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The top 20 independent productions grossed about $50 million during first half of 2009 compared to the July 19 weekend gross of $80 million for the latest Harry Potter sequel. Indie’s US revenues for the first half of 2009 are estimated to be about half of what it was scored last year. Whereas in all of 2008 20 studio films netted more than $100 million, it took only seven month into 2009 to reach that number, thus leading to a significant increase of high grossing studio films. In times of...

BUFF Blog

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How many times can one tell the gospel truth? The aim of this blog is to tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the gospel truth, well 99.9% of the truth, which means that whatever gets published here cannot be misconstrued in any other way than what you are actually reading and the context with which one takes acceptance of the truth. Now that we've got that out of the way let's get on with it... Working for Buff Enterprises, the parent company of the British Ur...

Taos Shortz Film Fest

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The Taos Shortz Film Fest is dedicated to showing quality short films from around the world, by screening submissions and jury selections. Our mission is to provide indie filmmakers a venue
and public exposure of their work, as well as a place for filmmakers to network. TSFF also provides
an educational and cultural opportunity for the general public to see and discuss these films.

The Edinburgh International Film Festival Awards

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The Edinburgh International Film Festival today announced the winners in the twelve competition categories for both feature and short films. The awards were presented by EIFF Artistic Director Hannah McGill, Deputy Artistic Director Diane Henderson and Patrons Sir Sean Connery and Seamus McGarvey on the closing day of the Festival at a public ceremony in Filmhouse. This year’s winners are:Michael Powell Award for Best New British Feature Film, sponsored by the UK Film CouncilMOON – Directed ...

“EM” Wins Outstanding Achievement Award at 2009 Brooklyn International Film Festival

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By Maria Esteves - June 20, 2009 The 12th Brooklyn International Film Festival 2009 (BIFF) New York Premiere of EM, written and directed by Tony Barbieri, was held at the Brooklyn Heights Cinema, New York, Tuesday, June 9, 7:00 pm. A special Q&A with producer Jim Jermanok preceded the film's premiere after party at Rebar. Producers Jim Jermanok and Harry Gregson-Williams were honored the 2009 BIFF Outstanding Achievement in Production Award.   EM is the most extraordinary and cap...

Terry Gilliam sketched at the press conference

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Terry Gilliam sketched by Nesta Morgan at the Cannes press conference. ...

Excellent reviews for The Imaginarium od Doctor Parnassus by Terry Gilliam

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The latest film by Terry Gilliam had its world premiere in Cannes, and opened to excllent reviews. This is particularly good news for the producers and sales company that were platforming the sales in Cannes. "Especially considering the trauma and difficulties stemming from Heath Ledger's death during production and the fact that Terry Gilliam hadn't directed a good picture in more than a decade, the helmer has made a pretty good thing out of a very bad situation in "The...

Excellent reviews for Terry Gilliam's Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus

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"Especially considering the trauma and difficulties stemming from Heath Ledger's death during production and the fact that Terry Gilliam hadn't directed a good picture in more than a decade, the helmer has made a pretty good thing out of a very bad situation in "The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus." Synthesizing elements from several of his previous pictures, including "Time Bandits," "The Adventures of Baron Munchausen" and "The Fisher King," the o...

The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus reviews are good

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"Especially considering the trauma and difficulties stemming from Heath Ledger's death during production and the fact that Terry Gilliam hadn't directed a good picture in more than a decade, the helmer has made a pretty good thing out of a very bad situation in "The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus." Synthesizing elements from several of his previous pictures, including "Time Bandits," "The Adventures of Baron Munchausen" and "The Fisher King," the often overreaching director addresses a mad hatt...

"Victim" selected to open this year's Cannes Classics

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Cannes Classics, the program dedicated to landmark films of the past which have had a profound impact on film history, opens today in the Salle Buñuel with the presentation of a brand-new print of Victim, a 1961 feature by the British director Basil Dearden. Dirk Bogarde plays a successful English barrister whose thriving career is threatened when he receives a desperate call from Barrett, a young man he was close to in the past, and who is now the target of a blackmailing ring. The second feat...

In competition: "Fish Tank"

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About the film: Fish Tank, the second film by British director Andrea Arnold, is also her second ticket to the Croisette. On her last visit, in 2006, she went home with the Jury Prize for Red Road. Her latest, presented in Competition, is an intimate family chronicle. Heroine Mia is a rebellious teenager thoroughly disgusted by her family and surroundings. But the arrival of Connor, her mother's new boyfriend, will transform her vision of life. To make Fish Tank, Andrea Arnold put her...

Lottery funding for the Times BFI London Film Festival

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The UK Film Council today announced £1.8 million Lottery funding for the Times BFI London Film Festival over the next three years. The money will fund innovative ways to allow audiences across the UK to access and share in the festival, allow the festival to drive forward its ambition to become a recognised destination where the international industry does business, and allow it to compete with other major international festivals.The investment will significantly boost opportunities for audien...

Dr. Parnassus to debut at Cannes out of competition

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The movie features the final peformance by actor Heath Ledger before his untimely death last year.  Ledger had only completed about half of his scheduled shooting for the film before his death.  However, the movie did feature a way that three fellow actors, Johnny Depp, Colin Farrell and Jude Law, could step in and complete the scenes for him. ...

Winners announced at GLIMMER Hull Short Film Fest

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Strong films give jury tough decisions whilst audiences turn out in record numbers for GLIMMER: The 7th Hull International Short Film Festival.The inaugural Anthony Minghella Awards for Best International and Best UK Short saw the jury face a difficult decision after attempting to choose the winners in competitions that they felt was of a very high standard. Indeed, the films were so strong that the jury felt compelled to share the Anthony Minghella Award for Best International Short between two...

Seamus McGarvey new Edinburgh Festival Patron

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The Edinburgh International Film Festival (EIFF) announced today that BAFTA and Oscar® nominated cinematographer, Seamus McGarvey, joins Sean Connery, Tilda Swinton and Robert Carlyle as a Festival Patron. McGarvey’s hugely varied career to date includes working with directors such as Oliver Stone, Stephen Daldry and Stephen Frears as well as lensing critically acclaimed films (ATONEMENT, THE HOURS) and box office hits (CHARLOTTE’S WEB). Most recently he has wrapped THE SOLOIST with Robert ...

STONE OF DESTINY Opens Palm Beach FF

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STONE OF DESTINY, the latest film from actor-turned-director Charles Martin Smith, will open the 2009 edition of the Palm Beach International Film Festival on Thursday, 23 April. The film, a US/Scottish co-production, retells the fascinating and true story of four young Glaswegian students who, in 1951, outwitted the British authorities in their successful attempt to take back the Stone of Scone - a beloved symbol of Scottish pride. The adventure comedy stars Robert Carlyle (TRAINSPOTTING), Pete...

STONE OF DESTINY Opens Palm Beach FF

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  STONE OF DESTINY, the latest film from actor-turned-director Charles Martin Smith, will open the 2009 edition of the Palm Beach International Film Festival on Thursday, 23 April. The film, a US/Scottish co-production, retells the fascinating and true story of four young Glaswegian students who, in 1951, outwitted the British authorities in their successful attempt to take back the Stone of Scone - a beloved symbol of Scottish pride. The adventure comedy stars Robert Carlyle (TRAINSPOTT...

5 types of Festivals, a classification by Elliott Grove

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Film festivals are divided into categories based on the number of acquisition executives that attend. Majors The major film festivals, in rank, are: Cannes, Toronto, Sundance, Berlin, Rotterdam and Venice. Cannes is undoubtedly the premiere event. Toronto and Sundance vie for the number two spot, but since Sundance has become a launching pad for Hollywood films, I personally give the number two spot to Toronto - if for no other reason than the important slots it gives to foreign languag...

Have a look some Raindance Film Festival trailers 16, 15 ...

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• 16th Raindance Film Festival Trailer:http://www.dailymotion.com/relevance/search/raindance+tv/video/x6ow8u_16th-raindance-festival-trailer_shortfilms• 15th Raidance Film Festival Trailer:http://www.dailymotion.com/relevance/search/raindance+tv/video/x3rc1m_15th-raindance-film-festival_shortfilms • Want to watch more??http://raindance.tv/ http://www.dailymotion.com/relevance/search/raindance+tv  ...

Glimmer programme revealed

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More than 50 World, International, European and UK Premieres in a programme that will give audiences the chance to be the first to see the stars of tomorrow.The full schedule for GLIMMER: The 7th Hull International Short Film Festival, which runs from 21st-26th April 2009, is now available at www.hullfilm.co.uk. Chiefly taking place at the Reel Cinema Hull, based in the St. Stephens Shopping Centre in Hull, the programme is made up of more than 200 short films from across the world, more than a ...

Imagine: Amsterdam Fantastic Film Festival

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25th Amsterdam Fantastic Film Festival 15 to 26 April 2009 – Pathé Tuschinskiwww.imaginefilmfestival.nlWith MUM & DAD (UK: Steven Sheil, 2008), EDEN LAKE (UK: James Watkins, 2008), DONKEY PUNCH (UK: Olly Blackburn, 2008), THE CHILDREN (UK: Tom Shankland, 2008) en CHEMICAL WEDDING (UK: Julian Doyle, 2008), among others.IMAGINE got wind of a new wave of disturbing British genre films and selected the most spectacular titles for a separate segment in the programme: Anarchy in the UK. It shows th...

2008 Award-winners

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The Michael Powell Award for Best New British Feature Film sponsored by UK Film Council Somers Town Directed by Shane Meadows Standard Life Audience Award Man on Wire Directed by James Marsh Skillset New Directors Award Marianna Palka Director of Good Dick Best Documentary Award Encounters At The End of the World Directed by Werner Herzog PPG Award for Best Performance in a British Feature Film Robert Carlyle for Summer UK Film Council Awa...
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