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U.S. Premiere of BRIGHT STAR Red Carpet Coverage

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By Maria Esteves - September 30, 2009 The U.S. Premiere of BRIGHT STAR directed by Jane Campion, presented by Vanity Fair & Apparition was held at the Paris Theater, New York, Monday, September 14, 7:00 pm.  Sponsored by Grand Marnier, as part of Vanity Fair's Campaign New York (celebrating  N.Y. culture, art and style), the premiere coincided with New York's Fashion Week. The films lovely fashionable outfits from the British Regency era (1795-1820) were designed by ERDEM, CHRISTIAN CO...

Terry Gilliam interviewed at Toronto red carpet

                                 

LIsFE

The Leiden International Short Film Experience» (LIsFE) is a yearly event held in the city of Leiden, dedicated to the most original, creative and entertaining kind of cinematography: short films!

Every year, a large amount of new short films are released, unfortunately they have very few opportunities to be screened in cinemas, despite their quality.

For the last two years, we have been happy to attract both locals and international students by offering a high-quality selection of short films from around the world. The selected short films fall within a wide range of categories such as comedy, drama, animation, documentary.

Liz Rosenthal to Give 2009 Variety Cinema Militans Lecture

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Liz Rosenthal, founder and managing director of London-based Power to the Pixel, will deliver the Variety Cinema Militans Lecture 2009, in which she will articulate her views on ‘the position and viability of cinema in the present age’. The event will be held on Saturday September 26 at 18.00 hrs. in Ottone, Utrecht. The Variety Cinema Militans Lecture is held annually as part of the Holland Film Meeting, the international section of the Netherlands Film Festival.The theme of the Variety Cin...

James Schamus keynotes at next London Times BFI

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The Times BFI 53rd London Film Festival in association with Skillset, is pleased to announce that the Oscar-nominated and BAFTA winning producer and screenwriter James Schamus will talk on the following theme on Tuesday 27 October: “MY WIFE IS A TERRORIST: LESSONS IN STORYTELLING FROM THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY”Festival Artistic Director, Sandra Hebron said, “We are delighted to be working alongside Skillset on this event. James in not only someone with an enviable track record in...

Nine movies in Bangkok's BIFF 2009 competition

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THERE are nine movies in the main competition of the Bangkok International Film Festival 2009: Across the River (Iran); Adrift (Vietnam); Altiplano (Belgium); Breathless (South Korea); Everyone Else (Germany); Huacho (Chile/ France/ Germany); I Killed My Mother (Canada); Inland (Algeria / France), and The Search (China). Across the River, by the prolific US-based Iranian director Abbas A. Motlagh, has barely been shown outside Iran, but is bound to attract attention here. In the wake of a majo...

EFA honours Ken Loach

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At the 22nd European Film Awards the European Film Academy will present an honorary award to Ken LoachHaving begun his career in British television, Ken Loach made his first film for cinema, POOR COW, in 1967. His breakthrough came with KES (1970) and FAMILY LIFE (1971). Ever since he has established himself as a politically and socially committed filmmaker with films such as RIFF-RAFF (European Film of the Year 1991), LAND AND FREEDOM (European Film of the Year 1995), and SWEET SIXTEEN (EFA Cr...

The programme for The Times BFI 53rd London Film Festival

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The programme for The Times BFI 53rd London Film Festival, announced today by Artistic Director Sandra Hebron, includes a diverse selection of world and international premieres with a total of 191 features and 113 shorts screening alongside an exciting line-up of special events and expected guests.Opening Night film, Wes Anderson’s FANTASTIC MR. FOX, is one of the Festival’s 15 world premieres and will be presented by the director and cast members including Meryl Streep, George Clooney, Bill...

Video Party

Video Party showcases original independent short films and videos in a party setting. Our goal is to provide an exciting and engaging environment for audience members to view films, interact with media makers and get a little wild. Every event is curated based on a given theme. Only the finest, most innovative content makes it to the big screen. Details online at www.videoparty.info

Toronto FF Opens With World Premiere Of Chloe, Historical BioPic

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  by Sandy Mandelberger, Festival Dailies Editor The 34th Toronto International Film Festival opens September 10 with the world premiere Gala Presentation of CREATION, directed by Jon Amiel (The Core, Entrapment, The Man Who Knew Too Little). Produced by Jeremy Thomas, the film tells the life story of Charles Darwin, a still controversial figure who championed the idea of evolution and the descent of man (something that still makes the religious fundamentalists crazy). Th...

Full programme for The Times BFI London Film Festival

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The programme for The Times BFI 53rd London Film Festival, announced today by Artistic Director Sandra Hebron, includes a diverse selection of world and international premieres with a total of 191 features and 113 shorts screening alongside an exciting line-up of special events and expected guests.Opening Night film, Wes Anderson’s FANTASTIC MR. FOX, is one of the Festival’s 15 world premieres and will be presented by the director and cast members including Meryl Streep, George Clooney, Bill...

London Turkish Film Festival awards digital distribution deal

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The London Turkish Film Festival (LTFF) is excited to announce that it will award the most promising feature film in this year’s festival with a Digital Distribution Contract for a release in the UK and Ireland. The LTFF Jury will grant the contract to the most impressive new Turkish film that displays the qualities necessary to connect with audiences in the UK. A selection of ten new Turkish feature films or Turkish co-productions will be in competition for the prize, which will be announced ...

"The Young Victoria" announced asToronto Closing Night Gala

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The 34th Toronto International Film Festival will close in royal style on September 19 with the North American premiere, Gala Presentation of The Young Victoria, directed by the critically-acclaimed French-Canadian filmmaker Jean-Marc Vallée (C.R.A.Z.Y.) from a script by Academy Award®-winning Julian Fellowes (Gosford Park)....

Five Minutes of Heaven

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    A topic that Bosnian people can relate is definitely reconciliations of two individuals set at opposite side in war. Such a good film, the one that trades in harsh, dark emotions, but never loses the true nature of humanity. One individual kills older brother  before the very eyes and you end up getting to be blamed for it, for the rest of your life. All this happens when you are about 10 years old. Imagine the pain and the burden that you carry for the rest of your life? This i...

Toronto Closing Night Gala Announced

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The 34th Toronto International Film Festival will close in royal style on September 19 with the North American premiere, Gala Presentation of The Young Victoria, directed by the critically-acclaimed French-Canadian filmmaker Jean-Marc Vallée (C.R.A.Z.Y.) from a script by Academy Award®-winning Julian Fellowes (Gosford Park)....

Sam Taylor-Wood's Nowhere Boy will close the Times BFI

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The World Premiere of Sam Taylor-Wood's Nowhere Boy will close the Times BFI 53rd London Film Festival. The Closing Night Gala of The Times BFI 53rd London Film Festival will be the World Premiere of Ecosse Films' Nowhere Boy, the highly anticipated debut feature from British artist Sam Taylor-Wood.Imagine John Lennon's childhood... Liverpool 1955: a smart and troubled fifteen year-old is hungry for experience. In a family full of secrets, two incredible women clash over John. Mimi, the buttoned...

Unicef UK Film Awards

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The winners have been announced of the UNICEF UK FILM AWARDS. The Awards is an international competition for short films which look at the rights of children and young people. Festival Director Kathy Loizou said: ‘The UNICEF UK FILM AWARDS is the only film competition in the UK which focuses solely on films about kids’ rights. 20 short films were screened during the Showcomotion Young People’s Film Festival in Sheffield and the Jury, made up entirely of young people, spent the afternoon wa...

LIDF - The London International Documentary Festival

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Since 2007 the LIDF has worked to ensure that London is host to exciting, diverse, challenging and inspiring films from every corner of the world. The LIDF is committed to providing a platform for international documentaries and their directors. It does this by working with globally recognised partners and venues, such as the British Museum, the Barbican Centre, and the Royal Society of the Arts on a year-round programme of screenings and other events that includes the 10-day London International Documentary Festival.

The LIDF’s ongoing commitment to what it calls ‘Conversations in Film’ creates a unique kind of film festival. The films within LIDF are the starting point for a series of programmed ‘conversations’ – panel discussions and workshops – that bring diverse audiences together to go beyond the films themselves in order to engage with social, cultural and political issues in the company of policy makers, academics, journalists and other cultural commentators

Having celebrated its third year the LIDF is now looking forward to working with new partners and presenting another feast of film and debate in April / May 2010.

Meet The Jurors of the ERA New Horizons International Film Festival

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  Sebastian Lelio (Chilean director) by Sandy Mandelberger, Online Dailies Editor The hardest working band of professionals at this year’s ERA New Horizons International Film Festival, which closes today in Wroclaw, Poland, are undoubtedly the juries that have been viewing films from all over the world in the main Festival competitions. As the Festival headed into its final days, the juries moved from viewing and evaluating the films into the rigors of that favorite bl...

US Independent Film Blues

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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 ...

US Independent Film Blues

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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 du...
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