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Explore Talent Recognizes the International Student Film Festival Hollywood as a Great Opportunity For Upcoming Filmmakers










Hollywood, CA (PRWEB) April 10, 2006

The International Student Film Festival Hollywood http://www.isffhollywood.com offers student filmmakers from all over the world an opportunity to make their own films and have them recognized by film industry leaders. Their goal is to serve as an international liaison between students and insiders to the industry.

The North Hollywood based-festival is an annual event organized by a California Nonprofit Corporation (ISFFH) and supplemented by the sales of hats, T-shirts, bags and other items pertaining to the festival’s promotion and advertisement.

Categories for the festival competition include: feature length films or videos, short films or videos, documentary films or videos, animations, and music videos. Student films will be showcased either through their video and/or film presentations. Foreign films or videos not produced in English require English subtitles.

Submitting a film requires the student to download a submission form that establishes the guidelines to the festival.

Films are judged by a carefully selected jury panel made up of professional film teachers, filmmakers, directors, producers, actors, distributors, agents, film critics and journalists.

Awards are given in the following areas: Best Feature, Best Short, Best Documentary, Best Animation, Best Music Video, Best Director, Best Cinematography, Best Editing, and Best Screenplay. Prizes and scholarships are also awarded to the winners in each category.

The submission deadline for films is August 31, 2006. Films are shown from November 1st –5th in a location chosen in the NoHo arts district.

Interested parties are encouraged to go to http://www.isffhollywood.org or http://www.ifihollywood.org for more information. Related industry information can be found at http://www.exploretalent.com or http://www.film-casting.net.

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RULES & REGULATIONS/ELIGIBILITY

Canadian film/video makers, producers and distributors are invited to submit their original work to the 2008 Yorkton Short Film & Video Festival Inc. competition for the Golden Sheaf Awards. Canadian productions 60 minutes and under will be accepted to the National Competition. A Canadian production is defined as any production which would qualify as a certified production under the current regulations applied by the Department of Communications. All entries must have been completed in the period between February 15, 2007 and February 15, 2008 and not have been entered in a previous Golden Sheaf Awards competition. The final decision regarding interpretation of the rules and regulations including the eligibility of any production for admission into the competition will be the responsibility of the Festival.


Select only one (1) of the following categories in which to enter your production:

Aboriginal
Programs either fiction or non-fiction that explore issues relating to aboriginal peoples, tell aboriginal stories or present an aboriginal perspective. At least one of the key creative positions (producer, writer or director) must be a person of aboriginal descent.

Animation
A program in which the visual content has been computer generated or photographed by traditional animation methods (i.e. stop frame animation). There should be no “live action” elements in the program.

Children’s Productions
Any single production or series, either drama or non-fiction, that is clearly intended for the entertainment and/or education of children (under 12).

Comedy
Any work intended to elicit laughter or provide humour. Includes all forms of comedy such as sitcom, standup, black comedy etc.

Drama
Programs that include the portrayal of characters, settings, life situations and stories intended as entertainment for theatrical, television and/or home video release.

Experimental
A filmmaker’s expression using unconventional and innovative production practices and techniques.

Lifestyle
A continuing non-fiction series about daily living with topics such as design, home decoration, food, makeovers, sex, travel, and recreational interests. etc. Programs may include elements shot in studio or in the field.

Multicultural
Programs that explore the social, political, or cultural aspects of Canada’s visible minorities. This may be expressed in any program genre.

Performing Arts & Entertainment Sponsored by RBC Financial Group
Programs which use music and/or performance to entertain or showcase artistic achievement.

Youth Productions
Any single production or series, either drama or non-fiction, that is clearly intended for the entertainment and/or education of youth.(13-18)

Documentary Categories – programs with factual or non-fiction content, about real people, events, human issues, social and political concerns, and values realized in a thoughtful, entertaining and artistic manner:

Arts/Culture
Documentaries relating to the world of art & culture.

Biography
Documentaries which interpret and/or document the life of a person or persons.

History
Documentaries with predominantly historical themes.

Nature/Environment
Documentaries that explore nature or environmental issues.

POV (point of view)
Documentaries with a personal, first person or filmmaker narrative.

Science/Medicine
Documentaries that explore science or medicine.

Short Subject
Documentaries under 30 minutes on any subject.

Social/Political
Documentaries about politics, social issues and current events.

Documentary Series
A minimum of six documentaries would be considered a series. Two episodes must be submitted to represent the series.


AWARDS

The Golden Sheaf Award of Excellence, will be presented to the most outstanding production of the Festival. Awards will be presented to winners in those categories which receive nominations.

If you wish your submission to also be considered for any of the following three awards, please indicate this in the appropriate line on your submission form; an additional fee of $ 10 per category applies:

Best Director (Fiction)
Presented to the director(s) of a dramatic production.

Best Director (Non Fiction)
Presented to the director(s) of a documentary or other factual production.

Research This award recognizes the contribution and role of the researcher in documentary production. It can be awarded for content/story research and/or archival stock shot research.

All entries are eligible for the following cash awards:

Best of Saskatchewan Sponsored by SASKFILM – All Saskatchewan produced entries will be eligible for a special Best of Saskatchewan Cash Award of $ 750. (Must meet Saskatchewan Point Structure).
Note: If this entry is eligible for the Best Of Saskatchewan Award, please mail two (2) copies of the tape or DVD with your submission package.

The Founder’s Award (formerly the Antoinette (Nettie) Kryski Canadian Heritage Award) – A $ 500 cash award and plaque in memory of the founding members of the Yorkton Festival, will be presented to an outstanding production exemplifying historical Canadian people or events.

The National Film Board Kathleen Shannon Award of $ 1,000 will be presented to an independent filmmaker whose production provided an opportunity for people outside the dominant culture to speak for themselves.

SCN Award of $ 500 is sponsored by SASKATCHEWAN COMMUNICATIONS NETWORK for the most outstanding Documentary POV production.

Jury Awards will be presented at the adjudicator’s discretion.


NOMINATIONS

All entrants nominated for a Golden Sheaf Award will be notified immediately following the jury process and will receive a nomination certificate. Check Website for Nominations after April 14, 2008.


ADJUDICATION

A qualified jury, selected by the Festival, will judge the entries. Awards may not be given in categories where, in the opinion of the jury, the entries do not merit distinction. No entrant will be allowed to attend any jury session.


TECHNICAL REQUIREMENTS
  1. Productions 60 minutes or under will be accepted.
  2. Videos must be on 1/2″ VHS or DVD.
  3. Productions may be colour or black and white, sound or silent.
  4. A segment of a television program which has a title, credits and is a self-contained unit will be regarded as an eligible entry.
  5. To ensure the best possible presentation of entries, there should be no commercials, commercial blacks, or commercial countdowns in the production.
  6. Entries in languages other than English must provide an English script or English subtitles.
  7. The quality of the production copy entered (sound and visual) is the responsibility of the entrant.
  8. Any portions of the script, sound track and footage that are from previously published materials must be identified.


SHIPPING & HANDLING

Entries must be shipped PREPAID. Entries will not be returned unless a $ 10.00 shipping & handling fee is included.


INSURANCE

The Festival accepts the responsibility for the safekeeping of all productions submitted for competition which are in its care or control. The compensation for possible damage to a production will in no case be greater than the cost of making another copy in the format submitted. The Festival provides insurance for loss or damage to films or video tapes to a maximum value of $ 400 or the cost of replacement, whichever is less.


PUBLICITY AND PROMOTION

Festival officials reserve the right to use the electronic media portions of entries accepted for competition to promote the Festival. The Festival officials reserve the right to screen the entries on local cable television within the Yorkton area and within a closed-circuit system in hotel facilities at Festival time.


TOUR

A program of Golden Sheaf Award winning productions may be taken on tour following the Festival to selected Canadian centres.


ENTRY PROCEDURE

Entry fee is $ 75.00 per entry (GST included). Entry fee is non-refundable and must be submitted with entry form.
Special Awards: There will be a charge of $ 10.00 per category.

ENTRY FORM, FEE AND PRODUCTION MUST BE POSTMARKED NO LATER THAN MIDNIGHT FEBRUARY 22, 2008. ENTRIES POSTMARKED AFTER THIS DATE WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED. THE ENTRY FEE IS NON-REFUNDABLE. ENTRY FEE MUST BE SUBMITTED WITH ENTRY FORM.


ACCEPTANCE OF RULES

Submission of a signed entry form for each production shall signify that the entrant agrees to be bound by the rules and regulations of the Yorkton Short Film & Video Festival Inc. Once entry forms and fees are received, registration begins. Even though the production may not have been received, it is considered entered and NO REFUND WILL BE MADE.

Yorkton Short Film & Video Festival
49 Smith Street East
Yorkton, Saskatchewan, Canada S3N 0H4
Telephone: (306) 782-7077
Fax: (306) 782-1550
E-mail: director@yorktonshortfilm.org

Make Cheque payable to: Yorkton Short Film & Video Festival


EVELYN CHERRY MEMORIAL BURSARY

At the discretion of the Yorkton Short Film & Video Festival Committee, where there is a demonstrated need, certain costs may be covered for nominees to attend the Festival.


(MINI-CINEMA) SCREENING CENTRE

The Festival provides an on demand screening centre called Mini-Cinema. Festival participants, Distributors, Specialty network representatives and buyers, as well as the general public, are invited to screen all Festival entries. Entrants are encouraged to attend the Festival to promote and sell their productions in person. Please send a ½” VHS or DVD copy of your production for use at the Mini-Cinema screening centre.

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Las Vegas International Film Summit March 29th to April 5th, 2010











LVIFS


Las Vegas, Nevada (PRWEB) June 19, 2009

Las Vegas International Film Summit™ has been created by a group of highly experienced film-makers, marketing professionals, and top business executives, dedicated to the development and promotion of the art and craft of filmmaking.

This is a new space of expression for the art and craft of filmmaking. This yearly mega event will cover every single aspect of the motion-picture production process in an unprecedented 7 days tradeshow and an international film competition, to be held at the Sands Expo, The Venetian and the Palazzo Casino Resorts of Las Vegas, Nevada, from March 29th to April 5th, 2010. “Our mission is to use Las Vegas spectacular hotels and infrastructure to host the most influential film festival in the United States, and with that, contribute to the development of Las Vegas as an international cultural capital for the growing industry of cultural tourism”, said Joaquin Rodriguez, the festival coordinator.

Las Vegas International Film Summit ™ will be open to all industry professionals and film enthusiasts as well. We welcome everyone who is or wants to be part of the international filmmaking community”, he added.

Las Vegas International Film Summit will be divided in three major stages:

The Motion Picture Industry Network: A trade show that will host film commissions from all over the world, unions, production companies, equipment rental houses, wardrobe, locations, catering, EFX, post production, legal services, advertising and much more.

The Film Competition: A selection of 30 feature films, 10 short films, 10 feature documentaries and 10 student shorts films.

The International Film Showcase: A selection of International films representing 21 of the most influential producing countries of the world.

Las Vegas International Film Summit ™ will have over $ 90,000 dollars in prizes, spectacular red carpets, VIP parties, international premieres and much more.

For more information visit http://www.lvifs.com

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CANADA’S GOLDEN SHEAF AWARD WINNERS
1994


BEST OF FESTIVAL ... IT'S A TIE!

FOLK ART FOUND ME
Director:	Alex Busby
Producer:	Alex Busby & Mike Mahoney
Production Co:	Wisdom Teeth Productions
		P.O. Box 233, Station M
		Halifax, NS
		B3J 2M4
		Phone:	(902) 426-6001

A direct and humourous documentary that allows the artist to
explain what real folk art is.  A celebration of the creative
will, whether it's considered genuine, base or vulgar, and the
need to express oneself.  It snaps along with a great wit and
is, in the end, an inspiration for everybody.

THE MIGHTY RIVER
Director:	Frederic Back
Producer:	Hubert Tison
Production Co:	Societe Radio-Canada
		1400 est, boul. Rene Levesque 17e etage
		Montreal, PQ
		H2L 2M2
		Phone: (514) 597-4383

Viewers marvelled at "Crac!" and at "The Man who Planted Trees".
Now Back has created a film that is even more wondrous, even
more poetic.  This time he gazes lovingly on waters that find
their way to the wide-open sea, on the waters of the majestic
St. Lawrence River.  This voyage through time and space bears
the name "The Might River".

BEST ART DIRECTION - Russell Chick
BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY - Maris Jansons
BEST ARTS / ENTERTAINMENT

KURT BROWNING: YOU MUST REMEMBER THIS
Director:	Joan Tosoni
Producer:	John Brunton
Production Co:	Canadian Broadcasting Corporation
		205 Wellington Street West
		Toronto, ON
		M5V 3G7
		Phone: (416) 205-3522

Four time world champion Kurt Browning and guest stars
including Olympic champion Kristi Yamaguchi and Canadian
champion Josee Chouinard.  Highlights include a spoof of rocker
Robert Palmer's most celebrated music video; a stunning black

and white salute to the U.S. film noir genre of the 40's; and
Browning's dazzling homage to movie musical legend Gene Kelly.

BEST DIRECTION  - Ron Meraska
SUPERCHANNEL SCRIPT AWARD OF $  1,000 - Richard Mortimer
THE SCN ELIZABETH LOWRY AWARD OF $  500
BEST EDUCATIONAL / INSTRUCTIONAL

aidSCARE aidsCARE
Director:	Ron Meraska
Producer:	Lynn Harvey
Production Co:	Canadian Broadcasting Corporation
		P.O. Box 500, Station "A"
		Toronto, ON
		M5W 1E6

An hour long entertainment special featuring rap and rock music
plus off-the-wall comedy.  The entertainment for teens is
underscored by a strong message of safe sex and AIDS.

BEST ORIGINAL MUSIC SCORE
SPECIAL JURY AWARD
BEST DOCUMENTARY UNDER 30 MINUTES

FOLK ART FOUND ME
Director:	Alex Busby
Producer:	Alex Busby / Mike Mahoney
Production Co:	Wisdom Teeth Productions
		P.O. Box 233, Station M
		Halifax, NS
		B3J 2M4
		Phone: (902) 426-6001

A direct & humorous documentary that allows the artist to
explain what real folk art is.  A celebration of the creative
will, whether it's considered genuine, base or vulgar, and the
need to express oneself.  It snaps along with a great wit &
is, in the end, an inspiration for everybody.

BEST SOUND - Michel Descombes & Luc Boudrias
BEST ANIMATION 

THE MIGHTY RIVER
Director:	Frederic Back
Producer:	Hubert Tison
Production Co:	Societe Radio-Canada
		1400 est, boul. Rene Levesque 17e etage
		Montreal, PQ
		H2L 2M2
		Phone: (514) 597-4383

Viewers marvelled at "Crac!" and at "The Man who Planted Trees".
Now Back has created a film that is even more wondrous, even
more poetic.  This time he gazes lovingly on waters that find
their way to the wide-open sea, on the waters of the majestic
St. Lawrence River.  This voyage through time and space bears
the name "The Might River".

BEST VIDEOGRAPHY
BEST DOCUMENTARY BY A BROADCASTER

RED CAPITALISM
Director:	Mark Starowicz
Producers:	Mark Starowicz / Julia Bennett
Production Co:	Canadian Broadcasting Corporation
		Documentary Unit
		4A-100 Broadcasting Centre
		205 Wellington Street West
		Toronto, ON
		M5V 3G7
		Phone: (416) 205-8838 / 205-8864

China will dwarf other countries in our lifetimes; the
documentary team set out to put a human face to an economic
revolution by telling the stories of the people struggling to
make it in the booming and corrupt city of Shenzhen.

THE ANTOINETTE (NETTIE) KRYSKI CANADIAN
  HERITAGE AWARD OF $  500
THE NATIONAL FILM BOARD KATHLEEN
  SHANNON AWARD OF $  1,000
BEST MULTICULTURAL / RACE RELATIONS

NUHONIYEH: OUR STORY
Director:	Allan Code / Mary Code
Producer:	Allan Code / Mary Code
Production Co:	Treeline Productions
		Tadoule Lake, MB
		R0B 2C0
		Phone: (204) 684-2008
		Fax:     (204) 684-2008

A people displaced, degraded and almost destroyed by Government
policy to divide them from their land and livelihood.  The
story of the Sayisi Dene, recounted by the survivors.

BEST PERFORMANCE - Linda Roy

UNE NUIT AVEC TOI
(ONE NIGHT WITH YOU)
Director:	Claude Demers
Producer:	Martin Paul-Hus
Production Co:	Amerique Film
		3575 St. Laurent, Mtl #314
		Montreal, PQ
		H2X 2T7
		Phone: (514) 844-0302

Un Homme, Deux Femmes.  Une Nuit.  Antoine est épris de Pamela
et d'Anne-Isabelle avec qui il n'ete de couper le ponts.
Alors qu'il rentre d'une soirée avec Pamela, un appel d'Anne-
Isabelle vient tout chambarder.

BEST EDITING

ELVIS: AIRBORNE
Director:	Brownen Hughes
Producer:	Morgan Earl
Production Co:	Glen-Warren Entertainment
		Box 9 - Station O
		Toronto, ON
		M4A 2M9
		Phone: (416) 299-2172

An intimate profile on Elvis Stojko.   The Special explores
Elvis' personal and professional life amidst the physical and
emotional strain of shooting for Olympic Gold.

BEST CHILDREN'S PRODUCTION

THE BIGGEST LITTLE TICKET
Director:	Robert Lang
Producer:	Robert Lang / Peter Weyman
Production Co:	Lyric Film & Video Inc.
		490 Adelaide St. W., Suite 304
		Toronto, ON
		M5V 1T2
		Phone: (416) 362-9822

A magic ticket takes a young girl on an adventure to an
enchanted theatre where she meets a Troll, a Dragon, and is
treated to a concert by Fred Penner, Bob Munsch, Rockapella and
other greats.

BEST COMMERCIAL (UNDER 2 MINUTES)

GAMBIT / LA COMBINE (90 seconds)
Director:	F.W. Samms
Producer:	Dept. Of Foreign Affairs & International Trade
Production Co:	Dept. Of Foreign Affairs & International Trade
		BCC - C2, Room 120
		125 Sussex Drive
		Ottawa, ON
		K1A 0G2
		Phone: (613) 943-0052

The promise of quick cash lures Renee and Paul into bringing
drugs back to Canada.  In a tragic twist of fate, they find out
that the risks and consequences of drug involvement are much
greater than they had anticipated.

BEST DOCUMENTARY OVER 30 MINUTES

NO MAN'S LAND
Director:	Shelley Saywell
Producer:	Shelley Saywell
Production Co:	Bishari Film Productions Inc.
		238 Davenport Road, #367
		Toronto, ON
		M5R 1J6
		Phone: (416) 964-6568

A focus on female war correspondents, their commonalities of
experience and personal sacrifice.  Less surprising than
thought provoking.

BEST DRAMA OVER 30 MINUTES

A CITY OF TONGUES
Director:	Lewis Cohen / Joshua Dorsey
Producer:	Lewis Cohen
Production Co:	Big Fan Film
		#14 Palmerston Gardens
		Toronto, ON
		M6G 1V9
		Phone: (416) 588-3544

Jammed from head to tail with bold colour canvasses, stark
black & white landscapes and erotic video jolts "A City Of
Tongues" is the story of Chantal's journey through a series of
alienating and abusive relationships with men.

BEST DRAMA UNDER 30 MINUTES

THE ROWBOAT RIDE
Director:	Jacques Fournier
Producer:	Christiane Hameline
Production Co:	Bloom Films
		318 Sherbrooke East
		Montreal, PQ
		H2X 1E6
		Phone: (514) 982-9770

"The Rowboat Ride" is a turning point in the life of Lara, the
grandmother, her two daughters, Halina and Katherine, and Amy,
the daughter of the latter.  Forced to submit to Katherine's
implacalbe decisions on their behalf, Lara and Amy, linked by
their lack of power, take off for a boat ride during which the
grandmother startles her granddaughter with a distressing
revelation about her past.

BEST EXPERIMENTAL

LOULOU: PRISONNIÉRE DE SES PASSIONS
Director:	Sylvie Peltier
Producer:	Melanie McCaig / Shelley Kirk
Production Co:	Sylvie Peltier
		2693 Oxford
		Vancouver, BC
		V5K 1N2
		Phone: (604) 251-9006

Memories of a goldfish named LouLou lead to a woman's fish-eyed
exploration of her grandmother's life and passions.

BEST INDUSTRIAL / PROMOTIONAL

A WEB NOT A LADDER
Director:	Bonnie Dickie
Producer:	Chantal Bowen
Production Co:	National Film Board of Canada
		3155 Côte de Liesse
		St. Laurent, PQ
		H4N 2N4
		Phone: (514) 283-9805 / 283-9806

Featuring the personal stories and experiences of six women who
won and operate successful businesses.  "A Web Not A Ladder"
offers suggestions on everything from how to deal with sexist
loan policies of major lending institutions to business ethics
and personal goals.  While acknowledging the social barriers
that women entrepreneurs still face, this video celebrates
their strengths and accomplishments.

BEST MUSIC VIDEO

I WOULD DIE FOR YOU
Director: 	Jeth Weinrich
Producer:	Braun Farnon
Production Co:	Red Motel Pictures
		801 - 17th Ave. S.W.
		Calgary, AB
		T2T 0A1
		Phone: (403) 541-0151

BEST PUBLIC AFFAIRS

CBC NEWSWATCH: DEADBEAT DADS
Producer:	Gerry Wagschal
Production Co:	Canadian Broadcasting Corporation
		1400 Rene Levesque Blvd. East
		Room B96-1
		Montreal, PQ
		H2L 2M2
		Phone: (514) 597-6378

The story unmasks a classic deadbeat dad.  He works 9-6, boasts
about his flotilla of boats, but says he can't afford to
support his daughter.

BEST SCIENCE / NATURE

BATTLE FOR THE TREES
Director:	John Edginton
Producer:	Gillian Darling / Jack Silberman
Production Co:	Sarus Productions Ltd.
		RR 1, G-46
		Bowen Island, BC
		V0N 1G0
		Phone: (604) 947-2914

This film travels to the heart of one of Canada's most
contentious environmental crises - the struggle to protect
British Columbia's disappearing rain forest.  Through personal
accounts of people close to the issue, the film explores the
controversy and solutions to the war in the woods.

BEST TELEVISION DRAMATIC TV SERIES EPISODE

THE ODYSSEY: BUT WHERE IS HERE (Episode 21)
Director:	Steve DiMarco
Producer:	Michael Chechik
Production Co:	Water Street Pictures Ltd.
		#204 - 11 Water Street
		Vancouver, BC
		V6B 1A7
		Phone: (604) 681-6543

Twelve year old Jay Ziegler falls from a treefort and goes into
a coma.  As he lies unconscious in hospital, watched over by
doctors, his mother and friends, Jay's mind journeys to another
world.  His two worlds are strangely parallel, except that
there are no adults in his new existence, and children live in
tribe-like clubs, supervised from a distant tower by the
mysterious fifteen year old Brad and his ‘Monitors'.

THE BEST OF SASKATCHEWAN

THE GRANDFATHER'S CHILDREN
Director:	Chris Triffo
Producer:	Chris Triffo
Production Co:	Partners in Motion
		2758 Partridge Cres.
		Regina, SK
		S4R 8J5
		Phone: (306) 545-2228

This music video relates directly to the spirit of the over
4500 Indigenous Athletes who participated in the 1993 North
American Indigenous Games which were held in Prince Albert, SK
in the summer of 1993.

SPECIAL JURY AWARDS

CHILDREN OF JERUSALEM: YACOUB
Director:	Beverly Shaffer
Producer:	Beverly Shaffer / Colin Neale
Production Co:	National Film Board of Canada
		3155 Côte de Liesse
		St. Laurent, PQ
		H4N 2N4
		Phone: (514) 283-9805 / 283-9806

A portrait of 9 year old Yacoub, a Christian Palestinian who
lives in the old city of Jerusalem.  "Children of Jerusalem"
will help children to recognize their similarities and to
respect cultural, racial and religious differences.

LAWN AND ORDER
Director:	Adrienne Mitchell / Janis Lundman
Producer:	Adrienne Mitchell / Janis Lundman
Production Co:	Lawn and Order Films
		110 Spadina Avenue, #800
		Toronto, ON
		M5K 2K4
		Phone: (416) 360-1126

Journeying through cities, suburbs, plains and desert, "Lawn
And Order" is a fun, hilarious and touching documentary which
reveals the zany and obsessive fascination North Americans have
with their front yard.

RETURN TO THE WARSAW GHETTO
Director:	Steve Paikin
Producer:	Steve Paikin
Production Co:	TV Ontario
		2180 Younge Street
		Toronto , ON
		M4T 2T2
		Phone:	(416) 484-2600

On April 19, 1993 tens of thousands of Jews, from around the
world, including 150 from Canada, gathered in Warsaw, Poland to
observe the 50th anniversary of the Ghetto Uprising.  We follow
three families through their odyssey in Warsaw and watch as the
older generation comes to terms with it's past and tries to
pass on its knowledge and experience to the younger generation.

SPACE FOR FOUR
Director:	Andrew Cochrane
Producer:	Andrew Cochrane
Production Co:	Andrew Cochrane Associates ltd.
		1820 Hollis Street, Suite 300
		Halifax, NS
		B3J 1W4
		Phone(902) 421- 9777

What does it take to become an astronaut?  When the Canadian
Space Agency asked for applications, over 5300 people responded
to find out.  Only four would be chosen.  The film maker
gained rare access to the Canadian astronaut selection process
as 20 remarkable finalists try to beat greater than 1300 - 1
odds to get a seat on the space shuttle.

THE BELLRINGER
Director:	Michael Gibson
Producer:	Brenda Sherwood
Production Co:	Bellringer Productions Inc.
		160 Wineva Avenue
		Toronto, ON
		M4E 2T4

A young boy develops magical powers throught the bell on his
tricycle, powers that help him to finally overcome the fear of
his dead father.

THE SISTERS
Director:	Penny McCann
Producer:	Penny McCann
Production Co:	Drowning Ladies Productions
		145 Clarence Street, # 207
		Ottawa, ON
		K1N 1B7
		Phone:	(613) 562-8130

Set in Eastern Ontario in 1917 and present- day, "The Sisters"
is a haunting tale of the ties that bind women and sisters
together.  From etchings on a gravestone we are drawn into the
lives of the Hagan sisters and the tragic story of their shared
young deaths.  In a compelling blend of women's socail history
and drama.  "The Sisters uses evocative and sensuous imagery to
reveal a story that is at once both poignant and celebratory.

THEM THAT'S NOT: SINGLE WOMEN AND THE WELFARE SYSTEM
Director:	Christene Brown
Producer:	Silva Basmajian
Production Co:	National Film Board of Canada
		3155 Côte de Liesse
		Ville St- Laurent, PQ
		H4N 2N4
		Phone:	(514) 283-9438

This documentary on the state of poverty among women and
children in Canada examines the welfare system as a perpetuator
of a set financial status.  A cry for change in an inadequate
program, "Welfare Mother" looks at issues of racism and sexism
within the context of the system while exploring the increasing
trouble presented by our national economic state and the poor
response of the welfare institution.  Through interviews with
the welfare recipients, major areas of difficulty are cited as
inefficiency, lack of incentive and absence of opportunity for
recipients to seek and secure alternatives to the income
provided through welfare.


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The Little Guardian in Cannes











Cannes, France (PRWEB) May 11, 2008

Filmmaker Gilbert Khoury is quickly establishing himself as a powerhouse for thriller films. After his take on I Will Get You Harry brought out the chills in us all, Khoury pushes the intensity in his films one more notch up with The Little Guardian.

While the story is certainly less sequential than regular films shown in the market, it involves the audience enormously.

The story focuses on the relationship between a couple and their dishonesty to each other. The film brings out an interesting theme that everybody can relate to.

In Khoury’s film, The Little Guardian attains an astounding visual style. It uses a mix of various camera setups and movements where it brings closer the storyline to the audience.

“My passion is to entertain people and brings them stories they can relate to” says Gilbert Khoury. ” “The Little Guardian achieved my goal”.

The Little Guardian

Directed by Gilbert Khoury

(Short Film, Thriller, 8 Min 40 Sec)

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Aug 082011

by drmvm1

Of course, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is located and headquartered in Beverly Hills (on Los Angeles Cienega Blvd.). The thing that many individuals do not realize is the fact that there are actually many excellent celebrities who are from other countries around the globe.

Heath Ledger, an Australian, bagged the best actor award posthumously last year for his remarkable portrayal of the mad Joker in the motion picture The Dark Knight, a Batman film not like any other ever made. It was sad and ironic that immediately after a quick yet amazing career, Ledger would win the award but not live to get it. It was a thoroughly clean sweep that year for foreign Oscar winners as British born actress Kate Winslet (Titanic) received Best Actress for her role as a German woman who seduces a man and is later discovered to have connections to the Nazis and tried as a collaborator. She additionally received a Golden Globe, a BAFTA, as well as a SAG award the same year.

In 2008 Marion Cottilard from France came into the growing list of international Oscar winners when she bagged Best Actress for her impressive performance as Edith Piaf in La Vie en Rose. In addition in ’08 one more Aussie, the celebrity Cate Blanchett was nominated for Best Actress honors for her role as the trapped Queen in the movie Elizabeth: The Golden Age. Spanish born hunk Javier Bardem won Best Supporting Actor in the ultra violent No Country for Old Men, which also won Best Picture.

In 2003, another actress from Australia, the fabulous Nicole Kidman, won Best Actress in The Hours. Another of the Oscar winners that very same year was Welsh born Catherine Zeta-Jones who received Best Supporting Actress for her role in Chicago, the musical, in which she portrayed Velma Kelly. A lot more Oscar winners that aren’t from the U.S. feature Jim Broadbent who won Best Actor in 2003 for a foreign film that no one saw called Iris, and the year 2002 watched New Zealander Russel Crowe win Best Actor awards for the movie everyone watched, Gladiator. This also won for Best Picture that year. Best Supporting actor in the year 2002 went to the flexible Puerto Rican actor, Benicio del Toro, who wowed viewers in 2010 as The Wolfman. In the year 2002 British actor Michael Caine finally joined the ranks of Oscar winners when he bagged Best Supporting Actor for his part as the adoring physician in the moving Cider House Rules, a fantastic film.

Throughout the years, many foreign born actresses and actors have been counted as Oscar winners and you can assume exactly the same in the future. The United States has no lock on the probability of receiving this award, irrespective of where they came from. Film making right now confronts its toughest problem ever facing economic downturn and the problems worldwide. We are vulnerable to losing this much wanted industry and individuals should get out and help support movie making by spending to see these movies once they reached movie theaters.

There are so many websites that offer various forms of advice on how to use Green Screen Background but most of them are not very detailed or specific. Make sure to check out my own reviews and posts on all you need to learn about Green Screen Studio Rental before following other advice.

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Some cool short film images:

“Katha” Shoot Day 1


January 27, 2008. First shooting day of "Katha," Erika Fukushima & Patricia Serrano’s thesis short film. Day’s location was at UP Village.

“Katha” Shoot Day 1


January 27, 2008. First shooting day of "Katha," Erika Fukushima & Patricia Serrano’s thesis short film. Day’s location was at UP Village.

“Katha” Shoot Day 1


January 27, 2008. First shooting day of "Katha," Erika Fukushima & Patricia Serrano’s thesis short film. Day’s location was at UP Village.

More Short Film Images

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Aug 052011
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by TheFemGeek

In today’s busy schedule we hardly get any chance to watch full length movies. But surely all of us love to watch movies every now and then. Don’t we? For a real movie freak with little spare time there is good news really! Now you can enjoy the movies that suit perfectly to your leisure time. No, you are guessing it wrong! We’re not discussing about the DVR tricks to record the movies and watch it on a later convenient time. We are referring to the magic of short films that can surely compete in excitement with the full length movies. It also takes less of your valuable time.

Short films are a ready reckoner for your serious time crunch. Whenever you feel like watching a movie, you can tune in to your DirecTV and can watch movies that cater both to your mind and time. These short films are short, meaningful and enjoyable. They are highly entertaining too. After a hard day at office you can take refuge in some other world, watching these satisfying short films. The most amazing thing is that you can watch as many movies you love to watch in a day since the tenure of the movies is not very long.

A short film is usually about normal day to day incidents. Within its short scope it tries to mesmerize the viewers with its simple incident and easy plot. It does not include serious or intriguing plots or special effects. It tends to appeal to you with simple and single story with normal charm. There are different channels on your satellite TV that offers high quality short films. These short films are from different genres and they are sure to cater to your intellectual needs.

Among the most popular short films channels, ShortsHD is one. The channel on your favorite satellite TV connection offers to bring you with innumerable choices of short films. You can get these films with high quality picture and best audio output. These are all shown in 1080p image clarity. You can get all these on very real life images, just like the blu-ray disc. While watching short films on this channel you will feel your previous experiences with short films was never as good as it is now.

On this channel you can get to watch the best short films from around the world. These are the films made by the greatest filmmakers of the world. Name a genre and you’ll get movies from that specific category. You can watch great comedies here. With these comedies you can hardly resist yourself in laughing out in your mind even if you are in the most pessimistic mode. You can enjoy some really excellent romantic short films here. Even if you have very little time for your loved ones, you can watch these movies together and it is worth your time.

Love to watch horror movies? You can catch ‘Midnight’ short films on ShortsHD. On the ‘Animate’ section you can watch some best quality animation films. If you are lover of classic movies, you can tune in to ‘Editor’s Pick’ and enjoy the rare movies.

You can have great time with this ShortsHD channel on your satellite TV. Be it movies from any genre, you can enjoy a mesmerizing time while watching movies here.

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Check out these independant film images:

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WITASWAN Features Australian Film “Look Both Ways” in 2006 Program










Chicago, IL (PRWEB) March 13, 2006

Australian director Sarah Watt will show her new film “Look Both Ways” at the 2006 WITASWAN program on Saturday, March 18 from noon to 3 p.m. at the Landmark Century Centre Cinema (2828 North Clark Street in Chicago’s Lincoln Park neighborhood).

Sarah Watt is an award-winning filmmaker who has been working as a writer, director and producer of animation for 15 years. Her acclaimed animation “Small Treasures” (1995;15mins) brought widespread international attention, winning amongst its many honors the “Baby Lion” for Best Short Film at the Venice Film Festival. That year “Local Dive” and “Living with Happiness” followed, both of which screened widely at festivals and theatrically, winning many Australian and international awards.

Sarah’s hand-painted animated films are distinguished by her comic exploration of personal status set against Australian landscapes. “Look Both Ways” is her debut feature. Unlike her short films, “Look Both Ways” is live-action, interspersed with animated sequences. Set over a long, hot weekend, the film presents seven people who are trying to deal with unexpected events. As their paths intersect, they create an intriguing picture which is both intimate and universal.

“I set out to make a romantic comedy,” said Watt, “but the stuff of most people’s lives includes what we think of as tragedies, so ‘Look Both Ways’ ended up a bit of both, I guess… I tried to keep everything as ‘real’ as I could, to allow people to receive the film as a part of their own experience, to bring their own lives to it and enjoy it that way.”

“Look Both Ways” has already received praise from the Australian Film Institute, including Best Film, Best Direction, Best Original Screenplay, and Best Support Actor awards, in addition to the Discovery Award from the Toronto International Film Festival jury. It was also named the 2005 “Film of the Year” by the Australian Catholic Film Office.

“Look Both Ways” was shown in Chicago last October as a part of the 41st annual Chicago International Film Festival. Kino International, the film’s US distributor, will be opening the film theatrically in Los Angeles and New York in April, with additional engagements planned around the United States this spring.

The 2006 WITASWAN program was organized by the members of AAUW-Illinois (the American Association of University Women) and IWPA (the Illinois Woman’s Press Association), with the proud support of the Australian Consulate-General Chicago.

This is the second WITASWAN program, timed for Women’s History Month. The first program was held on March 19, 2005 at the Chicago Cultural Center. The acronym WITASWAN stands for “Women in the Audience Supporting Women Artists Now.”

WITASWAN is an Illinois-based initiative dedicated to building international support for women filmmakers. WITASWAN members believe that “Look Both Ways” is an excellent choice for Women’s History Month, because it captures the vision and voice of an important new female filmmaker. The Australian Consulate-General in Chicago is supporting this event by arranging for Sarah Watt to speak to the group, introducing each film and then taking questions from the audience at the end. She will talk about women in the film industry in general as well as specific topics germane to her craft.

For more information, visit http://www.films42.com/witaswan/march-06.asp.

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