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Mira Sorvino and James Cromwell to be Honored at Artivist Film Festival and 2005 Artivist Awards April 19-24










(PRWEB) December 4, 2004

Mira Sorvino and James Cromwell to be Honored at Artivist Film Festival and 2005 Artivist Awards April 19-24

Second Annual Humanitarian Film Fest Also Pays Tribute To Amnesty International, Greenpeace, Prevent Child Abuse America And Farm Sanctuary.

The Artivist Film Festival, which recognizes socially conscious filmmakers, activist celebrities and charitable organizations, has announced two of the four celebrities that will be honored at Artivist Film Festival 2005 as well as the four worthy charities.

Artivist Film Festival 2005 is set to recognize the outstanding contributions of Mira Sorvino for her work with Amnesty International and international human rights as well as James Cromwell for his tireless efforts dedicated to animal rights and Farm Sanctuary. Two additional celebrities will be announced shortly for their respective work for Greenpeace benefiting environmental preservation and Prevent Child Abuse which fights for ChildrenÂ’s Advocacy. The celebrities and charities will be honored at the 2005 Artivist Awards, an awards gala that will be held on the last night of the festival.

The festival, which will begin on April 19, 2005, will once again take place at the famed Egyptian Theater in Hollywood. Over the course of the six day event, filmmakers from around the world will compete in various categories of film or video including narrative, documentary and short film. Committed to strengthening the advocate voice of activist filmmakers and artists, Artivist Film Festival creates a much needed platform for them to share their work with large audiences. Artivist is now accepting film submissions and will announce the final roster of films that will be in competition in February 2005.

“Activist filmmakers can become a powerful voice for positive change in our global community,” said Artivist Film Festival Founder Diaky Diaz. “Their films address a variety of social issues ranging from international human right and children’s advocacy to environmental preservation and compassion for all sentient beings. Activist films educate, inspire create awareness and ultimately encourage people to contribute to the improvement of our world.”

Artivist team members are also presently securing sponsors for the festival as well as commencing on an aggressive marketing and public relations campaign that will ensure maximum exposure for the charities and film festival as well as for the sponsors. In addition, supporters may become members of the Artivist Patron Circle.

Artivist Film Festival 2005 follows on the highly-successful footsteps of the inaugural Artivist Film Festival that was held last April. The premiere festival attracted over 4,240 people, more than 150 international filmmakers, producers and artists from 14 countries, all of whom participated in the screening of 89 films. Highlights of the last yearÂ’s festival included screenings of such notable films as Super Size Me by director Morgan Spurlock, Uncover The Truth Of The Iraq War by Robert Greenwald and The Corporation from

filmmaker Mark Achbar.

The 2004 Artivist Awards were bestowed upon Ed Begley, Jr. and Greenpeace for environmental preservation, Mike Farrell and Witness for International Human Rights, Tippi Hendren and Humane Society of the United States and France Nuyen and Child Welfare League of America

for childrenÂ’s advocacy.

The Artivist Film Festival is the first festival dedicated to addressing social, global, political, animal rights and environmental issues through film, visual arts and music.

For more information on Artivist Film Festival 2005 or to schedule a time to speak with members of the Executive Board, media should please contact Lauren Lewis at office (818) 990-4771, cell (818) 970-0052, llewispr@aol.com.

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Mar 142011
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The Edinburgh International Film Festival welcomes filmmakers from all over the world for an 11 day celebration of world cinema.

Established in 1947 in the same year as the Edinburgh International Festival, the Film Festival took place in August until 2008 when it was moved to June. It is officially the longest-running film festival in the world.

In the early years of the Film Festival the sole focus was on documentary film making. As the years went on however, the scope of the Film Festival was expanded to include fictional films and more abstract work.

Nowadays, film fans and critics can enjoy (or not) a wide variety of cinematic work from short films to full-length feature films to animated work to documentaries to music videos and even films with no moving pictures at all, as we witnessed this year!

British cinema can be relied upon to provide the weird and wonderful from comedy to horror (and black comedies) to biopics. Yet the range of international films you can expect to see at the festival is about as diverse as it comes.

This year, the Edinburgh International Film Festival welcomed film makers from almost every continent on Earth. Iraq, Taiwan, Colombia and New Zealand were all represented by some of their highly talented citizens.

Our city has a long-standing cinematic and theatrical tradition and boasts an impressive number of cinemas and theatres. The Edinburgh International Film Festival is based at the Edinburgh Filmhouse on Lothian Road, the city’s leading art house cinema.

However, the festival organisers make a point of spreading movie screenings throughout the city, using 12 locations including Cineworld at Fountainpark, the Festival Theatre on Nicholson Street, the Cameo movie theatre on Home Street and the Edinburgh Festival Theatre.

The idea behind this is to showcase the diversity of our cinemas and theatres and to enable the audiences, which are always made up of both locals and visitors from elsewhere, to appreciate cinema in its traditional and modern form.

Screenings are not simply about sitting down and enjoying a two-hour film in a full cinema. The directors, producers and occasionally actors are often in attendance to talk to the audience from the front of the cinema or participate in a question and answer session. As a result, the vast majority of guests have a genuine interest in cinema as an art form rather than an interest in popcorn and several explosions.

Every year dozens of films have their UK or worldwide premiere at the Edinburgh International Film Festival adding that extra little bit of spice to proceedings.In 2009, The Hurt Locker had its UK premiere in Edinburgh and went on to perform quite well indeed at the Oscars a few months later.

Edinburgh has in fact hosted a significant number of key premieres over the years including Amelie, L.A Confidential and Pulp Fiction.

In keeping with the Festival’s aim of drawing attention to and rewarding cinematic achievement and also nurturing new talent, a number of awards are up for grabs every year. There are awards for particularly impressive achievements in acting, documentary film making, direction and short film production. The audiences also get to have their say when they are asked to vote for their favourite film from the mainstream cinema section.

The Honorary Patrons of the Edinburgh International Film Festival are four very familiar faces for television and film fans. Local legend and former secret agent Sir Sean Connery, actress and former student of Fettes College Tilda Swinton, Scottish actor Robert Carlyle and photography and direction guru Seamus McGarvey are all involved behind the scenes and up on stage each year.

With almost 12 months until next year’s 2011 Edinburgh International Film Festival there is still plenty of time for you to get your own entry in….suggestions?? A documentary about your rubber ducky? A comedy involving your inebriated neighbours? Or perhaps a short film about your time in Edinburgh…

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