Friday, 25 May 2007

The other festivals

Nearly all our films have been awarded in different festivals around the world. Most of them are American, but some of them are International and recognised by the film industry and by film critics and fans.I've decided to make a selection of this awards, so we know a bit more about them: Two American festivals, one Canadian, and one international.

Sundance Film Festival
This Festival takes place in Utah, USA by January. It was established by the Utah Film Commission in 1978. Also, Robert Redford, in 1981 founded The Sundance Institute to engage the festival with new filmmakers. Two years later, the
festival became part of the Sundance Institute and added international films to its program. Sundance Festival has a open structure, witch makes it easier for all kinds of directors and film-makers to take part in it: well known US and international directors, emerging film-makers, experimental world cinema and also independent films from the best of the US.The top price is the Grand Jury Prize.Robert Redford and Quentin Tarantino are usual visitors to this festival, actually, Reservoir Dogs d├ębut in Sundance.

Our films: Expiration Date, Flannel Pajamas and Punching at the Sun.

Toronto Film Festival
Established in 1976, this festival is known around the world and it takes place, as it name's
says, in Toronto, Canada. It's known as the "festival of festivals" as it films come awarded from other festivals. The festival showcases the best in emerging and established home-grown talent, international film-makers, world cinema, documentaries and avant-garde film. This is the reason for tit to be so influential and compared with Cannes Festival.The top prize id the People's Choice Award and Toronto's Festival is one of the latest in the year as it takes part in September.

Our films: Everything's gone green and Monkey Warfare.

Tribeca Film Festival

Tribeca takes place in New York in April. The Festival has a little history, as it was established in 2002, but it's very important for the US society for it’s meaning. Robert De Niro and Jane Rosenthal decided to set it up in response to the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center on 11 September 2001. The event attracted more than 150,000 people and screened premieres of studio films Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones, About A Boy, and Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood.But also, it was founded to celebrate New York's position as a major film-making location and to contribute to the long-term recovery of lower Manhattan. The festival has grown considerably in just four years, maybe because of the special meaning of it for the americans.

Our films: Punching at the Sun.

Berlin Film Festival

The special fact about this festival is that it was Alfred Hitchcock's Rebecca, starring Joan Fontaine the film that opened this festival in 1951 in Berlin, Germany. It was set up to try and recapture some of the artistic glory days of the 1920s, while much of the city was still under reconstruction after World War II. These categories include screenings of big international movies; independent and art-house productions; world cinema and domestic films. About 350 films are shown at the two-week long festival every year, most of which are world or European premieres and more that 150.000 people enjoy the screening. More than 16,000 film professionals, including 3,600 journalists from about 80 countries are accredited for the festival every year, making it one of the most prestigious around the world.The top price given is the Golden Bear.
Our films: Man in the chair.

The other Festivals and awards: FAIF Hollywood International Film Festival, American Film Institute Fest, SXSW, Vancouver, American Indian Film Festival, Sedona International Film Festival, Palm Springs Film Festival, Festroia, Phoenix Film Festival, Park City Film Music Festival, Austin Film Festival, Santa Barbara, MethodFest, AFI Dallas, Seattle International Film Festival, Newport International Film Festival, Florida Film Festival, Independent Spirit Awards, Hamptons International Film Festival, Slamdance, Omaha Film Festival, Pensacola International Film Festival, Longbaugh, Cleveland International Film Festival, South by southwest, Savannah Film Festival, Connecticut Film Festival, Coney Island Film Festival and Secret City Film Festival.

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