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    "Vid Bank" Takes Berlin's Golden Bear For Short Films

    At the 60th Annual Berlin International Film Festival this morning, the International Short Film Jury awarded the Golden Bear and the Jury-Prize Silver Bear, the DAAD Short Film Award and the nomination for the European Film Academy Short Film 2010.

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    Paladin Has "Great Directors"

    New York-based independent film company Paladin, formed last fall by distribution veteran Mark Urman, announced today that it will release Angela Ismailos' doc "Great Directors," which celebrates films and filmmaking by interviewing ten of the world's most acclaimed living directors. The documentary...

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    Panahi Denied Permission to Attend Berlinale

    Jafar Panahi, one of Iran's most important directors and honorary guest of this year's Berlinale, has been denied permission to leave Iran, according to a press release from the Berlin International Film Festival earlier today. With his film 'The Circle,' Panahi won Venice's Golden Lion in 2000; and...

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    "Picture Me" at Strand

    Strand Releasing has acquired all US rights to "Picture Me," a documentary by Ole Schell and Sara Ziff which foes behind the scenes to chronicle the glitzy world of high fashion modeling, from photo shoots with celebrated photographers to runway shows in New York, Milan, and Paris.

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    Scorsese and von Trier Deny Collaboration

    While Martin Scorsese and Lars von Trier met briefly here at the Berlin International Film Festival, the two filmmakers are not collaborating, a rep for Scorsese told indieWIRE today.

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    IFC To "Boogie Woogie"

    IFC Films has announced that it has acquired North American rights to Duncan Ward's "Boogie Woogie." They will release the film theatrically on April 23rd and nationwide on video on demand beginning April 21st.

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    "Locker," "Cove" Among ACE Eddie Winners

    Kathryn Bigelow's "The Hurt Locker" continued its pre-Oscar domination over James Cameron's "Avatar," beating it out for the American Cinema Editors' annual ACE Eddie awards. "Locker" editors Bob Murawski and Chris Innis beat out "Avatar" editors James Cameron, John Refua and Stephen Rivkin, as wel...

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    "Exam," "Jaakob" and "People" Take Top Prizes at 25th Santa Barbara Fest

    The U.S. debut of "Exam," Finland's "Letters to Father Jaakob" and doc "Enemies of the People" were among the top winners Sunday, capping the 25th Santa Barbara International Film Festival, with winners unveiled at a morning brunch in the picturesque California seaside enclave. Stuart Hazeldine's "E...

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    Box Office: "Khan" Strong For Searchlight; Two Docs Find Nice NYC Debuts (UPDATED)

    The year may have its first specialty hit in Karan Johar's "My Name Is Khan," which Fox Searchlight released in North America this weekend just as it was making its premiere at the Berlin International Film Festival overseas. The film - about a Muslim who suffers from Asperger's sundrome who is detained at LAX after 9/11 after security mistakes his disability for suspicious behavior - grossed a fantastic $1,860,000 on 120 screens over the three day weekend. According to estimates provided by Rentrak earlier this afternoon, that made for a $15,500 average - the highest of any film in release (including $50 million+ grossing "Valentine's Day,...

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    At Fortissimo, Winterbottom's Latest to Star Firth, Sturgess

    A new political thriller from Michael Winterbottom, set in British ruled Palestine at the end of World War II, will star Colin Firth, Jim Sturgess and Matthew Macfadyen. The project, "The Promised Land" (produced by Revolution Films’ Andrew Eaton), is being sold worldwide by Fortissimo Films at the ...

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