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San Francisco Film Society Announces Finalists For 2016 Documentary Film Fund

San Francisco Film Society Announces Finalists For 2016 Documentary Film Fund
Today, the San Francisco Film Society today announced the ten finalists for the 2016 Sffs Documentary Film Fund awards totaling $75,000. The Sffs Documentary Film Fund supports feature-length documentaries in postproduction and was created to support singular nonfiction film work. Finalists were selected from more than 200 applications, and winners will be announced in mid-September.

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Dff has an excellent track record for championing compelling films that have gone on to earn great acclaim. Previous winners include Zachary Heinzerling’s “Cutie and the Boxer,” which won Sundance’s Directing Award for documentary and was nominated for an Oscar for Best Documentary Feature; Joe Brewster and Michèle Stephenson’s “American Promise,”which premiered at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival and won the festival’s Special Jury Prize in the documentary category; and Moby Longinotto’s “The Joneses,” which premiered at the 2016 San Francisco International Film Festival.
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2010 Portland Oregon Women’s Film Festival (Pow!): Official Lineup

The 3rd annual Portland Oregon Women’s Film Festival (Pow!) has announced their full festival lineup, which includes 44 films from all over the world. The fest will run March 18-21 at the Hollywood Theatre.

Maybe this year, the Pow! fest will have something extra to celebrate if Kathryn Bigelow wins the Best Directing Academy Award on March 7th. Bigelow is the odds on favorite to take home the Oscar statuette this year for directing The Hurt Locker and, if she does, she’d be the first woman ever to do so. Actually, only four women have ever even been nominated: Bigelow, Lina Wertmuller, Jane Campion and Sofia Coppola.

The lineup below proves that women are a powerful force sitting in the director’s chair and Pow! has assembled an impressive lineup of animated films, shorts, features, documentaries, experimental films and more:

March 18

7:00 p.m.: “Local Shorts”

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Viff 2009: Guest Directors Attending

The 28th annual Vancouver International Film Festival (Viff) will be held October 1-16, 2009. Founded in 1982, Viff's mandate is " encourage the understanding of other nations through the art of cinema, to foster the art of cinema, to facilitate the meeting in British Columbia of cinema professionals from around the world and to stimulate the motion picture industry in British Columbia and Canada..." Over 150,000 people are expected to attend 640 screenings of 360 films from 80 countries. Here is an up-to-date list of directors, confirmed to attend Viff 2009, along with their films : "1428" Du Haibin "1999" Lenin Sivam "65_RedRoses" Philip Lyall & Nimisha Mukerji "Adelaide" Liliana Greenfield-Sanders "The Agony and the Ecstasy of Phil Spector" Vikram Jayanti "Ana & Arthur" Larry Young "The Anchorage" Anders Edström & Curtis Winter "Antoine" Laura Bari "Argippo Resurrected" Dan Krames "The Art of Drowning" Diego Maclean "At Home By Myself... With You" Kris Booth "At The Edge Of The World" Dan Stone
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Tribeca Film Fest unveils partial lineup

I know it looks dire as it's 28% lighter (at least so far) and minus an artistic director, but no fear, there's still more to come, and with what's been announced theirs some interesting sounding stuff, especially a film we wrote about briefly called Accidents Happen. Also premiering is the comedy Stay Cool and the Danish film Original, along with the North American premier of The Exploding Girl which we also wrote about.

Check the narrative features, world documentary, and discovery lineups after the break!

World Narrative Feature Competition

A compelling cross-section of bold creative visions from every corner of the globe come together in this year’s World Narrative Feature Competition. Presenting a diverse array of unique voices, this international film collection includes premieres from a wide range of directors, such as U.S. indie veterans the Polish brothers and Tony-nominated Conor McPherson, as well as exciting newcomers. Together, these
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Documentaries spotlighted at AFI Dallas 2009

Documentaries spotlighted at AFI Dallas 2009
The AFI Dallas 2009 International Film Festival, which runs from March 26-April 2, will include the world premieres of the documentaries "One Nation," "Playground" and "Rock Prophecies."

Directed by Justin Wilson, "Nation" uses sounds and images to profile the year 1968.

Libby Spears' "Playground," executive produced by Steven Soderbergh and George Clooney, looks at the American child sex trafficking industry.

"Prophecies," directed by John Chester, is a backstage look at the world of rock n' roll from the vantage point of photographer Robert M. Knight, who at the age of 18 befriended Jimi Hendrix and members of Led Zeppelin.

The fest will also include the U.S. premieres of Robert Kenner's "Food, Inc.," a documentary about the food industry; Matt Aselton's comedy "Gigantic," starring Paul Dano, Zooey Deschanel, John Goodman, Jane Alexander and Edward Asner; and Lourens Blok's "The Seven of Daran," who follows an English boy on an African adventure.
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