot read the newsletter properly The Future of Cinema Salon returns to Cannes Filmfestivals.com and Xomo present the Future of Festivals...its Digital...toast !  Mingle Talk and Wine tasting at the Spa des Stars (next t...

Cannes hit by Hawai sized monster waves : Croisette mourns

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"Keep Surfing" By Bjorn Richie Lob : Interview with actor/surfer Quirin Rohleder

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“Keep Surfing”   This German documentary, directed and produced by Bjorn Richie Lob, demonstrates how you “don’t need an ocean to surf”, and how “you can surf a wave forever”. Travel to Munich, Germany, on the “Eisbach River”, just past the bridge near the “Haus der Kunst” art museum, where the man-made river and tributary to the Isar River, forms a standing wave about one meter high.  Surfers have placed a piece of wood in a certain direction in the water to help shape ...

Newport Beach Festival will close with Letters to Juliet

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Ranked by Portfolio.com as America's richest city, Newport Beach, Calif., can afford to throw a serious party. Newport Beach Film Festival is known to do just that, and even its Web site touts it as a "leading lifestyle" event. So revelers and cinemaphiles are primed for another Orange County-class fiesta this April 22 to 29. Despite lingering economic challenges, NBFF Executive Director and CEO Gregg Schwenk hopes to build on last year's record attendance of 51,000 strong. Run a...

Newport Beach to show more than 400 films from some 50 countries

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Ranked by Portfolio.com as America's richest city, Newport Beach, Calif., can afford to throw a serious party. Newport Beach Film Festival is known to do just that, and even its Web site touts it as a "leading lifestyle" event. So revelers and cinemaphiles are primed for another Orange County-class fiesta this April 22 to 29.Despite lingering economic challenges, NBFF Executive Director and CEO Gregg Schwenk hopes to build on last year's record attendance of 51,000 strong. Run almost entirely by...

Kathryn Bigelow: Poised To Make History

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  With the announcement of Oscar nominations this morning and a definitive win at last weekend's Directors Guild of America Awards, helmer Kathryn Bigelow is poised to make history as the first women director to win a Best Director Oscar for her work on the intense Iraq War drama THE HURT LOCKER. Bigelow is only the fourth woman director ever to be nominated in the 85 year history of the awards (her predecessors included Italian director Lina Wertmuller for SEVEN BEAUTIES, Amer...

The Bel Air Film Festival has announced it's International Jury Documentary Winner.

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The second annual Bel Air Film Festival has announced it's International Jury Documentary Winner. The festival held 35 film screenings along with packed theaters, and 4 red carpet events November 13th-17th. The festival's opening night was held at UCLA's James Bridges Theater where honorees Louis Gossett Jr. received a "Lifetime Achievement Award," Taryn Manning was honored for her work in Film and Fashion with the festival's "Film Fashion Visionary" award, and Vivica A. Fox ...

The Temecula Valley Film and Music Society will host a special screening of Bryan Jennings' documentary...Walk on Water!!

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SAVE THIS DATE:NOVEMBER 19, 2009!!!  The Temecula Valley Film and Music Society will host a special screening of Bryan Jennings' documentary, Walking on Water When: Thursday, November 19, 2009, 6PM Where: Temecula Public Library 30600 Pauba Rd., Temecula, CA 92592   This documentary was screened at the Temecula Valley International Film & Music Festival last September.  But due to many requests,  we contacted the producer and he agreed for us to hold a special screening....

Stars Stretch Their Stuff at Woodstock FF

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  Uma Thurman in MOTHERHOOD At the Woodstock Film Festival, which today concludes its five-day marathon of film premieres, industry seminars, music concerts and groovy parties, film directors generally get all the attention. However, after my own personal marathon screenings, it is the performances of several standout actors that has made the biggest impression. Of course, for an independent filmmaker, casting is a critical part of the process.  Luckily, it has been par...

Stars Stretch Their Stuff at Woodstock FF

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At the Woodstock Film Festival, which today concludes its five-day marathon of film premieres, industry seminars, music concerts and groovy parties, film directors generally get all the attention. However, after my own personal marathon screenings, it is the performances of several standout actors that has made the biggest impression. Of course, for an independent filmmaker, casting is a critical part of the process. Luckily, it has been part of the appeal of independent cinema that name actors...

Surfing 50 States

Director: Jonno Durrant / Stefan Hunt.
Two young Australian surfer/filmmakers decide to travel to America and surf all fifty states. They find innovative and hilarious ways to surf in places like Iowa, Kansas and Nebraska, and demolish long-standing myths, not to mention surfboards, their old ice cream truck touring vehicle, and nearly themselves as well, as they journey across the country introducing surfing to astonished locals who have never seen a surfboard or surfers in their lives. In this enjoyable film for the whole family, their infectious enthusiasm and humor inspires folks of all ages and ethnicities to get out and explore the world in their own unique and fun way. The boys demonstrate that you can make your own fun anywhere you go, even surfing where there are no waves.
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