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AFM 09 announces its seminars and conferences program

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The 2009 American Film Market today announced its schedule of seminars and conferences to be held between Nov. 4 and 11. Celebrating its 30th year, the AFM will showcase panels on film financing opportunities, local and international distribution trends, marketing strategies and digital technologies. The sessions will include film executives, producers, writers, directors, distributors, financiers and attorneys. This year’s seminars and conferences will include the annual “AFM Finance Co...

Robert McKee returns to Portugal

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The most renowned and respected world specialist in the field of screenwriting will once again be in Lisbon on the 13th, 14th and 15th of November, to present the Genre Thriller, Genre Comedy and Genre Love Story Seminars. The event will take place in Lisbon, on the Teatro Aberto for three days. Appealing to a largely diverse public, this seminar takes place over the course of three intense days and is an unique source of knowledge and inspiration to professionals and students connec...

AFM 09 announces seminars and conferences

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The 2009 American Film Market today announced its schedule of seminars and conferences to be held between Nov. 4 and 11. Celebrating its 30th year, the AFM will showcase panels on film financing opportunities, local and international distribution trends, marketing strategies and digital technologies. The sessions will include film executives, producers, writers, directors, distributors, financiers and attorneys. This year’s seminars and conferences will include the annual “AFM Finance Confer...

Atlanta Jewish Fest brings film scores to life

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In a first-ever collaboration, the Atlanta Jewish Film Festival will partner with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra to bring some of the most beloved Jewish film scores to life for a one-time-only concert on Monday, Jan. 4, 2010, at 8 p.m., at Atlanta Symphony Hall. The AJFF Gala Concert kicks off the 10th Annual Atlanta Jewish Film Festival, which runs Jan. 13-24, 2010. The Jan. 4 concert, sponsored by Turner Classic Movies and Comcast, will be the first time a concert of Jewish-themed film scores...

Savannah Film Festival preview

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The 12th annual Savannah Film Festival, hosted by the Savannah College of Art and Design, will take place from Saturday, October 31-Saturday, November 7.   Films to receive special gala screenings will include Jean-Marc Vallée's "The Young Victoria"; Oren Moverman's "The Messenger," with Moverman and stars Woody Harrelson and Ben Foster in attendance; Grant Heslov's "The Men Who Stare at Goats"; Pedro Almodovar's "Broken Embraces"; Lone Sher...

Savannah Film Festival preview

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The 12th annual Savannah Film Festival, hosted by the Savannah College of Art and Design, will take place from Saturday, October 31-Saturday, November 7. Films to receive special gala screenings will include Jean-Marc Vallée’s “The Young Victoria”; Oren Moverman’s “The Messenger,” with Moverman and stars Woody Harrelson and Ben Foster in attendance; Grant Heslov’s “The Men Who Stare at Goats”; Pedro Almodovar’s “Broken Embraces”; Lone Sherfig’s “An Education”; the ...

The New York International Independent Film & Video Festival (NYIIFVF) NY line up

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The New York International Independent Film & Video Festival (NYIIFVF) dubbed "The Voice of Indie Film" will run October 22nd-29th, 2009 New Yorkers in need of an affordable yet satisfying indie film fix will be happy to hear that The New York International Independent Film & Video Festival (NYIIFVF) has announced their slate of films and red carpet premieres. NYIIFVF runs from October 22nd-29th in Manhattan and will showcase a diverse range of features, shorts, documen...

The New York International Independent Film & Video Festival (NYIIFVF) NY line up

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New Yorkers in need of an affordable yet satisfying indie film fix will be happy to hear that The New York International Independent Film & Video Festival (NYIIFVF) has announced their slate of films and red carpet premieres. NYIIFVF runs from October 22nd-29th in Manhattan and will showcase a diverse range of features, shorts, documentaries and animations from all over the globe.  The opening night networking party and awards ceremony take place on Thursday, October 22nd at BLVD (199 Bowery) f...

New York: the 2009 New York Film Festival

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Presenting 28 feature and documentary productions the 47th edition of the New York Film Festival running from September 25 through October 11, certainly retained its standing as the premier US showcase for the international films and for presenting the best emerging and recognized international film directors. Culled this year mostly from other festivals the NYFF had few films from the United States (THE ART OF THE STEAL, Don Argott; SWEETGRASS, Ilisa Barbash and Lucien Castaign-Taylor; L...

Rio International Film Festival 2009 Awards

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Esmir Filho’s first feature Os Famosos e Os Duenndes Da Morte (The Famous and the Dead) takes Festival do Rio’s Top Prize and FIPRESCIDual Prizes handed out to Sandra Werneck’s Stolen Dreams, Sergio Bianchi’s Os Inquilinos (The Tenants Don’t Like It, Leave), Karim Ainouz and Marcelo Gomes’ Viajo Porque Preciso, Volte Porque Te Amo (I Travel Because I Have to, I Come Back Because I Love You), Tatiana Issa and Raphael Alvarez’s Dzi Croquettes and late Sergio Bernardes’ Tamboro High...

Raindance Awards announced

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Raindance Film Festival has just announced the juried awards at this years, 17th edition.The Jury has spoken, and offered their congratulations to all the filmmakers for outstanding work. Cosing winners was extremely difficult.To recognise the outstanding achievements of the filmmakers showcased at the 17th Raindance Film Festival in 2009, a number of jury prizes will be awarded. The winners have been announced before the screening of the Closing Night Film on Sunday 11 October.BEST UK FEATURE**...

Aspen it's a wrap

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(Artist to Watch award recipient actress Paula Patton, New Directions award recipient Jason Reitman, and Independent by Nature award recipient Stanley Tucci) Photos by Steve Mundinger   Aspen Film's 31st edition of Aspen Filmfest, which ran September 30th - October 4th, presented a much-anticipated array of award-winning features and documentaries to capacity crowds from around the country. Coinciding with Aspen's spectacular Rocky Mountain fall foliage, Filmfest is the ...

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Film still from the 2007 short animation film "City of Lights". Directors: Teun van der zalm, Daan Verbiest Animation Directors: Teun van der Zalm, Daan Verbiest Writer (Original Story): Teun van der Zalm Editor: Daan Verbiest Designer: Andres Lazaro Composer: Alexander Reumers Copyright © 2007 Teun van der Zalm, Daan Verbiest

Get bitten at Vampire Fest: the Blood Has Spilled - the 2009 International Vampire Film Festival Line-Up

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The Vampire Film Festival (Vampire Fest) is finally coming home!  "After two years in Los Angeles we wanted to permanently move the festival to the city most connected to the vampire myth - New Orleans.  This glorious city is a place of mystical allure, the city where Anne Rice rethought the myth of the vampire. With its Gothic architecture, above the ground graves, voodoo and colorful history, New Orleans is the perfect location to celebrate the vampire myth and build the foundation fo...

Battle Satellite debate with Battle of Ideas 2009 festival

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  Get a taster of the acclaimed Battle of Ideas 2009 festival with the Battle Satellite debate: Divining Art? Culture and the sacred in the 21st century   ‘The Battle of Ideas is adrenaline for the mind. A chance for intellectual fisticuffs with some of the best-known and most stimulating thinkers in the world.' Colin Blakemore, professor of neuroscience, Oxford University   Read more at: http://www.battleofideas.org.uk/ and download a pdf of the 2009 festi...

A brief preview from the Savannah Film Festival

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The 12th annual Savannah Film Festival, hosted by the Savannah College of Art and Design, will take place from Saturday, October 31-Saturday, November 7.Films to receive special gala screenings will include Jean-Marc Valles The Young Victoria; Oren Movermans The Messenger, with Moverman and stars Woody Harrelson and Ben Foster in attendance; Grant Heslovs The Men Who Stare at Goats; Pedro Almodovars Broken Embraces; Lone Sherfigs An Education; the United States premieres of James Ivorys The City...

New Filmmakers’ Day drew a packed house in Vancouver

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A slate of cinema’s top award-winning filmmakers galvanized a sold-out event at VIFF’s 24th Annual Film &Television Forum on Saturday, October 3 at the Vancouver International Film Centre. New Filmmakers’ Day, the only event of its kind in Western Canada drew a packed house for such notable guests as Oscar-winning writer/director Charlie Kaufman (Adaptation, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Synecdoche, New York) and award-winning cinematographers, Ellen Kuras (Away We Go, Shine a Lig...

Elefest Festival in Elephant and Castle

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Elefest is returning to Elephant and Castle next weekend, with an exceptional line up of talent, films and workshops – proving the area is one of London’s leading creative hubs. Most people do not know the origin of Elephant and Castle: in older times when 17th century brits heard for the first time "l'Infante de Castille" they thought they had understood it all as "Elephant and Castle"Highlights for 2009 include screenings in the world’s first solar powered cinema, a unique mobile phone f...

Astonishing Debuts At Woodstock FF

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With a festival which prides itself as being “fiercely independent”, the Woodstock Film Festival, which concludes today, is committed to the discovery of new talents, both behind and in front of the screen. With budgets that are tight in the extreme, more often that not, the actors used are new to the screen and unknown to the public (I included myself in this). However, when a performance of great depth or realism is given by someone you do not know, my tendency is to pay very close attenti...

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...

Astonishing Debuts At Woodstock FF

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  CHILDREN OF INVENTION    With a festival which prides itself as being “fiercely independent”, the Woodstock Film Festival, which concludes today, is committed to the discovery of new talents, both behind and in front of the screen. With budgets that are tight in the extreme, more often that not, the actors used are new to the screen and unknown to the public (I included myself in this). However, when a performance of great depth or realism is given by someone you do not know, my tende...

GIORNATE CINEMA MUTO 2009

Le Giornate del Cinema Muto, XXVIII ed.: 3-10 October 2009 Von Stroheim´s MERRY WIDOW perks interest for GIORNATE opening THE MERRY WIDOW (Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, US 1925) is the opening night film at the 2009 Giornate de Cinema Muto 200, The Music When I first accompanied The Merry Widow years ago, I was totally struck by this highly creative and inventive film adaptation of the operetta, di

Views From The Avant-Garde at NYFF

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  TREES OF SYNTAX  The New York Film Festival, which features the latest works from established masters, also is a vehicle for introducing curious audiences to more challenging work by new film artists. This weekend, the Festival is hosting its annual avant-garde showcase that holds some of this event's most memorable programming. The 13th edition of VIEWS FROM THE AVANT GARDE will showcase features eleven programs. A total of 61 works will be presented, 21 by artists being s...

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...

Horrorthon 2009 returns to haunt the Irish Film Institute

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Be afraid! Be very afraid! Horrorthon 2009 returns 22nd-26th October 2009The IFI once again plays host to five days of madness, mayhem and blood-curdling suspense. Horror fans and genre aficionados are preparing to descend upon the IFI over the October Bank Holiday to indulge Dublin’s most disturbing and depraved film festival that is now in its 12th spine-tingling year.Ed King, Horrorthon Director, launched the programme this morning saying ‘It has been a terrific year for Horror with an o...

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