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Project 11

Director: Vikas Chandra (along with 10 Co-Directors).
11 Directors. 11 Cities. 1 Film. Project 11 is a gripping edge-of-the-seat thriller that completely blurs the line between the real and the virtual world The film is about Project 11, a cult underground video game, in which no one has ever gone beyond level 11. 11 avid gamers across the world are racing to cross it. What they don’t realize that they could be playing the last game of their lives. On November 11, at precisely 11:11:11 am, when a Japanese housewife dies while playing the game in Tokyo, all hell breaks loose. In a battle of man vs machine, will the gamers survive, or will the game kill them all…

Jury’s award films from the IFFR Rotterdam 2012 program

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During the IFFR 2012 Awards Ceremony on Friday, February 3, 2012 in festival venue de Doelen, the winning films of the 41st International Film Festival Rotterdam were announced. The three Hivos Tiger Awards were granted to feature débuts Egg and Stone by Huang Ji (China), Hubert Bals Fund-supported film Thursday Till Sunday by Dominga Sotomayor (Chile/Netherlands) and Clip by Maja Miloš (Serbia), which also took the KNF Award of the Dutch film critics. Hubert Bals Fund-supported and competin...

“How much does your building weigh, Mr. Foster?” awarded the Silver Audience Award 2011 at Kaunas International Film Festival

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The viewers of Kaunas International Film Festival 2011 selected their favourite film –“How much does your building weigh, Mr. Foster?” by two Spanish directors Norbert López Amado and Carlos Carcaso. In second place was Finnish director Aki Kaurismaki film “Le Havre” followed by the Italian work “Ten winters” in the third place. The public also noted and enjoyed the award winning “A Separation” by Asghar Farhadi from Iran (Golden Bear at the Berlin International Film Festival...

REELAbilitiesBoston Film Festival premieres in February 2012

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Six films from around the world about people with disabilities will highlight the first REELAbilitiesBoston Film Festival being held Feb. 2-8.My Spectacular Theatre, a Chinese film from Director Yu Lang, will be the opening night film on Feb. 2, 2012 at the Perkins School for the Blind in Watertown.Other films in the REELAbilitiesBoston Film Festival include War Eagle, Arkansas (Canada/England/US); Shooting Beauty (USA); Snow Cake (Canada/England/USA); Warrior Champions (China/US); and Anita (Ar...

JOSEPH BAIER'S ODE TO MORTALITY

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joseph baier directorThe End is My Beginning Tiziano Terzani,the intrepid Italian journalist who is the principal character in Joseph Baier's second feature The End Is My Beginning La fine è il mio inizio, is the polar opposite of  Vlado Taneski, the Macedonian crime reporter-serial killer whose horror story forms one of the three narrative strands in Milcho Manchewski's "Mothers". Unlike Taneski who wrote morbidly detailed accounts of the grisly murders of three old cleaning lad...

China's Zhang Yimou to Receive 2011 Asia Pacific Screen FIAPF Award

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The Asia Pacific Screen Awards (APSA) and FIAPF-International Federation of Film Producers Associations announced today that Chinese film producer and director Zhang Yimou will be the 2011 recipient of the FIAPF Award for Outstanding Achievement in Film in the Asia-Pacific region. The honour will be awarded at the fifth annual Asia Pacific Screen Awards ceremony on Australia's Gold Coast on November 24. One of the world's most acclaimed filmmakers, Zhang Yimou's films have open...

Emmy Awards nominees announced

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Nominations for the 39th International Emmy® Awards were announced today by The International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences at a Press Conference at Mipcom. There are 40 nominees in 10 categories. The full list of Nominees follows this release. Winners will be announced at a Black-Tie Ceremony on November 21, 2011 at the Hilton New York Hotel.Nominations span a record 20 countries: Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, France, Germany, Japan, Malaysia, M...

In Retrospect... From RIFF 2010 to MIPCOM 2011

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In Retrospect... From RIFF 2010 to MIPCOM 2011... Last year the film at RIFF 2010 which stirred up quite a debate was this documentary, WHEN THE DRAGON SWALLOWED THE SUN (2010), which threatened to destabilize the friendly relationship between China and Iceland (the film is about China's oppressive hold over Tibet). Now one year later the film is being sold at the world's biggest TV market, MIPCOM, at Cannes; October 03-06, 2011.   Interview with director Dirk Simon from ...

KASHISH SHORTS 2011 - Indian Queer Films for your festival

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The second edition of KASHISH Mumbai International Queer Film Festival was a brilliant success. It was held from may 25-29, 2011 at two venues simultaneously - the multiplex Cinemax Versova and Alliance Francaise.  The festival screened 124 films from 23 countries in 51 program slots. It had 67.5% turnout with about 6225 audience occupancy. There were 15 houseful shows. KASHISH 2011 was Bigger, Bolder & Queerer. A bevy of Bollywood celebrities – Juhi Chawla, Rahul Bos...

"A.L.I.C.E." in Marbella/Festival #20!

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"A.L.I.C.E." has been short-listed from 800 submissions representing 52 countries for the "Shorts Cinema" program at the Marbella Int'l Film Festival in Marbella, Spain running October 14-16, 2011. This is the 20th festival acceptance for "A.L.I.C.E.". During the same dates, "A.L.I.C.E." will be participating in the Beijing Int'l Movie Fest in China. Later in the month, the film moves to the Gold Lion Film Festival in Manzini, Swaziland. ...

Son of the Stars

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Director: Michelle Chen Miao.
Young mother ZhengZheng with her autistic son travels long way from North, looking for her missing husband. She finds no clue of her husband in DongGuan with tens of thousands of factories. Instead, she finds herself a job in a factory while leaving her son to the attention of a community home. Soon she gets promoted, moves into a high-rise apartment building and has a boyfriend. Everything seems going well until she tries to put her autistic son into the picture. She tries hard and finally she tries to get rid of the trouble-making boy. But life becomes much worse to her with the growing anxiety…

Asia Pacific Screen Awards (APSA) FilmFund Panelists

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2011 FILM FUND PANELLISTS ANNOUNCED: XUE XIAOLU, TONY AYRES AND ANDREW PIKE   The Asia Pacific Screen Awards (APSA) and Motion Picture Association (MPA) have announced the continuation of the MPA APSA Academy Film Fund to support new films from Asia-Pacific and the panellists who will assess the entries for 2011. Xue Xiaolu and Tony Ayres will join the assessment panel for 2011 which will once again be Chaired by Ronin Films' Managing Director and member of APSA's 2009 International Jur...

8th French Film Panorama

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  From April 5 to May 30 2011, UniFrance films - an organization promoting French cinema worldwide - and the French Embassy in China, are presenting the eighth edition of the French Film Panorama in China in Beijing, Chengdu, Shenzhen and Hangzhou.         A selection composed of ten recently released feature films and ten short films, established in cooperation with SARFT (State Administration of Radio, Film, Television), will be broug...

fresh film talent at the London Australian Film Festival

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The 17th London Australian Film Festival Thursday 5 to Thursday 12 May 2011 barbican.org.uk/film Box Office: 0845 120 7527   Spring is in the air and so it's time for a breath of fresh film talent from Down Under as the Barbican hosts the 17th London Australian Film Festival, bringing audiences the best in contemporary Australian features, documentaries, shorts and, new for 2011, artist films. This edition runs from Thursday 5 May to Thursday 12 May 2011 wi...

International Family Film Festival awards

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International Family Film Festival 2011 IFFF AWARD RECIPIENTS IFFF Spirit Award 48 Below!Director: Michael ArchamboSterling Crown Studios IFFF Pearl AwardChristmas BunnyDirector/Producer/Writer: Tom SeidmanHoney Creek Pictures, LLC IFFF Top Applause AwardHannah’s GoldDirector: Joel SouzaVisualeyes Productions2011 IFFF FEATURE FILMSWinner:Best Feature – DramaChristmas Angel, SunWorld PicturesFinalist:Best Feature – DramaCooper, MSNations Productions Winner:Best Feature - Foreign DramaHorizo...

IFFF panels announced

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PanelsWelcome to the IFFF. Providing professional panels and networking opportunities for aspiring filmmakers to meet with established leaders in the industry is central to IFFF's mission. The 2011 festival will re-present some of last year's more popular panels and add some new and exciting panels in specialized areas of film interest and distribution. Check back periodically for "Panels" schedule additions, changes and/or updates. Seating is limited and many of these ...

Berlinale 2011 coverage on fest21.com

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Below is the coverage from Berlin, headlines... My Berlin Top Ten Films At a film festival that totals more than 250 feature films (not to mention an additional 250 features in the accompanying European Film Market), one can only skim the surface of an event as wide-ranging as the Berlinale. Film choices are often based on schedule availability....grabbing a screening in between meetings or making sure one is awake to catch the early morning press screenings of the Competition program. In a se...

NEWSLETTER N° 497: february 18, 2011

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 .............                                                                                                                                                          NEWSLETTER N° 497: february 18, 2011 Follow this LINK if you cannot read the newsletter properly  Contact the Editor, Advertise with us  This weekly newsletter reaches 90 931 film professionnals. ...

NEWSLETTER N° 497: february 18, 2011

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Berlin Buzz 2

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  International film festivals are here in force at the Berlinale to not only scout for new films but also to make announcements on upcoming special projects. Here are a few that have made the headlines here in Berlin.      BEIJING INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL LAUNCHES Beijing, the Chinese capital, now will have its own film event with the launching of the 1st Beijing International Film Festival, set for April 23-28, 2011. The Festival organization took an office at the M...

Mobius awards

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The 40th annual Mobius Awards international advertising competition has nominated 37 entries for its Best of Show Shortlist. Agencies in Germany lead with 13 nominations; others came from UK, France, Spain, Amsterdam, Australia and U.S. The 2010 competition awarded 56 First Place Golden Statuettes, 63 Second Place Certificates for Outstanding Creativity, and one Student Award. Entries came from 33 countries. Winners will be announced January 25, 2011. Nominees by medium are: Broch...

Beijing Punk

"Beijing Punk" is a new submission to ECU 2011! "Beijing Punk", a documentary by Australian director Shaun Jefford, takes us into the hidden world of rebels and misfits just a scratch under the surface of the modern Chinese mainstream. Close to four decades after the British musical movement of the early '70s, punk is exploiding in the most unlikely of places- the underground  scene of Beijing ...

When The Dragon Swallowed the Sun

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  During this closing weekend of the International Reykjavik Film Festival, the most talked about film at the festival will be shown in sold out theaters, the documentary When the Dragon Swallowed the Sun (2010) by director Dirk Simon. When the Dragon Swallowed the Sun is the new controversial film about China's ongoing occupation of Tibet. Over the past seven years, Dirk Simon shot 800 hours of film between India, Beijing and Tibet depicting the seemingly never ending content...

Dragon Swallows at Reykjavik

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    SEE INTERVIEW WITH DIRK SIMON HERE: http://www.fest21.com/en/blog/vanessa_mcmahon/when_the_dragon_swallowed_the_sun     REYKJAVIK RIFF PRESS RELEASE BELOW: DRAGON SWALLOWS MOVIE: CHINA PUSHES ICELAND TO SUPPRESS TIBET FILM China puts pressure on Iceland to suppress the documentary “When the Dragon Swallowed the Sun” at the International Reykjavik Film Festival, which opened this Thursday.   The f...

Petty Cash

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Dirty Job Films and Reign Supreme Entertainment is proud to announce the addition of International film actress Bai Ling to the cast of Petty Cash. Bai Ling ( Crank: High Voltage, Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow , Anna and the King and ABCTV's Lost) will play Coco, a lonely sad soul who falls in a circle of violence. She will shoot her scenes at the end of September. Petty Cash is written and directed by Ross Bigley, (president of Milwaukee Independent Film Society, festival...

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