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Hubert Bals Fund announces winners Fall 2012 Selection Round

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      The Hubert Bals Fund of the International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR) has selected twenty-five film projects that receive grants for script development, digital production, postproduction, distribution or workshops. In its Fall 2012 selection round, the Fund gives 330,000 Euro to projects from seventeen Asian, Eastern European, Latin-American and African countries. (See full list below)   From many strong applications for workshop initiatives, the Hubert Bals Fu...

The European Film Awards Silver Jubilee

          Only nine more days before European filmmakers, EFA Members, guests, nominees and winners will gather to celebrate European cinema at its finest at the 25th European Film Awards in Malta.   The venue for this year’s Silver Jubilee edition of the awards ceremony, traditionally opened by the President of the European Film Academy Wim Wenders, is the Mediterranean Conference Centre, a spectacular venue built on Valetta’s waterfront i...

53rd THESSALONIKI INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL / 2 - 11 NOVEMBER 2012

  53rd TIFF LINE-UP, JURIES & PARALLEL EVENTS This year’s 53rd Thessaloniki International Film Festival kicked off this Friday, November 2nd.   INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION JURY: Thomas Elsaesser, Film theorist and academic, Germany, Jury President Laufrey Gudjonsdottir, Programmer, consultant, founding director of the Icelandic Film Center, Iceland Ole Christian Madsen, Director, Denmark Joao Pedro Rodrigues, Director, Portugal Thymios Bakatakis, Cinematographer, Greece...

altcineAction! Submission is open!

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Whether an established or aspiring filmmakers, here’s your chance to shine—and win a full scholarship or production equipment that will jump-start your career. The Balkan film portal altcine.com is holding the first online short film festival for the Balkans. Submissions are open until September 7th and don’t delay: here’s the twist. altcineAction! will screen a maximum of 360 minutes—and films are accepted on a first-come, first served basis. But there’s another ...

The EFA Ambassadors

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  Moritz Bleibtreu actor, Germany One of the best-known German faces in international cinema, Moritz Bleibtreu first shot to international attention as Manni in Tom Tykwer’s RUN LOLA RUN (1998). He was nominated in 2001 for the EFA People’s Choice Award for THE EXPERIMENT by Oliver Hirschbiegel and is now nominated for European Actor for his role as Andreas Baader in THE BAADER MEINHOF COMPLEX by Uli Edel. ...

Operation Kino goes digital with VOD

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Ena Dozo from Sarajevo Film Festival, Mira Staleva from Sofia International Film Festival, Andrei Agudaru from Romanian Film Promotion, Cristian Hordila from the International Film Festival in Cluj and Tillman Scheel from Reelport presented the project "Operation Kino" (OK). OK is an initiative of the international film festivals in Sofia  (Sofia Film Festival), Sarajevo (Sarajevo Film Festival), Cluj (Transilvania International Film Festival) and Istanbul (International Ista...

16th International Film Festival SOFIA FILM FESTIVAL

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SFF is organized by Art Fest under the patronage of the Sofia Municipality, in partnership with the Ministry of Culture, the National Film Centre and National Palace of Culture, with the support of the programs MEDIA and MEDIA Mundus of the European Commission, UNESCO – Regional Bureau for Science and Culture in Europe, national and foreign cultural institutes and sponsors. The main sponsor of the 16th edition of the festival is Jameson Irish Whiskey. The 16th Sofia Intern...

2012 Los Angeles Film Festival Line-Up

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This year's Festival will screen a diverse slate of nearly 200 feature films, shorts, and music videos, representing more than 30 countries, along with signature programs such as the Filmmaker Retreat, Poolside Chats, Coffee Talks, Music Events and more. Check back May 15 for the complete Festival schedule! OPENING NIGHT:   To Rome With Love- (DIRECTOR/WRITER Woody Allen PRODUCERS Letty Aronson, Stephen Tenenbaum CAST Woody Allen, Alec Baldwin, Roberto Benigni, Penélope Cruz,...

Sarajevo Talent Campus Call for Entries 2012

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New call for entries for emerging filmmakers from Southeast Europe to participate in Sarajevo Talent Campus held within the framework of the 18th Sarajevo Film Festival is open from the 15th of March 2012. Application deadline is the 8th of May, 2012. Sarajevo Talent Campus, the educational and networking platform for emerging filmmakers from Southeast Europe, was launched in 2007 in cooperation with Berlin International Film Festival and Berlinale Talent Campus. The programme offer...

CineLink Call for Entries Extended!

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New call for entries for filmmakers from Southeast Europe to participate in the CineLink Project Development Workshop and Co-Production Market held within the framework of the Sarajevo Film Festival is opened from the 1th of December 2011.  New deadline for project submissions is 12th of March 2012. CineLink project, the backbone of the Sarajevo Film Festival's Industry Section, is a development and financing platform for carefully selected local feature projects destine...

Berlinale Special 2012: Series of Talks at the Haus der Berliner Festspiele

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 For years, discussions with filmmakers directly after the screenings of their films have been a special attraction of the festival experience for many Berlinale visitors. With the establishment of the Haus der Berliner Festspiele as a new venue in 2012, the Berlinale now has the opportunity to use this space to expand discussions between filmmakers and the audience. “Some topics simply demand more attention and a broader platform than the time allotted to them usually allows,” comments Fes...

Scott's Interview to EuroXpress

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“The difference in European independent cinema is that it doesn’t leave anyone indifferent” Interview: 29th of January, 2012 We interviewed Scott Hillier, a film and documentary director, producer, and President of ÉCU- The European Independent Film Festival . By Mariana Castaño (Paris) Scott Hillier is a “storyteller”. “Storyteller” is the word he uses himself, in a manner of English that he speaks at the speed of light. His eyes and hands move quickly an...

Alternatives on Alternative Film and Video Festival 2011

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Academic Film Center was founded as Akademic Film Club in 1958. Through its history, thanks to authors such as Kokan Rakonjac, Sava Trifkovic, Živojin Pavlovic, Tomislav Gotovac, Dragoslav Lazic, Vjekoslav Nakic, Milan Jelic, Radoslav Vladic, Ivan Obrenov, Ivko Šešic, Nikola Đuric, Miodrag Miloševic, Bojan Jovanovic, Miloje Radakovic, Dejan Vlaisavljevic, Igor Toholj, Bob Miloshevic, Zelimir Zilnik, Godina etc… it became very significant and most awarded of all film clubs in ex Yugoslav...

Calling All SEE Documentarians! Toronto doc submissions close Jan 13, 2012!

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Hot Docs, the Toronto Documentary Film Festival, is focusing on SEE countries for the 2012 Festival, and the deadline is just a month away—Jan. 13, 2012. Filmmakers with documentaries from or about Albania, Austria, Bosnia/Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cypress, Greece, Hungary, Kosovo, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Romania, Serbia, Slovenia, and Turkey should apply. Submit your docs (any topic, any length), postmarked by 1/13/12, to:   Hot Docs Canadian International Do...

CIRKUS COLUMBIA at 'Cinedays', Skopje

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  Oscar winning Bosnian director Danis Tanovic's latest film "Cirkus Columbia" (2011) screened this week to Macedonian audiences in its capital city of Skopje during the CINEDAYS film event of 70 films in 10 days! CIRKUS COLUMBIA had its world premier at the 2010 Venice Film Festival and has traveled to festivals around the world since. The film will go on to open the 'Dialogue of Cultures International Film Festival' next Thursday in NYC at SVA theater! Last Sunday at Al...

52nd TIFF awards ceremony!

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                 The Golden Alexander Award Winner at 52nd TIFF -TIFF PRESS RELEASE-52nd TIFF: The Awards (11/13/2011)52nd THESSALONIKI INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL November 4 -13, 2011 The International Jury of the 52nd Thessaloniki Film Festival comprised of: Laurence Kardish, Senior Curator - Department of Film and Media, Museum of Modern Art NY, USA, Jury President Sitora Alieva, Program Director - Kinot...

Thessaloniki Film Festival awards Twilight Portrait

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52nd THESSALONIKI INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVALNovember 4 -13, 2011 The International Jury of the 52nd Thessaloniki Film Festival comprised of: Laurence Kardish, Senior Curator - Department of Film and Media, Museum of Modern Art NY, USA, Jury PresidentSitora Alieva, Program Director - Kinotavr Film Festival, RussiaFrederic Boyer, Director - Les Arcs European Film Festival, FranceConstantine Giannaris, Film director, GreeceHisami Kuroiwa, Film producer, USABestows: THE AWARDSBest Feature Film Awar...

THE AWARDS AT 52ND THESSALONIKI FILM FESTIVAL (TIFF)

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                                  The Golden Alexander Award Winner at 52nd TIFF  -TIFF PRESS RELEASE- 52nd TIFF: The Awards (11/13/2011) 52nd THESSALONIKI INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL November 4 -13, 2011   The International Jury of the 52nd Thessaloniki Film Festival comprised of: La...

52nd Thessaloniki Film Festival Lineup

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Martha Marcy May Marlene (2011) TIFF PRESS RELEASE!52nd THESSALONIKI INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 4 - 13 NOVEMBER, 2011 FILM LIST OPENING FILM – November 4th, 2011 - The Descendants by Alexander Payne, 2011, USA CLOSING FILM - November 12th, 2011 - Martha Marcy May Marlene by Sean Durkin, USA, 2011  INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION  • ALOIS NEBEL, Tomas LUNAK, Czech Republic, Germany, Slovak Republic, 2011, 84’ • BEHOLD THE LAMB, John MCILDUFF, United Kingdom, 2011, 83’ • BURROS/D...

Don’t Miss the South East European Films at AFI in Los Angeles

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Here's another great opportunity to see films from South East Europe in Los Angeles. And it's free! Today (and later this week too) you can see two SEE films at the AFI Film Festival: -- Once Upon a Time in Anatolia (Turkey/Bosnia) is Turkey’s official submission for the Foreign Language Oscar, today at 1:30pm at the Egyptian, and Nov. 10 at 3:45pm at the Chinese. Details: http://ticketing.afi.com/eng/detail.aspx?ID=8196  -- The Forgiveness of Blood (USA/Albania/Denmark/Italy)...

The 4th Eastern Neighbours Film Festival kicks off tomorrow

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  In only one day the 4th edition of the Eastern Neighbours Film Festival opens the curtain in Utrecht, the Netherlands. With a total of 31 films from 9 countries the festival introduces some of the latest films from East and South Eastern Europe, from countries that are not yet members of the European Union. Also rare and yet unseen material can be found among the selection. The festival runs from October 26 - 30, 2011.   Special guest at ENFF is European Shooting Star 2011 ...

Thessaloniki gearing up for 52nd edition,

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We will be covering the festival with dailies...stay tuned       52nd THESSALONIKI INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL will run  November 4 - 13, 2011 With less than a week to go before the start of the event, we have the pleasure to contact you with the latest news from this year's 52ND Thessaloniki International Film Festival, which kicks off Friday, November 4th.   A complete list of this year's line-up can be found at the end of this pres...

Eastern Neighbours Film Festival in Utrecht Line Up

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The 4th Eastern Neighbours Film Festival in Utrecht (NL) announces 2011 Line UpA total of 31 films from 9 countries are screened at this years edition of ENFF in Utrecht, Netherlands (October 26 - 30, 2011). The festival focuses on films from East and South Eastern Europe, from countries that are not yet members of the European Union. ENFF opens with the film DO NOT FORGET ME ISTANBUL. Six directors that have been successful in the international arena came together for this project under the art...

Fellowships available for research into South East European (SEE) countries

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Occasionally funding opportunities come by my desk which I like to post, in case anyone out there can take advantage of them. Here’s one.   The American Council of Learned Societies has launched a competition for fellowships for the academic year 2012. These are intended to fund research related to the following countries: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Montenegro, Estonia, Croatia, Hungary, Kosovo, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Poland, Ro...

The 4th Eastern Neighbours Film Festival in Utrecht (NL): A Spotlight on Turkey

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  The non-competitive festival ENFF features a unique program of rarities from East- and South East Europe - countries that are not yet members of the European Union. Recent films are presented alongside with classics that are hardly known outside of their country of production. Today the festival announces the first titles of the upcoming edition.   A major aim of ENFF is to connect local audiences with mentalities from people and places that are closer to us than we think....
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