SPY, STARRING MELISSA McCARTHY, TO OPEN SEATTLE FILM FEST
Paul Feig, director of The Heat and Bridesmaids, brings his latest film starring Melissa McCarthy to Opening Night of the Seattle International Film Festival on May 14. In this spy genre spoof McCarthy stars as a deskbound CIA analyst who volunteers to go deep undercover to rescue her partner (Jude Law) and prevent a global disaster. The film, which also features Allison Janney, Rose Byrne, Bobby Cannavale and Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson, will open nationwide on June 5.
The 25-day festival (May 14 -June 7, 2015) will present over 450 features, shorts and documentaries from over 80 countries.
PAUL WEITZ'S GRANDMA TO OPEN LOS ANGELES FILM FEST
The Opening Night film at this year's Los Angeles Film Festival will be Grandma, starring Lily Tomlin, Julia Garner, Marcia Gay Harden, Judy Greer and Laverne Cox.Tomlin is this year's "Spirit of Independence" honoree.
Rodrigo Garcia has been named Guest Director of this year's festival which runs June 10 -18 at L.A. LIVE in downtown Los Angeles. Gale Anne Hurd will receive the Glory to the Filmmaker Award and be honored at the Women Make It Happen Brunch during the Festival on Sunday June 14.
TAORMINA FILM FEST CELEBRATES 61st ANNIVERSARY THIS JUNE
The Taormina Film Fest takes place in the small Sicillian town at the Teotro Antico, an ancient 5,000-seat Greek theater perched on a Mediterranean seaside hilltop. This year the Festival will run June 14-21.
In the past, the Festival has honored such luminaries as Robert De Niro, Tom Cruise and Woody Allen. This year's honorees will be announced during the Cannes Film Fest.
SUNDANCE INSTITUTE TO HOST SUMMER FILM AND MUSIC FESTIVAL IN DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES
Sundance Institute will host Sundance NEXT FEST (August 7-9) for the second year at The Theatre at Ace Hotel in downtown L.A. Five new independent films will be paired with special music acts or conversations with the filmmakers and those who inspired them.
NAPA VALLEY FILM FEST SETS FALL DATES
The Napa Valley Film Festival will run November 11-15 in the picturesque towns of Napa, Yountville, St. Helena and Calistoga at the most colorful time of year. This celebration of film, food and wine is now in its fifth year.
AFI FEST 2014 ANNOUNCES DATES AND DEADLINES
AFI FEST 2014 presented by Audi – the American Film Institute's annual festival – will take place November 6 - 13 in Hollywood. It will again partner with The American Film Market, taking place at the same time in Santa Monica.
The deadline for submissions is August 8.
For more info, go to www.afi.com and www.AmericanFIlmMarket.com
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