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    CINEFEST OZ OFFICIAL MEDIA RELEASE.

    21st August 2013 CinèfestOZ Opening Night set to shine!

     

    CinèfestOZ, the rapidly expanding Busselton-based Film Festival will present its strongest line-up of Australian film over five days, beginning today with the acclaimed Opening Night Australian film The Rocket.

    The film is one of 12 premiere screenings at the festival, created to showcase the best of new Australian and French film against the stunning backdrop of the South West. Walking the red carpet this year at Opening Night is Australian acting Screen Legend Jack Thompson and director and writer of Western Australian Premiere The Rocket, Kim Mordaunt, in Busselton to showcase his film, fresh from winning the audience award at the Melbourne International Film Festival.

    Kim Mordaunt will join a large group of Australian filmmaking luminaries and stars tonight to walk the red carpet from a glittering gala function in the CinèfestOZ festival marquee to watch and celebrate The Rocket at Orana Cinemas tonight.

    With a number of festival events selling out early (Directors Lunch at Aravina, World Premiere of Rachel Ward’s An Accidental Soldier, and the In Conversation lunch with David Wenham and Rachel Ward), movie goers are being encouraged to secure tickets as soon as possible to avoid disappointment. In 2013, the festival will present 81 film and festival events combined and is expected to smash previous attendance rates of 12,000.

    Also attending Opening Night:

    Other talented directors showing their films during the week include WA stand-out filmmaker Zak Hilditch, who will be presenting his film These Final Hours, a WA Premiere of MIFF@CinefestOZ Film, shot in Perth. This film recently won the Age Critics Prize at the Melbourne International Film Festival against worthy competition.

    “Young indigenous star of Satellite Boy Joseph Pedley will also be walking the red carpet along with his mother at this exciting event.

    “Dean Daley-Jones (The Turning, Mad Bastards) will also be at the opening night of the Festival after taking part in student film workshops as part of the Festival, over 2500 students are taking part in the Cine-Snaps schools program across the region from Bunbury to Augusta.

    “Other guests for tonight’s evening include French Australian filmmaker Jule Japhet Chiari who will who will be showing her film Australian Premiere Partisane Arise as part of as part of a Charity Event.

    “ Writer and director Greg Sneddon will be here to present Australian Premiere, Arrows of the Thunder Dragon, and Antony I Ginnane the producer of Patrick will also be attending this Festival and to present his film WA Premiere MIFF@CinefestOZ Patrick on the Friday night.

    “Opening night is always an exciting start to the Festival - it will set the stage for 5 fantastic days of celebration of film.”

     

    MORE ABOUT CINÉFESTOZ CinéfestOZ showcases extraordinary Australian and French films over five days (21 -25 August).

    Through feature film premieres and a highly anticipated film selection, the Film Festival draws a diverse audience and attracts filmmakers and actors from throughout Australia.

    CinéfestOZ is a nod to the south-west’s early French exploration but also that country’s strong film making culture. Against this cultural backdrop Busselton comes alive for a celebration of engaging film, filmmaker forums, premiere and gala events.

    Headquartered in Busselton, CinéfestOZ extends to Margaret River and Bunbury for extension premieres, additional screenings and a unique Schools Program.

     

    The best way to experience CinéfestOZ is through Festival Gold Passes and Weekend Gold passes available via the CinéfestOZ website. Subscribe to the CinefestOZ newsletter to learn more http://www.cinefestoz.com.

     

    MORE ABOUT CINÉFESTOZ CinéfestOZ showcases extraordinary Australian and French films over five days (21 -25 August).

    Through feature film premieres and a highly anticipated film selection, the Film Festival draws a diverse audience and attracts filmmakers and actors from throughout Australia.

    CinéfestOZ is a nod to the south-west’s early French exploration but also that country’s strong film making culture. Against this cultural backdrop Busselton comes alive for a celebration of engaging film, filmmaker forums, premiere and gala events.

    Headquartered in Busselton, CinéfestOZ extends to Margaret River and Bunbury for extension premieres, additional screenings and a unique Schools Program.

     

    CINEFEST OZ OFFICIAL MEDIA RELEASE.


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    Since its inception in 1977, the Montreal World Film Festival has presented more French language films than any other film festival in the world. This year over 100 features and shorts whose main language is French will be shown. Produced in various countries of the Francophonie,  France, Canada (Quebec), Switzerland and Belgium, along with the French-speaking countries of Africa and the Caribbean, these films make the MWFF the undisputed champion of French-language cinema. "It is in Montreal, the French cultural metropolis of North America, that Francophone cinema gets its most extensive exposure and its biggest public welcome," said MWFF president Serge Losique.

    The presence of dozens of filmmakers reflects the ongoing effort to showcase a significant number of French cineastes. In 2013, as in previous years, cinephiles can enjoy a host of quality French-language features and short films from around the world. Its Francophone films constitute a veritable festival within the MWFF.


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    -OFFICIAL CINEFESTOZ MEDIA RELEASE-

    22nd August 2013. CinéfestOZ red carpet rolls to Bunbury and Perth film Premieres in Busselton

     

    Day two of CinefestOZ will kick off with some punch with major red carpet and Premiere events in both of the regions cities. One of Australia’s fastest growing film festivals CinéfestOZ will extend its red carpet into Bunbury tonight for the first time, with the WA Premiere of the Mystery Road supported by cast and crew.

    The WA Premiere of MIFF@CINEFESTOZ These Final Hours will also attract strong interest with the WA Film industry who will be lining up to see Zak Hilditch’s latest highly acclaimed film.

    The Bunbury Premiere will begin with a community red carpet event which will give everyone the opportunity to chat to the stars and filmmakers of Mystery Road including Jack Thompson, David Field (Chopper, 2 Hands) and Roy Billing (Narnia, Rabbit Proof Fence).

    Australian Producer David Jowsey will present the gripping thriller Mystery Road to the audience and answer a Q and A session following the film.

    “CinefestOZ is thrilled to be here in Bunbury for the first time, tonight’s event is bound to be a great success, given the great energy and enthusiasm the City of Bunbury have illustrated in supporting this unique film event.

    There will be a buzz in Busselton with the anticipation amongst local film lovers for the screening of the MIFF@CinefestOZ film, These Final Hours, a film shot in Perth in 2012 by local Director Zak Hilditch. It is his debut feature film and it has impressively just received The Age Critic’s Award at the Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF).

    Director Zak Hilditch (The Actress, Plum Role and The Toll, Transmission) was already recognised as a Director to watch - having won the Young Filmmaker of the Year at the 2006 WA Screen Awards and was shortlisted for the Inside Film Rising Talent Award.

    These Final Hours is a presentation of the Melbourne International Film Festival MIFF Premiere Fund at CinèfestOZ.

    Screenwest CEO Ian Booth will introduce Hilditch at this event and Zak and Producer Liz Kearney will answer a Q and A session following the film.

    Chair of the Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF) Claire Dobbin and Mark Woods, from MIFF Premiere Fund as well as the CEO of ScreenWest Ian Booth and other guest filmmakers and actors to watch this film as well.

    This film event is set to attract some of Australia’s best filmmakers including West Australian Director Jub Clerc and International Directors Kim Mordaunt and Claire McCarthy.

    “Thursday night’s events across the south west region, certainly illustrate the great growth and support for Australian film, as well as the high quality film that Australia celebrates.”

    NEWS VISION OPPORTUNITY: Video Production Company Lomax Media will be available to feed vision to media outlets

    Bunbury Premiere Guests include the following; · Jack Thompson , CinefestOZ Screen Legend 2013 · David Jowsey, (Mystery Road, Chopper, 2 Hands) · Roy Billing (Narnia, Rabbit Proof Fence) · David Barton, Festival Chair · Malinda Nixon, Festival Director · David Smith, Mayor City of Bunbury

    *MORE ABOUT CINÉFESTOZ CinéfestOZ showcases extraordinary Australian and French films over five days (21 -25 August).

    Through feature film premieres and a highly anticipated film selection, the Film Festival draws a diverse audience and attracts filmmakers and actors from throughout Australia.

    CinéfestOZ is a nod to the south-west’s early French exploration but also that country’s strong film making culture. Against this cultural backdrop Busselton comes alive for a celebration of engaging film, filmmaker forums, premiere and gala events.

    Headquartered in Busselton, CinéfestOZ extends to Margaret River and Bunbury for extension premieres, additional screenings and a unique Schools Program.

     

    The best way to experience CinéfestOZ is through Festival Gold Passes and Weekend Gold passes available via the CinéfestOZ website. Subscribe to the CinefestOZ newsletter to learn more http://www.cinefestoz.com.

     

    -OFFICIAL CINEFESTOZ MEDIA RELEASE-

     

    Edited by Vanessa McMahon


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    LA Femme Film Festival will support and nurture the artistic entertainment productions of women for the benefit of an international and domestic audience. We are a multi-ethnic, multi-cultural and sexually diverse Festival devoted to women in key positions of film productions internationally.

    OBJECTIVES:

    The main objectives of the festival are: 

    > To Platform new emerging talent and support established women in crossover roles. 

    > Support the upward growth potential of entertainment opportunities for women in film.

    > High profile film festival celebrating filmed entertainment "by women for everyone" in October yearly which is highly promoted to industry professionals. 

    > To assist in independent filmmakers distribution of their feature films which are platformed in our festival with domestic theatrical and home video distribution. 

    > To create opportunities for feature film production for women. 


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    The Napa Valley Film Festival showcases the best in new independent filmmaking and world cinema. Festival's vision is to build community around the art of visual story-telling, with the viewing of films and discussions with filmmakers fueling lively conversation amongst old and new friends … and those conversations being enriched with the world-class food and wine of legendary Napa Valley.

     

    The third annual Napa Valley Film Festival takes place November 13 – 17, 2013 . This period represents mid-fall and the tail end of Napa Valley’s gorgeous harvest season. The festival runs from Wednesday evening through Sunday night – what we like to refer to as an extended weekend, the best kind.

    Dave Grohl returns to Napa, alongside Joe Carnahan
     
      

    Meet the incomparable Dave Grohl (Foo Fighters front man and film director) is coming back to Napa Valley, joining us at #NVFF13 to present a special encore screening of his film Sound City (more on that juice later), but also as a member of our esteemed Jury. When not screening short films as part of his Jury duty, you'll see the affable celebrity in and around the festival's screening and event venues!
     
    Joe Carnahan (Smokin' Aces, The Grey, The A Team) will once again take on the job of Jury President. "We had so much fun with him last year that we figured we couldn’t possibly replace him, so welcome back Joe!"


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    9 feature films included in 2013 film festival which also awards the world’s largest gay and lesbian short film prize!

     

    • Vampires: Lucas Rising– a dark adult fairytale to receive World Premiere

     

    • G.B.F.– the witty American Festival hit to receive UK premier.

     

    Organizers of Cardiff’s Iris Prize Festival, which is best known for presenting the world’s largest LGBT short film prize, have announced the full line up for 2013. The programme is an eclectic mix of stories which includes sexy vampires, Gay Best Friends, first love, old love, dance love and some traditional leather sex!

    Vampires: Lucas Rising is the latest chapter in what has become known as the 'Gay Twilight' and will receive its world premiere in Cardiff.

     

    “The success of the first film has made it possible to finance a much larger production, helping to bring even more of my vision to the screen. More sexy Vampires, greater makeup/special effects and a larger world in which the gay Vampire lovers, Toby and Lucas, can live, Love and feed!” said the films director and writer Jason Davitt.

     

    “I’m thrilled to be returning to Cardiff for the World Premiere of Vampires: Lucas Rising. I’m very proud of this second film and can’t think of a better festival to present the finished story. Iris is a great cross over festival with a strong straight following which gives it a very different feel to most LGBT festivals,” he added.

    The festival’s mid-point is celebrated with the UK premier of G.B.F. or to the uninitiated, Gay Best Friend. With witty lines like “What’s a sodomite? “I think it’s like a dust mite but with sod.and “Did you know that webflix has an entire gay and lesbian section? Blew my mind!” the hit US comedy has been described as a mix between ‘Mean Girls’ and ‘Pretty in Pink’.


    “I’ve had the most amazing time selecting these 9 features and I’m hoping that our loyal audience will find something new and exciting in this year’s programme. When you get to see a film and all you can think about is sharing it with your audience, that’s when you know you have something special,” said Festival Director Berwyn Rowlands.

     

    Other highlights include Silent Youth written and directed by Diemo Kemmesies (Germany), Two Mothers directed by Anne Zohra Berrached (Germany), Interior: Leather Bar directed by James Franco & Travis Matthews (US), Five Dances directed by Alan Brown (US) and Margarita directed by Dominique Cardona & Laurie Colbert (Canada). The festival opens with Cupcakes (Israel) directed by Eytan Fox and closes with Simon Savory’s Bruno & Earlene Go To Vegas (UK).

     

    “We’ve got so much taking place this year and I’m looking forward to sharing more news about our programme over the coming weeks. But for today I’m just happy and pleased to share the details of our fabulous features programme,” he added.

    All 9 feature films are up for the Iris Prize Best Feature Award which is sponsored by Martin Briggs. Two awards for acting, Best Actor in a Feature and Best Actress in a Feature are sponsored by The London Women’s Clinic and chosen by Gay Star News. The awards are presented, together with the £25,000 Iris Prize supported by The Michael Bishop Foundation for best short film, during the Iris Awards presented by Amy Lamé.


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    Cinema/Chicago and The Chicago International Film Festival, the oldest competitive film festival in North America, are proud to announce the first 21 feature-length and short films, a preview of the more than 150 films that will be presented during the 49th Chicago International Film Festival, October 10 – 24, 2013. The line-up includes a richly diverse array of films from the United States, Latin America, Africa, Asia, the Middle East and Europe.  

    “These first titles are just an appetizer to what is turning out to be a feast of fantastic films,” said Founder and Artistic Director of the Chicago International Film Festival Michael Kutza. “For 49 years we have discovered new ways of looking at the world through film and this year is no different. From spine-tingling thrillers to contemporary drama, as well as documentaries and award-winning debuts, this first sampling of our program already shows what a robust showcase of new films we will offer this October.”
     
    “I am very excited about this year’s Festival lineup,” added Programming Director of the 49th Chicago International Film Festival Mimi Plauché. “We have spent the past year watching thousands of entries, consulting with our international film advisors and scouting the most important film festivals around the globe to bring Chicago audiences the best of the best. These first titles offer moviegoers a glimpse of what they can expect this year: a thought-provoking, exciting and cutting-edge program.”

    Film stills from select titles can be downloaded here. 

    Films Include: 

    •  Big Bad Wolves (Directors: Aharon Keshales, Navot Papushado • Israel): When the lead suspect in a brutal child murder is released due to a police blunder, a vigilante police detective and a grieving father take the law into their own hands in this fantastically intense, darkly funny revenge thriller from one of the pioneers of Israeli horror cinema.
    •  Blue is the Warmest Color (Director: Abdellatif Kechiche • France): Teenager Adèle's life is turned upside down the night she meets blue-haired Emma in this scandalous winner of the top prize at Cannes. Adèle's passionate sexual awakening and the couple’s ensuing relationship - spanning several years - are depicted in searing, intimate detail with sharp, controlled direction and breathtaking performances from the two leads.
    • Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me (Director: Chiemi Karasawa • USA): A ferocious, funny and poignant portrait of the one-of-a-kind Broadway legend as she reaches her 87th year, “Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me” showcases the brash, uncompromising Tony and Emmy Award-winner both onstage and off. Stritch's inimitable personality is on full display in this hilarious, affectionate tribute.
    •  The Girls on Liberty Street (Director: John Rangel • USA): A teenager on the verge of leaving for the army, Brianna spends her last week at home trying to mend tensions with her friends and family. Eschewing melodrama, the film imbues this simple story with a deft style and effortlessly natural performances, creating an assured portrait of a young woman in transition.
    •  Grigris (Director: Mahamat-Saleh Haroun • Chad): Despite a paralyzed leg that keeps him on the fringes of society, Grigris comes alive at the local nightclub, tearing up the dance floor every night. When a relative falls critically ill, the desperate Grigris turns to black market kingpin Moussa to pay the hospital bills and soon finds himself in over his head.
    • Heli (Director: Amat Escalante • Mexico): In a misguided attempt to finance his elopement with 12-year-old Estela, police cadet Beto steals two large packages of cocaine, setting off a string of increasingly violent consequences for him and for Estela's family in this unflinching look at the cycle of drugs and violence in contemporary Mexico.
    • The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete (Director: George Tillman • USA): During a sweltering summer in New York City, 13-year-old Mister's hard-living mother (Jennifer Hudson) is apprehended by the police, leaving Mister and his nine-year-old brother Pete alone to forage for food while dodging child protective services and the destructive scenarios of the projects. “The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete” is a beautifully observed, moving film about salvation through friendship.
    •  Like Father, Like Son (Director: Kore-eda Hirokazu • Japan): The lives of success-driven architect Ryota and his shy wife Midori are turned upside down when they discover that, due to a hospital mix-up six years earlier, their son Keita is not their own. The foundations of their identities as loving parents begin to crumble as they meet their biological child.
    • The Missing Picture (Director: Rithy Panh • Cambodia): How do you document a genocide when no footage of the atrocities exists? Rithy Panh attempts to answer this question in this Cannes prize-winning film recounting a childhood under the Khmer Rouge, illustrating his memories with hand carved clay figures. This innovative documentary explores the intersection of historical memory and the power of images.
    • Monsoon Shootout (Director: Amit Kumar • India): As heavy monsoon rains lash Mumbai, rookie cop Adi raises his gun to a criminal and must decide whether or not to pull the trigger. “Monsoon Shootout” presents three alternate scenarios, each sending Adi spiraling on a downward journey that pits him against fate and a system that presents a quagmire of moral ambiguity.
    •  My Sweet Pepper Land (Director: Hiner Saleem • Iraq): A godforsaken border town in newly-autonomous Kurdistan serves as the setting for this Western-inspired tale of justice and honor. Both Baran, a former Kurdish independence war hero, and Govend, a beautiful young woman defying tradition to become a teacher, are determined to see order and civilization restored to their damaged country.
    • The Priest's Children (Director: Vinko Bresan • Croatia): Troubled by his small island's rapidly dwindling population, the dogmatic young Father Fabijan sabotages the town's birth control. Soon the picturesque island town is awash with pregnant women, and the absurd unintended consequences of the plan begin piling up in this irreverent, hilarious dark comedy. 
    • Salvo (Directors: Fabio Grassadonia, Antonio Piazza • Italy): Mafia hitman Salvo is solitary, callous, and ruthless. His deep-rooted cold-bloodedness is tested, however, when, on his latest job, he discovers his target's sister, a blind woman named Rita. Disturbed by her unseeing stare, Salvo spares her life, fully aware of the inexorable consequences of this ill-fated choice.
    •  Under The Rainbow (Director: Agnès Jaoui • France): “Look At Me” writer-director-star Agnès Jaoui returns with a witty, charming, modern day mélange of familiar fairy tales. When young Laura meets Sandro at a party, she thinks she may have met her Prince Charming. And then she meets Maxime. Laura must choose between them as they, and their families, deal with the tragicomic realities of romance.
    •  Walesa: Man of Hope (Director: Andrzej Wajda • Poland): Legendary director Andrzej Wajda tells the inspiring story of Lech Walesa, Nobel laureate and Poland's first post-Soviet president. The charismatic Wałesa rises from the shipyard to union leadership and becomes the voice and face of the growing solidarity movement, standing up to the feared Soviet Union and leading Poland's fight for independence.
    • Die Welt (Director: Alex Pitstra • Tunisia): In the summer of 2011, Tunisia is finally free of its dictatorial shackles, but 23-year-old Abdallah still dreams of escaping to Europe. Following a chance encounter, Abdallah's passion to reach the other side of the Mediterranean burns brighter than ever before, prompting a desperate gamble for escape.
    •  Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow? (Director: Arvin Chen • Taiwan): Introvert Weichung's measured life as a family man is shaken when a chance encounter revives feelings from his long suppressed gay past, forcing him to choose between love and security. Fantastical flourishes color this bittersweet romantic comedy that is all at once wise and funny in its exploration of formal notions of family, sexuality, and friendship.
    •   Short Films: Highlights from this year's program include: 23-year-old Tim attempts to seduce the ladies, but his stutter gets in the way in “Stammering Love.” In “Needle,” a young girl's feelings about her parents' divorce are explored when she goes to get her ears pierced. A teenager develops an awkward attraction in “Peach Juice.”

    Festival Passes and Theater Information
    Festival Passes are on sale now. Pass options include:

    Moviegoer (10 regular admissions): $95 for Cinema/Chicago members, $125 for non-members.
    Passport (20 regular admissions): $180 for Cinema/Chicago members, $240 for non-members

    Passes can be purchased online at www.chicagofilmfestival.com or by calling 312.683.0121.

    Festival screenings will be held at the AMC River East 21 Theater (322 E. Illinois St.). The full schedule will be announced on September 17.


    Festival Sponsors
    Led by Presenting Partner Columbia College Chicago, the 49th Chicago International Film Festival's sponsors include: Official Airline - American Airlines; Headquarters Hotel - JW Marriott Chicago; Producing Partners: AMC Theaters, The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences; Major Partner: Intersites; Supporting Partners: DePaul University School of Cinema and Interactive Media, Stella Artois, WBBM Newsradio 105.9, Shutterbox Entertainment, Cultivate Studios; Participating Partners: State Farm, AARP, Tres Generaciones®, Second City Computers, Gibson’s Restaurant Group, Creative Technology.

     
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    About Cinema/Chicago
    Cinema/Chicago is a not-for-profit cultural and educational organization dedicated to encouraging better understanding between cultures and to making a positive contribution to the art form of the moving image. The Chicago International Film Festival is part of the year-round programs presented by Cinema/Chicago, which also include the International Screenings Program (May-September), the Chicago International Television Competition (April), CineYouth Festival (May), Intercom Competition (October) and year-round Education Outreach and Member Screenings Program.
     
     

     


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    "Elevator" is playing as part of the Montreal World Film Festival  section on  "Human Dignity" at Cinema Quartier Latin on Friday the 23rd, 9:10 PM,  and Sunday the 25th, 11:30 AM.

    A black man and a white woman enter an elevator.  They soon discover they're interviewing for the same high-powered position. Then the elevator gets stuck. For three hours. "Elevator" is about two ambitious people fighting to succeed, and discovering what they've lost- or discarded- along the way.


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    Submit today to the hottest new festival in Los Angeles!  Making its debut next April in a state of the art digital theater in the heart of the NoHo Arts District, the North Hollywood CineFest will boast a great run of independent films as well as provide an entertaining atmosphere and a fantastic networking opportunity with people in the biz.  Numerous notable film professionals will be present in this 4-day event.  The festival will prioritize great stories first and foremost.  You don't need celebrities in your film to be accepted.  Just a great story!  So don't wait.  Submit now!


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    Chicago Filmmakers Announces the Line-Up for The 25th Onion City Experimental Film and Video Festival

     

    Taking Place September 5-8, 2013 
    At the Gene Siskel Film Center, Columbia College Chicago, and

    The Music Box Theatre

     

     

     

    Chicago Filmmakers is pleased to announce the complete line-up for the 25th Onion City Experimental Film and Video Festival, which will take place Thursday, September 5 to Sunday, September 8 at the Gene Siskel Film Center (Thursday), Columbia College Chicago's Ferguson Theater (Friday and Saturday) and the Music Box Theatre (Sunday).

     

    For this special anniversary edition of the festival, Onion City has assembled a stellar array of experimental films and videos from around the world, with work from 14 different countries. Represented are the US, the UK, Canada, India, France, the Czech Republic, the Palestinian Territory, Argentina, Brazil, Portugal, The Philippines, Nigeria, Germany, and Italy.

     

    The 62 shorts and two features include work by long-standing avant-garde film and video artists Lawrence Jordan, Phil Solomon, Mike Hoolboom, Stephanie Barber, Vincent Grenier, Diane Kitchen, Charlotte Pryce, Lewis Klahr, William E. Jones, Scott Stark, and James Benning. Local and recently-local artists include Deborah Stratman, Jodie Mack, Jennifer Reeder, Olivia Ciummo, Malic Amalya, Mariana Milhorat, Jake Barningham, JB Mabe, Alexander Stewart and Lilli Carré, and Kevin Eskew. Additionally, continuing Onion City's long tradition of supporting young artists and artists who often are not as widely known as they should be, nearly half of the artists showing this year are new to the festival.

     

    With the extreme diversity of the works showing, another strong concentration of local artists but also with work from across the globe, a mixture of seasoned filmmakers and brand-new ones, and the overall quality of the work this year, this 25th edition of Onion City promises to be memorable.

     

     

     

    Highlights include:

     

    Opening Night Program

    Features a stunning new film by collage animator Lawrence Jordan, a new film from British filmmaker Ben Rivers (whose feature Two Years at Sea was recently released by Cinema Guild), a beautiful and haunting film about film in 35mm from India, and Phil Solomon's alchemical reworking of Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton footage.

     

    Portraits, Queerly

    A program of three experimental documentaries about art, artists, creativity, and queer identity, including Mariah Garnett's encounter with famed 1970's gay porn icon Peter Berlin, Mike Hoolboom's autobiographical portrait, and Matt Wolf's (director of the feature documentary Wild Combination: A Portrait of Arthur Russell and the highly anticipated upcoming Teenage) look at artist, cartoonist, and author Joe Brainard.

     

    The Way of All Flesh

    A program primarily focused on recent experimental-narrative work from Portugal, including new shorts by João Pedro Rodrigues (O Fantasma, To Die Like a Man, The Last Time I Saw Macao) and Rodrigues' frequent collaborator João Rui Gerra da Mata.

     

    The Realist & Empire

    Scott Stark's The Realist is an amazing, strange, and surreal quasi-narrative about consumerism and the modern world with mannequins as protagonists; and Phil Solomon's Empire is a simple, but profoundly moving "landscape" film of the Empire State Building, with all of the imagery derived from the Grand Theft Auto video game.

     

    Nightfall

    Experimental film legend James Benning has embraced digital technology over the last few years and has been creating a steady stream of minimal explorations of landscape, infrastructure, industry, and institutions. Nightfall is a delicate and subtle real-time look at the slow darkening of a forest as day turns to night.

     

    Closing Night Film

    Double Play: James Benning and Richard Linklater

    We are extremely excited to present local film writer and critic (and now filmmaker) Gabe Klinger's first film as our closing night selection, fresh off its World Premier at the Venice Film Festival (and prior to its official North American Premier at a major US festival that has not been announced yet). We are pleased to welcome Klinger for this special sneak preview screening. Double Play is a lively and fascinating portrait of two unlikely long-time friends, independent maverick Linklater and experimental film legend Benning, filtered through their mutual love of film and sports.

     

    Plus, there are an additional four shorts programs: Talk about the Passion (Salvation Imminent); Wandering, Pausing; Illuminations; and System Overload.

     

     

     

    Venues and Ticketing:

     

    Thursday, September 5: The Gene Siskel Film Center (164 N. State St.)

    Tickets: $11.00 general admission; $7.00 students; $6.00 Film Center members; $4.00 for students and faculty of the School of the Art Institute, and staff of the Art Institute

     

    Friday and Saturday, September 6 and 7: Ferguson Theater, Columbia College Chicago (600 S. Michigan Ave.)

    Tickets: $8.00 (per screening)

     

    Sunday, September 8: Music Box Theatre (3733 N. Southport Ave.)

    Tickets: $10.00 per show for the 2pm and 4pm shows; $12 for the 7pm Closing Night program

     

    Advance tickets are available for the Opening Night Program at the Gene Siskel Film Center through their box office or through their Ticketmaster.

     

    Advance tickets for the Sunday shows at the Music Box Theatre will be available online through Chicago Filmmakers' ticketing. Details will be available on the Onion City website shortly.

     

    No advance sales for the screenings at Columbia College Chicago.

     

     

     

    Website:

     

    www.chicagofilmmakers.org/onion_fest

     


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    The 61st edition of the San Sebastian Festival will come to a close on September 28 with the world premiere of The Young and Prodigious T.S. Spivet.

    The film is the latest work from the French moviemaker, Jean-Pierre Jeunet, creator of one of the great classics of contemporary cinema, Amelie (2001), and helmer of titles such as Delicatessen (1991), La cité des enfants perdus (The City of Lost Children, 1995) – both in collaboration with Marc Caro – Alien Resurrection (1997), Un long dimanche de fiançailles (A Very Long Engagement, 2004) and Micmacs à tire-larigot (Micmacs, 2009). Jeunet will introduce the film personally in the Kursaal Auditorium and in the Antonio Elorza Velodrome.

    The Young and Prodigious T.S. Spivet stars Kyle Catlett and Helena Bonham Carter, who will also attend the Festival closing gala. Judy Davis, Callum Keith Rennie, Robert Maillet and Dominique Pinon complete the cast.

    Three new titles join those already announced for the official competition of the San Sebastian Festival in the shape of the new works by three internationally renowned filmmakers: Atom Egoyan, Götz Spielmann and Jasmila Žbanić.

    The 61st edition of the San Sebastian Festival will open next September 20 with Campanella´s Futbolín.

    Here is the Official Selection so far:

    OFFICIAL SELECTION

    Futbolín - Juan José Campanella (Argentina-Spain) – OPENING

    Caníbal - Manuel Martín Cuenca (esp)

    Vivir es fácil - David Trueba (ESP)

    Enemy - Denis Villeneuve (ESP)

    La herida - Fernando Franco (ESP)

    Club Sándwich - Fernando Eimbcke (México)

    Mon âme par toi guérie - François Dupeyron (Fra)

    Pelo Malo - Mariana Rondón (Venezuela)

    Quai d'Orsay - Bertrand Tavernier (Fra)

    The Railway Man (Un largo viaje) - Jonathan Teplitzky (UK-Australia)

    Le Week-end - Roger Michell (uk)      

    Devil's Knot - Atom Egoyan (EEUU)

    For Those Who Can Tell No Tales - Jasmila Žbanić (Bosnia-Herzegovina)

    Oktober November / October November - Götz Spielmann (Austria)

    The Young and Prodigious T.S. Spivet - Jean-Pierre Jeunet (France-Canada) - CLOSURE

    LAS BRUJAS DE ZUGARRAMURDI - Álex de la Iglesia  – OUT OF COMPETITION.


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  • 08/26/13--16:44: CINÉFESTOZ 2013 wrap
  • FILMFEST ON THE MARGARET RIVIERA

    Clearly it's not the Riviera, but the Margaret River wine and leisure region of Western Australia has its own geographic appeal (including gorgeous Geographe Bay),  and the six year old CinéfestOZ has a good wine-red carpet and its own screen legends, such as Bryan Brown (2012) and this year's honouree, Jack Thompson. It is ripening well, as Andrew L. Urban reports on the 2013 vintage. (August 21 - 25)

     

    A 50% jump in attendances to over 15,000, six major events sold out across its five days, a well received program of Australian and French films - including a few world premieres - has boosted its reputation as a filmfest to watch, as it were.

     

    Like the somewhat smaller Dungog Film Festival does in the NSW Hunter Valley across the other side of the continent (held in May), CinéfestOZ prides itself on being a destination showcase for new Australian films. The Australian focus is crucial to CinéfestOZ, notwithstanding that it has a dual nationality, with French films another key element of the program. More on the French bit later.

     

    The quality of the 2013 program has been impressive, thanks in part to a clever arrangement with MIFF's Premiere Fund which enables CinéfestOZ to program films from the Melbourne event just two weeks prior, co-branded, as it were. Hence the inclusion of six of the 17 chapters from Tim Winton's The Turning, Patrick, Aim High in Creation and the debut feature from rising  WA filmmaker Zak Hilditch, These Final Hours.

     

    A sort of modern day On The Beach, the latter stars Nathan Phillips as a young man interrupted on his way to a no-holds-barred end of the world party when he feels compelled to save a little girl being kidnapped by two brutes with clearly abusive intentions. Outstanding performances drive the film's high energy and ceaselessly edgy tone.

     

    Roadshow boss Joel Pearlman was on hand to conclude the distribution deal for the film: it will be released next year.

     

    The festival opened its French program with Tenderness, Marion Hansel's understated road movie/relationship drama - and in the other two cinemas in Busselton's Orana Cinema, The Rocket launched the Australian program. This multi-layered crowd pleaser from Kim Mordaunt is set in Laos, and had just won the Audience Award at MIFF.  The Rocket opens commercially this week.

     

    Each of the MIFF films were followed by Q&As with the filmmakers and/or stars, as were most other films, including Ivan Sen's Mystery Road; Sen has already returned to China, working on his next film, but Jack Thompson, David Field and producer David Jowsey were there.

     

    Another Australian film in the program that is in a foreign language was (ex-Buddhist monk) Greg Sneddon's Arrows of the Thunder Dragon, which explores the ancient tradition of archery and social/family customs in Bhutan through a story of a brother and sister. It will be released in selected cinemas early next year. Sneddon, too, was a Fest guest and captivated the audience with his post screening discussion - which your reporter was pleased to moderate.

     

    In keeping with the region's food and especially wine culture, festival attendees could feast on the French biopic, Haute Cuisine about a Presidential lady chef and catch up with how the rich and aspirational Chinese got Red Obsession in Bordeaux. The latter, an Aussie film, went down especially well.

     

    The French connection continued into the Australian program with the premiere of Rachel Ward's splendide telemovie, An Accidental Soldier, set in WWI France, starring Dan Spielman, Marie Bunel, Bryan Brown and Julia Zemiro. The film is based on Silent Parts, a novel by John Charalambous, adapted by Blake Ayshford, and is the story of an innocent Aussie soldier (Spielman)who isn't ready to die and seeks refuge  in a farmhouse where Colombe (Bunel) is worrying for her own son fighting at the front.

     

    The supple strength of the story, the defined and interesting characters are all masterfully handled by Ward, who joined producers Sue Taylor and Kylie du Fresne and Ayshford for the Q&A. (An Accidental Soldier will screen on ABC TV on September 12, 2013)

     

    Screened at the Margaret River Cultural Centre, this was one of the six sold out events; the others were opening night, Saturday night gala - where Jack Thompson was presented with the Screen Legend Award by Fest patron David Wenham; the expansive, buzzy directors' lunch at Aravina Estate; the Studio Bistro In Conversation lunch, compete with a panel consisting of Ward, Wenham and Aboriginal actor/singer/writer Jub Clerc), moderated by film journo Sandy George, and the Settler's Tavern Sidebar event.

     

    As to why a French connection, it's only partly due to the names the 18th century French explorers left behind along the coast. Equally inspiring was the 2006 visit to St Tropez, enjoying the Antipodean film festival organised by Bernard Bories each year. The format of a new film every day followed by a party had instant appeal for co-founders David Barton and Helen Shervington. Ooh, let's do something like that …

     

    The schools program (strongly supported by major sponsor Rio Tinto) and a dozen or more shorts, plus a smattering of industry seminars and briefings (some in association with Screen West) filled out the program, the latter devised for the 40-plus industry guests. For the locals in the region, the Festival brings films they wouldn't otherwise get to see without travelling almost three hours to Perth. That's why it was born.

     

    But this year's rapid growth will not be repeated, nor sought. One of the contributors to the big leap in numbers was the expansion North to Bunbury, with its 600 cinema seats at the Regional Entertainment Centre offering a new 'shop front'. But co-founders Barton (Chair) and Shervington (Deputy Chair) are not chasing growth for the sake of it. Mindful of the dangers of getting bigger without getting better, they are guiding the Fest to a healthier and more professional future.

     

    For the past six years they and their fellow board members have devoted their energies and time and will continue to do so, but they feel the festival must mature and employ more than one person full time. (Fest director Malinda Nixon is it, for now.) Barton runs a physiotherapy business in Busselton and Shervington is Chair of Busselton Water Board (and has a history in water conservation work).

     

    Part of the plan for the future is to embrace the neighbours: Singapore is already a source of tourism into Perth and so are Malaysia and Indonesia. Getting these tourists to come South to the Busselton- Margaret River region isn't the challenge – and as Tourism WA is keen to advise, they're coming already, tasting the wines, discovering river canoeing, exploring the Ngigli cave network, trekking along the coast and sampling the cuisine, not least the fabulously tasty marron, a lobster-like local.

     

    There is now talk of adding a sidebar that may showcase Asian films, for instance. CinéfestOZ has the benefit of access to a strong tourism infrastructure, which goes beyond the vineyards, to boutique arts & crafts, adventure activities, plenty of surfing and a population to provide a solid base of patronage.

     

    The challenge is to attract visitors who are unaware that late August is one of the best times to be in the area, with the mild climate, the absence of crowds (restaurant bookings are easier) and the access to a film festival that is small enough to be personal, that allows visitors to mingle with the stars and filmmakers, but important enough for the industry to support with new films.

     

    The turning point may well have been the festival screening of Julie Bertucelli’s Aust/French co-production - and Cannes entry - The Tree (2010). “We had the WA Minister for Arts here for that and had a big party under a big tree,” recalls Shervington. “Later on, Andrew Mackie (distributor, Transmission) told me The Tree did proportionally better here in WA than anywhere else in Australia, so it helped open the door to other distributors.”

     

    Indeed, when Shervington started, she was lucky to even get her calls returned. "Now they're calling us," she says smiling.

     

    Andrew L. Urban

    Editor & Publisher, Urban Cinefile

    www.urbancinefile.com.au


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    40th anniversary edition plays host to 27 new feature films in its main program

    Tribute programs to Robert Redford, T-Bone Burnett and the Coen Brothers,

    and Mohammad Rasoulof

     

    Telluride Film Festival, presented by the National Film Preserve, today announced its official program selections for the 40th anniversary edition of Telluride Film Festival. TFF’s annual celebration of artistic excellence brings together, cinema enthusiasts, filmmakers and artists to discover the best in world cinema in the beautiful mountain town of Telluride, Colorado. TFF will screen more than 100 feature films, short films and revivals representing twenty-five countries, along with special artist Tributes, Conversations, Panels, Education Programs and Festivities.

     

    In honor of its 40th anniversary, the usual four-day Telluride Film Festival has an additional day of programming and takes place Thursday, August 29 - Monday, September 2, 2013.

     

    In celebration of their contributions to Joel and Ethan Coen’s new film INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS and the 40th anniversary of Telluride Film Festival, Punch Brothers will perform. The performance will include songs featured in several of T Bone Burnett and the Coen Brothers’ collaborations, including songs from the soundtrack of INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS. The concert will be tonight, Wednesday, August 28 at 5:00 pm in Telluride Town Park.

     

    Telluride Film Festival is honored to present the Werner Herzog Theatre, the fourth cineaste for whom the Festival has named a theatre. Situated in Telluride’s Town Park Pavilion, the Werner Herzog Theatre is the Festival’s most technologically advanced theatre accommodating 650 pass holders. Chuck Jones, Abel Gance and Pierre Rissient also share this tribute.

     

    The past 40 years have seen Telluride Film Festival mixing highly anticipated award hopefuls with the films of talented emerging filmmakers and auteurs from around the globe. First-time filmmakers discovered at TFF include Terry Zwigoff, Jim Jarmusch, Billy Bob Thornton, Robert Rodriguez, Michael Moore, Doug Liman, Jon Favreau, Andrea Arnold, Lodge Kerrigan, Robert Luketic and Sarah Gavron. In addition, TFF has previewed numerous films that have generated wins at the Oscars® in recent years, including FOG OF WAR, BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN, THE LIVES OF OTHERS, BABEL, THE LAST KING OF SCOTLAND, JUNO, SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE, UP IN THE AIR, THE KING’S SPEECH, BLACK SWAN, A SEPARATION, THE ARTIST, THE DESCENDANTS and ARGO.

     

    “This year’s 40th anniversary is a celebration of what Telluride Film Festival has accomplished over the past four decades, as well as what we are doing now and forty years from now” said Telluride Film Festival Executive Director Julie Huntsinger. We are committed to presenting groundbreaking films with the world’s most preeminent talent in technologically advanced, state-of the art facilities including the brand new Werner Herzog Theatre. We look forward to continuing to explore the future in cinema through current masters of the art form and breakthrough talents.” 

     

    40th Telluride Film Festival is proud to present the following new feature films to play in its main program, the ‘SHOW’:

    ·       ALL IS LOST (d. J.C. Chandor, U.S., 2013)

    ·       BEFORE THE WINTER CHILL (d. Philippe Claudel, France, 2013)

    ·       BETHLEHEM (d. Yuval Adler, Israel, 2013)

    ·       BLUE IS THE WARMEST COLOR (d. Abdellatif Kechiche, France, 2013)

    ·       BURNING BUSH (d. Agnieszka Holland, Czech Republic, 2013)

    ·       DEATH ROW: BLAINE MILAM + ROBERT FRATTA (d. Werner Herzog, U.S., 2013)

    ·       FIFI HOWLS FROM HAPPINESS (d. Mitra Farahani, U.S., 2013)

    ·       THE GALAPAGOS AFFAIR: SATAN CAME TO EDEN (d. Dan Geller, Dayna Goldfine, U.S., 2013)

    ·       GLORIA (d. Sebastián Lelio, Chile, 2013)

    ·       GRAVITY (d. Alfonso Cuarón, U.S./U.K., 2013)

    ·       IDA (d. Pawel Pawlikowski, Poland, 2013)

    ·       INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS (d. Joel and Ethan Coen, U.S., 2013)

    ·       THE INVISIBLE WOMAN (d. Ralph Fiennes, U.K., 2013)

    ·       LABOR DAY (d. Jason Reitman, U.S., 2013)

    ·       THE LUNCHBOX (d. Ritesh Batra, India, 2013)

    ·       LA MAISON DE LA RADIO (d. Nicolas Philibert, France, 2013)

    ·       MANUSCRIPTS DON’T BURN (d. Mohammad Rasoulof, Iran, 2013)

    ·       THE MISSING PICTURE (d. Rithy Panh, Cambodia/France, 2013)

    ·       NEBRASKA (d. Alexander Payne, U.S., 2013)

    ·       PALO ALTO (d. Gia Coppola, U.S., 2013)

    ·       THE PAST (d. Asghar Farhadi, France/Italy, 2013)

    ·       SLOW FOOD STORY (d. Stefano Sardo, Italy, 2013)

    ·       STARRED UP (d. David Mackenzie, U.K., 2013)

    ·       TIM’S VERMEER (d. Teller, U.S., 2013)

    ·       TRACKS (d. John Curran, Australia, 2013)

    ·       UNDER THE SKIN (d. Jonathan Glazer, U.K., 2013)

    ·       THE UNKNOWN KNOWN (d. Errol Morris, U.S., 2013)

     

    Additional Sneak Previews may play outside the main program and will be announced on the Telluride Film Festival website over the course of the five-day weekend. Visit the TFF website for updates www.telluridefilmfestival.org.

     

    “During its 40 years Telluride has brought together established filmmakers and those about to be discovered to celebrate together the joys of great cinema,” commented Festival Artistic Director Gary Meyer. “This year is especially exciting because of the many wonderful movies we were able to consider and then program, and also frustrating given the amount we could not fit into the program.  Our selection of classics this year is truly rich as we celebrate the past, present and future of the art.”

     

    Since its inception in 1974, Telluride Film Festival has paid tribute to numerous influential filmmakers and artists. Gloria Swanson, Francis Ford Coppola and Leni Riefenstahl were the first to be honored, and forty years later the prestigious list has grown to include Pedro Almodovar, Claudia Cardinale, George Clooney, Penelope Cruz, Daniel Day-Lewis, Catherine Deneuve, Laura Linney, Clint Eastwood, Colin Firth, Jodie Foster, Stephen Frears, Werner Herzog, Isabelle Huppert, Jack Nicholson, Jean Simmons, Meryl Streep, Tilda Swinton, Andrei Tarkovsky, and Agnes Varda to name a few.

     

    Joining that list, the 2013 Silver MedallionAwards, given to recognize an artist’s significant contribution to the world of cinema, go to Grammy and Oscar-winning music producer T Bone Burnett andOscar-winning filmmakers the Coen Brothers, whose four collaborations together include THE BIG LEBOWSKI, LADYKILLERS, O BROTHER, WHERE ART THOU? and INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS with a 90-minute program featuring a musical performance by the Americans, a clip reel with scenes from the collaborations and an onstage interview; Iranian director Mohammad Rasoulof (THE TWILIGHT, THE WHITE MEADOWS, GOODYBE) presenting his latest film, MANUSCRIPTS DON’T BURN. The program includes a selection of clips followed by the presentation of the Silver Medallion and onstage interview; and Oscar-winning director, actor, producer Robert Redford (ALL THE PRESIDENT’S MEN, BUTCH CASSIDY AND THE SUNDANCE KID) who stars in the TFF selection ALL IS LOST. The program includes a selection of clips showcasing the range of performances during his career, followed by the presentation of the Silver Medallion and an onstage interview.

     

    “When I joined James Card and Bill Pence to start the Telluride Film Festival, we wanted to make tributes, retrospectives and revivals central to the Festival” said Co-founding Artistic Director Tom Luddy. “40 years later, Julie, Gary and I are still able to present a show which focuses on film artistry and preservation. This is something I’m very proud of. The fact that there is still a large audience for it makes me believe in the future of the cinema.”

     

    For each of the past 25 years, Telluride Film Festival directors have selected a Guest Director to serve as a key collaborator in the Festival’s programming decisions, bringing new ideas and overlooked films to light. Donald Richie, to whom the Festival is dedicated, had the first honor in 1988 and has been followed by many notable collaborators including Laurie Anderson, Peter Bogdanovich, John Boorman, J.P. Gorin, Edith Kramer, Errol Morris, Alexander Payne, Peter Sellars, Stephen Sondheim, Bertrand Tavernier and Slavoj Zizek, among others.

     

    This year, Telluride Film Festival invites six past Guest Directors to return with new programs: novelist Don Delillo (TFF 2006) presents LA MORTE ROUGE (d. Victor Erice, Spain, 2006) and analyzes the 26-second ZAPRUDER film; screenwriter, director Buck Henry (TFF 2005) presents the “director’s cut” of THE TERMINAL MAN (d. Mike Hodge, U.S., 1972); writer Phillip Lopate (TFF 1995) presents NAKED CHILDHOOD (d. Maurice Pialat, France, 1969) with Pialat’s short, LOVE EXISTS (France, 1960); novelist Michael Ondaatje (TFF 2010) presents short films LA JETÉE (d. Chris Marker, France, 1962) and ELEPHANT (d. Alan Clarke, U.K., 1989); film scholar, curator and author B. Ruby Rich (TFF 1996) presents ONE WAY OR ANOTHER (d. Sara Gómez, Cuba, 1974); writer Salman Rushdie (TFF 2004) presents MAHANAGAR (d. Satyajit Ray, India, 1963).

     

    Additional film revivals include Pierre Rissient’s selections, short MUSCLE BEACH (d. Irving Lerner, Joseph Strick, U.S., 1948) and TV episode A PIECE OF THE ACTION (d. Bernard Girard, U.S., 1962); “Pordenone Presents” has two selections: HE WHO GETS SLAPPED with The Alloy Orchestra performing their brand new score, and A SIMPLE CASE (d. Vsevolod Pudovkin, USSR, 1930) with a live musical performance by Gabriel Thibaudeau both presented by Paolo Cherchi Usai; PORTRAIT OF JENNIE (d. William Dieterle, U.S., 1948) presented by David Thomson; LE JOLI MAI (d. Chris Marker, Pierre Lhomme, France, 1963) presented by Colin MacCabe; LA POISON (d. Sacha Guitry, France, 1951) presented by Monique Montgomery; AGUIRRE, THE WRATH OF GOD (d. Werner Herzog, Germany, 1972); and Michael Barker presents DEATH RIDES A HORSE (d. Giulio Petroni, Italy, 1967).

     

    Backlot, Telluride’s intimate screening room featuring behind-the-scenes movies and portraits of artists, musicians and filmmakers, will screen the following programs, five of which are preceded by short films:

    ·       DIOR AND I (d. Frédéric Tcheng, U.S., 2013)

    ·       HERE BE DRAGONS (d. Mark Cousins, U.K., 2013)

    ·       JODOROWSKY’S DUNE (d. Frank Pavich, U.S./France, 2013)

    ·       LOCATIONS: LOOKING FOR RUSTY JAMES (d. Alberto Fuguet, Chile, 2013) select screening will be followed by Francis Ford Coppola’s RUMBLE FISH (U.S., 1983)

    ·       NATAN (d. David Cairns, Paul Duane, Ireland, 2013)

    ·       MILIUS (d. Zak Knutson, Joey Figueroa, U.S., 2013)

    ·       MULTIPLE VISIONS, THE CRAZY MACHINE (d. Emilio Maille, Mexico, 2012)

    ·       MUSIDORA, THE TENTH MUSE (d. Patrick Cazals, France, 2013)

    ·       PARTICLE FEVER (d. Mark Levinson, U.S., 2013)

    ·       REMEMBRANCE – A SMALL MOVIE ABOUT OUUL IN THE 1950s (d. Peter Von Bagh, Finland, 2013)

    ·       ROAD MOVIE: A PORTRAIT OF JOHN ADAMS (d. Mark Kidel, U.K., 2013)

    ·       A STORY OF CHILDREN AND FILM (d. Mark Cousins, U.K., 2013)

     

    Telluride Film Festival annually celebrates a hero of cinema who preserves, honors and presents great movies. This year’s Special Medallion award goes to Alejandro Ramirez who runs Cinepolis, the fourth-largest chain of movie theatres in the world, with a focus on how movies can address poverty and social change. Past recipients include C. Chapin Cutler Jr. and Boston Light & Sound, Criterion Collection, HBO, Ninon Sevilla, Ted Turner, Stanley Kauffman, Manny Farber, Pierre Rissient, Leonard Maltin, Serge Bromberg and UCLA Film & Television Archive.

     

    Telluride Film Festival’s SHOWcase for Shorts features eleven short films chosen to precede select feature films; Filmmakers of Tomorrow includes four programs: Student Prints, Great Expectations – narrative and non-fiction, and Calling Cards from twenty-one emerging filmmakers.

     

    Telluride Film Festival’s Education Programs present students the opportunity to experience film as an art and expand participants’ worldview through film screenings and filmmaker discussions. Celebrating its 25th year, the Student Symposium provides 50 graduate and undergraduate college students a weekend-long immersion in cinema. In honor of its anniversary, 25 new students and 25 alumni will make up the 2013 Symposium. The City Lights Project, now in its 14th year,brings fifteen high school students and five teachers from three divergent schools the opportunity to participate in a concentrated program of screenings and discussions. In 2011, TFF and UCLA’s School of Theater, Film and Television (UCLA-TFT) launched FilmLAB, an extraordinary new program giving ten outstanding graduate film students from UCLA/TFT the opportunity to attend the festival and learn from the greatest filmmakers in the world in a workshop/lab setting: and For The Love Of Movies, a Los Angeles High School Screening Program focusing on the most creatively promising and under-served young talent featuring the “Best” of Telluride Film Festival, managed by UCLA-TFT graduate students and with the participation of selected filmmakers and TFT faculty.

     

    Telluride Film Festival’s Talking Heads programs allow attendees to go behind the scenes with the Festival’s special guests. Eight Conversations take place between Festival guests and the audience about cinema and culture, and three outdoor Noon Seminars feature a panel of Festival guests discussing a wide range of film topics. These programs are free and open to the public. A special seminar, Alice & Friends, with panelists Alice Waters, Michael Pollan and Dieter Kosslick will focus on the issues at the intersection of food sustainability, consumption and art and will be followed by the presentation of Participant Media’s inaugural FOOD, INC. Movement Award to Alice Waters.

     

    Various Festivities take place throughout the Festival including Book Signings with Don DeLillo signing Libra and Underworld; Robyn Davidson signing Tracks; David Thomson signing Moments that Made the Movies; and Joyce Maynard signing Labor Day. Other festivities include Story Night in Brigadoon; Disney’s never-seen-before short GET A HORSE; and 40 Years of THE SHOW, presented by AMPAS featuring two 40th anniversary exhibitions from the Academy’s Telluride Film Collection, a photography display and clip reels highlighting TFF’s history from the Academy Film Archive to precede film screenings.

     

    Corporate support at Telluride Film Festival plays an essential role in the life of the Festival and underscores the Festival’s commitment to quality, adventure and distinction in the art of cinema. TFF is privileged to collaborate with some of the world’s most renowned consumer and entertainment brands, including Land Rover North America, Turner Classic Movies, Audible.com, Meyer Sound, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group, Pine Ridge Vineyards and Universal Studios; and excited to welcome new partners Bombardier Business Aircraft, EY, Film Finances, Inc. and Participant Media-- each of which are aligned with a unique feature of the festival. Equally, Telluride Film Festival is extremely proud of its committed relationships with Americas Film Conservancy, The London Hotels, Teatulia, The Hollywood Reporter, Cinedigm, Dolby, New Sheridan Hotel, Telluride Alpine Lodging, and UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television.

     

    The 40th Telluride Film Festival’s program will be posted in its entirety on Wednesday, August 29, 2013. Visit www.telluridefilmfestival.org to download the Program Guide.

     

    Film stills and Festival images available upon request. Email shannon@telluridefilmfestival.org for more information.

     

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    Made in Spain is a non-competitive selection showcasing Spanish films of the year, including productions previously premiered or not in Spain. The Festival offers these films an excellent international launch-pad.

    Eleven films will be shown at the 61st San Sebastian Film Festival starting September 20 until September 28.

    Some of these film have been awarded and presented in Malaga;Berlin,Toronto and Cannes Festivals.

     

    15 aÑos y un día - Gracia Querejeta

    Los amantes pasajeros - Pedro Almodóvar

    Ayer no termina nunca - Isabel Coixet

    Con la pata quebrada - Diego Galán

    Gente en sitios - Juan Cavestany

    Los ilusos - Jonás Trueba

    Invasor - Daniel Calparsoro

    Mapa - León Siminiani

    Otel·lo (Otelo) - Hammudi Al-Rahmoun Font

    Una pistola en cada mano - Cesc Gay

    La plaga - Neus Ballús

     


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  • 08/29/13--08:14: Made in Spain
  • Made in Spain


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  • 08/30/13--04:10: Hugh Jackman, Donostia Award
  • Hugh Jackman, Donostia Award

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    Submit today to the hottest new festival in Los Angeles!  Making its debut next April in a state of the art digital theater in the heart of the NoHo Arts District, the North Hollywood CineFest will boast a great run of independent films as well as provide an entertaining atmosphere and a fantastic networking opportunity with people in the biz.  Numerous notable film professionals will be present in this 4-day event.  The festival will prioritize great stories first and foremost.  You don't need celebrities in your film to be accepted.  Just a great story!  So don't wait.  Submit now!


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    Montreal Festival 2013 snapshots by Slidely - Slideshow maker

    Images by Leopoldo Soto

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    This was announced by Chairman of the Organizing Committee of the International Chicldren’s Television Festival “Dytiatko”, Chairman of Kharkiv Regional Council, Sergii Chernov, during press conference. The closing ceremony will take place on September 28.   
     
    Talking about the course of preparation of the festival being held with the aim of development of children’s television, raising professional level of television aiming at children’s audience, as well as at support to children’s creative studios, Sergii Chernov noted that the number of its participants grows every year. 
     
    In 2013, the Organizing Committee received applications from 103 participants who sent 276 works. Last year, 205 works from 84 participants took part in the contest program. 
     
    A majority of participants in this year’s festival are studios from Ukraine, there are 72 of them. Entries were also sent in from Russia, Byelorussia, Bulgaria, and Moldova.

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    “This year, 14 experts from 6 countries – Ukraine, Russia, Byelorussia, Germany, Greece, and Bulgaria, compose the professional jury of the television children’s festival ‘Dytiatko’. Children and teenagers from Kharkiv Region will compose the children’s jury,” said chairman of the festival’s organizing committee, Chairman of the Regional Council, Sergii Chernov.  

    Sergii Chernov explained that for the first time in the festival’s history the children’s jury will be composed of children who do not take part in the competition: “For the first time, the children’s jury will be composed not of the festival’s participants. At the beginning of the summer, the festival’s organizing committee and ‘Slobidsky kray’ regional newspaper launched a contest for those who wished to become members of the children’s jury of the festival. The participants were proposed to express their vision of what the children’s TV of the future should be. After the summing up of results, members of the jury will decide the fate of the nomination ‘The Best TV Programme Created For Children’ and will also have the opportunity to select the best from all the nominations and hand the authors the Children’s Jury Award. So I hope that this jury will be very demanding and principled.”  

    The composition of the Professional Jury of the 5th International Television Festival “Dytiatko”: 

    Chairperson:

    Marina Landa (Russia), presenter of “Karusel” TV Channel (1st Channel, World Network), author and presenter of “Radio Russia” programmes, art director of “Rainbow” Children’s Music Theater, composer of “Smeshariki” cartoon series. 

    Members::

    Sergii Bukovsky (Ukraine), film director, actor, author of documentary films;

    Nataliya Galuzo (Byelorussia), film director;

    Natalya Guzeyeva (Ukraine-Germany), children’s writer, script writer, member of Ukraine’s National Cinematographer Union;  

    Andriy Huk (Ukraine), manager of the Council of Europe Programme, “Strengthening institutional capacity of local authorities in Ukraine”;

    Sergii Gulevsky (Ukraine), Director General of the Kharkiv Regional Broadcasting Company;

    Andriy Kulykov (Ukraine), mass media expert, journalist, radio and TV presenter; 

    Alexandr Mikhailov (Bulgaria), Director of Art Amphora Festival, Member of the Eurasian TV and Radio Academy, CIFEJ member, composer; 

    Larysa Mudrak (Ukraine), Deputy Chairman of the National Television and Radio Broadcasting   Council of Ukraine;

    Athena Rikaki (Greece), President of the European Children’s Television Center, Member of CIFEJ;

    Nikolai Syomin (Russia), prorector of Moscow State University named after M.V.Lomonosov, head of the international cooperation department; 

    Leonid Storozhuk (Ukraine), docent of Kharkiv State Academy of Design and Fine Arts, member of Ukraine’s Artists Union, Merited Art Worker of Ukraine;

    David Shneiderov (Russia), film director, cinema journalist, TV and radio presenter, member of the Expert Council of the Guild of Cinema Experts and Cinema Critics of Russia, member of the Eurasian Academy of Television and Radio;

    Katerina Yaresko (Ukraine), Cand.Sc. (Ped.), Professor of the Chair of Social Pedagogics of Kharkiv National Pedagogical University named after H.Skovoroda.


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