Waterford Film Festival Deadline

The deadline for submissions to the Waterford Film Festival is Monday the 1st of September.

The festival welcomes local, national and international films and is open to any form of genre, with five categories including: Feature Film, Feature Documentary, Short Film, Short Documentary and Best First Short Film.

The festival website has been updated and can now accept submissions online or by post. There are cash prizes and and Crystal Awards for first place in all categories, with the Crystal Awards being sponsored by Waterford Crystal.

Please click here for more information: www.waterfordfilmfestival.com

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Scriptapalooza Television Writing Competition

Supported by the Writers Guild of America West and the Writers Guild of Canada, Scriptapalooza Television Writing Competition has seen major success in its nine years: two winning writers have won Emmys, and another winner currently writes for Comedy Central.

The four competition categories include existing one-hour shows like Boston Legal and Desperate Housewives; existing half-hour sitcoms like The Office and Two and a Half Men; original pilots and reality shows. Scriptapalooza now accepts submissions by e-mail.

Deadline for submissions is 1st October, 2008
For further information click here: www.ScriptapaloozaTV.com

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Film Legend Ennio Morricone to Perform at Queen’s

Ennio Morricone, the Italian maestro behind some of the most instantly recognisable film music of the last forty years, will perform his only UK and Ireland engagements this year at the Opening Concert of the Ulster Bank Belfast Festival at Queen’s on 17–18 October at the Waterfront Hall.

This is a rare live appearance by the Oscar-winning® film legend who scored Sergio Leone’s 1960s Westerns: A Fistful of Dollars; For a Few Dollars More; The Good, the Bad and the Ugly; Once Upon a Time in the West and A Fistful of Dynamite. Morricone also scored other iconic films including Once Upon a Time in America, Days of Heaven, The Untouchables, Cinema Paradiso and The Mission.

Ennio Morricone has won five BAFTAs for Best Score and been nominated five times for an Oscar®. He received an Honorary Academy Award in 2007 ‘for his magnificent and multifaceted contributions to the art of film music’. He is only the second composer in Oscar® history to be honoured with such an award.

Since 2001, Ennio Morricone has played only very selective engagements in landmark cities including London, Paris, New York, Vienna and Tokyo. For the festival Morricone will conduct the Roma Sinfonietta Orchestra and Belfast Philharmonic Choir, with over 100 musicians flying to Belfast especially for the occasion.

Tickets can be booked online at www.belfastfestival.com or through the Belfast Waterfront Hall at www.waterfront.co.uk or by phoning +44 (0)28 90 33 44 55.

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Irish Director to Premiere Short in LA

Writer/director Donal Foreman will be attending the screening of his film Removal in Los Angeles on August 20th as part of VisionFest, an annual gala screening and awards ceremony organised by Filmmakers Alliance.

In its 11th year, Filmmakers Alliance’s annual screening and celebration VisionFest will be held at the Directors Guild of America Theatre Complex.

The awards begin with the presentation of the Vision Award to an established filmmaker whose artistic ambition and excellence has inspired emerging filmmakers around the world. Past recipients include Mike Figgis, Terry Gilliam, Wim Wenders, Allison Anders, Alexander Payne, David O. Russell and Werner Herzog.

This year’s Vision Award recipient is filmmaker Kevin Smith.

The awards will be preceded by a special Community Vision Award to Los Angeles FilmForum and the endowment of the Los Angeles Short Filmmaking Grant and will be followed by a screening of the best short films produced through Filmmakers Alliance in the past year.

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Women’s Film Deadline Extended

The deadline for the Women’s International Film & Television Showcase has been extended to 1st October 2008.

The new showcase, which will take place in Hollywood 4–7 December,
recognizes the talents of women in film and television, focusing on the work of women producers, directors and cinematographers from around the world. Founded by Craig Prater, formerly creative director of the Palm Springs International Film Festival and the Bangkok International Film Festival, and Elspeth Tavares, publisher and editor of the film industry trade paper, The Business of Film, The WIFTS has been endorsed by the City of West Hollywood and the West Hollywood Marketing and Visitors Bureau.

It will open with a world premiere and will include screenings of sixteen new films as well as seminars and discussion panels. The event will close with an awards ceremony. Awards will include the Entrepreneurial Award to a woman ‘whose talent has exhibited a new approach to filmmaking, acting or the entertainment business world’ as well as awards for best film, best director, best cinematography, pre-eminent breakout role, and career and lifetime achievement awards. Some awards will be honorary and others will be selected by a jury of established film executives and celebrities.

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Premiere of Electric Picnic '06: The Documentary

Electric Picnin ’06: The Documentary, presented by POD Concerts and Aiken Promotions and directed by Nick Ryan, will premiere on Thursday 23rd August, 10.30 pm at the IFI.

Songs covered in full form the backbone of the film, but it is also a ‘people-watching extravaganza,’ which features live performances from Davendra Bernhart, New Order, Alabama 3, Broken Social Scene and Basement Jaxx.

Tickets are limited, to book tickets please visit the IFI website.

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Over 55’s Film Club Screens Surprise Movie

The Pictures monthly film club for over 55’s will this month screen a surprise movie. To date the film club has shown a stellar line-up of movies including foreign language films (The Lives of Others), Irish films (The New Matchmakers), comedies (Little Miss Sunshine, About Schmidt), drama (The Painted Veil) and old classics (Casablanca and Some Like It Hot).

The club was launched by axis, Ballymun and Dublin City Council Arts Office in association with the Irish Film Institute and access Cinema in January with a screening of the classic comedy Some Like It Hot. The Pictures shows one screening per month of all genres of fims in axis arts and community resource centre, Ballymun.

The screening will take place in axis arts and community resource centre, Ballymun at 2.30 pm on Monday, 25th August. Members are invited to the axis Café prior to the films to enjoy a cuppa or a bite to eat. Tickets are €2 for members, €4 for non-members with membership costing €2.

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