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Line-up complete for trinidad+tobago film festival/10

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The line-up of films for the fifth annual trinidad+tobago film festival, which takes place from September 22 to October 5, has been confirmed. As ever, the festival will be showcasing the best in Caribbean and Caribbean Diaspora films, as well as films from Latin America countries in the Caribbean basin. The festival screens feature-length narrative and documentary films, and also short films. One of the most anticipated films in this year's line-up is Moloch Tropical, the ...

Another Planet

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Director: Ferenc Moldovanyi.
“Expanding upon themes he explored in Children: Kosovo 2000 (SDFF 24), Ferenc Moldoványi’s latest documentary is at once hypnotically beautiful and acutely disturbing. Shot over a two-year period in four countries on four continents—Ecuador (South America), Mexico (North America), Democratic Republic of Congo (Africa), and Cambodia (Asia)—Another Planet unfolds as a cinematic tone poem in the tradition of Koyaanisqatsi, exposing the unequal distribution of wealth around the world as a major humanitarian crisis. Framed by pastoral sequences in which a Tarahumara shaman imparts a dream of paradise on earth, the film moves quickly and seamlessly between the lives of seven children inextricably linked by their shocking and tragic experiences of daily exploitation and abuse. We meet lonely, aimless urchins, barely eking out a living on the streets. We see child laborers toiling in brick factories, garbage dumps, and brothels, only to be beaten when business is down. And perhaps most harrowing of all, we get to know the child soldiers of Congo as they are turned into killing machines. Throughout this journey, Moldoványi’s unwavering vision reminds us of the eternal coexistence of beauty and horror all over the world. Informed by the haunting cinematography of Tibor Máthé as well as Tibor Szemzö’s ethereal soundtrack, Another Planet crosses cultural boundaries to forge a commentary on the human condition as damning as it is open-ended.” 31st Starz Denver International Film Festival Official Catalogue "This globe-spanning film hits hard on many levels—visually, intellectually, emotionally. Beautifully shot in Ecuador, Mexico, Africa and Asia, Moldoványi’s film presents images that sparkle in the eye even as they punch you in the heart. Moldoványi introduces us to children in Cambodia, Ecuador, Mexico and the Democratic Republic of Congo, each of whom is struggling to survive. Working long hours, often in dangerous and dirty conditions, these children show us a side of existence that many have never seen or even imagined. While many in the US hold childhood as a special and protected time of nurtured innocence, this film reminds us all that for many children life is a brutal and precarious game of survival. With subjects that include children scavenging dumps for recyclables, child soldiers and child sex workers, this film offers a sympathetic and unblinking eye. The children themselves are our strongest storytellers, and they open up to Moldoványi’s camera to give us their own perspective. Their frankness astonishes as they talk matter-of-factly about their jobs and the consequences of not earning. The children either are at the mercy of adults—often the parents who force them to work and beat them when they don’t earn enough—or have been abandoned by adults altogether. While the film is not a gentle journey, it imagines a better world, a greater one. The filmmaker relies on your humanity and empathy to be moved by these children, while never directly suggesting a call to action. This film offers an unprecedented opportunity to explore another planet, a trip definitely worth taking." SILVERDOCS: AFI/Discovery Channel Documentary Festival

Destination Durban

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Hello out there! This is my first entry for my trip to the 31st Durban International Film Festival. The festival kicks off with the world premiere of the SA film, State of Violence, on Thursday 22 July.  I'll be in Durban from 28 July till the end of the festival on 1 August. More about my programme and what's to offer at DIFF in my next blog entry. First I have to thank the organisers for allowing me, a small-town journo, to travel to their city and attend their esteemed event. This wil...

July 24 YouTube Time Capsule

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  This coming Saturday, July 24, will mark a milestone for the internet. YouTube and a pair of renowned filmmakers have invited citizens from around the globe to participate in what is being called the first user-generated feature-length documentary shot during the same 24 hours. Titled LIFE IN A DAY, the experiment is being sponsored by the online clip site and involves such celebrated directors as Ridley Scott (ROBIN HOOD, GLADIATOR) and Kevin MacDonald (THE LAST KING OF SCOTLAND)...

Travelling Caribbean Film Showcase

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Travelling Caribbean Film Showcase     OFFICIAL ANNOUNCEMENT TO INTERNATIONAL FORUM: CARIBBEAN FILM MARKET & OTHER EXHIBITION ALTERNATIVES.  Caribbean film makers and producers, exhibitors and distribution companies’ representatives from Caribbean zone, Latin America, the Unites States of America, Africa and Europe; to the executives of Public and Private Television companies, the National Film Committees, and to the Caribbean Cultural Aut...

Call for Entries for the 2011 Edition of CWFF

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The 4th edition of Cape Winelands Film Festival (CWFF), which is scheduled to take place from 16–26 March, 2011, 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 ).   1.      Features: Features are all fiction films more than 50 minutes of length 2.     ...

The 2010 British Urban Film Festival - July Blog

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If it feels like the frequency of buff blogs are being stepped up, the signs are that the festival is getting nearer. This year’s event marks the 5th annual gathering of filmmakers, the media and the general public to the British Urban Film Festival, now widely accepted as the first stop for urban films. As the late Michael Jackson quotes in one of his songs ‘it don’t matter if you’re black or white’, the festival acts as a tool to highlight, to showcase and to champion the growth of...

Latest Jury decisions of Berlinale World Cinema Fund:

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Berlinale World Cinema Fund: Latest Jury decisions and WCF-Spotlight in South AfricaAt the 12th session of the World Cinema Fund (WCF) jury on July 4, three new film projects were selected for production funding.Since its establishment in October 2004, the WCF has awarded production and distribution funding to a total of 73 projects chosen from 1275 submissions from Africa, Latin America, the Middle East, Central and South East Asia, and the Caucasus. All of the WCF films completed so far have s...

IFP and United Nations Present Doc Conference

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The Independent Feature Project (IFP), one of the largest filmmaker membership organizations in the United States, is joining forces with the United Nations Department of Public Information to present a one-day conference on the effect of documentaries as a tool to understanding world problems. The second annual "Envision: Addressing Global Issues through Documentaries" forum will be held on Saturday July 10th at TheTimesCenter, in New York City.  This jointly produced...

Inaugural Eko International Film Festival Opens Wednesday July 7 in Lagos

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A scene from Glamrock City, the Opening Film of EKOIFF Inaugural Eko International Film Festival Opens Wednesday July 7 in Lagos The inaugural Eko International Film Festival (EKOIF) opens Wednesday July 7 at the prestigious Genesis Deluxe Cinemas at The Palms in Lekki, Lagos. Award winning filmmakers from Germany, UK, Spain, France, Albania, Kenya and Nigeria are participating in the film fiesta with over 25 films including the thrilling Glamrock City and the King of Palma. Th...

Africa in focus at the trinidad+tobago film festival/10

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Films from Africa will feature prominently at the fifth annual trinidad+tobago film festival (ttff/10), set to take place from September 22 to October 5. Founded in 2006, the ttff, with the generous support of our presenting sponsor FLOW, has grown over the past few years to become the leading film festival in the English Caribbean. This year is expected to be another groundbreaking one, with established and new elements to the festival's programme. This is in addition to the dozens of Ca...

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 ...

NEWSLETTER N° 470: july 2, 2010

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 .............                                                                                                                                                          WELCOME TO OUR NEWSLETTER N° 470: july 2, 2010 Follow this LINK if you cannot read the newsletter properly Contact the Editor, Advertise on the sites.  Our newsletter reaches 79 000 film professionnals ev...

African directors to film in China for Rotterdam Film Festival program

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Inspired by the growing influence of China in some African countries, the International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR) asks seven filmmakers from South Africa, Cameroon, Uganda, Rwanda, Congo and Angola to make films in China. The African directors' films will premiere, along with a contextual film program, during the Rotterdam's 40th edition. The program, titled ‘Raiding Africa', includes a film workshop produced by the IFFR in collaboration with the Li Xianting Film School in Beijing and sup...

iNTARA TELEVISION AND RADIO FESTIVAL AND AWARDS CALL FOR ENTRIES

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THE FIRST INTERNATIONAL TELEVISION AND RADIO FESTIVAL TO BE HELD IN NIGERIA.PRESENTED BY: INTERNATIONAL NETWORK FOR TELEVISION AND RADIO ADVANCEMENT (INTARA)                                                                           AND                                                                       BROADCASTING ORGANISATIONS OF NIGERIA (BON)FEATURING SPECIAL CELEBRITY GUESTS!! EXHIBITIONS! PANEL DISCUSSIONS! Q&A! M...

Building A Bridge To Peace

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What one of the great benefits (and joys) of an event like the AFI-Discovery Channel Documentary Festival is the presentation of films that go behind the news headlines and offer a portrait of the complexity and urgency of political and social events. The simple idea behind many of the films here is that the more we know, the more we understand, the more we can do. In the case of finding solutions to some of the world's most complicated issues, none is more pressing than the need t...

Screen Your Film in Santa Monica, Ca USA at the Aero Theatre!!!

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June 15th, 2010 Submit Your Film Today!Hi Fellow Filmmakers,Recently I was in Cannes promoting my short film "Love at First Sight?". We would like to introduce our film festival to you. Please check it out! I hope you or someone you know has a feature or short film that qualifies! I am extending a Cannes discount for people who follow my blogs and the filmmakers who participated in Cannes this year!A Celebration of Lady Filmmakers and the Men who collaborate with them.1 woma...

Talent Campus Durban, new talents announced

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3rd TALENT CAMPUS DURBAN 23 - 27 July 2010 at the 31st Durban International Film Festival (22 July - 1 August 2010) Talents Announced The Durban International Film Festival has announced that the selection for this year's edition of Talent Campus Durban has been finalised. Over 40 young filmmakers representing nearly 20 African countries, including Benin, Botswana, Cameroon, DRC, Egypt, Ethiopia, Ghana, Uganda, Kenya, Lesotho, Mali, Nigeria, Rwanda, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe, an...

The 2010 British Urban Film Festival - June Blog

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This time 5 years ago, Noel Clarke was playing Billie Piper’s screen boyfriend in Doctor Who. Since then, our man Noel not only starred in ‘Kidulthood’ (recently screened again on BBC3), he went onto write and direct its’ sequel, ‘Adulthood’ – collecting a Bafta along the way. He has since starred in ‘Heartless’ and ‘Centurion’. He also starred in ‘Doghouse’ with Stephen Graham, Danny Dyer and Terry Stone, and has just released ‘4,3,2,1’ – considered by some to ...

Talent Campus Durban swelection finalized

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3rd TALENT CAMPUS DURBAN 23 - 27 July 2010 at the 31st Durban International Film Festival (22 July - 1 August 2010) The Durban International Film Festival has announced that the selection for this year's edition of Talent Campus Durban has been finalised. Over 40 young filmmakers representing nearly 20 African countries, including Benin, Botswana, Cameroon, DRC, Egypt, Ethiopia, Ghana, Uganda, Kenya, Lesotho, Mali, Nigeria, Rwanda, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe, and of course South A...

award winners of the 7thTarifa African Film Festival

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  The awards for the movies in the section The African Dream are:   v The"Wind Griot" award for The Best Feature Film. This award is worth 15.000€ and includes the trophy. For the TEZA (Dew) directed by Haile Gerima (Ethiopia, Germany, French). For its capacity to reflect the history of the whole African continet through the great script, exceptional actor´s performances and mature direction. v Griot of Clay, award for the best full-lengths fil...

25th Munich DOK.fest - a summary

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  DOK.fest's special anniversary year was a huge success: Munich was glowing in orange and 11,500 cinemagoers flocked to see the 72 best documentary films of the year from throughout the world. The International Documentary Film Festival then went on tour with six selected films through five Bavarian towns. The DOK.tour - the "festival on the road" - offered a wide and engaged audience throughout Bavaria the possibility of watching outstanding do...

Highlights from the Tarifa African Film Festival

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  The FESTIVAL DE CINE AFRICANO DE TARIFA (FCAT - Tarifa African Film Festival), one of the biggest African film festivals in Europe, is about to start its seventh edition on May 21st in Tarifa, the closest Spanish town to Africa on the Andalusian coasts of the Strait of Gibraltar (http://www.fcat.es/).   This year the FCAT presents, from 21st to 29th May: 113 movies from 36 countries, out of which 33 films are national premieres in competition dozens of respected film...

German Films in the US since 1979 ...

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Among the top foreign language features shown in the United States from 1979 through 2009 which grossed $1,3 billion dollars, German productions ranked seventh behind France, Taiwan, China, Italy, Mexico, and Spain with a total of $49 million. Only five German features generated more than $5 million in the US: DOWNFALL, NOWHERE IN AFRICA, RUN LOLA RUN, LIVES OF OTHERS, and the commercially most successful one, DAS BOOT, a 1982 release, which scored $11.5 million. It may very well be that ...

Filmfest Emden-Norderney Numerous premieres on the North Sea coast

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  21st International Filmfest Emden-Norderney Numerous premieres on the North Sea coast The International Filmfest Emden-Norderney will be taking place for the 21st time with 89 films from 23 countries. 37 films are being shown in Emden and Norderney as German premieres, eleven of them world premieres. 21 feature and documentary films will be competing for the Bernhard Wicki Award, the DGB Film Award, the NDR Young Directors Award and the EZetera Film Award. Opening films: "M...

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