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Vancouver Film Festival reveals line up of 47 features

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Festival Director Alan Franey and programmers Tony Rayns and Shelly Kraicer today announced that the 27th annual Vancouver International Film Festival will feature a total of 47 features, 5 mid-length films and 23 shorts in the Festival's cornerstone Dragons & Tigers: The Cinemas of East Asia program. Again presented this year thanks to the generous support of Brad Birarda, the Dragons & Tigers program is one of the pre-eminent showcases of East Asian films in the world. The series will feature ...

VIFF 2008 Preview

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The 27th annual Vancouver International Film Festival (VIFF) will be held from September 25 to October 10, 2008. VIFF is delighted to be able to bring to Vancouver many of the top prize-winners from the major world film festivals. Acclaimed earlier this year at Cannes were THREE MONKEYS (Turkey), for which Nuri Bilge Ceylan won the Best Director award; IL DIVO, by Paolo Sorrentino, which won a Jury Prize; A CHRISTMAS TALE (France) by Arnaud Desplechin, which won a Special Prize; TULPAN (Russia/K...

The Voice Of Love

THE VOICE OF LOVE by Silard Somorjay released by Video Art Beijing. One of the main soundtracks for the movie The Streets Of Beijing.For the music please visit http;//www.myspace.com/silardsomorjay

Asian American International Film Festival opened with Princess of Nebraska

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The 31st Annual 2008 Asian American International Film Festival (AAIFF08) Opening Night East Coast Premiere film of THE PRINCESS OF NEBRASKA, directed by Wayne Wang, was held at Asia Society, New York, July 10, 7:30 pm. A special Q&A session with director Wayne Wang, co-director Richard Wong, and actress Ling Li, moderated by Asia Society associate director cultural programs, Helen Koh, preceded the AAIFF08 opening night gala reception and after party. Presented by Asian Cinevision with Asia Soc...

31st Asian American International Film Festival Opening Night Premiere of THE PRINCESS OF NEBRASKA & Gala Coverage

By Maria Esteves - July 14, 2008 The 31st Annual 2008 Asian American International Film Festival (AAIFF08) Opening Night East Coast Premiere film of THE PRINCESS OF NEBRASKA, directed by Wayne Wang, was held at Asia Society, New York, July 10, 7:30 pm. A special Q&A session with director Wayne Wang, co-director Richard Wong, and actress Ling Li, moderated by Asia Society associate director cultural programs, Helen Koh, preceded the AAIFF08 opening night gala rec...

Karlovy 2008 Remains Faithful to Tradition of Rewarding Unknowns

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A star studded jury confronted with a slate of second rate films in the international competition section (par for the course at Karlovy Vary because more important festivals gobble up the better films) had to sweat it out for five hours before arriving at their decisions on the main awards. The Grand jury composed of such luminaries as British actress Brenda Blethyn, Dutch star Johanna Ter Steege (The Vanishing), ace Hungarian-American camerman Vilmos Zsigmond, and presided over by Czech-Americ...

European Documentaries In Competition

 Friday, June 20----The SILVERDOCS: AFI/Discovery Channel Documentary Festival has, in just six short years, become the premium festival for non-fiction film in the United States. With documentary films on the rise all over the globe, tackling every subject under the sun and even revealing some considerable box office muscle, this event has become ground zero for appreciating documentary works from the U.S. and overseas and track the trends for non-fiction media of the future.With the explosion...

European Documentaries In Competition at Silverdocs

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The SILVERDOCS: AFI/Discovery Channel Documentary Festival has, in just six short years, become the premium festival for non-fiction film in the United States. With documentary films on the rise all over the globe, tackling every subject under the sun and even revealing some considerable box office muscle, this event has become ground zero for appreciating documentary works from the U.S. and overseas and track the trends for non-fiction media of the future.With the explosion of documentary work ...

Cannes Honors For Wouter Barendrecht

Tuesday, May 20---------At a special reception held yesterday in Cannes at the Plages des Palmes Cafe, the Hamptons International Film Festival and indieWIRE announced the recipient of their annual Industry Toast Honoree, to be presented during thed 16th edition of the Festival, from October 15 to 19, 2008.This year's recipient is Wouter Barendrecht, founder and co-chairman of Fortissimo Films, one of the world's leading international film, television and video sales organizations specializing ...

A Wow For Wouter

Tuesday, May 20---------At a special reception held yesterday in Cannes at the Plages des Palmes Cafe, the Hamptons International Film Festival and indieWIRE announced the recipient of their annual Industry Toast Honoree, to be presented during thed 16th edition of the Festival, from October 15 to 19, 2008.This year's recipient is Wouter Barendrecht, founder and co-chairman of Fortissimo Films, one of the world's leading international film, television and video sales organizations specializing ...

World Premieres Get First Look At Palm Beach

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One of the rarest things to find at a medium-sized film festival are films that have never been seen at another festival venue. World Premieres are a highly prized status that most festivals attempt to attract, but with the exception of the largest, rarely succeed in attracting.So, it was with a mix of curiosity and excitement that I noticed that at this year's Palm Beach International Film Festival, there are a number of films making their world debuts at the event. The decision to showcase one...

World Premieres Get First Look At Palm Beach

 Saturday, April 12-------One of the rarest things to find at a medium-sized film festival are films that have never been seen at another festival venue. World Premieres are a highly prized status that most festivals attempt to attract, but with the exception of the largest, rarely succeed in attracting.So, it was with a mix of curiosity and excitement that I noticed that at this year's Palm Beach International Film Festival, there are a number of films making their world debuts at the event. ...

Cinema from China at the London ICA

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In association with Film London, China State Film Bureau and the Mayor of London, the Institute of Contemporary Arts presents a season of films celebrating the diversity and breadth of cinema from China, in particular throwing the spotlight on Beijing. Over three weeks from 20 March to 10 April we will offer a dozen films covering a broad surveying of contemporary Chinese film; selected features will be preceded by a medley of international shorts Vision Beijing inspired by Beijing and life befo...

Tribeca All Access program details

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The Tribeca Film Festival, presented by American Express, along with the Tribeca Film Institute today announced the selected projects for Tribeca All Access (TAA), a program designed to help foster relationships between film industry executives and filmmakers from traditionally underrepresented communities. Celebrating its 5th year, Tribeca All Access will present 37 new projects, its largest showing ever, at the six-day event taking place April 21 – 26 during this year’s Tribeca Film Festiv...

Palm Beach Fest reveals line up

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The 13th Annual Palm Beach International Film Festival (PBIFF) announced the film line-up for the 8-day event, which runs April 10-17, 2008. Executive Director Randi Emerman announced that 141 films will screen at this year’s event, including features, documentaries, shorts and student shorts from the U.S. and around the world. The 2008 Festival will introduce 12 World Premieres and 10 U.S. Premieres.This year’s festival will play host to an ample amount of international filmmakers, produc...

The main sections of the 10th Thessaloniki Documentary Festiva

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The main sections of the event are,   -          Views of the World: dealing with subjects of social interest. -          Portraits-Human Journeys: the human being as the focus of the narrative. -          Stories to Tell: brief stories of human interest that stand out both for the nature of their subject and the way it has been dealt with. -          Recordings of Memory: Events and people who played a significant role in shaping contemporary life; the tes...

Thessaloniki Documentary Festival preliminary highlights

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The 10th Thessaloniki Documentary Festival – Images of the 21st Century celebrates its 10th anniversary this year. Organized by the Thessaloniki International Film Festival, the 10th TDF will present roughly 200 documentaries in the event’s flagship OLYMPION and PAVLOS ZANNAS theatres at the festival headquarters in Aristotelous square, as well as the JOHN CASSAVETES, STAVROS TORNES, FRIDA LIAPPA and TONIA MARKETAKI theatres located at the Thessaloniki harbour, within walking distance from t...

The Kite Runner - interview with Rebecca Yeldham

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FINDING A LOST KABUL IN OUTBACK CHINAAustralian born producer Rebecca Yeldham has been through some wild filmmaking when shooting The Motorcycle Diaries in deepest Peru, but that now seems tame after “the wild ride” that was the making of The Kite Runner in even deeper Western China, she tells Andrew L. Urban.From the start, the question of where to shoot The Kite Runner loomed over the production. The story would require the wholesale re-creation of several disparate worlds that no longer e...

Slamdance announces shorts line-up of 67 out of 2000 submissions

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More than 2,000 short films from over 40 countries were submitted to the 2008 Slamdance Film Festival, and 67 have been selected to screen by the Shorts Programming Committee, which is comprised of Slamdance alumni filmmakers. Each of the 67 shorts is now in competition and eligible for a Grand Jury Award. As always, the Slamdance Film Festival will run concurrently with the Sundance Film Festival, January 17-25, in Park City, Utah. Slamdance and the box-office will be headquartered and its fil...

22ND ISRAEL FILM FESTIVAL COVERAGE

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22ND ISRAEL FILM FESTIVAL COVERAGE By Maria Esteves - November 24, 2007 The 22nd Israel Film Festival (IFF) 2007 was held at the Directors Guild of America Theater, Clearview Cinemas, and the Florence Gould Hall in New York City, October 23 - November 8, 2007. The festival presented by IsraFest Foundation, annually present Israeli films, panel discussions, special events, awards ceremony, and gala receptions.   Since 1982, IFF founded by Meir Fenigstein of the IsraFest Foundati...

San Sebastian Film Festival Winners

 Tuesday, October 2--------A THOUSAND YEARS OF GOOD PRAYERS, the latest film from Hong Kong-born and United States-based director Wayne Wang, was the big winner at the San Sebastian Film Festival, as the awards were announced on Saturday evening in the Basque coastal resort town. The film won the Festival's Golden Shell as Best Film, also winning a Silver Shell for Best Actor for the film's lead Henry O. The film, based on a short story by award-winning author Yiyun Li, depicts the tensio...

Hong Kong-born director Wayne Wang's "A Thousand Years of Good Prayers" won the best film and best actor awards at San Sebastian

Hong Kong-born director Wayne Wang's "A Thousand Years of Good Prayers" won the best film and best actor awards at the 55th annual San Sebastian film festival in Spain on Saturday.Based on a short story by the same name by award-winning author Yiyun Li, the movie depicts the tensions that follow when a widower from Beijing, Mr Shi, goes to the US to visit his recently divorced daughter Yilan."It was a small film that needed a lot of time to be done because I think films need to br...

San Sebastian closes and awards Wayne Wang

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Hong Kong-born director Wayne Wang's "A Thousand Years of Good Prayers" won the best film and best actor awards at the 55th annual San Sebastian film festival in Spain on Saturday.Based on a short story by the same name by award-winning author Yiyun Li, the movie depicts the tensions that follow when a widower from Beijing, Mr Shi, goes to the US to visit his recently divorced daughter Yilan."It was a small film that needed a lot of time to be done because I think films need to breathe, like us,...

Curtain up on Eurasia Film Fest in Kazakhstan

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CURTAIN UP ON 4th EURASIA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL The 4th Eurasia International Film Festival takes place in Almaty from the 23rd- 29th September. The Festival is backed by the Kazakh Ministry of Culture & Information and organised by Kazakhfilm, the state-run film company. The Festival – which forms a bridge between Eastern and Western culture - includes screenings of new Kazakh and Central Asian films, plus a wide variety of films made further afield. Among this year’s highlights are...

Silard China Tour CD

Silard Somorjay China Tour CD. Four Cities, Beijing,Shanghai,Xian,Hong-Kong

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