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Martha’s Vineyard International Film Festival

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Get ready for the second annual Martha's Vineyard International Film Festival September 13-16, 2007. Imagine four days filled with amazing films from around the globe, fun parties, engaging conversation, great live music all within the downtown Walking Festival District - and oh, yes, enjoy some of the most beautiful beaches in America. Have the last weekend of summer be the best one of the year. With the goal of distinguishing themselves from other festivals, The Martha’s Vineyard Internat...

Jokara Micheaux Film Festival kicks in

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the Second Annual Jokara-Micheaux Film Festival takes place in Early and Miller Counties. A host of celebrities and film industry experts are expected to join educators, students, movie watchers, festival lovers and the local community in “Celebrating Film Southern Style”. It is an event to attend, to support, to enjoy and to be inspired. The Jokara-Micheaux Film Festival provides a setting for film business industry professionals and non-professionals to come together and celebrate the a...

BARBICAN YIDDISH RETRO, '96

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Chaim Pevner, Film CriticFILM NOTES TO THE BARBICAN YIDDISH FILM RETROSPECTIVE(London, October 12-24, 1996) THE YIDDISH language cinema is nearly unique among world cinema cultures in that it had no specific homeland.  Yiddish films, including “silent Yiddish” films, were produced wherever there were major Yiddish speech communities and a Yiddish theatrical circuit  from which  talent could be recruited.  The majority of Yiddish language films were therefore made in New York or in P...

Hawai Fest: a first glimpse on the fall line up

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The 27th Annual Louis Vuitton Hawaii International Film Festival (HIFF), the premier international film event in the Pacific, is set for October 18 – 28 on Oahu. More than 150 feature films, documentaries, shorts and animations, representing countries from around the world will be showcased.HIFF is the centerpiece event in Hawaii where thousands of people from around the world, top celebrities from Asia and the United States, award-winning filmmakers and directors, and the US and foreign press...

Two Must-See Issue Documentaries Open This Week

 Monday, July 23-------Two must-see documentaries that document political and social "hot button" regions are making their theatrical debuts this week. THE DEVIL CAME ON HORSEBACK is an extraordinarily powerful film that exposes the genocide taking place in the Darfur region of Sudan, as seen through the eyes of an American witness. The film, directed by Annie Sundberg and Ricki Stern, opens on Wednesday, July 25th at New York's IFC Center, followed by a national release by Inte...

Hawaii International Film Festival line up

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The 27th Annual Louis Vuitton Hawaii International Film Festival (HIFF), the premier international film event in the Pacific, is set for October 18 – 28 on Oahu. More than 150 feature films, documentaries, shorts and animations, representing countries from around the world will be showcased.HIFF is the centerpiece event in Hawaii where thousands of people from around the world, top celebrities from Asia and the United States, award-winning filmmakers and directors, and the US and foreign press...

Osian’s-Cinefan will open Raami by Babak Shirinsefat

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Osian’s-Cinefan will open with the International Premiere of Raami by Babak Shirinsefat. An Iran-Azerbaijan co-production, Raami is the director’s debut film.Ten years after the Karabakh conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan a middle-aged Azerbaijani folk composer who has spent ten years in a war refugee camp in Sabirabad, goes looking for his Armenian wife and child. He heads for Iran since his family had been lost during the occupation of Jibrail and had fled to Iran. Based on the Azerba...

Three documentaries on three great personalities!

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“Films Division” is the visual encyclopedia of India. Films Division is a media unit, functioning under the aegis of Ministry of Information & Broadcasting, Govt. of India, since 1948. It has contributed immensely for the promotion of documentaries, short and animation films. Films Division is entering its 60th Glorious year. In these six decades, Films Division has captured on celluloid nearly 8000 films. It screens these films in theatres as well as by organizing film festivals in ever...

Three documentaries on three great personalities!

 “Films Division” is the visual encyclopedia of India. Films Division is a media unit, functioning under the aegis of Ministry of Information & Broadcasting, Govt. of India, since 1948.  It has contributed immensely for the promotion of documentaries, short and animation films.  Films Division is entering its 60th Glorious year.  In these six decades, Films Division has captured on celluloid nearly 8000 f

New York International Independent Film and Video Festival ready to launch

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The New York International Independent Film and Video Festival (NYIIFVF) proudly announces its return to its hometown Manhattan for an eight day extravaganza of film screenings, world premieres, industry panels and after-parties, taking place July 19-26, 2007. The festival, known as "the voice of independent film," will showcase over 200 international and domestic features, shorts, documentaries and animations during its new summertime dates. The festivities kick off with a welcome party at prem...

Emerging Talent Film Festival New Fest comer in Monaco

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The First International Emerging Talent Film Festival wrapped up on Tuesday night, 15 May, at Monte-Carlo’s Grimaldi Forum, with a Special Advance screening of Paul Freedman’s film on the travesty in Darfur, SAND AND SORROW, narrated by George Clooney, and the presentation of the Festival’s Juried Competition Wing Awards. The Festival’s Gala Closing Night Party followed the screening and awards presentation, held in the beautiful rooftop space, Karément, set atop the Grimaldi Forum with...

Cannes trophies, closing 60th edition with a charm

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The awards ceremony concluded a fortnight of sunny star crowded Croisette. Power block busters came to make an impression along with glamourous stars, while the competition films from non commercial cinematographies made an impact with the critics.The Roumanian 4 months... Palme D'Or Winner and Persepolis were among the ones much discussed after their official screening.INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION JURY Palme d’Or: "4 Months, 3 Weeks & 2 Days," Cristian Mungiu, (Romania)Grand Prix : "The Mournin...

SIGGRAPH 2007 Computer Animation Festival highlihts

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SIGGRAPH 2007 announced today record submissions for this year's Computer Animation Festival taking place at the 34th International Conference and Exhibition on Computer Graphics and Interactive Techniques, 5-9 August 2007 in San Diego, California, USA. The Computer Animation Festival jury selected from a record 905 submissions for exemplary use of computer-generated imagery and animation, and compelling storytelling. With show categories ranging from animation to research, this year's submissio...

Future of Cinema May 23 Panel: panelists Bios

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Panelist Bios:Ana SerranoAna Serrano is the Director of CFC Media Lab, a world-renowned new media research, training and production facility created in 1997 at Norman Jewison’s CFC (Canadian Film Centre). As director of CFC Media Lab, she provides strategic leadership, fiscal development, program design and creative direction for all of the Centre’s new media initiatives, including the development and production of a diverse range of critically acclaimed interactive narrative prototypes.In 2...

Panel in Cannes May 21: "Interactive Cinema Workshop"

The panel will take place:  May 21: 3pm  to 4pm Short Film Corner: Screening RoomInvitation event RSVP press@filmfestivals.com From Janet Murray's Holodeck to Lev Manovich's Database Cinema, the interactive narrative represents the "holy grail" of the interactive medium. For some, the pleasure derived from interactive stories is found in the theorizing of them. For others such pleasure has yet to be found in mainstream practice. Indeed, today, most traditional entertainm...

The 1st International Emerging Talent Film Festival

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May 13-15, 2007 ~ Monte-Carlo, MonacoThe INTERNATIONAL EMERGING TALENT FILM FESTIVAL (IETFF) will kick-off its inaugural event 13 – 15 May 2007 at the Grimaldi Forum in Monte-Carlo, Monaco. IETFF will present 22 films from emerging filmmakers from 20 countries around the globe in this debut presentation. All features are by first time directors and none have distribution. Amongst the eleven features, there are two world premieres, three European premieres and two French premieres. Highlight...

Ana Serrano, Director of CFC Media Lab

Ana Serrano is the Director of CFC Media Lab, a world-renowned new media research, training and production facility created in 1997 at Norman Jewison’s CFC (Canadian Film Centre). As director of CFC Media Lab, she provides strategic leadership, fiscal development, program design and creative direction for all of the Centre’s new media initiatives, including the development and production of a diverse range of critically acclaimed interactive narrative prototypes.In 2003, Ana was recognized f...

SIGGRAPH Computer Animation Festival Awards

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ACM SIGGRAPH announced today the Computer Animation Festival's Best of Show Award, Jury Honors, and Award of Excellence winners for SIGGRAPH 2007, the 34th International Conference and Exhibition on Computer Graphics and Interactive Techniques, being held 5-9 August 2007 in San Diego, California. The Computer Animation Festival jury selected three award winners from a record-breaking 905 entries for exemplary use of computer-generated imagery, animation, and storytelling. For the first time in t...

Young Chicago Critics Program

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Nelson Ogbuagu is a typical Chicago middle-school student who has had some atypical experiences. A student at the Walt Disney Magnet School in Chicago, Nelson’s passion for filmmaking has been nurtured for years by the Chicago International Children’s Film Festival’s Young Chicago Critics (YCC) camp, the premier film criticism and production summer camp for kids in Chicago. But this year, after serving on YCC for three years, Nelson will do something he has never dreamed of doing: travelin...

Politics at New York Arab & South Asian Film Festival

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New York Arab & South Asian Film Festival 2007, 2/23 – 3/4There is a constant creation of new film festivals defined by regional, thematic, distribution (such as video ipods), or other parameters, propelled by a large supply of production and an ever increasing number of new film makers. This phenomenon is caused by expansion of film schools, access to low cost production equipment, and last not least public and corporate funding for film festivals. By now it is hard to ascertain how many fes...

"Time of the Writer" it's writers' time in Durban

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Announcing the 10th TIME OF THE WRITER international writers festivalDurban: 19 - 24 March 200718 writers from 10 countries will descend on Durban for a stimulating feast of words, ideas, and discussion at the Time of the Writer international writers festival. Hosted by the Centre for Creative Arts (University of KwaZulu Natal), the festival celebrates its tenth year with an extensive week-long programme of activities from 19 to 24 March. Diversity of the written word is a notable feature of the...

Online cinema panel discussions at San Diego Latino Fest

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The Media Arts Center San Diego in conjunction with the 14th Annual San Diego Latino Film Festival (March 8-18) is proud to announce the return of REEL TALKS, a series of lively panel discussions and workshops that occur throughout the ten day festival. REEL TALKS invites local filmmakers, media-makers, animators, writers, artists, educators, and students to listen, learn, and join in on the conversation between top professionals from the International film scene as they chat about the nuts and...

A Showcase For European Cinema

Monday, February 5----While the Berlin Film Festival, which opens on Thursday evening, is certainly an international affair, it has traditionally been one of the important showcases for new European cinema. With a French film opening the prestigious Berlinale Competition section (LA VIE EN ROSE by Olivier Dahan) and top-flight French and UK films included this year (see earlier stories), the rest of Europe gets equal billing as the Festival presents mainly world premieres from some of Europe's ...

'See Jane' Seeks to Broaden Gender Equity in Movies and Television

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Gender equity has progressed in many ways, but male characters still dominate television, movies, and other media for young children. Since women and girls make up half of the human race, the presence of a wide variety of female characters in our children's earliest media is essential for both girls' and boys' development. See Jane seeks to engage professionals and parents in a call to dramatically increase the percentages of female characters -- and to reduce gender stereotyping -- in media mad...

Sundance Announces Competition Juries

Friday, January 19-----At its first Press Conference, the 2007 Sundance Film Festival announced the members of the six juries awarding prizes at the Festival, which opened last evening. The juries are made up of twenty-four individuals selected from the global film community, each of whom are bringing a broad range of experience and a unique perspective on film. The award winners will be announced on the evening of January 27 at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival Awards Ceremony at the Park Cit...

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