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Ten Days and Nights of International Cinema-March 22 – April 1, 2007

A new and exciting citywide annual international film festival was announced today at Victory Plaza. The AFI Dallas International Film Festival presented by Target with founding sponsor Victory Park will be held March 22 through April 1, 2007. Spanning 10 days and nights with 150 feature films and shorts, its more than 200 screenings will make it one of the largest film festivals in the Southwest. The comprehensive programming will include the very best of contemporary international features, documentaries and short films. The festival will be punctuated with red-carpet galas, receptions and special screenings accessible through family-friendly outdoor viewings. In record time the AFI Dallas International Film Festival has raised $3.5 million in cash and in kind gifts from sponsors and Dallas philanthropists. “The AFI Dallas International Film Festival is a result of Dallas’s love of film and filmmakers,” said Michael Cain, festival artistic director. “We welcome this opportunity to work with the Dallas film and film festival community to bring the international cinema spotlight on Dallas. It is also gratifying to have Liener Temerlin, the founder but to also have him as our chairman. He was the originator of the concept of the AFI series 100 Years, 100 Movies, and 100 Stars for the AFI and now today’s announcement is another example of his creativity, vision and commitment to Dallas.”


The citywide event is designed in a hub-and-spoke style, with Victory Park and Victory Plaza, featuring the largest outdoor media screens in the country, as the festival’s headquarters. Victory Park will be home to the festival’s box offices, hospitality areas and numerous supporting events and parties. “This is a tremendous opportunity for both Dallas and its film industry,” said Liener Temerlin, the AFI Dallas Fest founder and chairman. “After careful consideration, it became clear to me and others that now was the right environment, timing and opportunity for a festival of this size and scope. AFI saw the synergy with its own mission, and so began our consulting relationship.” “AFI is fortunate to know Liener Temerlin through his extraordinary service on the AFI board of trustees,” said Jean Picker Firstenberg, president and CEO of AFI. “When Liener approached AFI to consult on a new international festival in the city of Dallas, we did so because of our deep respect for this man and his vision. Today’s announcement is a result of that vision and because we believe that this festival is consistent with the AFI’s mission.”

Screenings, receptions and special events will be held throughout Dallas, connected by free shuttles and convenient public transportation. The festival maximizes the plethora of Dallas’s distinctive venues, making use of Victory Plaza, the historic Majestic Theatre, the Landmark Magnolia and Inwood Theatres, the Angelika Film Centre and the new AMC NorthPark Theaters. In addition to theater venues, the AFI Dallas Fest is in venue subject discussions with the Meyerson Symphony Center, Dallas Museum of Art, Nasher Sculpture Center, The Crow Collection of Asian Art and Southern Methodist University.

Temerlin has had early discussions with Bill Lively of the Dallas Center for the Performing Arts which includes the Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House, the Dee and Charles Wyly Theatre and the new Annette Strauss Artist square for venues when they come on stream. In keeping with their corporate generosity Target has offered additional support of the AFI Dallas International Film Festival, by funding the Target Filmmaker Awards. The first $25,000 cash grant will be awarded to the winning filmmaker of the best narrative film. The second $25,000 grant will be given to the winner of the best documentary category. “Victory Park is very pleased to be the home to the AFI Dallas International Film Festival,” said Ross Perot, Jr. chairman of Hillwood Development Corporation. “This festival is an important step in Dallas’s effort to become a leading arts center with another significant film festival and will be instrumental in drawing crowds throughout the city. This is a great time to be in Dallas, and we’re looking forward to highlighting our development and our city.”

Jonas Woods, president of Hillwood Capital, said, “Victory takes a great deal of pride in being the founding sponsor for the AFI Dallas Film Festival. We know it will bring added distinction to the many great film festivals in the city.” The AFI Dallas International Film Festival is yet another articulation of Dallas’s commitment to the arts and will be a terrific mechanism to encourage tourism. “The city has dedicated itself to our museums, theaters and music establishments, and support of cinema is in keeping with Dallas’s strides in becoming an arts destination. Furthermore, the film festival will result in increased tourism and economic gains for Dallas for many years to come. It is a terrific opportunity for our city,” said Phillip Jones, president and CEO of the Dallas Convention & Visitors Bureau.

AFI DALLAS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL In addition to Target as presenting sponsor and Victory Park as founding sponsor, confirmed sponsors as of September 20, 2006, include: AT&T, American Airlines, Bank of America, Lexus, Neiman Marcus, DG Systems, Jones Day, W Hotel, Brinker International, One Arts Plaza, Central Market, Aquafina, DG Systems, The Richards Group, Richards/Gravelle, Post Asylum, RBMM, T:M Interactive, and Temerlin Consulting. A number of other sponsors are in negotiation. For more festival information, please visit

The 40th WORLDFEST-HOUSTON sets Fest dates, Calls For Entries-WorldFest-Houston International Film Festival is scheduled for April 20-29, 2007. Final late entry deadline is January 31st, 2007, and the late fee will be waived. WorldFest is also seeking to fill two Intern positions for the 2007 Festival. Entry forms and complete entry information is available at

The GULF COAST FILM AND VIDEO FESTIVAL-is holding its 8th Annual Event September 14th through the 17th, 2007. Calls for entry begin February 14, 2007 through midnight, May 1, 2007. Late entries from May 2 through June 27, 2007É.Late entries with a late feeÉ.For further information visit or call 281-333-5804 or mail to Gulf Coast Film and Video Festival, P.O. Box 580316, Houston, TX 77258-0316. to opt out of future mailings, reply to this email with opt out in the subject line.

2007 AFFD CALL FOR ENTRIES! The AFFD is now accepting entries for the 2007 Asian Film Festival of Dallas (August 23 – 30, 2007 @ Landmark’s Magnolia Theater). Entry Deadlines for 2007 AFFD- Early Deadline: May 15, 2007-Entry Fees: $10 – Short, $15 – Feature-Late Deadline: June 15, 2007-Entry Fees: $15 – Short, $20 - Feature- AFFD accepts film or video productions by Asian Americans and Asian International filmmakers, or with subject matter concerning Asian issues from any year, country, state, age, category, and serving any theme.

37th ANNUAL USA FILM FESTIVAL: April 19 - April 26, 2007: 37th Annual USA Film Festival – Eight-day showcase featuring the best new American and foreign Films, the 29th Annual National Short Film and Video Competition and special tributes. Accomplished directors and actors appear with their new films (50+ visiting filmmakers in attendance with 75+ films) in a setting designed to bring artists together with audiences. Other program highlights include Tribute programs which recognize master artists (directors, actors, writers, composers, cinematographers, etc.). The Competition is open to US made works only, makes several cash awards (no trophies, plaques or other gee-gaws), is administered by an independent national jury of film experts, and is an Academy-qualified program (in the fiction, animation and experimental categories). ( Note: Most questions will be answered in the Entry Form, so please wait to ask us anything until after you receive and review the Entry Form.) And yes, your short film/video entry can ALSO be considered for regular play within the Festival week (non-competitive) by just checking the appropriate box on the Entry Form. Final submissions deadline = March 10.If NO part of your short film was shot or produced in the US, there is no form or fee needed because it is NOT ELIGIBLE for the competition. However, you can submit for regular play consideration. Just send a VHS screener (non-pal format please) along with any info. you wish us to have to the address below. The honoree participates in the program which includes screenings and discussions of the artist's work. Just send us an email at

THE ASIAN FILM FESTIVAL OF DALLAS is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting an understanding of Asian culture, supporting and advancing the work of Asian-American artists. We have a shorts festival that normally takes place in May and a separate features festival at the Dallas Museum of Arts and the Magnolia Theater. AFFD has premiered many Asian films in Dallas such as: GREEN DRAGON, JU-ON, TALE OF TWO SISTERS, WEEPING CAMEL and many more. AFFD was created in 2001 by local film enthusiasts, SMU alumni Mye Hoang and International Movies in Dallas' Stephen Carlton. The organization is operated by nonpaid volunteers and has 501(c)3 nonprofit status. Festival date: first week of August 2006; Submission deadline: July 1,,,

THE CINESOL FILM FESTIVAL is an event that showcases the very best film and video with a connection to the Latino Culture and people. The traveling festival makes its way across the Rio Grande Valley, celebrating achievement in the art of filmmaking. CineSol is dedicated to furthering the art, craft and business of screenwriters and filmmakers and recognizing their artistic contributions in the Latino community. CineSol supports the work of aspiring and established filmmakers by enhancing public awareness of their artistic endeavors and by encouraging dynamic and long-lasting community alliances. Festival date: August 31 – September 2, 2007; Submission deadlines: Early Bird Deadline is June 15, Regular Deadline is July 1, Late Deadline is July,,

MIAMI INTERNATINAL FILM FESTIVAL: The 24th annual Miami International Film Festival (MIFF) takes place March 2 – 11, 2007 at various venues in the greater Miami area including the Gusman Center for the Performing Arts, the Regal South Beach Cinema, The Colony Theatre, the Tower Theater, the Bill Cosford Cinema, and the Sunrise Intracoastal Cinemas.

FESTIVAL HISTORY:The Fourth Annual New Orleans International Human Rights Film Festival-APRIL 12 - 22, 2007. The New Orleans International Human Rights Film Festival was founded in 2004 by a coalition of local organizers and community members, consulting with local organizations including representatives of the ACLU Foundation of Louisiana, Families and Friends of Louisiana's Incarcerated Children, New Orleans Palestine Solidarity, New Orleans American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee, Planned Parenthood of Louisiana and the Mississippi Delta, Iron Rail Bookstore and Library, Neighborhood Gallery, Loyola Amnesty International, Zeitgeist Multidisciplinary Arts Center, and more. Although operated by an all-volunteer staff on a shoestring budget, the first annual festival presented a range of local and national premieres including Fourth World War, Until When, Lost Boys of Sudan, Rana's Wedding, and the first New Orleans showing in at least thirty years of Battle of Algiers. The Second Annual New Orleans International Human Rights Film Festival presented 35 new films in 17 days and eight venues and featured two world premieres. At the third festival, from April 6 – 15, 2006, New Orleanians viewed more than 40 films from 5 continents. The 2006 festival also had screenings in Shreveport and Natchitoches, Louisiana. For more information, email email address is being protected from spam bots, you need Javascript enabled to view it.


MEMPHIS (JANUARY 22, 2007) – Film and music lovers, if you’re looking for fascinating feature and short films to make you laugh and cry, documentaries and experimental films to make you think, animation to amaze and delight, and, for the first time, music videos to get you up on your feet and put a song in your heart, join us at the Memphis Film Forum’s 8th Annual Memphis International Film Festival, March 22-25, 2007, at Malco’s Paradiso and Malco’s Studio on the Square theatres. The Mid-South’s premiere film event, our festival attracts top films and filmmakers from all over the world, along with fantastic local filmmakers, giving us an intriguing and inspiring collection of films to share with our audience. Film submissions are closed, and the screeners are engaging in the exciting process of judging the entries. The chosen films will be announced February 5 and also will be posted on our website,, along with viewing dates and times. A festival pass can be purchased in advance by calling 901-626-9685 for only $ 35, entitling the bearer not only admission to all the films, but to a cornucopia of events, including parties and seminars presently being planned. Individual tickets will also be available for purchase to sample the many offerings we’ll be presenting. New this year, the Memphis Film Forum is promoting a design contest for our festival logo which will be used on the official festival poster, t-shirt and other marketing materials. The winning artist will receive a pair of all-access VIP passes for the entire festival as well as the gratitude and recognition of the Memphis arts community. Entries will be accepted immediately, through Friday, February 9th, 2007. Full details are available here .Seeking more involvement? We’re actively seeking volunteers, who, for their support, will receive passes and other considerations. We’re a non-profit, working to inspire and educate our community, so we appreciate all of our wonderful volunteers! CONTACT:Lisa Bobal, Memphis Film Forum Chairman, 901-626-9685 or .


MY SECRET RECORD: OR HOW I LEARNED TO STOP WORRYING AND LOVE THE BIZ, a documentary focused on singer-songwriter and international recording star Rob Thomas, will headline the opening night of the 38th Nashville Film Festival on Thursday, April 19, 2007, at 7:00 p.m. on two screens at the Regal Green Hills Cinema. Thomas, his wife Marisol and director Gillian Grisman will attend the screening. MY SECRET RECORD: OR HOW I LEARNED TO STOP WORRYING AND LOVE THE BIZ, by American director Grisman, is an engaging documentary that follows Matchbox Twenty member Thomas as he records the solo CD that would debut at #1 on the Billboard charts in late 2005. The film chronicles not only the making of the music but the hype, the marketing, the publicity and all the accompanying frustrations. The result is a very incisive and humorous look at the record industry’s machinations.


We are currently receiving entries for the 2007 Folly Felder Film Festival. All original films will be considered, and productions with a length of 15 minutes or less will be eligible for a Gold, Silver or Bronze Palmetto Award. There is a $20 handling fee for each entry (checks made payable to ATSC with Film Fest on the memo line) and unfortunately, submissions cannot be returned without an SAE. We accept entries on DVD. Deadline: May 10th 2007- Send your entries to: PO BOX 930 FOLLY BEACH, SC 29439. For further information, call Nick Smith on (843) 769-7685, visit or e-mail


Crossroads Film Festival, March 29 – April 1, 2007, Jackson, Mississippi If you think you know Mississippi ... think again! Jackson, Mississippi is the cultural crossroads of the south (hence the name - Crossroads Film Festival) and is the place where all the good stuff gets thrown together. This is where the music of delta bluesman Robert Johnson runs straight into the home of the international ballet competition. We are home to Tennessee Williams, Willie Morris, Eudora Welty, William Faulkner, James Earl Jones, Oprah Winfrey, Morgan Freeman, and some of the world’s greatest historians, photographers, and musicians. We are also home to some real quirky and creative folks, fried catfish, sweet tea, and a film festival to rival the best of them. Come challenge Mississippi’s creative class & STILL be showered in Southern hospitality. There’ll be cash prizes, Southern celebrities, workshops, daily receptions and nightly jukin’ with live music to toast you, the filmmaker. It’s all about your story. Share it. Come see us and we’ll show you a great time. Call for entries Deadline has been extended to January 20th.


Francis Ford Coppola prophesized a decade ago that the next masterpiece would be made by a “fat girl in Iowa, with a camcorder.” While she might make a film for nothing, she’ll likely have a whopper of a long distance bill.
* What: 2007 Sumter Film Festivals: The city of Sumter is developing a plan to present Three unique video projects during 2007. All four projects will emphasize the creative use of cellular video, digital and standard video technology.
* Where: Screenings will take place at Sumter`s Historic Opera House, 21 North Main Street, and throughout Sumter`s newly revitalized downtown area.
* Cost: Most events will have nominal participation and/or registration fees. Screenings will be free to the public.
* Project 1: Sumter`s VideoPhone Film Festival. The unique festival will feature and celebrate the new and exciting technologies and numerous creative possibilities brought about by the latest generation of Video Mobile phones. The competition will require entrants to submit videos created solely by using videophone technology. This project is open to all residents of southeastern USA, ages 14 years and above. Call for Work: 1/18/07, Deadline for Submissions: 5/29/07
* Project 2: Themed What I did Last Summer, the festival will encourage filmmakers from throughout South Carolina to produce videos which document their most recent summer vacations. This is a South Carolina statewide competition and is open to all age groups; an ideal "family" project. The competition is open to amateur and professional filmmakers, students, parents, grandparents or anyone who would like to document and share what they did during their recent summer vacations. This project will include a videophone category as well as categories for standard video technology. Statewide competition open to all age groups.
Call for Work: 4/23/07, Deadline for Submissions: 8/31/07
* Project 3: Sumter`s `Recycled Film` Film Festival. The festival`s theme and concept parallels the theme of Sumter`s Accessibility 2007 exhibition; "Green-Art, the Art of Recycling and the Environment." International competition open to those 14 years and above. Call for Work: 2/2/07, Deadline for Submissions: 9/7/07
FESTIVAL/SCREENINGS: 10/8-14/07. This video project will be a component of Accessibility 2007
* Awards: Awards for all projects are pending
* Information: For specific details, guidelines and festival dates please contact Booth Chilcutt, Cultural Director-city of Sumter, SC at 803-436-2616 or; Information page:
We are proud to present the inaugural Beaufort Film Festival: Three days of international and local short films, feature films, animation, filmmakers surprises, educational forums, guest speakers, parties, and the quiet charm of historic Beaufort will all be on display. Many of the directors will be here at the festival to talk about and answer your questions about their films, and this is possibly your only opportunity to get close to them and see their early works before they get "discovered". The Film Festival is part of The Beaufort Kaleidoscope: Film, Food, and Fine Art. Some of the finest culinary artists from the southeastern United States will be here to wine and dine you. For more information about weekend events please visit or
The Huntington Regional Film Commission (Huntington, WV) is celebrating it`s 4th Annual Appalachian Film Festival. Our competition festival is for people living in the 13 Appalachian States (WV, OH, KY, NY, PA, MD, VA, TN, NC, SC, GA, AL, and MS.) Submissions to the Appalachian Film Festival are due March 1, 2007. See all the information at $1,000.00 Prize for best Script, Feature, and Documentary. All festival competition films will be shown in the historic Keith- Albee Theater (www. in downtown Huntington, West Virginia.
THE SPAGHETTI JUNCTION URBAN FILM FESTIVAL: The Spaghetti Junction Urban Film Festival reaches a milestone as it celebrates it's fifth year anniversary, April 18-22,2007 in DeKalb County, Georgia. DeKalb County Government and the The DeKalb County Office of Arts, Culture and Entertainment return as hosts of this signature event. We encourage you to check back as we are updating our website.


Series Executive-Produced by Mark Burnett and Steven Spielberg
ON THE LOT, executive-produced by Mark Burnett and Steven Spielberg, will give aspiring filmmakers from around the world the chance to earn a $1-million development deal at DreamWorks. Airing next spring on FOX, this unscripted series will feature a cast of 16 undiscovered filmmakers who will compete to win the support of the show’s viewers, as their fate will be decided by a weekly audience vote. The competition will air over two nights weekly, with a one-hour “Film Premiere” episode, followed the next night by a half-hour “Box Office” results show. After a global search, applicants will be winnowed to a group of 16 talented filmmakers. These finalists will be brought to Hollywood, where they will be divided into teams and begin the journey toward their “big break.”
Every week, the hopeful filmmakers will produce short films from a chosen genre, running the gamut from comedies to thrillers, personal dramas to romance, sci-fi to horror. They’ll have access to the best resources the industry has to offer -- professional writers, cast and crew, and maybe even Hollywood celebrities. After the teams have battled time frames, budgets and all the usual chaos that goes along with filmmaking, their films will debut and be critiqued in front of a live audience during the “Film Premiere” episode. Judges will include a high-ranking motion picture executive, a prominent film critic and a succession of well-respected guests, such as directors who are experts in the week’s featured genre. But the filmmakers ultimately will be judged by the harshest critics of all … the public. It will be FOX viewers whose votes determine which film should be left on the cutting-room floor. On the next night’s “Box Office” results show, the director whose feature garners the fewest votes will be sent home. The competition continues and directors are eliminated until only the most talented filmmaker is anointed the winner and heads to DreamWorks … ON THE LOT. You can find more information at

THE RUSSIAN CULTURAL CENTER-OUR TEXAS-is happy to announce the Documentary Film Showcase featuring the best in contemporary Russian documentary film to Texas audiences. This years inaugural series will celebrate the life achievement of Marina Goldovskaya, a renowned Russian-American documentary filmmaker and a professor at UCLA in Los Angeles. Ms. Goldovskaya will be present at screenings in Houston/Austin between Feb. 22nd-24th for discussion and will sign her new book WOMAN WITH MOVIE CAMERA. She has also created more that 30 documentaries, over hundred television programs for Russian, French, Austrian, German and American audiences, and has written six books. Joining Marina will be Daniel Levin, co-writer and editor of her latest film, THE RUSSIAN STORY, as well as animator Igor Karash. For further information visit or visit

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