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The Global Film Village: 2009 PALM SPRINGS INTERNATIONAL SHORTFEST ANNOUNCES WINNERS by Marla Lewin

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We have attended the Palm Springs International Shortfest through the years, and it is one of the best short film festivals in the world.   Award winners receiving a first place prize in four categories are automatically eligible to submit their films to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for Academy Award® consideration. Over the past 14 years, the Festival has presented 64 films that have gone on to receive Academy Award nominations.The  Palm Springs International ShortFest &a...

Frankie D: An Interview with Rosemary Edelman

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By Nicole Holland Writer/Director/Producer Rosemary Edelman’s film lineage dates back to Hollywood’s Golden Age. Her father, Louis F. Edelman, produced some of the well-known classics: I’ll See You in My Dreams (Doris Day), Operation Pacific (John Wayne), The Big Trees (Kirk Douglas), The West Point Story (James Cagney, Doris Day), Once Upon a Time (Cary Grant), You Were Never Lovelier (Fred Astair, Rita Hayworth) and The Barbara Stanwyck Show. In addition, he wrote The Big ...

New EFP President and Board of Directors elected and announced in Cannes

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  Éva Vezér takes over Presidency - Claudia Landsberger stays on as Vice-President    The members of European Film Promotion (EFP) today elected a new Board of Directors, including President and Vice-President at its General Assembly meeting at the Cannes International Film Festival. After 12 years, Claudia Landsberger, Managing Director of Holland Film, hands over the Presidency to Éva Vezér, General Manager at Magyar Filmunió, Hungary, and will stay on a...

Celebrating North America's Oldest Film Festival

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  San Francisco, April 17----- While it is common these days for every city, resort and college town to have its own international film festival, it is San Francisco, the glittering city in North California, that can make the singular claim of having hosted North America’s first on-going film festival event. Launched in December 1957, the San Francisco International Film Festival was the first event to offer a mix of international cinema, the first stirring of th...

Celebrating North America's Oldest Film Festival

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While it is common these days for every city, resort and college town to have its own international film festival, it is San Francisco, the glittering city in North California, that can make the singular claim of having hosted North America’s first on-going film festival event. Launched in December 1957, the San Francisco International Film Festival was the first event to offer a mix of international cinema, the first stirring of the American Independent movement and a smattering of serious-mi...

Women’s Power at Nippon Connection Festival

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Nippon Connection FestivalApril 15-19, 2009, Frankfurt am MainFrom April 15 to 19, the biggest festival for Japanese film worldwide, Nippon Connection in Frankfurt, will be showing for the ninth time young and creative cinema from Japan. Nippon Connection presents more than 150 short and long films, ranging from avantgarde to blockbusters, with many German, European or international premieres. More than 25 film makers from Japan will personally present their works to the audience. The festival w...

Connecticut Gay & Lesbian Film Festival higlights

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  Out Film CT is pleased to announce that the Connecticut Gay & Lesbian Film Festival - a fixture in the state's cultural landscape - is celebrating its 22nd year this May, bringing to the region a wide range of documentaries, shorts, and full-length feature films. "We've had twenty-two years to build a strong foundation in the community, which allows us to present a major cultural event that continues to grow each year," said Shane Engstrom, Director of this year's festival. ...

Peter Scarlet to Host World Cinema Series "Cinemondo" on Link TV

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Link TV has announced the line-up for the fourth season of "Cinemondo," the nationally broadcast world cinema series hosted and co-curated by renowned festival programmer Peter Scarlet, who was recently appointed to the post of Executive Director of the Middle East International Film Festival (MEIFF) in Abu Dhabi. The new season features U.S. television premieres of an outstanding international line-up of independent films from Israel, Mexico, Russia and Turkey, and the first U.S. broa...

Spike Lee’s Kobe Doin’ Work world premiere at Tribeca

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The Tribeca Film Festival today announced that the ESPN Films production of Spike Lee’s Kobe Doin’ Work will have its world premiere at the 2009 Tribeca Film Festival, presented by American Express, the founding sponsor of the Festival, as the gala premiere of the Tribeca/ESPN Sports Film Festival. The premiere will take place on Saturday April 25, 2009. The 2009 Tribeca/ESPN Sports Film Festival will take place during the Tribeca Film Festival, April 22 through May 3, 2009 in lower Manhatta...

11th TDF: OPENING CEREMONY (3/14/2009)

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OPENING CEREMONY The Thessaloniki Documentary Festival - Images of the 21st Century enters its second decade as of Friday, March 13, with the Opening Ceremony of the 11th edition at the Olympion Theatre. Stavros Kalafatis, Minister of Macedonia-Thrace, launched the Documentary Festival, and the screening of Chao Gan’s The Red Race followed. Despina Mouzaki, Director of the Thessaloniki International Film Festival, welcomed the audienc...

Rebecca Yeldham new Director of the Los Angeles Film Fest

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Film Independent announced today that Rebecca Yeldham is joining the organization as the Director of the Los Angeles Film Festival, effective immediately. Rachel Rosen serves as Director of Programming for Film Independent and the Los Angeles Film Festival, and had been working with Film Independent’s Senior Director Sean McManus as interim Co-Directors during the search for a new Festival Director. “Rebecca has a wide range of experience in the industry and she’s an inspiring leader -...

Berlinale Awards revealed

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The jury declares that this year’s competition presents a broad range of films whose central aim consists in exploring ways to further the interpretation and understanding of important topics of our time. Therefore the jury has decided to award prizes to those efforts which achieve a balance between the political statement and the poetic form. Golden Bear for the Best Film  La teta asustada (The Milk Of Sorrow) by Claudia Llosa Silver Bear - The Jury Grand Prix  A...

Berlinale awards Golden Bear to The Milk Of Sorrow

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The jury declares that this year’s competition presents a broad range of films whose central aim consists in exploring ways to further the interpretation and understanding of important topics of our time. Therefore the jury has decided to award prizes to those efforts which achieve a balance between the political statement and the poetic form. Golden Bear for the Best Film La teta asustada (The Milk Of Sorrow) by Claudia Llosa Silver Bear - The Jury Grand Prix Alle...

The 2009 Berlinale Awards revealed

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The jury declares that this year’s competition presents a broad range of films whose central aim consists in exploring ways to further the interpretation and understanding of important topics of our time. Therefore the jury has decided to award prizes to those efforts which achieve a balance between the political statement and the poetic form. Silver Bear - Best Actor  Sotigui Kouyate in London River by Rachid Bouchareb Silver Bear - Outstanding Arti...

A Whale of a Concept in Wholphin: Issue 1

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  Wholphin: Issue 1 was my introduction to this innovative approach to film.  The Wholphin film series is touted as “a quarterly DVD magazine, published by McSweeney’s, lovingly encoded with unique and ponderable films designed to make you feel the way we felt when we learned that dolphins and whales sometimes, you know, do it.”  That last part is fodder for a film I’d need to see before I believe it.  But the sentiment evoked by viewing Wholphin might best be describe...

Jim Wuthrich upped to President, International Home Video and Digital Distribution

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  Thomas Gewecke, President, Warner Bros. Digital Distribution and Ron Sanders, President, Warner Home Video today announced the promotion of Jim Wuthrich to President, International Home Video and Digital Distribution. Warner Bros. created the Home Entertainment Group in 2005 to bring together the complementary home entertainment businesses under one unified strategy. This newly created position furthers those efforts by bringing closer alignment to the Studio’s packaged goods ...

Jim Wuthrich upped at Warner Home Video

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Thomas Gewecke, President, Warner Bros. Digital Distribution and Ron Sanders, President, Warner Home Video today announced the promotion of Jim Wuthrich to President, International Home Video and Digital Distribution. Warner Bros. created the Home Entertainment Group in 2005 to bring together the complementary home entertainment businesses under one unified strategy. This newly created position furthers those efforts by bringing closer alignment to the Studio’s packaged goods and digital busin...

Berlinale 2009: International Jury lead by Tilda Swinton

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The International Jury, presided over by Tilda Swinton,(Burn After Reading, Julia... ), will decide who is to take home the Golden Bear and the Silver Bears and the Alfred Bauer Prize in the Competition of the Berlinale 2009. The other members of the Jury are Spanish director Isabel Coixet, director Gaston Kaboré (Burkina Faso), Swedish best-selling author Henning Mankell, director Christoph Schlingensief (Germany), director Wayne Wang (USA) and food activist and author Alice ...

Kluckin Films In Surge Weekly

By Chris Raposa For Weekly Surge Photos by Scott Smallin Staff Photographer Horror flicks can be broken down into three major categories: suspense, slasher, and supernatural. In many cases, these three core components are fused together for the greater goal of the film, which is to scare the hell out of moviegoers. The horror genre in movies dates back to the onset of film itself. In 1896, George

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