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DAILY NEWS: SF Fest News; Seattle Fest Prize Winner

DAILY NEWS: SF Fest News; Seattle Fest Prize Winner

DAILY NEWS: SF Fest News; Seattle Fest Prize Winner

with articles by Eugene Hernandez and Brian Brooks/indieWIRE

>> SFIFF to Open With “Thirteen Conversations”; Fest Names New International Advisory Board

(indieWIRE/04.08.02) — Jill Sprecher‘s “Thirteen Conversations About One
” will open the 45th San Francisco International Film Festival
on April 18 at the historic Castro Theatre, organizers announced. According
to a release, the film “revolves around fate and the effects of
seemingly random events on the lives of both lovers and strangers.” The
film stars Matthew McConaughey, Clea DuVall, John Turturro, Alan Arkin, and Amy Irving portraying present-day New Yorkers facing both enormous and negligible life changes. Following the screening, the opening night party
will take place in the atrium of the San Francisco Design Center Galleria.

In other SFIFF news, the Festival has announced the creation of a new
international advisory board. The board’s aim is to increase the
international profile of SFIFF and to gain knowledge from film and festival
experts around the world. Members will serve for two years. International
advisory board members include Turin Film Festival director Alberto Barbera, who has a track record of developing a strong programming base in new
American and Asian cinema, as well as Berlin International Film Festival
director Ulrich Gregor. Also joining the board is deputy director
Taesung Jeong, of the Pusan International Film Festival, who also serves as director of the Pusan Promotion Plan, the Festival’s film financing section.
Rounding out the board is Claudia Landsberger, president and founding member
of European Film Promotion in The Netherlands. Landsberger has served as
director of Holland Film since 1995 and served as an advisor to the Los
Angeles Film Festival
and the CineMart in Rotterdam.

The San Francisco Film Society, which produces SFIFF, also maintains an
ongoing advisory board whose members include Clint Eastwood, Tom Luddy, Danny Glover, Lambert Yam, and William Randolph Hearst III. SFIFF runs through May 2 at the Castro Theatre in addition to other venues in the
city and around the Bay Area. [Brian Brooks]

>> “See You…” Selected to Receive Seattle’s First Alpha Cine Prize

(indieWIRE: 04.08.02) — Organizers of the 28th annual Seattle International
Film Festival
have announced that Ching Ip is the recipient of the first
Alpha Cine Filmmaker Award. She was awarded the prize for her feature film,
See You Off to the Edge of Town.” The award package includes a 35mm print
blowup of her movie and a world premiere at the Festival (running May 23 –
June 16). The film was chosen from more than 60 movies submitted from nearly
a dozen countries from around the world, according to organizers.

“Providing Ching Ip a print in the 35mm format will make it easier for her
to show the film in a superior theatrical presentation at festivals
worldwide, and also serve to make the finished film more attractive to
potential theatrical distributors both here and abroad,” commented Festival
Director Darryl Macdonald in a prepared statement. “It was great working
with the team at Alpha Cine to forward the dream of a filmmaker with much
talent but few financial resources.”

The jurors for the new Alpha Cine award were Macdonald, producer/journalist
Kathleen McInnis, writer Richard T. Jameson, and AlphaCine’s Bruno George. [Eugene Hernandez]

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