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Tuesday, January 2-----One of the highlights of the upcoming Sundance Film Festival is the annual Salt Lake City Gala, to be held on Friday, January 19th. This year, the Festival will present the US Premiere of AWAY FROM HER, the directorial debut of Canadian actress Sarah Polley. Polley, best known for her work in such recent films as THE SWEET HEREAFTER (1997), THE LAW OF ENCLOSURES (2000) and her Genie Award-winning performance in MY LIFE WITHOUT ME (2003), co-wrote the screenplay with n...

55th International Filmfestival Mannheim-Heidelberg ends successfully

The 55th International Filmfestival Mannheim-Heidelberg has ended this weekend awarding the Main Award of Mannheim-Heidelberg and several further prizes. „With persistence and consistency the Newcomer festival has conquered the second position after the Filmfestival Berlin“, said Dr. Michael Kötz, festival director and artistic director since 15 years, at the closing press conference in Mannheim. This position is not surprising from an international perspective as for many years the festi...

VIIFF Vancouver Announces Award Winners

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25th Vancouver International Film Festival Announces Award WinnersAlan Franey, Director of the Vancouver International Film Festival and the Vancouver International Film Centre, today announced the following award winners (click here to read the full release): The People’s Choice Award for Most Popular International FilmThe People’s Choice Award for Most Popular International Film goes to DAS LEBEN DER ANDEREN / THE LIVES OF OTHERS (Germany). This unexpectedly heartwarming political thriller...

Birdflu alerts upstage Festival on Berlin front pages

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During the ten days of the Berlinale most Berlin dailies adorn their front page with large colour photos of celebrity clowning the night before. On Thursday, day number 7 of the fest, however, what was to be seen on all Berlin front pages were shots of men in hooded white spacesuits holding up dead swans fished out of the city lakes, or otherwise attempting to deal with the sudden arrival of the dreaded aviary virus in the midst of the city. Of course, this does not mean that we can expect to s...

Terry Gilliam's Oscar bets from Capri Hollywood: Woody Allen...

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“Heath Ledger is my big favorite for the Oscar for best actor. He’s a friend and worked with on The Brothers Grimm, but I think that Brokeback Mountain is a film that has strong emotions. Of course that is only my opinion. But nothing is certain, so why not? I have never understood the logic of Oscar.” Director Terry Gilliam, a host of the Capri Hollywood - Kimbo International Festival Film, spoke freely, making forecasts and giving his impressions of Oscar night, coming March 5 at th...

James Cameron to receive Santa Barbara Award for Excellence in Nature Filmmaking

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The Santa Barbara International Film Festival announced today the lineup of honorees for the 21st annual Fest, February 2-12, 2006. Actors Philip Seymour Hoffman, Naomi Watts, and Heath Ledger will be honored at this year’s Fest. Also set to be recognized for his achievements in nature filmmaking is James Cameron. As previously announced, George Clooney will be the recipient of the Modern Master Award.Philip Seymour Hoffman will receive “The Riviera Award,” an award the Santa Barbara In...

Cinéma du Québec in Paris, film, docus and rencontres

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The 9th edition of Cinéma du Québec will be held in Paris from November 23rd until the 29th. The event is being presented by l’ARP (Civil Society of Authors – Directors – Producers), in collaboration with SODEC (Société de développement des entreprises culturelles of Québec) and the Délégation Générale du Québec in Paris. Québec cinema is now enjoying unprecedented success with the domestic box office. Québec films captured 15% of the domestic box office market in 2004 and ar...

Whole New Thing, by Amnon Buchbinder opens Image+Nation

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Montreal image+nation, International gay and lesbian film festival is pleased to announce that the Canadian feature film Whole New Thing by Amnon Buchbinder will open its 18th edition on Thursday November 3 at Cinema Parisien (480 St-Catherine St. W.)A highly entertaining and poignant film, Whole New Thing brings us to Nova Scotia where Emerson (Aaron Webber) lives with his parents Kaya (the remarkable Rebecca Jenkins) and Rog (Robert Joy) in their eco-home in the wilds. When Emerson develops hi...

25th Atlantic Film Festival closes with awards

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The 25th Atlantic Film Festival (September 15-24) announced today 14 of the 15 Atlantic Film Festival awards of 2005. The winners are as follows: Atlantic Canadian Awards:Best Atlantic Short Film ($5,000 services)Tim Wilson – The Last WeirOutstanding Writer’s Award Daniel MacIvor and Amnon Buchbinder – Whole New ThingRex Tasker Award for Best Documentary ($1,000 cash)Andrea Dorfman – Sluts: The DocumentaryOutstanding Performance by an Actor – MaleDaniel MacIvor and Aaron Webber – Who...

Toronto Opens with World Premiere of Deepa Mehta’s WATER

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Toronto International Film Festival Opens with World Premiere of Deepa Mehta’s WATERToronto International Film Festival opening night was a triumph on September 8th with the premiere of Deepa Mehta’s dynamic film WATER. Finishing out her ode to the elements this is the final film in her trilogy, following FIRE (1996) and EARTH (1998). Mehta film brought a classic presents to the 30th anniversary of one on the largest film festivals in the world. Mehta’s element series FIRE and EARTH were...

30th Toronto will open with World Premiere of WATER

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Toronto International Film Festival will open with of World Premiere of WATERToronto International Film Festival is set to open on September 8th to the 17th, 2005. This will be the 30th anniversary of the top North American Film Festival and one of the most respected Festivals in the world. To date programmers have acquired to screen 11 world premieres, five international premieres, and nine North American premieres from 17 countries. Last years Festival was close to 350 films from over 50 count...

Cinequest awards My Jealous Barber

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The 15th Annual Cinequest Film Festival came to a close with a packed screening of the Norwegian comedy, My Jealous Barber at the palatial California Theatre. Annette Sjursen’s unpredictable film about being brave in love and life was a crowd-pleasing selection and a true example of Cinequest’s remarkable showcase of emerging talent in film. The SRO attendance at this year’s closing night screening was indicative of the crowds that occurred daily at each of Cinequest’s four venues. The b...

Cinequest, San Jose Festival wrapped with record 61 000 attendance

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The 15th Annual Cinequest Film Festival came to a close last night with a packed screening of the Norwegian comedy, My Jealous Barber at the palatial California Theatre. Annette Sjursen’s unpredictable film about being brave in love and life was a crowd-pleasing selection and a true example of Cinequest’s remarkable showcase of emerging talent in film. The SRO attendance at this year’s closing night screening was indicative of the crowds that occurred daily at each of Cinequest’s four ve...

Multi-Award Winning RYAN Poised for Oscar© Victory

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To most, animation conjures an alternate realm of magic. In Oscar© -nominated animation RYAN, this realm of magic is incontestably dark. Rather than tripping through to a world of benign fantasy, we are plunged into the foreboding chamber of a haunted mind. That mind once led the hand of celebrated Canadian animator, Ryan Larkin. In the aptly titled RYAN, director Chris Landreth celebrates the work of this overlooked artist while examining the personal demons that led to his professional and pe...

19th Berlin Teddy Awards: the Winners

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19th TEDDY Awards 2005 – The Winners The nine members of this international jury – organisers of queer and other film festivals – view films within the framework of all programs of the Berlinale which have queer context. Three films are nominated for each category and one receives a TEDDY for best feature film, best short film and best documentary/essay film, each with a cash award of € 3,000. Members of the Jury:Carla Despineux (Germany), João Ferreira (Portugal), Michael Kutza (USA), ...

Ryan animated film by Chris Landreth, from AFI

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An animated documentary film by Chris Landreth: WITH ALL THE SURPRISESWow! Impressive! Imaginative! The list goes on. Academy Award nominated Canadian filmmaker, Chris Landreth, and his film, RYAN deserve recognition beyond a time when the mere idea of recognition may die out. Based on the life of animator, Ryan Larkin, a Canadian animator who produced influential and original animation at the National Film Board of Canada many years ago, the film chronicles a deceptive path and the life that le...

Canadian films shine on their home turff at TIFF

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With over 350 films being screened and over 2000 industry professionals in attendance, the Toronto International Film Festival is a crowded but important launching pad for the best new films from Canada’s prolific film industry.In the past, all Canadian films were relegated to the Perspective Canada section, which provided a strong promotional platform but also was criticized by many in the Canadian film industry as a kind of “film ghetto”. This year, the Festival has decided to “desegre...

Reviews of shorts on Ecocinema's first day

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Moviegoers rarely have the opportunity to watch short films, let alone when they deal with environment. Ecocinema 4th International Environmental Film Festival in Rhodes (Greece) tries to fill this gap as it offers a wide selection of short films on the environment we could hardly find anywhere else. Here are the reviews of 5 of the short films which were screened there on the first day of the festival.Water journey - Urumiah, by Javad Taheri from Iran (2002, 27 minutes)This episode of the TV se...

Peak at Hot Docs

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CELEBRATE THE 11TH YEAR OF DOCUMENTARY EXCELLENCE AT THE HOT DOCS FESTIVAL RUNNING APRIL 23 – MAY 2, 2004This spring, Hot Docs, North America’s largest documentary film festival and market, celebrates its 11th year of presenting the best documentary cinema from Canada and around the world. In 2003, Hot Docs was voted Toronto’s Best Big Film Festival by Toronto’s Now Magazine and public attendance climbed to over 32,000. Hot Docs was established in 1993 by the Documentary Organisation of ...

Canada’s NSI Festival Filmexchange was hot!

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The weather cooperated for SnowScreen, Manitoba-made films sold out, the pitch session and Film and TV Industry Luncheon attracted dynamic crowds and amateur filmmakers rocked the house – not a bad week for NSI FilmExchange, Canada’s Coolest Film Festival, March 2 – 6.The festival started off with a hot event and the momentum built all week. Approximately 5,000 people attended throughout the five-day event, about 1,000 more than 2003. Delegate and screening pass sales also rose.Families, p...

The Panorama of Canadian Feature Films at FilmExchange

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FILMS FROM QUEBEC TO SCREEN AT NSI FILMEXCHANGE CANADIAN FILM FESTIVAL, MARCH 2 – 6, 2004 IN WINNIPEGSarah Polley, Kevin Pollak, William Hurt, Mark McKinney, Sir Ian McKellan and others star in some of the year’s best Canadian Feature Films.These national and internationally celebrated stories will be screened with the storytellers attending at one night only intimate screenings followed by an interactive Q&A with the audience. Opening Film: The Blue Butterfly Special Presentation: Seven Tim...

Ararat Durban winner

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eThekwini Feature Film Awards   BEST FEATURE FILM: Ararat directed by Atom Egoyan    BEST SOUTH AFRICAN FEATURE FILM Shooting Bokkie directed by Rob de Mezieres   AUDIENCE PRIZE:  The Magdalene Sisters directed by Peter Mullan   BEST FIRST FILM Samsara directed by Pan Nalin   BEST DIRECTOR: Atom Egoyan for Ararat   BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY: Katsumi Yanagishima for Dolls   BEST ACTRESS: A...

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