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Greek film Wasted Youth to open 40th IFFR

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The 40th International Film Festival Rotterdam will open on the evening of Wednesday 26 January with the world première of the Greek film Wasted Youth, a fiction film also selected for the festival's Tiger Awards Competition. Co-directors Argyris Papadimitropoulos and Jan Vogel, the producers and cast members Haris Markou, Ieronimos Kaletsanos, Arthouros Kiviliof, Jason Wastor and Themis Bazaka will be present at the opening.   Wasted Youth is set during a hot summer day in Athens. A six...

Claire Bloom To Be Honored At Fort Lauderdale Film Festival

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  The 25th edition of the Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival (FLIFF) comes to a climax this weekend. Among the special events is a hommage to English stage and screen actress Claire Bloom, who will receive a Career Achievement Award on Saturday evening for her 60 years in show business. The Festival, centered at the Cinema Paradiso art theater, will screen the actress' film debut, a role for which she won a BAFTA Award as Best Newcomer. She was chosen to play the crippled...

Once Mars Is Colonized

Director: Pierre Yves Clouin.
une fois mars colonisée, nous devons aller sur Alpha du Centaure. - Ray Bradbury Once Mars is colonized, we must go to Alpha Centauri. - Ray Bradbury

The BUFF Blog - October 2010

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This month's edition is guest-written by David Trumble, director of 'The Shift', one of this year's BUFF UK Shorts... BLOG BEGINS: I have never guest-written for a blog before, so one thing you should know about me right off the bat: I ramble. Emmanuel very kindly asked me if I could write up my impressions of this year's British Urban Film Festival, and I was only too happy to. This is the first film festival my short film The Shift has been selected for, and I can't think of a better place ...

RAINDANCE - ABSENSE SENSE - Shorts Programme

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Another of Raindance's shorts programmes - Absense Sense - in order of screening:LATITUDE CHASE dir Mark Wilkins {1 min} - The winner of Latitude 2010, a young girl runs through Latitude Festival away from something; it ends up being her mother, I think. I didn't get the sense that she was running away from anything, I thought she was running towards something. She ends up running towards a tent and going to sleep. If this was the winner, I wander what the contender's were like. SIGN LANGUAGE d...

I'm a New York Based Artist

Director: Pierre Yves Clouin.
Que sera sera What will be, will be

The 2010 British Urban Film Festival - the review

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At the time of going to press, a woman in China has sued a cinema and the distributors of the movie ‘Aftershock’ for wasting her time with adverts. According to the Xinhua news agency, Chen Xiaomei claims the Polybona International Cinema and film distributors Huayi Brothers Media Corporation should have told her of the length of the pre-movie commercials. Chen, a lawyer, accused the Xian-based picturehouse and the distributors of violating her freedom of choice and wasting her time. The cla...

BUFF 2010

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The British Urban Film Festival 2010 4th, 5th, 6th September  For immediate release Chairman's formal announcement The British Urban Film Festival returns. The annual 3-day event which is free to all ages kicks off on Saturday 4th September at Tottenham’s Bernie Grant Arts Centre – named after the black Labour politician who was MP for the area for over a decade. The stage play-turned-movie “Sus”, starring Clint Dyer, Rafe Spall & Ralph Brown, will be screened on the opening nig...

Sidewalk Film Festival 2010 Short Film Line-up of 100

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Sidewalk Film Festival is proud to announce the 2010 Short Film Line-up. Sidewalk Film Festival will take place September 24th, 25th and 26th in downtown Birmingham. Tickets are on-sale now at www.sidewalkfest.com. Local Alabama Short Block #1 (Saturday, Sept. 25th – 10:20am – Carver Theatre)Dramatic Narrative Shorts The Thing About Being An AssassinAn intimate look at a super-sly assassin working in the realm of the ultra-business class.DetourJason and Christine were a couple in love. But t...

BROKEN GLASS (Vidrio Roto)

Director: Gustavo Camelot.
Through seven bottles of cursed wine, we follow the journey of Valentina, a beautiful artist living in Berlin. With a sordid history of sexual and physical abuse, and having been caught in the arms of her female lover by her wealthy, overbearing mother, Val is forced to make a choice: to live a "normal" life, or be forever cut off - financially and emotionally. She concedes to her mother's ultimatum, and pursues a heterosexual relationship to appease her, only to catch her new boyfriend in bed with another man. Her inability to cope with her life triggers her repressed male alter-ego to emerge and take over…

BUFF looks back - an end of year review including a summary of the 2009 British Urban Film Festival

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On Friday October the 2nd, the 2nd annual British Urban Film Festival (BUFF) launched at the Picture House cinema in Stratford – the home of the 2012 Olympics. And whilst East London has been no stranger to BUFF in the past, a capacity crowd on the opening night confirmed the keenly anticipated line-up of film-making talent on show. One of the standout highlights was the Michael Jackson tribute, paying homage to the king of pop – thanks to the power of youtube and the endless choice of mat...

CULTURES COLLIDE Community Film Festival

American Theatre of Harlem is currently accepting submissions for its 8th Annual CULTURES COLLIDE Community Film Festival. This year's festival runs from February 23 – February 26, 2012. CULTURES COLLIDE celebrates the efforts of multicultural films and filmmakers and features an industry panel.  Each night concludes with the Audience Choice presentation, where the audience chooses its favorite film. The CULTURES COLLIDE Community Film Festival, located in the arts community of Fort Greene, Brooklyn, culminates in the presentation of the Community Treasure award.  The submission deadline is January 6, 2012. For questions and submissions info contact: culturescollide@americantheatreofharlem.org

 

In Search of the Messiah

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Director: Tim Meara.
On the ribs of the oldest surviving Cello made around fifteen thirty eight its maker inscribed the words “Justice” and “Piety”, yet beneath its civilized surface the world of rare string instruments is a realm of undisclosed alliances, fierce rivalries and denigrating whispers; it’s history of fraud and fakery dates almost to the inception of the violin itself… The title of the documentary is inspired by the most perfectly preserved Stradivari violin in existence: The Messiah, which is displayed in a glass case at Oxford’s Ashmolean Museum and was donated with the condition that it must never be played again. This film explores a rare and exclusive world. Owning one of Stradivari’s instruments now equates to great power and influence in the Music World. These instruments are so valuable that they are well beyond the capability of even the most famous musicians to own. Yet they have the unique capacity to produce sound so intensely beautiful and powerful that 350 years after their creation they remain one of the only objects in our cultural history to be unrivalled by anything modern technology and science can produce. What right, if any, will musicians have to play these unique instruments in the future? The film follows the Brit award winning violinist Ruth Palmer as she circumnavigates the globe in search of an instrument to play, and we hear the magic of Stradivari in the hands of the world’s greatest musicians including: Joshua Bell, James Ehnes, Heinrich Schiff, Natalie Clein and Steven Isserlis.

DE-JA-VU FOR FILM BUFFS AS BRITISH URBAN FILM FESTIVAL RETURNS

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For immediate release:  After the success of last year’s event, organisers of the 2009 British Urban Film Festival (BUFF for short) are to once again offer free tickets to the public in what’s been dubbed ‘credit crunch cinema’, part of its’ strategy to capitalise on the growing interest in urban independent film and making it accessible to the public at large. Launched last December when the credit crunch began to hit people financially, over 400 people took advantage of free tic...

20 new films announced for Chicago Fest

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Cinema/Chicago is proud to announce another 20 films that will appear at this year's Chicago International Film Festival. From dazzling CGI animation to tales of existential ennui and little white lies gone wrong, The 45th Chicago International Film Festival promises an impressive array of diverse films that will excite cinema fans in Chicago and beyond. Below is a newly released sampling of the 145 films that will be shown at this year's Chicago International Film Festival, which will take plac...

Aspen Film Announces 31st Annual Aspen Filmfest

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Aspen Film Announces 31st Annual Aspen Filmfest, Sept 30 - Oct 4, 2009September in Aspen brings two highly anticipated events: The aspen trees turn luminously gold, and Aspen Filmfest lights up the silver screen with a five-day film festival of must-see movies and events.Celebrating three decades of bringing international and independent film and filmmakers to this mountain region, Aspen Filmfest September 30 - October 4, will showcase award-winning features and documentaries making a name for ...

Mariam's Amazing Race to Cannes and back to Cambodia: Day 18

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  DAY EIGHTEEN The day started early with a bowl of cereal, yogurt and fresh fruit. Then it was time to pack the purple carpet bag again and head off to another train station. Wynford drove me to the station, where the price for a train ticket had gone from $35 Pounds if I had purchased the ticket online the night before, to $69. Since my credit card wasn't working, we walked over to the National Express bus office where a ticket to London was a mere $23, which I had in cash. Howe...

Mariam Arthur en route to Cannes day 3 part 2

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I slept until around 9am. By 10am, I ventured out into the neighborhood. I took pictures of the lovely row houses. There was a street sign with the words "Humped Zebra Crossing." I looked at the house it was in front of thinking "Is this a joke." After a few more steps I understood - there is a pedestrian crossing over a wide speed bump with diagonal white stripes. Clever. At the corner I discovered the free WIFI McDonalds. I ordered a small burger and a coffee. I...

exposures: New talent in moving images

exposures: new talent in moving image the UK’s largest festival of student image work, which takes place every year in Manchester. It offers a host of opportunities to watch new work by promising talents, network with fellow filmmakers and learn more about the industry from renowned professionals.

Viva Spanish Film Festival (manchester)

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The UK’s only festival dedicated to Spanish speaking cinema from Spain and Latin America. Featuring the best films of the past 2 years, archive screenings, talks and parties, often with significant filmmakers in attendance. Every year in March.

International Black Media Festival

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The UK’s ONLY black media destination festival celebrating independent cinema, art, music and literature from the African Diaspora taking place within the historic city of Oxford.

Oxford International Film Festival

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The Oxford International Film Festival (OIFF) will screen over 70 independent films from around the world in competition over the course of 4-days. Reserve tickets online at the festival’s Web site: www.oxfordfilms.com/oiff.

Oxford Film Festival

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The Fifth Annual Oxford Film Festival is now accepting entries in all categories (animation, documentary, experimental, feature, music video, short, children`s) for its February 2008 lineup. Visit http://www.oxfordfilmfest.com for more information.

Exposures

exposures is the UK’s leading competitive festival for student filmmaking and moving image work held at Cornerhouse and Urbis. It showcases the best work, and offers the chance to debate issues, take part in practical workshops and network.

The Sundance Awards

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The 25th Sundance Film Festival culminated with a celebration recognizing the films that Festival juries and audiences selected for awards. Festivalgoers packed into the Park City Racquet Club for this special evening highlighting some of the 2009 Festival’s most original voices. Jane Lynch, the ceremony's host, followed in the spirit of this year's storytime theme and opened with a windy mad-lib pieced together by this year's film titles.” In fact, at the risk of sounding Crude let me tell ...
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