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    CANNES '08 | International Critics' Week Line-up Announced

    The International Critics' Week, a parallel section of the Cannes Film Festival, has dedicated itself to discovering new talents. Among the filmmakers whose first or second feature films were showcased during the program are Bernardo Bertolucci, Ken Loach, Wong Kar Wai and Francois Ozon. In the past few years, the program has received particular attention for winning 4 of last 5 Camera d'Or (which is awarded to best first feature film among all sections of Cannes). Last year, that winner was "Jellyfish" by Etgar Keret and Shira Geffen. The 47th line-up was announced Thursday, with 7 features and 7 shorts in competition, including the lone Ame...

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    CANNES '08 | Dardennes, Desplechin, Egoyan, Eastwood, Martel, Salles, Soderbergh, and Wenders Among

    A number of familiar names are set to compete at the 61st Festival de Cannes organizers announced today in Paris, revealing the official selection of 52 feature films during a morning press conference. While the fest has yet to designate its opening and closing films, nineteen features are set to vi...

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    CANNES '08 | L'Affiche: Inspired By Lynch

    Cinema poster artist Pierre Collier has created the poster and visual identity for the 61st Festival de Cannes, inspired by a photograph by David Lynch. The festival will run May 14th through 25th. Check out the image on indieWIRE's Cannes blog.

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    Changing Industry: As Dentler Moves to Cinetic's New Rights Management Division, A Pierson Steps in

    Rising expectations for the future of film distribution paved the way for a pair of important industry moves within the independent movie industry today. Word that SXSW Film Festival head Matt Dentler would leave the increasingly important South by Southwest festival to join a new arm of Cinetic Med...

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    iW NEWS | Janet Pierson Named New Producer of SXSW Film Fest; Dentler Heading to Cinetic

    Janet Pierson has been named the new producer of the SXSW Film Festival and Conference, the organization has just announced. Matt Dentler, who has served as producer of the fest since 2004, has accepted a position in New York City to head the marketing and programming operations of Cinetic Media's new digital rights management unit, the festival said in an announcement. Pierson has a long history in the independent film world. In 1986 she and husband John Pierson began producer rep work that eventually lead to the release of groundbreaking work including "Roger and Me," "She's Gotta Have It," "Slacker" and "Clerks." A board member of the Aust...

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    The Week in Fests | Malaga, Udine, and Vail

    The latest from the festival scene this week. A link exchange by Variety.com and indieWIRE.

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    AFP: Cult director Tarantino to deliver Cannes Masterclass

    Cult award-winning film director Quentin Tarantino is to give this year's Cinema Masterclass at Cannes, the world's premier film festival. AFP reports.

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    CANNES '08 | 4th Atelier Slate Set

    Fifteen projects are set for the 4th Atelier of the Cinefondation at the Festival de Cannes, facilitating industry meetings aimed at securing financing and additional support for new films. On this year's roster for the program are "Cure For Serpents" directed by Ben Hackworth (Australia), "Bitch" directed by Lou Ye (China), "The Stoplight Society" directed by Ruben Mendoza (Columbia), "One More Croissant" directed by Ilmar Raag (Estonia), "Here" directed by Braden King (USA), "Lucky Life" directed by Lee Isaac Chung (USA), "Qu'un seul tienne, et les autres suivront" directed by Lea Fehner (France), "Womb" directed by Benedek Fliegauf (Hunga...

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    HR | The Cannes plan comes together

    Tipping new films from Steven Soderberg, Woody Allen and Michael Winterbottom for the 61st Festival de Cannes 2008, Hollywood Reporter surveys some of the films likely to screen at the 2008 festival (May 14 - 25).

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    iW NEWS | "Throw Down Your Heart" and "Cook County" Win Audience Nods at SXSW

    The SXSW Film Conference & Festival announced its final audience award winners, with Sascha Paladino's doc "Throw Down Your Heart" taking the prize in the festival's music themed 24 Beats per Second section and David Pomes' small-town drug drama "Cook County" winning in the Lone Star States section....

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