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    AFI Fest To Celebrate 20 Years

    AFI Fest, the AFI Los Angeles International Film Festival, will celebrate 20 years and add a day for this year's edition as they mark their anniversary and commemorate fifteen year of FILMEX, the LA festival that was the predecessor to AFI Fest. The event will kick-off on Wednesday, November 1st and...

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    Reuters: Toronto film festival promises stars, premieres

    The 31st annual Toronto International Film Festival will attract more star power than usual this year with Brad Pitt, Russell Crowe, Jennifer Lopez, Reese Witherspoon and Sean Penn among the Oscar winners and Hollywood heavyweights expected to attend. Actors Liam Neeson, Jude Law, Dustin Hoffman, Pe...

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    TORONTO '06: The Complete Lineup - 352 Films

    352 films from 61 countries are on tap for the 2006 Toronto International Film Festival, which will open on September 7th with the previously announced world premiere of Zacharias Kunuk and Norman Cohn's "The Journals of Knud Rasmussen." Organizers today unveiled the complete lineup for next month's...

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    Noyce, Spike, Macdonald, and More Lead List of Toronto Fest's African and African Diaspora Titles

    The 31st Toronto International Film Festival has unveiled ten films from 12 countries will be a part of the event's line up of African and African Diaspora cinema. With topics ranging form the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina to a black female messiah superhero, the newly announced titles include six ...

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    Toronto Adds Arctic Doc, Childrens Program and Mozart Movies for Upcoming Fest

    Theirry Piantanido and Thierry Ragobert's "The White Planet" has been added as a gala presentation at the upcoming Toronto International Film Festival. The film, made in collaboration with Jean Lemire, is a documentary that explores thte Arctic. In other fest news, organizers announed a new Sprockets Family Zone program, featuring moves for children, and also announced that they will present seven film commissioned for Vienna's upcoming New Crowned Hope Festival celebrating the 250th anniversary of Mozart's birth. Participating filmmakers include Bahman Ghobadi with "Half Moon", Apichatpong Weerasethakul with "Syndromes and a Century", Tsai M...

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    Toronto Fest Sets Industry Awards

    The Toronto International Film Festival has announced the launch of the CFTPA Producer's Award, a juried prize honoring a producer with a film screening at the festival. The winner will receive a $10,000 CAD cash award. In a statement, Kelley Alexander, Director of Industry Initiatives, said, "The CFTPA created this Award to recognize the hard work and dedication that making films represents, and to encourage further success. The CFTPA Producer Award gives much deserved profile to producers in this country. Also on tap this year is the annual Telefilm Canada Pitch This! competition. Six finalists are vying for $10,000 CAD cash award to help ...

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    Toronto Fest Sets More Premieres

    Organizers of the Toronto International Film Festival have announced another crop of films set to screen at next month's event. World premieres will include Christopher Guest's "For Your Consideration," looking inside the film industry and awards season and featuring Eugene Levy, Catherine O'Hara, Michael McKean, Christopher Guest, Harry Shearer, Fred Willard, Bob Balaban, Jennifer Coolidge, Rachael Harris, Jane Lynch, Jim Piddock, Parker Posey, John Michael Higgins and Ricky Gervais. Also on tap are the world premieres of Christsopher N. Rowley's "Bonneville" about three women on a cross country road trip (starring Jessica Lange, Kathy Bates...

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    Toronto Maps Out 20 Titles for 2006 Discovery Section for New Filmmakers

    Twenty films are set to screen in this year's Discovery program at the 2006 Toronto International Film Festival, so far. Organizers unveiled 13 new films that will be seen in the section, joining the seven previously announced titles. The eleven year old section spotlights new filmmakers from around...

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    Toronto Fest Launches Vanguard Section; 11 Films Set So Far

    The Toronto International Film Festival will unveil a new Vanguard section at this year's festival, offering a program of films that "are stylistically bold, structurally playful and appeal to adventurous, risk-taking audiences." Announcing the new section today, organizers also unveiled a eleven of the films set to screen in the program. On tap so far are the world premieres of Geoffrey Wright's "Macbeth" (Australia), Pascal Arnold and Marc Barr's "Chacun Sa Nuit" (France), Antti-Jussi Annila's "Jade Warrior" (Finland/China/Estonia), and John Barker's "Bunny Chow" (South Africa). In a statement, festival co-director Noah Cowan said:"The Fest...

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    Toronto To Fete Doc "Dixie Chicks - Shut Up and Sing" with Gala Screening

    Oscar-winning filmmaker Barbara Kopple ("American Dream") will screen her latest film, "Dixie Chicks - Shut Up and Sing" at the 31st Toronto International Film Festival. Co-directed by Cecilia Peck, the film will be presented as a Gala Presentation, and is the first time in 14 years that TIFF has screened a doc as a gala. On stage at a 2003 London concert Natalie Maines, lead singer of Texan trio the Dixie Chicks, spoke these 15 words to a small audience at the start of their sold-out international tour: "Just so you know, we're ashamed the President of the United States is from Texas." The comment was delivered on the eve of the American in...

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