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Mannheim Revisited

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There is no doubt that the current International Filmfestival MANNHEIM-HEIDELBERG has capably regained its position as the second most significant cinema event in Germany, after the Berlinale. From 16th to 25th November, 2006 these lovely cities in Badem-Wurtemberg (a short drive from the vast Frankfurt airport) are home to an impeccably organised celebration of art-house cinema,which has reached its 55th edition with renewed vigour and a welcome sense of style. A legendary birthing event for nu...

Leeds really leads!

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I felt like Liza Minnelli, when she used to sing that saga entitled "Ring them bells" which underlined how after roaming the world you will find love on your doorstep,or with a nearby neighbour.Although hailing from Yorkshire, and for some years contributing to the Bradford Film Festival, I had actually never ever attended the Leeds International Film Festival.(At the National Museum of Photography Film and Television,that was not encouraged- though the current director of the Leeds Festival,a c...

Oliver Stone, Nabil El-Maleh and Shah Rukh Khan Selected as DIFF Honourees

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The Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) today announced this year’s festival will honour Oliver Stone, Nabil El-Maleh and Shah Rukh Khan for their outstanding contribution to cinema, as part of the DIFF Salutes programme. DIFF Salutes is a retrospective tribute that celebrates the work of distinguished film makers from Asia, the Arab world, and Hollywood. This follows last year’s In the Spotlight segment, which honoured Oscar-winning American actor Morgan Freeman, the Egyptian "king...

Jan Vrijman Fund May Be Discontinued

Wednesday, November 22---A financial assistance fund that has helped several dozen documentary films from developing countries get made over the past 10 years is having its future status debated during the upcoming International Documentary Filmfestival Amsterdam (IDFA), the largest showcase of international documentaries on the festival circuit. The Jan Vrijman Fund, founded by IDFA in 1998, has provided financial funding to 36 projects from 29 countries, investing a total sum of over US $5...

Santa Fe Film Festival Ready To Roll

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The Santa Fe Film Festival celebrates its 7th season Dec. 6-10 with its most prestigious slate ever, anchored by galas including MISS POTTER, PERFUME: STORY OF A MURDERER, THE PAINTED VEIL, VOLVER and VENUS. In addition, special presentations are planned for PAN’S LABYRINTH and THE ASTRONAUT FARMER. All told, the festival will showcase nearly 200 works in eight separate series, running in nine venues citywide. Announced recipients of the festival’s Luminaria Awards for lifetime achieveme...

Strong Competition Lineup At IDFA

Tuesday, November 21---Those interested in the renaissance of non-fiction films are turning their attention to Amsterdam, where the International Documentary Filmfestival Amsterdam (IDFA) launches its 14th session this coming Thursday. IDFA has become the most important showcase and market for documentary film, making its main competition section a critical platform for international films. This year's Joris Ivens Competition, named in honor of the documentary pioneer, is among the strongest...

palmarès des Rencontres internationales du documentaire de Montréal (RIDM)

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Palmarès 2006 9es Rencontres internationales du documentaire de Montréal (RIDM) Montréal, le dimanche 19 novembre 2006 - Les Rencontres internationales du documentaire de Montréal (RIDM) sont fières d'annoncer les lauréats de sa 9e édition, qui a pris fin aujourd'hui avec la première nord-américaine du film Le Paradis d'Arthur, réalisé par Luc Beauchamp. GRAND PRIX CAMÉRA STYLO The Fisherman and The Dancing Girl (Russie), de VALERY SOLOMIN MENTIONS SPÉCIALES DU JURY Paul dan...

Attendance record at German-French Film Rendez-Vous

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Attendance record at 4th German-French Film Rendez-Vous (9-11 November, 2006) The 4th German-French Film Rendez-Vous came to a successful end on Saturday, November 11: over 370 representatives of the film industries from both countries had come to the Arri Cinema for the gathering from November 9-11. The honorary presidents of this year's event were the directors Jan Schütte and Jean-Jacques Beineix. Apart from discussions on topical issues (like digital cinema projection, VOD, the relations...

AFI FEST winners of the 2006 edition

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Grand Jury Award for International Feature: GRBAVICA (Special Mention: THE ART OF CRYING) Aquafina Pure Vision Award - Grand Jury Award for International Documentary: BUDDHA'S LOST CHILDREN (Special Mention: BACK HOME) Grand Jury Award for International Short: DISAPPEARING (Special Mention: SILENCE IS GOLDEN) Audience Award - Feature: VITUS Audience Award - Documentary: BLINDSIGHT and SCREAMERS (Tie) Audience Award - Short: FAIR TRADE AFI FEST 2006 presented by Audi announces its award winners. ...

New Wave in Entertainment: Christian Film Festivals

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HOLLYWOOD OR HOLY-WOOD? Granite Bay, Ca._ The air was crisp outside with a slight fog settling over the small town of Granite Bay which is a suburb of California’s capitol city, Sacramento. On the evening of Friday, November 17, the parking lot of a local community church was packed, the café located in the church courtyard was open for business but not because of a church service. Bayside Church was hosting its first annual 7C’s Film Festival. Silver and white balloons lined the entrance...

2005 IDFA Award Winner To Become A Feature Film

Helen Mirren at New York Film Festival Monday, November 20----The London Observer has reported that the documentary film THE ANGELMAKERS, which won the Silver Wolf Award at the 2005 IDFA for Dutch director Astrid Bussink, will be made into a feature film starring Helen Mirren and John Hurt. The film will be a fictionalized version of the gripping short documentary, which investigated the story of the mysterious killing by hundreds of women of their husbands in a small Hungarian village in the...

International Projects At IDFA Forum

Monday, November 20----One of the unique professional programs at the International Documentary Filmfestival Amsterdam (IDFA), which will begin this coming Thursday, is the IDFA Forum, a major co-production and co-financing professional conference that parallels the public screening event. The Forum is Europe's largest gathering of television commissioning editors and independent documentary producers. IDFA first organized the Forum in 1993, as a way for documentary producers to interest bro...

Christian film fests new wave: Hollywood or Holly - Wood?

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CHRISTIAN FILM FESTIVALS ENTERTAINMENTS NEW WAVE The air was crisp outside with a slight fog settling over the small town of Granite Bay which is a suburb of California’s capitol city, Sacramento. On the evening of Friday, November 17, the parking lot of a local community church was packed, the café located in the church courtyard was open for business but not because of a church service. Bayside Church was hosting its first annual 7C’s Film Festival. Silver and white balloons lined the en...

Lancement de l’appel à candidature du 2ème Mobile Film Festival

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La seconde édition du Mobile Film Festival est lancée. Le Mobile Film Festival est le premier festival de courts métrages ouvert à tous où tous les films sont réalisés avec des téléphones mobiles. Le principe reste toujours le même : 1 Mobile, 1 Minute, 1 Film Appel à candidature jusqu’au 3 janvier 2007 Le Mobile Film Festival aura lieu du 10 au 30 janvier 2007 Grande soirée de remises des prix le jeudi 1er février 2007 Les prix : • Le prix du meilleur film > 1.500 € et un ...

Tahiti Online competition presentation

Presentation by Bruno Chatelin of the online competition.

Big Apple Film Festival opened

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The 3rd Annual Big Apple Film Festival opened last night, November 16 and will continute through Saturday evening, November 18th at the Tribeca Cinemas in New York City. The festival include New York City premieres, special guests, panel discussions, a closing night awards ceremony and nightly parties sponsored by Stella Artois. Partners and sponsors include IFP, Filmmaker Magazine, Indiewire.com, Scriptshark.com, The Writers Boot Camp and Stella Artois. For information on films, events and tick...

New Media Initiatives at IDFA

The International Documentary Filmfestival Amsterdam (IDFA), which begins next week, will be a bell weather on the current state of the art of non-fiction film and video production. High on its priority list is the charting of technological innovations that are transforming the medium. IDFA will present three exciting programs that will help attending filmmakers, distributors and new media mavens examine the changes ahead in the media landscape. To focus attention on how the "new media" will...

Focus on Chinese Documentaries

The dramatic economic growth amidst potent political struggles makes the People's Republic of China one of the most fascinating countries in the world today. Along with the growth of the Chinese film industry as a whole, documentaries from the country of almost 2 billion people have also become objects of fascination. Even more than the fiction films emerging from the former "Red China", non-fiction works portray the conflicts and opportunities as China emerges as one of the most powerful and i...

Alan Berliner Is Festival's Special Guest

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Innovative American documentary filmmaker Alan Berliner will be a Special Guest of the International Documentary Filmfestival Amsterdam (idfa), the leading showcase and market for non-fiction film. The Festival, which brings together film, television and industry professionals, as well as a local enthusiastic audience, opens on November 23 in the beautiful city of Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Berliner has been chosen as a Master of Documentary and will give a special lecture on his varied film...

Sevilla European Film Festival

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The sun certainly shone on Sevilla's successfully revamped 100 Per Cent European Film Festival, which ran from 3rd to 11th November 2006 in the sensuous Andalucian city. (Actually, much of the downtown of this beautiful southern Spanish metropolis is currently scarred by the construction of a new underground transport system so not only the flamenco dancers have to watch their steps to cross from one florid architectural wonder to the next. Personally, I am rather fearful that whenever the firs...

FLIFF Award Winners Announced

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Monday, November 13----Registered in the Guiness Book of World Records as the "world's longest film festival", the Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival reached its zenith this past weekend, with the announcement of its Jury and Audience Awards, as well as a Tribute Gala which paid homage to established and emerging talent. On Sunday evening, at the La Playa Mediterranean Restaurant, the Festival presented JURIED AWARDS for films in competition. Members of the Jury included: Joe Amadea, H...
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