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    Sundance 2010: World Cinema Narrative Competition

    This year’s 14 films were selected from 1,022 international narrative feature submissions.

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    Thessaloniki Turns 50 Amidst Boycott

    The 50th anniversary of the Thessaloniki International Film Festival, which concluded on Sunday, was a mix of triumph and controversy. With more than 250 features and shorts screened from around the world and numerous film-related art exhibits and other parallel events, the festival commemorate...

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    "Ajami" Tops at Thessaloniki

    A jury led by director Theo Angelopoulos presented Scandar Copti and Yaron Shani's "Ajami" with the Golden Alexander for Best Feature Film at the 50th Thessaloniki International Film Festival this weekend, along with an award of 40,000 euros. The Silver Alexander and prize of 25,000 euros was given ...

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    IDFA: Emotional Start to World's Most Important Doc Fest

    Veteran directors Frederic Wiseman, D.A. Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus are among the documentary mavericks attending the 22nds International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA), which opened last night in the Netherlands' largest city. The festival is considered the most important in the world...

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    Dubai Readies for 6th Outing with World Cinema Focus

    Twenty films will screen in the upcoming Dubai International Film Festival's "Cinema of the World" line up. "Gritty dramas" and "controversial documentaries" from Denmark, France and Peru are part of the roster, fest organizers unveiled. The sixth DIFF takes place December 9 - 16 in the United Arab ...

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    Scott Foundas: "I think any organization has to change with time"

    The rumor-mill expected it, and The Film Society of Lincoln Center's executive director Mara Manus officially confirmed Wednesday afternoon the appointment of L.A. Weekly critic Scott Foundas as the group's new Associate Program Director, replacing Kent Jones who left earlier this year to join Marti...

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    A New World Order? Looking at AFI and Doha Tribeca Fests

    I traveled to two festivals on opposite ends of the globe last week and saw two vastly different approaches to adapting large film events to the new economic realities.

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    AFI Fest | Tapping in the Power of Free

    The 2009 edition of AFI Fest, which opened last Friday in Hollywood with the North American premiere of Wes Anderson's "Fantastic Mr. Fox," reflects radical changes made in the past year to the basic DNA of the American Film Institute's annual fall event. The festival's central venue has shifted fro...

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    Sundance Fest Going Nationwide, For One Night Only

    For one night during the 2010 Sundance Film Festival, the event will expand beyond Park City, UT to theaters in eight American cities. On January 28, 2010, eight Sundance '10 filmmakers will take their films from San Franciso, CA to Brooklyn, NY and beyond. Dubbed Sundance Film Festival U.S.A, the n...

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    Thessaloniki Confirms 240 Film Slate

    With less than ten days to go before the 50th Thessaloniki International Film Festival kicks off, the festival has announced its full slate of 240 films, as well as its seven member jury to judge the fest's international competition. Theo Angelopoulos will head a jury that will eventually give 40,00...

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