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Top Bollywood director Yash Chopra "the king of romance" passes away at eighty

by Alex Farba-Deleon     The dean of Indian film directors, Yash Chopra, passed away on October 21 at the age of eighty. Yash Chopra was not just another Bollywood director --he was one of the world's top craftsman of the seventh art although he always crafted his films to suit the taste of the Indian audience, which is the main reason he remains practically unknown in the West.   In Asia where Bollywood films are far better known than here Chopra was honored ...

New international film market: Red Square Screenings to launch this october

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The first annual Red Square Screenings will take place on October 15-20, 2012, on the Red Square, in the historical building of the State Department Store. http://www.screendaily.com/news/europe/red-square-screenings-to-showcase-latest-russian-cinema/5044583.article?blocktitle=Latest-news&contentID=1846 This is the first specialized film market for films from Russia, Ukraine, Kazakhstan and Belarus. It will represent the film industry of the post-Soviet territory as a whole, no...

AMERICAN NGO RUNS GLOBAL SEMINARS AT VON TRAPP FAMILY HOME,AUSTRIA

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The Austrian Road Show in Mumbai organised by Stefan Herzl's Panorama Tours saw a large number of travel experts waxing lyrical on the Tirol, Salzburg, Innsbruck,Wien, Mozart Concerts, and some lesser known places in the country. Of special interest to movie fans would be the Sound of Music special which pays tribute to the film starring Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer.  The Von Trapps fled Austria in 1938 to settle in Vermont,USA which reminded them best of their home on a sylvan...

Busan West Asian Film Festival

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Chapman University’s Dodge College of Film and Media Arts, recognized as one of the premiere film schools in the United States, in continued partnership with South Korea’s Busan International Film Festival (BIFF), Asia’s largest film festival, today announced the official program for the upcoming Busan West Asian Film Festival, November 11-13 in Orange, Calif.Busan West 2011 will feature eleven feature films from five countries: China, Korea, Philippines, Taiwan and Vietnam. Three of thos...

The Tokyo International film festival to support Tsunami victims

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24th TOKYO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL AIMS TO SUPPORT EARTHQUAKE AND TSUNAMI VICTIMS by Alex Deleon   Jūzō Itami  The Tokyo International film festival (TIFF) which came into being in 1985 and is now in its 24th edition forms, is, along with Pusan in neighboring Korea, what might be called the "one-two punch" of leading Asian film festivals. This festival started off slowly and was only held every other year between 1985 and 1991, but fi...

Bong Joon-ho to Receive Busan West Icon Award and present “The Host” in 3D

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  Influential Director Bong Joon-ho to Receive Busan West Icon Award and Present Opening Night Film - The North American Premiere of "The Host" in 3D   Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Media Arts, recognized as one of the premiere film schools in the United States, in continued partnership with South Korea's Busan International Film Festival (BIFF), Asia's largest film festival, is proud to announce the Busan West Asian Film Festival, November 11-13 i...

Organising a film festival

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  I spoke to Nashen Moodley, manager of the Durban International Film Festival, in hindsight.When do you start organising a filmfest? Have you started with 2012yet? Any dates yet? We start pretty much immediately, and are at the moment in a number of review meetings working on ways to improve the festival. We alreadyhave some programming plans for 2012. The dates have not been set yet,but we expect to occupy the same time in late July.How was the attendances at Diff 2011? I saw various sold...

Anarchy in zirmunai

Director: Saulius Drunga.
Young provincial girl Vilė comes to the big town with ambitions about high education. She tries to find a rented apartment for living and meets boyish looking and wearing a T-Shirt with anarchy sign on it girl Sandra. From her first days in the big town Vilė gets a perfect guide — always strong and optimistic Sandra. Under Sandra’s anarchistic philosophy’s leadership Vilė leisurely throws away her provincial modesty and fears, but incidental meeting with member of big town’s punk community overturn all her new views. Vilė understands that Sandra’s “anarchy” has nothing to do with alternative underground culture…

Tribute to Nanouk Leopold and Stienette Bosklopper at Crossing Europe

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Crossing Europe Filmfestival will dedicate a tribute to two prominent film personalities from the Netherlands: director Nanouk Leopold and producer Stienette Bosklopper (Circe Films), who have collaborated frequently during the past ten years. The festival takes place in Linz, Austria, April 12 -17. Every year Crossing Europe offers a programme with the best contemporary auteur cinema from Europe. A permanent feature of the programme is the Tribute section, dedicated to innovative European f...

Making Way

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During the fourth festival OFF PLUS CAMERA twelve films from all over the world will compete for the Kraków Film Award. The head of the “Making Way” Jury will be Jerzy Skolimowski.   The Main Competition films are presented below! "Erratum" is a social drama by Marek Lechki telling the story of a man who doesn't even notice how much lost he is in his life. The film was appreciated at numerous festivals in Pusan, Chicago and Thessaloniki. ...

11 East and Central European films compete in Vilnius international film festival's competition programme

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The competition programme "New Europe - New Names" at the Vilnius International Film Festival "Kino Pavasaris" has selected a formidable collection of Eastern and Central European films. The audience is invited to 11 thrilling, refreshing brand new films thoroughly selected by an international jury. These particular foreign films are all contenders in the line to become the highlights of the festival. They have already proved their potential at Cannes, Venice, Berl...

La Semaine de la Critique all over the world for its 50th edition

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        In May, La Semaine de la Critique will celebrate its 50th edition. Since in 1962, La Semaine de la Critiq...

Shopping for co productions at Paris Cinema

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  PARIS PROJECT MEETINGS Paris Project 2011 Save your dates! July 4 to 7, 2011     Paris Project, the coproduction platform of Paris Cinema International Film Festival, is now actively selecting projects from all around the world. Its aim is to bring to...

Berlin Buzz 3

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    BERLINALE IN 3D  On Sunday, the Berlinale was host to three back-to-back 3D films that demonstrated that the technology is not only good for computer animation and big budget sci-fi. In TALES OF THE NIGHT, French animator Michel Ocelot provides a shadow-puppet retelling of famous fairy tales, much in the manner of the films of famed 1930s storyteller Lotte Reininger. The film mixes classic silhouette animation with strong colorful backgrounds to amazing effect. In PI...

[SIN]efest - Interview with Boo Junfeng

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 Before the screening of SANDCASTLE, I was able to catch up with the film's director and festival curator, Boo Junfeng.Tania: How does it feel to have a film that is acclaimed and award winning in Singapore, its home country and then Pusan, which is as good as it gets in East Asia and Cannes, which is as good as it gets in Europe?Boo Junfeng: Pretty good! (laughs) I've always wanted to make movies since I was 15 and I thought, by the time I'm 30 I can make a feature film. This is happening a li...

Singapore's Boo Junfeng scoops two awards in Hanoi

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  HANOI ~ Rooky director Boo Junfeng (pictured left) has won Best Feature Film and Best Director at the inaugural Vietnam International Film Festival (VNIFF). Announcing Junfeng's win at a star-studded awards ceremony on Friday, head juryman, Phillip Noyce, said the jury had discussed the 10 entries in the feature film competition for several hours, but it "gradually become clear we were all talking about the same film, “Sandcastle” by ...

Singapore's Boo Junfeng scoops two awards in Hanoi

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HANOI ~ Rooky director Boo Junfeng (pictured left) has won Best Feature Film and Best Director at the inaugural Vietnam International Film Festival (VNIFF). Announcing Junfeng's win at a star-studded awards ceremony on Friday, head juryman, Phillip Noyce, said the jury had discussed the 10 entries in the feature film competition for several hours, but it "gradually become clear we were all talking about the same film, “Sandcastle” by Boo Junfeng. Other members of the jury included the direct...

Independent Film Week Swarms New York

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  Independent Film Week, a multi-layered program of screenings, conferences, co-production networking events and filmmaker pitch sessions has kicked off the New York film season with a vengeance. Under the auspices of the Independent Feature Project (IFP), the venerable filmmakers organization, this year's event involves both professionals and film buffs in a dizzying schedule of activities around the city of New York from September 19 to 23. The Independent Film Week kicked off w...

Asian American International Film Festival

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New York: 2010 Asian American International Film Festival: New Films from TaiwanVirtually all Southeast Asian film making countries were represented at the 33rd edition of the festival organized by the non-profit New York based Asian CineVision. Held from July 15-24 in four central Manhattan locations the selections focused on independent films and ranged from a presentation of a collection of short films by emerging film directors from Malaysia to a special program on the New Taiwanese Cinema....

Zlin FF Film In Focus: BROKEN PROMISE

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  The stories and lessons of the Holocaust remain a potent subject for films coming from Central Europe. Even almost 70 years after the tragic events unfolded, the interest in the subject and its human lessons remains a potent one in contemporary Czech culture. Now that it is free from the Communist yolk that all but repressed the subject (although the superb SHOP ON MAIN STREET, one of the revival highlights of this year's Festival, is an exception to the rule), Czech filmmakers con...

The Frost

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Director: Ferran Audi.

NEWSLETTER N° 440: November 12, 2009

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.............WELCOME TO OUR NEWSLETTER N° 440: November 12, 2009 Follow this LINK if you cannot read the newsletter properly Contact the Editor, Advertise on the sites. How to use FestivalExpress our new online submission suite for festivals and filmmakers. THE NEXT FESTIVAL DAILIES ON FEST21.COM AFI Fest, Fort Lauderdale, Cairo Fest, Festival d'Arra...

SHOOTING STARS 2010: EFP announces jury

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Presentation of Europe's best young actors at the 60th Berlinale         Jury member: Ana Geislerová The jury for SHOOTING STARS 2010 is now confirmed. At the end of November, Europe's 10 best up-and-coming actors will be chosen from the 21 nominations submitted by European Film Promotion's (EFP) member organisations. The SHOOTING STARS will be prese...

NEWSLETTER N° 438: October 28, 2009

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..............WELCOME TO OUR NEWSLETTER N° 438: October 28, 2009 Follow this LINK if you cannot read the newsletter properly Contact the Editor of the site, Advertise on the sites. You can find us at twitter.com/fest21 and find Bruno Chatelin on facebook Add your fest21.com RSS to your blogs! How to use FestivalExpress our new online submission suite for festivals and filmmaker...

"The message" will close 14th Pusan

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Pusan International Film Festival runs October 8th - 16th, 2009 Pusan IFF will screen a total of 355 films from 70 countries (record number)143 World & International Premieres (record number)97 World Premieres (72 feature films, 25 short films)46 International Premieres (41 feature films, 5 short films)All New Currents and Fast Forward screenings are World & International Premieres.5 Post-production Fund projects and 11 AND Fund projects selected by the Asian CinemaFund (ACF) will be screening. ...

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