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Sounds of Sand clear winner at Film Festival Emden Awards

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The surprise of the evening was provided by the double award winner “Sounds of Sand” by Marion Hänsel. The film convinced audiences completely and was honoured with both the Bernhard Wicki Award and the DGB Film Award. The Awards Ceremony formed the high point of Emden’s 18th International Film Festival. Four film awards with prize money totalling € 29,000, together with the Festival’s Honorary Award sponsored by the Emden Harbour Industry and “A writer’s workplace by the sea” ...

EFP’s Producers on the Move programme for Cannes 2007

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21 highly promising producers from all over Europe participated in EFP’s PRODUCERS ON THE MOVE programme 2007 (May 20th – 21st) during the Cannes International Film Festival. For the eighth year now, European Film Promotion (EFP) supported selected producers in their international networking through this EU MEDIA Programme-supported initiative.EFP offered this group of young European producers a comprehensive platform, providing them and their productions with international attention via a p...

PRODUCERS ON THE MOVE 2007 at the Cannes International Film Festival

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21 highly promising producers from all over Europe participated in EFP’s PRODUCERS ON THE MOVE programme 2007 (May 20th – 21st) during the Cannes International Film Festival. For the eighth year now, European Film Promotion (EFP) supported selected producers in their international networking through this EU MEDIA Programme-supported initiative.  EFP offered this group of young European producers a comprehensive platform, providing them and their productions with international attention via ...

Henry King and the new Nordic cinema: 2 themes from next San Sebastian Fest

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This year the Festival will review the career of HENRY KING, one of the film-makers who laid the ethical and aesthetic foundations of Hollywood. Then FIEBRE HELADA (ICY FEVER) – the new Nordic cinema- will offer a selection of films made in Sweden, Norway, Finland, Denmark and Iceland over the last 10 years.In the course of the Presentation Ceremony on 11th May the Festival also announced the official poster for its 55th edition, plus the other posters that will be the image of its different s...

20th Festival of Nordic Cinema in Rouen

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The 20th edition of this specialized festival in north-western France (March 21-- April 01, 2007) was a bit of a disappointment this year in terms of competition films and visiting personalities, at least compared to the four previous times I have made it my business to be here. In the past there have always been unusual films in the competition section and visitations by major figures, actors and/or directors, from the countries covered here, which includes, incidentally, Belgium, Holland and...

9th Annual Sarasota Film Festival highlights & line up

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9th Annual Sarasota Film FestivalApril 13 – 22, 2007Among the many great filmmakers and special guests expected in for the Festival are Edward Norton, Brian Koppelman, Norman Jewison, Joe Pantoliano, Marcia Gay Harden, Chad Lowe, Michelle Trachtenberg, Jonathan Sehring, Tom Bernard, Mark Urman, Jon Gerrans, Marshall Persinger, Elias Koteas, Kim Raver, Dagmara Dominczyk, Patrick Wilson, David Call, Anna Chlumsky, Zoe Cassavetes, Michael Badalucco, Juha Wuolijoki, Dr. Edgar Mitchell, David Singt...

Cinequest Film Festival 17 closed

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Cinequest Film Festival 17 closed last Sunday night with the Vietnamese film Owl and the Sparrow in the capital of the Silicon Valley after 12 days of showcasing 160 films. Over 40 features and over 40 shorts were World, North American or United States premieres. Several hundred filmmakers and a collection of distributors came in from around the globe, and over 70,000 film fans were in attendance. This year’s festival broke attendance records and was about true discovery, empowerment through k...

Maverick Spirit Events

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Globally unique in its concept, the seventeenth edition of the Cinequest Film Festival presents an event that goes beyond the traditional concept of “film festival," providing the world of independent and foreign filmmakers, technology innovators, students and film lovers with a revolution of discovery, empowerment and distribution. Cinequest Film Festival is not only a platform to premiere films and celebrate talent, but Cinequest Distribution is a viable option to reach a worldwide audi...

Göteborg International Film Festival Program reveiled

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The festival of 2007 offers 450 short, feature and documentary films, from a total of 65 countries, during ten days. The opening film will be Klaus Härö’s The New Man. It is also the first film screened in the Nordic competition. The closing film will be Leaps & Bounds by Petter Næss with Peter Stormare among the actors. This year The Göteborg International Film Festival focuses on five countries in two sections; Vietnam in ”Viewing Vietnam” - and Bosnia, Croatia and Serbia in ...

Göteborg International Film Festival

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The festival of 2007 offers 450 short, feature and documentary films, from a total of 65 countries, during ten days. The opening film will be Klaus Härö’s The New Man. It is also the first film screened in the Nordic competition. The closing film will be Leaps & Bounds by Petter Næss with Peter Stormare among the actors. This year The Göteborg International Film Festival focuses on five countries in two sections; Vietnam in ”Viewing Vietnam” - and Bosnia, Croatia and Serbia in ”Under...

Finalists Announced for 2007 Sundance/NHK International Filmmakers Awards

Wednesday, November 29----The Sundance Institute and NHK (Japan Broadcasting Corporation) announced today the 12 finalists for the 2007 Sundance/NHK International Filmmakers Awards. These annual awards recognize emerging artists in international cinema and are presented to film directors from four global regions (Europe, Latin America, the United States and Japan) to support them in realizing their next projects. The four winners, selected by members of an international jury, will be announce...

55th International Filmfestival Mannheim-Heidelberg ends successfully

The 55th International Filmfestival Mannheim-Heidelberg has ended this weekend awarding the Main Award of Mannheim-Heidelberg and several further prizes. „With persistence and consistency the Newcomer festival has conquered the second position after the Filmfestival Berlin“, said Dr. Michael Kötz, festival director and artistic director since 15 years, at the closing press conference in Mannheim. This position is not surprising from an international perspective as for many years the festi...

The Turks & Caicos Fest: one month away from paradise

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The Turks & Caicos International Film Festival today announced the film line-up for their second annual festival, October 17-21, 2006. The festival, which takes place in Providenciales, Turks & Caicos in the Caribbean, brings a unique celebration of the fusion of music and cinema with movies from around the world that tell stories about music, feature music or have musical themes. Screening both feature films and documentaries, the TCIFF will present a diverse slate of films from around the wo...

highlights from Encounters:Britain’s biggest fest for shorts

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Britain’s biggest competitive short film festival, Encounters Short Film Festival (www.encounters-festival.org.uk) returns this Autumn (21-26th November) to Bristol’s Watershed with a new name which reflects the combined talents of Brief Encounters and its sister event, Animated Encounters, who have merged to present another glorious dose of the best of the world’s cinematic shorts.The expanded six-day film fest will present a bonanza slice of brand new international work, and screen over ...

The Selection of European Film Awards contenders: best from Europe

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EUROPEAN FILM AWARDS 2006Herewith the Selection in alphabetical order of film contending for best from European productions.9-YA ROTA (9th Company), Russia/Ukraine/Finlanddirected by Fyodor Bondarchukproduced by Slovo/Art Pictures/STS TV Channel/Ukraine Media Group/1 + 1 TV Channel/Matila Röhr Productions OyA FOST SAU N-A FOST (12:08 East Of Bucharest), Romaniadirected by Corneliu Porumboiuproduced by 42 Km FilmÄIDEISTÄ PARHAIN (Mother Of Mine), Finlanddirected by Klaus Häröproduced by MRP ...

Marion Hänsel gives Variety Cinema Militans Interview

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Marion Hänsel gives the Variety Cinema Militans Interview as part of the Holland Film Meeting during the 26th Netherlands Film Festival. On Saturday 30 September at 17:30, the filmmaker will get into conversation with Variety's Katja Hofmann about her vision on the future of cinema. The fixed theme of this section, 'the position and viability of cinema in the present age', is an adaptation of the theme of Dutch film theoretician Menno ter Braak's essay 'Cinema Militans' (1926). Directly after...

Marion Hänsel gives Variety Cinema Militans Interview

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Marion Hänsel gives the Variety Cinema Militans Interview as part of the Holland Film Meeting during the 26th Netherlands Film Festival. On Saturday 30 September at 17:30, the filmmaker will get into conversation with Variety's Katja Hofmann about her vision on the future of cinema. The fixed theme of this section, 'the position and viability of cinema in the present age', is an adaptation of the theme of Dutch film theoretician Menno ter Braak's essay 'Cinema Militans' (1926). Directly after t...

Britain’s biggest competitive short film festival releases line up

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Britain’s biggest competitive short film festival, Encounters Short Film Festival (www.encounters-festival.org.uk) returns this Autumn (21-26th November) to Bristol’s Watershed with a new name which reflects the combined talents of Brief Encounters and its sister event, Animated Encounters, who have merged to present another glorious dose of the best of the world’s cinematic shorts.The expanded six-day film fest will present a bonanza slice of brand new international work, and screen over ...

Toronto Opens with The Journals of Knud Rasmussen

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Toronto Opens 2006 Festival with World Premiere of “The Journals of Knud Rasmussen”The largest and one of the most respected Film Festivals in the world will open its doors to the public with Zacharias Kunuk and Norman Cohn's “The Journals of Knud Rasmussen". Their last film "Atanarjuat (The Fast Runner),” had won the Camera D'or in Cannes and then the prize for best Canadian film here in Toronto in 2001. Festival Co-Director Noah Cowan felt that this was one of the most important film...

Who's hot from Europe at Upcoming Toronto Fest

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43 European Films get Film Sales Support for promotional activitiesFor the second time, Film Sales Support (FSS), European Film Promotion’s (EFP) support initiative for European sales agents, is assisting with the promotion and marketing of European films at the Toronto International Film Festival (7-16 September 2006). Toronto is the event at which FSS supports the most films. 30 different sales agents and production companies handling 43 feature films, including two documentaries and one ani...

24th edition of Outfest LA G&L Film Fest

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Fresh, new American and International filmmakers highlight one of the world’s largest gay and lesbian film festivals this year as the 24th edition of Outfest will showcase a very strong year of lesbian, gay bisexual, transgender (LGBT) filmmaking at its finest and most diverse. Outfest 2006, July 6 – 17, will screen 207 high quality narrative and documentary shorts and features from 25 countries around the world and will host 45 rollicking parties, a Festival hallmark. This year’s Outfes...

The Official Section Competition at 2006 Festroia

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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...

Outfest: the largest gay and lesbian film festival

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Fresh, new American and International filmmakers highlight one of the world’s largest gay and lesbian film festivals this year as the 24th edition of Outfest will showcase a very strong year of lesbian, gay bisexual, transgender (LGBT) filmmaking at its finest and most diverse. Outfest 2006, July 6 – 17, will screen 207 high quality narrative and documentary shorts and features from 25 countries around the world and will host 45 rollicking parties, a Festival hallmark. This year’s Outfes...

Fantastic awards here and there

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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 melies.org or v...

Altman Joins Throng of Talented Honorees at Sarasota

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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 ...

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