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WHITE AS SNOW at 15th SIFF

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WHITE AS SNOW The film WHITE AS SNOW (Turkey, 2010) by writer/director Selim Gunes screened in Sofia during the 15th Sofia International Film Festival. The film is based on a short story called ARYAN by Sabahattin Ali about a young twelve year-old boy, Hasan, who lives in poverty in Turkey’s cold East Black Sea mountain area. He lives with his mother and two younger brothers while his father is in prison. In order to survive and provide for his siblings and mother, he sells a yog...

Natural selection: Texas Film Wins Top Awards At SXSW

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Austin, Texas, the state capitol and the venue for the South By Southwest Film, Music and Interactive Festival (SXSW), is an island of liberalism in a sea of conservative attitudes. While Texas is the definite "red" state, characterized by its conservative politics and rigid social attitudes, SXSW is by design and nature a progressive affair. This slightly schizophrenic relationship has created some interesting moments at SXSW in the past week, with a film that uncovers the hidden secrets behind...

Texas Film Wins Top Awards At SXSW

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  Austin, Texas, the state capitol and the venue for the South By Southwest Film, Music and Interactive Festival (SXSW), is an island of liberalism in a sea of conservative attitudes. While Texas is the definite "red" state, characterized by its conservative politics and rigid social attitudes, SXSW is by design and nature a progressive affair. This slightly schizophrenic relationship has created some interesting moments at SXSW in the past week, with a film that uncovers the ...

CHRISTINE VACHON TO DELIVER STATE OF CINEMA ADDRESS AT 54TH SAN FRANCISCO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

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Acclaimed Producer and Author to Reflect on Independent Cinema and Its Continuing Evolution San Francisco, CA - The San Francisco Film Society announced today that acclaimed producer of independent cinema Christine Vachon will deliver the annual State of Cinema Address at the 54th San Francisco International Film Festival (April 21-May 5) at the Sundance Kabuki Cinemas on Sunday, April 24 at 9:00 pm. Vachon will speak on the current state of independent film and the role of p...

54TH SAN FRANCISCO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL TO OPEN WITH MIKE MILLS’ BEGINNERS, APRIL 21 AT CASTRO THEATRE

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Christopher Plummer, Ewan McGregor and Mélanie Laurent Star in Personal Story of Coming Out and Starting Over   The 54th San Francisco International Film Festival (April 21–May 5) will open with Beginners (USA 2010), writer/director Mike Mills’ deeply personal and universal contemplation of chances and choices in life and love, which spotlights beautiful portrayals by Ewan McGregor, Christopher Plummer, and Mélanie Laurent. Beginners will screen 7:00 pm, T...

NEWSLETTER N° 500 bis: march 11rd, 2011

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 .............                                                                                                                                                          NEWSLETTER N° 500 bis: march 11rd, 2011 Follow this LINK if you cannot read the newsletter properly  500 Let us toast to that! Since we like that number we will name this issue 500 bis if you do not mind? ...

French Femme Directors Take Center Stage

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  THE SLEEPING BEAUTY (Catherine Breillat) Kathryn Bigelow may have broken through the glass ceiling with her historic Best Director Oscar win last year for THE HURT LOCKER, but the door was not pushed wide open for women directors in the American film industry. Despite strong work by such American indie stalwarts as Lisa Cholodenko (THE KIDS ARE ALL RIGHT) and Nicole Holofcener (PLEASE GIVE), and the emergence of a number of debut directors (chief among them Debra Granik with WIN...

San Francisco International Film Festival (April 21 - May 5) will open with Beginners (USA 2010), by Mike Mills

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  Christopher Plummer, Ewan McGregor and Mélanie Laurent Star in Personal Story of Coming Out and Starting Over   The 54th San Francisco International Film Festival (April 21 - May 5) will open with Beginners (USA 2010), writer/director Mike Mills' deeply personal and universal contemplation of chances and choices in life and love, which spotlights beautiful portrayals by Ewan McGregor, Christopher Plummer, and Mélanie Laurent. Beginners will screen 7:00 pm, Thursday, April...

The winners of the 2011 Western Union Short Film Competition

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  The Indian Film Festival: Bollywood and Beyond is delighted to announce the winners of the 2011 Western Union Short Film Competition. Indian director Collin D'Cunha is the International winner for his film MUMBAIKAR GANESH, director Ridwan Hassim is the Australian winner for his film, KHATABAH, and the New Zealand winner is Rajneel Singh with BLANK SPACES. Varan Sharma's ADJUST which tells the story of an Indian student realising his Australian dream received an Honorary Menti...

SXSW reveals line up and gets ready for kick off

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SXSW FILM ANNOUNCES 2011 FEATURES LINEUP The South by Southwest (SXSW) Film Conference and Festival is thrilled to announce the features lineup for this year's Festival, March 11 - 19, 2011 in Austin, Texas. The 2011 lineup continues the SXSW tradition of tapping into the cultural zeitgeist, highlighting emerging talent and breakthrough performances and supporting first-time filmmakers.  "This is the most exciting moment for us. After a fantastic festival of discove...

Full Lineup of Films for Palm Beach International Women's Film Fest

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PBWIFF 2011 FILMS: (Films and special events are subject to change) A complete film schedule will be available at www.pbwiff.com after March 10 FEATURES EntreNos Producer: Joseph de la Morte and Michael Skolnik Directors: Paola Mendoza & Gloria La Morte Writer: Paola Mendoza & Gloria La Morte Cast: Paola Mendoza, Sebastian Villada Lopez &Laura Montana Cortez 2010, USA      Spanish w/ English subtitles   80 minutes       Abruptly abandon...

TWO EYES STARING wins best film and screenplay at Fantasporto

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  The Psychological thriller TWO EYES STARING (original title: ZWART WATER) by Dutch writer/director Elbert van Strien has won the Grand Prix Best Film Award of the 31st edition of the International Film Festival of Porto 2011 (Fantasporto), and also the Award for Best Screenplay. "...the film "Two Eyes Staring" by Elbert van Strien is the Grand Prize Best Film Award Winner of Fantasporto 2011. The Dutch film that will be...

Nantucket Film Festival Deadlines

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Don't miss out on the Nantucket Film Festival, a celebration of great films and compelling stories! The deadlines are coming up quickly! Film submissions are eligible for an array of awards, including the Showtime Tony Cox Award for Screenwriting in a short and feature film, Best Storytelling in a Documentary, Best Writer/Director, the Audience Award, and the Adrienne Shelly Excellence in Filmmaking Award that honors the outstanding achievement by a female filmmaker with a $5,0...

Tim Burton Receives a Heartfelt Tribute by Movie Legend on Kickstarter

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Kickstarter, an online fundraising platform, was once the domain of unknown artists seeking funding for small, low budget creative projects. Now, more ambitious projects with higher profile names like Tim Burton and Sir Christopher Lee are beginning to materialize on the site. Buzz is building about a new a six-minute stop-motion animation tribute to visionary filmmaker Tim Burton entitled TIM, which is inspired by Burton's first short film VINCENT. Using clever rhyme and Burtonesque imagery, TI...

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Irish Film & Television Awards Celebrations

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  Pierce Brosnan, Saoirse Ronan, Brendan Gleeson, Kim Cattrall and Joely Richardson Join Irish Film & Television Awards Celebrations The Irish film and television industry celebrated its 8th Annual Irish Film & Television Awards at a gala ceremony held in Dublin's spectacular Convention Centre on Saturday 12th February. In what was a glittering night for the Irish film and television industry the IFTA Awards saw a host of filmmakers, actors and producers walking the red ...

Berlin Buzz 2

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  International film festivals are here in force at the Berlinale to not only scout for new films but also to make announcements on upcoming special projects. Here are a few that have made the headlines here in Berlin.      BEIJING INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL LAUNCHES Beijing, the Chinese capital, now will have its own film event with the launching of the 1st Beijing International Film Festival, set for April 23-28, 2011. The Festival organization took an office at the M...

Panorama Celebrates Two Milestones In 2011

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  The Panorama section of the Berlinale, known for its edgy programming, is celebrating two significant anniversaries this year. The first is the 30 year involvement of Wieland Speck, the handsome honcho who began his involvement as an assistant to the legendary Manfred Salzgaber, a producer and film exhibitor who began the section as an alternative to the somewhat stuffy programming of the main Berlinale section. With an emphasis on queer and outsider cinema, the Panorama was event...

SBIFF 2011 Winners Announced

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  The 26th Annual Santa Barbara International Film Festival announced the winners of the 2011 festival competition at a Press Conference and Sunday morning brunch at the famed Fess Parker's Doubletree Resort. To the joy and surprise of both patrons and industry professionals, the festival's 26th season managed to surpass even the great success of last year's silver anniversary. Throughout the past 11 days, cinephiles from around the globe packed the theaters of State Street, creating one of...

A Film Feast In Connecticut

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  The Connecticut Film Festival, one of the more important regional events devoted to indie filmmaking, is taking its act on the road, with a series of weekend mini-festivals around the state. The first is taking place this weekend in the central Connecticut town of Torrington. All screenings are held at the historic Warner Theater, an art deco gem from the great era of movie palaces. The 3 day program, which mixes up film premieres, industry seminars and reception events, began on ...

2011 SBIFF RED CARPET INTERVIEWS, The Mostrosity

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    While waiting for Christopher Nolan to appear on the red carpet at SBIFF 2011, I stood with my buddy Ted Mills, fellow filmmaker/journalist, and we interviewed newcomer filmmakers as they made their way down the red carpet. Director Alyssa Price speaks to us about her short film, The Monstrosity (2011). It's a story about the young Milly who must attend school with a huge pimple.   ALYSSA: I'm the writer/director of ‘The Monstrosity'. ...

The Producers Panel, Presented by the Midwest Independent Film Festival!

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      Tuesday, February 1st, 6:30 p.m. Landmark'sCentury Centre Cinema, 2828 North Clark Yourfestival ticket grants you complimentary admission for this panel       Tonight'sTopic: "The State of the Independent Film Market" Get to know our panelists for the evening. . . Sam Kitt, Producer, CHERRY; Former Director of Acquisitions, Universal Pictures Described by Variety as "one of the found...

Sundance Alerts: The Buzz From Park City

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  As the Sundance Film Festival enters its mid-way point and there is an obvious thinning in the ranks of both celebrities and professionals, here is a rundown of some of the buzz, information and deals that are making noise in Park City this week. FILMMAKER MAGAZINE OFFERS NO GLITZ SUNDANCE COVERAGE If you believed what you read in most newspapers and see on television entertainment magazines, Sundance seems to exist merely as a playground for fabulous celebrities where they...

Kodak's Support of Independent Filmmakers Widespread at Slamdance and Sundance Festivals

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  Highlights include Coffee with Oscar®-winner Vilmos Zsigmond; and a Panel on Shooting Low-Budget Features on Film Kodak will once again give its full support to the independent filmmaking community at the Slamdance and Sundance Film Festivals, which will run concurrently in Park City, Utah, beginning January 20. Kodak will present an extended Q&A with Oscar®-winning cinematographer Vilmos Zsigmond, ASC and producer Jack Robinette following the screening of the...

The judges arrived in Sundance

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Sundance Institute announced members of five juries awarding prizes at the upcoming Sundance Film Festival which runs January 20-30, 2011. The juries are comprised of 23 individuals spanning the global arts community. Juror photos and extended biographies, in addition to the complete Festival lineup and schedule, are available at www.sundance.org/festival. All awards will be announced the evening of January 29 at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival Awards Ceremony. The Short Film Awards will als...

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