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Kaunas International Film Festival launches cooperation with young film artists

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  Kaunas International Film Festival has become the official representative of the European network of film associations NISI MASA in Lithuania. The membership of the Lithuanian festival in this project will open up wide opportunities of international projects and festivals not only for young film artists and critics, but also for film students and other players of the film industry. “NISI MASA is a European network that involves and gives access for youth to the film industry. N...

Absent Iranian wins Cannes directing prize

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  Iranian director Mohammad Rasoulof (AFP/File, Rafa Rivas) AFP CANNES, France — Iranian dissident Mohammad Rasoulof won the Cannes prize for best director in the Un Certain Regard section Saturday but could not attend because of "Kafkaesque" authorities at home. Rasoulof's wife received the prize for "Be Omid e Didar" (Goodbye) on his behalf after mounting speculation about whether the director, who is appealing a lengthy jail sente...

Jafar Panahi et Mohammad Rasoulof en Sélection officielle à Cannes !

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Jafar Panahi and Mohammad Rasoulof, currently subject to legal proceedings in Iran which earned them a sentence of six years in prison and a 20-year employment ban, to which they have appealed, will be in Cannes with two films made in semi-clandestine conditions and which reached the festival in recent days.   « The reality of being alive and the dream of keeping cinema alive motivated us to go through the existing limitations in Iranian cinema » Jafar Panahi sai...

Tribeca World Narrative and Documentary Competition film selections

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2011 Festival to Present 88 Feature-Length and 61 Short Films April 20 - May 1    The 2011 Tribeca Film Festival (TFF), presented by American Express®, announced the World Narrative and Documentary Competition film selections and the first edition of the new section-Viewpoints. Forty-four of the 88 feature-length films were announced. The 10th edition of the Festival will take place from April 20 to May 1 in lower Manhattan.   TFF organizers this year have streamli...

Second Tribeca (Online) Film Festival launches

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  The 2011 Tribeca Film Festival (TFF) today unveiled the Tribeca (Online) Film Festival supported by founding partner American Express. The pioneering digital initiative will allow domestic audiences to view feature and short films for free and worldwide audiences to engage with filmmakers and industry experts as TFF's 10th edition runs concurrently in lower Manhattan from April 20 to May 1. The debut of the 2011 Tribeca (Online) Film Festival offers film enthusiasts nationwid...

Film Independent launches a Documentary Lab

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Film Independent, the non-profit arts organization that produces the Spirit Awards and the Los Angeles Film Festival, has launched a new Documentary Lab, sponsored by Latino Public Broadcasting, with 14 filmmakers and 9 projects participating. Taking place in Los Angeles, the Documentary Lab is an intensive seven-week program, with a main focus of assisting documentary filmmakers on their works-in-progress and providing creative feedback. All of the Film Independent Labs are designed to suppor...

Tribeca Film Festival to showcase 10 films with French roots.

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  The 10th Annual Tribeca Film Festival,  the renowned international film festival co-founded by Robert De Niro, Jane Rosenthal & Craig Hatkoff, has announced their full feature film program, which includes 10 films with French roots.    The Tribeca Film Festival - which will run from April 20- May 1, 2011 - has screened more than 1,100 films from more than 80 countries since the first Festival in 2002. This year's 88 official film selections represent contemporary int...

10th Tribeca World Narrative and Documentary Competition film selections

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  The 2011 Tribeca Film Festival (TFF), presented by American Express®, today announced the World Narrative and Documentary Competition film selections and the first edition of the new section-Viewpoints. Forty-four of the 88 feature-length films were announced. The 10th edition of the Festival will take place from April 20 to May 1 in lower Manhattan. TFF organizers this year have streamlined the Festival's format, which is now comprised of two competition sections, World Narra...

Iranian Cinema, a tribute

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A tribute to Iranian cinema... From ‘Women Without Men' (2009) to ‘Nader And Simin, A Separation' (2011)   So, seeing how Iranian cinema continues to make leaps and bounds for World Cinema in general let me recall one of my favorite Iranian films of the past year...   ‘Women Without Men' by director Shirin Neshat and Shoja Azari premiered at the 66th Venice Film Festival on 8 Sep 2009 at the Sala Grande but sadly, I had not yet had the chance to see i...

Berlin , quickshots, best, worst and in between

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by Alex Deleon With some 400 films to choose from one might say that everybody sees a different festival over a ten day period. Of the official competition films two were early walkouts. Ralph Fiennes' "Coriolanus"  and the Bela Tarr entry  "A Torinoi Lo" (The Turin Horse) -- arguably the most bleak, depressing , and boring film ever made. It's all about two miserable people livinng in a miserable life in a miserable hut somewhere in the middle of nowhere and tr...

2011 festival year is off and running in Palm Springs with Deneuve and Potiche opening

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Opening with Potiche (french film by François Ozon starring french icon Catherine Deneuve) just six days after New Years the Palm Springs Film Festival can probably lay claim to the honor of being the very first such festival of any size or signifigance on the annual international film festival calendar. While this is not a festival one hears too much about, being well off the beaten track and coming at a time when most of us are still recovering from year end Holidaze entertainment ove...

2011 festival year is off and running in Palm Springs

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Opening just six days after New Years the Palm Springs Film Festival can probably lay claim to the honor of being the very first such festival of any size or significance on the annual international film festival calendar. For readers unfamiliar with the geography of Southern California, most of the lower part of the state is actually a desert and Palm Springs is a kind of extremely upscale oasis in the middle of this desert, a hundred miles away from Los Angeles and halfway to more desert over ...

Pierre Rissient in the BigPond Adelaide Film Festival Jury

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The 2011 BigPond Adelaide Film Festival is pleased to announce the five-person jury for its prestigious International Award for Best Feature Film. For the 2011 festival, this award will be known as the 10 NEWS INTERNATIONAL AWARD for BEST FEATURE FILM, thanks to the generous support of 10 News, who will present a cash prize of $25,000 to the director of the winning film.Presiding over the 2011 jury will be Julietta Sichel, producer and former director of programming for the Karlovy Vary Film Fes...

Exclusive Interview: with Gore Vidal

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Exclusive Interview: Gore Vidal, Friend of the Country, Champions THE ENEMY OF THE SMILEby Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles CorrespondentOn Pearl Harbor Day, literary lion Gore Vidal, 85, allowed a rare exclusive interview at the offices of Dr. Hessam Nowzari, DDS, PhD, in Beverly Hills, Calif. Vidal made himself available to discuss Dr. Nowzari's documentary THE ENEMY OF THE SMILE that "addresses the serious global dental health issue of early-in-life oral infection" (the bacterium known as AA, a...

Thessaloniki International Film Festival Open Horizons

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The new Thessaloniki International Film Festival side section Open Horizons represents a revival of the renowned New Horizons section, which Dimitris Eipides, the current TIFF Director, programmed from 1992 to 2005. Open Horizons will focus, as did their precursor, on works that represent the most contemporary trends in worldwide independent production, as well as thematically original, aesthetically remarkable and socially minded films. Amongst the approximately 20 films to be screened in the ...

1st London Iranian Film Festival PROGRAMME 2010

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  FESTIVAL PROGRAMME 2010 The time has finally arrived for an Iranian Film festival to have a permanent home in the United Kingdom. FRIDAY 19th NOVEMBER - Opening night ...

The 1st London Iranian Film Festival set to open Nov19

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The 1st London Iranian Film Festival has created many opportunities for emerging and established filmmakers to exhibit their work representing Iranian culture. In addition, it will introduce Iranian cinema to new audiences, fulfilling both an entertainment and educational function.The Festival aims to produce the best Iranian film programme in UK, attracting as many people as possible to view Iranian cinema. Regardless of who you are, where you come from and what you do, this is a cultural event...

Finalists of the SFFS/Hearst Screenwriting Grant

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Nine Finalists for $15,000 Award to be Given to Support the Work of a Mid-Career American ScreenwriterThe San Francisco Film Society announced today the finalists and honorable mention for the second SFFS/Hearst Screenwriting Grant. The grant of $15,000 will be awarded to a mid-career screenwriter who has been a practicing writer for at least five years and who has previously written a minimum of one feature screenplay. The grant is open to writers residing in the United States whose project exp...

1st London Iranian Film Festival Press Conference

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 The improvised press conference room, behind a thick set of red velvet curtains, would probably be best described as "Iranian". A homely, cosy middle eastern feel with chairs in neat rows, leather sofas edging the walls and the screen behind the panel's desk. The festival director, Pejman Danaei, wanted to make clear the reasons for the existence of the festival:- A a platform to showcase the great cinema that is coming out of Iran and Iranians all over the world and encourage the co...

Rome festival awards of the fifth edition

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AWARDS CONFERRED BY THE INTERNATIONAL JURY An international jury presided by Sergio Castellitto, and composed of journalist and writer Natalia Aspesi, director Ulu Grosbard, writer Patrick McGrath, director Edgar Reitz, and the director of the Multimedial Arts Museum in Moscow, Olga Sviblova, judged the films in Competition within the Official Selection. The international jury conferred the: - Marc’Aurelio Jury Award for Best Film: Kill Me Please by Olias Barco- Marc’Aurelio Grand Jury Award...

Arpafilm festival in LA focuses on film from Armenia

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13TH ARPA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL IN L.A."AGHET, a German View of a Turkish Genocide"by Alex Deleon, for ARPA is the name of the river that flows through Yerevan, the capital of the free Armenian Republic, which until 1991 was part of the former Soviet Union. Consequently, it is not surprising that an international film festival so-named is primarily (although not entirely) concerned with the presentation of films from Armenia, films dealing with Armenian topics, and/or films made by Armen...

1st London Iranian Film Festival - Selection Committee Announcement

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Selection Committee Announcement Kamran Shirdel (Head of Film Selection Committee)DocumentarianConsidered a pioneer of Iran's NEW cinema. Born in born 1939 in Tehran, he studied architecture, urbanism, and design at the University of Rome and film direction at the Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia of Rome. After graduating in 1964, he worked as an assistant director with John Huston on The Bible before making his diploma film, Gli Specchi (The Mirrors), in Rome. He returned to Iran and star...

Iranian Film Festival San Francisco Line Up

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                           Persianesque: Set to take place September 18-19, 2010 at the San Francisco Art institute, the 3rd Annual Iranian Film Festival San Francisco has a great roster of films on hand.   The Iranian Film Festival, San Francisco-an annual event showcasing the independent feature and short films made by or about the Iranians from around the world and aims to support the Iranian film culture. One film in particula...

31st Durban International Film Festival Unveils Programme

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Daring, innovative and controversial films and filmmakers from around the world will take the spotlight at the 31st Durban International Film Festival which takes place from 22 July to 1 August. The festival programmers have scoured the globe for films that excite, thrill, raise awareness and provoke. These films will be presented in over 200 screenings at venues across Durban and in surrounding communities.Alongside the screenings of films, the festival offers an extensive workshop and seminar ...

A DAY IN TEHRAN huge success June 13th at the Cinémathèque Française

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Shirin Ebadi   DIALOGUE WITH SHIRIN EBADI 2003 Noble Prize Winner, Shirin Ebadi, Iranian lawyer and human rights advocate talked with famous screenwriter Jean-Claude Carrière at the DAY IN TEHRAN event, organized, June 13th, in Paris, France on the grounds of the Cinémathèque Française. Shirin Ebadi is one of the very first female judges in Iran. Her constant and unfailing efforts in fostering  Human Rights for the weak and needy, in particular, women's rights, ch...

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