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    ImaginAsian Gets "Journey From The Fall"

    Earlier this week, ImaginAsian Entertainment, Inc. announced its acquisition of all North American distribution rights to Ham Tran's "Journey from the Fall," which will open the San Diego Asian Film Festival on Thursday. The Vietnamese American film will be released in theaters next Spring, followed yb a DVD and VOD release to follow. The Sundance Film Festival selection won the best cinematography prize at the Milan International Film Festival, the audience award at the San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival, and the best actor award for Long Nguyen as well as a special jury award for Ham Tran at the Newport Beach Film Fest...

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    Academy Names 8 Film Short List or Short Doc Category

    The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) has unveiled the short list of the 8 films competing for nominations in the Documentary Short Subject at the upcoming Academy Awards. Three to five of the following will be nominated for an Oscar in the short doc category: "The Blood of Yingzho...

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    Thomas to Receive EFA Prize

    Producer Jeremy Thomas will be honored at the European Film Awards, on December 2nd. He will be presented the European Achievement in World Cinema 2006 - Prix Screen International, honoring "the outstanding contribution by a European film professional to the world of cinema." Among Thomas' productio...

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    Pusan Readies 11th Annual Festival in South Korea; PIFF Opens 2006 Event With "Trace of Love"

    The 11th edition of the Pusan International Film Festival (PIFF) kicks off Thursday in South Korea, offering some 245 films from 63 countries, in ten festival sections. Kicking off the increasingly important Asian film event is Kim Daeseung's "Trace of Love," a very popular film that organizers said...

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    AFI Fest to Close with "Curse of the Golden Flower"

    The world premiere of Zhang Yimou's "Curse of the Golden Flower" will close the 2006 edition of AFI Fest, the AFI Los Angeles International Film Festival, organizers announced today. The film, starring Chow Yun Fat, Gong Li and Jay Chou, is a Sony Pictures Classics release and will end the festival on November 12, 2006. It is China's official selection for the Oscar's Best Foreign Film category. Organizers also announced the International Competition jurors for the festival, which will include film critic John Anderson, actor/director/writer Vondie Curtis Hall, actress Lisa Gay Hamilton, actress Daryl Hannah, actress Christine Lahti, distribu...

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    LAT: The stuff of movies: Film fest feud

    With the first Rome Film Festival set to kick-off in Italy, the Los Angeles Times looks at the rivalry between the Rome event and the long-running Venice Film Festival

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    FESTIVAL DISPATCH: Intimate and a "Best Kept Secret" -- Reykjavik Honors "Grbavica" and "Overcome"

    Last year, I traveled to the Reykjavik International Film Festival and felt lucky to have discovered an intimate festival whose organizers took great care in both curating an eclectic mix of mostly European and some North American-oriented fare, while they also pay close attention to facilitating a ...

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    "Grbavica" and "Drommen" Win Reykjavik Prizes

    Jasmila Zbanic's "Grbavica" won the Discovery of the Year award at the third Reykjavik International Film Festival with a special mention going to "Fresh Air" by Agnes Kocsis. The fest's People's Choice prize went to "Drommen" (Denmark), while the FIPRESCI award went to "Red Road" by Andrea Arnold, ...

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    Lynch Acquires New Lynch Film? Filmmaker Planning to Self-Distribute "Inland Empire"

    David Lynch will self-distribute his latest film, "Inland Empire" in the United States and Canada, according to a report by Gregg Goldstein in The Hollywood Reporter. At a press conference in New York on Friday, when asked about the status of a deal for the movie, Lynch said that the film was "technically" without distribution...now the details are becoming clearer. According to the HR story:Lynch will work with well-known theatrical and home video partners to launch his epic fever dream of a film, retaining all rights to the low-budget project in each service deal. The partnerships will be announced within the next week. A release slated bef...

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    WORLD CINEMA: Sure-Fire Contenders and New Rules Face Off in Foreign Oscar Race

    For Hollywood, the Oscar race is just getting started. But for nations around the world, the competition kicked off last Monday -- the deadline to submit paperwork for the Best Foreign Language Award category. In just two weeks, the complete official list of eligible films will be announced, and the...

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