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The Official Section Competition at 2006 Festroia

Saturday, June 3----FESTROIA: The Troia International Film Festival, will present nearly 180 films, representing 48 countries, with a strong predominance of European cinema, during its 22nd annual showcase. The Festival, the oldest and most prestigious in Portugal, has several competition sections in its wide-ranging program. The Official Section, in competition for the Golden Dolphin Award, is made up of 14 films, from nations that produce fewer than 30 films per year. This is a unique approa...

Mineapolis Fim Festival: cinema esoterica in upper Mid-West

Al Milgrom, founding father (along with Mpls. Businessman Tim Grady) of this most eclectic of hinterland festivals, has been waging a relentless battle for nearly two and a half decades to introduce off-beat celluloid Americana and quality foreign film Esotrica into this Land of Sky Blue Waters, Pillsbury flour silos and (ulp) Norveegin farmers. Says Dr. Milgom: "Sometimes it's a hard sell, but we feel it's our cultural duty to cinema-educate these plain(s) folk and show them that there's mor...

Producers on the move to Cannes

The members of European Film Promotion (EFP) have made their selection and chosen 22 aspiring and highly promising producers for the PRODUCERS ON THE MOVE initiative during the Festival de Cannes. They will be presented to the press and the film industry within the framework of an extensive PR campaign. This EFP initiative is financially supported by the MEDIA Programme of the EU.Since launching the PRODUCERS ON THE MOVE initiative in 2000, EFP has taken a central role in highlighting the wealth...

Festival du Nouveau Cinema presents Moebius special

The 14th International Multimedia Prix Möbius: A special presentation of the Festival du Nouveau CinemaOn the occasion of its 35th anniversary, the Festival du Nouveau Cinema is proud to join UNESCO-Bell Chair of UQAM to present the 14th edition of the International Multimedia Prix Möbius. In collaboration with the Open Source section: creational encounters, they will be hosting this special event at the Musée Juste Pour Rire on the 13th, 14th and 15th of October 2006.Founded in 1992 under th...

Fantastic awards here and there

Méliès d’Argent winner in FantasportoThe 26th edition of Fantasporto proved to be a successful one - A great program, fantastic guests, and a wonderful setting provided by Porto itself. And the winners were…Méliès d’ArgentANIMAL, Roselyne Bosch, (Portugal, UK, France), 2005Short Film Nomination for a Méliès d’OrTHE LEGEND OF THE SCARECROW, Marcos Besas, (Spain), 2005For a full list of all Fantasporto winners in all the different categories visit our press section at or v...

Altman Joins Throng of Talented Honorees at Sarasota

ROBERT ALTMAN And A PRAIRIE HOME COMPANION To Be Saluted At the 8th Annual Sarasota Film Festival: March 31 – April 9, 2006Altman Joins Throng of Talented Honorees Including Werner Herzog, Felicity Huffman, Allison Janney, William H. Macy, Robert Towne, Paula Wagner Honorary Academy Award® recipient Robert Altman will be Saluted at the Sarasota Film Festival during the final weekend of the 8th annual event where his latest film, the Picturehouse release of Garrison Keillor’s A PRAIRIE HOME ...

New Directors New Films opens this week end

New Directors/New Films, one of the most anticipated film events on the New York film calendar, opens this week end. The program, jointly presented by the Film Society of Lincoln Center and the Department of Film and Media of the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), will unspool 25 feature films and 5 shorts from March 22 through April 2, 2006. The program opens with the East Coast Premiere of HALF NELSON, a Sundance sleeper about a committed teacher in New York’s public schools, played by rising star...

New Directors/ New Films announce program slate

New Directors/New Films, one of the most anticipated film events on the New York film calendar, celebrates its 35th year, presenting the works of new directors from around the world. The festival will unspool 25 feature films and 5 shorts from March 22 through April 2, 2006. The program is presented jointly by the Film Society of Lincoln Center and The Department of Film and Media of the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA). Screenings will be held at the Walter Reade Theater, the Film Society’s year-r...

MEDIA Salles: for the first time at Berlin with data on cinema-going

For the first time MEDIA Salles anticipates the publication of data on cinema-going in Europe in 2005 at the Berlin Film Festival, including it in the “2005 final edition” of the “European Cinema Yearbook”.The interpretation of this data shows that the last few months of 2005 – which saw a general recovery in cinema-going – proved unable to change the fate of a year marked by negative results. Throughout Europe and the Mediterranean Rim there was a decided decrease in audiences. On a...

Record entries, wider reach for focal awards: the nominees are...

200 entries, including first-time nominations from China, Finland, Israel and Hungary were submitted for the third annual FOCAL International Awards in association with APTN Library, celebrating the use of archive footage and images.The total was an increase of 10 per cent over last year with the UK, France, Germany, USA, Australia, Italy and Canada accounting for most of the submissions.An international jury has now whittled down the nominations to the best three in 14 categories with the winne...

Closing Gala at the 29th Göteborg Film Festival

At a special gala ceremony at the Museum of World Culture, the Göteborg Film Festival Nordic Film Award went to the director Dagur Kári for Dark Horse (Voksne Mennesker), which, “with a young careless rebel in focus, with insight and humour unites fragments from an alienated society into an artistically challenging unity”. The award consists of 150 000 SEK and the Filmdraken (Film dragon)statuette."To be nominated for an award like this is like having a race horse", expressed a happy Dagur...

Gala Ceremony for 29th Göteborg Film Festival Awards

At a special gala ceremony at the Museum of World Culture, the Göteborg Film Festival Nordic Film Award went to the director Dagur Kári for Dark Horse (Voksne Mennesker), which, “with a young careless rebel in focus, with insight and humour unites fragments from an alienated society into an artistically challenging unity”. The award consists of 150 000 SEK and the Filmdraken (Film dragon)statuette."To be nominated for an award like this is like having a race horse", expressed a happy Dagur...

Palm Springs announces festival winners

The 17th Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival came to a successful close on Sunday, January 15, 2006. The Festival, which ran from January 5-16, 2006, screened 232 films from 71 countries, including 84 premieres and 49 of the 54 foreign entries for this year’s Academy Awards. Palm Springs’ increasingly popular Festival continues to expand its diverse programming of quality independent and foreign films, setting the stage for this year’s film festival circuit.“We were overwhe...

Göteborg Film Festival's Nordic Jury 2006

Eight new Nordic films are competing for the Göteborg Film Festival's Nordic Film award. The films are either world premieres or international premieres and the award is 150 000 SEK and a statuette – the Film Dragon – by renowned artist Ernst Billgren. This year’s jury consists of five women representing the Nordic countries. Monika Tunbäck-Hanson, film and literature critic at daily newspaper Göteborgs-Posten since the late 1960s. She has been promoted honorary doctor at the University...

The Big Sky Documentary Film Festival at a Glance

This winter, the Big Sky Documentary Film Festival celebrates its 3rd year of showcasing the best in documentary film from around the world. From February 16 - 22, 2006 Big Sky will present 96 films and videos from 28 countries, including 14 World Premiers and 10 U.S. and North American Premiers.Big Sky has quickly built a strong national and international reputation for its programming excellence and established itself as the premier venue for nonfiction film in the American West. In 2005, afte...

Asian films and Nordic actors win in Tallinn Black Nights

9th Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival that finished on Sunday was a feast for Asian films as two of the jury's main prizes went to the works from this region. At festival closing ceremony on the 10 December the Grand Prix of competition programme EurAsia was handed to the Chinese film "Shanghai Dreams"(dir. Wang Xiaoshuai), Hou Shiao-shien from Taiwan received the award for best director for his epic "Three Times". The Audience Award went to Asia as well - Kim Ki-duk won Estonian viewers’ fav...

The 5th edition of DocPoint coming soon in Helsinki

The 5th edition of DocPoint – Helsinki Documentary Film Festival takes place in January 25-29th, 2006. Let’s celebrate!NEW FINNISH DOCUMENTARIESDocPoint screens a selection of the best new Finnish documentary films every year. For our 5th edition, 18 films were selected to the programme. The selction was made by a preselction jury.Films chosen to the programme are:Child in Time by Kai Nordberg (37 min)The Magician of America by Sami Kuokkanen (51 min)Y in Vyborg by Pia Andell (50 min)The Sea...

Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival Awards

The head of the jury was this year Eva Isaksen (Norway). Other members of the jury included :Yesim Ustaoglu (Turkey), Jaak Allik (Estonia), Thomas Mauch (Germany) and James Ragan (USA).GRAND PRIX FOR BEST EURASIAN FILM (with cash award of 10.000 EUR) SHANGHAI DREAMS /QING HONG (Wang Xiaoshuai, China)JURY PRIZE FOR THE BEST DIRECTORHOU SHIAO-SHIEN (Three Times / Zui Hao De Shi Guang, Taiwan / (China))JURY PRIZE FOR THE BEST ACTORJESPER CHRISTENSEN (Manslaughter / Drabet, Denmark)JURY PRIZE FOR TH...

45 film projects selected for Rotterdam CineMart 2006

45 film projects selected for CineMart 2006 (29 January – 2 February) • Former CineMart Projects in official selection Rotterdam 2006The 23rd CineMart has announced its selection of forty-five independent film projects. The world’s first and largest co-production market will include new productions by established art house directors such as Pablo Trapero, Guy Maddin, Alexej German jr and Li Yang. CineMart expects some 800 guests to attend, including decision making executives from all majo...

European Film Promotion receives Media support for film sales

By awarding 400.000 Euros to European Film Promotion s initiative Film Sales Support (FSS) for 2006, the European Commission s Media Programme has highlighted the significance of promoting and marketing European films outside of Europe. Entering its third year in January, FSS supports European sales agents and producers in their endeavour to market and propel cultural diversity of European cinema on selected international film festivals in Latin America, East Asia, Canada and the US. The generou...

Northern Lights Film Festival 2005 opens with ambitions

Now into its third year and firmly established as one of the highlights in the North East’s cultural calendar – this year’s Northern Lights Film Festival (17-24 November) – promises to be bigger and better than ever before with over 90 screenings from 12 Northern European countries in various locations throughout the North East. Northern Lights Film Festival celebrates the North East’s historical links with Northern Europe and the Baltic countries and gives audiences the opportunity to...

The 47th Nordic Film Days Lübeck

The 47th Nordic Film Days Lübeck will open on November 3rd, screening a total of 130 films from the Nordic and Baltic countries between November 3 and ­ 6, 2005. The feature film competition has a very strong line-up, including such works as 'Manslaughter', the third part of the trilogy on Danish society by two-time top prizewinner Per Fly; 'Mother of Mine', the moving story of the evacuation of Finnish children to Sweden during World War II by Klaus Härö, whose Finnish children's film Elina...

European Coordination of Film Festivals, lobbying power

The European Coordination of Film Festivals will promote 9 European films at next Sao Paulo International Film Festival.This project is part of the framework of the action in Third Countries festivals, with the support of MEDIA.The European Coordination of Film Festivals, a European Economic Interest Group (EEIG) brings together more than 230 festivals of varying scale and with a wide range of special interests, all of whom are committed to the defense and promotion of European cinema. All Membe...

Frankfurt Book Fair and Berlinale Expand Cooperation

New initiatives and events at the “Forum Film & TV” of the Frankfurt Book Fair (Oct. 19-23, 2005) are to strengthen the dialogue between the publishing and film industries / October 19th is Berlinale DayThe fruitful cooperation between Berlin and Frankfurt was launched last February at the Berlin International Film Festival and the initiative is being expanded with joint industry events at the Book Fair in October. The Book Fair and the Berlinale have a common aim: to help successful books e...

The Vancouver International Film Festival awards

The Vancouver International Film Festival has set another box-office record, with ticket sales up for a total of $978,000. (against a $2.5 million budget) This is by far the highest percentage of any major film festival in Canada. The festival also surpassed the 150,000 attendance mark once again, reached for the first time in 2002. In all there were 572 public screenings for a total of 342 films including 231 features and mid-lengths, of which there were 8 world premieres, 22 international prem...


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