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Parker Posey Hosting Sundance Awards Ceremony; Jurors Revealed

The Sundance Institute reveals the jury members of the six juries that will be granting prizes at the 2012 festival. The awards ceremony January 28 will be hosted by Parker Posey and live streamed here. Short film awards will be announced January 24 at a separate ceremony.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • January 10, 2012 2:01 PM
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Prescreen Streams Indie Films, Sundance Trailers

As Sundance approaches, the films that don’t score breakout status may not have to fade into obscurity. After attending Sundance 2010, former Groupon executive Shawn Bercuson realized that most of the films would never be seen again. He launched Prescreen.com, a movie marketing and distribution platform, in late 2011. Prescreen is a streaming service dedicated to indie films, aiming to help audiences “discover one new movie each day.”
  • By Maggie Lange and Sophia Savage
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  • January 10, 2012 1:18 PM
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GoDigital Buys Might Entertainment; Expanded Digital and VOD Distributor To Seek Product at Sundance

Three-year-old digital distributor GoDigital has recapitalized and acquired video-on-demand rival Might Entertainment and its library, for a combined catalogue of over 1000 titles.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 10, 2012 12:00 PM
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HollyShorts 2012 Now Accepting Submissions for August Fest

The HollyShorts Film Festival is now accepting submissions. The fest, in its 8th year, runs August 9-16. Last year's fest featured work from the likes of Jennifer Aniston, Neil Labute and Kate Hudson. Cash prizes are given for Best Short, Director, Music Video and Commercial, and $30,000 in post production serves are given by Company 3.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • January 9, 2012 1:58 PM
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Berlinale Adds Ten Titles to Competition Lineup; Jolie's 'Blood & Honey,' Thornton's 'Jayne Mansfield's Car'

The Berlinale announces the second set of ten films competing at the 62nd annual festival. Among the new titles are Billy Bob Thornton's "Jayne Mansfield's Car, "Angelina Jolie's "In the Land of Blood and Honey"...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • January 9, 2012 12:13 PM
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Palm Springs Festival Offers Pre-Globes and Oscar Glitz

The Academy Awards ballots are due a week from now, but campaigning went into high gear on Saturday night at the Palm Springs International Film Festival Awards Gala. George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie, Jessica Chastain, Octavia Spencer, Gary Oldman and Glenn Close all came calling to accept awards in a genial and celebratory setting.
  • By Cari Beauchamp
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  • January 8, 2012 11:24 PM
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Palm Springs Adds Cousins' 'Story of Film,' Archive Game-Changers; Clooney & Oldman for Talking Pictures

The Palm Springs International Film Festival announces additional premieres, Talking Pictures and Archival Treasures. In total, the fest has 188 films (63 premieres) playing between January 5-16, representing 73 countries. Newly announced premieres include...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • January 5, 2012 4:11 PM
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Santa Barbara Film Festival 2012: 'Darling Companion' and 'Where Do We Go From Here?' Bookend Fest; Full Lineup

The Santa Barbara Film Festival announces the lineup for its 27th edition, running January 27 - February 5, and set to open with Lawrence Kasdan's "Darling Companion" (world premiere) and close with Nadine Labaki's "Where Do We Go Now?"...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • January 5, 2012 10:46 AM
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'Farewell My Queen,' Starring Diane Kruger as Marie Antoinette, To Open Berlinale

French-Spanish period costumer "Farewell My Queen," directed by Benoit Jacquot, will open this year's Berlinale, which runs from February 9 to 19.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 4, 2012 3:10 PM
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Berlinale Announces 20 Films for Panorama Program; 'Elles,' 'Indignados,' 'Keep The Lights On' & More

The Berlin International Film Festival has slated twenty films to play in the fest's Panorama Program, which will include fifty across three sections (Main Programme, Panorama Special and Panorama Dokumente series) by the time the fest launches February 9 for ten days.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • January 3, 2012 12:15 PM
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