Pro Tools
•Register a festival or a film
Submit film to festivals Promote for free or with Promo Packages

FILMFESTIVALS | 24/7 world wide coverage

Welcome !

Enjoy the best of both worlds: Film & Festival News, exploring the best of the film festivals community.  

Launched in 1995, relentlessly connecting films to festivals, documenting and promoting festivals worldwide.

A brand new website will soon be available. Covid-19 is not helping, stay safe meanwhile.

For collaboration, editorial contributions, or publicity, please send us an email here

User login

|FRENCH VERSION|

RSS Feeds 

Martin Scorsese Masterclass in Cannes

 

Filmfestivals.com services and offers

 

Thessaloniki International Film Festival



Dailies from the Thessaloniki international Film Festival

The 61st Thessaloniki International Film Festival was concluded with great success, receiving the audience’s love in every possible way. More than 80,000 viewers and movie industry professionals watched the films and attended the Festival’s online events, whereas a large number films of were sold out. Agora, the Festival’s development branch, also achieved a great attendance, offering support to Greek cinema through a series of new initiatives, actions, and awards.

The 61st Festival hosted a series of exhibitions and visual art events, within the framework of TIFF’s main concept, “Intimacy: a modern tyranny”. Works of art, video mapping, as well as The Glasshouse Project installation adorned the city streets and squares, as well as the Port of Thessaloniki, offering glimpses of joy and hope to the city’s residents, who had the chance to enjoy a touch of art during their scarce walks for exercise, groceries and the covering of basic needs, amidst these hard days we’re experiencing. The goal is for these exhibitions to remain in the city’s public space even after the Festival. 


 


feed

BAHMAN GHOBADI PRESS CONFERENCE 53rd TIFF

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

-OFFICIAL 53rd TIFF PRESS RELEASE-

BAHMAN GHOBADI PRESS CONFERENCE 53rd TIFF

 

Iranian filmmaker of Kurdish ethnicity Bahman Ghobadi gave a press conference Sunday, November 4, 2012, in the context of the 53rd Thessaloniki International Film Festival. Festival director Dimitri Eipides attended. This year’s edition of the festival is hosting a tribute to the work of the director, who is one of the most important representatives of Iranian cinema‘s new wave.

In his opening remarks, Mr. Eipides said he was happy Mr. Ghobadi is attending the Festival and expressed his admiration for the latter’s work. “For me, every new film he makes is a notable event. I am truly stunned by the depth of his knowledge, his aesthetic, his kindness, and his artistic style”, said Mr. Eipides. He added that he thought Mr. Ghobadi is a genuine artist and wished all the best to the filmmaker and his latest film Rhino Season - which he said was a “major masterpiece”. Rhino Season screens in the Festival’s programme.

”It gives me great pleasure to be here for the second time after twelve years”, said Bahman Ghobadi, adding that nothing has remained the same since his last visit. He also said that his current participation in the Festival is important for the additional reason that the Festival is hosting a tribute to the films of Theo Angelopoulos, a director for whom he has great admiration. He recalled a meeting he had with the late Greek filmmaker just three weeks before he passed away. “It is hard for me to express my feelings“, he said, adding that his death was a stern occasion for both himself and the Iranian Kurds in general.

Commenting on his feelings in relation to his decision to make his films abroad , he said: “It was difficult. It was not my wish to lave Iran. The Iranian government forced me to.” He went on to add that he does not feel himself when working abroad, and that he tries to deal with this situation by keeping himself busy. His latest film, Rhino Season, is inspired by the true story of a Kurdish man who was put in prison for 27 years by the Iranian regime. He said this is in large part a personal movie, which deals with life in exile. Mr. Ghobadi has been living in self-exile since 2009, moving first to Iraq and then to Turkey.

Asked about his future plans, he said he had several projects in progress: An animation film, the production of other movies and the foundation of a new festival in about two years from now. He then commented on a statement he had made in the past, about not enjoying the cinema when he was a child and going to the movies with his uncle just for the sandwiches he bought him. “It is true, this was for me a moment of total freedom; I was enjoying the sandwich and my freedom inside the movie theatre, away from everybody. I may not remember a single shot from the films I watched back then, but I can still remember the taste and smell of the bread. To be honest, I still do not enjoy cinema“, he said, explaining that he is never satisfied with the films he makes, always doubtful of his work.

Mr. Ghobadi stressed that the main reason he is making movies is because he wants to do something for the people, to create something for them. After expressing his regret that his compatriots are not allowed to watch his films, he was asked if the situation in his home country could change. “Yes, I am 100% sure it can. I believe this will happen within the next couple of years. Young people account for 70% of Iran’s population and they are waiting to find some space, a little time, to awaken, to do something. This government cannot remain in power. They are not Iranians. If they were, why would a filmmaker like me, or other artists, be forced to leave the country? Surely not because we are happy with the status quo. These are people who attacked, who invaded my country”, he said, adding that he felt as if someone had gagged him.

The protagonist in his latest film is Behrouz Vossoughi, who was also forced to leave Iran because of the regime’s censorship, despite being one of the most popular Iranian actors. Vossoughi had not appeared in a movie for 30 years. Asked how he felt when he met another person sharing his predicament , Mr. Ghobadi recalled: “I met him six years ago in Los Angeles and presented him with a film idea he liked. I went to Iran and tried to talk to the president, but he told me there was nothing he could do. I subsequently told Behrouz that we should find the right moment to make a movie together. He was my hero. When I see him now, I have the same emotions I felt when I lived in my little town and watched one of the movies he starred in. He is an amazing person, who was unable to find work in the US for 35 years. When he was sad, I was also sad, and so was my camera, and of course my entire movie“.

Asked about if he can help his country by making films abroad, he said: “Certainly I can. I can now make a lot of beautiful things. I am free, I can go everywhere and touch all issues. I remember when I was at the set filming an important movie, the Ministry of Culture had contacted me saying: ’we were informed you are making a film in the Kurdish language. You can use the Kurdish language only in 20% of the movie‘. I have no such fears now. The old Bahman is dead. I am now a four-year old. New ideas, new feelings, new cinema. I can make really good movies“. He went on to add that “for example, with regard to the festival I mentioned before, I would like to establish a digital workshop for directors, sound specialists etc. I can now make this happen ten times easier, especially for the young Kurdish filmmakers“.

The Festival’s tributes to the work of filmmakers are part of the “Open Horizons” section, which is among the Festival’s actions financed by the European Union’s Regional Development Fund for Central Macedonia, 2007-2013.

-OFFICIAL 53rd TIFF PRESS RELEASE-

 

photos by Vanessa McMahon

Links

The Bulletin Board

> The Bulletin Board Blog
> Partner festivals calling now
> Call for Entry Channel
> Film Showcase
>
 The Best for Fests

Meet our Fest Partners 

Following News

Interview for Roger Corman documentary The Pope of Pop Cinema

With Roger Corman, Myriam Brough and Bertrand Tessier

Interview with AFM Director

 

Interview with Cannes Marche du Film Director

 

Interview Red Carpet King Richard Will SMITH

 

Filmfestivals.com dailies live coverage from

> Live from India 
> Live from LA
Beyond Borders
> Locarno
> Toronto
> Venice
> San Sebastian

> AFM
> Tallinn Black Nights 
> Red Sea International Film Festival

> Palm Springs Film Festival
> Kustendorf
> Rotterdam
> Sundance
Santa Barbara Film Festival SBIFF
> Berlin / EFM 
> Fantasporto
Amdocs
Houston WorldFest 
Cannes / Marche du Film 

 

 

Useful links for the indies:

Big files transfer
> Celebrities / Headlines / News / Gossip
> Clients References
> Crowd Funding
> Deals

> Festivals Trailers Park
> Film Commissions 
> Film Schools
> Financing
> Independent Filmmaking
> Motion Picture Companies and Studios
> Movie Sites
> Movie Theatre Programs
> Music/Soundtracks 
> Posters and Collectibles
> Professional Resources
> Screenwriting
> Search Engines
> Self Distribution
> Search sites – Entertainment
> Short film
> Streaming Solutions
> Submit to festivals
> Videos, DVDs
> Web Magazines and TV

 

> Other resources

+ SUBSCRIBE to the weekly Newsletter
+ Connecting film to fest: Marketing & Promotion
Special offers and discounts
Festival Waiver service
 

User images

About Thessaloniki International Film Festival


Industry: CROSSROADS Co-Production Forum,AGORA, script-development BALKAN FUND. Competition for directors with 1st or 2nd films. Golden Alexander Prize 37.000 €

Coverage by Vanessa McMahon, Laurie Gordon


Thessaloniki

Greece



View my profile
Send me a message
gersbach.net