Sundance Early Deadline; Toronto Plays a 'Violin'; Hollywood
Fest Fetes Jewison; Outfest Gets Sexy

Compiled by Aaron Krach and Tom Cunha

>>Sundance Accepts Early Submissions

Only six months away, The 1999 Sundance Film Festival has announced its
call for Early Submission for the American independent Feature Film
Competition. Begun last year, the early notification dates allows
filmmakers to submit to or accept invitations from, other Fall and
Winter festivals, such as Rotterdam and Berlin. Completed works can be
submitted between July 15 and August 7, for early notification by
September 14. The fee is $35. The regular deadlines for entries will be
October 2 for Short films and October 9 for American Independent and
Foreign Feature Films. You can download the application at

>>Toronto Picks Opener

The 23rd Toronto International film Festival will open September 10 with
the premiere of "The Red Violin," directed by Francois Girard and
written by Girard and Don McKellar ("Thirty-Two Short Films About Glenn
"). "Violin" stars Samuel L. Jackson and follows a violin through
hundreds of years over several continents. According to Variety, Toronto
will also host a gala screening of Robert Towne's, "Without Limits,"
about runner Steve Prefontaine.

>>The Hollywood Film Fest is "Moonstruck"

Norman Jewison, multi-Academy Award director of "Moonstruck," "In The
Heat of The Night
" and "Fiddler on the Roof," will be honored at the
upcoming Hollywood Film Festival. Jewison will be honored with the
festival's "Hollywood Outstanding Achievement in Directing Award."

>>Outfest Kicks Off With Some Sex

Outfest '98: The Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Film Festival gets under
way tonight with the L.A. premiere of P.J. Castellaneta's relationship ensemble
"Relax...It's Just Sex." Over two thousand are expected to attend tonight's
event which is followed by an after-party celebration. The near two week
festival runs through July 20th, where the premiere Tommy O'Haver's "Billy’s
Hollywood Screen Kiss
" at the Mann Chinese Theater will be the closing night
film. Among the films screening this year are Fenton Baily and Randy Barbato’s
documentary "Party Monster," John Huckert's "Hard," Damion Dietz's "Fag Hag" and
Rosa von Praunheim's "Gay Courage: 100 Years of Gay Movement.". For more
information about Outfest '98 call (213) 951-1247.