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Preview: 18th Raindance Film Festival, London 2010

This year's Raindance Film Festival is a challenging and innovative mix, showing some 77 features and 69 UK Premieres over a 12 day period from the comfortable surroundings of the Apollo Cinema in Piccadilly Circus.

Blockbuster Files For Bankruptcy

Movie rental giant Blockbuster has filed for voluntary Chapter 11 bankruptcy in New York.

In a release the company said that business would continue as normal at its U.S. stores, although its recapitalization plan should reduce the Company's indebtedness from nearly $1 billion currently to an estimated $100 million or less when implemented.

VIFF Film & TV Forum 2010 Line-up

The VIFF 25th Annual Film & TV Forum is back at the the Vancouver International Film Centre for another year later this month with sessions for filmmakers looking to hone their business and creative skills, expand their international contacts, and increase their digital media savvy.

Eco Docs at the Vancouver International Film Festival

It seems more like a decade than a year since VIFF (30 September-15 October) last came round. Make that two decades. With Copenhagen's failure fast becoming a dot in the rear view mirror, one filmmaker has returned to footage from the first “Earth Summit” in Rio for inspiration.

Essential Killing Takes Triple at Venice

"Essential Killing", a Jeremy Thomas presentation directed by Jerzy Skolimowski, has won an unprecedented three awards at last night's ceremony in Venice, taking home the Special Jury Prize, Best Actor (Vincent Gallo), and the Cinemavveniere Award for Best Film in Competition (youth jury).

Edinburgh Film Festival Director Bids Farewell

Hannah McGill has decided to step down from her role as artistic director of the Edinburgh International Film Festival. McGill has been at the helm of the EIFF since 2006 and curated her first film festival in 2007. Prior to that she was a programme consultant for the festival for five years.

Digital Revolutions: £10,000 Social Media Short Competition

BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT, today announced the launch of the “Digital Revolutions” short film competition, with Sheffield Doc/Fest, the biggest documentary film festival in the UK and Crossover, an international digital media and content programme.

Artists Cinema Shorts 2010 hits Cannes ahead of UK Regional Picturehouse release

A collaboration between ICO (the Independent Cinema Office) and LUX has led to the commissioning of seven International artists to produce a series of short films which have been shown in Cannes in the past week alongside feature films like the thriller The Ghost and British satire Four Lions.

Sony Seeks 3D Film Content Competition

Sony is running a competition for budding 3D filmmakers (closing date: 9 July 2010). The winning entries will be used on its in-store demo Blu-ray disc and given to purchasers of its new line of Sony BRAVIA 3D TVs.

Under Surveillance : A question of Privacy

"Erasing David" is an interesting documentary film exercise in seeing just how much information is contained on you and I, by big companies and governments around the world.

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