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By Film Threat Staff | July 1, 2004

In their eighth year, the Hollywood Film Festival and Hollywood Awards have announced the launch of their World and European cinema awards.
“We are very excited to be having our eighth annual festival and awards from October 12 to 18 at Arclight Cinemas. Last year’s festival was one of the best yet, with our awards going to such Hollywood icons as Sir Anthony Hopkins, Goldie Hawn, Ron Howard, Sydney Pollack, and newcomers Orlando Bloom and Scarlett Johansson,” Executive Director Carlos de Abreu announced.
“Because we are an international competitive event, we are committed, more than ever, to implementing our mandate: bridging the gap between established Hollywood and the global creative community. This year alone, a total of 24 Oscar nominations and 4 Oscars were given to films the festival showcased and to the nominees and honorees of the 2003 Hollywood Awards. We are very pleased that we are becoming recognized as a launchpad for Oscar contenders,” de Abreu said.
To reaffirm their commitment to quality international filmmaking, the annual festival, “Screen International,” Screen Daily and have aligned to focus on celebrating World and European cinema. From a list of up to 40 international films, a Blue Ribbon Selection Committee of 20 international judges will select ten films as nominees for the “Hollywood World Awards” and will nominate another ten films for the “Hollywood European Awards.” These films must be completed between September 1, 2003, and October 1, 2004. The awards will be bestowed during the Hollywood Awards Gala Ceremony on October 18 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.
The Hollywood Film Festival kicks off October 12 for a six-day series of screenings, conferences, and special presentations with Q/A sessions at Arclight Cinemas in Hollywood. On October 18, the festival culminates with the prestigious Hollywood Awards, which honors established Hollywood talent and international filmmakers.
For more info, visit the Hollywood Film Festival website.

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