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BUFF BLOG (FEBRUARY 2012)

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In a little over 4 months from now, this year’s British Urban Film Festival line-up will be decided. Another year consuming, digesting and deliberating on hours of output, private screenings and submissions will come to a head and the UK’s buffest films (otherwise known as the sweet 16) will be offered to the public for due consideration at BUFF 2012, the 7th such occasion, with each festival seemingly surpassing itself in profile and prestige year on year. And so it goes without saying th...

BUFF BLOG (January 2012)

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The first month of Olympic year in London has not failed to disappoint in terms of celebrating the best of British. At the time of publication of this blog came news that the network television premiere of ‘Sus’ – co-produced by and starring Clint Dyer attracted 600,000 viewers on BBC 1, dominating all TV viewing at the time of broadcast (which at 11.15pm is quite impressive). Previous BUFF blogs and the festival in general have championed the likes of films like ‘Sus’ and will conti...

Can a Film be French and American Indie????

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  There is indeed much to celebrate in France with the multiple Oscar wins by THE ARTIST, which has made film history as the first silent film to win Best Picture in 80 years and the first wins by a French director and actor in their respective categories. The five Oscar wins by THE ARTIST (matched only by Martin Scorsese's exquisite period film HUGO, which dominated the technical prizes), its sweep of the Cesar Awards and all the other awards that the film has won during this seemingly...

Career homage to British director Michael Hodges

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CAREER AWARD FOR MIKE HODGES     40 YEARS “GET CARTER” IN FANTASPORTO 2012   The Winner of Fantasporto in 1990 with "Black Rainbow" in the categories of Best Film and Best Actress (Rosanna Arquette), Mike Hodges, one of the most important British filmmakers, comes to Fantasporto 2012 to receive the Career Award. The director and writer who says that " films must have a soul and express the difficult truths of the human condition&quo...

Naomi Watts Promotes Jacob's Creek Cool Harvest At Centennial Park

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Naomi Watts Promotes Jacob's Creek Cool Harvest At Centennial Park This afternoon famous Australian actress Naomi Watts along a number of her friends, associates, and a sprinkle of Sydney’s social set enjoyed an afternoon and evening of wining and dining thanks to Jacob’s Creek Cool Harvest. The sophisticated and glamorous event was held amongst a vineyard inspired set and the rolling lawns of Centennial Park. Special guest and Cool Harve...

Harry Potter performers receive SAG Honors for Film Stunt Ensembles

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Stunt Performers from “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2” and “Game of Thrones” are Recipients of Screen Actors Guild’s Honors for Film and Television Stunt EnsemblesLOS ANGELES (Jan. 29, 2012) - The stunt performers and coordinators from “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2” and “Game of Thrones” are recipients of this year’s Screen Actors Guild Honors for Outstanding Action Performances by Film and Television Stunt Ensembles, it was announced today from ...

Orange British Academy Film Awards in 2012

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2011 NOMINATIONS (presented in 2012)BEST FILMTHE ARTIST Thomas LangmannTHE DESCENDANTS Jim Burke, Alexander Payne, Jim TaylorDRIVE Marc Platt, Adam SiegelTHE HELP Brunson Green, Chris Columbus, Michael BarnathanTINKER TAILOR SOLDIER SPY Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Robyn SlovoOUTSTANDING BRITISH FILMMY WEEK WITH MARILYN Simon Curtis, David Parfitt, Harvey Weinstein, Adrian HodgesSENNA Asif Kapadia, James Gay-Rees, Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Manish PandeySHAME Steve McQueen, Iain Canning, Emile Sherman...

FILM MEANS BUSINESS - International Co-Production; the upcoming networking and panel event

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Film Means Business is delighted to welcome a fantastic panel line-up, featuring some of the UK's leading Film industry Professionals. They will be discussing International Co-Production from a UK Producer's perspective. What is an official co-production? Which territories have signed official co-production treaties with the UK and what are the benefits to co-producing your film with them? What is the British Film Industry's role? We will hear from 2 of the UK's prominent, experienced Producti...

More Films in the Berlinale Special 2012

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As part of the Festival’s official programme, the Berlinale Special 2012 will be presenting recent works by contemporary filmmakers, film portraits of outstanding personalities, extraordinary formats and restored cinema masterpieces. In addition to the six films already announced (see press releases from Dec. 19, 2011, and Jan. 9, 2012), twelve more titles have been confirmed for this year’s Berlinale Special programme.In 2012 talks will be hosted following the screenings of a number of Berl...

'Salmon Fishing' in Palm Springs

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  “SALMON FISHING IN TH E YEMEN ” AT 2012 PALM SPRINGS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL At the open of PSIFF on January 05, 2012, actress Emily Blunt came to present her latest film, Salmon Fishing In Yemen (2011). The film opened in Toronto at the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival and opened the 2012 Palm Springs International Film Festival. Ewan McGregor, Kristen Scott Thomas and Emily Blunt star in the feature film with based on Paul Torday’s acclaimed nove...

Palm Springs Film Festival opens with Emily Blunt

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EMILY BLUNT TO ATTEND OPENING NIGHT SCREENING OF “SALMON FISHING IN TH E YEMEN ” AT 2012 PALM SPRINGS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL PSIFF PRESS RELEASE British actress Emily Blunt will attend the Opening Night screening of SALMON FISHING IN YEMEN The Palm Springs International Film Festival will open on Thursday, January 5 with the screening of CBS Films’ Salmon Fishing in the Yemen, followed by a reception at the Palm Springs Art Museum. Directed by Oscar©-nomi...

"The Artist," which received a Best Picture PGA nomination today, was the hit of Capri, Hollywood

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"The Artist," which received a Best Picture PGA nomination today, was the hit of Capri, Hollywood - The Smart International Film Festival, winning Film of the Year for its Golden Globe nominated director Michel Hazanavicius and the Best Actress nod for its female lead, Bérénice Bejo. Michael Fassbender was named Best Actor for his performance in "Shame," and Sir Ben Kingsley received the Fest's 2011 Legend Award, a career honor.       ...

Sir Ben Kingsley Received Capri Fest’s Legend Award

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“The Artist,” which received a Best Picture PGA nomination today, was the hit of Capri, Hollywood – The Smart International Film Festival, winning Film of the Year for its Golden Globe nominated director Michel Hazanavicius and the Best Actress nod for its female lead, Bérénice Bejo. Michael Fassbender was named Best Actor for his performance in “Shame,” and Sir Ben Kingsley received the Fest’s 2011 Legend Award, a career honor.The Fest’s 16th edition, which was directed by Pasca...

Everywhere and Nowhere

Director: Menhaj Huda.
‘Everywhere & Nowhere’ is a coming of age drama about friends torn apart by choices, set in London's fast-paced clubland. The story focuses on the identity struggles of 20 year old ASH, who is conflicted between the traditions of suburban family life and his ambitions in the world of music. Over a roller-coaster of a weekend ASH navigates through the minefield of his strict family life and secret liaisons, to gain his ultimate dream of becoming a club DJ.

Drive and Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy lead The London Critics’ Circle

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The London Critics’ Circle is delighted to announce the nominations today for its 32nd annual Film Awards in partnership with Virgin Atlantic. Voted for by over 120 UK film critics, broadcasters and writers, the nominations are lead by TINKER TAILOR SOLDIER SPY and DRIVE, which both receive 6 nominations each. British film TINKER TAILOR SOLDIER SPY directed by Tomas Alfredson is nominated for Film of the Year, British Film of the Year, Screenwriter of the Year, Actor of the Year, British Actor...

Berenice Bejo (“The Artist”) and Michael Fassbender (“Shame”) have been named Best Actress and Best Actor of the Year by Capri,

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Awards To Be Presented During Fest’s 16th Edition, December 27th – January 2nd On the heels of their receiving Golden Globe nominations today, Berenice Bejo (“The Artist”) and Michael Fassbender (“Shame”) have been named Best Actress and Best Actor of the Year by Capri, Hollywood – The International Film Festival 2011. The awards will be presented during the Fest’s 16th edition, which runs from December 27th through January 2nd. Both performing artists have been garnering cr...

Berenice Bejo and Michael Fassbender to be awarded at Capri Hollywood

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Awards To Be Presented During Fest’s 16th Edition, December 27th – January 2ndOn the heels of their receiving Golden Globe nominations today, Berenice Bejo (“The Artist”) and Michael Fassbender (“Shame”) have been named Best Actress and Best Actor of the Year by Capri, Hollywood – The International Film Festival 2011. The awards will be presented during the Fest’s 16th edition, which runs from December 27th through January 2nd. Both performing artists have been garnering critical...

CAPRI HOLLYWOOD - International Film festival to honor the cast of My Week With Marilyn

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  The exceptional cast of My Week With Marilyn, directed by Simon Curtis, will accept top honors for a cast this New Year's Day with the 2011 Capri Ensemble Award. Curtis will accept the award along with several members of the cast. Michelle Williams' striking portrayal as one of the world's most idolized and mysterious icons provides a center stone for her fellow castmates as they allow us a look into one particular week of Marilyn Monroe's life. Kenneth Branagh masterfully manif...

.CAPRI HOLLYWOOD - International Film festival to honor the cast of My Week With Marilyn

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The exceptional cast of My Week With Marilyn, directed by Simon Curtis, will accept top honors for a cast this New Year's Day with the 2011 Capri Ensemble Award. Curtis will accept the award along with several members of the cast. Michelle Williams' striking portrayal as one of the world's most idolized and mysterious icons provides a center stone for her fellow castmates as they allow us a look into one particular week of Marilyn Monroe's life. Kenneth Branagh masterfully manifests Sir Laurence...

Size Matters

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Human nature is one of those things that everybody talks about but no one can define. Human behavior is a product both of our innate human nature and of our individual experience and surrounding environment or culture.  Our preference for certain type or a size is an evolved psychological mechanism, it is something that we do not consciously choose; but it may feel as such a good subject to talk about. Do you know the situation at crowded movie in theatre, at the beginning of screening, wh...

Tyrannosaur Honest and Powerful

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Author Film Festival FAF 2011 offered very different a high quality films. And for start I would like to write about Tyrannosaur by Paddy Considine film that ended with several awards on festival. At a very least, what we can expect from downbeat art film is to be distinctive and most of all, honest. All authors who may have made money with their film are well advised to focus on some sort of  happy notes in their films as a relentless mechanical proves that film will hit a theatre boxes. S...

Awards to Tyrants and Shame in Belgrade

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Aleksandar Sasa Petrović Grand Prix achievement in film, of the 17th Author Film Festival (FAF) in Belgrade last night ended in hands of Argentine film Acacia (Las Acacias), directed by Pablo Giorgelli, while the award for Best Director of FAF went to British actor and director Paddy Considine for the film Tyrannosaurus.  Special Recognition Award went to Israeli director Eran Kolirin for Replacement (Hahithalfut). The jury of 17th FAF, chaired by Australian film director now based in Mexico M...

Mike Leigh: Jury President of the Berlinale 2012

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British film director Mike Leigh will be the Jury President of the 62nd Berlin International Film Festival. Over the course of his nearly 40-year film career, Mike Leigh has distinguished himself as one of the most outstanding filmmakers of auteur cinema and protagonists of New British Cinema. His approach includes giving actors much leeway to improvise in order to develop their characters. Leigh portrays British society in a bluntly realistic but humorous style. His films have received countles...

Germans spread Wilkommen mat for Indian filmmakers

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Cash strapped film-makers often look to foreign institutions like the Herbert Bals Fund and UK Film Council to subsidise the production costs.O so wunderbar! They will be happy to know that Germany is offering  generous support ranging from loans, tax credits and price reductions,  provided  the film is a co-production. The Wilkommen mat was spread in the Yuletide season at  a press conference and seminar in the Maquinez Palace during the on-going 42nd edition of the International Film Fes...

This year's winners at Stockholm International Film Festival

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After an incredibly strong line-up the jury has now made their decisions and present the winners of the 22:nd edition of Stockholm International Film Festival. The 7,3 kilogrammes heavy Bronze Horse for best film goes to a film with intelligent dialogue, brilliant photography and astounding performances from the actors - a perfectly painted portrait of a generation. This year's Bronze Horse for Best Film is awarded Oslo August 31 by Joachim Trier. This year's jury consists of direc...

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