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TIFF 2010 International Competition Contenders

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 Today, December 10, 2010 marks the last day of screenings for the films in competition at the 51st Thessaloniki Film Festival.  Films in competition are:1)     David Michod's Animal Kingdom (2010) - Australia"Where do you fit? Where's your place and where do you belong? For J. Cody, the task of answering these questions will mean making the hardest decisions of his life." 2) Ari Bafalouka's Apnea (2010) - Greece"Everything’s quiet when you’re in the water. No ...

Films in competition at 51st Thessaloniki Film Festival on December 08, 2010

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 On December 08, 2010, the films screened for competition at Thessaloniki FF were:  1) Morgen (2010) is a Romania, France and Hungary co-produced film (2010) by director Marian Crisan. Summary: Nelu is a security guard at the supermarket in Salonta, a town on the Romanian-Hungarian border where illegal immigrants attempt to cross to Western Europe. Nelu’s passion is fishing in the mornings; after work, he returns home to his ill-tempered wife. One morning, while fishing, Nelu finds ...

New York: HBO's Sheila Nevins documentary programming

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In the US and overseas two organizations have become more prominent over the last few years at film and television festivals: the French-German consortium arte, and the U.S. based HBO. A growing number of their productions have been selected and received a disproportionate number of awards. HBO and arte are now leading funders and producers of outstanding documentaries and feature films. This article covers HBO and a different one will cover arte.     For HBO much credit for the succes...

Thessaloniki is ready to open...film, guests, no snow

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51ST THESSALONIKI INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVALDecember 3 - 12, 2010 Thessaloniki International Film Festival, will kick off Friday, December 3rd with 127 Hours, Danny Boyle, and close December 11th, 2010 with Black Swan, Darren Aronofsky. INTERNATIONAL JURY The five-member International Jury called to judge the films of the International Competition section and to award the Golden and Silver Alexanders plus a number of additional awards, is composed of: Michel Demopoulos, Jury President, Film cri...

Rotterdam IFFR celebrates XL anniversary

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The International Film Festival Rotterdam is marking its fortieth year with a look back and forward, and in particular at the current state of affairs and the future. Under the motto 'XL', the festival’s anniversary programme will embrace home port Rotterdam by making use of forty locations, including the new LantarenVenster cinema. In addition, Frank Scheffer is making a documentary to mark forty years of IFFR; the festival is issuing an anniversary DVD boxed set and the festival website will...

Most Memorable Shorts: SF Int'l Animation Festival 2010

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What follows are the short films from this weekend's San Francisco International Animation Festival that in my opinion were most fantastic and that I think in one way or another stick with me forever. I Forgive You (Pierre Mousquet, Cauwe Jerome, Belgium 2009)Played as part of the Best of Annecy Program. An animation style reminiscent of The Simpsons. Two wrestlers fight, plot turns unexpectedly and the result is hilarious. San Francisco crowd chuckled with glee. Jean-Francois (Tom Haugomat, Bru...

Thessaloniki International Film Festival Open Horizons

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The new Thessaloniki International Film Festival side section Open Horizons represents a revival of the renowned New Horizons section, which Dimitris Eipides, the current TIFF Director, programmed from 1992 to 2005. Open Horizons will focus, as did their precursor, on works that represent the most contemporary trends in worldwide independent production, as well as thematically original, aesthetically remarkable and socially minded films. Amongst the approximately 20 films to be screened in the ...

Student Etudes Competition line-up

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Student Etudes Competition presents etudes selected from among 360 films submissions sent by film schools and students from all over the world. The competitive films will be judged by an international Jury comprised of the recognized personages of film industry: Joel Schumacher (Jury Chairman) - director, writer, producer, Flatliners, Falling Down, The Client, Batman Forever, The Number 23 Andrzej Bartkowiak - cinematographer, director, The Verdict, Falling Down, Leathal Weapon, ...

26th Warsaw Film Festival - Summary

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The 26th Warsaw Film Festival ended on Sunday, 17 October 2010. “I feel great satisfaction after this year’s festival. Our programme included about twenty European and international premieres. More than a hundred filmmakers from Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia, and the Americas visited us to present their films in person in Warsaw. We had waited for some of them for years, to mention Jan Sverak, double Oscar winner, or Alexei Uchitel, whose new film The Edge is Russia’s Oscar candidat...

26th Warsaw Film Festival - Summary

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The 26th Warsaw Film Festival ended on Sunday, 17 October 2010.“I feel great satisfaction after this year’s festival. Our programme included about twenty European and international premieres. More than a hundred filmmakers from Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia, and the Americas visited us to present their films in person in Warsaw. We had waited for some of them for years, to mention Jan Sverak, double Oscar winner, or Alexei Uchitel, whose new film The Edge is Russia’s Oscar candidate this...

REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN FOR MAREMETRAGGIO 2011

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Don’t miss the 12th edition of Maremetraggio. You can win 10.000 euro for the best short film. All is ready for the 12th edition of Maremetraggio – International Short and Debut Works Films Festival – that will be held in Trieste, Italy, from the 1st to the 9th of July 2011. Also in 2011 the festival will present to its public a selection of the best European shorts and the most interesting Italian debut works recently released in cinemas. Registration is now open for th...

Winners Wow Audience at Chicago Children's Film Festival

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Winners Wow Audience at Chicago International Children's Film Festival Closing Night Awards PresentationChicago, IL - October 31, 2010 - The 27th annual Chicago International Children's Film Festival congratulates the winners of more than 30 awards presented at the Festival's American Airlines Closing Night Awards Presentation on Sunday, October 31, 2010 at Columbia College's Film Row Cinema. Filmmakers from around the world came to watch the most acclaimed films of the Festival and to celebrat...

Interview with Yonathan Levy

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Yonathan Levy is a rising Israeli/French filmmaker who won ÉCU 2010’s Film of the Festival (Europe’s Best Independent Film 2010) with his touching film, Das Kind. While Das Kind continues its road to success on the festival circuit, Yonathan spoke to us about his influences and aspirations, keeping us eager to see what he’s up to next. Where are you from? I was born in Israel but I’ve always lived in France…until now. Indeed, next week, I will go back to Isra...

Animacam winners

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*ANIMACAM.TV (INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL OF ANIMATION ONLINE) **WINNERS** OF THE THIRD EDITION 2010*The audience from 106 countries, Jury of the Festival through their vote Online, with 500.000 visits registered, decided that the Winners of the Three Categories, sponsored with 2000 each one by the Entity Xacobeo S.A., were for films coming from /Colombia and Spain /Best short film Animation*T**ati n (la casa en l rbol)*/Josu Jaramillo//Colombia. 2010//Best Multimedia Animation/*L**os d as del Kr...

'The Maiden Danced to Death' with Endre Hules

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       Interview with Endre Hules!     ME: Hi Endre. First, can you speak about how you got into acting, writing and directing? In which order did you start and when did you know that you had to make films?     ENDRE: I started out in the theatre as an actor, but almost immediately began writing and directing, as well. I studied acting, then I completed a degree as a director at the National Conservatory of Theatr...

Chaplin, Welles, Bogart, Curtis Shine At American Film Festival

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  While the main focus of the American Film Festival, Eastern Europe's first all-American film showcase, is on contemporary directors, the Festival is also presenting an eye-opening hommage to classic films and filmmakers from both the golden age of Hollywood and the last decade of American indie gems. The result is a full schedule designed to intrigue any casual or ardent admirer of American cinema. In the section Play It Again, Sam, the Festival is bringing a smorgasboard of film ...

Bollywood goes Cottbus

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For the first time the FilmFestival Cottbus shows with DASVIDANIYA a Bollywood movie in its official programm. The movie is part of the section Focus “globalEAST”, which traces the marks of Eastern Europe in the current international cinema. The latest film by Shashant Shah, who will also participate in this year’s feature film jury, is dealing with a book keeper, who is critically ill and learns the meaning of life in his last months. The title of the movie stands not only for the cheerfu...

San Francisco International Animation Festival

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The San Francisco Film Society presents the fifth annual San Francisco International Animation Festival (SFIAF), a four-day celebration of the Bay Area's preeminence as a hub for one of the most creative forms in cinema, November 11 - 14 at Landmark's Embarcadero Center Cinema. This year's International Animation Festival ranges from FX-based features to family-friendly cartoons and includes Hayao Miyazaki protégé Sunao Katabuchi's Mai Mai Miracle, the Decemberists-inspired Here Come the Waves...

Kung-Fu Magyar: An Interview With Hungarian Director Bence Miklauzic

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 Kung-Fu Magyar?A comedy. A story of friendship and rivalry. A kung-fu film without a fight. Huh? Confused? You won't be after listening to Bence Miklauzic, talking about his new film, Children of the Green Dragon, one of the most popular films this week among audiences at the Warsaw Film Festival.Hungarian film director Bence Miklauzic is forty years old. And his second feature film, Children of the Green Dragon, had its European debut this week at the Warsaw Film Festival. Just back from the ...

Actress Daryl Hannah at the IFF Brother's Manaki

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Daryl Hannah at the IFF Brother's Manaki - recipient of the Special Golden Camera 300 for outstanding contribution to the world cinema art. At today's press conference, ICFF Brother's Manaki and Vip operator with great honour and pleasure announced the jury of the "Brothers Manaki Film Festival" (16-22.10.2010, Bitola), and over 150 outstanding guests from the world cinema, of whom many were awarded at various film festivals from A-category, and the guest list includes the excep...

Tall Grass Film Festival announces line up

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The 8th annual Tallgrass Film Festival will take place in and around downtown Wichita Oct. 22-24, showcasing more than 124 independent films from more than 11 countries around the world, and hosting filmmakers from all over the United States.Online ticket sales start Monday, Oct. 4; the Tallgrass Ticket Booth will open up at the Orpheum Theatre on Monday, Oct. 18. A full 21"x11" schedule grid can be downloaded here or the two-page 8.5"x11" version can be downloaded from here. A complete listing ...

Montreal’s Festival du nouveau cinéma line up

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Montreal’s Festival du nouveau cinéma celebrates its 39th edition from October 13 to 24. Once again this year, the Festival will delight you with a spectacular lineup, more than ever in tune with real-life changes in the film landscape and new technologies. Features and shorts, fiction and documentary, animation, retrospectives, tributes, professional panels, outdoor interactive installations and events will be served up over 12 days, for all audiences. Over 295 films from 51 countries, inclu...

Audience Award

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Audience Award All the films presented during the Warsaw International Film Festival take part in the Audience Poll for the best film. Before each screening, members of the audience receive a coupon on which they mark the film as “very good”, “good”, “so-so”, “poor”, „bad”. The coupons are collected after the screening. The poll results are announced once all the votes have been counted. The winner is the film given the highest marks by audiences. The winning film receiv...

Somewhere by Sofia Coppola takes Golden Lion in Venice

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The 67th Venice International Film Festival, organized by La Biennale di Venezia, ran 1st to 11th September 2010 at Venice Lido.5 International Juries assigned the official awards of the Festival 2010.The Venezia 67 Jury, chaired by Quentin Tarantino and comprised of Guillermo Arriaga, Ingeborga Dapkunaite, Arnaud Desplechin, Danny Elfman, Luca Guadagnino, Gabriele Salvatores, having viewed all twenty-four films in competition, has decided as follows: GOLDEN LION for Best Film:SOMEWHERE by Sofi...

47 European films receive EFP Film Sales Support for Toronto

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For the 6th year in a row, European Film Promotion (EFP) is assisting the marketing campaigns of European films through its Film Sales Support scheme (FSS) at the prestigious Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) which runs September 9 - 19. Backed by the MEDIA Programme of the European Union, 25 different European sales agents and two production companies are benefitting from the financial help for the promotion of 47 films this year. With an annual programme of close on 120 European fil...
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