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Mira Staleva: “Jamie King will present the platform for online distribution VODO”

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How did “Sofia Meetings” exact­ly help in the production of movies of young Bulgarian filmmakers and in finding partners? It helped in establishing contacts with extremely helpful and experienced people, with sharing of the experiences of these people by raising the level of writing the screenplays, screenwriting development, the basics of the regula­tion mechanisms for doing co-produc­tions. It turned into a know-how on how to do the things and how they happen. Which a...

A SNEAK PEEK OF WHAT’S HOT AT THIS YEAR’S 2012 CANNES FILM FESTIVAL

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The 2012 Cannes Film Festival has been well on its way, already being five days since the excitement and buzz of the opening day have passed. This leaves the contest wide open for anyone to bring home the big prize, and at ÉCU, we know it’s going to be one hell of a competition! Stay tuned for the rest of the Festival, there are still many incredible films yet presented, filled with much cinematic talent from all over the world! The official line-up of the main category, ‘In Competi...

Campus MovieFest offers American college students opportunity to come to Cannes

  Shon Gale and Ethan Moore    A camera, a laptop, and seven days. Could you make a short film that would ultimately be chosen by an international film festival? Ethan Moore and Shon Gale of The University of Arizona created a short film titled “Caution Wet Floor,” featuring a hitman and a botched execution. Their short film won best comedy at The University of Arizona and is one of the top 30 Campus MovieFest films from the United States being screened at ...

Stefan Kitanov: “The Festival is 16, I feel a teenager”

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After 15 successful editions of the Sofia International Film Festival, what more can surprise the viewers and loyal moviegoers? Stefan Kitanov: Contrary to the economic stagnation, we remain true to ourselves –over-ambitious and responsible in the selection of movie titles and guests. The viewers will be surprised by the huge choice of quality films and numerous guests of the festival, including “Oscar” winners and the most prestigious film awards. There is no turning bac...

16th International Film Festival SOFIA FILM FESTIVAL

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SFF is organized by Art Fest under the patronage of the Sofia Municipality, in partnership with the Ministry of Culture, the National Film Centre and National Palace of Culture, with the support of the programs MEDIA and MEDIA Mundus of the European Commission, UNESCO – Regional Bureau for Science and Culture in Europe, national and foreign cultural institutes and sponsors. The main sponsor of the 16th edition of the festival is Jameson Irish Whiskey. The 16th Sofia Intern...

Meet the President

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Nanni Moretti: President of the jury                                               Philippe Antonello Director In 1969, Nanni Moretti debuted in the water polo first division and in 1970 he played in the national youth team. In 1973, he made his first short film. In 1976, he made his first feature-length film, I am Self Sufficient, filmed on Super 8 film, which w...

After The Battle: a Film Review

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    Xan Brooks from The Guardian says, "Veteran director Yousry Nasrallah makes a melodrama out of a crisis in After The Battle, a film hewn from the headlines of the Egyptian revolution that crash-lands in the Cannes competition on the basis of its urgent topicality, a heart-on-sleeve narrative, and not a whole lot else. Try as I might, I can't see it troubling the judges."A producer from the Short Film Corner at the 65th Cannes Film Festival said that it was a g...

EW WORLD DISTRIBUTION AND WINNOL TO CREATE DISTRIBUTION OPPORTUNITIES FOR VICTOR GINZBERG’S “GENERATION P”

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  Film to Open on 1500 Screens with Special Telecast Intro from Moscow-based Ginzberg   Cannes – Newly established US distributor, New World Distribution (NWD) and Los Angeles based Winnol will join forces to release Russian box-office hit and film festival favorite ‘Generation P’ on 1500 screens and then innovatively across all VOD/mobile platforms on September 12th.  An independent US/Russian co-production, “Generation P” was directed by Victor Ginzburg a...

Apichatpong Weerasethakul is presenting the new LomoKino camera in Cannes today and discussing his short Ashes

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  Filmmaker and 2010 Palme d’Or winner, Apichatpong Weerasethakul is presenting the new MUBI edition LomoKino camera in Cannes today (Saturday 19 May), and discussing his new short film ASHES, which he shot on a LomoKino. The first ever clone of the popular hand-cranked analogue movie camera is designed by MUBI and endorsed and signed by Apichatpong Weerasethakul.  His 20 minute short film ASHES shot on the camera is a first step into production by MUBI, the global online film pla...

International coalition of three film Academies: EFA APSA and AACTA|AFI

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  The Asia Pacific Screen Awards (APSA) has announced the formation of an international coalition of three film Academies: the Asia Pacific Screen Academy (APSA), the European Film Academy (EFA), and the Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (AACTA|AFI). Members from this foundation of academies will have the opportunity to share valuable experience, knowledge and collaborate on international projects. Academy members from the EFA and AACTA have been named as pa...

Thai Cinema Night at Cannes

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Thai Cinema Night took off on day three of the Cannes Film Festival.  A special screening of Mekong Hotel, the latest film of the 2010 Palme d'Or recipient Apichatpong Weerasethakul preceded the event. In the audience of the Salle de Soixante was French veteran film director Agnes Varda.  The film touches on the theme of reincarnation of his previous film LUNG BOONMEE RALUEK CHAT (Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives). Another of his films featured at Cannes was Tropical Malady (...

Russian Pavilion Coproduction Networking Event

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      Variety and the Russian Pavilion Cannes would be delighted if you would participate in a coproduction networking session on:  "Russia, Eastern Europe and Scandinavia - Building the Bridges for Coproduction" Speakers include:  Darius Jabolnski, President of Apple Film Production Alexei Popogrebsky, Director Leonid Demchenko, Eurimages Russian National Representative   Village International, Pavilion #...

International Emerging Film Talent Association and the Ethiopian Film Initiative in Cannes at Villa Nocturne

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The International Emerging Film Talent Association (IEFTA) and the Ethiopian Film Initiative (EFI) announced today the three filmmakers selected for a week-long visit to Monaco and Cannes for workshops, programs and events happening during the 2012 Cannes film festival this May.  The Ethiopian Ambassador & distinguished guests of  the 2012 Cannes Festival have been welco;e at a charity gala event held at gorgeous Villa Nocturne in Monaco in honour of Ethiopian filmmakers. ...

DDA launches competition for press and industry to find Gaming Champion of Cannes 2012

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DDA is holding a tournament on the 335.3 cm (132”) HP VantagePoint, an immersive multi-touch wall for the chance to win an HP SpectreXT and tickets to one of the evening premieres. Every day the lounge will be open for people to compete on either Angry Birds as single player or Tap Game as a team of 2 . At the end of each day the person and team with the highest score will receive tickets to one of the following day’s red carpet premieres. At the end of the festival the overall win...

Launch party on the Croisette for the reopening the Cineteca in Mexico

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The Mexican Government has spent €22 million on restoring and expanding the country’s film archive and national film centre to create the world’s biggest cinematheque to bring world cinema to cinema-goers and restore film treasures.   The Cineteca Nacional has screened more than 1,200 individual films a year in the past and now will be able to offer Mexico’s audiences so much more. Mexico is the fifth largest country in the world for cinema-going and the audience of the Cineteca is uni...

Interview with actor and producer of short film "The Percipient," Joseph Baird

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  Joseph Baird, 28, acted in and produced "The Percipient," a short film competing in the Cannes Court Metrage at the Cannes Film Festival. "The Percipient"is 29 minutes long and centers on a boy named Jack who recently lost his father  in Afghanistan. When Jack receives a teddy bear as a gift from his mother, strange things start happening around the  house. Jack swears he's not the culprit, but he always gets blamed. When Jack tells his mother about his friend who...

During the festival, Cannes sparkles.

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The residents of Cannes say that the population of the small seaside town nearly triples during the two weeks during which it plays host to the film festival each year, but that little fact doesn’t begin to describe the magnitude of change that takes place.  While members of the film industry, journalists, and film enthusiasts who come to Cannes during these weeks in May might know Cannes to be a bright, bustling, glittering place filled with shopkeepers and waitresses who conv...

"But he has seven badges."

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Thursday night the Cannes Film Festival began its Cinéma de la Plage series of late night screenings on the beach.  The first movie to be shown was Dr. No, a 1962 James Bond film starring Sean Connery and directed by Terrence Young.  The beach side viewing drew large crowds of locals, tourists and even industry members. In fact, some industry members who came to the beach to watch the classic Bond film caused a bigger scene than the fireworks that intermittently erupted over the Mediterran...

Thai Cinema Night at Cannes

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Thai Cinema Night took off on day three of the Cannes Film Festival.  A special screening of Mekong Hotel, the latest film of the 2010 Palme d'Or recipient Apichatpong Weerasethakul preceded the event. In the audience of the Salle de Soixante was French veteran film director Agnes Varda.  The film touches on the theme of reincarnation of his previous film LUNG BOONMEE RALUEK CHAT (Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives). Another of his films featured at Cannes was Tropical Malady (2004...

10th Annual Ischia Global Film & Music Festival will take place from July 8th through the 15th

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The Ischia International Arts Academy along with American Express, BNL-Group, BNP PARIBAS and Planter’s are proud to announce that the 10th Annual Ischia Global Film & Music Festival will take place from July 8th through the 15th on several of the most beautiful locations on Ischia, Italy’s renowned green island resort (www.ischiaglobal.com). The Festival will launch with the European premiere of Rob Reiner’s latest movie, “The Magic of Belle Isle” starring Morgan Freeman and Vir...

WORLDVIEW ENTERTAINMENT HEATS UP Eli Roth’s THE GREEN INFERNO

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      CANNES PRESS WORLDVIEW ENTERTAINMENT HEATS UP Eli Roth’s THE GREEN INFERNO Eli Roth to Direct New Horror Thriller that Exclusive Media will Offer to Buyers in Cannes May 17, 2012 (CANNES, FRANCE) -- Worldview Entertainment, a New York City-based motion picture production and investment company, has signed on to finance and produce Eli Roth’s new horror thriller, “The Green Inferno.” Roth, who reignited the horror genre with the “Hostel...

Cannes Movie Stars Lounge at 65th Festival de Cannes

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        During the 65th edition of the Festival de Cannes the Cannes Movie Stars Lounge will be set up at the Hotel Martinez.Cannes Movie Stars Lounge stems from the success of the Venetian project and will be a working area for talents, film professionals, journalists and photographers. Thanks to the collaboration of the major publicist companies and PRs the Lounge will host the press activities of some of the mo...

APULIA International Film Fund launches in Cannes

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 The Apulia Film Commission Foundation is proud to present its new international fund in Cannes in support of foreign film productions, the APULIA INTERNATIONAL FILM FUND. On Sunday 20 May at 4:30pm at the Plage Goéland (opposite the Hotel Majestic Barriere), the Apulia Region has organised a cocktail reception where representatives of the APULIA FILM COMMISSION will present details of this fund and other services offered by the Foundation to producers and journalists. Five years since i...

Cannes - Off the Red Carpet

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So you’re attending the 2012 Cannes Film Festival, but what else is interesting off the red carpet? While Cannes is mainly appraised for its highly esteemed film festival, there is much more to be discovered in this trendy and posh French town. As an attendee of the Festival, it is very likely you will take stroll along the famous Boulevard de la Croisette. This street stretches 2 kilometres along the shoreline of the Mediterranean Sea, and is filled with many prestigious sh...

Paul Haggis, Oscar Winner writer and director to co host Ischia Global presentation Saturday (May 19th) at 11:15am

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Multi Oscar®-winning American screenwriter and film director Paul Haggis (Crash, 2004) will co-host the official presentation of the 2012 Ischia Global Film & Music Fest in Cannes Saturday (May 19th) at 11:15am at the International Village's Italian Pavilion. Joining him will be Italian iconic movie producer Marina Cicogna, Rumanian supermodel and actress Madalina Ghenea, producers Avi Lerner (Nu Image), Nicolas Chartier (Voltage Pictures), and Fulvio Lucisano (IIF) along with Fes...

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