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    Finalists Chosen for Nicholl Fellowships

    Ten finalists have been chosen from among the 5,879 submissions to this year's competition for Don and Gee Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting. The Nicholl Committee will now judge the 10 scripts. The committee may award up to five of these $30,000 fellowships, which are presented annually by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. The finalists and their scripts are Weiko Lin (Los Angeles) for "Chalk"; Morgan Read-Davidson (Downey, Calif.) for "The Days Between"; Robert Zameroski (Stevenson Ranch, Calif.) for "Dogwoods"; Seth Resnik (West Hollywood) and Ron Moskovitz (Los Angeles) for "Fire in a Coal Mine"; Lauren Sheppard (Austin,...

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    5 Questions for Susan Kaplan, director of "Three of Hearts"

    For more than a year now, Susan Kaplan's "Three of Hearts" -- the story of a 'trinogomous' relationship between two men and a woman -- has been receiving overwhelming acclaim on the film festival circuit. Kaplan explores what might seem like a sensational subject in "Three of Hearts: A Postmodern Fa...

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    BBC: BAFTA Launches new stars' award

    The 2006 BAFTA Film Awards will feature a new prize given to the year's "most promising young star." The 'Orange Rising Star Award,' said a Bafta spokesman, would "honour a young actor or actress who has demonstrated exceptional talent and ambition." A panel including Ewan McGregor, Cate Blanchett a...

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    Exploring Factual Film and TV at Sheffield's International Doc Fest

    Just a couple of hours north of London by train is Sheffield, an industrial town in Yorkshire known for spawning such musicians as Jarvis Cocker from Pulp, bands like ABC and Cabaret Voltaire, and even Def Leppard. Eva Woods' documentary about the music from the city, "Made in Sheffield", screened a...

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    AP: 'Constant Gardener' Opens London Festival

    London's Leicester Square was getting a dose of Hollywood glamor Wednesday with the opening of the 49th London Film Festival. Stars Ralph Fiennes and Rachel Weisz and master spy writer John Le Carre were due to walk the red carpet before the opening-night screening of "The Constant Gardener," Brazil...

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    INDUSTRY MOVES: Collins Joins Focus

    Timothy Collins has joined Focus Features as VP of business affairs. He will report to Focus SVP of business affairs Howard Meyer. He recently worked for MGM and has also worked for Warner Bros. Pictures.

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    "Fever" & "Claremont" Bookend Virginia FF 60 Film Slate

    Charlottesville's Virginia Film Festival, taking place October 27 - 30 recently unveiled its 60 film slate. Opening VIFF is Carlo Gabriel Nero's "The Fever," starring Vanessa Redgrave, which is a story about a middle-class woman who becomes a political activist "when her social conscience is awakene...

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    Filmmakers, Producers Join The Global Film Initiative's Film Board

    The Global Film Initiative, which specializes in the promotion and distribution of independent films from developing countries, recently announced the 16 charter members of its film board. Comprising the film board are Pedro Almodovar (Spain), Mira Nair (India), Lucy Barreto (Brazil), Carlos Reygadas (Mexico), Jean-Pierre Bekolo (Cameroon), Pierre Rissient (France), Noah Cowan (Canada), Lita Stantic (Argentina), Sandra den Hamer (The Netherlands), Bela Tarr (Hungary), Christopher Doyle (China), Djamshed Usmonov (Tajikistan), Adoor Gopalakrishnan (India), Lars von Trier (Denmark), Rashid Masharawi (Palestine) and Apichatpong Weerasethakul (Tha...

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    INDUSTRY MOVES: Farnel Joins Hot Docs

    Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival has named Sean Farnel is new director of programming, a newly created post. Farnel is joining the festival from his job as staff programmer at the Toronto International Film Festival, serving as the first dedicated documentary programmer at the or...

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    "Matador," "Transamerica," "Pluto" Among Highlights at Fort Lauderdale, World's Longest Film Fest

    The Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival, presenting its 20th edition October 21st through November 20th, is screening more than 200 movies from 40 countries during its run as the world's longest film festival. The festival opens Friday with writer-director Richard Shepard's "The Matador," ab...

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