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    CANNES '06: Lineup Set for 45th International Critics' Week Section

    Each year seven features and seven shorts are selected for the 45th annual International Critics' Week sidebar to the official selection at the Festival de Cannes. Focusing on first and second features, this year's lineup (running May 18 - 26 in Cannes) includes a particularly heavy focus on Latin A...

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    From here to Iberia, the San Francisco International Film Festival

    Heroic firefighters, the eeriest simian costumes since "Planet of the Apes," a "Baywatch" star-as-activist, fierce flamenco dancers, and a rushing tide of watermelon juice: Welcome to the first four days of the 49th annual San Francisco International Film Festival.

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    Sundance Institute Selects 14 Projects for 2006 June Directing/Screenwriting Labs

    Fourteen projects have been selected for the Sundance Institute's June Director's and Screenwriters Labs, taking place at the Sundance Resort in Utah from May 29 - June 29, 2006. Nine directing fellows have been chosen to work with advisors on their work, while the six writers will join the director...

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    CANNES '06: Previewing The 59th Festival de Cannes, 61 Films From Some 30 Countries

    With just under a month before the 59th Festival de Cannes kicks off in the South of France, organizers unveiled the anticipated lineup for the annual event, a high point on the festival calendar and a leading marketplace for new films. Offering a total 61 films from some 30 countries that will screen in this year's Official Selection, the 2006 edition includes 48 world premieres with 19 competition films from 13 countries. Eight titles are in the official selection coming from first-time feature-length filmmakers. As previously announced, Ron Howard's world premiere of "The Da Vinci Code" will open the festival May 17th and Algerian/French d...

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    Lineup Unveiled for 59th Festival de Cannes

    In France this morning, the lineup was announced for the upcoming Festival de Cannes (May 17 - 28, 2006). The event will open with Ron Howard's Hollywood studio film "The Da Vinci Code" from Ron Howard, and close with Tony Gatlif's "Transylvania." Nineteen films will screen in competition and a smal...

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    Buzzing About the Upcoming Al Gore Doc

    Davis Guggenheim's "An Inconvenient Truth," featuring Al Gore and his struggle to raise awareness about global warming, is getting more and more buzz. (It debuted at Sundance this year and was subsequently acquired by Paramount's unnamed specialty division). The film is expected to be on the list of...

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    George Lucas to Serve as "Guest Director" at 2006 Los Angeles Film Festival

    George Lucas will serve as the guest director for the 2006 Los Angeles Film Festival, taking place Westwood Village from Thursday, June 22, through Sunday, July 2, Film Independent executive director Dawn Hudson announced Wednesday evening. As guest director, Lucas will create a special sidebar program of films for the festival, which will include a selection of movies that have inspired his work. In other LAFF news, the festival retreat will be hosted at Skywalker Ranch in Marin County, in Northern California. "As a pioneer and innovator, George Lucas values the ideas, goals and artistry that Film Independent champions," said Hudson in a s...

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    Sundance Unveils Fellowship Recipients

    Jake Mahaffy has been selected as the recipient of the inaugural Lynn Auerbach Screenwriting Fellowship from the Sundance Institute, for his script, "Freed In Deed." Mahaffy will receive a $2,500 cash award and the support of Sundance Institute Screenwriter Advisors Howard Rodman and Doug Wright. Th...

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    18 Filmmakers Set for Cannes Atelier du Festival Program

    For the second Atelier du Festival this year, 18 filmmakers have been selected to travel to France during the event to participate (along with their producers) in meetings intended to further new projects. Chosen for this year's program, organized by the Cannes Cinefondation, are Teboho Mahlatsi (South Africa), Santiago Palavecino (Argentina), Christina Andreef (Australia), Bernard Bellefroid (Belgium), Jose Luis Torres Leiva (Chile), Wang Bing (China), Goran Rusinovic (Croatia), Luiso Berdejo (Spain), Cruz Angeles (United States), Richard Press (United States), Fabrice Genestal (France), Michelange Quay (Haiti), Dev Benegal (India), Dover Ko...

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    Sundance Sets Slate for BAM Event

    Celebrating its 25th Anniversary, the Sundance Institute has announced plans for its new "Sundance Institute at BAM" event, featuring a series of film, theater, musical performances, panel discussions, filmmaker Q&A sessions and other events in Brooklyn from May 11 - 21. The fifteen features from this year's Sundance Film Festival that will screen include, on opening night, Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Ferris' "Little Miss Sunshine," Heidi Specogna's "The Short Life of Jose Antonio Gutierrez," Hilary Brougher's "Stephanie Daley," James Longley's "Iraq in Fragments," Michael Cain and Matt Radecki's "TV Junkie," Matthew Barney, Richard Prince, M...

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