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Jury Awards "Fambul Tok" at ZIFF 2011

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Zanzibar, June 26, 2011 (SIGNIS) - The SIGNIS Prize for the 14th Zanzibar International Film Festival 2011 went to the documentary film, Fambul Tok, from Sierra Leone by Sara Terry. "Fambul Tok" offers a home-grown approach of conflict resolution "Conventional conflict resolution mechanisms are often expensive, protracted and do not bring harmony and healing to the community. In this film, Africa offers a home-grown approach based on traditional practices where both the perpetrators and the vict...

CONVENTION : Black Wall / White Holes

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Director: LACHAISE Joris.
How does a film taking post-colonial Africa as its point of departure address the more general problem of the colonization of spirits and bodies by all forms of “conventions?” And how does the celebration of Mali’s half-century of independence in September 2010 become the basis on which to interrogate the function of the rhapsodist, of he who recounts and—in the process—creates? Because, we do not narrate history with impunity. We decide whether or not to use a certain syntax, a vocabulary, a protocol. The maker of Convention opts for the third-person. He decides to place his perspective as a white person, this standard reference that has not finished formatting Africa, at a distance. This is a posture of retreat that does not erase itself, but rather serves as a critical positioning. It is also an attitude of the watchman who captures under the laws of a kaleidoscopic montage the different states of the decolonized body. At the crossroads of documentary, of self-fiction and of film-poems, Convention is a film that claims its essence in the project-form. Free, digressive, inventive, it incites us to consider a non-didactic history and to interrogate the conditions and consequences linked to the acquisition of freedom.

Once Mars Is Colonized

Director: Pierre Yves Clouin.
Once Mars is colonized, we must go to Alpha Centauri. - Ray Bradbury

AWARDS & NOMINATIONS 2011

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Silver Princess Statuette (replica of the original "The Palace" statue of Ilijana, daughter of the Romanian Queen Mary of Edingburg) The voices of this year's directors show more clearly than ever that people from all nations are bonded by the same love, loss and laughter. Whether from Africa, Asia, America, Europe, Australia, New Zealand or the Middle East we are one in our needs and emotions. Perhaps in the 21st century the hand written note has been replaced by th...

CALL FOR ENTRIES - CAPE WINELANDS FILM FESTIVAL

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The 5th edition of Cape Winelands Film Festival (CWFF), which is scheduled to take place from 14-24 March 2012, in Cape Town and Stellenbosch, has launched its call for entries today. Feature films, Short Films and Documentaries submissions are eagerly awaited. Entry forms, rules, and regulations are available on the Festival Website(http://films-for-africa.co.za).    Features: Features are all fiction films more than 60 minutes of length Shorts: Shorts are all fiction...

Interview with Aruban Director Aaron Hose at AIFF 2011

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Aaron Hose at AIFF 2011 Last year one of the films to premier at the inaugural Aruba International Film Festival was Aruba native director Aaron Hose’s award-winning documentary film VOICES IN THE CLOUDS (2010). This year Hose acted as director of the Caribbean Spotlight Series (CSS) for the 2nd annual AIFF. When I asked Aaron what that was like he said, ‘it was a great learning experience that I hope to repeat next year’. Aaron’s film VOICES IN THE CLOUDS is a poignant...

AIFF Interview with Aaron Hose

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Aaron Hose at AIFF 2011 Last year one of the films to premier at the inaugural Aruba International Film Festival was Aruba native director Aaron Hose’s award-winning documentary film VOICES IN THE CLOUDS (2010). This year Hose acted as director of the Caribbean Spotlight Series (CSS) for the 2nd annual AIFF. When I asked Aaron what that was like he said, ‘it was a great learning experience that I hope to repeat next year’. Aaron’s film VOICES IN THE CLOUDS is a poignant l...

MIDNIGHT IN PARIS, a laud review!

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MIDNIGHT IN PARIS (2011) is Woody Allen’s latest magnum opus which held its world premier at this year’s Cannes Film Festival and has met with critical praise since, proving to be Allen’s most watched and beloved film since the past twenty-five years. Imagine the legendary tales of CINDERELLA, A MOVEABLE FEAST, THE SUN ALSO RISES and the film THE PURPLE ROSE OF CAIRO (1985) all stewed together to make a new stellar film, familiar yet completely original set within the ever tw...

MIDNIGHT IN PARIS, a laud review!

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MIDNIGHT IN PARIS (2011) is Woody Allen’s latest magnum opus which held its world premier at this year’s Cannes Film Festival and has met with critical praise since, proving to be Allen’s most watched and beloved film since the past twenty-five years. Imagine the legendary tales of CINDERELLA, A MOVEABLE FEAST, THE SUN ALSO RISES and the film THE PURPLE ROSE OF CAIRO (1985) all stewed together to make a new stellar film, familiar yet completely original set within the ever twinkling romant...

Transforming Stories International Christian Film Festival

One week festival throughout South Africa and countries worldwide. The purpose of the festival is to showcase powerful, inspiring, faithaffirming, evangelistic, transforming stories in the form of film to the world and the Body of Christ in every nation. We want to emphasize how the power of storytelling can impact the lives of people and shape a specific culture. To accomplish this we are willing to identify and reward talent that is of the highest standards. The festival will be presented in two forms, in host countries around the world and in selected movie theatres throughout South Africa. The award ceremony will take place in South Africa during September 2011 where winning films will be announced.The power of media is evident in this day and age, and movies have been a huge part of shaping the culture as we know it. BehindTransforming Stories International Christian Film Festival 2011 (TSICFF 2011) is a greater vision to transform cultures through storytelling and inspire people to make use of films in sharing the Gospel to all mankind.No longer will we as followers of Christ allow our world to be poisoned with profanity by media elites. Instead, we are encouraging revolutionaries out there to produce stories which can transform our culture into one that will be in line with The Kingdom of God (Yahweh),one of Justice, Peace, Righteousness and Love. TSICFF is looking for films that effectively illustrate stories of transformation by the power of the Gospel of Jesus Christ; or true life testimonies of both spiritual and physical transformation by God’s power and intervention; or Biblical truths leading viewers to a clearer understanding of certain issues and topics.What makes this festival so unique is that it was launched in 2010 in South Africa through the partnership and association with the Lausanne movement, where over 4500 International Christian leaders from over 200 regions in the world were introduced to the festival. This opportunity has established great relationships to ensure future growth of the festival. Through our continuous efforts and with a truly global reach the festival aims to inspire Christian leaders to make use of films to evangelize, teach & transform their communities. This festival sources films from across the globe and then the same film festival program is presented in different host nations around the world. This festival has also been endorsed by a selection of internationally recognized leaders and role players.TSICFF is not only a film festival, its part of a global revolution encouraging film makers to produce films that will transform communities for the good!We encourage all to mobilize their churches, ministries and communities to support this festival! Find us on FaceBook and link the festival on your website by placing our web banner on your home page. 

Songs From The Black Queen

Director: Ben Eze Amushie.
Songs from the Black Queen is an allegorical journey into the soul of Africa. An African Story Teller narrates a dream-like encounter with a spiritual entity (African Queen) and how her teachings gave him an insight into The Past, The Present and the Future of Africa.

Sydney Film Festival Audience Awards Winners

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Showtime Movie Channels Audience Awards Winners The 2011 Sydney Film Festival today revealed the winners of the Showtime Movie Channels Audience Awards. The Audience Awards highlight the crowd-pleasing titles across feature films and documentaries and each winning film will receive a Dinosaur Designs trophy. “Showtime Movie Channels is committed to bringing its audiences a compelling and diverse choice of film and documentary entertainment and we are delighted to support the ...

The Rhythm of My LIfe

“The Rhythm of My Life” by filmmakers Franck Onouviet and Marc A. Tchicot is a new submission to ÉCU 2012. “The Rhythm of My Life” follows in an unconventional way the journey of 'ISH', a former Miami based rapper, who traveled to Africa to visit his family. Little did he know that Libreville, Gabon would be the place where the project of his dreams would fall in his lap. Check out the trailer!  

Charleston International Film Festival 2011 Wrap-up and 2012 Dates!

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It is not even possible for us to put it down in words, so we’ll rely on those of Cole Hornaday and this incredible video overview and article from L.A.’s Buzzine.com.Next, we have to say thank you to everyone who attended the festival. You are an extremely vibrant bunch and truly added to the fun and excitement we all shared this year. Our love for film and the arts has drawn us together, and we are proud to host this exciting event in celebration of them each year.Also, we have to thank a...

Joao Nuno Pinto: The sea remains a symbol of hope

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Joao Nuno Pinto As in Antonio Lobo Antunes’ novel South Of Nowhere (Os Cus de Judas, 1979), a novel, telling the story about the war in Angola, but being actually a story about Portugal, in the first feature film of the young Portuguese director Joao Nuno Pinto the story is about immigrants, but the subject is again Portugal. Joao Nuno Pinto was born in 1969 in Mozambique and his family, being Portuguese, immigrated to Portugal as refugees during another post-colonial war in Afric...

Comments on Krakow Film Festival 2011 awards

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JURY VERDICTSINTERNATIONAL DOCUMENTARY COMPETITIONHaving seen all the competition films, the International Documentary Competition Jury of the 51st Krakow Film Festival consisting of: Tue Steen Müller – the chairman (Denmark), Dušan Hudec (Slovakia), Marcin Koszałka (Poland), Kaleo La Belle (Switzerland), and Annamaria Percavassi (Italy) have decided to award:GOLDEN HORN for the Director of the Best Film: for Wojciech Staroń, the director of THE ARGENTINIAN LESSON (Poland). The fil...

Krakow Film Festival awards

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“Tonia and Her Children” by Marcel Łoziński, “The Argentinian Lesson” by Wojciech Staroń, and “1994” by Haveh Tehrani chosen as the best films at the 51st Krakow Film Festival; “Phnom Penh “ by Paweł Kloc awarded twice – with Silver Horn and Silver Hobby-Horse. The winners of the National, Documentary, and Short Film Competitions were announced on May 29th, at the Award Ceremony at Kijów.Centrum. The host of the evening was Maciej Stuhr. The ceremony began ...

New dates for the second Eko International Film Festival

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Dates for the second edition of EKOIFF have been set to july 9 to 14, 2011. The campaign has started on our partner's channels (we'll be on TV stations of the company, radio stations) We are so proud to have such a partner with a wonderful platform with the most popular entertainment TV in Nigeria : The Silverbird Group  http://www.silverbirdtv.com/ We will also be promoted on one of the channels on the biggest cable network in Africa. Please see below the new venue    ...

women are heroes, a film by JR, award winning lensman and director

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   The Alliance Française de Bombay has organised the premiere in Mumbai of the documemtary film, Women Are Heroes directed by the award winning French artist and photographer JR at Olive Bandra on Monday,June 30,2011. The film  was screened at Cannes  last year. "In peacetime women are discriminated, in wartime they are targets," says JR, who has just received the 2011 TED Prize.   It is these women and their courage that he honours through outsized street-art w...

Save cinema in Morocco

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  Save Cinemas In Morocco is launching its first international conference on the theme: « thinking about cinema differently » at the cannes festival!   The 64th edition of the Cannes Festival promises to be rich in discoveries and is likely to delight industry professionals and ultimately the general public by: revealing and  highlighting works to serve the evolution of cinema participating in the development of the film ...

Sander Francken on BARDSONGS at CPHPIX 2011

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Since BARDSONGS (2010) screened in Palm Springs this past PSIFF 2011, I’ve been speaking to director Sander Francken about doing an interview about what I thought was an extremely intriguing subject for a film, that of oral storytelling in a time where storytelling has changed so much that the old modes have long since departed us. Or have they? Sander’s film is a tribute to oral storytelling and ‘bardsongs’. I tracked him down in Copenhagen at CPHPIX 2011 where his film screened and we ...

Une fois Mars colonisée (Once Mars Is Colonized)

Director: Pierre Yves Clouin.
Once Mars is colonized, we must go to Alpha Centauri. - Ray Bradbury

NEWSLETTER N° 507: May 6, 2011

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Fabrique de Cinéma du Monde at The Cinema du Monde pavilion

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12 young directors from Africa, Eastern Europa, Asia, Latin America have been invited to take part in the FABRIQUE DES CINÉMAS DU MONDE which is a programme that the LES CINÉMAS DU MONDE PAVILION has implemented to favour the emergence of new talents. You are invited to TO MEET'UP with our delegation of producers and directors. To share your experience, to encourage coproduction opportunities, to stimulate and support international creativity, to promote cultural diversity... there w...

An India Beyond Slumdog Millionaires

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  While there is no question that the Danny Boyle film SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE did much to rivet attention in the West on the cinema of India and southern Asia, the various film industries in the second largest country on earth has been a staple of moviegoing in Asia, South America, Africa and even Europe for many decades. Very few of the quality films from the region are given big screen time in North America but that represents both an obstacle and a challenge for the New York Indian Film...

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