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    Amazon.com and Tribeca Film Festival Name Five Finalists of Short Film Competition

    Amazon.com, Inc. and the Tribeca Film Festival have announced five finalists for the second Amazon Theater/Tribeca Film Festival Short-Film Competition. The group includes Owen Smith's "Battaglia," a tribute to writer Jeff Rose's grandfather and other Americans in the 88th Infantry Division of World War II; Greg Benson's Woody Allen/Spike Jonze/Monty Python-inspired "Coming Home"; Jack Paccione, Jr's action/comedy/horror film centered on table tennis, "Duel at Red Table"; Joseph Garner's "Meter Maids," a comedy set amidst the "cutthroat" world of parking enforcement officers; and Paul Matusheski's "Richter's Agenda," a thriller inspired by Al...

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    At A Weekend Forum, Considering The Challenges of Film Distribution Today

    Democracy is coming to the world of independent film. Soon, people wanting to see whatever specialty film they want whenever they want it will no longer be dependent on distributors and exhibitors to set their agenda. And struggling filmmakers will benefit by finding more outlets for their work. Tha...

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    Growing Pains: Lucile Hadzihalilovic's "Innocence"

    In Lucile Hadzihalilovic's "Innocence" nostalgia and dread become one--and it's a perfectly welcome symbiosis. A remarkable sustained allegory, "Innocence" luxuriates in the kind of symbolic imagery one would associate mostly with the fantastic worlds of children's fiction, but with the wherewithal ...

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    IFC Films Executes U.S. Rights to "Pierrepoint"

    IFC Films has picked up U.S. rights to Adrian Shergold's "Pierrepoint" (formally titled "The Last Hangman"), which premiered at the recently concluded Toronto International Film Festival, IFC Entertainment president Jonathan Sehring announced Monday. The deal was negotiated by IFC VP of acquisitions Sarah Lash and Sehring with Jane Barclay of Capital Films represented by Ronna Wallace. A release date has not been set, but a 2006 roll out is planned. The film follows the story of Britain's most prolific hangman, Albert Pierrepoint, portrayed by Timothy Spall ("Topsy Turvy," "Nicholas Nickleby"), who single handedly performed 450 hangings be...

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    Chicago Honors "Nikifor" and "Baraka" at '05 Fest

    The Chicago International Film Festival has announced its jury award winners with the Gold Hugo for best film going to for the Polish film, "My Nikifor" (Moj Nikifor). Meanwhile, Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady's "The Boys of Baraka" won two top prizes, the Gold Hugo for best documentary and the Aquaf...

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    Sundance To Expand Salt Lake City Presence At '06 Fest

    In an effort to increase the presence of the Sundance Film Festival in Salt Lake City, UT, organizers have announced that they will launch a new 'Festival District' in the city's downtown area at the upcoming event. The new site will be anchored by two movie theaters that will present two screenings...

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    Awards Season and the Hollywood Film Festival

    In today's LA Times, Robert W. Welkos looks at the upcoming Hollywood Film Festival and its role in launching awards season in Los Angeles:

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    Wenders and Torn at IFC Center

    At the IFC Center in Manhattan this weekend, a pair of notable figures will be on hand for their screenings. Wim Wenders will attend screenings of his new film "Land of Plenty" (Saturday and Sunday at 7:30), while actor Rip Torn will be at the theater for Friday and Saturday night screenings of "For...

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    Hollywood Reporter: Italy's foreign Oscar hopeful hits language barrier

    Somebody forgot to remind Italy's film industry that its submission for the foreign-language Oscar must be in Italian. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has alerted Italy's Oscar selection committee that its Oscar hopeful "Private" is ineligible because it fails to meet the rule that t...

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    Weinstein Company Names Sanjeev Lamba EVP of Marketing for Dimension Films

    Bob Weinstein announced Friday that Sanjeev Lamba will join Dimension Films as executive vice president of marketing and new media development. He will be based in New York beginning October 24th and will report to Bob Weinstein. Lamba will be charged with overseeing online and new media marketing for both theatrical and home video, and will create new business with retailers, electronic game companies and interactive digital content arrangements. Lamba will also be involved with promotions and tie-in promotions for The Weinstein Company. In addition, he will work with Bob Weinstein on marketing for the Dimension Films slate. Sanjeev's appoin...

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