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VALENTINES Day in Berlin – Last day of the 2009 Berlinale

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Ten days have gone by like a flash and I'm sitting here in the press room on Saturday afternoon, Valentine's Day, mulling over the dull flicks I slept through, the one or two that kept me awake, and the handful that I really wanted to see but never got around to. ("John Rabe", Sean Penn's "Milk", a Persian film called "Barbareye Elly", the latest Wajda, and a few others). Of the half dozen competition films I did get to, not one was a real winner, and most were so...

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...

Reel Talks programming at San Diego Latino

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REEL TALKS, Co-Presented by FRONTERA FILMMAKERSSan Diego Latino Film Festival once again takes audiences behind the scenes with its REEL TALKS programming with the help of Latino Public Broadcasting, Nickelodeon and Walt Disney Animation Studios. Documentary filmmaking, special effects creation and animation will be spotlighted in this years edition of REEL TALKS.“The caliber of talent involved in this year’s REEL TALKS inspired an entire set of related programming that will appeal to local...

Slumdog barked Loud and lucky millionaire at BAFTA

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Slumdog Millionaire won ALMOST everything at Bafta (short of best foreign film): Best Film, Director, Adapted Screenplay, Music, Cinematography, Editing and Sound. There were only two awards set aside for emotionally charged winners: Best Supporting Actor and Best Actor, which went to Heath ledger and Micky Rourke respectively.  And the winners are: BEST FILM "Slumdog Millionaire" - Christian Colson OUTSTANDING BRITISH FILM "Man On Wire" - Simon Chinn / Ja...

When You're strange slam-bang DOORS docu in Berlin

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The halfway mark of the festival peaked for me last night with Tom DiCillo's slam-bang DOORS documentary "When You're strange", by far the best rocku-docu this writer has ever seen, but more on that in a moment. The day's opener was the morning press screening of Swedish director Lukas Moodyson's competition entry, "Mammoth", top lining hot Mexican star Gael Garcia Bernal (of Almodobar's "Mala Educacion"), American actress Michelle Williams (Brokeback Mountain) and featuring three terrific kids...

French award-winners

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Il y a longtemps que je t’aime (I’ve Loved You So Long) won the Bafta award for Best Foreign Film, while the company Thales Angénieux picked up its third Sci-Tech Oscar in Hollywood.  I've Loved You So Long  (I’ve Loved You So Long) was honored last night with the  BAFTA - British Academy of Film and Television Arts award for Best Foreign Film. The debut film by the writer Philippe Claudel has doubled its French attendance figures in international theaters, with 1.1...

Berlin: the halfway mark of the festival

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The halfway mark of the festival peaked for me last night with Tom DiCilio's slambang DOORS documentary "When You're strange", by far the best rocku-docu this writer has ever seen, but more on that in a moment. The day's opener was the morning press screening of Swedish director Lukas Moodyson's competition entry, "Mammoth", top lining hot Mexican star Gael Garcia Bernal (of Almodobar's "Mala Educacion"), American actress Michelle Williams (Brokeback Mountain) and featuring three terrific kids ...

8 Emerging Directors to Receive Film Independent Fellowship and Support Services-

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Film Independent, the non-profit arts organization that produces the Spirit Awards and Los Angeles Film Festival, has announced the filmmakers and film projects selected for its 8th annual Directors Lab, sponsored by Eastman Kodak Company. Taking place in Los Angeles from now until the end of March, the Directors Lab is an intensive eight-week incubator designed to assist directors with strong, original voices develop new narrative feature films, improve their craft, and advance their filmmakin...

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...

Jelena's World

Director: Tanja Brzakovic.
Feature documentary movie. Exclusive journey through and into the world of professional tennis, with number 1 woman- player of the world Jelena Jankoviæ.

On the other side of the Pool

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Director: Chris Ranson.
As the caretaker of an indoor swimming pool its Edwards job to keep everything in order. Aged and lonely, Edward starts to struggle as his pool is vandalised and it seems not only is his job on the line but also his grip on reality and a past long forgotten.

2095

Director: Troy Romeo.
A young man who falls in love with a woman he thinks is his female co-worker, discovers that his own computer may offer him more than any human ever could.

Liam Neeson can beat Bond at ass kicking: he proved that with Taken... Q&A with Liam

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We here, at fest21.com, loved Taken Liam Neeson latest film which was produced by Luc Besson. What a surprise to find out that Liam could beat Bond at ass kicking. The film goes out on DVD and Blue Ray. We had a chance to discuss with Liam about the film. This is an intense film – can you talk about the difficulties of the shoot? First, I love the physicality in films. It’s always great to get the chance to flex your muscles. I’ve done quite a few action films, sword mov...

The 2009 New York Jewish Film Festival conclusion

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Concluding on January 29th after a two week run at Lincoln's Center Walter Read Theater and other venues, the 18th annual Jewish Film Festival presented 32 features and shorts from 17 countries. Covering aspects of past and present Jewish (and Israeli) experience, most of these productions had their New York premiere. Among the about 60 Jewish Film Festivals in the United States, the New York festival is rather influential and trend setting given its location and a captive Jewish audience. T...

Liam Neeson Q&A on Taken

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We here at filmfestivals.com loved Taken. what a surprise to find out that Liam could beat Bond at ass kicking.We had a chance to discuss with Liam about the filmThis is an intense film – can you talk about the difficulties of the shoot?First, I love the physicality in films. It’s always great to get the chance to flex your muscles. I’ve done quite a few action films, sword movies, plus there’s been a lightsabre or two, and this was something, which, when I read the script, I thought ‘...

Another Busy Day with Movers and Shakers in Santa Barbara

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The producers panel aptly named “Movers and Shakers,” included Charles Roven-Dark Knight, Christian Colson-Slumdog Millionaire, Dan Jinks-Milk, Jim Morris-Wall-E, Neda Armian-Rachel Getting Married were asked questions by Los Angeles Times writer Pat Goldstein that pried open Pandora’s industry box and let fly what it takes to bring a film from concept to fruition. First question went to Slumdog’s Christian Colson about the recent criticism regarding the youngest lead actors of the film...

Busy Day by Kimberly Deisler

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The producers panel aptly named “Movers and Shakers,” included Charles Roven-Dark Knight, Christian Colson-Slumdog Millionaire, Dan Jinks-Milk, Jim Morris-Wall-E, Neda Armian-Rachel Getting Married were asked questions by Los Angeles Times writer Pat Goldstein that pried open Pandora’s industry box and let fly what it takes to bring a film from concept to fruition.    First question went to Slumdog’s Christian Colson about the recent criticism regarding the youngest lead actors of the ...

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 ...

An Interview with Award-winning Famed Icon Randy Jones

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By Maria Esteves - January 28, 2009 Looking at life as art, actor-performing artist Randy Jones (RJ) is defined as an icon in popular culture.  RJ began performing on stage at the age of eight, is known as The Cowboy from the pop musical group Village People, has appeared in three biographical films, performed 22 interviews, 122 articles has been written about him, has taken 56 pictorials, and appeared on 24 magazines front cover. RJ has been honored with countless awards, given keys to ...

IFFR 2009 Awards Ceremony on Friday

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During the IFFR 2009 Awards Ceremony on Friday, January 30, 2009 in the Rotterdamse Schouwburg, the winning films of the 38th International Film Festival Rotterdam were announced. The three VPRO Tiger Awards were granted to the Hubert Bals Fund supported film BE CALM AND COUNT TO SEVEN (ARAM BASH VA TA HAFT BESHMAR) by Ramtin Lavafipour (Iran), to BREATHLESS (DDONGPARI) by Yang Ik-June (South Korea), and to WRONG ROSARY (UZAK IHTIMAL) by Mahmut Fazil Coskun (Turkey). On Saturday January 31st, 20...

Nantucket Film Festival

The Nantucket Film Festival is accepting film and screenplay submissions for its 16th edition, to be held June 22-26, 2011. Unique in its dedication to supporting and promoting the art of screenwriting, the Nantucket Film Festival has been a standout on the festival circuit, screening imaginative films with an eye for great storytelling. The films shown at NFF are comprised of independent, studio-produced, foreign, documentary, animation, and short works in every genre.

All film submissions are eligible for an array of awards, including Showtime’s Tony Cox Award for Screenwriting, Best Storytelling in a Documentary, Best Writer/Director, Audience Award and the Adrienne Shelly Excellence in Filmmaking Award that honors the outstanding achievement by a female filmmaker with a $5,000 cash prize.

Showtime’s Tony Cox Screenplay Competition provides—in addition to a $5,000 cash prize and an all-expense paid trip to the Festival in June—a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to participate as one of four writers in the Screenwriters Colony annual, month-long retreat to Nantucket in the fall. The Colony offers screenwriters a place to work where they are encouraged to find their voice and push the boundaries of their craft under the guidance of established film professionals.  Recent Screenwriter’s Colony mentors have included: Campbell Scott, Oren Moverman, Bingham Ray, L.M. Kit Carson, Coleman Hough, and Lawrence Inglee. Competition finalists are invited to a Mentor Brunch where they can discuss their projects with the Screenwriters Tributee. Barry Levinson inaugurated the program in 2009. The Competition has also served as a launching platform for promising screenwriters. Writer/director Debra Granik won the Competition in 2002 for her script Down to the Bone. Her new film, Winter’s Bone, leads the 2010 award season with an impressive number of nominations.

The Festival offers the perfect environment for filmmakers and screenwriters to meet with actors, producers, and development executives, resulting in successful collaborations. Rosie Perez met director/producer Liz Garbus of Moxie Firecracker Films and produced the Puerto Rican documentary, Yo Soy Boricua, Pa’que tu lo Sepas! Sophie Barthes met actor Paul Giamatti while attending the Festival as the 2006 Competition winner for her script Cold Souls; Giamatti went on to star in the film. As one of the 2009 Competition Jurors, Lili Taylor was so impressed by Jenny Deller’s script Future Weather that she signed on to star in the upcoming film.

For more information, visit www.nantucketfilmfestival.org or email info@nantucketfilmfestival.org.

Sunscreen Film Festival

Sunscreen Film Festival is organized and presented by the St. Petersburg-Clearwater Film Society, a not-for-profit 501(c) (3) organization, which is dedicated to educating the public about the art of visual storytelling, enhancing opportunities for local filmmakers to develop their craft and art, and increasing the public’s awareness and support of local filmmaking as a cultural and economic asset. 

History:

The Sunscreen Film Festival has grown from its first festival in a local art gallery with 600 attendees in 2006 to a nationally recognized event with an attendance of over 11,000 people in 2011.  The SSFF has screened over 600 independent films in its first 6 years.  The festival is based at the Baywalk Entertainment Complex and Muvico 20 Theaters.  The festival additionally utilizes multiple locations around downtown St. Petersburg.

Sunscreen places a great emphasis on supporting and encouraging Florida based talent.  A grant has been established and given to the past two Best Florida Film winners at Sunscreen.  Additionally SSFF has film acquisition execs in attendance every year.  Over a dozen films have been picked up for distribution in the last 3 years at Sunscreen. 

Sunscreen is different from other festivals in that the festival guests are expected to take part in workshops, classes or some other manner that supports the mission of the festival.  Guests are asked to participate in educational programming as a part of their attendance at the festival.  Past guests over the first 6 festivals have included;

Just a few of our past guests have included:

  • actor John Travolta (Grease, Pulp Fiction)
  • actor Kelly Preston (Jerry Maguire)
  • actor Billy Dee Williams (Empire Strikes Back, Brian’s Song)
  • actor Patrick Wilson (Watchmen, Phantom of the Opera)
  • actor Jeff Donovan (Burn Notice, Changeling)
  • actor Ethan Supplee (My Name is Earl, Butterfly Effect)
  • actor Bill Cobbs (Night at the Museum, over 100 credits)
  • actor Alexa Vega (Spy Kids 1,2,3, Broken Hill)
  • actor Ayanna Berkshire (Twilight, Leverage)
  • actor Solomon Trimble (Twilight)

  • Ralph Winter (Producer, X-men 1-3, Wolverine, Fantastic Four, Star Trek 2-4)
  • Phil Cooke (Author, Filmmaker, Media Consultant)
  • Dean Batali (Producer, Head Writer, That 70’s Show, Buffy the Vampire Slayer)
  • Sean Covel (Producer, Napoleon Dynamite)
  • Doc Wyatt (Producer, Napoleon Dynamite)
  • Leo Partible (Comic Author, Producer)

  • screenwriter Timothy J. Sexton (Oscar nominee for Children of Men)
  • screenwriter Steven de Souza (Die Hard, 48 Hours)
  • casting director Lana Veenker (Twilight, Leverage)
  • casting director John Jackson (About Schmidt, Sideways)
  • composer, musician Michael Tolcher, (Scrubs, One Tree Hill, ESPN)
  • producer Dave Anderson (Prince of Egypt)
  • distribution, finance, acquisitions Jamie Fleming
  • distribution, finance, acquisitions John Flynn

Description:

The Sunscreen Film Festival which is put on by The non-profit St. Petersburg Clearwater Film Society not only screens great films and brings in top notch Hollywood talent but it also provides excellent year round programming.  The festival’s year round programming includes; special film screenings in partnership with and screened at the Museum of Fine Arts in downtown St. Petersburg, free outdoor film screenings, a Film School Summer Camp, and educational “Film Schools” for adults and kids throughout the year.  As well as actor’s workshops and community support programs.  Sunscreen additionally screens local independent films throughout the year in a theater environment to support local and Florida filmmakers.

The Sunscreen Film Festival is steadily growing into one of the top film festivals in the country. By programming great films, and bringing in top notch industry talent Sunscreen has established itself as one of the best young film festivals around. 

Sunscreen continues to receive community support from the following entities in the form of resources and in-kind donations.  The City of St. Petersburg, The Pinellas County Film Commission, The St. Petersburg Museum of Fine Arts, The University of Tampa, Southeastern University Lakeland, The Dali Museum, Baywalk Entertainment Complex and Muvico Theaters, and The Renaissance Vinoy Resort.

Baku International Film Festival

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Baku Int`l Film Festival (BIFF) is the biggest in the region.The organizer of BIFF is the well-known Azeri writer, playwright and director Mr. RUSTAM IBRAGIMBEKOV. He won OSCAR in 1998 for the best foreign film.

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14 Fabian Road

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Director: Jaime de Armiñán.
Camila Ponte, a writer of Argentinian origin, is on an exhausting promotional tour for her first novel, a huge success. A mysterious woman, Vega, approaches her after a long and boring press conference and leads her out to a strange establishment, a hotel built over an old convent of franciscan monks. What follows is the story of a kidnapping for which there is neither a ransom asked, nor date of liberation, and on which the victim seems to agree. Camila soon discovers that Vega is not who she seems to be. A complex relationship develops between the two women. One that goes trough suspicion and distrust to love and hatred, from violence to tenderness We will finally learn she is seeking a retribution that will help her heal very deep wound. ¿Who will emerge as a winner? A hint: One of the opponents takes the name of a lady of the night, a vampire who has the habit of feeding on other people’s blood... Camila

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