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    Doha Tribeca Fest | Honest Local Stories are Key for New Filmmakers to Succeed

    Consistent with most young festivals, the Doha Tribeca Film Festival has its share of films that have made their way through the festival circuit, with some already in release in the U.S., including "The September Issue," "An Education," "Capitalism: A Love Story" and "Bright Star" as well as films still to find a "cinema near you," like "Racing Dreams" and "South of the Border." But being that this is a Middle Eastern event, DTFF has particularly focused on Arab work that have screened at some international fests, including Najwa Najjar's Palestinian-produced "Pomegranates and Myrrh" (which screened at last year's Dubai fest), a story of new...

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    Stepping Into The Past

    As long as I’ve been attending the San Francisco Silent Film Festival I’ve been promising myself to visit the Niles Essanay Silent Film Museum...and this year I finally got there. It’s an easy drive over the Bay Bridge to Fremont, California and the charming village of Niles, which looks much as it did when G.M. “Bronco Billy” Anderson discovered it in the teens and decided to build a studio there. Dedicated volunteers have restored the theater on Niles Boulevard that once showed silent films and turned it into a wonderful museum, filled with evocative memorabilia and early filmmaking equipment. It’s als...

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    Scorsese, Royals and Some Chaos at Doha Tribeca Fest Opening

    Huge local crowds, a little bit of chaos and international stars turned out Thursday night for the official opening of the inaugural Doha Tribeca Film Festival in the Persian Gulf state of Qatar. The I.M. Pei designed Museum of Islamic Art served as the very impressive backdrop for the festival's opening night pre-reception and screening of Mira Nair's "Amelia." Three-thousand locals along with international guests turned up on the museum's expansive grounds along the coast, with director Martin Scorsese, Mira Nair, Oscar-nominated actress Patricia Clarkson and others joining the Tribeca Film Festival's Jane Rosenthal, Craig Hatkoff and Geoff...

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    Colin Firth to be Feted at 25th Santa Barbara Film Fest

    Colin Firth will be honored with the "Outstanding Performance of the Year Award" at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival on February 13. The actor will be recognized for his role in Tom Ford's Toronto '09 feature, "A Single Man," which the Weinstein Company picked up in September.

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    Three Set For Rotterdam's 2010 Competition

    Ben Russell's "Let Each One Go Where He May," Anocha Suwichakornpong's "Mundane History" and Pedro Gonzalez-Rubio's "To the Sea" have been announced as part of the International Film Festival Rotterdam's VPRO Tiger Awards Competition 2010. The festival additionally announced that the 2010 festival j...

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    Gay neo-Nazis Perk up otherwise Lackluster Rome Film Festival

    The International Rome Film Festival, which comes to a close tomorrow, announced its winner tonight in an awards ceremony in the Parco della musica, the festival's labyrinthine main hub on the outskirts of the Eternal City.

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    The Celluloid Ceiling: Thoughts From Five Women Who Broke Through

    Last night at the London Film Festival, to an audience of possibly 90% women, a lively and at times quite provocative discussion went down about a topic that's come up quite a bit this year - women and filmmaking. 2009 has been seen by many as landmark film for female-directed, written or produced ...

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    Sneak Preview: Nine 2009 AFI Fest Shorts to Watch For

    AFI Fest Director of Programming Robert Koehler granted indieWIRE an extensive preview of the shorts playing this year's festival, which runs October 30 - November 7 in Hollywood, California. Explaining in great detail why he and Senior Programmer Lane Kneedler selected the nine films in the officia...

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    cinemadaily | Despite "Second City Syndrome," Chicago Fest Prevails

    The awards may have already been handed out, but the 45th Chicago International Film Festival doesn't officially wrap until tomorrow. Catch up with the coverage coming out of the festival:

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    Stylish By Design: Two Production Designers In Conversation

    Andrew McAlpine and Eugenio Caballero - two representatives of production design, a generally underexposed side of the filmmaking process - sat down for "Stylish By Design," a panel put on by both the London Film Festival and the British Academy of Film and Television Arts Monday night. At BAFTA's headquarters in London's West End, McAlpine and Caballero opened up about their craft to moderator and former editor of Empire Magazine Mark Salisbury. Both designers have films screening at the festival (and design-wise, they're very different) - McAlpine with Lone Scherfig's "An Education" and Caballero with Jim Jarmusch's "The Limits of Control...

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