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Film Fest Update

May 11, 2008

In a decade when the global fest circuit is showing signs of imploding under the sheer number of events,the Big Three Euro heavyweights of the film fest circuit — Cannes, Berlin, Venice — aren’t exempt from the pressures to deliver on various levels. – Variety

Angelus Film Fest

The 13th annual Angelus Student Film Festival — set to take place at the Directors Guild of America in Hollywood on Sept. 13 — has announced its call for entries. Films will be accepted across all genres, with an award of $10,000 going to the fest’s grand prize winner.

Bangkok Film Fest

BANGKOK — The troubled Bangkok International Film Festival will go ahead this year, but with another shift in the calendar. – Variety

Cannes Happenings

The 61st Cannes Film Festival, which kicks off May 14, is putting its final pieces in place.

The May 8 shuttering of Picturehouse and Warner Independent cast a pall over the specialty business just as buyers and sellers were boarding planes to France. As U.S. filmmakers, buyers and sellers head for Cannes, they are tamping down expectations. And it’s not just because the economy is tilting steadily toward recession. – Variety

The Cannes Film Festival will pay tribute to Warner Bros.’ 85th anniversary by bowing Richard Schickel’s PBS docu “You Must Remember This: The Warner Bros. Story” and unspooling a Warner pic every night under the Cannes Classics section.

Davis Guggenheim has completed filming on a documentary that will look at the story of the electric guitar from the point of view of three significant rock musicians: the Edge, Jimmy Page and Jack White.

LONDON — U.K.-based sales and production company Intandem Films has picked up worldwide rights to helmer Dan Ireland’s “Jolene.”

LONDON — Odeon Sky Filmworks has picked up U.K. rights to Jennifer Lynch’s “Surveillance,” which will screen out of competition at Cannes.

LONDON — Palestinian helmer Annemarie Jacir, whose debut feature, “Salt of This Sea,” will play in Un Certain Regard at the upcoming Cannes Film Festival, has had to cancel the world preem of her pic after she was denied entry into the Palestinian territories by Israeli authorities. – Variety

Tokyo Broadcasting System has unveiled two additions to its 2008-09 line-up. The first is “Ikigami: The Ultimate Limit,” a sci-fi thriller based on a comic by Motoro Mase about a future society in which 1,000 men are randomly selected by the government to die by poison capsules, to invigorate an apathetic population.Major Japanese producers have made a flurry of pic announcements, trying to stir up buyer interest before Cannes. – Variety

Cardiff Film Fest

LONDON — The Film Agency for Wales is launching a festival celebrating music in movies, which will replace the Cardiff Film Festival.

Cinevegas Film Fest

CineVegas will open with the world preem of Peter Catteneo’s comedy “The Rocker,” starring Rainn Wilson as a failed drummer who joins a high school rock band. Sean McGinly‘s “The Great Buck Howard” will close the fest.

Edinburgh Film Festival

EDINBURGH — The 62nd Edinburgh Intl. Film Festival will feature several world premieres of British movies, including Vito Rocco’s “Faintheart,” Kenny Glenaan‘s “Summer,” Charles Martin Smith’s “Stone of Destiny” and the previously announced opening film, John Maybury‘s “The Edge of Love.”

Locarno Film Festival

ROME — The Locarno Film Festival will fete U.S. producer Christine Vachon at its 61st edition. Fest will hand her the Raimondo Rezzonico prize, which is given to a producer who epitomizes the indie ethos.

Los Angeles Film Festival

Two Universal films based on graphic novels will bookend Film Independent’s 2008 Los Angeles Film Festival.

Sundance Film Festival

Indie helmer Michael Almereyda will receive the 2008 Sundance/Sloan Commissioning Grant to develop his sci-fi project “The Stanley Milgram Project.

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