September 10, 1999
To celebrate its 25th Anniversary, Landmark Theatres, with co-presenters Borders Books & Music/borders.com and Bravo, the Film and Arts Network, has launched a popular poll in which world cinema lovers will have a chance to nominate their favorite foreign films for a Top 100 Favorite Foreign Films list. In addition, all voters are eligible to win several exciting "international" prizes, including trips to Hong Kong and the Maui Film Festival, it was announced by Vice President of Marketing, Cary Jones.
In a move to complement the American Film Institute's Top 100 Greatest American Movies list, Landmark Theatres, the largest U.S. theater chain to program foreign films, has decided to shine the spotlight on the Top 100 Favorite Foreign Films from around the world. The poll, which will be conducted through October 31, 1999, is open to anyone who wishes to fill out a ballot. All votes will be tallied and Landmark will issue a list of the Top 100 Favorite Foreign Films in January 2000.
"There is an enormous body of influential and entertaining work from the world of international cinema that merits greater recognition," says Jones. "Having played virtually more foreign films than any other exhibition company in the U.S., honoring international filmmaking is a wonderfully appropriate way to celebrate our own 25-year history."
Voters choose five films from the 600-title ballot, with room to nominate any films not listed. In order to be eligible, the film must be made by a foreign filmmaker and in a language other than English.
After the ballots are returned, Landmark will hold a random drawing for a Grand Prize winner, five First-Prize winners, two Runner-Up Awards, and other movie-related prizes. The Grand Prize, provided by the Hong Kong Tourist Association (HKTA), is a one-week package composed of round-trip airfare for two from the United States to Hong Kong and six nights/seven days of hotel accommodations with a half-day city tour.
Four first-prize winners from across the country will be awarded a trip for two to the Maui Film Festival, which will take place from May 31 - July 3, 2000 at the Wailea Resort on Maui.
Two additional winners will each receive a Runner-Up Award, consisting of an annual pass valid at any Landmark Theatre and a $150 Gift Certificate redeemable at any Borders Books & Music location.
Ballots will be available at all Landmark Theatres, all Borders Book & Music Stores and on-line via www.LandmarkTheatres.com or ww.borders.com.