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Aruba International Film Festival


Aruba International Film Festival Year 5 Kicks Off October 7-11 2015.

The Aruba International Film Festival (AIFF) quickly became the international film community’s “must-attend” summer event after its opening in July 2010. After 4 intensely exciting years, the festival took a break in 2014 for a complete makeover and now is back with full force to celebrate year 5 from October 7th-11th, 2015. 

The festival offers a pleasurable and inviting atmosphere for filmmakers, press and film lovers. It serves to not only develop an understanding and appreciation of the art of cinema and filmmaking, but also to inspire, educate and promote emerging local and regional filmmaking talent. This in turn has helped position Aruba as a center of art, culture and creativity, and as a viable destination for international film and commercial productions.

The AIFF was founded in 2010 by film producers Jonathan Vieira and Giuseppe Cioccarelli, with artistic direction by 30-year industry veteran Claudio Masenza. Previous editions of the festival have showcased a diverse array of critically acclaimed fiction films and documentaries from every corner of the globe, and have attracted such notable industry names as:

Hollywood leading man Richard Gere (Pretty Woman, An Officer and a Gentleman)
Multi Oscar-winning editor Thelma Schoonmaker (Raging Bull, The Aviator)
Mexican writer/director Guillermo Arriaga (The Burning Plain, Babel)...




Biography of filmmaker Milcho Manchevski, in focus at Aruba 2nd AIFF

Milcho Manchevski a film director and screenwriter from Macedonia.wrote and directed the feature films "Before the Rain" (1994), "Dust'" (2001), "Shadows" (2007) and "Mothers" (2011).
"Before the Rain" (1994) won an Academy-Award nomination and thirty awards, including Golden Lion for Best Film in Venice, Independent Spirit, FIPRESCI, UNESCO, best film of the year in Argentina, Italy, Sweden, Turkey, and other awards in Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Poland, Puerto Rico, Russia, etc.
The New York Times included "Before the Rain" (1994) on its list of the best 1,000 films ever made.
"Dust'" was the opening-night film of the Venice Film Festival. Both "Shadows" and "Mothers" were the Macedonian Academy Awards entries, with"Mothers" screening in the Panorama section of Berlinale 2011.
Manchevski's films have screened at more than a hundred festivals, and have been distributed in close to 50 countries (theatrically, TV, cable and video).
His films are part of the curricula at numerous universities worldwide, and have been discoursed at a number of conferences. The University of Leipzig (Germany) and the European University Institute in Florence (Italy) hosted academic conferences dedicated, respectively, to "Before the Rain" (1994) and "Dust'."
Manchevski won awards for best experimental film (for "1.73") and best MTV video (for "TENNESSEE", which The Rolling Stone placed on the list of the 100 best videos ever).
He has published fiction, essays and op-ed pieces in New American Writing, La Repubblica, Corriere Della Sera, Sineast, The Guardian, Süddeutsche Zeitung, Pravda, etc.
Manchevski has staged performance art with the group 1AM and by himself.
He authored a (very small) book of fiction, "THE GHOST OF MY MOTHER" and two books of photographs "STREET" (1999) and "FIVE DROPS OF DREAM" (2010) which accompany the two photo exhibitions.
He has lectured at a number of universities, cinematheques, art museums and art institutes, most notably as a Head of the Directing Studies at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts' Graduate Film program.

His 2010 film Mothers was selected as the Macedonian entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 83rd Academy Awards[1] but it didn't make the final shortlist.[2] It was also screened in the Main Programme of the Panorama section at the 61st Berlin International Film Festival.[3]
 Ambassador of Culture of the Republic of Macedonia, 2007
 "Mother Theresa" for Humanitarian Work, 2002
 "October 11" for Major Achievement (highest peacetime award, Republic of Macedonia), 1995
Awards and nominations for "Before the Rain"
 Silver Condor for Best Foreign Film, 1996, Argentina
 Independent Spirit Award 1996: Best Foreign-Language Film
 Oscar Nomination 1995: Best Foreign-Language Film
 Venice Film Festival 1994: Golden Lion for Best Film
 Venice 1994: FIPRESCI Prize (International Critics Prize)
 Venice 1994: The UNICEF Prize 1994
 Venice 1994: Premio Cinemavenire (Young Viewers' Prize)
 Venice 1994: Audience Prize
 Venice 1994: Rolling Venice Award from the City of Venice
 Venice 1994: Leoncino d'oro, awarded by the Italian students
 Venice 1994: International Catholic Organization for the Cinema
 Venice 1994: Kodak Award for Best First Feature
 Venice 1994: Francesco Pasineti Syndicate Award for Best Actor to Rade Serbedzija
 Toronto Festival 1994: runner-up in audience vote
 São Paulo Festival 1994: Audience Award for Best Film
 Puerto Rico Festival 1994: Jury Award for Best Film
 Puerto Rico Festival 1994: Audience Award for Best Film
 Puerto Rico Festival 1994: Best Director
 Puerto Rico Festival 1994: Best First Film
 Stockholm Festival 1994: Best Debut Film
 Mons Festival, Belgium, 1995: Charlot d'or
 St Petersburg Festival of Festivals 1995: Grand Prix
 Burgos Festival, Spain, 1995: winner of the single Festival Prize
 Gorizia Festival of Screenplay, Italy, 1995: Best Screenplay
 Film Forum, Bratislava, Slovakia, 1995: Best Film
 Panteleria, Italy, 1995: UNESCO Prize
 Warsaw Film Fest, 1995: Audience Award
 Austria, 1995: Catholic Film Commission Prize
 David di Donatello Special Award to a non-Italian film, Italy, 1995
 Swedish Film Institute, 1995: Golden Bug for Best Foreign Film
 Mediterranean Prize for Peace and Tolerance
 List of Best 1,000 Films Ever Made: The New York Times
Nominations for "Dust"
 Golden Reel Award Nomination (Best Sound Editing), 2002
Awards for "Shadows"
 Golden Ladybug, 2008: Best Actress (Vesna Stanojevska in Shadows)
 Golden Ladybug, 2008: Best Music Video (Jungle Shadow in Shadows)
 Park City Film Music Festival, 2008: Gold Medal for Outstanding Achievement, Ryan Shore, composer
 Syracuse Film Festival, 2008: Best Actress, Vesna Stanojevska in Shadows
Awards for "Mothers"
 Fest, 2011: Critics Award for Best FEST Film
 Fest 2011: Special Jury Prize "Europe Out of Europe"
Awards for short forms
 Macedonia Timeless, Temples and Archeology; Campaign Macedonia Timeless - Mobius Statuette Award, 1st place, Television, Recreation – Entertainment category, January 2010
 Macedonia Timeless - Award for Best Commercial Spot at the International Tourfilm Festival in Plock, Poland, May, 2009
 Macedonia Timeless - Blue Danube Award for Best Cultural Tourist Film at the SILAFEST International Festival of Tourist and Ecology Films, Serbia, September, 2009
 Tennessee - Rolling Stone Magazine, 1994: one of 100 best videos ever
 Tennessee - The Village Voice, 1993: List of Best Videos
 Tennessee - MTV, 1992: Best Video: Rap
 Tennessee - Billboard, 1992: Best Video: New Pop/Rock Act
 1.72 - Belgrade Alternative, 1985: Best Experimental Film


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