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QuickShots | Locarno, Mourning Hughes, MovieHatch, Stallone in Venice, Zurich & Romania Fests

Locarno, Switzerland. Photo by Jonny Leahan

Locarno Film Festival: Swiss Bliss

It might be located in a part of the world famous for its neutrality, but don't let that fool you: The Locarno International Film Festival is an edgy little event that isn't afraid to choose sides. Despite the challenge of blending the diverse cultural influences of the region -- the German-speaking north, the French-speaking west and Italians from the south -- the 62-year-old festival, which runs Aug. 5-15 in Switzerland, is steadily forging a strong reputation for innovative, provocative programming that manages to attract both a large public audience and a sizable industry presence. Rebecca Leffler reports for HR.

Friends, family mourn John Hughes

In addition to family and friends, colleagues such as Vince Vaughn, Ben Stein and Matthew Broderick gathered Tuesday at the Wenban Funeral Home in Lake Forest for Hughes' memorial service. AP reports.

MovieHatch hosts Screenplay competition

Film and television production company MovieHatch.com, is spearheading a feature film screenplay competition that could lead to a production deal of up to $10M. The contest encourages budding filmmakers and screenwriters to enter video pitches and synopses which will post on the MovieHatch website. The deadline is September 15th, 2009 and the corresponding full-length scripts are due into MovieHatch Productions by September 17th, 2009. Visitors to the site will become "Public Producers" by voting on the pitches. A panel of prominent industry professionals will judge the Public Producers top ten selections, with each having an opportunity to go into production or development. For more information, visit their website.

Venice To Honor Stallone

The Venice Film Festival will honor American actor and director Sylvester Stallone with the Jaeger-LeCoultre Glory to Filmmaker Award at this year's festival. The prize, which is "dedicated to an artist who has left his mark on contemporary cinema," has previously gone to Takeshi Kitano, Agnes Varda and Abbas Kiarostami. Variety reports.

Zurich Launches Industry Conference

The Zurich Film Festival is introducing a new International Industry Day Conference at the festival's upcoming fifth edition, which runs from September 24-October 4, 2009. "The event will encompass panel discussions involving industry and creative types from Europe and North America to foster stronger relationships and information exchange," Screen's Jeremy Kay wrote. Screen Daily reports.

Bucharest transforms to Romania Int'l Film Festival

The former Bucharest International Film Festival has changed its name and becomes the Romania International Film Festival. The first Ro-IFF takes place in less than two months in the City of Arad, September 27 to October 4. The official competition - called CineBlackSea - focuses films that must have been produced in either Russia, Republic of Moldavia, Ukraina, Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaidjan, Bulgaria,Turquie, Greece or Romania. There are separate competitions for feature films as well as short films and documentaries. CineBlackSea is meant to be a link "between countries that recent history kept apart in different social, political and economic ways."

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