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Expanding French Film Markets

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For France, much more so than any other country, film making is an established art form and an integral part of French culture. Public financial support for film making and distribution in foreign territories is a considered an important tool of foreign cultural policies. French cinema represents France. This perception is also reflected at the box office with indigenous films having a much higher share of the domestic box office than other countries and a larger proportion of the French going...

World Premieres at ÉCU 2012

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ÉCU 2012 is going to be showcasing 101 films from 33 countries all over the world and for NINE of the films this is going to be their WORLD premiere. It is a privilege for us to be able to showcase their films for the first time and see them vie for over twenty awards, including the prestigious “Best European Independent Film 2012” title! It is so exciting to see the incredible films in contention and a real honour to be able to congratulate a talented filmmaker with this awar...

Expanding French Film Markets

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For France, much more so than any other country, film making is an established art form and an integral part of French culture. Public financial support for film making and distribution in foreign territories is a considered an important tool of foreign cultural policies. French cinema represents France. This perception is also reflected at the box office with indigenous films having a much higher share of the domestic box office than other countries and a larger proportion of the French going t...

Human Rights Watch Film Festival, starts this week

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21 March â€" 30 March 2012 Curzon Mayfair, Curzon Soho, ICA, Ritzy ff.hrw.org/london ff.hrw.org/press FILMMAKERS, SPECIAL GUESTS & PANELISTS in London to attend the Human Rights Watch Film Festival starting this Wednesday 21 March Throughout the 16th edition of the Human Rights Watch Film Festival which opens this week on Wednesday 21 March filmmakers, film subjects, special guests and panellists will attend post screening discussions and are available for interview....

DESERT RIDERS (2011) with Noemi Weis at 14th TDF

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The film DESERT RIDERS (2011) screened at the 14th Thessaloniki Documentary Film Festival. Writer/Producer Noemi Weis attended the festival in support of the film.   DESERT RIDERS is about the trafficking of poor children to Middle Eastern countries who are forced into slavery as camel jockeys for the extremely lucrative business of camel racing. Many of the children have died during the races or suffered from malnutrition and are scarred for life. Due to pressure from me...

DESERT RIDERS (2011) at 14th Thessaloniki Doc Festival

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The film DESERT RIDERS (2011) screened at the 14th Thessaloniki Documentary Film Festival. Writer/Producer Noemi Weis attended the festival in support of the film.   DESERT RIDERS is about the trafficking of poor children to Middle Eastern countries who are forced into slavery as camel jockeys for the extremely lucrative business of camel racing. Many of the children have died during the races or suffered from malnutrition and are scarred for life. Due to pressure from me...

'Just Talking' at 14th TDF, March 13th, 2012

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  photo still of 5 BROKEN CAMERAS (2011)   -14th TDF PRESS- The Just Talking session of the 14th TDF of Tuesday, March 13 hosted the directors Amalia Zepou & Lydia Carras (Dry Stone-wall, Support of the Aegean), Nikos Katsaounis & Nina Maria Paschalidou (Krisis), Guy Davidi (Five Broken Cameras), Magnus Gertten (Harbor of Hope), Eric Black & Frauke Sandig (Heart of Sky, Heart of Earth), Gaston Solnicki (Papirosen) and Margret Jonasdottir, producer of Last ...

PRESS CONFERENCE WITH ANGELOS ABAZOGLOU at 14th TDF

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  photo still of MUSTAFA'S SWEET DREAMS (2011)   -14th TDF PRESS- PRESS CONFERENCE WITH ANGELOS ABAZOGLOU A Press Conference with Angelos Abazoglou was held on Monday, March 11, 2012, in the framework of the 14th Thessaloniki Documentary Festival. This year’s festival carries out a tribute to the French creator with Greek origins, including screenings of several of his films. Festival Director Dimitris Eipides welcomed everyone present at the conference and ...

Indian fest of La program announced

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With what promises to be its most ambitious slate yet, the Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles (http://indianfilmfestival.org) has announced its impressive 2012 lineup. 33 features, documentaries, and short films will be screened from filmmakers throughout the world including Canada, Italy, India, Germany, South Africa, UK, and the U.S. Among the offerings are three world premieres, nine U.S. premieres and twelve Los Angeles premieres. This is a banner year for the festival as it celebrates its ...

The 2012 Tribeca Film Festival Short Film selection

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The 2012 Tribeca Film Festival (TFF), presented by founding sponsor American Express, today announced its lineup of 60 short films, 26 of which are world premieres. For the second year running, the recipient of the Tribeca Film Festival’s Best Narrative Short award will qualify for consideration in the Short Films category of the annual Academy Awards® without the standard theatrical run, provided the film otherwise complies with the Academy rules. The 2011 TFF Narrative Short Pentecost was n...

The UniFrance Rendez Vous with French Cinema will be hosted both in London and Edinburgh

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  RENDEZ-VOUS WITH FRENCH CINEMA uniFrance films announce the full line up for 2012's RENDEZ-VOUS WITH FRENCH CINEMA, featuring eight avant-premieres, hosted across five cinemas within London and Edinburgh.  The festival will run from March 21st-24th in London and from March 23rd-25th in Edinburgh.   All films featured in the festival's programme will be released in the UK in the coming months.   Opening with BELOVED on Wednesday March 21st, at London's Curzon Soho,...

2012 Tribeca Film Festival Announces World Narrative And Documentary Competition Selections Plus Out-Of-Competition Viewpoints

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The 2012 Tribeca Film Festival (TFF), presented by American Express®, today announced the World Narrative and Documentary Competition film selections, along with selections for the out-of-competition Viewpoints section—the program established last year that highlights personal stories in international and independent cinema. Forty-six of the 90 feature-length films were announced. The 11th edition of the Festival will take place from April 18 to April 29 at locations around New York City. ...

Admissions in Europe prove to be slightly down after two record years

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AFTER TWO RECORD YEARS, A SLIGHT DIP IN AUDIENCES IN EUROPE’S CINEMAS SLOWDOWN OR STOP IN THE GROWTH OF AVERAGE TICKET PRICES OVER 50% OF EUROPEAN SCREENS NOW DIGITAL   In the 31 countries where initial – not yet final - figures are available on cinema-going in 2011, from Russia to Portugal and from Ireland to Turkey, admissions prove to be slightly down after two record years: audiences stand at 1,188.6 million, compared to 1,195.9 million in 2010, with a 0.6% dip. The 1...

Human Rights Watch Film Festival announces line-up

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Human Rights Watch Film Festival  London, 21-30 March  ff.hrw.org   19 Films Address Economic Inequality and Consequences Worldwide (London, 10 February 2012) – The 16th edition of the Human Rights Watch Film Festival will be presented in London from 21-30 March, 2012, Human Rights Watch said today. The international feature programme includes 15 documentaries and 4 dramas, from Afghanistan, Bolivia, Bulgaria, Cambodia, the Canary Islands, Ethiopia, Iraq, Ita...

Robert Altman Retrospective in Ankara

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The Retrospective program of the 23rd Ankara International Film Festival will be hosting the films of the prominent American director Robert Altman (1925-2006).  Altman had a ‘love-hate’ relationship with Hollywood.  “We're not against each other. They sell shoes and I make gloves” is how he defined his relationship with them. In his career of 55 years, Altman never compromised from his eccentric and innovative style and always worked on projects of his own d...

Robert Altman Retrospective

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The Retrospective program of the 23rd Ankara International Film Festival will be hosting the films of the prominent American director Robert Altman (1925-2006). Altman had a ‘love-hate’ relationship with Hollywood.  “We're not against each other. They sell shoes and I make gloves” is how he defined his relationship with them. In his career of 55 years, Altman never compromised from his eccentric and innovative style and always worked on projects of his own desire.   A...

WINNERS OF THE 27TH ANNUAL SANTA BARBARA FILM FESTIVAL (SBIFF 2012)

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WINNERS OF THE 27TH ANNUAL SANTA BARBARA FILM FESTIVAL (SBIFF 2012) With closing film of festival, the Lebanese hit film by actress/writer/director Nadine Labaki, WHERE DO WE GO NOW? (Arabic: وهلّأ لوين؟ w halla' la wayn‎, French: Et maintenant, on va ou?, 2011) which held its world premier during the 2011 Cannes Film Festival as part of 'Un Certain Regard'. It was the Lebanese 2011 Oscar submission this year. The film held its North American premier in Toronto at TIFF...

WINNERS OF THE 27TH ANNUAL SANTA BARBARA FILM FESTIVAL (SBIFF 2012)

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  WINNERS OF THE 27TH ANNUAL SANTA BARBARA FILM FESTIVAL (SBIFF 2012) With closing film of festival, the Lebanese hit film by actress/writer/director Nadine Labaki, WHERE DO WE GO NOW? (Arabic: وهلّأ لوين؟ w halla' la wayn‎, French: Et maintenant, on va ou?, 2011) which held its world premier during the 2011 Cannes Film Festival as part of 'Un Certain Regard'. It was the Lebanese 2011 Oscar submission this year. The film held its North American premier in Toronto at TIF...

AMERICAN NGO RUNS GLOBAL SEMINARS AT VON TRAPP FAMILY HOME,AUSTRIA

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The Austrian Road Show in Mumbai organised by Stefan Herzl's Panorama Tours saw a large number of travel experts waxing lyrical on the Tirol, Salzburg, Innsbruck,Wien, Mozart Concerts, and some lesser known places in the country. Of special interest to movie fans would be the Sound of Music special which pays tribute to the film starring Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer.  The Von Trapps fled Austria in 1938 to settle in Vermont,USA which reminded them best of their home on a sylvan...

Fantasporto 2012 has decided to pay its tribute to director-producer António-Pedro Vasconcelos

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TRIBUTE TO ANTÓNIO-PEDRO VASCONCELOS 2012   António-Pedro Vasconcelos Homage in Fantasporto 2012   A director who was able to attract over 1 million viewers to the cinemas to see Portuguese films, definitely deserves a tribute at Fantasporto 2012. António-Pedro Vasconcelos is the only director who can boast such a feat and the International Film Festival of Porto has chosen him as the Portuguese personality to be highlighted in its 32ndedition. Becau...

The World Comes To Sundance

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  The world comes to the Sundance Film Festival from January 19 to 29. In the past several years, the Festival, which first made its reputation with American Indie cinema, has put as much emphasis on its World Cinema competitions, including sections for Dramatic Feature and Documentary Feature. By laying out a red carpet for international filmmakers and industry professionals, Sundance has been able to go mano-a-mano with such prestigious European-based film festivals as Berlin, Cannes a...

Perspektive Deutsches Kino 2012: Good Films End in Our Minds

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With 13 films, including three full-length documentaries and four full-length fictional films as well two sets of three medium-long films each, the programme of the 2012 Perspektive Deutsches Kino is complete (see also the first press release from Dec. 22, 2011). Section director Linda Söffker sums up the selection: “The GDR was colourful, adolescents are critical and good films end in our minds.”West Berliner Michael Schöbel and East Berliner Ronald Vietz launched Wildfremd Productions in...

2012 Sundance Film Festival out-of-competition sections Spotlight films

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Sundance Institute announced today the films selected to screen in the 2012 Sundance Film Festival out-of-competition sections Spotlight, Park City at Midnight, NEXT <=> and New Frontier. The Festival takes place from January 19 through 29 in Park City, Salt Lake City, Ogden and Sundance, Utah. The complete list of films is available at www.sundance.org/festival. Trevor Groth, Director of Programming for the Sundance Film Festival, said, “In many ways, the extremes of the Festiva...

2012 Sundance Film Festival competition films

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Sundance Institute announced today the films selected for the U.S. and World Cinema Dramatic and Documentary Competitions of the 2012 Sundance Film Festival. The Sundance Film Festival will take place January 19 through 29 in Park City, Salt Lake City, Ogden and Sundance, Utah. The complete list of films is available at www.sundance.org/festival. Robert Redford, Founder and President of Sundance Institute remarked, "We are, and always have been, a festival about the filmmakers. So w...

The Angel Film Awards

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MUSIC & FILM KEYNOTE OF THIS YEARS ANGEL FILM AWARDS FESTIVAL! The Art-house glamorous three-day extravaganza, films in competition promote, unusually, peace and love – a refreshing antidote to the usual violent cinema.Started nine years ago by Rosana Golden and Dean Bentley, specifically to showcase non-violent films. The Angel Film Awards may eschew violence but this is no hippy dippy affair, with chic and stylish post screening VIP champagne receptions at some of the best hotels and clubs i...
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