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    "Dinner" Served Best of the Festival at PS ShortFest

    Hungarian film "The Dinner" (Vacsora) by Karchi Perlmann won the "Best of the Festival Award" at the 2009 Palm Springs International ShortFest. The film, which tells the wry tale of a hapless pig farmer whose minor domestic accident turns into a wholly unexpected catastrophe for all involved, took a...

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    "Wah Do Dem" and "Those Who Remain" Cap a Crazy Week in LA

    Sam Fleischner and Ben Chace's "Wah Do Dem" (What They Do) took the Target Filmmaker Award on a beautiful Sunday afternoon in Los Angeles, while Juan Carlos Rulfo and Carlos Hagerman's "Those Who Remain" (Los Que se Quedan) took documentary kudos at a ceremony at the Armand Hammer Museum.

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    Woman on The Verge: "Surrogate" Director Shalom Ezer Breaks Out In Edinburgh

    Unfortunately, the reason many in the international film world first heard of writer-director Tali Shamon Ezer's "Surrogate" was not because of the film itself, but because of its place at the center of a bit of a storm between director Ken Loach and the Edinburgh International Film Festival. A few...

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    What a Week! Michael Jackson, "Public Enemies" and "Bananas!" at LAFF

    Los Angeles once again found itself centerstage for the world's media Thursday morning with the news that Farrah Fawcett's long battle with cancer came to an end with her death in Santa Monica. The day only became more dramatic only several miles away in Westwood, home of the Los Angeles Film Festiv...

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    Shorts Bloom in June: 12 to Watch from Toronto & Palm Springs

    Now that the 2009 Canadian Film Centre’s Worldwide Short Film Festival and the 2009 Palm Springs International ShortFest are scheduled back-to-back, June has become the best month to enjoy a broad sampling of international short filmmaking. With 295 shorts from 46 countries screening in Toronto from June 16 – 21, 2009 and Palm Springs showcasing 315 from 41 countries from June 23- 29, 2009, never before have so many shorts been shown in such a concentrated time period. With death and dogs proving to be reoccurring elements in many of the films, here (in alphabetical order) is an overview of a dozen standout shorts screening at two of Nort...

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    No Money, No Time, No Script: Meadows & Considine Experiment In Edinburgh

    No strangers to Edinburgh or to each other, Shane Meadows and Paddy Considine treated Edinburgh International Film Festival-goers to a rather curious event last night: the world premiere of their 30,000 pound ($50,000 USD) mockumentary "Le Donk and Scor-zay-zee," which was shot in just five days, an...

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    Provincetown: Still a Terrific Weekend Fest, Even with Less Cash

    Perhaps few other small towns in America scream "Film Festival" more than Provincetown. Among its small population of under 4,000 (which swells in Summer) are artists and an eclectic mix of families (gay and straight), singles, drag queens, frat guys and most likely anything in between - not to ment...

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    The World As We Know It Is Over? 10 Insights on the Movie Biz

    "The way we operate is being dissected and reassembled in front of our eyes," noted Endgame's James D. Stern in a keynote speech at the Los Angeles Film Festival over the weekend (which was published in its entirety by indieWIRE). Later that day, a panel of key industry players gathered at the fest'...

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    A Lord's Call To Arms: David Puttnam Addresses Edinburgh

    "I've always believed that cinema has a significant political role to play in times of crisis, such as those we are currently living in," Lord David Puttnam said in a passionate keynote address of the Edinburgh International Film Festival yesterday. "At its best, cinema does retain a remarkable abil...

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    A Non-Fiction Weekend: 9 Great SilverDocs Moments

    As with many fests, 2009 marked a year of transition for SilverDocs. Founding director Patricia Finneran left the fest, and programmer Sky Sitney became Artistic Director. On the programming side, any additional responsibilities seem only to have spurred Sitney to greater triumphs, as the fest put ...

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