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EFA 42 films competing for the European Film Awards

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42 films on the selection list for the European Film Awards 2007. In contrast to other years, none of the big film nations have more than three films on the list and with 26 countries represented, this year’s selection vividly illustrates the great diversity in European cinema.As you know, in the 20 countries with the most EFA members, these members have voted one national film directly into the selection list.To complete the list, a Selection Committee consisting of EFA Board members and invi...

Sales Support for 39 European films at Toronto

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39 European films benefit from Film Sales Support at the Toronto International Film Festival, 6-15 September 200726 different European sales agents and production companies are receiving EFP’s established Film Sales Support (FSS) for the promotion of 39 films at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival. For the third year in succession, FSS, which is backed by the MEDIA Programme of the European Union, is helping to increase the visibility of European films outside of Europe by encour...

Europa Cinema label travels to Venice

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Further supporting its ongoing campaign to promote European films, Europa Cinemas will return once again to this year's Venice Film Festival, awarding its Label prize to the best European film in the Giornate degli Autori/Venice Days section (August 30 to September 8).This marks the fourth year that the Europa Cinemas Label will be awarded at Venice, and complements the Labels awarded at the Panorama section in Berlin, The Quinzaine des Réalisateurs in Cannes and Karlovy Vary.A jury of four Eur...

Mediasalles in Cannes released it annual study on European cinema attendance (+3.5%)

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Updated information on cinema-going in Europe in 2006 in the MEDIA Salles Newsletter “European Cinema Journal” no. 2/2007 (attached), presented during the Cannes Film Festival on 21 May. At the MEDIA Salles “happy hour”, the traditional gathering for cinema professionals and journalists. The President of the Association, Jens Rykær, commented: “We are happy that 2006 has seen an increase in audiences in European cinemas and that in several countries Europe’s films have obtained sign...

Updated figures on cinema-going in Europe 2006 reveal a positive trend

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Updated figures on cinema-going in 2006 reveal a positive trend: audiences grow by 3.5% in the European UnionUpdated information on cinema-going in Europe in 2006 in the MEDIA Salles Newsletter “European Cinema Journal” no. 2/2007 (attached), presented during the Cannes Film Festival on 21 May. At the MEDIA Salles “happy hour”, the traditional gathering for cinema professionals and journalists. The President of the Association, Jens Rykær, commented: “We are happy that 2006 has seen a...

Media Salles announced in Berlin their conclusions on trends in cinema attendance in Europe

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A better year, but not for everyone. Following a 2005 marked by a minus sign almost everywhere, the year that has just ended has represented a breath of fresh air for European cinema exhibition in general. This is what is revealed by MEDIA Salles, anticipating to the Berlin Festival the publication of figures on cinema-going in Europe in 2006, included in the “final 2006” edition of the European Yearbook, which is being presented today, 15 February, during the traditional “Italian Breakfa...

Cinema-going in Europe: an increase in admissions in 2006 but not everywhere.

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A better year, but not for everyone. Following a 2005 marked by a minus sign almost everywhere, the year that has just ended has represented a breath of fresh air for European cinema exhibition in general.This is what is revealed by MEDIA Salles, anticipating to the Berlin Festival the publication of figures on cinema-going in Europe in 2006, included in the “final 2006” edition of the European Yearbook, which is being presented today, 15 February, during the traditional “Italian Breakfast...

Hold Me: A film by Lucia Rikaki showing in the (EFM) market with a website

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Sharing loss may make you feel less lonely,like a warm embrace Through eyes of different ages Julia 33 - a radio presenter- creates a website www.holdme.gr and invites people to share stories of loss Julia had a strange upbringing. As a kid and mainly as a teenager she was exposed to several adventures trying to explore herself. A kid of divorced parents she often felt rejected and looked out for love. Her father died when she was 16. She looked out everywhere in almost everybody that coul...

ASTERFEST Strumica - Call for Entry (extended deadline: 19 February)

AsterFest III Annual Int’l Festival of SEE Film Authors S t r u m i c a Macedonia 28-31 May 2007 Strumica (Macedonian/Bulgarian/Serbian-Croation: Струмица, Greek: Στρώμνιτσα Stromnitsa, Turkish: Usturumca) is a wonderful city of about 55.000 people in southeastern Republic of Macedonia. There are about 150.000 people living in the region surrounding the city. Previous two years we have chosen around 150 films in the competitive contest, together with 7 special programs wh...

Cottbus kicks off with early sorbian classic

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"Chosebuz" is the traditional name of the city of Cottbus in the local Sorbian (Wendish) language, a minority Slavic tongue which is now unfortunately on the verge of extinction, but the culture of which survives in various forms in this border region of East Germany. The Cottbus Film Festival, now in its 16th edition was established in 1991 in order to promote the films of Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union. This is one international film festival (as opposed to single country film we...

Cottbus / Chosebuz Fest kicks off with early Sorbian silent classic

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"Chosebuz" is the traditional name of the city of Cottbus in the local Sorbian (Wendish) language, a minority Slavic tongue which is now unfortunately on the verge of extinction, but the culture of which survives in various forms in this border region of East Germany. The Cottbus Film Festival, now in its 16th edition was established in 1991 in order to promote the films of Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union. This is one international film festival (as opposed to single country film we...

Full Programme of FilmFestival Cottbus

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More than 100 films from 23 countries for the Festival of East European Cinema, which is being held from November 14 to 18. 1. Feature Film and Short Film Competitions – diverse and subtle Ten films from eight countries were nominated for the Feature Film Competition, of which nine will be having their international or German premiere in Cottbus. Bulgaria and Romania are particularly strongly represented here with two films each - which can be regarded as the undisputed proof for the new depa...

Molodist Festival in Ukraine reveals Line Up of shorts

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"36-th International Film Festival «Molodist» will take place from 21 to 29 October 2006. The Festival is held under the auspices of the President of Ukraine Viktor Yushchenko." Hrewith the full program.Competition program of the Festival will consist of three categories:• Student films (less than 45’)• First professional short films (fiction, animation, documentary less than 45’)• First professional full-length fiction films (60’ or more) The competition program films will be jud...

Brian De Palma’s Black Dahlia Venice opener

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Brian De Palma’s eagerly anticipated “BLACK DAHLIA”, which will officially open the 63rd Venice Film Festival this evening, was screened for the press this morning with the screening immediately followed by a packed house press conference. Principal actors, Josh Harnett, Scarlett Johansson, Aaron Eckhart, and Mia Kirshner (who plays the gruesomely murdered Elizabeth Short of the title) were present as well as director De Palma and writer James Ellroy, on whose novel regarding the famo...

Brian De Palma’s Black Dahlia Venice opener

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Brian De Palma’s eagerly anticipated “BLACK DAHLIA”, which will officially open the 63rd Venice Film Festival this evening, was screened for the press this morning with the screening immediately followed by a packed house press conference. Principal actors, Josh Harnett, Scarlett Johansson, Aaron Eckhart, and Mia Kirshner (who plays the gruesomely murdered Elizabeth Short of the title) were present as well as director De Palma and writer James Ellroy, on whose novel regarding the famo...

Sherrybaby Wins Crystal Globe at Karlovy Vary

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KARLOVY PRIZES ANNOUNCED: AND THE WINNERS WERE ...GRAND PRIX -- CRYSTAL GLOBE (20,000 USD CASH!)Surprisingly, to the American independent film "Sherrybaby" the feature debut of Laurie Collyer, 2005. Former drug addict Sherry (Maggie Gyllenhaal) is released from prison where she did time for robbery, and so on ... Considering that all the other main competition pictures were darkhorses as well, maybe this award is not so surprising. Too bad this festival doesn't have bookies and pari-mutuel bet...

Karlovy Vary Film Festival in action

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In the business world a well known adage informs us, that "When it comes to the success (or failure) of a business enterprise, the three most important things are: Location, Location, and Location!" It being one of the hard facts of life that large-scale film festivals are large scale business enterprises as well, the Karlovy Vary film festival -- which has been hard put at times to survive from one year to the next -- is fortunate enough to be graced with one of the most beautiful and user-fr...

Interview with Istanbul Film Festival assistant director

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Istanbul International Film Festival assistant director, Ms Asize Tan, talks to Jeremy Colson on the occasion of the 25th edition of one of Asia’s biggest festivals where the audience this year is forecast to reach 140,000. Have you ever been involved in film-making yourself? I’ve been involved in short films and commercials and I’ve been in film circles since forever. I started work with the festival in 1994, worked in several different departments, became assistant director in 2003 and I...

Tiburon International Film Fest Awards to Stolen Life

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Winners of 2006 Tiburon International Film Festival Golden Reel Awards The winners of the Golden Reel Awards were announced on March 17, 2006 at the 5th Annual Tiburon International Film Festival, during a special ceremony: Best Film: Stolen Life, by: Li Shaohong (China) Best Director: Vladan Nikolic, for Love, (USA)Best Actor: Self Medicated, by: Monty Lapica (USA)Best Actress: Marzia Tedeschi, for: For Bread Alone (Italy/Morocco)Best Documentary: In the Shadow of the Palms, by: Wayne Coles-Ja...

“Total Denial” awarded by Vaclav Havel at the One World Int’l Human Rights Festival

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Vaclav Havel presents his own prize to “Total Denial” at the One World Int’l Human Rights FestivalMilena Kaneva’s feature documentary, “Total Denial” has been awarded the Vaclav Havel humanitarian award in Prague, presented by the poet, playwright and former president of the Czech Republic himself. “Total Denial” tells the story of Ka Hsaw and his ongoing struggle to save the Karen tribes people of Burma. Great cultures have always been built on the backs of slaves. Unfortunatel...

Tough Enough (Knallhart) wins Europa Cinemas Label in Berlin

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Detlev Buck’s TOUGH ENOUGH (Knallhart) was awarded the Europa Cinemas Label today by a jury of four Europa Cinemas exhibitors at the closing ceremony of the Panorama section of the Berlinale/Berlin Film Festival.Sold internationally by the Match Factory, TOUGH ENOUGH (Knallhart) is a powerful film from renowned German director Detlev Buck, starring Jenny Elvers-Elbertzhagen, David Kross, Jan Henrik Stahlberg, Erhan Emre, Oktay Őzdemir and Kida Khodr Ramadan. Delphi Film Verleih will relea...

Gala Ceremony for 29th Göteborg Film Festival Awards

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At a special gala ceremony at the Museum of World Culture, the Göteborg Film Festival Nordic Film Award went to the director Dagur Kári for Dark Horse (Voksne Mennesker), which, “with a young careless rebel in focus, with insight and humour unites fragments from an alienated society into an artistically challenging unity”. The award consists of 150 000 SEK and the Filmdraken (Film dragon)statuette."To be nominated for an award like this is like having a race horse", expressed a happy Dagur...

Closing Gala at the 29th Göteborg Film Festival

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At a special gala ceremony at the Museum of World Culture, the Göteborg Film Festival Nordic Film Award went to the director Dagur Kári for Dark Horse (Voksne Mennesker), which, “with a young careless rebel in focus, with insight and humour unites fragments from an alienated society into an artistically challenging unity”. The award consists of 150 000 SEK and the Filmdraken (Film dragon)statuette."To be nominated for an award like this is like having a race horse", expressed a happy Dagur...

And the Tigers go to China Uruguay and United States

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35th International Film Festival RotterdamWednesday, January 25 – Sunday, February 5, 2006During the IFFR 2006 Awards Ceremony on Friday, February 3, 2006 in Concert and Congress Centre ‘de Doelen’ in Rotterdam, the winning films of the 35th International Film Festival Rotterdam were announced. The three VPRO Tiger Awards were granted to WALKING ON THE WILD SIDE (LIA XIAO ZI) by Han Jie (China/France), THE DOG POUND (LA PERRERA) by Manuel Nieto Zas (Uruguay/Argentina/Canada/Spain), both su...

The NY Sephardic Jewish Film Festival program

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The NY International Sephardic Jewish Film Festival, the first festival dedicated to showcasing international films with distinctly Sephardic themes, celebrates 10 years of cinematic explorations of Sephardic Jewry presented in a weeklong series of screenings, compelling panel discussions, and events. The festival, co-sponsored by the Yeshiva University Museum and the Manhattan JCC will take place from February 2 to 8, 2006 with screenings at the Center for Jewish History and one screening at t...
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