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NYC Horror Film Fest Opening Night

The eighth annual New York City Horror Film Festival kicked off in downtown Manhattan Wednesday night, Nov. 18, 2009, with a party for filmmakers and ticketholders at BLVD, on the storied avenue called The Bowery.

Dedicated to the international genre film community, The NYCHFF was established in 2001 by Festival Director Michael J. Hein. Over 50 features and short horror and sci-fi films offer stories that range in subject matter from the terrifying to the gory and hilarious.

Said Hein, ”This year we received more entries than ever before and are thrilled by the high-caliber of excellent films submitted for consideration to this year’s festival. The 2009 NYCHFF will prove to be one of the best years for the festival, as well as for film aficionados and horror fans.”

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From The Archives: There is The Cannes Film Festival - And There is Everything Else

Imagine. It is Spring on the French Riviera. You’re sitting on an ermine-lined deck chair on Aristole Onassis’ personal battleship / yacht, while shiny, happy people with bank accounts greater than an impoverished third-world country cavort around you. One of the Hilton sisters, Paris or Nicky, trots by to sit on your lap while you gently feed one her large helpings of beluga caviar and she, in return puts her full champagne glass to your lips and grabs a-hold of your…

There’s The Cannes Film Festival, and there’s everything else: It is the global apex of the film festival circuit. Glamor Central: where the beautiful people come to try out what they learned in arrogance school.

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From The Archives: Cannes 2004

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The girls at the American Pavilion began the day with yoga and gossip. The day I got there, it was early enough to see this routine.

First there were the morning stretches, and then, exchanged news about the parties and rumors of parties they wished to investigate before going into a rousing rendition of the 1990s Walt Disney songbook --- they had seen Pocahontas and Little Mermaid tapes hundreds of times, I guess, and had the whole thing memorized.

These are the shiny, happy people who spend most of the day waiting on tables where producers, actors, and journalists will be vastly overcharged for lunch and snacks after paying another €20 for the privilege of sitting there.

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FestForums Santa Barbara: Learn How to Make the Best Fest


Organizing a film festival, music festival, or food fest can be a tremendous undertaking. It is crucial to understand everything that can go wrong and how to best mitigate possible disaster and turn your fest into one of legend (and not in the way Fyre Fest became legendary). That is where FestForums Santa Barbara comes in. Held at the Fess Parker Resort (633 East Cabrillo Blvd, Santa Barbara, CA) and running November 16 - 18, FestForum is a meeting of minds to help you learn how to get the most out of your festivals.

From their press release: FestForums is a festival conference for food, beverage, music and  film festival industry leaders that takes place biannually in Santa Barbara, CA and New York City.  Addressing cutting-edge technology, talent, ticketing, sponsorships, scheduling, merchandising, operations, sustainability, charitable work, innovation and safety, FestForums brings together festivals and events of all sizes for collaboration and professional development.

To learn more, go to:

FestForums Santa Barbara
November 16 - 18, 2017

Fess Parker Resort
633 East Cabrillo Blvd.
Santa Barbara, CA 93103

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