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SydneysBuzz: Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF): What Was Hot

TIFF has come and gone. Masses of Canadians attend the festival which is what gives it such a special atmosphere. In Cannes, only the industry attends the festival; the public sets up chairs and ladders to watch the red carpet galas and take pictures. But here the public is as much a part of the festival as the industry.        The industry action which consists of buying and selling of film rights takes place at the Hyatt Hotel on King Street West. The screenings…

Sydneys Buzz: Toronto International Film Festival

  Toronto International Film Festival is the most important film festival in North America as it opens the season of movie celebrations and the film business after a relatively quiet summer. Taking place September 7 to the 17, screening are sold out to the huge numbers of the Canadians who go so far as to take their vacations just so they can watch movies. The festival's People's Choice Award has become a predictor of awards-season success. Past recipients of this audience accolad…

TIFF 16 - It's A Wrap

It’s a wrap! For a “non-competitive” film festival, the Toronto International Film Festival handed out plenty of prizes at its star-studded Awards Brunch this past Sunday. TIFF’s reputation was established as one of the five most important film events of the year because of its great audiences and their People’s Choice Awards presage major Academy Award buzz. The People’s Choice Award this year went to “La La Land” starring Ryan Gosling an…

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Vision Films Enters into a Distribution Deal with Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

  Vision Films, an international sales agent and North American distributor for independent feature films and feature length documentaries, has signed a deal with Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (SPHE) to distribute their new feature film releases across home entertainment platforms in the United States and Canada. Lise Romanoff, Managing Director/CEO of Vision Films states, “We are so pleased to be joining the SPHE family who has a proven track-record of success in the U.S…

Women In Film, Los Angeles and Sundance Institute Hire Alison Emilio

Sundance Institute and Women In Film Los Angeles have hired Alison Emilio to the newly-appointed position of Director for the Systemic Change Project, a joint initiative of both organizations. Emilio, a seasoned executive who has more than 25 years of experience working in entertainment marketing, communications, branding, strategic partnerships, media relations, fundraising, cultural arts advocacy and nonprofits in both the U.S. and Canada, will begin working with WIF in July. The Syst…

Hebe Tabachnik Named Artistic Director Cine Latino Minneapolis Saint Paul Film Festival

Hebe Tabachnik has been named Artistic Director of the Cine Latino Minneapolis Saint Paul Film Festival presented by the The Film Society of Minneapolis-St. Paul. Hebe Tabachnik The showcase will present some 30 Latino and Ibero American films, panels, workshops and special events with the invited filmmakers and talent. Minneapolis, Minnesota and Saint Paul, Minnesotaare home to an incredible diverse population with great passion for the arts. Says Tabachnik, “I can’t wait …

Jews in the News: ‘Dough’ is Definitely Not Kosher

“Dough” will be released on Blu-ray, DVD, Digital HD and On Demand on August 2nd from Menemsha Films. The film tells the story of an old Jewish baker who struggles to keep his business afloat until his young Muslim apprentice accidentally drops cannabis in the dough and sends sales sky high. Starring Jonathan Pryce (“Game Of Thrones”), Pauline Collins (“Shirley Valentine”), Jerome Holder, Malachi Kirby (“Roots”) and Ian Hart, it is direct…

Black Lens Program Lineup Announced by Milwaukee Film Festival

  The Black Lens Program Showcases fiction and documentary films from emerging and established African-American directors.   The 8th Annual Milwaukee Film Festival (September 22 — October 6)announced the return of the Black Lens Program for a third year. Featuring work from both emerging and established African-American filmmakers, this series presents eight programs of short and feature-length fiction and documentary films. In 2015, Black Lens film screenings attracte…

Women to Watch: Katayoon Shahabi, Producer and International Sales Agent

Katayoon is CEO of the first private Iranian company to distribute Iranian-made movies and documentaries around the world. Knowing Katayoon for many years, sharing many experiences as we got to know one another at the festivals and markets, I want to share this heroic woman’s special place in our world for those who do not know her yet. When not at the film festival events supporting her film, Behnam Behzadi’s “Varoonegi” aka “Inversion” aka “Un…

Edinburgh International Film Festival and its Shorts

Established in 1947, EIFF was one of the world's first international film festivals. It has an established reputation for discovering and promoting the very best in international cinema - and for heralding and debating changes in global filmmaking. Intimate in its scale, ambitious in its scope, and fuelled by pure passion for cinema in all its manifestations, EIFF seeks to spotlight the most exciting and innovative new film talent, in a setting steeped in history. The new artistic direc…

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The Film Prize of The Robert Bosch Stiftung Opens Call for Film Submissions

The Film Prize of Robert Bosch Stiftung Foundation has announced the call for film submissions for the interested young German and Arab filmmakers. The prizes, each worth up to 60,000 euros, are awarded for film co-productions in the categories: short animation, short fiction film, and short or feature length documentary.   2016 winners of the Film Prize of Robert Bosch Stiftung Foundation   The deadline for submissions is on Thursday the 21st of July, and 12 projects wil…

Women To Watch: Sophie Dulac - Founder of Champs Elysees Film Festival

 Women to Watch: Sophie Dulac, Founder of Champs Elysees Film Festival, Producer, Distributor and Theater(s) Owner For the past five years I have had the honor of interviewing Sophie Dulac three times. She is not only the founder and president of the five-year-old Champs Elysees Film Festival but is also a distributor of eight to ten films a year of which two were in Cannes this year, a theater owner of the Paris mini-chain, Les Ecrans de Paris, a producer, and VP of Publicis, a PR…

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