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    Guadalajara Film Festival (FICG) and European Film Promotion (EFP)

    Guadalajara Film Festival (FICG) and European Film Promotion (EFP) are working together in several interconnected ways. This one focuses on strengthening the presence of European films in Latin America. EFP's Film Sales Support (FSS) helps support promotional campaigns of 10 European films origina...

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    San Diego Latino Film Festival

    As the 2010 Census has predicted, the Latino population has grown to over 30% in San Diego County and is the fast-growing population in U.S.. What better way to CELEBRATE & spotlight this new data & sweeping change in our Country, than at the 2011 San Diego Latino Film Festival in its 18th year. Lisa Franek joined the festival almost straight out of college and has been given such leeway by the San Diego Media Arts Center to create the festival as she sees it and has shaped it into an event that brings out the Latino community in a way that art house theaters showing similar Latino films envy. Plus she gets to travel to the best festivals. ...

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    Gun Hill Road

    I am finally catching up with some of what I missed at Sundance -- just in time for Cannes!. This one I had heard about from a acting school colleague of Rashaad before Sundance was announced. Now I have finally seen the film! Wow! It is so strong and uncompromising, I actually had a tough time staying with these characters, so strongly into their own world were they. The realism of their characters, flaws and strengths, the realism of those rough South Bronx streets, the grittiness and proximity were palpable. This film will remain with me for a long time to come. Esai Morales and Judy Reyes were great. And the young man...who is he?...

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    International Sales Agent of the Day: Figa

    Figa Films Marimbas From Hell just won the $20,000 Ibero Grand Jury Prize in the Miami International Film Festival. This premiered at San Sebastian 2010 and went on to play TIFF 10. Directed by Julio Hernández Cordón, whose Gasolina made an international splash, is now in production on another film to keep in your sites. Marimbas tells the story of Don Alfonso, a deliveryman who also plays marimbas, the traditional Guatemalan instrument who approaches an underground heavy-metal legend, Blacko, suggesting the two fuse their styles. What results is a distinct Guatemalan story that represents one of the things that the Miami International Fil...

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    Miami International Film Festival: Encuentros

    Diana Sanchez hails from Toronto where she worked at the Fest there, the great TIFF. She worked there as Latin American Programmer in 2002 and before that was an Assistant. She worked as a consultant for Latin American and Spanish cinema for Rotterdam Film Festival. Here in Miami she worked since 2003 as an international advisor (consultant) having come in with former Sundance Film Festival organizer Nicole Guillemet. This from 2003-2008. Now she's back with MIFF as Encuentros Director and Senior Programming Consultant.'My inspiration for Encuentros is Rotterdam Cinemart.'Diana's partner in this event is the talented and experienced Span...

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    Miami International Film Festival and the Winners Are...

    This past week I have enjoyed my time at this bustling event set in the heart of Miami's cultural center South Beach.MIFF veteran Danette Wolpert and the new Fest Director Jaie Laplante are great hosts not to mention the wonderful Ibero films they showed here and for which I had the privilege to ser...

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    Women to Watch: Anna Margarita Albelo

    Anna Margarita AlbeloOn this blog we have set mandates for ourselves to cover 'women in the biz' and also Latin American / Ibero filmmaking.Anna Margarita's next project was one of the six selected to participate in Miami Iinternational Film Festival's Encuentros Program for Ibero-American films in...

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    Media Arts Center San Diego receives grant award from California Council for the Humanities

    There is actually still government grant money being awarded to worthy projects!

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    Miami International Film Festival

    The Miami International Film Festival (MIFF), celebrating its 28th edition March 4-13, 2011, is one of the top Ibero-American film festival in the U.S. The annual event, which is produced and presented by Miami Dade College, attracts more than 70,000 film enthusiasts and 400 filmmakers, stars and industry professionals. During the past five years, the festival has screened films from 60 countries and hosted 300 East Coast, U.S. and world premieres. Through Encuentros, the festival’s mentorship and film development program for filmmakers and projects from Spain, Portugal and Latin America, MIFF has become a primary gateway for the discovery of...

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    Countdown to the Oscars: Biutiful

    Surprising in many ways, Biutiful is nominated for two Oscars. Not only is it one of the 5 nominees in the Best Foreign Language category (Mexico), Javier Bardem is also nominated in the Best Actor category. It played in Cannes last spring, where it won a Best Actor prize for Javier Bardem. Roadside Attractions distributing in the U.S. After its December 1 week qualifying run, it is the very first film to debut theatrically after screening at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival. Playing opposite Kaboom, the weekend’s other major specialty debut, it had a strong opening likely in large part to its somewhat surprising best actor nomination. On...

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