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Introduction by the Director of the 69th Festival, Alberto Barbera

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“It is now established that the main function of a festival is to choose what we can and must see from among the huge blind mass of production”. Far from wishing to refute this claim, which may well be true, I feel I must add a few comments. Not marginal comments, however, if it is true that one of the reasons that led me to return to serving the Venice Film Festival, turns its gaze - in cross-eyed fashion - in a different direction. Nor am I referring to what's left of the f...

TIFF Deal on UK release of Matteo Garonne’s Cannes Grand Prix winner REALITY

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Independent Distribution have struck a deal with Fandango Portobello to co-release Matteo Garonne’s Cannes Grand Prix winner REALITY in the UK, which screens tonight as part of the official selection at The Toronto International Film Festival.  Luc Roeg, CEO of Independent made the announcement today.  The deal was negotiated between Roeg and Janine Gold of Fandango Portobello. Leading the project will be newly appointed Heads of Distribution, Sarah Townsend and Stef...

Thessaloniki to offer a tribute to master THEO ANGELOPOULOS

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The Thessaloniki International Film Festival, wishing to honor the memory of celebrated Greek auteur Theo Angelopoulos, who passed away in January of 2012, organizes a tribute to his work. Angelopoulos was born in Athens in 1935 and studied Law in the University of Athens and the Sorbonne, from which he dropped out to study cinema in the University of Paris IDHEC. He started his career as a film critic and made his first –unfinished– film, Forminx, in 1965. Throughout his life, Angel...

Wong Kar Wai (With a staggering 21 wins and 35 award nominations so far) will preside over the Jury of Berlinale 2013

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Chinese director Wong Kar Wai will be the Jury President of the 63rd Berlin International Film Festival. The director, who has won many international awards, is one of the most important representatives of world cinema. Wong Kar Wai’s unique and extraordinary style has inspired countless filmmakers and made him a cult figure of contemporary auteur cinema. Wong Kar Wai was born in Shanghai and grew up in Hong Kong. He made his directorial debut in 1988 with As Tears Go By. His...

Bruno Chatelin handed out the Award for Best Film from the festival circuit to Michel Hazanavicius

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@ The International Film Festival Summit Europe IFFS and filmfestivals.com  - fest21.com,  close observers of the festival circuit, have honored Michel Hazanavicius, director of The Artist with the “Festival Film of the Year Award”  which recognizes the outstanding artistic dimensions of the whole project and the extraordinary successful fare on the circuit from Cannes (best actor) to 5 Oscars (6 Cesar, 3 Golden Globes, 7 BAFTAS)...  The award was handed by B...

Michael Haneke's "Amour", winner of the FIPRESCI Grand Prix

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The award will be presented at the opening gala of the 60th San Sebastian International Film Festival The International Federation of Film Critics (FIPRESCI) awards its Grand Prix for Best Film of the Year to AMOUR, directed by Michael Haneke. The award is the result of votes cast by members of FIPRESCI, 225 critics worldwide, for any feature-length film premièred internationally during the previous year. The prize will be presented at the opening gala of the San Sebastian Festiv...

Film Festivals Galore,in Bangkok--!

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  Bangkok  seems to have become a movie-hub, judging by the numerous  film festivals that have been spinning  in the city, almost back-to-back, this year.The Embassies have mostly been  responsible for these , and deserve  credit for whipping up the cinematic pulse of the city.Apart from the French, Italian  and EU film festivals ,which have become regular events in the cinema-calendar of the country  (they are held in both Bangkok and Chiangmai), this year,  we had new festivals from ...

Back to Byzantium: Turkish Delights at the 31st Instanbul Film Festival

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Whatever name you call it- Constantinople or Byzantium- or however you spell it    (Graham Greene's Orient Express-connected novel, also filmed, styled it Stamboul Train), modern Istanbul is unquestionably a world city, a beautiful bustling megalopolis, literally joining Asia to Europe, and the only capital that has a leg in two continents. A fascinating fusion of ancient, medieval, religious and secular architecture and cultures, cuisine and  and stylish contemporary design and fashion, w...

The jury of Montreal World in action

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Australian actress Greta Scacchi will preside over an international jury of film personalities from around the world. Her fellow jurists:  Véra Belmont, one of France's top producers, began her career as an actress but quickly sensed that her talent lay not in front of the camera but behind it. In 1966 she produced Paul Vecchiali's The Devil's Tricks and over four decades...

Oldenburg Film Festival honors Phedon Papamichael with a Retrospective

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Oldenburg Film Festival honors Award Winning Director and Cinematographer Phedon Papamichael with a Retrospective “I’d rather work on a good movie than a good-looking movie. I think if someone said ‘that was a good-looking movie’ I’d feel like I’d failed to do my job because they became conscious of it.” Phedan Papamichael   God Bless America This personal credo of one of modern cinemas greatest cinematographers resonates throughout his increasingly extraordinar...

Helsinki International Film Festival – Love & Anarchy highlights

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 Finland’s largest film festival, the Helsinki International Film Festival – Love & Anarchy, is organized for the 25th time from September 20th until 30th, 2012. The year of celebration brings along a quality programme consisting of more than 180 feature films and 80 short films. An exceptionally big part of the programme comprises of films screened in Finland exclusively at HIFF. The Opening Film of HIFF 2012 is the appraised BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD. The visual masterpiece...

The OFF DE CANNES team meeting spot at Carlton Bar

Ayden Ramin, Direcstar TV presentor, join the OFF DE CANNES team with SAS princess Esther Kamatari, from Boulogne-Billancourt Hotel de Ville, and Bruno Gaccio, Canal+. Ayden sign the golden book to support the event for films, music and fashion shows.

LETS BEGIN OFF DE CANNES 2012

During the OFF DE CANNES PARTY in ATRIUM BEACH, President Max Howard explains to Alain Zirah and Bruno Chatelin how he'll speak to the jury for the challenge.

FEST begins at 40!

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What makes a festival successful? Great films and great audiences, and Belgrade's 40th FEST had both in spades- indeed, the event was such a hit, it was extended by a day to accommodate a last-minute regional premiere for The Artist, fresh from its triumph at the Oscars in Hollywood(and in keeping with its immaculate organisation, there was even an advance press screening of the French 'surprise' gift to Belgrade's enormous audiences. For the event is centred in what must be one of...

Locarno Carte Blanche Award 2012

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Thanks to IMCINE, the Mexican Film Institute, and with the support from the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA), the Festival del film Locarno's Carte Blanche – initiative that offers a showcase for a number of films in post-production from a given country, dedicated this year to Mexico ¬– has shown seven films, each introduced by its producer, to the various international sales agents and festival programmers who pa...

Ted Hope appointed Executive Director of San Francisco Film Society

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Ted Hope, one of the film industry’s most respected and prolific figures, has been named executive director of the San Francisco Film Society (SFFS), effective September 1, 2012. In a surprise move, the veteran film producer and one of the most influential individuals in independent film will embark upon a new chapter in his professional life, leaving New York City, where he produced independent films through his companies Good Machine, This is that corporation and Double Hope Films, t...

Twelve titles to compete in the “Horizontes Latinos” section at San Sebastian Festival

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  The "Horizontes Latinos" programmes at the 60th edition of the San Sebastian Festival includes the works of twelve filmmakers from Argentina, Mexico, Chile, Brazil, Uruguay and Colombia. A selection of films to have competed or been presented at important international festivals, but which have not yet been screened at a Spanish festival or commercially released in our country. The latest work by Carlos Reygadas, one of the best known Mexican filmmakers on the international...

Spike Lee winner of the Jaeger-LeCoultre 2012 award in Venice

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American filmmaker Spike Lee is the winner of the Jaeger-LeCoultre Glory to the Filmmaker 2012 award of the Venice International Film Festival   The Biennale di Venezia and Jaeger-LeCoultre announce that the great American director, screenwriter, actor and producer Spike Lee has been awarded the Jaeger-LeCoultre Glory to the Filmmaker 2012 award of the Venice International Film Festival, dedicated a personality who has brought great innovation to contemporary cinema.   The Direc...

Board Member updates: Volker Schlöndorff to give master class at MWFF

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Volker Schlöndorff to give master class at MWFF The noted German director, board member of the prestigious European Film Academy, Volker Schlöndorff, will give a master class at the upcoming Montreal World Film Festival it was announced. “Volker Schlöndorff is one of key members of the New German Cinema, that group of young filmmakers who, with talent, imagination and a daring choice of subjects, radically changed postwar German cinema,” said MWFF President Serge Losique. “...

The EFA Ambassadors

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  Moritz Bleibtreu actor, Germany One of the best-known German faces in international cinema, Moritz Bleibtreu first shot to international attention as Manni in Tom Tykwer’s RUN LOLA RUN (1998). He was nominated in 2001 for the EFA People’s Choice Award for THE EXPERIMENT by Oliver Hirschbiegel and is now nominated for European Actor for his role as Andreas Baader in THE BAADER MEINHOF COMPLEX by Uli Edel. ...

EFA Board members Elected for 2012

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The President: Wim Wenders, Director, Germany Wim Wenders attended the Academy of Film & Television in Munich, worked as a film critic for various German publications, and was a founding member of Filmverlag der Autoren. In 1976 he set up his own production company, Road Movies, and, in 2002, Reverse Angle. Often hailed as one of the most important German directors on the international scene, Wenders has received various international awards, including the Golden Lion (TH...

Volker Schlöndorff to give master class at MWFF

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The noted German director, board member of the prestigious European Film Academy, Volker Schlöndorff, will give a master class at the upcoming Montreal World Film Festival it was announced. “Volker Schlöndorff is one of key members of the New German Cinema, that group of young filmmakers who, with talent, imagination and a daring choice of subjects, radically changed postwar German cinema,” said MWFF President Serge Losique. “It is a great privilege to be hosting his master...

Luciano TOVOLI received LIFETIME ACHIEVMENT GOLDEN CAMERA 300 at this year’s 33rd ICFF Manaki Brot

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Italian Luciano TOVOLI is the winner of the prestigious award LIFETIME ACHIEVMENT GOLDEN CAMERA 300 at this year’s 33rd ICFF Manaki Brothers – Bitola. The international Cinematographers Film Festival Manaki Brothers - Bitola and Vip operator, the official festival partner, this year award one of the greatest cinematographers of the Italian and world cinematography – Luciano TOVOLI, whose exceptionally fruitful opus rightfully places him among the members of the Club of Greats of the Man...

A word from Serge Losique President MONTREAL WORLD FILM FESTIVAL

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THE 36th MONTREAL WORLD FILM FESTIVAL WILL BE HELD FROM AUGUST 23 TO SEPTEMBER 3, 2012.   Since its founding 36 years ago, the Montreal World Film Festival has remained faithful to its founding principles. The MWFF offers film lovers and professionals a rich program based on cultural diversity, innovation, independence and creativity. The success and international reputation of the Montreal World Film Festival are firmly linked to these principles and goals. ...

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