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Call for Entires - Accolade Competition - November 19th, 2010

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Deadline: November 19th, 2010 Now in its eighth year, top-tier, international awards competition, The Accolade, announces its Call for Entries for filmmakers, television producers and videographers. Download entry form at www.accoladecompetition.org. The Accolade is unique; it is an awards competition, not a traditional film festival. Awards go to those filmmakers, television producers and videographers who produce fresh, standout entertainment, animation and compelling docum...

European Distributors: Up Next! in San Sebastian

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San Sebastian Film Festival and EFP provide forum for European distributorsEuropean Film Promotion announces participants 2010The majority of exciting films made in Europe still can't be seen in cinemas outside of their home countries. With the programme “European Distributors: Up Next!”, European Film Promotion (EFP) and the San Sebastian International Film Festival raise the issue of how to promote the circulation of European films and see them cross borders. In the third edition of the tw...

European Films Dominate Montreal Competition

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  The 34th edition of the Montreal World Film Festival kicked off its celebrations last evening with a world premiere screening of local director Louis Belanger's ROUTE 132. Films from across the European continent dominate the Festival's main competition section....all in contention for Grand Prix des Ameriques, the Festival's highest honor. France is the country with the most films in the section, not surprising considering the Festival's love of French cinema and cinema stars. Lea...

Ernest Borgnine Screen to receive SAG Life Achievement Award

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Ernest Borgnine, who is exuberantly entering his seventh decade of creating memorable characters and award-winning performances, will receive Screen Actors Guild (SAG)’s most prestigious accolade-—the Screen Actors Guild Life Achievement Award for career achievement and humanitarian accomplishment. Borgnine, who has performed in more than 200 motion pictures, five television series and dozens of television films and guest appearances, will be presented the Award, given annually to an actor w...

Zabaltegi-New Directors

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Fifteen films from seventeen countries to participate in Zabaltegi-New Directors All will contend for the Kutxa-New Directors Award, carrying €90,000 The two Spanish movies included in the Section are 'Blog', by Elena Trapé, and 'Izarren Argia', by Mikel Rueda Fifteen films from seventeen countries will participate in the Zabaltegi-New Directors Section at the 58th San Sebastian Festival. They will compete for the Kutxa-New Directors Award alongside another two ti...

Another Planet

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Director: Ferenc Moldovanyi.
“Expanding upon themes he explored in Children: Kosovo 2000 (SDFF 24), Ferenc Moldoványi’s latest documentary is at once hypnotically beautiful and acutely disturbing. Shot over a two-year period in four countries on four continents—Ecuador (South America), Mexico (North America), Democratic Republic of Congo (Africa), and Cambodia (Asia)—Another Planet unfolds as a cinematic tone poem in the tradition of Koyaanisqatsi, exposing the unequal distribution of wealth around the world as a major humanitarian crisis. Framed by pastoral sequences in which a Tarahumara shaman imparts a dream of paradise on earth, the film moves quickly and seamlessly between the lives of seven children inextricably linked by their shocking and tragic experiences of daily exploitation and abuse. We meet lonely, aimless urchins, barely eking out a living on the streets. We see child laborers toiling in brick factories, garbage dumps, and brothels, only to be beaten when business is down. And perhaps most harrowing of all, we get to know the child soldiers of Congo as they are turned into killing machines. Throughout this journey, Moldoványi’s unwavering vision reminds us of the eternal coexistence of beauty and horror all over the world. Informed by the haunting cinematography of Tibor Máthé as well as Tibor Szemzö’s ethereal soundtrack, Another Planet crosses cultural boundaries to forge a commentary on the human condition as damning as it is open-ended.” 31st Starz Denver International Film Festival Official Catalogue "This globe-spanning film hits hard on many levels—visually, intellectually, emotionally. Beautifully shot in Ecuador, Mexico, Africa and Asia, Moldoványi’s film presents images that sparkle in the eye even as they punch you in the heart. Moldoványi introduces us to children in Cambodia, Ecuador, Mexico and the Democratic Republic of Congo, each of whom is struggling to survive. Working long hours, often in dangerous and dirty conditions, these children show us a side of existence that many have never seen or even imagined. While many in the US hold childhood as a special and protected time of nurtured innocence, this film reminds us all that for many children life is a brutal and precarious game of survival. With subjects that include children scavenging dumps for recyclables, child soldiers and child sex workers, this film offers a sympathetic and unblinking eye. The children themselves are our strongest storytellers, and they open up to Moldoványi’s camera to give us their own perspective. Their frankness astonishes as they talk matter-of-factly about their jobs and the consequences of not earning. The children either are at the mercy of adults—often the parents who force them to work and beat them when they don’t earn enough—or have been abandoned by adults altogether. While the film is not a gentle journey, it imagines a better world, a greater one. The filmmaker relies on your humanity and empathy to be moved by these children, while never directly suggesting a call to action. This film offers an unprecedented opportunity to explore another planet, a trip definitely worth taking." SILVERDOCS: AFI/Discovery Channel Documentary Festival

News from the Chicago International Children's Film Festival

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With over 40 countries representing more than 200 films from around the world each year, the Chicago International Children's Film Festival hosts an average of 26,000 children and their parents and teachers at several venues through-out Chicago each year and is the largest annual festival of films for children in the world. The mission of WTTW11 is to provide relevant and distinctive programming for diverse audiences in Chicago and around the nation. With a special commitment to children's conte...

The New York International Festival (NYIFF) has announced their slate of domestic and international films and premieres

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  New Yorkers in need of a cool, affordable yet satisfying indie film fix will be happy to hear that The New York International Festival (NYIFF) has announced their slate of domestic and international films and premieres. NYIIFF runs from July 22nd-29th in Manhattan and will showcase a diverse range of features, shorts, documentaries and animations from all over the globe. The opening night kick-off party takes place at lower east side hotspot BLVD from 6-10pm. Film screenings begin J...

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...

New York International Independent Film & Video Festival (NYIIFVF) NY edition

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New Yorkers in need of a cool, affordable yet satisfying indie film fix will be happy to hear that The New York International Festival (NYIFF) has announced their slate of domestic and international films and premieres. NYIIFF runs from July 22nd-29th in Manhattan and will showcase a diverse range of features, shorts, documentaries and animations from all over the globe. The opening night kick-off party takes place at lower east side hotspot BLVD from 6-10pm. Film screenings begin July 23rd on 2...

Edinburgh Film Festival short film winners

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Best International Short:Winner: RITA (Fabio Grassadonia / Antonio Piazza, Italy)Special Mention: MEGAHEAVY (Fenar Ahmad, Denmark)Special Mention: OUT IN THAT DEEP BLUE SEA (Kazik Radwanski, Canada)Jury: Philip Ilson / Damian Spandley (The Works UK) / Alexandra Heneka (Hamburg Short Film Agency)Best UK Short:Winner: BABY (Daniel Mulloy)Special Mention: DEFOE (Ross Neil)Jury: Jane Giles (BFI) / Shira Mcleod (Riverside Studios) / Jukka-Pekka Laakso (Tampere Short Film Festival) ...

10 films pre-selected to compete for this year's LUX Prize within the framework of the Brussels European Film Festival

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  The European Parliament today unveiled the ten films pre-selected to compete for this year's LUX Prize within the framework of the Brussels European Film Festival. These films, produced in Austria, Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Lithuania, Romania or the United Kingdom, all reflect the creative excellence of European cinema which the European Parliament is pleased to support.   The following ten films have been pre-selected to compete for the 20...

Building A Bridge To Peace

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What one of the great benefits (and joys) of an event like the AFI-Discovery Channel Documentary Festival is the presentation of films that go behind the news headlines and offer a portrait of the complexity and urgency of political and social events. The simple idea behind many of the films here is that the more we know, the more we understand, the more we can do. In the case of finding solutions to some of the world's most complicated issues, none is more pressing than the need t...

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...

2010 Troia Film Festival Award Winners

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  The 26th edition of FESTROIA, the oldest and most prestigious film event in Portugal, concluded last weekend with the announcement of the Golden Dolphin Awards. This has been a rough period for cultural organizations in Portugal, with an already uncertain economy facing new challenges from what could be a long period of austerity. However, despite this, Festival Director Fernanda Silva continue the traditions begun by Festival founder Mario Ventura to create an event that reaches hig...

The Global Film Village: PALM SPRINGS INTERNATIONAL SHORTFEST ANNOUNCES LINE-UP FOR 2010

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    by Marla Lewin The 2010 Palm Springs International ShortFest announced that it has selected  314 films from more than 3,000 worldwide entries. Among the films screening and in competition areaward-winning films from 43 countries around the world. The 16th ShortFest will showcase 58 World Premieres, 55 North American Premieres and 24 U.S. Premieres.   All selections are structured into 52 themed programs, which will screen June 22-28, at the Camelot Theatres in ...

Documentaries meet in Istanbul

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  DOCUMENTARIST raises the standards! More than 120 films from 35 countries are ready to meet the audience. Some of the most sensational documentaries from all around the world are visiting Istanbul between June 22nd-27th.   The third edition of the DOCUMENTARIST - Istanbul Documentary Days is going to take place between June 22nd - 27th, 2010 and more than 120 films from 35 countries are going to be screened at 6 different venues. Many films that are recently awarded in wor...

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...

NEWSLETTER N° 467: june 11, 2010

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.............                                                      WELCOME TO OUR NEWSLETTER N° 467: june 11, 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 every week. ARUBA International Film Festival Dailies ...

Rose d'or nominees revealed!

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Out of 515 submissions, 110 programmes from 22 countries have been nominated for a Rose d'Or Award and have been announced yesterday evening at two simultaneous receptions at BAFTA in London and at the Festival Centre in Hotel Schweizerhof Lucerne. Broadcasters and production companies from 40 countries from five continents submitted their programmes into the competition. Here is the international breakdown of the nominees: Argentina (3), Australia (4), Belgium (2), Canada (7), Denmark (2), Egy...

New York: Tribeca 2010 Documentaries

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Documentaries screened at the 2010 Tribeca Film Festival tended to be superior to the feature films in its program an assessment not disputed by its creative director Geoff Gilmore.  In one of the seminars Gilmore admitted that the Sundance festival which he had directed before coming to New York experienced a similar discrepancy.  Similar to the US market position of foreign language films, documentaries play a minor role at the US box office. In the 2009 U.S. total box office of $10.6 billio...

New York: Tribeca 2010 Documentaries

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Documentaries screened at the 2010 Tribeca Film Festival tended to be superior to the feature films in its program an assessment not disputed by its creative director Geoff Gilmore. In one of the seminars Gilmore admitted that the Sundance festival which he had directed before coming to New York experienced a similar discrepancy. Similar to the US market position of foreign language films, documentaries play a minor role at the US box office. In the 2009 U.S. total box office of $10.6 billion,...

Zlin Filmmaker In Focus: Manyar I. Parwani

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  Manyar I. Parwani, age 34, is an Afghan film director and screenwriter who is currently making films in Denmark. He was born in Afghanistan and has lived in Denmark for 23 years, but feels neither Afghan nor Danish. He just wants to be a creative filmmaker who tells stories that touch people across cultures. He has wanted to be a filmmaker ever since he worked as an usher in a Copenhagen cinema and dreamed about seeing his own name on a poster over the ticket counter. He didn’t ...

European Films In Competition at FESTROIA

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   SUBMARINO (Thomas Vinterberg, Denmark) Twelve of the best European films produced during the last year are competing for the main award of the 26th edition of FESTROIA. The prestigious Gold Dolphin will be determined by an international jury and announced on the final night of the Festival on June 12. The film directors of the above films are a mix of newcomers to Portugal, as well as directors long admired here. Amongst the returnees are the Danish director Thomas Vinterbe...

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...

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