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The 2019 Grand Jury Members

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2019 GRANDJURY® MEMBERS The NYF® Television & Film Competition is judged by award-winning Directors, Producers, Writers, Actors and various other creative media professionals from across the globe. All entries are judged online by panels of award-winning industry experts. For a photo album of the GrandJury® members click here ...

Review of "Aziza" + Interview with Sundance Grand Jury Prize Winner, Soudade Kaadan

  I had the honor this week to connect with the incredibly talented, Short Film Grand Jury Prize Winner, Soudade Kaadan. Her story may be one of the most important in the whole festival. As a Syrian filmmaker, she has experienced more hardships than any American filmmaker can imagine. She does not have nearly the same resources as many of her competitors yet she still manages to make high caliber film that is enjoyable even without its profound political context.   Her film, Aziz...

All the guests of the 5th Berlin Critics’ Week

Lucia Margarita Bauer © Max Dax. What do Hanna Schygulla and Albert Serra understand by vanity, what do they have to say about empathy? And will Aaron Schimberg and Horst Bredekamp get wise to their ideas? How does Nathan Silver's cinema relate to privilege and to the civil war in Syria? How can knowledge which has been misappropriated by colonial powers be depicted and discussed? All the guests of the Berlin Critics’ Week have been chosen and will soon sit down in front o...

Berlinale 2019 - Goodbye Dieter Preview By Alex Deleon

By Alex Deleon for <filmfestivals.com>       The 69th edition of the Berlin Film Festival will be the last one under the auspices of director Dieter Kosslick, who has run the event since 2002 with a certain flamboyance and an occasional flub.  Inevitably seen in the company of the big Hollywood stars while sporting various floppy hats Kosslick has been accused of catering too much to the Hollywood mainstream at the expense of the festival's long established ...

VIDEO: Power of Story: Pushing Boundaries Panel

In contemplating the complexities of the world, we have always looked to artists and storytellers to challenge our thinking and shake us from complacency. That’s particularly true of fiercely independent artists who maintain the freedom to shatter prevailing orthodoxies, reframe moral perspectives, and push the boundaries of accepted norms. They don’t lead us to safety but away from it, out of our comfort zones. We’re joined by a group of exceptional, provocative filmmakers a...

Honorary committee of the 39th Fantasporto

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HONORARY COMMITTEE OF THE 39th EDITION OF FANTASPORTO 2019   Exmo. Sr. Dr. Eduardo Ferro Rodrigues  Ilst. Presidente da Assembleia da República   Exmo Sr Dr. António Costa Ilst. Primeiro Ministro do Governo Português   Exmo. Sr. Dra. Graça Fonseca Ilst. Ministra da Cultura   Exmo. Sr. Dr. Rui Moreira Ilst. Presidente da Câmara Municipal do Porto   Exmo. Sr. Dr. Carlos César Ilst. Presidente do Grupo Parlamentar ...

VIDEO: Roger Durling kicks off SBIFF 2019 with his introduction speech

Roger Durling recalls his debut and quoted Ernest Hemingway from "A Farewell to Arms" A beautiful quote Roger loves! “The world breaks everyone and afterward many are strong at the broken places. But those that will not break it kills. It kills the very good and the very gentle and the very brave impartially. If you are none of these you can be sure it will kill you too but there will be no special hurry.” Photo Credit - Getty Images for SBIFF &n...

Footage Farm - Panel and Documentary Prizes!

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Special Announcement! For the 2019 festival, we are so excited to work with Footage Farm Ltd on both an excellent archive panel as well as prizes for our Feature Documentary and Short Documentary winners! FOOTAGE FARM was created in 2001 with the simple goal of offering documentary producers and film-makers easy access to public domain material without the often high costs of license fees. The prizes for our documentary winners are as follows: -The winner of the best documentary fe...

GWFF Best First Feature Award Jury

  Since 2006, when it introduced the GWFF Best First Feature Award, the Berlinale has been even more committed to supporting the next generation of film makers. The award is endowed with € 50,000, donated by the GWFF (Gesellschaft zur Wahrnehmung von Film- und Fernsehrechten), a society dedicated to safeguarding film and television rights. The prize money is to be split between the producer and the director of the winning film. Additionally, the director will be awarded with a high-...

Berlinale Jury revealed with Binoche as Jury President

Berlinale 2019: International Jury   Once again a multitalented International Jury will decide who will take home the Golden and the Silver Bears at the Berlinale 2019. 17 films are competing for the awards in this year’s Competition. The winners will be announced at the Berlinale Palast on February 16.   Actress Juliette Binoche will head the jury (see press release from 11.12.2018). The other members of the jury are film critic and author Justin Chang (USA), act...

Andrea Romeo appoints Dok Leipzig Leena Pasanen to direct Biografilm Festival starting in 2021

Current director of Dok Leipzig will join the Biografilm team starting 2020 and will head the festival as of 2021.   Biografilm Festival announces a new step towards Europe: Andrea Romeo, Biografilm’s founder and current director, has called Leena Pasanen, director of DOK Leipzig, to head Biografilm starting in 2021. Pasanen will join the team already in 2020 to prepare for a definitive passage of responsibilities in 2021. Andrea Romeo will remain part of...

VIDEO: Piers Handling homage to Rob Stewart at the opening of TIFF 2018

  Piers Handling introduced the World Premier of Sharkwater Extinction at TIFF; his final film and his third movie to have been selected at TIFF.  Late Canadian Filmmaker Rob Stewart was first honoured With 'Child Of The Water' Music created by Chantal Kreviazuk for Rob which played live to the audience before the presentations. Piers Handling and Rob's family followed, Brian Sandy and Alexandra,and the whole team on stage.   ...

IFFR offered a Masterclass with french director Claire Denis

With her unflinching, sensitive films, Claire Denis is among the most important European film authors of this generation. Since she made her debut in 1988 with Chocolat, inspired by her youth in West Africa, the colonial heritage and invisible lines that divide us from others are recurring themes in powerful films including Beau travail and White Material. Her exceptionally versatile oeuvre moves freely between poetic minimalism and more conventional drama, but also includ...

Co-Directors Ainsley Gardiner and Briar Grace-Smith are the 2019 recipients of the Sundance Institute Merata Mita Fellowship

Co-Directors Ainsley Gardiner and Briar Grace-Smith are the 2019 recipients of the Sundance Institute Merata Mita Fellowship, an annual fellowship named in honor of the late Māori filmmaker Merata Mita (1942-2010). The announcement was delivered today at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival.   Sundance Institute selected the two filmmakers from a global call for applicants. They will be awarded cash grants and a yearlong continuum of support with activities, including a trip to the Su...

Meet the international Jury of the 32nd TEDDY AWARD

We are happy to present the jury of the 33rd TEDDY AWARD, which will be awarded on February 15th in the VOLKSBÜHNE BERLIN. Seven renowned filmmakers and festival organisers will choose the laureates from the queer films of the Berlinale in the categories Best Feature Film, Best Documentary/Essay Film and Best Short Film. Furthermore, they will award the TEDDY Jury Award. Sandra Hezinová is a programmer based in the Czech Republic. She graduated in 2013 in film theory and history f...

Face to Face with German Films returns for the 4th edition with new talent

     After three successful campaigns, FACE TO FACE WITH GERMAN FILMS is going into its fourth year. The initiative by German Films, which presents German filmmaking and extraordinary talents from Germany, will focus on six actors and actresses in its fourth edition. With Maria Dragus, Christian Friedel, Luise Heyer, Jonas Nay, Jördis Triebel and Fahri Yardim, six of the most exciting and dynamic faces are representing the German film and se...

Sam Worthington joins Gugu Mbatha-Raw on SEACOLE for The Exchange

Brian O’Shea, The Exchange CEO, announced today that actor Sam Worthington (AVATAR, THE SHACK, EVEREST) is joining award-winning actress Gugu Mbatha-Raw (BELLE, BEAUTY AND THE BEAST) on SEACOLE. SEACOLE’s new cast will be introduced to international buyers by The Exchange at the upcoming European Film Market, February 7th-15th, 2019. SEACOLE will start production in the spring of 2019. The epic drama, SEACOLE will be helmed by acclaimed theater and film director Charlie Stratton...

The First Guest of the 5th Berlin Critics' Week

What do Whit Stillman and Nina Power think about the staging of feminism? Or Ulrich Köhler and Lili Hinstin about alienation in political cinema? During the Berlin Critics’ Week, film directors discuss their films and the state of film culture with film professionals, philosophers, and other artists. Here’s a first peek at some of our debate participants. "Delight & Delusion"! With his feature debut, "...

Silver, Bauer, Schimberg, Aksornsawang, Bussmann, Samaras – The Film Programme of the 5th Berlin Critics’ Week Is Complete

For a cinema of soft images and matriarchs. For the charm of the tactless. For resistance against disappearance. For light in darkness. For crazy film fantasies. The fifth Berlin Critics’ Week brings films together across seven evening programmes, stimulating discussions about the possibilities of cinema. Nathan Silver’s new film The Great Pretender is a dreamy, soft-focus journey into the souls of young lovers in Brooklyn’s art scene, somewhere...

Heinrich, Reisinger, Serra, Keltek, Traoré Dahlberg, Vernier – the First Films of the 5th Berlin Critics’ Week

  Feminist polemics, fragmented male glances, burst cultural boundaries and the capitalist claustrophobia of a technology park. For the fifth time, the Berlin Critics’ Week explores open film concepts and cinema as a conflict zone. In the end will be the word: this year, the Berlin Critics’ Week closes with an evening featuring two authors who use film to negotiate their respective perspectives on feminism. Susanne Heinrich's DFFB graduation film, "Das melanchol...

VIDEO: Panel Discussion with the Sharkwater Extinction Filmmakers at Vancouver FilmFestival....let s be Ocean wise!

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Join Team Sharkwater for an inspiring evening talking about the upcoming movie Sharkwater Extinction, ocean conservation and carrying on the legacy of Rob Stewart. Panelists include: Brian & Sandy Stewart, Producers & Parents of Filmmaker Rob Stewart Brock Cahill Julie Andersen Moderator: TBC Speaker Bios Brock Cahill A diver, activist and friend of Rob's for over 10 years, Brock traveled with Rob and the production team to Costa Rica, California and the Bahamas. An ardent conser...

VIDEO ; Interview with Regi Domingo on Sharkwater Extinction

Interview on Sharkwater Extinction with Regi Domingo: Shark conservation activist / Founder NAKAWE PROJECT. NAKAWE IS A NON-PROFIT AND PROACTIVE ENTITY, FOUNDED IN 2014 IN BARCELONA, formed by a small group of professionals from different sectors committed to the environment and humanity, with a shared passion; the ocean, our first mission is to help save the world’s dwindling shark populations. As a non-profit organization, our objective is to collaborate with governmental and non-gover...

Introduction of Rob's Stewart world premiere opening at TIFF

  Piers Handling introduced the World Premier of Sharkwater Extinction at TIFF; his final film and his third movie to have been selected at TIFF.  Late Canadian Filmmaker Rob Stewart was first honoured With 'Child Of The Water' Music created by Chantal Kreviazuk for Rob which played live to the audience before the presentations. Piers Handling and Rob's family followed, Brian Sandy and Alexandra,and the whole team on stage. ...

VIDEO: Cinema Cafe with Jackie Chan

Cinema Cafe with Jackie Chan moderated by Kyle Buchanan. Strange things are afoot at Cinema Café. Every day in the Filmmaker Lodge, Cinema Café invigorates the culture of conversation. Our daily series of informal chats rounds up special guests for thought-provoking discussions, complete with coffee and treats. We are proud to present several Cinema Café discussions, streaming engaging discussions with Festival filmmakers and journalists.   ...

VIDEO: Opening introduction of Sundance 2019 Robert Redford, his 34th introduction speech!

The 2019 Sundance Film Festival kicks off with Robert Redford, Executive Director Keri Putnam, Festival Director John Cooper, Director of Programming Kim Yutani, and select programmers sharing what this year has in store. Be a part of the community, a part of the conversation and watch the VIDEO.       ...
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