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IFP New York 2005: more focus on docs

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The 27th IFP market, the largest convocation of aspiring and actual independent film makers in North America closed September 22 expanding to more participants and more industry speed networking. It reduced the number of works screened from 400 in past markets to 199 from the more than 1400 submitted in 2005. Thus IFP is shifting from a market and or festival to an efficient networking event that arranged this year an estimated 1,500 buyer-driven meetings with film makers. A new component, Th...

The Global Film Initiative announces members of the Film Board

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The Global Film Initiative, a non-traditional film distributor specializing in independent films from the developing world, today announced the membership of its Film Board, internationally-recognized filmmakers, producers and visionaries who support the mission of The Initiative. The sixteen charter members of the Film Board span four continents, and share a passion for independent film from the developing world. Through these industry leaders, The Global Film Initiative reaches out to communi...

Midnight Madness Returns to Toronto With Thrills and Chills

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The 30th Toronto International Film Festival runs September 8-17.Filmgoers are guaranteed to be shocked, rocked, and electrified by Midnight Madness at the 30th Toronto International Film Festival. The Festival's popular, iconoclastic midnight programme is guaranteed to keep audiences wide awake. Now in its 18th year, Midnight Madness showcases the best in sci-fi, horror, and outrageous documentaries, gleefully highlighting the devilishly weird and wonderful. The titles below join the previou...

Japanese animation focus of NY Moma film series

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JAPANESE ANIMATION FOCUS OF MOMA FILM SERIESBeginning July 10 and running through September 5, the Museum of Modern Art, one of New York’s venerable film institutions, will present the most comprehensive overview of Japanese animation yet seen, in a 33 film series that includes many films and television works that have never before been seen in the United States.With anime master Hayao Miyazaki’s HOWL’S MOVING CASTLE currently captivating international audiences and his Oscar-winning SPIRI...

New directors, new films: a global view

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NEW DIRECTORS, NEW FILMS: A GLOBAL VIEWThe 34th edition of New Directors/New Films, one of New York’s film highlights, opened this past weekend, another sign of a long delayed Spring for a city that has suffered through one of its coldest winters in fifty years. Anticipation is high among the city’s intrepid film adventurers, not only for the films themselves, but for their (partial) presentation at the expensively refurbished Museum of Modern Art (which just opened in November after a sixty...

Berlinale poised for growth and expansion

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The Berlin International Film Festival, known locally as the Berlinale, already is one of Europe’s most highly prized film events. It is generally acknowledged as one of the most organized film events in the world, with a dazzling array of films from all over the world. Between the Competition Section, which hosts world and international premieres, and the parallel Panorama and Forum Of Young Cinema sections, the Festival is showcasing more than 300 films in its ten-day span.The Festival, whic...

Hollywood, the Global Village: Festivals Feed a Love of Movies

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Ella Waldek, 74, and Ida Mae Martinez, 73, don't look much like movie stars. But as they answered questions and kibitzed for an audience at the historic Little Theater at the High Falls Film Festival here, it was clear that they were born to entertain. Ms. Waldek and Ms. Martinez are two real-life heroines of ''Lipstick and Dynamite the First Ladies of Wrestling,'' a crowd-pleaser directed by Ruth Leitman about the brash and lovable pioneers of women's wrestling in the 1940's and 50's. It may no...

Nominations Announced for 2005 Independent Spirit Awards

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Nominations for the 20th IFP Independent Spirit Awards were announced this morning, including nominations for Best Feature, which are Baadasssss!, Kinsey, Maria Full of Grace, Primer, and Sideways. Also announced were the finalists for the Turning Leaf Someone to Watch Award, the DIRECTV/IFC Truer Than Fiction Award and the Bravo/American Express Producers Award. Dennis Quaid and Selma Blair served as nomination presenters at the event."Serving on the Nominating Committee is an incredible privil...

"Los Angeles Plays Itself" (and at London Fest)

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LONDON FILM FESTIVAL, ”LA PLAYS ITSELF”In the category of “Experimental”, films which, in one way or another tend to defy categorization, today’s entry was “LOS ANGELES PLAYS ITSELF”, a two hour and 49 minute celluloid essay on the way the city of Los Angeles has been presented in various Hollywood films over the years. The director of this homage to the City of Angels (and incidentally to little known ‘B’ movies shot in L.A.), Thom Andersen, was present to introduce the film...

La Femme Film Fest launches distrib and sales arm

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Foundation Films Distribution a Division of La Femme Inc.David Aion and Leslie LaPage have signed on to form a company that has a new and exciting way of handling independent film distribution. It’s called Foundation Films Distribution.Foundation Films Distribution (FFD) Los Angeles, CA. based company whose goal is to help independent filmmakers produce and distribute high quality, “budget challenged” feature films.FFD approaches each project individually, developing individual marketing p...

Film & Television Trade Forum in Vancouver

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The 19th Annual Film & Television Trade ForumSet To Inspire New Filmmakers With Success Story in Open Water Vancouver, BC - New and established filmmakers will be interested in the story of Chris Kentis, whose success with low budget feature Open Water is a highlight of this year's New Filmmakers' Day, September 25. New Filmmakers' Day, aimed at emerging filmmaking talent, follows three days of Trade Forum panels at UBC Robson Square, September 22 to 24, with the latest information on the art ...

Black Box tribute to Margareth Tait at Edinburgh

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Black Box 2004 HighlightsThe world of art collides with film and videoBLACK BOX programme, at the 58th Edinburgh International Film Festival, will include a major retrospective of the work of Scottish filmmaker Margaret Tait and the world premiere of Sam Taylor Wood˜s installation art —STRINGS.˜The Black Box programme was developed in order to explore video art and performance within the realm of film. This year˜s programme includes some of the most thought-provoking and pioneering work in ...

Women in Horror: Why? A woman's testimonial

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Pretty/Scary. The duality of the phrase is simple. Women can be pretty. They can also be scary. Women can be pretty scary. In a world where most geeks are men, it’s hard for women to find one another among all the testosterone-ridden conventions, film screenings, comic book stores, and underground video collections. It’s also difficult to find a way for women to accept their beauty, sex appeal, and femininity while acknowledging that they are smart, talented, and intelligent as well. When yo...

Fantasy Filmfest German tour

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Fantasy Filmfest July 21 - August 18 via Sasha Soren/Arte Six Boom-sha-la-la-la, it's the magickal horror/fantasy tour. Starting out in Munich, and cutting a creepy swathe through Stuttgart, Cologne and Frankfurt, to a final weeklong blow-out in Berlin, the Fantasy Filmfest dishes everything from haute horreur to gore-n-splatter.The festival kicks off with black comedy/fantasy "Kontroll". The film centers on a group of ticket inspectors and a killer having a field day on the Budapest metro.Also ...

Tarantino and Tilda Lock Horns

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Jury president Quentin Tarantino and Tilda Swinton locked horns over their conceptions of cinema when presented to the press on day one. The jury president asked Swinton if Hollywood was so bad why did so many British actors leave and come to Tinseltown. "Now Hollywood can be presented as the bad guy", he complained. People become stars and they get the hell out of there and go to Hollywood." Personally he believes that audiences just want to see the stars, which is why the American, Hong Kong...

New York Asian Film Festival line up

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NEW YORK ASIAN FILM FESTIVAL 2004June 18 - 27, 2004at the Anthology Film Archives (32 Second Avenue @ Second Street)For the third year in a row, Subway Cinema presents its festival (one of only three in the US) devoted to new feature films from Asia. After watching 211 films, we feel we can safely say that this year¹s line-up includes the hands-down, no-holds-barred best new films from across the region. These are the movies that have been sweeping the awards ceremonies, racking up the box offi...

Northwest Film Forum is moving

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NORTHWEST FILM FORUM TO MOVE TO NEW LOCATIONNew space allows for much needed film facilitiesThe Northwest Film Forum is planning for the future. Already a force in Washington's filmmaking community, the NWFF is positioning itself to become the epicenter of Seattle's filmmaking community. In late Spring 2004, the nonprofit organization will transfer its headquarters to a new location, nearly tripling its size. This move is necessary to continue offering exceptional services to the filmmaking comm...

Festivals give accurate indicators of art-house BO success

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filmBUZZ RELEASES FIRST COMPREHENSIVE STUDY OF FILM FESTIVALS’ INFLUENCE ON INDEPENDENT FILM SECTOR Preliminary Findings Show Regional Events Are Accurate Indicators of Arthouse Box Office Success Independent film research and tracking firm filmBUZZ released today the first in-depth, nationwide analysis of film festivals, concluding that these events provide important indicators forbox office success of specialty films. More than 25,000 audience members, 419 unique film titles, and 63 film fe...

Q&A with a new-festival director Action/Cut

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Q&A with director/writer/producer Guy Magar, Founder of Action/CutAn Interview by Bruno ChatelinBruno Chatelin:What is the mission of your new shorts competition and what motivated its launch? Guy Magar: Since for filmmakers the most important result of their work is to receive recognition/awards at film festivals and contests to launch their film careers, we received overwhelming requests from filmmakers worldwide and from our Action/Cut Filmmaking Seminar Graduates to start our own competitio...

Ann Savage honored at Noir City Fest

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SAN FRANCISCO FILM SOCIETY CO-PRESENTS DETOUR AT OPENING NIGHT OF SECOND ANNUAL NOIR CITY FILM FESTIVAL Reception with Honored Guest Ann Savage The San Francisco Film Society will co-present the screening of DETOUR and a reception honoring Ann Savage at Opening Night ofthe second annual Noir City Film Festival at the Castro Theatre on Friday,January 16.The most vicious femme fatale in the history of American movies, saysfilm noir author and Noir City programmer Eddie Muller of Ann Savage’schil...

NY Horror fest awards

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2003 New York City Horror Film Festival Award Winners The best of the horror film world gathered in New York to celebrate the New York City Horror Film Festival. The festival kicked off October 21 with a huge party at Don Hills followed by four days of sold out film screenings, celebrity appearances, and an incredible and informative panel discussion at the Tribeca Film Center in Lower Manhattan. Best Feature:MALEVOLANCE Directed by Steven MenaThe story begins ten years earlier with the kidn...
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