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Punto de Vista 2008 has doubled docu entries

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INTERNATIONAL DOCUMENTARY FILM FESTIVAL OF NAVARRA - PUNTO DE VISTAFebruary 15 - 23, 2008The Official Section of Punto de Vista has received 804 entries from 70 countries preparing for its best edition ever next February.The number of participants for the festival (a client of filmfestivals.com Bulletin Board Service) doubles last year´s figureA total of 804 films are to take part in the selection process for the Documentary Film Festival Punto de Vista, to be held in Pamplona for the fourth ti...

MEIFF - ABU DHABI, Announces ELAH and Gulf Region Films

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The Middle East International Film Festival - Abu Dhabi (MEIFF) today revealed its Closing Night Film, director Paul Haggis's IN THE VALLEY OF ELAH, which is a story about a war veteran and his wife who are in search of their son, a soldier who recently returned from Iraq but has since gone missing. The Festival also named Nadine Labaki, director of CARAMEL, as the recipient of the Variety Middle East Filmmaker of the Year Award. In support of Emirati filmmakers, the Abu Dhabi Media Company will...

MEIFF - ABU DHABI, Announces ELAH and Gulf Region Films

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The Middle East International Film Festival – Abu Dhabi (MEIFF) today revealed its Closing Night Film, director Paul Haggis’s IN THE VALLEY OF ELAH, which is a story about a war veteran and his wife who are in search of their son, a soldier who recently returned from Iraq but has since gone missing. The Festival also named Nadine Labaki, director of CARAMEL, as the recipient of the Variety Middle East Filmmaker of the Year Award. In support of Emirati filmmakers, the Abu Dhabi Media Company ...

San Sebastian Film Festival Winners

 Tuesday, October 2--------A THOUSAND YEARS OF GOOD PRAYERS, the latest film from Hong Kong-born and United States-based director Wayne Wang, was the big winner at the San Sebastian Film Festival, as the awards were announced on Saturday evening in the Basque coastal resort town. The film won the Festival's Golden Shell as Best Film, also winning a Silver Shell for Best Actor for the film's lead Henry O. The film, based on a short story by award-winning author Yiyun Li, depicts the tensio...

Hong Kong-born director Wayne Wang's "A Thousand Years of Good Prayers" won the best film and best actor awards at San Sebastian

Hong Kong-born director Wayne Wang's "A Thousand Years of Good Prayers" won the best film and best actor awards at the 55th annual San Sebastian film festival in Spain on Saturday.Based on a short story by the same name by award-winning author Yiyun Li, the movie depicts the tensions that follow when a widower from Beijing, Mr Shi, goes to the US to visit his recently divorced daughter Yilan."It was a small film that needed a lot of time to be done because I think films need to br...

Abu Dhabi announces the Official Competition

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The Middle East International Film Festival – Abu Dhabi announces the Official Competition slate, with filmmakers competing for the coveted Black Pearl awards. “The production support awarded with the Black Pearl is truly one-of-a-kind,” said Nashwa Al-Ruwaini. “We are confident that it will help propel its recipient into the next level of filmmaking.”“We are thrilled with the line-up of films we have in Competition,” said Festival Director Jon Fitzgerald. “They represent world-...

The Times BFI 51st London Film Festival's full programme

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The Times BFI 51st London Film Festival's full programme, announced today by Artistic Director Sandra Hebron, includes 184 features and 133 shorts as well as a host of screen talks, masterclasses and live events. Opening the Festival on Thursday 17 October is the UK premiere of David Cronenberg's Eastern Promises with Viggo Mortensen, Naomi Watts and Vincent Cassel, whilst Wes Anderson closes the Festival on November 1 with the UK premiere of The Darjeeling Limited, starring Jason Schwartz...

October 19 curtain-raiser for 3rd Eurasia Film Festival in Antalya (Turkey)

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The 3rd International Eurasia Film Festival, curtain-raiser for Turkey's 44th Antalya Film Festival, is all set to open on October 19 and will feature a showcase of much-acclaimed recent films of international origin. Displaying the latest productions and hosting their performers and directors at Antalya, the Eurasia Film Festival covers a line up of highly praised films produced  during the last two years. Awards of US$75,000 and US$25,000 will be granted to the “Best Film” and the ...

London Film Festival unveils line up

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The Times BFI 51st London Film Festival’s full programme, announced today by Artistic Director Sandra Hebron, includes 184 features and 133 shorts as well as a host of screen talks, masterclasses and live events. Opening the Festival on Thursday 17 October is the UK premiere of David Cronenberg’s EASTERN PROMISES with Viggo Mortensen, Naomi Watts and Vincent Cassel, whilst Wes Anderson closes the Festival on November 1 with the UK premiere of THE DARJEELING LIMITED, starring Jason Schwartzma...

Tricks wins Europa Cinemas Label in Venice

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7 September 2007: Polish director Andrzej Jakimowski’s TRICKS (Sztuczki) has won the Europa Cinemas Label as Best European film in the Giornate degli Autori/Venice Days section, it was announced today by a jury of four Europa Cinemas exhibitors. The Label will be awarded tomorrow.This marks the fourth year that the Europa Cinemas Label has been awarded at Venice, and complements the Labels awarded at the Panorama section in Berlin, the Quinzaine des Réalisateurs in Cannes and Karlovy Vary.TRI...

Europa Cinema label travels to Venice

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Further supporting its ongoing campaign to promote European films, Europa Cinemas will return once again to this year's Venice Film Festival, awarding its Label prize to the best European film in the Giornate degli Autori/Venice Days section (August 30 to September 8).This marks the fourth year that the Europa Cinemas Label will be awarded at Venice, and complements the Labels awarded at the Panorama section in Berlin, The Quinzaine des Réalisateurs in Cannes and Karlovy Vary.A jury of four Eur...

117 Features & docus from EFP to Screen at Toronto

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117 Features and Documentaries from 24 of European Film Promotion’s 28 Member Countries to Screen at the 2007 Toronto International Film Festival®European Film Promotion (EFP) with support from the European Union's MEDIA Programme, will attend the Toronto International Film Festival® (September 6-15) for the eleventh consecutive year. Joining the 17 EFP member countries who comprise a de facto European delegation with display booths in the Festival’s Sales & Industry Office, are two EFP me...

Los Angeles Film Festival full line up

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Film Independent announced the full program line-up for the 2007 Los Angeles Film Festival (Thursday, June 21 – Sunday, July 1), including the Opening Night and Closing Night films.As previously announced, Academy Award®-winning actor and filmmaker Clint Eastwood will receive this year’s Spirit of Independence Award on Thursday, June 28 at a special event sponsored by Target. Tony Bennett, who is the focus of a new documentary for which Clint Eastwood serves as executive producer, will pre...

Anton Corbijn’s CONTROL wins Europa Cinemas Label in Cannes

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Anton Corbijn’s CONTROL has won the Europa Cinemas Label as Best European film in the Directors’ Fortnight/Quinzaine des Réalisateurs section, it was announced today by a jury of four Europa Cinemas exhibitors. The Label will be awarded this evening at the Directors Fortnight prize ceremony.This marks the fifth year that the Europa Cinemas Label will be awarded at Cannes, and complements the Labels awarded at the Panorama section in Berlin, the Venice Days section of the Mostra del Cinema,...

Fifth Cannes for Europa Cinemas Label

Further supporting its ongoing campaign to promote European films, Europa Cinemas will return once again to this years 60th. Cannes Film Festival, awarding its Label prize to the best European film in the Directors’ Fortnight/Quinzaine des Réalisateurs  section (May 17/27). This marks the fifth year that the Europa Cinemas Label will be awarded at Cannes, and complements the Labels awarded at the Panorama section in Berlin, the Venice Days section of the Mostra del Cinema, and Karlovy Vary.A...

A Showcase of Israeli Cinema

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Tuesday, April 24----In honor of Israeli Independence Day, the Palm Beach International Film Festival (PBIFF) is featuring Israel in the inaugural World Showcase of Films on Tuesday, April 24. The daylong event presented in partnership with the Palm Beach Jewish Film Festival and the Jewish Community Center of the Greater Palm Beaches will feature premieres of independent films from Israel at Sunrise Cinemas in Mizner Park.  Participating films include: OUT OF SIGHT, a gripping, psychological m...

Politics at New York Arab & South Asian Film Festival

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New York Arab & South Asian Film Festival 2007, 2/23 – 3/4There is a constant creation of new film festivals defined by regional, thematic, distribution (such as video ipods), or other parameters, propelled by a large supply of production and an ever increasing number of new film makers. This phenomenon is caused by expansion of film schools, access to low cost production equipment, and last not least public and corporate funding for film festivals. By now it is hard to ascertain how many fes...

Stewart Copeland Cops Cinequest Maverick Spirit Award

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Stewart Copeland makes his entrance with a bang. Whether bounding onto the California Theatre stage before a packed house of 1,100 people or striding into a small room for a press conference, the founder of the newly reunited The Police radiates high energy. He flings his arms in the air, and his voice booms all the way to the last row of the balcony and back. Never has anyone been so enthusiastic about receiving a Cinequest Maverick Spirit Award. Just a 50-year-old suburban dad? So he says.The ...

Stewart Copeland Cops Cinequest Maverick Spirit Award

Saturday, March 3---Stewart Copeland makes his entrance with a bang. Whether bounding onto the California Theatre stage before a packed house of 1,100 people or striding into a small room for a press conference, the founder of the newly reunited The Police radiates high energy. He flings his arms in the air, and his voice booms all the way to the last row of the balcony and back. Never has anyone been so enthusiastic about receiving a Cinequest Maverick Spirit Award. Just a 50-year-old suburban ...

New York Celebrates Arab and Asian Cinema

Tuesday, February 27----New York film buffs have the opportunity to experience the creative vitality and sociopolitical realities of North Africa, the Middle East and South Asia at the 2007 New York Arab & South Asian Film Festival (NYASAFF), which began last weekend and continues through Sunday, March 4th. The Festival is a collaborative effort among several cultural and media organizations, including Alwan For The Arts, 3rd i NY, South Asian Women's Creative Collective and Downtown ...

Arabic / Asian highlights from New York Arab & South Asian Film Fest

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The 2007 New York Arab & South Asian Film Festival presented by Alwan for the Arts, opene in New York City Feb 23rd and runs through March 4th. Programmed by a diverse group of visual artists, political and cultural activists, writers and filmmakers, this year the Festival offers many ground breaking films and programs, unique cultural slants, as well as many cinematic “firsts”, which include:• First Saudi Arabian Feature film to be shown in US - Shadow of Silence, by Abdullah Al Muheisen...

TUYA'S WEDDING Wins Berlinale Golden Bear

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Monday, February 19------In a surprise twist, a Chinese film has won the Berlinale Golden Bear, the Berlin Film Festival's highest honor. TUYA'S MARRIAGE by Chinese director Wang Quan'an won the Festival's top prize, which was announced with other awards at the Festival's closing  ceremony on Saturday evening. The film, the story of a woman living in rural northwestern Mongolia and facing pressure to abandon her life as a shepherd, did not figure on most critics' pred...

TUYA'S WEDDING Wins Berlinale Golden Bear

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Saturday, February 17------In a surprise twist, a Chinese film has won the Berlinale Golden Bear, the Berlin Film Festival's highest honor. TUYA'S MARRIAGE by Chinese director Wang Quan'an won the Festival's top prize, which was announced with other awards at the Festival's closing  ceremony this evening. The film, the story of a woman living in rural northwestern Mongolia and facing pressure to abandon her life as a shepherd, did not figure on most critics' predictio...

TUYA'S WEDDING Wins Berlinale Golden Bear

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In a surprise twist, a Chinese film has won the Berlinale Golden Bear, the Berlin Film Festival's highest honor. TUYA'S MARRIAGE by Chinese director Wang Quan'an won the Festival's top prize, which was announced with other awards at the Festival's closing ceremony Saturday evening. The film, the story of a woman living in rural northwestern Mongolia and facing pressure to abandon her life as a shepherd, did not figure on most critics' prediction lists. A gentle, atmospheric and almost non-verba...

Antonio Banderas’EL CAMINO DE LOS INGLESES (SUMMER RAIN)wins Europa Cinemas Label at Berlin Film Festival

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Antonio Banderas’ El Camino de los Ingleses (Summer Rain) has won the Europa Cinemas Label as Best European film in the Panorama section of the Berlinale, it was announced today by a jury of four Europa Cinemas exhibitors. The Label will be awarded this evening at the joint Europa Cinemas/Fipresci awards ceremony.This marks the third year that the Europa Cinemas Label has been awarded to the Best European film in the Panorama section of the Berlinale, and complements the Labels awarded at the ...

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