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    PARK CITY '07 | Sundance Reveals Premieres, Spectrum, Midnight and New Frontiers Lineups: Where Comm

    There are few cinematic happenings in the U.S. where spectators can stand face to face with Gwyneth Paltrow one moment and then witness a video installation sculpture involving bus-terminal televisions the next. Such is the Sundance Film Festival, where organizers announced the lineups today for the...

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    PARK CITY '07 | More Sundance Lineups Today

    The competition lineup for the 2007 Sundance Film Festival was unveiled yesterday here at indieWIRE.com and the rest of the feature film roster will be announced later today, at 4 p.m. EST, including films in the Premieres, Spectrum, New Frontier, and Park City at Midnight sections.

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    PARK CITY '07 | Sundance Unveils Competition Slates: Organizers Highlight Diversity, Innovation and

    The 2007 Sundance Film Festival, to be held Jan 18-28, is shining its spotlight on an enormously diverse collection of American independent films. The seen-that coming-of-age New York stories and dysfunctional family comedies are scarce, say festival organizers, replaced with complicated storylines ...

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    PARK CITY '07 | Morgen's "Chicago 10" to Open 2007 Sundance Film Festival

    The 2007 Sundance Film Festival will open with the world premiere of Brett Morgen's "Chicago 10," a new documentary about the 1968 protests around the Democratic covention in Chicago. This news is the first of a series of announcements coming this month from the Sundance Film Festival, which will announce its full lineup shortly after the Thanksgiving holiday in the U.S. According to Sundance planners, Morgen's film combines historical footage, interviews, animation and music to tell the story and also explore the subsequent Chicago Conspiracy Trial the following year. The 2007 Sundance Film Festival will kick-off on January 18, 2007 and cont...

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    DISPATCH FROM LOS ANGELES: International Stories Take Top Prizes as AFI Fest Wraps

    One week after announcing its U.S. distribution deal at the American Film Market, Jasmila Zbanic's "Grbavica: The Land of My Dreams" won the narrative grand jury prize at AFI Los Angeles International Film Festival. Winner of the Golden Bear at the Berlinale in February, the film is Bosnia and Herzegovina's official entry for the 2006 Best Foreign Language Film Academy Award and Strand Releasing is planning a 2007 release of the acclaimed feature film. Set in a contemporary Sarajevo still reeling from the aftermath of war, the film is the story of a single mother who lives with her rebellious twelve-year-old daughter in the Grbavica district...

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    AFI Fest Honors "Grbavica" and "Buddha's Lost Children" With Top Jury Prizes

    AFI Fest 2006 awarded its prizes Sunday in Los Angeles with Jasmila Zbanic's "Grbavica: The Land of My Dreams" winning the narrative grand jury prize at the festival. Bosnia and Herzegovina's official entry for the 2006 Best Foreign Language Film Academy Award, the film was recently acquired by Strand Releasing. Mark Verkerk's "Buddha's Lost Children" won the documentary grand jury prize. Feature audience awards went to Carla Garapedian's "Screamers" and Lucy Walker's "Blindsight" (tie, documentary) and Fredi M. Murer's "Vitus" (narrative). The festival will close tonight (Sunday) with the world premiere of Zhang Yimou's "Curse of the Golden ...

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    DISPATCH FROM LOS ANGELES: Mountains, Music, Genocide and More True Stories in AFI Fest Doc Competit

    As is often the case at U.S. film festivals, the documentary competition can present some of a festival's strongest works. A number of acclaimed new non-fiction films are having their U.S. premiere at AFI Fest 2006, alongside a selection of world premieres. From the Toronto International Film Festiv...

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    AFI Fest Invites Audience Feedback

    In a partnership with Audience by Withoutabox (a new online social network), AFI Fest is inviting its festival attendees to rate films, post comments, and review films after event screenings. Visitors can visit the new interactive website and keep blogs or access the social software via the on-site "Blog Bar" inside the box office at the fest's Arclight Cinemas Rooftop Village. The festival continues through November 12th. In a statement, festivals director Christian Gaines said:Our audiences are discoverers and tastemakers. It's wonderful for us to know what they think of the films we program, and for our filmmakers to get broader feedback. ...

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    DISPATCH FROM LOS ANGELES: Foreign Films Get AFI Fest Star Treatment

    AFI Fest rightfully styles itself as an international festival, showcasing foreign films from around the world in a city that is not always receptive to overseas fare. Though non-U.S. work may have difficulty at the box office during their regular rollouts in L.A., screenings are often full for foreign films at the AFI Los Angeles International Film Festival. In fact the festival has added three new sections this year, including a world cinema, African Voices and a "genre bending" Dark Horizons sidebar that includes science fiction/thriller titles from the U.K., U.S. and Asia. Additionally, this year's AFI is screening over a dozen best forei...

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    Sundance Unveils Global Short Film Project

    Sundance Institute announced today a plan to join forces with the GSM Association to create the Sundance Film Festival: Global Short Film Project. The pilot program will develop short films for mobile users worldwide, starting with work from Sundance fest alums who have been tapped to launch the initiative. Five new short films will be created by Sundance vets Jonathan Dayton & Valerie Faris ("Little Miss Sunshine"), Justin Lin ("Better Luck Tomorrow"), Maria Maggenti ("Puccini For Beginners"), Cory McAbee ("The American Astronaut") and Jody Hill ("The Foot Fist Way"). The shorts will debut at the 3GSM World Congress event in Barcelona in Feb...

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