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The New York International Film Festival is getting ready for the NY summer edition

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The New York International Film Festival runs from July 22nd-29th, 2010 in Manhattan and will showcase a diverse range of features, shorts, documentaries, music videos and animations from all over the globe. Film screenings will be on 2 screens at City Cinemas Village East (181 2nd Avenue at 12th Street). The NYIFF is one of the largest strictly independent film festivals and more than 200 independent films from around the world will be screened in the entertainment capital of the world, New Yo...

Jury verdicts from Krakow

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INTERNATIONAL DOCUMENTARY COMPETITIONHaving watched all the competition films, the International Documentary Competition Jury of the 50th Krakow Film Festival consisting of: Marian Marzyński – chairman (USA/Poland), Nati Baratz (Israel), Grażyna Torbicka (Poland), Martichka Bozhilova (Bulgaria), have decided to award:THE GOLDEN HORN for the Director of the Best Documentary Film in the Over 60 Minutes Category for Kaleo La Belle, the director of BEYOND THIS PLACE (Switzerland) for mak...

Photo Exhibition Of Top Czech Directors

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  As part of its 50th anniversary celebrations, the Zlin Film Festival in eastern Czech Republic is mounting a photo exhibition of top Czech and Slovak directors. Yesterday afternoon, the photo exhibition was unveiled at the new University Centre, a strikingly modern building that is now a huge addition to the Zlin skyline. The photographs are thework of famed advertising and commercial photographer Karel Česal, wth a theme of highlighting the best film directing talents in both...

Zlin Film Festival At Midpoint

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 THE PERFECT AGE OF ROCK N ROLL (Scott Rosenbaum, USA) Well, the good news is that after several days of torrential rain showers, the sun is finally shining in Zlin as the Zlin Film Festival hits the halfway mark of its 50th anniversary celebrations. Despite the unusually cool weather, the atmosphere has been warm at this popular and important film event, the oldest devoted to films for the children and youth market (although adults are more than welcome).   The Fest...

Vojtěch Jasný: A Lifetime In Film

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  This year's Zlin Film Festival, which is currently running in the UNESCO Heritage city in the northeast corner of the Czech Republic, is providing its visitors and local audiences with an encyclopedic survey of the best Czech and Slovak films of the past 50 years (mirroring the Festival's own 50th anniversary this year). Participating in these festivities is a dapper gentleman of a certain age who has spent a lifetime in the worlds of film in his native Czech Republic and, for t...

Highlights from the Chicago International Children's Film Festival

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  The Chicago International Children's Film Festival ("CICFF") celebrates its 27th season this October 22-31, 2010. A record number of films have been submitted to the 2010 Festival, an increase of 12% so far over 2009. (In 2009, entries increased by 19% overall from 2008.) This year, "there is an unprecedented number of entries, already in this early submissions stage", according to Programming Director, Ann Vikstrom. Nancy Goldenberg, Director of Children's Programs...

Honoring Czech Legend Zdenek Sverák

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For this year's 50th anniversary Jubilee edition of the Zlin Film Festival, held in the UNESCO Heritage City of Zlin in northeastern Czech Republic, several programs heralding Czech cinema of the past and the present are among this year's highlights. This includes a special sidebar for actor/writer/composer Zdenek Sverák, one of Czech cinema's best known faces and talents. Zdenek Sverák is a true renaissance man, having scaled the heights of the film, theater and television worlds as both an ...

Honoring Czech Legend Zdenek Sverák

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Zdenek Sverák in KOLYA For this year's 50th anniversary Jubilee edition of the Zlin Film Festival, held in the UNESCO Heritage City of Zlin in northeastern Czech Republic, several programs heralding Czech cinema of the past and the present are among this year's highlights. This includes a special sidebar for actor/writer/composer Zdenek Sverák, one of Czech cinema's best known faces and talents.  Zdenek Sverák is a true renaissance man, having scaled the heights of the fil...

Films For Young People Are The Heart of the Zlin Film Festival

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  LONG LIVE THE KNIGHTS! (Karel Janák, Czech Republic)   At the heart of the Zlin Film Festival, which had its official opening this morning at the Grand Cinema, the 2500+ seat movie palace that is the largest in the Czech Republic, are films made for the children's and youth market. While the Hollywood studios package big budget fantasy films for the enthusiastic base of young cinemagoers, the films being showcased this week here are of a different stripe. Whle their stories va...

Pointing East: Zlin Film Festival Opens

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JOURNEY TO THE BEGINNING OF TIME (1955, Karel Zeman) The eyes of the film industry are pointing east this week as the Zlin Film Festival kicks off its 50th anniversary celebrations in the UNESCO heritage city in the Moravia district of eastern Czech Republic. A mix of filmmmakers, programmers, distributors, critics and journalists have come from Europe, North America, Asia and beyond to participate in this year's event, the largest devoted to children and youth cinema (with many ad...

Erotic Drama Aka In Between Us Mammals

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 Today there are many films that talk about adulteries and love affairs, especially in France. Ever since 1958 French film about adultery Les Amants directed by Louis Malle with Jeanne Moreau rediscovered human nature. While in 1965, French director Agnès Varda created a minor shock wave in American film with her release of film Happiness (Le Bonheur), a film that openly confronted the topic of adultery in an era before the conception of “open marriage.” And another French film of this era...

Interview With American Indie Filmmaker Scott Rosenbaum

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As he packs his bags for the Czech Republic to attend the Opening Night Gala screening of his film THE PERFECT AGE OF ROCK N ROLL as the kick-off event for the 50th anniversary celebrations of the Zlin Film Festival on Monday evening, I had a chance to talk with the film's director Scott Rosenbaum about his American indie rock n roll drama. Rosenbaum, who also is serving on the jury for the Official Competition, is primed for his Zlin adventure. Sandy Mandelberger (SM): When did the idea of maki...

Interview With American Indie Filmmaker Scott Rosenbaum

As he packs his bags for the Czech Republic to attend the Opening Night Gala screening of his film THE PERFECT AGE OF ROCK N ROLL as the kick-off event for the 50th anniversary celebrations of the Zlin Film Festival on Monday evening, I had a chance to talk with the film's director Scott Rosenbaum about his American indie rock n roll drama. Rosenbaum, who also is serving on the jury for the Official Competition, is primed for his Zlin adventure. Sandy Mandelberger (SM): When did...

Zlin Film Festival Artistic Director Petr Koliha Looks Back And Ahead

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  On the eve of the Zlin Film Festival, which kicks off its 50th anniversary celebrations on Sunday, May 30, I spoke with the very busy Petr Koliha, the Festival's Artistic Director. As the first major film event following Cannes, the Zlin Film Festival takes up the mantle of film appreciation, with a particular focus to film and media projects produced for the children and youth market. As all eyes turn east to the UNESCO heritage city of Zlin in eastern Czech Republic, Petr Koliha sha...

Zlin Film Festival Artistic Director Petr Koliha Looks Back And Ahead

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On the eve of the Zlin Film Festival, which kicks off its 50th anniversary celebrations on Sunday, May 30, I spoke with the very busy Petr Koliha, the Festival's Artistic Director. As the first major film event following Cannes, the Zlin Film Festival takes up the mantle of film appreciation, with a particular focus to film and media projects produced for the children and youth market. As all eyes turn east to the UNESCO heritage city of Zlin in eastern Czech Republic, Petr Koliha shares his tho...

NEWSLETTER N° 466: may 24, 2010

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.............                                                      WELCOME TO OUR NEWSLETTER N° 466: may 24, 2010 Follow this LINK if you cannot read the newsletter properly The Future of Cinema Salon in Cannes gave a toast to Future of Festivals Filmfestivals.com and Xomo gathered 100 festival directors attending Cannes for a wine tasting reception. Our Cannes...

The winner of the Krzysztof Kieslowski ScripTeast Award 2010 for Best Screenplay

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  The winner of the Krzysztof Kieslowski ScripTeast Award 2010 for Best Screenplay from Central and Eastern Europe was announced at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival. In addition to the grand prize, the jury also decided to give the 2010 Special Mention Award to young Czech writer Irena Hejdová. By the decision of Advisory Board members: Sandy Lieberson, Manfred Schmidt, Antonio Saura, Dariusz Jablonski and ScripTeast Heads of Studies: Tom Abrams and Christian Routh, the Award was given...

American Rock N Roll Drama To Open Zlin Film Festival

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  THE PERFECT AGE OF ROCK N ROLL, an award-winning American Independent drama directed by Scott Rosenbaum and featuring a stellar cast that includes Peter Fonda, Kevin Zegers, Jason Ritter, Lukas Haas, Kelly Lynch, Ruby Dee, Lauren Holly and Taryn Manning, will be the Opening Night Gala presentation of the Zlin Film Festival. The film, which is making its Eastern European Premiere at the Festival, kicks off the 50th anniversary celebrations on Monday evening, May 31, as one of Eur...

As Cannes Winds Down, Zlin Revs Up

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  As the Cannes Film Festival winds down and media professionals leave en masse for home (if their airplanes are not delayed by volcanic ash or French airline strikes), 500 miles to the northeast in the Czech Republic, the Zlin Film Festival is revving up for its 50th anniversary celebrations that begin next weekend. In the world of film festivals, the celebration of film never seems to end. The Zlin Film Festival, one of the oldest film events in the world, has been planning its 50...

The Illustrated Art of Peter Sis In Zlin

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  In preparation for the launch of the 50th anniversary celebrations of the Zlin Film Festival, which officially opens on Sunday, May 30th, the Festival organization is displaying an art exhibit by one of its most famous native sons, Peter Sis, the Czech-born author, illustrator and filmmaker. To be technical, Sis was born in Brno, which is less than 50 miles away, but Zlin has many right to claim him as one of their own. As the major film event devoted to children and young adul...

Where And What Is Zlin?

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  With less than 2 weeks to go until the 50th anniversary celebrations begin for the ZLIN FILM FESTIVAL, the first major film  event following CANNES, the question I am hearing from associates is: where and what is Zlin? Well, let me answer that with some relevant information on a city both historic and modern. Zlin is a city situated in the southeastern Moravian district of what is now the Czech Republic. The city is a natural metropolis, a city of statues, a university seat and ...

International Student Film Festival Hollywood

Hollywood is the capital city of the entertainment world. The International Student Film Festival Hollywood offers student filmmakers from all over the world a unique opportunity to gain the recognition of film industry leaders, creating career development opportunities in their home countries as well as in the United States. The organization provides a unique venue for independent films by student filmmakers from around the world. The festival is open to students only. Participants must be undergraduate or graduate filmstudents. Students should be registered in elementary, junior high school, high school, college, university or private film schools. High school students will only compete with other high school students. Students of all ages and academic backgrounds are encouraged to join the event.

NEWSLETTER N° 465: may 13, 2010

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.............                                                      WELCOME TO OUR NEWSLETTER N° 465: may 13, 2010 Follow this LINK if you cannot read the newsletter properly The Future of Cinema Salon returns to Cannes Filmfestivals.com and Xomo present the Future of Festivals...its Digital...toast !  Mingle Talk and Wine tasting at the Spa des Stars  May ...

Fox International Productions (FIP) and Fortissimo Films sign new deal

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  Fox International Productions (FIP) and Fortissimo Films have entered into a ground-breaking agreement whereby Fortissimo will act as sales agent for FIP on a number of its high profile local language motion pictures. This pivotal deal was announced today by FIP president Sanford Panitch and Fortissimo chairman Michael J Werner. Fortissimo will handle international sales on mutually agreed FIP projects in the majority of territories.   In making the announcement, it was dis...

Hungarian Autuer Istvan Szabo Coming To Zlin

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  Oscar-winning director Istvan Szabo will be attending this year's Zlin Film Festival, the first major film event after Cannes. The Festival, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year with a number of special events, takes place in the UNESCO heritage city of Zlin in eastern Czech Republic from May 30 to June 6. Website: www.zlinfest.cz/en Szabo was born in Budapest in 1938 to an upper middle class Jewish family. His family were hidden by family friends during the Holo...

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