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The 8th Annual MadCat Women’s International Film Festival September 14 – October 3 in Oakland!The MadCat Film Festival screens the best cutting-edge experimental and independent films from around the world. Featuring shorts, documentaries, narratives and animated works selected from more than 900 submissions. This year’s lineup includes 12 programs of timely, insightful, humorous and deeply moving experimental and independent films by some of the finest up-and-coming and established women ...

Leipzig highlights

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International competition highlights from Leipzig: "Touch the Sound" is this year’s opening film at the festivalThe new film of Thomas Riedelsheimer (Two German Film Awards for "Rivers and Tides") will celebrate its first German screening as the opening film of the 47th International Leipzig Festival for Documentary and Animated Films on October 19, 2004. "Touch the Sound" has recently been awarded the Main Prize of the "Semaine de la Critique" at the International Locarno Film Festival. The f...

Montreal unveils World Competition

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MONTREAL UNVEILS PROMISING WORLD COMPETITIONA new film by the team that brought us the stunning French documentary Microcosmos, Carlos Saura 's return to socially conscious cinema, and the latest from Aussie underrated actor Hugo Weaving are among the premieres that will highlight the competition of the Montreal World Film Festival.Away from the hype to which film festivals are increasingly succumbing, Montreal has developed a reputation for offering a platform to filmmakers whose work has not b...

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...

Toronto Discovery Line-Up Announced

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This year's Discovery line-up at the 29th Toronto International Film Festival® presents 28 features from 23 countries, all of which are either world, international, or North American premieres. This year's line-up includes the highly anticipated OFF BEAT, from Hendrik Hölzemann, Lori Silverbush and Michael Skolnik's ON THE OUTS, Pete Travis' OMAGH, and Xiao Jiang's ELECTRIC SHADOWS. Launched in 1996, Discovery presents films by gifted and innovative first or second feature filmmakers. Last yea...

Locarno took an explicit political turn this year

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Locarno International Film Festival 2004It is common knowledge since Lenin's famous statement that film and politics are very intricately connected. This was nicely demonstrated by this year's Golden Palm at the Cannes Film Festival. More surprisingly, this year even the Locarno Film Festival, traditionally associated with young, off mainstream and world cinema, also took an explicitly political turn. The Locarno Film Festival was always the odd one out on the European festival scene. After the ...

Oh Happy Day will open the 12th Filmfest Hamburg

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On 23.09.04 the 12th Filmfest Hamburg will open with the German premiere of the Danish gospel comedy ‘Oh Happy Day’ by film and theatre director Hella Joof.After a bus accident the Baptist preacher Jackson (Malik Yoba, ‘Smoke’) and his choir from Harlem get stranded in a provincial Danish town. Housewife Hannah (Lotte Andersen) is to blame for this, since she ran her bike into gospel choir’s touring bus. As a result, choirmaster Jackson is injured and needs to take a rest amidst suspic...

Caleb Deschanel honoured at Hollywood Fest

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HOLLYWOOD FEST HONORS CALEB DESCHANEL AND CELEBRATES THE AMERICAN SOCIETY OFCINEMATOGRAPHERS' 85th ANNIVERSARY.Oscar(R)-nominated cinematographer Caleb Deschanel (ASC) will be this year's recipient of the "Hollywood CINEMATOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR Award." In addition, the American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) will mark its 85th anniversary at the Hollywood Film Festival, which takes place October 12 to 18 at the Arclight Cinemas in Hollywood."Mr. Deschanel is undoubtedly one of Hollywood's fine...

Strong German presence in Montreal

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EDELWEISS PIRATES in competition at MontrealA total of 21 German films and two German-international co-productions can be seen at the 28th World Film Festival Montreal (26.08.- 06.09.2004).Niko von Glasow has been invited to the festival's official competition with EDELWEISS PIRATES (EDELWEISSPIRATEN). Loosely based on actual events, the films tells the story of a group of youths in Cologne-Ehrenfeld led by 17-year-old Karl Ripke towards the end of the war. „Edelweiss pirates“ was the name t...

New Directors at San Sebastian

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Eighteen movies (three in the Official Section and fifteen in Zabaltegi-New Directors) will compete at the 52nd San Sebastian International Film Festival for the Altadis-New Directors Award, sponsored by Altadis and carrying Euro 90,000 (approx US$95,000).Seventeen countries feature in this selection offering an overview of films with very little in common. Two Argentine movies and another from Colombia represent Latin American cinema. Europe is present with titles from Switzerland, Italy, Germa...

Montreal Fest: 20 films in world competition

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MONTRÉAL WORLD FILM FESTIVALWorld CompetitionDÍAS DE CAMPO (DÍAS DE CAMPO) (COMP) (World Premiere)Chile - France / 2004 / 35 mm / Colour / 89 min / Dir.: Raoul RuizIn a bar in Santiago, two old-timers converse over a few drinks. It seems that one of them is writing a novel. It is a weird discussion; they speak of themselves as if they were already dead. Don Federico, the would-be novelist, gathers matches in his wine glass. The ambience is eerie. Where are we? In the kingdom of the dead? Well...

Head in the Clouds premieres in Montreal

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"Head in the Clouds", the highly-anticipatedromantic war drama from writer-director John Duigan starring Oscarwinner Charlize Theron, Penélope Cruz and Stuart Townsend, will have itsworld premiere at the 28th Montréal World Film Festival, which runs fromAugust 26 through September 6."Head in the Clouds" is one of six new feature films added to the 245titles that the MWFF announced at its news conference August 10. Amongthe new films is the Italian "The Life I Wish For", by GiuseppePiccioni, o...

Edinburgh Film Festival Awards shortlist announced

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The Michael Powell Award for Best New British Feature Film Named in homage to one of Britain˜s most original filmmakers, the Michael Powell Award is sponsored by the UK FILM COUNCIL and LOVEFiLM. Rewarding imagination and creativity in British filmmaking, the Award is judged by an international jury and carries a substantial cash prize.2003 Winner: Young Adam directed by David McKenzie - Previous Winnersare: 2002 Out Of Control directed by Dominic Savage; 2001 Gas Attack directed by Kenny Glen...

Montréal World Film Festival opens August 26

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A revealing new portrait of controversial Canadian newspaper baron Conrad Black, Citizen Black, a powerful emotional drama from Germany, Sugar Orange, and a delightful crime comedy from Australia, A Man's Gotta Do, are three of the many world premieres that will unfurl at the 28th Montréal World Film Festival, August 26 – September 6.Among the films having their international premieres are 50 Ways to Leave Your Lover, from the U.S.A., Christmas Rematch, (Italy), and Wanted (Germany). North A...

Puchon awards winners

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Jury Members- Stuart GORDON, Director, USA (Chairperson)- Thom PALMEN, Festival Director, Sweden- Jörg BUTTGEREIT, Director, Germany- SHIOTA Tokitoshi, Festival Director, Japan- SHIN Bo-kyung, Production Designer, KoreaBest of Puchon: ArahanAn amazing combination of fantasy, martial arts and comedy performed by an excellent cast, led by RYOO Seung-bum. The film’ energy is contagious leaving the audience gasping with pleasure.Best Director Choice: Leonardo DI CESARE from Good Life DeliveryA to...

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...

HypeFest opens this week

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HypeFest: A unique film festival that links independent ideas with commercial creativity.Drama, intrigue, comedy and cocktails. All this and more abounds at HypeFest,a high-energy film & video festival slated to showcase creativity in film, commercials and music videos from a diversity of filmmakers and storytellers.Providing a bridge between content creators and the independent and commercial communities, HypeFest offers a platform for filmmakers to promote their work to the commercial industry...

Filmfest Hamburg Opens with ‘Oh Happy Day’

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The 12th Filmfest Hamburg takes place from September 23 to 30, 2004 in the cinemas ‘Metropolis,’ ‘CinemaxX Dammtor,’ ‘Abaton,’ ‘Ufa-Palast Grindel’ and ‘3001.’The 12th Filmfest Hamburg will open with the German premiere of the Danish gospel comedy ‘Oh Happy Day’ by film and theatre director Hella Joof.After a bus accident the Baptist preacher Jackson (Malik Yoba, ‘Smoke’) and his choir from Harlem get stranded in a provincial Danish town. Housewife Hannah (Lotte Ande...

Jerusalem awards to "Atash Thirst" and "Or"

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THE 21ST INTERNATIONAL JERUSALEM FILM FESTIVALThe 21st International Jerusalem Film Festival ended Saturday, July 17, with the award presentation ceremony.The awards were as follows:The Wolgin Awards for Israeli CinemaIn the category of Israeli feature films:Best Films “Atash –Thirst” and “Or”“Atash – Thirst” (Israel) – A family abandoned their home 10 years earlier and live in the middle of nowhere with two goats and a donkey. The father decides to illegally divert water to th...

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...

The Cologne MedienForum

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The Cologne MedienForum, June 20-23, 2004Organized by the Media Authority of the state of North Rhine Westphalia and major German public and private media industries, the 16th annual MedienForum was held again in the fair grounds of Cologne, Germany’s dominant television centrum and home of Europe’s largest public television group WDR and Germany’s largest private television stations. Catering to the second largest television market in the world, the MedienForum is of particular relevance ...

My Brother is a Dog to open KinderFilmfest

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KinderFilmfest opens with German PremiereDirector Peter Timm’s new family comedy MY BROTHER IS A DOG opens KinderFilmfest on September 24th.The children’s film section KinderFilmfest goes into its second round from September 24 to 30, 2004. It was brought into being by the festival director Albert Wiederspiel in 2003 and is once again aiming at attracting seven- to twelve-year-old film enthusiasts.The KinderFilmfest opens on September 24 with a German premiere in the presence of the film’s...

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...

Moscow Media Forum

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V MEDIA FORUM of the ХХYI Moscow International Film Festival«ART-reality show / Conversion»The objective of Media Forum is to demonstrate the connection between traditional and modern branches of screen culture, the impact of technological innovations on visual arts.Media Forum as action is an exchange of ideas, infusion of new forces into contemporary culture and vice versa. It is an attempt to demonsrtate the logic of new thought and new communications.At the moment it is inside ...

IFCT world tour award winners

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The International Festival of Cinema and Technology 2004 Tour Award WinnersToday the long-awaited announcement took place of the International Festival of Cinema and Technology 2004 Award Winners. The tour was launched this past February in Orlando and festival screenings took place in London, Toronto, New York, Sydney and Brisbane. Festival locations this year included Universal Studios in Orlando, The Fox Studios Screening Room in Sydney, The Canadian Broadcast Centre in Toronto, the Horse H...
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