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Ford Foundation Launches $50 Million Fund for Docu Filmmakers

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One day before the start of the Sundance Film Festival, a program of the Sundance Institute, and its gathering of independent filmmakers from around the world, the Ford Foundation today announced a five-year, $50 million initiative to help find and support a new generation of filmmakers whose works address urgent social issues. The new initiative, called JustFilms, will invest $10 million a year over the next five years to support and expand the community of filmmakers and mediamakers around the...

Teddy Award in 2011 for Pieter-Dirk Uys

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Films from all sections of the Berlin International Film Festival, nearly all world premieres or international premieres, also compete this year for TEDDY AWARDS. On festive TEDDY AWARD GALA on the February 18th, 2011 in the main hall of the airport Tempelhof, with more than 3000 guests from art, culture, economy and politics are lent TEDDY AWARDS, by an international jury, under the chair Marcus Hu, Americas important American independant film distributor.TEDDY SPECIAL goes in 2011 to the South...

International Forest Film Festival Finalists

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To celebrate the International Year of Forests, 2011 (Forests 2011), the United Nations Forum on Forests Secretariat (UNFFS) is working in collaboration with the Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival to organize an International Forest Film Festival (IFFF). The IFFF will showcase a selection of forest films as part of the global launch of Forests 2011 taking place at UN Headquarters in New York, and subsequently at other festivals and events around the world. The film festival is a key part of o...

Africa Light / Gray Zone

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www.africa-light.com A film by Tino Schwanemann. Music by Steffen Greisiger & The Film Orchestra Babelsberg.   Synopsis: Africa is full of nature’s colors. A colorful experience! The social, political and economical problems of the continent, however, are unsaturated. Neither black nor white, but endless gray. "Africa Light" - as white local citizens call Namibia. The name suggests romance, the beauty of nature and promises a life witho...

New York: 2010 Margret Mead Film & Video Festival

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The 34th edition of the M. Mead Film Festival presented 38 selections from November 11 to 14 at the American Museum of Natural History, its principal sponsor. This festival is the oldest documentary film festival in the United States and includes outstanding and innovative productions covering animation, experimental approaches, in addition to archival material and restored films with a large number not shown before in the New York metropolitan area. Transcending the strict ethnographic film a...

2010 DocMiami Awards

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DocMiami International Film Festival                     Through the Tunnel : Photo Credit: Sonya Moralobo   Through the Tunnel, Best Historical Documentary   2010 WINNERS Best Feature Documentary The Shark is Still Working: The Impact and Legacy of JAWS    Best Documentary Short She Wore Silver Wings    Best Documentary on a Conte...

DIFF 2010...AND THE WINNERS ARE...

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          Muhr Emirati First Prize BORED Director: Nayla Al Khaja United Arab Emirates Second Prize SABEEL Director: Khalid Al Mahmood United Arab Emirates Special Jury Prize HAMAMA Director: Nujoom Alghanem United Arab Emirates Special Mention WIND Director: Waleed Al Shehhi United Arab Emirates Muhr Arab - Feature Best Actress SIX, SEVEN, EIGH...

Closing Ceremony for DIFF 2010

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          Colourful closing ceremony of DIFF telecast live exclusively on Abu Dhabi Emarat Channel Highlights of the finale of DIFF 2010 include the Festival’s honouring of its 2010 Lifetime Achievement Honourees; and the presentation of the 2010 Muhr Arab, Muhr Asia Africa and Muhr Emirati Awards. The live telecast also covered the red carpet ceremony attended by international celebrities and stars from the Arab world and the UAE. ...

A World Of Film In South India

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  Kerala, in the southwest corner of India, is a truly magical place that contains majestic mountains, lush backwaters, golden rice paddies, towering coconut palms and a gorgeous coastline in what is India’s most cine-literate and culturally discerning state. Therefore, the yearly International Film Festival of Kerala (IFFK), which is currently running in the city of Trivandrum through December 19, is a much anticipated film event that brings together filmmakers and appreciative...

Over 220 films participate in DIFF's Dubai Filmmart for global distribution and outreach

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Industry buyers at DIFF will have one of the strongest repertoires of films to choose from including 103 films screened at DIFF, 43 films from the Gulf Film Festival, and 78 Filmmart-recommended films. The line-up includes 23 world premieres, 6 international Premieres, 37 Middle East premieres, and 21 GCC premieres. Ziad Yaghi, Director, Dubai Filmmart, said the trading and distribution platform has grown considerably over the past years by successfully accomplishing distribution deals fo...

SOUL BOY wins ADIFF's Public Award for the Best Film Directed by a Woman of Color!

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AFRICAN DIASPORA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL ADIFFAbila (14) lives in one of the most miserable slums in Africa. His girlfriend Shiku belongs to a different tribe, as the result of which he is not really allowed to fraternize with her. And then one drunken night his father gambles away his own soul. You could say that the location is the real protagonist of this film. All African cities have enormous and often depressing slums, but the Kibera district in Nairobi can hardly be called a district a...

New management wanted to save Artivist?

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Some people seem to be blind to the true face of this festival. Is this good or bad? We know for a fact tthat Artivist Festival does not maintain impecable business ethics and standards: they do not pay their bills. We are proof of that (The festival director Diaky Diaz bought an ad campaign from us and did not pay the whole bill) We have been approached by many staffers who reported they were owed money from this organization and never got it... We at fest21.com notice that...

Where The Streets Have No Name

Director: Vijaykumar Mirchandani.
An emotional journey of one man who has been working tirelessly for the last 20 years trying to help alleviate homelessness in Cairns. A hair raising experience as we get into the lives of these street kids, hear their stories and unfold the bitter reality that lies beneath this beautiful paradise island. It is a dark, intimate and unforgettable journey revealing the truth backed with real life incidents, diverse stories and first hand interaction with key people who helped make this mission impossible successful. Where the streets have no name today tells a different story!

British Independent Film Awards

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This is the awards show that keeps getting bigger and better." Terry Gilliam " The British have proved once again that lack of money has proved no barrier to quality or creativity in a year filled with bumper films" Elliot Grove The Jury has spoken at a star tudded gala at The Old Billingate Market in fashionable East London. on Sunday 5 December hosted for the sixth year by James Nesbitt. BIFA are proud to announce the following nominees for this year's awards,...

Director Doug Liman discusses "Fair Game"

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The acclaimed film director of “The Bourne Identity”, “The Bourne Ultimatum”, and “Mr. and Mrs. Smith”, as well as Executive Producer of the hit television series, “Covert Affairs”, Doug Liman, discussed his political thriller, “Fair Game”, which is currently out in movie theaters, and is a MUST SEE for EVERYONE this Holiday Season!“Fair Game” stars, “the greatest working actor, Sean Penn, as former U.S. Ambassador Joe Wilson, and Naomi Watts, who gives the performance ...

Jane GOODALL's Journey over 57 Years for Environment

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         " I can't believe it's been over 50 years since I first stepped foot in GOMBI," explained Dr. Jane GOODALL in introduction at the PAGODE CINEMA, in Paris,  of German Director, Lorenz KNAUER`s new autobiographical film of the British paleontologist " JANE`s JOURNEY", at a special screening of the Paris Environmental Film Festival, end November 2010. Still a sprightly world traveller over 70, she spends 300 days of the year criss-crossing the globe, lect...

ScreenSingapore Making a Buzz at Film Markets around the World with heavyweight industry ambassadors

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  Richard J. Fox Executive Vice President, Warner Bros. Entertainment International A highly respected member of the international film community, Richard Fox serves as Executive Vice President, International, Warner Bros Entertainment. A 35-year company veteran, he works closely with Warner Bros.' senior management to develop opportunities emerging from the company's international growth to expand newly acquired business...

West is West to open 41st IFFI in Goa, India

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Andy DeEmmony's West is West, the critically-acclaimed sequel to the fantastic East is East starring Om Puri, Linda Bisset, Jimi Mistry and Aqib Khan, will open the 41st International Film Festival of India (IFFI) in Goa on November 22. The programming in the festival was announced by the Government of India, the organizers of the festival, on Friday, November 19.  One major highlight of the festival this year will be a "Cannes Kaledioscope 2010", comprising a package...

"Keep it Short" as Miami Shorts FF highlights the ultra-short

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    The Miami Short Film Festival (MsFF) celebrated its Opening Night with incredible fanfare on Monday, November 15, 2010.  There were great expectations and its patrons were once again rewarded with a delightful night of shorts. It was splendid to see the number of patrons who remained for the Q&A that followed the night's screening, featuring Jeffrey Ruggles and Kristen Slaysmen, director and leading lady of Queen's Day. &nb...

RED RIBBON INTERNATIONA FILM FESTIVAL 2011

RED RIBBON INTERNATIONAL FILM/VIDEO FESTIVAL 2011 (RRIFF) is a 3-day event aimed at showcasing the most creative, experimental and innovative Film, Theatre and Dance performances alongside Visual Arts exhibitions and Spoken Word performances from across Ghana and beyond as it touches on HIV and AIDS- STIGMATIZATION.

RED RIBBON INTERNATIONAL FILM/VIDEO FESTIVAL 2011 (RRIFF) is a 3-day event aimed at showcasing the most creative, experimental and innovative Film, Theatre and Dance performances alongside Visual Arts exhibitions and Spoken Word performances from across Ghana and beyond as it touches on HIV and AIDS- STIGMATIZATION.

Running from 29th November- 1st December 2011.It is Principled on the belief that the power of audio-visual (film) is an extremely authoritative tool for education.
 An educative tool which is cable of fostering understanding, and building a more open-minded world through spreading knowledge of human rights; as audience are more inquisitive of a better perspective that challenges them to think through both the smaller individual issues and big societal questions that confront humanity such as: HIV and AIDS- STIGMATISATION.

Having it’s theme as “ABC of HIV/AIDS”- ABSTINENCE, BEING FAITHFUL, AND CONDOM USE, RRIFF is determined to help broaden the horizon in Ghana and lead Africa in chatting a new cause in eradicating STIGMATIZATION HIV and AIDS pandemic in the continent through Audio-visual.

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...

Bahamas Film Fest program

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Festival Founder and Executive Director Leslie Vanderpool today announced the final program details for the 7th edition of the Bahamas International Film Festival (BIFF), which takes place December 1-5, 2010 in Nassau. The Weinstein Company’s highly acclaimed period drama “The King’s Speech” has been selected as this year’s closing night film.Based on the true story of the Queen of England's father and his remarkable friendship with maverick Australian speech therapist Lionel Logue “...

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...

International Voices At FLIFF

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  WOMEN WITHOUT MEN (Shirin Neshat, Iran)  At the Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival (FLIFF), which is celebrating its 25th anniversary, bringing international cinema to the attention of local audiences is a major priority. Since most of the films presented will never find traditional theatrical distribution, their showings are FLIFF are (unfortunately) a rare occurrence and maybe the only opportunity for a film to be seen on the big screen. The lack of ...

British Independent Film Award Nominations

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  With the British film industry still reeling from proposed massive budget cuts from governmental agencies, there is definitely an atmosphere of uncertainty in the air (which I experienced last week while attending the BFI London Film Festival). However, as far as the British films that will be hitting screens in the coming weeks, it actually appears to be a rather prolific period. This can be interpreted as either a brief celebratory calm before the storm, or just another indicator th...

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