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Tribeca Film Festival Announces Creation of Nora Ephron Prize, Recognizes Woman Writer or Director with Distinctive Voice

The Tribeca Film Festival (April 17-28) has announced the creation of a new award, the Nora Ephron Prize. The $25,000 award will recognize a woman writer or director with a distinctive voice who embodies the spirit and vision of writer-director Ephron (1941-2012).
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • April 16, 2013 2:00 PM
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Cannes Unveils Short Film Selection, and Cinefondation Program

With the announcement of the Cannes Film Festival's feature film lineup coming on April 18, the festival, now in its 66th edition, has announced its short film selection and its Cinefondation program, which features student films. Full list below.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • April 16, 2013 12:01 PM
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40th Telluride Film Festival Announces Call for Entries

The Telluride Film Festival has announced its call for entries in all categories, including student, short and feature-length films.
  • By Sophia Savage and Beth Hanna
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  • April 15, 2013 12:04 PM
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Bermuda International Film Festival: Playing the Hits---and Shorts

Relatively speaking, if the New York Film Festival were the Bermuda International Film Festival, about 2 million people would be crowding into Lincoln Center every autumn.
  • By John Anderson
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  • April 14, 2013 6:39 AM
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Sonoma Film Festival Day Three: Food, Wine and Taboo Subjects on Film

Today's Sonoma Film Festival theme: subjects once considered taboo explored on film. First up, "A Teacher," a brisk 75-minute first film written and directed by Hannah Fidell, well-received at Sundance, about a high school teacher's reckless affair with one of her AP English students -- he's in it for playful and casual sex, while she becomes obsessed and self-destructive.
  • By Meredith Brody
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  • April 13, 2013 5:05 PM
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Sonoma International Film Festival Day Two: More Food, Films and Wine!

It doesn't take much to make me happy: just a perfect Northern California spring day, five movies playing in eclectic venues within easy walking distance of a historic town square, and a festive and fancy free dinner (with wine) thrown in.
  • By Meredith Brody
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  • April 12, 2013 6:30 PM
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Cannes to Close with Jerome Salle's Thriller 'Zulu,' Starring Forest Whitaker and Orlando Bloom

The 66th Cannes Film Festival (running May 15 through 26) will close with Jerome Salle's thriller "Zulu," starring Forest Whitaker and Orlando Bloom. The film is shot entirely on location in South Africa, and is adapted from the novel of the same name by Caryl Ferey.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • April 12, 2013 2:30 PM
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Eat, Drink and Be Merry: Food, Wine and Film at Sonoma International Film Festival, Liotta Talks 'Iceman'

As Sonoma Film Festival Director Kevin McNeely says when ebulliently introducing opener "Iceman," 80% of the films in the festival have filmmakers in attendance: "Why wouldn't they want to come to Sonoma? They're certainly going to get enough to eat and drink!" He introduces the mayor of Sonoma, Ken Brown, who is wearing a black Netflix t-shirt, black pants, and has a braided ponytail down his back: he looks like an aging grad student, except an aging grad student would probably be wearing shoes. "We love that you spend money," he says candidly to the audience.
  • By Meredith Brody
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  • April 11, 2013 1:57 PM
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Almodovar's 'I'm So Excited' to Open Los Angeles Film Festival

Pedro Almodovar's "I'm So Excited!" will open the Los Angeles Film Festival on June 13. This will be the North American premiere of the film. Watch the trailer below.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • April 10, 2013 2:21 PM
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Eric Roth to Receive Excellence in Screenwriting Award at 2013 San Francisco International Film Festival

Eric Roth will be this year's recipient of the San Francisco International Film Festival's Kanbar Award for excellence in screenwriting. The award will be presented to Roth on May 7.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • April 10, 2013 2:07 PM
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