HOLLYWOOD, CA, October 12, 2006 — The Hollywood Film Festival®, co-chaired by Paula Wagner and presented by STARZ, is pleased to be celebrating its 10th Anniversary. In keeping with its mission to bridge the gap between established Hollywood and the global creative community, the festival will once again present works of emerging filmmakers this year.

The festival’s Board of Advisors has unveiled the line-up of the finalists for this year’s festival, as well as the Hollywood Awards nominees and honorees. The announcement was made today by Carlos de Abreu, Founder and Executive Director of the festival. The films include features, documentaries, shorts, and music videos from around the world, including films from Australia, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Holland, India, Italy, New Zealand, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Uganda, the Ukraine, the United Kingdom, and the United States. The screenings will take place from October 18 to 22 at ArcLight Cinemas (6360 Sunset Blvd.)

With programming of both domestic and international films, the festival will present over 80 films, including gala and world premieres of 20th Century Fox’s “FLICKA” by Michael Mayer, starring Alison Lohman and Tim McGraw, on Wednesday, October 18, STARZ’s “BUY THE TICKET, TAKE THE RIDE: HUNTER S. THOMPSON ON FILM” by Tom Thurman, featuring Johnny Depp, Benicio Del Toro, Sean Penn, John Cusack, and Bill Murray, among others, on Thursday, October 19, and DreamWorks Animation’s “FLUSHED AWAY,” by David Bowers and Sam Fell, starring the vocal talents of Hugh Jackman, Kate Winslet, and Ian McKellen on Sunday, October 22.

“The films that were selected for the festival are truly outstanding and showcase a wide array of talented filmmakers,” commented Mr. de Abreu. “This year’s line-up will present an excellent cross section of independent cinema from around the world,” he added.

Also, to continue with one of its mandates — giving a voice to the voiceless through the visual medium — some of its premieres include “IN A SOLDIER’S FOOTSTEPS,” “UGANDA RISING,” and “THE EMPIRE OF AFRICA.” These films highlight the human atrocities plaguing Africa today, in the hope of contributing to the end of the brutality.

The festival’s closing night screenings include Phillip Noyce’s “CATCH A FIRE,” a drama about terrorism in Apartheid-era South Africa, revolving around a policeman (Tim Robbins) and a young man (Derek Luke) who carries out solo acts against the regime.

The Hollywood Film Festival® also continues to honor excellence in the art of filmmaking with a special presentation of films by Academy Award-winning filmmaker Oliver Stone. The program will feature his award-winning films “SALVADOR” and “BORN ON THE FOURTH OF JULY” on Saturday, October 21, and “PLATOON” followed by ‘WORLD TRADE CENTER” on Sunday, October 22. A discussion with Oliver Stone will be held following the screenings of ‘BORN ON THE FOURTH OF JULY” and ‘WORLD TRADE CENTER.”

In addition, this year’s nominees for the Hollywood World Awards® are: “12:08 East of Bucharest” (Romania) directed by Corneliu Porumboiu; “Buenos Aires, 1977” (Argentina) directed by Adrian Caetano; “Climates” (Turkey, France) directed by Nuri Bilge Ceylan; “Grbavica” (Austria, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Germany, Croatia) directed by Jasmila Zbanic; “The Lives of Others” (Germany) directed by Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck; “Pan’s Labyrinth” (Mexico, Spain) directed by Guillermo del Toro; “The Queen” (UK, France, Italy) directed by Stephen Frears; “Red Road” (UK, Denmark) directed by Andrea Arnold; “Volver” (Spain) directed by Pedro Almodovar; and “The Wind That Shakes the Barley” (Germany, Italy, Spain, France, Ireland, UK) directed by Ken Loach.

And the nominees for the Hollywood Movie of the Year Awards® are: “Cars” directed by John Lasseter; “The Da Vinci Code” directed by Ron Howard; “The Devil Wears Prada” directed by David Frankel; “Little Miss Sunshine” directed by Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris; “Mission: Impossible III” directed by J. J. Abrams; “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest” directed by Gore Verbinski; “Superman Returns” directed by Bryan Singer; “United 93” directed by Paul Greengrass; “World Trade Center” directed by Oliver Stone; and “X-Men: The Last Stand” directed by Brett Ratner. The winner is decided by the public voting at the Yahoo! Movies Website – movies.yahoo.com

The festival is also presenting the Hollywood Horror, Sci-Fi and Fantasy Festival showcase of horror films on October 20, 21, and 22 in alliance with Film Threat.

This year’s industry professionals who will be honored for their achievements at the Hollywood Awards Gala Ceremony include Sony Pictures Classics’ co-Presidents Michael Barker and Tom Bernard for leadership; the Film Foundation for film preservation; Robin Williams for career achievement; Oliver Stone for directing; Mike Medavoy for producing; Forest Whitaker, Penelope Cruz, Ben Affleck, and Sandra Bullock for acting, the cast of “Bobby” (Harry Belafonte, Joy Bryant, Nick Cannon, Emilio Estevez, Laurence Fishburne, Brian Geraghty, Heather Graham, Anthony Hopkins, Helen Hunt, Joshua Jackson, David Krumholtz, Ashton Kutcher, Shia LaBeouf, Lindsay Lohan, William H. Macy, Svetlana Metkina, Demi Moore, Freddy Rodriguez, Martin Sheen, Christian Slater, Sharon Stone, Jacob Vargas, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, and Elijah Wood) for ensemble acting; Eric Roth for screenwriting; Vilmos Zsigmond for cinematography; Joel Cox for editing; Gustavo Santaolalla for film composing; John Myhre for production design; Penny Rose for costume design; Kris Evans for make-up; John Knoll for visual effects; Disney/Pixar’s “Cars,” directed by John Lasseter, for animation; and Francine Maisler for casting. In addition, Derek Luke and Lindsay Lohan will be honored with the festival’s Breakthrough Actor and Actress awards, and Ryan Murphy with the “Hollywood Breakthrough Director of the Year Award.”

The 2006 Annual Hollywood Film Festival® will take place from October 18 to 23. The festival’s screenings take place at ArcLight Theatres in Hollywood. Its Hollywood Awards Gala Ceremony will be held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, Monday, October 23.

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“48 Shades” by Daniel Lapaine
“Afterlife” by Dean Francis
“American Dream” by Eelko Ferwerda
“American Scary” by John E. Hudgens
“Arc” by Robert Ethan Gunnerson
“Bickford Schmeckler’s Cool Ideas” by Scott Lew
“Buss Till Italien” (“Road to Italy”) by Daniel-Lind Lagerlof
“Callback” by Christopher Glatis
“CarBabes” by Nick Fumia, Chris Wolf
“The Champ” by Joshua Martin
“Danny Boy” by Guy Noland
“Dark Ride” by Craig Singer
“Deadly Tantrum” by Michael Mort
“Devil’s Den” by Andrew Quint
“The Doers of Coming Deeds” by Jerry Buteyn
“The Dumbbomb Affair” by David Gottlieb
“Easter Bunny, Kill! Kill!” by Chad Ferrin
“El Mascarado Massacre” by Jesse Baget
“The Empire in Africa” by Philippe Diaz
“Existence” by Anthony Leonardi III
“Facility 4” by Colter Freeman
“The Falling Man” by Kevin Langdon Ackerman
“Guess Who I Saw Today?” by Abe Sylvia
“Haptics” by Mayur Deshpande
“Harnessing Speed” by Todd Grossman
“Heavens Fall” by Terry Green
“The Hip Hop Project” by Scott K. Rosenberg, Matt Ruskin
“Hollywood’s Heart” by Andreas Wigand
“I Soldatens Fodspor” (“In a Soldier’s Footsteps”) by Mette Zeruneith
“It Came from Beyond the Mountain” by Douglas Bankston
“Jam” by Craig Serling
“The Janitors” by Daniel Arnold, Matthew Kowalchuk
“Jimmy 9 Lives” by Larry Torro
“Just Visiting” by Jeff Stephenson
“Kasting” by Alyosha Saari
“La Sacoche Perdue” (“The Lost Bag”) by Catherine Buffat, Jean-Luc Greco
“Lies” by Sarah Elgart
“Man Interrupted” by Allen Mezquida
“Marcus” by Rich Robinson, Bob Hardison
“Master Kowalski” by Julian M. Kheel
“Morir, Dormir, Sonar” (“To Die, to Sleep, to Dream”) by Miguel del Arco
“My Mother’s Hairdo” by Abe Sylvia
“The Narcissist” by Ulysses Brown
“News Junkie” by Mike Dorsey
“Old Dog” by Arran Bowyn
“One Way” by Reto Salimbeni
“Played” by Sean Staneck
“Radiophobia” by Julio Soto
“Rendezvous With Death” by Wilfried Huismann
“Richard” by Mick Elliott
“Rose” by Hoku Uchiyama
“Sadiq” by Sean Mullin
“Sheep Man” by Ron Eigen
“Shorn” by Martha Goddard
“Shut Up and Sing” by Bruce Leddy
“SMatka: Wrong Love” by Gero von Braunmuehl
“Special Dead” by Thomas L. Phillips
“Stationery” by Jason Fairley
“Strong Enough to Break” by Ashley Greyson
“Superstring — If You Want It” by Tod Campbell
“Take a Good Look” by Ryan Gruzen
“Thick” by Benjamin L.W. Pierce
“Uganda Rising” by Jesse James Miller
“Unrest” by Jason Todd Ipson
“Waning Moon” by Luca Colombo
“Watcher” by Eli J. Sasich
“White Label” by Tenzin Phuntsog
“Wil” by Jeremy Weinstein
“The Wolf” by Neal Sopata
“X-Mass” by Scott Flockhart

For more information go to http://www.hollywoodfestival.com

Festival Contact:
Hollywood Film Festival®
433 N. Camden Drive, Suite 600
Beverly Hills, CA 90210

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