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Solid Line Up for Toronto fest

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Toronto festival (Sept. 9-18) has revealed its full line upGALA PRESENTATIONSWorld PremiereARSÈNE LUPIN (F)Jean-Paul Salomé, France / United Kingdom / Spain / Italy, 2004World PremiereBEING JULIA (F)István Szabó, Canada / United Kingdom / Hungary, 2004World PremiereBEYOND THE SEA (F)Kevin Spacey, United Kingdom / Germany, 2004North American PremiereCLEAN (F)Olivier Assayas, France / United Kingdom / Canada, 2004World PremiereDOWNFALL (F)Oliver Hirschbiegel, Germany, 2004World PremiereFIVE CH...

KVIFF 04 ambiance

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Karlovy Vary 2004 – The atmosphere this year around the Hotel Thermal was electric, something like Time Square on a busy evening, (and the comparison is not that excessive!) especially outside the main entrance to the Velky Sal. Live music was continuously played on stage where crowds of youngsters gathered to drink, cheer, and indulge in what is surely one of the highlights of the Czech social calendar attended by international showbiz figures such as Elijah Wood, Harvey Keitel, John Cleese o...

KVIFF A listers attending

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Some of KVIFF 04 A-list visitorsThis year was no exception and Karlovy Vary’s Grand Hotel welcomed again many film industry A-listers for the International Film Festival. Among them was Taxi Driver, Pulp Fiction and Thelma and Louise star Harvey Keitel, the world’s favourite little hobbit Elijah Wood, Monty Python’s most memorable, John Cleese and many others. Prominent Czech political figures visited the festival too such as president Vaclav KLAUS, and former president Vaclav Havel. Harv...

KVIFF Industry Office

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KVIFF Film Industry Office aimed this year, as well as last year, to help with its services and activities the film professionals from all over the world to familiarize themselves with new films, to acquire new contacts, and to meet their colleagues from other companies. In the course of the 39th KVIFF 686 producers, distributors, sales agents, representatives of festivals, film institutions, and service organizations used the services of the office and they came from 361 companies from 41 count...

Claude Zidi will head Montreal jury

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CELEBRATED FRENCH DIRECTOR CLAUDE ZIDI HEADSJURY FOR 28TH MONTRÉAL WORLD FILM FESTIVALRenowned French director Claude Zidi will preside over the prestigious eight-member international jury for the Montreal World Film Festival, it was announced today by Festival Vice-President Danièle Cauchard and President Serge Losique.Noted American director Jerry Schatzberg, Czech animator Bretislav Pojar, Oscar-winning Montréal producer Denise Robert, Indian director Goutam Ghose, Mexican actress Diana ...

Kissed by a crocodile

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“…Is Bali every woman’s paradise or is it too good to be true ?”Kissed by a crocodile is a debut 1 hour documentary by independent Australian film-maker Wendy Dent.Love and sex in Bali – from genuine love relationships between western women and Balinese men, to gigolo affairs and the ‘crocodile’ Mafia of Kuta’s infamous nightclub district (scene of the 2002 terrorist bombings). A scintillating travel tale of a young Australian film-maker unmasking Bali’s biggest taboo, skillful...

Karlovy Vary prizes

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The 39th Karlovy Vary International Film Festival (July 2 -10), a non-specialized festival with a competition of full-length feature films and a competition of documentary films came to a conclusion July 10 and awarded its prizes:The Grand Jury includedAl Ruban – President of the Jury, USAFlorinda Bolkan, ItalySimon Field, Great BritainKatarzyna Figura, PolandHong Sang-soo, KoreaVladimir Mashkov, RussiaAlice Nellis, Czech RepublicGRAND PRIX – CRYSTAL GLOBE (20 000 USD)Certi bambini (A Childr...

Cottbus Fest focus on Czech cinema at Karlovy Vary

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AT KARLOVY VARY, THE FILM FESTIVAL COTTBUS PRESENTS ITS FOCUS 2004:„NEW CZECH CINEMA: THE VELVET GENERATION“At the 39th International Film Festival in Karlovy Vary, the Film Festival Cottbus will be making its traditional presentation in the section „East of the West“, this year showing the film LITTLE MEN by Nariman Turebaev (France/Kazakhstan 2003). The film experienced its German premiere at last year’s festival in Cottbus.In addition, the Cottbus Festival - along with its media par...

Perspectives selection: caviar from Moscow Festival

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"Perspectives" - is a new competition program at the Moscow film festival.It's made up of movie director's debuts and second films. These films willbe judged by a separate jury. Alexei UCHITEL — Chairman, director, producer (Russia) Diana DUMBRAVA — actress (Romania) Stefan LAUDYN — festival director (Poland) The goal of this new program is to foster interest to debuts, while broadening the geography of our festival and adding colors to the concept of genres. MIFF "Perspectives" are aimed ...

Mifed market calling for emerging talent

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II EMERGING EUROPEAN FILMMAKERS 71st MIFED (Oct. 12 – 16, 2004)On the occasion of 71st MIFED, the Mercato Internazionale del Cinema e del Multimediale [International Cinema and Multimedia Market], which will take place in Milan from the 12th to the 16th October 2004, the Ministero per I Beni e le Attività Culturali [Ministry of Cultural Property], the Fondazione Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia [National Film School] and Audiovisual Industry Promotion-MIFED are promoting the second edit...

Which Market for European Films?

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“WHICH MARKET FOR EUROPEAN FILMS?”The aim of this research by MEDIA Salles is to provide a detailed description of the distribution of European films in Europe and to make a quantitative analysis of the phenomena lying behind the difficulties that have always been experienced by European films in crossing the threshold of their country of origin.Although the results of the research are rather complex and difficult to classify, some main trends do emerge:1. The considerable variation in admis...

Media Salles presentation

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MEDIA Salles was hosting a reception yesterday evening at the ‘Pavilion of the European Union – Int’l Village’ for the traditional rendezvous marking the publication of the MEDIA Salles’ Newsletter “European Cinema Journal” no. 3/2004,which includes the figures on cinema-going in 2003.MEDIA Salles’ coming initiatives were presented:The “Focus on Europe” events:- Kidflix Special at the 44th Zlín International Children’s Film Festival, Prague and Zlín, Czech Republi...

Czech Film Center first showcase at Cannes

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This year, for the first time in its history, the Czech Republic, represented by Czech Film Center, will actively participate in the legendary Cannes International Film Festival.Czech Film Center’s mission is twofold. While on the one hand it aims to re-establish the presentation of Czech cinematography to renowned foreign film professionals, on the other it seeks to communicate news about contemporary Czech cinematography and the country’s film industry infrastructure, and provide informat...

ACE producers films in Cannes

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Ateliers du Cinéma Européèn: ACE Producers films in CannesOfficial Selection / In CompetitionTilde Corsi (R&C Produzioni) co-producer of the film La Niña Santa (The Holy Girl) by Lucrecia Martel Official Selection / Out of CompetitionEmmanuel Giraud (Les Films de la Croisade) for Mondovino by Jonathan NossiterOfficial Selection / Un Certain RegardNatacha Devillers (Artcam/Les Petites Lumières) co-producer of the film Schizo (Fifty Fifty) by Gulshad OmarovaCritic’s WeekAlain Benguigui (Som...

The Boys from County Clare to open Karlovy Vary

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PROGRAMME FOR THE 39TH KARLOVY VARY IFF 2004The Karlovy Vary IFF is the most important international film festival in Central and Eastern Europe and the only A-grade festival in the Czech Republic. Its A-grade status (a “non-specialised festival with a feature film competition”) ranks the Karlovy Vary IFF among a group of prestigious festivals which e.g. also includes Cannes, Berlin, Venice and Tokyo. The conception of the festival, screening over 200 new films from all over the world for t...

President of Media Salles on Europe Enlargment

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Jens Rykaer - President of MEDIA SallesAs of 1 May 2004, the European Union will consist of 25 countries with 450 million inhabitants. Whilst welcoming these new members - and in particular all those who work in the world of the cinema - I should like us to remember that the strength of this new and increasingly far-flung Europe,lies in its diversity, as the President of the European Commission, Romano Prodi, has emphasised on several occasions. Diverse peoples and diverse cultures that must fin...

One World announces its awards

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One World, 6th Annual Human Rights Documentary Film Festival Prague, Czech Republic, 15-22 April 2004The Minister of Culture of the Czech Republic Award for the Best Film:Arna's Children, directed by Juliano Mer Khamis and Danniel ArnaDanniel, Israel, Netherlands, Palestine When you sign on as a juror for the One World International Human Rights Film Festival you know you will be meeting people whose rights are being wronged and whose stories are deeply moving. But few of us jurors expected to m...

One World , PEN and 14 Nobel Prize laureates calling

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International PEN (London) and One World Human Rights Film Festival (Prague)Fourteen Nobel Literature Laureates are joining Vaclav Havel, former President of the Czech Republic and renowned playwright, and Jiri Grusa, acclaimed Czech writer and President of International PEN to urge Senior General Than Shwe of the Burmese Military Junta to immediately release Nobel Peace Laureate Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and other imprisoned Burmese writers. Burmese writers serving long sentences include 74-year-old...

Prague Fest: focus on docus on Human Rights

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One World, 6th Annual Human Rights Documentary Film Festival Prague, Czech Republic, 15-22 April 2004 Organised by People in Need - Czech TV Foundation, One World has quickly emerged as one of the largest and most important human rights film festivals in Europe and is firmly established as one of Prague's premier cultural and media events. One World 2004 will present 155 films from around the world. The Festival center will be located at the Archa theater. Other screenings will be held in popula...

37th WorldFest-Houston Film Festival program

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The 37th Annual WorldFest programApril 16-25, 2004More than 500 theatrical feature films were reviewed for the 2004 WorldFest. Program and Artistic Director Kathleen Haney announced the film selections: 60 titles, "A Good Story, Well Told" is the festival theme. -- "12" - USA - Comedic Epic - DVD digital -- 17 Times - Cecile Cassard - Drama - Panorama de France -35mm -- A Piece of Heaven - Drama - Panorama de France - 35mm -- The Affair - Drama - Suspense - USA - DVD digital -- Afghan Massacre ...

A Denys Arcand Q&A.: foreign film invasion.

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Foreign Films – and Denys Arcand -- Invade HollywoodThough fewer and fewer foreign films flicker on America’s screens every year, foreign films – and foreigners -- enjoyed a strong showing at Sunday night’s Academy awards. Nominations went to Brazilian’s City of God, New Zealand’s Whale Rider, France’s The Triplets of Belleville and Germany’s Die Rote Jacke, to name a few. Not one of these films walked away with the gold Sunday night, but plenty of New Zealander from the Lord of ...

All the awards and prizes in Berlin

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The short film awards from the Competition and Panorama sections:INTERNATIONAL SHORT FILMThe International Short Film Jury awards prizes for short films screened in the Competition and Panorama sections.The members of the jury Christine Dollhofer (Austria), Sophie Maintigneux (France) and Vinca Wiedemann (Danmark)award the following prizes: Golden Bear for Best Short Film toUN CARTUS DE KENT SI UN PACHET DE CAFEA Cigarettes and Coffeeby Cristi Puiu Jury Prize, Silver Bear, to the short film...

Cottbus Lubina to Lidija Bobrova for her film “Babusja” (Granny).

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At the East European Brunch at the 54th International Film Festival in Berlin, the newly-created glass sculpture “Lubina” has be presented (feb 12th) to the main prize winner from the 13th Film Festival Cottbus, Lidija Bobrova for her film “Babusja” (Granny). The prize, donated by the Gesellschaft zur Wahrnehmung von Film- und Fernsehrechten (GWFF, München) is endowed with 12,000 € and will be conferred by Ms. Gerti Müller-Ernstberger.In 2004 the festival (Nov 2 -6) will again offer ...

More European efforts to tackle piracy

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EUROPEAN FILM AGENCIES TO SUPPORT ACCESSION COUNTRIESAND PRIORITISE COMMITMENT TO TACKLE PIRACYDuring their meeting held at BERLINALE Europe’s national film agencies have formally committed to support the 10 new European member states of the European Union in their efforts to develop their film industries. The directors of the film agencies of the current EU member states welcomed their counterparts from the accession countries at the weekend at a meeting in Berlin hosted by the Filmfoerderung...

AKAB short movie festival

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Kass Thomas, director of AKAB SHORT MOVIE FESTIVAL, is pleased to announce the start of the 3° edition of this international festival of short films The festival, which includes an international competition, will host over 70 films on the theme “ Vices & Virtues: ”.The films, from 12 different countries, are in original language with subtitles in Italian or English, and many have never been screened in Italy before.AKAB SHORT MOVIE FESTIVAL Over 300 international shorts resp...
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