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Sofia International Film Festival 2011

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    Sofia, Bulgaria hosts its 15th International Film Festival this year on the dates 4-13th March 2011. One of the most important film festivals on the festival map, it features not only top international films but Eastern European and Bulgarian national cinema as well. Various industry professionals from the international cinema world will attend to support and/or present their films in competition at the festival.  The SIFF 2011 festival officially opened o...

The Birthday

Director: Luiza Parvu.
Adina tries to make a birthday for herself, but this is not an easy job for a lonely bus ticket saleswoman, living alone in the old apartment of her late parents. She finds an unusual way of spending the day, when she decides to call a professional party entertainer agency.The Birthday is a sincere and sensitive short film about the need to get close to someone and, at the same time, the impossibility of doing it. The motivation of the Abu Dhabi Film Festival Short Competition jury, who awarded this film with the 2nd Prize was: 'The jury found this film effectively acted and directed to express a young woman's sense of isolation, but there is a stubborn hope in despair which resonated with us.'

The Agora Market Awards

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  December 06, 2010 at the 51st Thessaloniki Film Festival (3-12.12-10) marked the grand event of its Agora Market Awards to independent Balkan filmmakers headed by Marie-Pierre Macia. The International Jury, consisting of Alex Baciu, screenwriter (Romania), Panos Iossifelis, screenwriter (Greece), Richard Kwietniowski, screenwriter/director, (UK/ Poland) 1) The jury of the 8th Balkan Script Development Fund awards 3 development grants of 7.000 euros each (out of 10 projects): SEPTEMBER, ...

Agora Market Awards

December 06, 2010 at the 51st Thessaloniki Film Festival (3-12.12-10) marked the grand event of its Agora Market Awards to independent Balkan filmmakers headed by Marie-Pierre Macia.     The International Jury, consisting of Alex Baciu, screenwriter (Romania), Panos Iossifelis, screenwriter (Greece), Richard Kwietniowski, screenwriter/director, (UK/ Poland)    

Thessaloniki Film Festival 2010

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    December 06, 2010 at the 51st Thessaloniki Film Festival (3-12.12-10) marked the grand event of its Agora Market Awards to independent Balkan filmmakers headed by Marie-Pierre Macia.     The International Jury, consisting of Alex Baciu, screenwriter (Romania), Panos Iossifelis, screenwriter (Greece), Richard Kwietniowski, screenwriter/director, (UK/ Poland)     1) The jury of the 8th Balkan Script Development F...

26th Warsaw Film Festival - Summary

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The 26th Warsaw Film Festival ended on Sunday, 17 October 2010. “I feel great satisfaction after this year’s festival. Our programme included about twenty European and international premieres. More than a hundred filmmakers from Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia, and the Americas visited us to present their films in person in Warsaw. We had waited for some of them for years, to mention Jan Sverak, double Oscar winner, or Alexei Uchitel, whose new film The Edge is Russia’s Oscar candidat...

26th Warsaw Film Festival - Summary

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The 26th Warsaw Film Festival ended on Sunday, 17 October 2010.“I feel great satisfaction after this year’s festival. Our programme included about twenty European and international premieres. More than a hundred filmmakers from Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia, and the Americas visited us to present their films in person in Warsaw. We had waited for some of them for years, to mention Jan Sverak, double Oscar winner, or Alexei Uchitel, whose new film The Edge is Russia’s Oscar candidate this...

Institute of Documentary Film at Jihlava IDFF

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Institute of Documentary Film at Jihlava IDFF Oct 25 – 31, 2010 The 10th Industry Section organized in Jihlava by the Institute of Documentary Film (IDF), has expanded its programme this year and hosted a record number of guests. In addition to the public presentations of the 10th East European Forum and more than 300 East European films at the 7th East Silver Market, we organized Inspiring Sessions, Case Studies, One-on-one Meetings, Documentary Works-in-progress, Co-production Breakfasts...

History

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25th Warsaw International Film Festival 9-18 October 2008 Total audience: 108,000 Cinemas: Multikino (4 rooms), Kinoteka (5 rooms), Kultura (1 room) Audience Award - best feature film: two films received exactly the same mark for the first time ever - 4.77. In the feature film category, the joint winners were: DOM ZŁY / THE DARK HOUSE, dir. Wojciech Smarzowski (Poland) and WELCOME, dir. Philippe Lioret (France). In the documentary category, the winner was HASHMATSA / DEFAMATION, dir. Yo...

Greg Marcks on Echelon Conspiracy!

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  Director Greg Marcks speaks about his nail-biting international thriller Echelon Conspiracy (2009), starring Shane West, Ed Burns, Martin Sheen, Ving Rhames and Jonathan Pryce. Plus, he relates his humorous experience with David Lynch on the set of Inland Empire (2006).   ME: First of all, I saw your Ernest Hemingway quote: 'Always do sober what you said you'd do drunk. That will teach you to keep your mouth shut.' Love it! So, Greg! Your film features a...

The 50th krakow film festival begins

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On Monday, 31st May, begins the 50th Krakow Film Festival. The jubilee edition will last until Sunday, 6th June. These seven days will be filled to the brim with film screenings, concerts and exhibitions. The festival revolves around three competitions. The winners will receive statuettes and prizes in money. The pool of prizes comes to as much as 250 000 PLN. In the international Documentary Competition the films compete for the Golden Horn, in the international Short Film C...

Cannes Day 8

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Official Selection Poetry by Lee Chang-dong 8.30 19.00 Synopsis Mija lives with her middle-schooler grandson in a small suburban city located along the Han River. She is a dandy old lady who likes to dress up in flower-decorated hats and fashionable outfits, but she is also an unpredictable character with an inquisitive mind. By chance she takes a ‘poetry’ class at a neighborhood cultural center and is challenged to write a poem for the first time in her life. Her quest for poetic inspi...

Un Certain Regard: Octubre by Daniel Vega

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Synopsis: Clemente, an extremely quiet pawnbroker, is Sofia’s hope to avoid solitude. Being his neighbor and a single woman, she spends her days as an October worshipper of the Lord of the Miracles. One day, Clemente is left with a newborn baby. While he looks for the baby’s mother, a prostitute, Sofia joyfully starts taking care of this baby in Clemente’s house. Clemente will thus discover emotional attachments he never had. Trailer ...

Kickoff for FilmFestival Cottbus 20th edition

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  This year FilmFestival Cottbus - Festival of East European Cinema celebrates a special anniversary: 20 years, a time during which the festival did not only expand its programme, but also improved its image to the point of being known as the world's most renowned film festival of East European cinema today. This year's festival motive combines traditional patterns from flags and crests into a new modern design. Cottbus at the Berlinale With the traditional East Eu...

Francophonie Film Festival

The Francophonie Film Festival will take place in Beijing from March 4 to March 30, 2010.

The festival will present 30 films from various members: France, Senegal, Switzerland, Quebec, Serbia, Vietnam, Tunisia, Belgium etc...

A large selection of feature films and shorts films, recent or older and popular films will be shown to the Chinese audience to let them discover the eclectic worlds of la Francophonie.

Each film will be screened in Beijing, once in the French cultural center and once in the Canadian International School of Beijing (with more than 350 seats), in their original version with Chinese subtitles. Some of them will also have French or English subtitles.

A delegation of directors and artists will be travelling to Beijing to introduce their movies, conduct master classes and meet the press:
From Tunis, Férid Boughedir with ‘’A summer in la Goulette’’
From Belgium, Stéphane Aubier and Vincent Patar with ‘’A town called panic'' (special screening Cannes film festival 2009)
From Senegal, Mansour Sora wade with ''The price of forgiveness''



OIF is an organisation that gathers countries and regions around the French language and/or the same values (cultural diversity, peace, democratic governance, consolidation of the State under the rule of law, environmental protection). It includes more than 56 members and about 14 observer countries, 870 millions people in all 5 continents in total.

The name of the festival, 法话影展, was created to underline that French is the main or second language of the countries showcasing their films.

A competition is organised on http://ent.cri.cn during the whole festival. The audience can vote on line for the best film of the festival. The best film will be shown one more time on March 29, at the French Cultural center.

The film festival is financed by TV5 World Asia, Sinohydro, the French Embassy in China, the Canadian Embassy in China, the Québec Bureau in China, the Wallonia – Brussels Delegation in China, and supported by the International Organisation of la Francophonie, and the Francophone embassies in China.


Feature films :

Austria: Hold up, by Florian Flicker, comedy, crime, 85min
Belgium: A town called panic, by Stéphane Aubier and Vincent Patar, animation, 75min
Benin: The valse of the big bottoms, by Jean Odoutan, drama, 88min
Bulgaria: Monkeys in winter, by Milena Andonova, drama, 111min
Canada: Sticky fingers, by Ken Scott, comedy, 180 min
Cyprius: Akamas, by Panikos Chrisanthou, drama, 124 min
Croatia: Slow days, by Matija Klukovic, drama, 102min
France: Cartagena, by Alain Monne, with Sophie Marceau and Christophe Lambert, drama, 93min
Greece: Dying in Athens, by Nikos Panayotopoulos, drama, musical, 100min
Hungaria: SOS Love, by Tamás Sas, comedy, 96min
Luxembourg: Réfractaire, by Nicolas Steil, drama, 100min
Québec: Necessities of life, by Benoît Pilon, drama, 102min
Czech republic: Mazany Filip, by Václav Marhoul, comedy, crime, 95min
Roumania: Americain fiancees, by Nicolae Margineanu, drama, 80min
Serbia: Technotise-Edit and I, by Aleksa Gajic, animation, 100min
Senegal: The price of forgiveness, by Mansour Sora Wade, drama, 2001, 90min  
Switzerland: Home, by Ursula Meier, drama, 98min
Tunisia: A summer in la Goulette, by Férid Boughedir, drama, 100min
Vietnam: Vertige, by Chuyên Bui Thac, drama, 2009, 110min  


Short films:
Belgium:Slow Motion, by Pascal Adant, animation, 6 min
KWIZ, by Renaud Callebaut, 5min50
Bulgaria: Cirque Sofia, by Pencho Kunchev, animation, 4 min28s
Canada: The necktie, by Jean-François Lévesque, animation, 12min
Diner for two, animation, 7min
Slepping Betty, de Oliver Jones, animation, 09 min
Black soul, de Oliver Jones, animation, 09 min
France: Oktapodi, de Julien BOCABEILLE, François-Xavier CHANIOUX, Olivier DELABARRE,
Thierry MARCHAND, Quentin MARMIER, Emud MOKHBERI, 2min25s.
Même les pigeons vont au paradis, de Samuel Tourneux, 8min40s.
Niger : La course au cadeau, by Marc AYEE, animation,19min




Informations :
All screenings are free and on a first come first seated basis.
Doors will open 30minutes before each screening.
No advance registration.
Please note the specific security requirements for each location :

•    Canadian International School of Beijing (28 Liangmaqiao Lu)
350 places
For more informations : www.cisb.com.cn
A passport or Id will be required to enter.

•    French cultural center (18, Gongti xi lu)   
81 places
For more informations : http://www.ccfpekin.org/

Fribourg International Film Festival (FIFF) will feature Russia

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From 13 to 20 March 2010, the 24th edition of the Fribourg International Film Festival (FIFF) offers Swiss audiences hitherto unknown pearls from Asia, Latin America, Africa, as well as from Europe. The appearance of contemporary Russian cinema is one of the highlights of this year's festival. The first elements of the programme were revealed today. Twelve features and documentaries have been selected for the international competition. Six parallel sections totalling 60 films and a forum with ...

The Terror Film Festival Claw Awards

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The Terror Film Festival Claw Awards (popularly known as "The Oscars of Horror"), took place in all of its austerity on October 24, 2009 at the historic Ethical Society Building on the famous Rittenhouse Square of Philadelphia.   The 4th season brought in the most astounding talent from all over the USA, as well as, the world. The assemblage of fans, filmmakers, screenwriters, and industry professionals, waited in anticipation, and all bets were on, as the illust...

Black out - Buio

Director: Giulia Oriani.
The tenants of a building meet to defend their “normality” since they feel it threatened by the presence of a new tenant “strange and a foreigner” In a frantic and superstitious autosuggestion, they feel entitled to use any means to defend themselves and what they achieved. The story is about the paradox and the madness behind the racism.

European Cinema Shines At FLIFF

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  Penelope Cruz in BROKEN EMBRACES (Spain)  European cinema has always had a strong presence at the Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival. This year is no exception as FLIFF showcases a strong collection of films from a mix of emerging and established European film talents.   Most of the European films are situated in the World Cinema section, which is not exclusively but overwhelmingly dominated by European titles. AN ENGLISHMAN IN NEW YORK, UK direct...

European Cinema Shines At FLIFF

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European cinema has always had a strong presence at the Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival. This year is no exception as FLIFF showcases a strong collection of films from a mix of emerging and established European film talents. Most of the European films are situated in the World Cinema section, which is not exclusively but overwhelmingly dominated by European titles. AN ENGLISHMAN IN NEW YORK, UK director Richard Laxton’s biopic on gay icon and wit Quentin Crisp, focuses on the rac...

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...

FESTROIA 2009 Winners Announced

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  THE WORLD IS BIG AND SALVATION LURKS AROUND THE CORNER (Bulgaria) by Sandy Mandelberger, Festival Dailies Editor    FORBIDDEN FRUIT, a comedic-drama about two religious girls who flaut their strict Christian fundamentalist community rules forbidding the pleasures of television, music, drinking and dancing, won the Gold Dolphin Award as Best Film at this year’s FESTROIA Official Competition. The Finnish film, written by Aleksei Bardy...

European Parliament Film Prize unveils at Mostra the 3 nominees: Eastern Plays, Sturm and Welcome

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Today, under the auspices of the 66th Mostra, the European Parliament unveiled the three contending films for the LUX Prize 2009: Eastern Plays (Kamen Kalev), Sturm (Hans-Christian Schmid) and Welcome (Philippe Lioret) will compete for the film prize that has been awarded by the European Parliament to a European co-production for the last two years. For the winner, the LUX Prize 2009 (lux is the Latin word for light), worth about 87,000 Euros, will finance subtitling in the EU's...

European Parliament Film Prize unveils 3 nominees Eastern Plays, Sturm and Welcome

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Today, under the auspices of the 66th Mostra, the European Parliament unveiled the three contending films for the LUX Prize 2009: Eastern Plays (Kamen Kalev), Sturm (Hans-Christian Schmid) and Welcome (Philippe Lioret) will compete for the film prize that has been awarded by the European Parliament to a European co-production for the last two years.For the winner, the LUX Prize 2009 (lux is the Latin word for light), worth about 87,000 Euros, will finance subtitling in the EU’s 23 official lan...

SFIFF52 New Directors Competition Films

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The 52nd San Francisco International Film Festival (April 23 - May 7) will award over $100,000 in total prizes this year. The New Directors Prize of $15,000 is given to a narrative first feature that exhibits a unique artistic sensibility and deserves to be seen by as wide an audience as possible. An independent jury will select the New Directors Prize winner, to be announced at the Golden Gate Awards on May 6.SFIFF52 New Directors Competition Films:Autumn directed by Özcan Alper, Turkey 2008In...

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