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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)

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...

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...

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

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 ...

Aware: Jean Claude Vandamme

watch this. Is he for real? Yes!

Vatican to Host World Premiere of "The Nativity Story"

On Sunday, November 26th, New Line Cinema’s The Nativity Story will become the first feature film ever to premiere at the Vatican. The Nativity Story is scheduled for a Dec. 1, 2006 release in the U.S., and will open in territories worldwide throughout the month of December. The premiere, to be held at the Vatican’s Aulo Paolo VI (Pope Paul VI Hall), will be attended by The Nativity Story ’s director Catherine Hardwicke, actors Shohreh Aghdashloo and Oscar Isaac, producers Marty Bowen and...

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

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...

Interview With Rob Stewart

Sunday, November 12-----When nature photographer and master diver Rob Stewart began his project to document the beauty of sharks in their natural underwater environment, little did he realize that his innate fascination would bring him into conflict with governments and organized crime who profit from the mass killing of these endangered animals. With shark fins prized as a delicacy and shark cartilage falsely promoted as a cure-all for disease and impotence, the illegal killing of sharks arou...

Interview With Mel Stuart

Sunday, November 12--- Mel Stuart, the veteran director, was honored on Saturday evening at the FLIFF Uncorked! Awards Gala with a Lifetime Achievement Award for his five decades as a pioneering director/producer. Stuart was a trend-setter, who effortlessly moved between the worlds of big-budget Hollywood and independent documentaries in a career move that has been emulated by such contemporary filmmakers as Martin Scorsese, Jonathan Demme and Steven Soderbergh. In a long and distinguished car...