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What Takes To Be A Film Critic?

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  One of the guests of festival and the jurist of Europe Out Of Europe is  an American film critic and journalist Deborah Young and recently from 2007 the Artistic Director of the Taormina Film Festival, one of the oldest and most prestigious Italian film festivals.  Deborah has been working on other Mediterranean festivals by now, including Pula in a period old Yugoslavia and has been more than 20 years an official film critics for Variety and today she is the lead critic of European fil...

LAST DAY TO SUBMIT FOR REGULAR DEADLINE!!

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The 14th Annual DANCES WITH FILMS (DWF) is dedicated to discovering and championing unknown works by filmmakers from around the globe and providing them with a unique opportunity to screen in front of critics, audiences, and industry heavyweights. Taking place in the heart of the filmmaking industry, Los Angeles, CA, the Festival presents nearly 100 films each year through a captivating program of feature and short narrative and documentary films, as well as music video...

Regular Submisison Deadline March 2nd!

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The 14th Annual DANCES WITH FILMS (DWF) is dedicated to discovering and championing unknown works by filmmakers from around the globe and providing them with a unique opportunity to screen in front of critics, audiences, and industry heavyweights. Taking place in the heart of the filmmaking industry, Los Angeles, CA, the Festival presents nearly 100 films each year through a captivating program of feature and short narrative and documentary films, as well as music videos...

Berlinale 2011 coverage on fest21.com

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Below is the coverage from Berlin, headlines... My Berlin Top Ten Films At a film festival that totals more than 250 feature films (not to mention an additional 250 features in the accompanying European Film Market), one can only skim the surface of an event as wide-ranging as the Berlinale. Film choices are often based on schedule availability....grabbing a screening in between meetings or making sure one is awake to catch the early morning press screenings of the Competition program. In a se...

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...

Meet The Film Festival Mavens

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  Bruno Chatelin, COO, Filmfestivals.com/Fest21.com  A “who’s who” of film festival mavens are speaking at the International Film Festival Summit, taking place at the Berlin Hilton on 8 and 9 February, on the eve of the Berlinale. Here are the bold face names making presentations at the event: Bruno Chatelin, COO, filmfestivals.com and fest21.com (Conference Chair); Stacey Donen, Artistic Director, Whistler Film Festival; Marina Fabri, Co-director, Courmayeur Noir ...

Brilliant reviews for Anton Checkhov's the Duel

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"The vibrant new film adaptation of the Anton Chekhov novella The Duel...nails also the essential qualities of comic indolence and dangerous yearning in Chekhov, which have proved so elusive time after time, in adaptation after adaptation.... The Duel looks beautiful, but it is not merely so. It doesn't carry the baggage of an important adaptation; it's deft, droll and languorously sexy.... This film is indeed something like a miracle." - Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune [Read the r...

Anton Chekhov's The Duel

Director: Dover Kosashvili.
The pivot point is an emotional and psychological triangle: a civil servant, Laevsky (Andrew Scott, appalling and appealing); his married mistress, Nadya (Fiona Glascott, a milky beauty); and a zoologist, Von Koren (Tobias Menzies, suitably rigid). The story gets going with Laevsky bitterly complaining about Nadya to an older friend, a doctor, Samoylenko (Niall Buggy). Laevsky claims to no longer care for Nadya, who, having left her husband, now inspires her lover’s contempt or, perhaps, fatigue. Like a caged animal, he wants out and claws at Samoylenko as Von Koren watches and seethes, stoking his loathing for Laevsky. For his part, by cutting to Nadya during Laevsky’s rant and capping the scene with a disapproving look from Von Koren, Mr. Kosashvili suggests that his own sympathies are divided.

EFM Industry Debates 2011 - Spotlight On Current Industry Trends

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  In their fifth consecutive year, the EFM Industry Debates highlight current trends in the industry. This year the industry event, hosted by the EFM from 11 - 13 February in cooperation with the international trade magazines Screen International, Variety and The Hollywood Reporter, will focus on independent film finance, the changing role of the sales agent in the current economic climate and the future of 3D.   Friday, 11 February 2011: Independent Film Finance In ...

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...

Dances With Films 2011 Call for Entries

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Dances With Films, now in its 14th year, champions the unflinching spirit at the very core of the independent film scene.  Living by its slogan “No Politics.  No Stars.  No Sh*t.” has earned DWF solid respect and street credibility through its thirteen years of existence.   Consequently, an impressive array of film professionals, film critics and audiences alike cover DWF each year to see what’s new and different, and who is truly going places in the indie world. DWF prese...

Welcome to a new colleague at IndieWire

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Harris Named Editor-in-Chief at indieWIRE by Brian Brooks    indieWIRE's newly named Editor-in-Chief, Dana Harris. Veteran film journalist Dana Harris has been named as indieWIRE‘s new editor-in-chief. Harris has worked for the last decade at Variety, where she most recently served as editor, strategic projects. She replaces Eugene Hernandez, who left the position in late October nearly 15 years after he co-founded the online publication. Harris will serve as indieWIRE...

Welcome to a new colleague at IndieWire

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Harris Named Editor-in-Chief at indieWIRE by Brian Brooks    indieWIRE's newly named Editor-in-Chief, Dana Harris. Veteran film journalist Dana Harris has been named as indieWIRE‘s new editor-in-chief. Harris has worked for the last decade at Variety, where she most recently served as editor, strategic projects. She replaces Eugene Hernandez, who left the position in late October nearly 15 years after he co-founded the online publication. Harris will serve as indieWIRE‘s...

Film Independent producers lab selection

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14 FILMMAKERS & 9 PROJECTS SELECTED FOR FILM INDEPENDENT’S 2010 PRODUCERS LABFilm Independent, the non-profit arts organization that produces the Spirit Awards and Los Angeles Film Festival just wrapped its 10th annual Producers Lab earlier this week with 14 filmmakers and 9 projects participating. Sponsored by Technicolor and Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, the seven-week program took place in Los Angeles and was designed to help producers improve their craft, and move their current projects into...

Michael Lerman promoted to Philadelphia Artistic Director

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The Philadelphia Film Society is pleased to announce that it has promoted Director of Programming Michael Lerman to Artistic Director and hired Tom Quinn and Ryan Werner as programmers of the Philadelphia Film Festival. Lerman, Quinn and Werner previously worked together as programmers for the Woodstock Film Festival, successfully building the Festival through the programming of diverse, intelligent and engaging films. Quinn and Werner begin immediately, and will work with Lerman to curate the s...

NEWSLETTER N° 466: may 24, 2010

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.............                                                      WELCOME TO OUR NEWSLETTER N° 466: may 24, 2010 Follow this LINK if you cannot read the newsletter properly The Future of Cinema Salon in Cannes gave a toast to Future of Festivals Filmfestivals.com and Xomo gathered 100 festival directors attending Cannes for a wine tasting reception. Our Cannes...

Marche Deals not making Headlines

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According to an article in "The Hollywood Reporter: The Cannes Daily," this years Cannes Marche du Film was a quiet one, with limited headline grabbing deals. Between buyers being more selective and sellers working to create profits in a difficult economy, deals are taking longer to be worked out. Typical big North American buyers such as IFC Films, Phase 4 Films and Sony Pictures Classics went through Tuesday without making any deals. Newcomers Red Flag Releasing and Oscilloscope La...

"Love" Spat turns Legal

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Emmanuel Benbihy, producer of the "Love Cities" series currently including "Paris, Je t'aime" and "New York, I Love You," is taking the production of film project "Love Berlin - How We Met" to trial for copyright infringement and unfair competition, according to "The Hollywood Reporter: The Daily Cannes."  The principles on "Love Berlin," Visitor Pictures, Sherazade Films, and the Very Useful Co., are filing a countersuit.  One can ...

Biutiful meets extreme reviews, both positive and negative

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Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu presented his film Biutiful Monday at the Cannes Film Festival. Reviews are falling on both ends of the spectrum, with critics and viewers feeling very strongly about it in either direction.Viewers exiting the screening yesterday were unanimously positive. Several viewers claimed they were so moved that they were truly incapable of discussing it at the moment. One spectator said, "I can't talk about it. I'm still in the movie." While another claimed, "A...

Honor for the Director of Last Year's Palm d'Or

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Sunday brought renewed honor to Michael Haneke, Austrian director and winner of last year's Palme d'Or for his film, "White Ribbon."  He received what "The Hollywood Reporter: The Daily Cannes," describes as the country's highest arts honor, Commander of the Order of Arts and Letters.  The ceremony of French Cultural Minister Frederic Mitterrand inducting Haneke into the French legion of honor occurred in Cannes yesterday.  Festival de Cannes President Gilles Jacob and t...

Dubai Int'l FF enters into agreement with Beirut DC

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The recent partnership between Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF), leading festival in the Arab world, Asia and Africa, and Beirut DC, a Lebanon based organization focused on encouraging independent filmmaking, hopes to foster local documentary filmmaking skills and production.  According to "The Hollywood Reporter: The Daily Cannes," DIFF will be contributing $10,000 towards Beirut DC's Documentary Course, the goal of which is to motivate young people who wish to pursue profe...

Morgan Creek big focus on big-budget films

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Sunday morning, Morgan Creek met with press and international buyers over brunch at Moulin des Mougins. Here, Morgan Creek founder, James Robinson, shared the company's new initiatives to "focus on bigger-budget projects that have global appeal" reported "The Hollywood Reporter: The Cannes Daily." Robinson explained, "We are like a small studio and there are few people doing films in this sort of budget range outside of the studios." Included in these big-budget p...

New Films for "New Films"

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According to "The Hollywood Reporter: The Cannes Daily," U.S. and international theatrical distribution rights for Derek Magyar's "Flying Lesson" and Connie Stevens' "Saving Grace B. Jones," were obtained by New Films International. Ron Gell and Straw Weisman, New Films Cinema executives, negotiated both deals. In response to the acquisition, Connies Stevens says, "I am very happy to be associated with New Films International. They are an aggressive and talen...

You Will Meet a Mediocre Review: Allen's film falls short

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 Woody Allen's highly anticipated film You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger met less-than rave reviews following Saturday night's premiere screening. Exit polls from Saturday morning's press screening yielded positive reviews from audience members, thoughthe critics were hardly blown away by Allen's film. Impossible to avoid comparisons with Allen's most recent film, Vicky Cristina Barcelona, which garnered a Best Supporting Actress Oscar for Penelope Cruz, You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger fai...

EuropaCorp and HP follow the beat of their "Heart"

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Yesterday in Cannes, independent movie production studio, EuropaCorp, announced that they would be partnering with HP to make an animated film based on Mathias Malzieu's, 2007 best-selling novel, "The Boy with the Cuckoo-Clock Heart." EuropaCorp won the film adaption rights back in January 2008 and wants HP to provide collaboration in terms of technology and marketing. HP will use new technology to create the film including HPZ8oo workstations and HP Dream Color displays. The ...

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