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Portal to 'Red White and Blue'

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The internationally acclaimed and festival winning Red White and Blue (2010) isn't the patriotic film that you would expect from such a title...No, it's a story peppered with symbolism about deprivation, love, passion and gore. Red, White and Blue is a heart-palpitating thought-provoking thriller story about nymph-ess Erica and 'three lives bound together by blood'.  I had the fortunate opportunity to meet with producer Bob Portal to speak about his film Red White and Blue as well...

Venice FF Announces Competition Section

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   SOMEWHERE (Sofia Coppola) The world premieres are coming strong and fast for the Fall film season as the Venice Film Festival has announced a particularly stellar competition section. For North Americans not making the trip to the Lido, many of these films will receive their North American premieres at the Toronto Film Festival a week later in September (the two festivals actually overlap for a few days on the first weekend of September). Twenty-two films have been set to ...

Shoot in Chile !

Despite the recent earthquake, the government of Chile is going ahead with plans for development in the cinema, tourism and cultural sector. Having invested in hundreds of thousands of Euros to boost the ideal setting of Chile for film production for overseas filmmakers, the campaign is now bearing fruition with the ongoing lensing of the ultimate James Bond movie QUANTUM FOR SOLACE, set in that country. Fo

SHOOTING IN CHILE

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Raul Ruiz Despite the recent earthquake, the government of Chile is going ahead with plans for development in the cinema, tourism and cultural sector. Having invested in hundreds of thousands of Euros to boost the ideal setting of Chile for film production for overseas filmmakers, the campaign is now bearing fruition with the ongoing lensing of the ultimate James Bond movie QUANTUM FOR SOLACE, set in that country. For the last 20 years Chile has been considered one of the st...

First Asian Film Festival on Disaster Risk Reduction (AFFDRR)

 First Asian Film Festival on Disaster Risk Reduction (AFFDRR)25-28 October, 2010 at Incheon city, Republic of Korea Environmental hazards and geo-climatic conditions, adding to vulnerabilities of the region, have made the whole of Asia more susceptible to all kinds of natural and man-made disasters. These issues have drawn attention at highest level, compelling serious intervention at top most level by the countries of this region. Starting in 2005 from China, the Fourth Asian Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (AMCDRR) is being organized from October 25 to 28 this year in the South Korean city of Incheon. This regional conference has emerged as the principal forum for Asian policy-makers and experts in the field of disaster risk reduction (DRR) to discuss ways and means of coping with and minimizing the impact of natural and man-man calamities.Cinema is a powerful tool of documentation and dissemination by way of its presentation and a film festival on this subject can go a long away in promoting awareness about disaster risk reduction in the region. As an effective tool of communication, the films leave long lasting impact on the minds of viewers. Many social and cultural issues have been presented in the form of films to communicate special messages. These films aspire to change the world, seeking to alter the political agenda and the popular understanding of issues.To strengthen the mandate of AMCDRR and to encourage sharing of knowledge between countries of the region, Global Forum for Disaster Reduction (GFDR), India, in collaboration with Asian Disaster Reduction Center (ADRC), Kobe, Japan, proposes to hold a festival of Asian-made and Asian-themed films to run alongside the conference. The festival will showcase short, documentary and fiction films made on the themes of disaster management, risk reduction and rehabilitation. The major objective of the Film Festival will be to promote the goals of Hyogo Framework for Action (HFA) through sharing and dissemination of information on DRR amongst various sections of the society. This will in turn also help in bringing a greater understanding of Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and heighten the sensitivities towards Climate Change issues. Global Forum for Disaster Reduction (GFDR), India, has been very actively involved in DRR activities since its inception. We believe in ‘Global Vision – Local Action’ and hence emphasize on sharing of globally available knowledge and information to suit the local needs. Asian Disaster Reduction Centre (ADRC), Kobe, Japan, established in 1998, is a network of about 30 countries and is working towards building disaster resilient communities and to establish networks among countries through many programs including personnel exchanges in this field. GFDR and ADRC have been working closely on many programmes and issues focusing on disaster risk reduction and mitigation. We share similar views and values on the importance of knowledge and information sharing.The proposed Asian Film Festival on Disaster Risk Reduction would be first of its kind and address all forms of disaster related issues concerning natural and selective man-made disasters. This film festival aims at providing a platform to films/documentaries etc. The success of the this event will further open up ways for organizing it on a wider scale in following years by screening of films and documentaries from all over the world.

New York: NY Asian Film Festival

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When I first covered the festival numerous years ago at the downtown Anthology Film Archives, I was struck by several features not encountered in any of the other established festivals. The organizers of the festival performed antics on the stage before the films and threw presents like videos and books into the audience. They were greeted by an adoring and enthusiastic crowd who seemed to be familiar with directors and principal characters of the films screened. In short an audience addicted to...

KahBang Film Festival in Bangor reveals line up

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The KahBang Film Festival is proud to announce the lineup for its 2010 Films in Competition. Categories of competition include “First Take”, “Gen-Next”, “Perspectives”, “Short Cuts”, and “Maine on Main”. The KahBang Film Festival runs August 6th-14th in Bangor, Maine. A complete list of film showings can be found at www.kahbang.com/film.Notable films include the Sundance-debuted New Low, and One Too Many Mornings, both of which are the product of first time filmmakers and ...

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...

The Global Film Village: Wading Through the Results of Climate Change

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  by Marc Halperin We had lunch last Saturday with Michael Nash the director of Climate Refugees which has a free screening today at the LA film festival. The film focuses on Bangladesh, Chad, China, Kenya, Tuvalu, and the USA and promises to be a riveting 89 minutes. “Climate Refugees” is a term few people outside the U.S. military and U.N. circles are familiar with until now. This illuminating documentary takes the next step after An Inconvenient Truth and examines...

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...

Galway Film Fleadh to screen best in Irish and World Cinema

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Galway Film Fleadh (pronounced " FLAH" meaning feast or festival in Irish) has announced the 2010 line-up of films for its 22nd annual Fleadh, which runs July 6-11th, 2010 in Galway, Ireland. The Fleadh is excited to present 100 feature films, 115 shorts films, eight World Premiers and 53 Irish Premieres during the six-day Fleadh. "We are thrilled to continue our tradition of offering the very best in world cinema and Irish films. The diversity of the Fleadh's offerings is...

Silverdocs Film In Focus: WAITING FOR SUPERMAN

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After you have produced one of the influential documentaries of your generation (and also won an Oscar for it), what do you do for an encore? Well, for Davis Guggenheim, the director of AN INCONVENIENT TRUTH, the rousing documentary that focused on the debate surrounding global warming and climate change (and that resurrected the moribund political career of former vice president Al Gore), the focus returns to a fundamental American challenge: the eroding educational system. Screening on Wednesd...

Silverdocs Film In Focus: WAITING FOR SUPERMAN

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  After you have produced one of the influential documentaries of your generation (and also won an Oscar for it), what do you do for an encore? Well, for Davis Guggenheim, the director of AN INCONVENIENT TRUTH, the rousing documentary that focused on the debate surrounding global warming and climate change (and that resurrected the moribund political career of former vice president Al Gore), the focus returns to a fundamental American challenge: the eroding educational system. Scr...

European Sweep At Zlin Film Festival

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   SEBBE (Babak Najah, Sweden/Finland) Films from Germany, Sweden and Romania dominated the award winners for the 50th edition of the Zlin Film Festival. Awards were announced at the Festival’s Awards Gala on Saturday, June 6th, which was televised live on Czech Television. Live presenters at the show included the now-grown talents of child stars whose films were honored in the Festival’s previous fifty years.   THE CROCODILES by German director and co-writer Christi...

Pardo d’onore to JIA Zhang-ke

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For the occasion the Festival will screen one of the director’s masterpieces, Platform (2000), as well as his latest documentary film, I Wish I Knew (2010), shown in the section “Un certain regard” at the Cannes Festival this year. In addition, a masterclass with JIA Zhang-ke, open to all, will be held on Friday, August 6 at the Forum.A leading figure in the “sixth generation” of Chinese filmmakers, JIA Zhang-ke was born in 1970 in Fenyang and later graduated from the Beijing Film Acad...

Run Granny Run!

Director: Nikolaus von Uthmann.
The most dramatic race since BEN HUR! Sweet Granny is walking to her favorite spot at a lake when she gets overtaken by Mrs Messala. The old ladies maneuver their wheeled walking-aides in a breathtaking, funny but violent snail-pace race. Black humour + whacky comedy underlined by subtle social commentary, as if Monty Pythons had teamed up with Mike Leigh. The film has already been shown at festivals all over the world, and has won the Gold Remi Award of the WorldFest Houston (category: Best Original Comedy Short), and the Audience Award of the Kino Knock Out Festival in Altkirch, France.

An Interview with New York City International Film Festival Founder Roberto Rizzo

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By Maria Esteves - June 1, 2010 Presenting characters that overcome life's difficulties, filmmaker Roberto Rizzo (RR) is founder of the New York City International Film Festival (NYCIFF). Rizzo's passion for film began at the age of four, is writer, producer, director of Trust Me, Couples, Fascination, and Connecticut Cooking & Conversation, founded Vesuviano Pictures, has appeared in 13, 30 Rock, My Father's Will, New Amsterdam, and others. RR has performed many interviews and several ...

The Golden Aruba Award to be offerered to filmmaker Bernardo Bertolucci

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  The Aruba International Film Festival (AIFF) announced today that legendary, Academy Award® winning filmmaker Bernardo Bertolucci (The Last Emperor, Last Tango in Paris, The Conformist, The Dreamers) will be bestowed with The Golden Aruba Award for outstanding achievement in film at the inaugural Film Festival, taking place June 4-11, 2010. The announcement was made by AIFF Artistic Director Claudio Masenza.Serving as the Festival's most prestigious symbol of r...

Global Film Village:Participating in Producer’s Network at 63rd Cannes

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photo by Marc Halperin by Marla Lewin There are many producers in the Producer’s Network this year who have made wonderful films out of England, the US, Germany, and South Africa. There is a comradery between those who are attending for several years and each year the level of work and production is evolving. There are new people to meet from China, Kurdistan, and old mates from Rio, Estonia, Scotland, and Italy.  There are funds available for international filmmakers to learn and ...

Krakow section of fest award winners

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The "Festival Awards Winners" includes films which have already managed to win audience`s hearts in Amsterdam, Leipzig or Jihlava and are presented for the first time to the Polish audience.50th Krakow Film Festival begins in two weeks: May 31st and June 6th.SIX WEEKS, dir. Marcin Janos Krawczyk, Poland 2009, 18’Six weeks – that much time is left for mothers to change their decision about giving a child to adoption. Meanwhile, newly born babies are taken to day care centres and wait for the ...

Krakow fest award winners

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SIX WEEKS, dir. Marcin Janos Krawczyk, Poland 2009, 18’Six weeks – that much time is left for mothers to change their decision about giving a child to adoption. Meanwhile, newly born babies are taken to day care centres and wait for the course of events. LAST TRAIN HOME, dir. Lixin Fan, Canada / China, 2009, 85’More than 130 mln Chinese people work far away from home. They come back once a year – to celebrate the Chinese New Year`s Day. Qin`s parents are among those who left their childr...

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 ...

Participating in Producer's Network at 63rd Cannes

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There are many producers in the Producer's Network this year who have made wonderful films out of England, the US, Germany, and South Africa. There is a comradery between those who are attending for several years and each year the level of work and production is evolving. There are new people to meet from China, Kurdistan, and old mates from Rio, Estonia, Scotland, and Italy.  There are funds available for international filmmakers to learn and hone their skills.  Some of these films are sh...

Santa Cruz Film Festival Award Winners Announced at Closing Night Gala, Saturday, May 15 at the Historic Del Mar Theatre

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The Santa Cruz Film Festival, an annual celebration of independent cinema and culture in California's Greater Monterey Bay area, announced on Saturday, May 15 the winners of the Grand Jury Prizes and Audience Awards. The juries for each of the award sections was comprised of local and industry professionals that reviewed five selections in each category.  Winners were chosen based on a weighted average of quantitative results submitted by each juror. Audience award winners were dete...

The 10th Birthday of the Residence of the Cinéfondation

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The Festival de Cannes is to celebrate on May 19th 10 years of the Résidence, created in 2000 to encourage the emergence of a new generation of filmmakers. To illustrate the action undertaken this last decade, the Festival has invited several of its former residents to come defend their current project: the Iranian Mitra Farahani, the Australian Ben Hackworth, the Korean Kim Hee-Jung, from China, Kit Hui, from Kazakhstan, Abay Kulbayev and the Israeli Noam Kaplan. During the celebrations for...
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