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The New York 2008 Jewish Film Festival

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Considered to be with the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival among the most important Jewish Film Festivals in the United States, the New York Jewish Film Festival provides a significant platform for new features and documentaries about and from Jewish life in and outside of Israel. Held this year from January 9th to 24th it has retained its importance among the close to 60 US Jewish film festivals staged currently in the United States(not counting those specifically focused on the Holocaust and...

Berlinale 2008 World Cinema Fund: We Can Do More!

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On February 13, 2008, the World Cinema Fund (WCF) of the Berlinale invites WCF directors and producers as well as international representatives of the film branch and the press to a panel event. Under the heading "How to Optimize Our Potential / New Strategies for Cooperation und Funding", the WCF's strategic goals and current measures, as well as its experiences and results so far will be discussed. In 2004, the German Federal Cultural Foundation and the Berlinale initiated the World Cinema Fun...

The New York Sephardic Jewish Film Festival

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Launching it’s 12th Year The New York Sephardic Jewish Film Festival continues To Explore the Cinema of this Rich and Diverse Culture:February 7-14, 2008The American Sephardic Federation/Sephardic House, in association with Yeshiva University Museum, announces the 2008 New York Sephardic Jewish Film Festival line up, celebrating a dozen years of exciting and thought provoking films. With the expansion to multiple locations, this one-of-a-kind event running February 7 – 14, 2008 will offer a...

Baghdad International Film Festival to be resurrected

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Baghdad International Film Festival is staged Dec. 16 to 19.Films for the fest will mainly be submitted from Egypt, Jordan and Iran, according to Iraqi helmer Dr. Abdul Basit Salman. Egypt plans to send 27 films, most of them shorts made by students at the High Institution for Cinema, although the country's two main television channels and some private production houses will be sending in features, he said.The last time a film festival was held in Baghdad was in September 2005 when 58 locally ma...

An Interview with IDFA director Ally Derks

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As International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam puts finishing touches on its 20th edition, set to launch November 22-December 2, festival director Ally Derks takes a moment to muse on this year’s standout themes, the joys of playing with a three-million-euro budget and the merry mischief of hiding a fake film for audiences to smoke out. Filmfestivals.com reached her in Amsterdam during the calm before the storm. FF: Is it a challenge to program a documentary festival that comes a week af...

Punto de Vista 2008 has doubled docu entries

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INTERNATIONAL DOCUMENTARY FILM FESTIVAL OF NAVARRA - PUNTO DE VISTAFebruary 15 - 23, 2008The Official Section of Punto de Vista has received 804 entries from 70 countries preparing for its best edition ever next February.The number of participants for the festival (a client of filmfestivals.com Bulletin Board Service) doubles last year´s figureA total of 804 films are to take part in the selection process for the Documentary Film Festival Punto de Vista, to be held in Pamplona for the fourth ti...

MEIFF - ABU DHABI, Announces ELAH and Gulf Region Films

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The Middle East International Film Festival - Abu Dhabi (MEIFF) today revealed its Closing Night Film, director Paul Haggis's IN THE VALLEY OF ELAH, which is a story about a war veteran and his wife who are in search of their son, a soldier who recently returned from Iraq but has since gone missing. The Festival also named Nadine Labaki, director of CARAMEL, as the recipient of the Variety Middle East Filmmaker of the Year Award. In support of Emirati filmmakers, the Abu Dhabi Media Company will...

MEIFF - ABU DHABI, Announces ELAH and Gulf Region Films

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The Middle East International Film Festival – Abu Dhabi (MEIFF) today revealed its Closing Night Film, director Paul Haggis’s IN THE VALLEY OF ELAH, which is a story about a war veteran and his wife who are in search of their son, a soldier who recently returned from Iraq but has since gone missing. The Festival also named Nadine Labaki, director of CARAMEL, as the recipient of the Variety Middle East Filmmaker of the Year Award. In support of Emirati filmmakers, the Abu Dhabi Media Company ...

Abu Dhabi announces the Official Competition

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The Middle East International Film Festival – Abu Dhabi announces the Official Competition slate, with filmmakers competing for the coveted Black Pearl awards. “The production support awarded with the Black Pearl is truly one-of-a-kind,” said Nashwa Al-Ruwaini. “We are confident that it will help propel its recipient into the next level of filmmaking.”“We are thrilled with the line-up of films we have in Competition,” said Festival Director Jon Fitzgerald. “They represent world-...

Other Israel Film Festival to launch in NY

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The First Annual OTHER ISRAEL FILM FESTIVAL will take place in New York City, November 8-15, 2007.  The event will be held at the JCC in Manhattan, Symphony Space and Cinema Village.20 percent of Israel's population is Arab. Muslim, Bedouin, Christian, and Druze from different ethnic, religious, cultural and social backgrounds are defined collectively as Arab Citizens of Israel.  Through a week-long festival of award-winning films, guest filmmakers, panel discussions, special gala events &...

Other Israel Film Festival to launch in NY

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OTHER ISRAEL FILM FESTIVAL :NOVEMBER 8-15, 2007 ~ NEW YORK CITY The First Annual OTHER ISRAEL FILM FESTIVAL will take place in New York City, November 8-15, 2007. The event will be held at the JCC in Manhattan, Symphony Space and Cinema Village. 20 percent of Israel’s population is Arab. Muslim, Bedouin, Christian, and Druze from different ethnic, religious, cultural and social backgrounds are defined collectively as Arab Citizens of Israel. Through a week-long festival of award-winning film...

Film In Focus: A JIHAD FOR LOVE

 Saturday, September 15---------There are very few words in our contemporary culture that are as charged as the word "jihad". It has been used as a kind of talisman for conjuring up the fears of Western society for the resurgence of political, economic and ideological influence of the Muslim world. Indian-born Muslim director Parvez Sharma uses the word in the title of his debut documentary film in its more literal Arabic meaning. Rather than simply being equated with "holy war...

Film In Focus in Toronto : a jihad for love

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There are very few words in our contemporary culture that are as charged as the word "jihad". It has been used as a kind of talisman for conjuring up the fears of Western society for the resurgence of political, economic and ideological influence of the Muslim world. Indian-born Muslim director Parvez Sharma uses the word in the title of his debut documentary film in its more literal Arabic meaning. Rather than simply being equated with "holy war", Sharma unfolds a story of its literal meaning.....

Encounters South African International Documentary Festival

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Since its inception nine years ago, the South African International Documentary Festival has gained in popularity and grown significantly. We received a record number of over 500 films from around the world this year, and have chosen 51 which tackle pertinent and quirky issues, tell tales and true stories, introduce audiences to illustrious, forgotten or little known figures, charismatic revolutionaries and leaders, and milestone events in world history. Among the 52 films, from 18 countries, we...

More Documentary Reviews and Film Noir Previews

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Documentary features are beginning to come into their own, not only on the festival circuit but in selected commercial cinemas as well, as more and more perceptive moviegoers, tired of paying ten dollars a shot for mainstream mindlessness, are beginning to look for films that actually have something to say. Michael Moore's "Fahrenheit 9/11" was a real ground-breaker when it was awarded the top prize at Cannes two years ago, the first time a documentary film was so recognized at this topper of al...

Feature documentaries shine at Seattle Fest

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The 33rd edition of the Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF) initiated its marathon 24 day run on Friday, May 25, with 18 films bursting out of the starting gates at six festival venues strategically located around the city from the landmark Space Needle to the University District (and a seventh across the lake in satellite city Bellevue). The opening event I chose to attend was "An Evening with Lisa Gerrard", hypnotic Australian song-bird/composer, introducing the screening of a mystico-...

Dubai Fest former Director disputes the termination of his contract

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According to Variety Janet Fine, Neil Stephenson is about to sue the festival over the termination of his contract in february.Neil Stephenson was instrumental in the establishing of the festival on the map as an important place for bridging the gap of culture between the continents.Herewith the article reproduced from Variety.com"Breaking his silence on whether he'd jumped or been pushed, former Dubai Film Festival chief Neil Stephenson held a tumultuous press conference in Cairo sayin...

47th Krakow Film Festival line up

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46 films in the international competition of 47th Krakow Film FestivalWe have a pleasure to announce the list of films accepted to the competition run of the 47th Krakow Film Festival which will be held from 31st May to 5th June. Members of the Selection Committee, who have just finished their work, had a very difficult task as this year over 2260 films have been submitted to the Festival. Shorts of any genre were send mostly from Great Britain, Germany, United States, France and Russia, however...

Real time Stereo 3D at La Geode unveils Kheops secrets

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3D Unveils the Mystery of the Great Pyramid : the secret of the construction of the pyramid of Khufu in Egypt has always held people in fascination. Numerous theories have been put forward but none has yetstood up to analysis.Eight years ago, the architect Jean-Pierre Houdin had a flash of intuition and developed a revolutionary theory. Considering Khufu' monumental undertaking as the first industrial construction project in history, he turned to Dassault Systèmes technology to test his hypothe...

Nashville Film Festival highlights

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Eight World Premieres, a dozen Southern Premieres, appearances by international recording artist Rob Thomas and The Shields' Walton Goggins and discussions with producers Lawrence Bender and Steve Oederkerk are among the many highlights of this year's Nashville Film Festival, taking place April 19-26 at Regal Green Hills Cinema. In total, the festival will include screenings of 240 films from 40 countries. The complete lineup of films and ticket sale information is available now at nashvillefilm...

Oriental movies for English speakers in Geneva!

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For its 2007 edition, the Oriental Film Festival has selected a few movies in English or with English subtitles. Asia and society, Nadia Naffa, documentary, Jordan, 5’, DVD. A disabled woman fights for recognition in Jordan. Being Osama, Mahmoud Kaabour and Tim Schwab, documentary, Canada/Emirates, 2004, 42’, DVD. An intimate portrait of six men with different personal histories, interrests and personalities, but which have two things in common: their Arab origin, and a first name, Osama. Wh...

Shemi Zarhin’s Aviva, My Love will kick off 22nd Annual Israel Film Festival

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Israel Film Festival Founder and Executive Director Meir Fenigstein announced today that Shemi Zarhin’s Aviva, My Love will kick off 22nd Annual Israel Film Festival as the opening night film at the Grauman’s Chinese Theater in Hollywood on March 7th. Over 30 films, documentaries, television dramas and series will screen at various venues including the Laemmle Sunset 5 Theaters in Hollywood, WGA Theater in Beverly Hills, Laemmle in Encino and Fallbrook 7 in West Hills. Additional titles are ...

Shemi Zarhin’s Aviva, My Love will kick off Israel Film Festival

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Israel Film Festival Founder and Executive Director Meir Fenigstein announced today that Shemi Zarhin’s Aviva, My Love will kick off 22nd Annual Israel Film Festival as the opening night film at the Grauman’s Chinese Theater in Hollywood on March 7th. Over 30 films, documentaries, television dramas and series will screen at various venues including the Laemmle Sunset 5 Theaters in Hollywood, WGA Theater in Beverly Hills, Laemmle in Encino and Fallbrook 7 in West Hills. Additional titles are ...

World Cinema Fund Day At The Berlinale

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Wednesday, February 14----Today, the Berlin Film Festival celebrated The World Cinema Fund (WCF) with a series of events the Festival dubbed World Cinema Fund Day. The Fund was founded in 2004 as a joint initiative of the German Federal Cultural Foundation and the Berlin International Film Festival, with the Goethe Institute participating as a cooperation partner since 2005. The Fund supports film projects from the focus regions Latin America, Africa, the Middle East and Central Asia, as well...

Juries award films from the Rotterdam Festival

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During the IFFR 2007 Awards Ceremony on Friday, February 2, 2007 in Concert and Congress Centre ‘de Doelen’ in Rotterdam, the winning films of the 36th International Film Festival Rotterdam were announced. The three VPRO Tiger Awards were granted to the Hubert Bals Fund supported Love Conquers All by Tan Chui Mui (Malaysia), The Unpolished (Die Unerzogenen) by Pia Marais (Germany) and, ex aequo, to Bog of Beasts (Baixio das bestas) by Claudio Assis (Brazil) and AFR by Morten Hartz Kaplers (D...

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