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Westerns from all over the world, a focus on Bangladesh and several programme sections with prominent Swiss figures: new Artistic Director Thierry Jobin and Secretary General Esther Widmer announced the concept of the 26th edition of the International Film Festival Fribourg at a presentation given at the Solothurner Filmtage. For the first time, the FIFF introduces annually recurring parallel sections, which highlight thematic core areas. Amongst other things they include sections devoted to t...

Berlinale's 7th Forum Expanded

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In addition to the exhibitions at the Kunstsaele Berlin (Critique and Clinic) at Gutschow-Haus and the various events to be held at HAU, Forum Expanded will also be presenting ten film programmes at the Arsenal and Delphi cinemas. The programme is open for a wide range of different lengths and formats, with the works presented trying out individual forms of expression in experimental fashion in order to create new, critical perspectives on the world. Perhaps the most radical of these attempts ...

“Say Goodbye to the Story”: Leitmotif of the Berlinale Shorts

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27 films from 22 countries will be competing for the Golden Bear and Silver Bear Jury Prize, the DAAD Short Film Award and a short film nomination for the European Film Prize. German actress Sandra Hüller, Palestinian artist Emily Jacir as well as filmmaker David OReilly will be picking the winners in 2012: International Short Film Jury: Sandra Hüller (Germany) After ten years in the business, renowned and prize-winning actress of the screen and stage Sandra H...

Fifteen films competing for IFFR's Tiger Awards 2012

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Fifteen films have been selected for IFFR's Tiger Awards Competition 2012. The complete lineup, comprising first or second feature films concurring for three equal Hivos Tiger Awards of each 15,000 euro, includes eight world premieres. Five competing films have received support from Rotterdam’s Hubert Bals Fund.The Rotterdam Tiger Awards Competition for Short Films 2012 comprises twenty-one films, ranging in length from five to fifty-six minutes. Nine short films in competition will see their ...

2012 Sundance Film Festival out-of-competition sections Spotlight films

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Sundance Institute announced today the films selected to screen in the 2012 Sundance Film Festival out-of-competition sections Spotlight, Park City at Midnight, NEXT <=> and New Frontier. The Festival takes place from January 19 through 29 in Park City, Salt Lake City, Ogden and Sundance, Utah. The complete list of films is available at www.sundance.org/festival. Trevor Groth, Director of Programming for the Sundance Film Festival, said, “In many ways, the extremes of the Festiva...

Interview with the make up artist Manlio Rocchetti and the dubber Rodolofo Bianchi

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  http://www.ecufilmfestival.com/?p=10005 Accademia Nazionale del Cinema: the tricks of the trade of an Oscar Prize and a King of dubbers. Last month ÉCU on the road, made a stop in Bologna, at the Accademia Nazionale del Cinema, for a double screening! The Accademia hosts five courses attended by students from over 60 Italian cities. The original mission, namely to educate and prepare students in order for them to be able to understand, confront and successfully overcome th...

52nd TIFF: Crossroads opening

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TIFF PRESS RELEASE! 52nd TIFF: Crossroads opening (11/9/2011) CROSSROADS OPENING The launch of the 7th Crossroads Co-Production Forum, which is part of the Thessaloniki International Film Festival’s Agora / Market section, took place on Wednesday, November 9, at the Electra Palace hotel. “This is an important day for both you and the Festival”, said TIFF director Dimitris Eipides in his short welcoming speech, addressing the Forum’s participants. The Festival gives great emp...

52nd Thessaloniki Film Festival Lineup

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Martha Marcy May Marlene (2011) TIFF PRESS RELEASE!52nd THESSALONIKI INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 4 - 13 NOVEMBER, 2011 FILM LIST OPENING FILM – November 4th, 2011 - The Descendants by Alexander Payne, 2011, USA CLOSING FILM - November 12th, 2011 - Martha Marcy May Marlene by Sean Durkin, USA, 2011  INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION  • ALOIS NEBEL, Tomas LUNAK, Czech Republic, Germany, Slovak Republic, 2011, 84’ • BEHOLD THE LAMB, John MCILDUFF, United Kingdom, 2011, 83’ • BURROS/D...

Thessaloniki gearing up for 52nd edition,

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We will be covering the festival with dailies...stay tuned       52nd THESSALONIKI INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL will run  November 4 - 13, 2011 With less than a week to go before the start of the event, we have the pleasure to contact you with the latest news from this year's 52ND Thessaloniki International Film Festival, which kicks off Friday, November 4th.   A complete list of this year's line-up can be found at the end of this pres...

Arab Film Competition Jury for Narrative Film at Third Annual DTFF

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Acclaimed Syrian director Mohammed Malas will be joined by internationally renowned filmmakers and actors to form the Arab Film Competition Jury for Narrative Films at the third annual Doha Tribeca Film Festival (DTFF). The news came as the Doha Film Institute (DFI) announced the jury for the inaugural DTFF Arab Documentary Film Competition, which will be led by pioneering and award-winning British documentary filmmaker Nick Broomfield (Kurt & Courtney, Battle for Haditha, Biggie & Tup...

MV International Film Festival wrappped

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Up & Away! Attendance Climbs at 6th Annual MV International Film Festival; New Film Center Is Next ProjectSeptember 20, 2011 (Vineyard Haven, MA)-It's a wrap! The sixth annual Martha's Vineyard International Film Festival, organized and executed by the all-volunteer Martha's Vineyard Film Society, packed over 30 films from 6 continents into 4 vibrant days. "The festival grows each year," says Society founder and Festival director Richard Paradise. "We're still counting but we sold an estimated 3...

Strong Film Sales Emerging From Toronto

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  SHAME (UK, Steve McQueen) Although it began rather slowly, the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) which just concluded on Sunday, saw a good degree of sales and acquisition activity, with many more deals to be announced in the coming weeks. Although it does not have an official market sidebar like Cannes or Berlin, there is a good amount of informal rubbing of shoulders between members of the international film community who were in attendance in force. According to ...

TIFF 2011 Award Winners

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  WHERE DO WE GO NOW?  The 36th edition of the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) came to a climactic close on Sunday with the announcement of its award recipients at a reception at the Four Seasons Hotel With the Festival further solidifying its status as one of the Top Four in the world (with only Cannes, Berlin and Sundance in the running), it remains distinguished by not having a juried competition, with the exception for awards given to native Canadian films. So while th...

7th Annual HollyShorts Film Festival Takes off August 11-18 at Various Locations in Hollywood, CA

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7th Annual HollyShorts Film Festival Takes off August 11-18 at Various Locations in Hollywood, CA Hollywood, July 16, 2011—The organizers of HollyShorts (www.hollyshorts.com) have announced the full lineup for the 7th annual HollyShorts Film Festival, which takes place August 11-18 in various locations throughout Hollywood. Acclaimed writer Jamie Linden (Dear John, We Are Marshall) will premiere his short film “The Envelope in the Glovebox” which he used to pitch into the ...

New York Israel Film Festival

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There is no country other than the United States which has as elaborate and extensive a screening support structure for Jewish and Israeli films. Several years ago I noted in an article about the New York film festival that there are more than fifty Jewish film festivals in the United States. According to jewishfilm.com there are now close to seventy Jewish film festivals in this country as well as at least four festivals devoted to Israeli films and two to Sephardic ones. In addition, there ar...

Cinema in Motion 7 is now open for registration

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This programme, organised by the International Film Festival with the Amiens (France) and Fribourg (Switzerland) international festivals, will exclusively comprise feature films at the end of their filming or at the post-production stage. Cinema in Motion 7 will take place on Monday, 19 September 2011 at the 59th International Film Festival in San Sebastian. This rendezvous is open to filmmakers from the Maghreb, Portuguese-speaking African countries and developing Arab countries: Algeria, A...

SENSES

Director: Mohamed Ramadan.
Souad (Solafa Ghanem) is a young nurse who falls in a one-sided love relationship with a comatose patient, Yoseif (Hassan El Kredly). She checks up on him regularly throughout the day. We watch how she deals with Yosief's case - will Yosief be able to communicate with her?

Krakow Film Festival (23rd -29th May) includes 35 titles in competition

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  National competition of 51st Krakow Film Festival (23rd -29th May) includes 35 titles. The winner of the national competition will be awarded with the Golden Hobby-Horse.   It is for the first time that feature documentaries enter the national competition. Two of them participate also in the international competition: "The Doctors" by Tomasz Wolski, currently in the post-production phase, and "Phnom Penh Lullaby" by Pawel Kloc, which has already bee...

Cinema City Call for Entries in „Up to 10 000 bucks“

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Cinema City Call for entries Up to 10,000 bucks – Young Talent’s Competition Cinema City Festival, which is to be held from 16 to 23 June 2012 in Novi Sad, has officially opened the Call for entries in “Up to 10,000 bucks” selection. This competition selection represents films created using a budget of less than 10,000$ and their authors, who, in their bravery and creativity, saw their ideas through, using limited funds. The call for entries will be open until April 5th, ...

Istanbul Film Festival opens tomorrow celebrates 30 year anniversary

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BANGKOK ~ The 30th Istanbul Film Festival will take place during April 2-17. With approximately 150, 000 participants last year Istanbul Film Festival is again the biggest cinema event of Turkey and once again offers rich content. Some 230 films in 21 sections will be shown in the festival. A  wide-ranging programme composed of special retrospectives exclusive to the 30th year includes new films premiered in January at Sundance and in February at Berlin, Golden Tulip International and Na...

The panels at the 2011 Tribeca Film Festival

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The 2011 Tribeca Film Festival (TFF), presented by American Express®, today announced its lineup for the 2011 Special Events and Tribeca Talks® panel series. The component programs are “Tribeca Talks: After the Movie,” “Tribeca Talks: Industry,” “Tribeca Talks: Pen to Paper, hosted by Barnes & Noble,” the Tribeca/ESPN Sports Film Festival panel, and new this year, in celebration of the tenth Festival, the “Tribeca Talks: Directors Series,” featuring one-on-one conversations wit...

Windows on South cinema

"Windows on South cinema" offers a wide panorama of film creation of country such as Algeria, Lebanon, Morocco, Tunisia, etc., by planning fictions and documentaries.

"Fenêtres sur le cinéma du Sud" offre un large panorama de la création cinématographique de pays tels que l'Algérie, le Liban, le Maroc, la Tunisie, etc., en projetant des fictions et des documentaires.

13th TDF documentary film lineup

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film still from MY SWEET CANARY (2011), opening film for 13th TDF 13th THESSALONIKI DOCUMENTARY FESTIVAL Images of the 21st Century March 11 – 20, 2011 The 13th Thessaloniki Documentary Festival - Images of the 21st Century, part of the Thessaloniki International Film Festival, presents approximately 220 films (shorts and features) by directors from all over the world, as well as a full parallel events program (previously announced on February 25). OPENING FILM ...

54TH SAN FRANCISCO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES NARRATIVE FEATURES IN NEW DIRECTORS COMPETITION

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Eleven Feature Narratives, Including US and World Premieres, Contend for $15,000 New Directors Prize   San Francisco, CA – The 54th San Francisco International Film Festival (April 21–May 5) will award close to $100,000 in total prizes this year. The New Directors Prize of $15,000 is given to a narrative first feature that exhibits a unique artistic sensibility and deserves to be seen by as wide an audience as possible. Seventeen countries contributed to the production...

The Third Motherland

Director: Costas M. Constantinou and George Skordis.
What does it mean to belong to a motherland? How does it feel to be caught in between different motherlands? What burdens but also what rights and opportunities does belonging to an “other” motherland entail? How does ethnic conflict exacerbate identity problems and impact on the cultural heritage of small minority communities? Filmed in Cyprus and Lebanon, The Third Motherland addresses these questions by following the story of the Cypriot Maronite community. The film reveals the dilemmas of identification and belonging and accounts for opposing feelings and beliefs within and beyond the community. This is a film about cultural loss, low self-esteem, cooption, denial of rights and everyday social problems but also of ethnic pride, cultural revival, joy and resistance.

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