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India looks to Pakistani views, via the screens of Goa

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GOA, June 29, 2008: For a country sometimes viewed as 'the enemy' in geopolitical rivalries or the cricket-field, the films of neighbouring Pakistan, currently being screened at the South Asian Film Festival here in Goa, are drawing significant interest and appreciation.Screened in Panaji (also called Panjim or Ponnje) -- though with a small audience, reflecting the overall lack of publicity for the first SAFF being held here -- was reporter Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy's documentary 'Pakistan's Doubl...

Eight diverse cinematographic traditions meet at Goa for SAFF

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[Photo, venue of the SAFF at Goa, housed in an old colonial palatial mansion. Photo FN] Eight diverse countries, very differing historical and political traditions, unmatched cinematographic backgrounds, and over 45 films. Mixed together, the result is a South Asian Film Festival, the latest version of which is underway in Goa.This four-day festival, which ends on Monday, is seeing films from eight South Asian Countries -- Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepa...

Berlin Today Award 2009: Short film projects from Alaska, India, Lebanon, Berlin and Brandenburg make it to the finals

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The Berlin Today Award, supported by Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg as the short film competition of the Berlinale Talent Campus since 2003, has nominated five short film projects as finalists in the upcoming round. 176 young filmmakers from 72 countries responded to the call for project ideas related to the theme “My Wall“, conceived to mark the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin wall. For the first time not only Campus Talents but also producers from all over Germany could apply to...

Berlin Today Award 2009:

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Berlin Today Award 2009: Short film projects from Alaska, India, Lebanon, Berlin and Brandenburg make it to the finalsThe Berlin Today Award, supported by Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg as the short film competition of the Berlinale Talent Campus since 2003, has nominated five short film projects as finalists in the upcoming round. 176 young filmmakers from 72 countries responded to the call for project ideas related to the theme “My Wall“, conceived to mark the 20th anniversary of the fall ...

Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles schedule of films

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The 6th Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles (IFFLA) announces the full schedule of films for the 2008 edition of the popular festival which runs April 22-27, including four feature films making their world premiere, five features making their U.S. premiere, and nine features making their L.A. debut.Celebrating its 6th anniversary, IFFLA has firmly established itself as the first and largest film festival in North America dedicated entirely to presenting the cinema of India by showcasing films by...

10th Thessaloniki Documentary Festival :JUST TALKING

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On Tuesday, March 11, at the Excelsior room of the Electra Palace hotel, the directors Necati Sonmez (To make an example of), Krzysztof Kopczynnski (Stone Silence), Buthina Canaan Khoury (Maria's Grotto), Mary-Ellen Davis (Territories), Sarah Singh (The sky below), Sibel Bilgin & Floor Kooij (Burhan Uygur: Passion of an artist), Pola Rapaport (Hair let the sun shine in), Sotiris Danezis, honoree of the Festival, and the distributor Sirkka Moeller from the German company Deckert, participated...

10th Thessaloniki Documentary Festival PRESS CONFERENCE :CITY OF CRANES – THE SKY BELOW ,BURHAN UYGUR PASSION OF AN ARTIST

 On Monday, March 10 a press conference took place in the “Green Room” of the Olympion, in the context of the 10th Thessaloniki Documentary Festival. Those participating were Floor Kooij and Sibel Bilgin, directors of the documentary Burhan Uygur Passion of an artist, Sarah Singh, director of The sky below and Samantha Zarzosa producer of the documentary City of Cranes. Sibel Bilgin, director of Burhan Uygur Passion of an artist, explained that she knew the innovative artist Burhan Uygur p...

Tribeca reveals line up of 122 feature films from 31 countries

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The 2008 Tribeca Film Festival has announced the line-ups for its World Narrative and World Documentary Feature Film Competitions as well the films it has chosen to present in the Encounters section for the seventh annual Festival. The Festival will take place April 23 – May 4, 2008 in Lower Manhattan. The Festival will present a streamlined selection of 122 feature films from 31 different countries, including 55 World Premieres, ten International Premieres, 26 North American Premieres, eig...

Lineup and practical info for the Thessaloniki Documentary Festival

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The 10th Thessaloniki Documentary Festival - Images of the 21st Century, part of the Thessaloniki International Film Festival, is celebrating its tenth anniversary by presenting approximately 160 films by directors from all over the world, as well as a full parallel events program.   A record number of 35.000 viewers and 450 guests attended last year’s Festival, demonstrating the increasing interest of the public and industry professionals in documentaries and the TDF’s success in attracti...

Poster du Festival images mouvementées 6° édition : « Identités sans frontières »

Festival images mouvementées 6° édition : « Identités sans frontières » Du 2 au 8 avril 2008 au Cinéma Les 7 Parnassiens98, bd du Montparnasse 75014 Paris http://www.parnassiens.com/ Reconduite à la frontière, centres de rétention, immigration choisie, tests génétiques en vue d'un regroupement familial, autant de mots d'un vocabulaire désormais banalisé en France qui témoignent de l'instaurati

Telluride to honor the Late Sir Edmund Hillary

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As festival time draws near we want to share some highlights of our upcoming 30th Annual Festival May 23-26, 2008. The world mourned the loss of Sir Edmund Hillary in January 2008. Mountainfilm honors the life and achievements of the humble mountaineer with a tribute hosted by David Breashears. Breashears will moderate the event with other notable guests, intimately related to Hillary and his profound impact on the world of exploration. Rarely seen films chronicling his life and exploits will be...

Opening of the Berlinale Talent Campus #6 And the Berlin Today Award 2008 goes to..."

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Opening of the Berlinale Talent Campus #6 with Dieter Kosslick, Dorothee Wenner, Stephen Daldry and Gustavo Santaolalla Match Factor by Maheen Zia from Pakistan winner of the Berlin Today Award 2008 Yesterday evening (Saturday, Feb 9) festival director Dieter Kosslick and Campus director Dorothee Wenner opened the Berlinale Talent Campus 2008 before a crowd of ca. 600 invited guests in the Hebbel am Ufer theatre, HAU 1. Until Feb 14, 350 Talents from about 100 countries will meet with intern...

Opening of the Berlinale Talent Campus #6 And the Berlin Today Award 2008 goes to..."

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Opening of the Berlinale Talent Campus #6 with Dieter Kosslick, Dorothee Wenner, Stephen Daldry and Gustavo Santaolalla Match Factor by Maheen Zia from Pakistan winner of the Berlin Today Award 2008Yesterday evening (Saturday, Feb 9) festival director Dieter Kosslick and Campus director Dorothee Wenner opened the Berlinale Talent Campus 2008 before a crowd of ca. 600 invited guests in the Hebbel am Ufer theatre, HAU 1. Until Feb 14, 350 Talents from about 100 countries will meet with internation...

Opening of the Berlinale Talent Campus #6

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Opening of the Berlinale Talent Campus #6 with Dieter Kosslick, Dorothee Wenner, Stephen Daldry and Gustavo Santaolalla Match Factor by Maheen Zia from Pakistan winner of the Berlin Today Award 2008Yesterday evening (Saturday, Feb 9) festival director Dieter Kosslick and Campus director Dorothee Wenner opened the Berlinale Talent Campus 2008 before a crowd of ca. 600 invited guests in the Hebbel am Ufer theatre, HAU 1. Until Feb 14, 350 Talents from about 100 countries will meet with internation...

And the Berlin Today Award 2008 goes to...

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This Sunday (Feb 10) evening, the Berlin Today Award 2008 will be handed by director Wim Wenders to the winner of this year’s competition round during a networking dinner held by the Campus. The fifth Berlin Today Award goes to Maheen Zia from Pakistan for her short film Match Factor, which competed against the documentary Berlin Hair Today from Ole Bendtzen and the drama The Last Wash from Ville Jankeri. Anneke Kim Sarnau and Navid Akhavan played the leading roles in this intense story about ...

Angelina Jolie Receives Outstanding Performance of the Year Award at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival

  “I think this is the most important role of my life,” Angelina Jolie remarked upon playing Mariane Pearl in A Mighty Heart. Pearl is the famous widow of fellow Wall Street Journal journalist Daniel Pearl, who was killed by terrorists in Pakistan. Pearl’s heart is mighty indeed, as the clips shown in Jolie’s conversation with film critic Pete Hammond reveal.   She graciously accepted the award presented by renowned actor and director Clint Eastwood. The two praised each other...

The Kite Runner - interview with Rebecca Yeldham

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FINDING A LOST KABUL IN OUTBACK CHINAAustralian born producer Rebecca Yeldham has been through some wild filmmaking when shooting The Motorcycle Diaries in deepest Peru, but that now seems tame after “the wild ride” that was the making of The Kite Runner in even deeper Western China, she tells Andrew L. Urban.From the start, the question of where to shoot The Kite Runner loomed over the production. The story would require the wholesale re-creation of several disparate worlds that no longer e...

MIFF highlights

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Delegate Registration is open for World’s Largest film festival, M.I.F.F. 2008: Mumbai International Film Festival (M.I.F.F.) for Documentary, Short and Animation films is a prestigious competitive biennial Festival which has now gained recognition on par with renowned International Film Festivals like Leipzig, Berlin, Oberhausen, Cracow, Tampere, etc. Beginning in 1990 in Mumbai, M.I.F.F. is currently rated as the world’s third largest documentary film festival. M.I.F.F. offers the biggest ...

Short film competition, part of the Berlinale Talent Campus

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Short film competition, part of the Berlinale Talent Campus, will be under the patronage of German foreign minister Dr. Frank-Walter Steinmeier in 2009."My Wall" - the theme of the next Berlin Today AwardThe BERLIN TODAY AWARD - the short film competition sponsored since 2003 by Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg within the framework of the Berlinale Talent Campus - is entering its next round with a new purpose. In 2009, to mark the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin wall, the upcoming editi...

Sundance Festival has announced the line-up of films

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Sundance Institute announced today the line-up of films selected from a record number of submissions for the U.S. and World Cinema Dramatic and Documentary Competitions for the 2008 Sundance Film Festival. The premier showcase for the best new work by American and international independent filmmakers, Sundance Film Festival provides audiences with abundant opportunities to discover today's most innovative films. In addition to the four Competition categories, the Festival presents films i...

Sundance Festival has announced the line-up of films

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Sundance Institute announced today the line-up of films selected from a record number of submissions for the U.S. and World Cinema Dramatic and Documentary Competitions for the 2008 Sundance Film Festival. The premier showcase for the best new work by American and international independent filmmakers, Sundance Film Festival provides audiences with abundant opportunities to discover today's most innovative films. In addition to the four Competition categories, the Festival presents films in five ...

Sundance Festival has announced the line-up of films

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Sundance Institute announced today the line-up of films selected from a record number of submissions for the U.S. and World Cinema Dramatic and Documentary Competitions for the 2008 Sundance Film Festival. The premier showcase for the best new work by American and international independent filmmakers, Sundance Film Festival provides audiences with abundant opportunities to discover today's most innovative films. In addition to the four Competition categories, the Festival presents films in five ...

Santos Palace" from Belgium wins the “Cinemamondo – Castello nel Mondo” award

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"Santos Palace" from Belgium wins the “Cinemamondo – Castello nel Mondo” awardjointly instituted by MEDIA Salles and the Castellinaria Film Festival The short “Santos Palace”, by Hélène Cattet and Bruno Forzani (Belgium 2006) wins the "Cinemamondo – Castello nel Mondo" award, designed to single out works that deal with the issue of an increasingly multiethnic and multicultural world. It was presented – on 24 November during the closing night of the twentieth Castellinaria Festi...

Chicks Making Flicks

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By Rhinnon Hobbins For decades the film industry has suffered from a lack of female directors. But the tide looks to be finally turning with more and more chicks sitting in the director’s chair making some exceptional flicks. These filmmakers are determined not to let anything stand in their way of telling a story - even if that means working on storyboards whilst giving birth.ÉCU 2007 debut director Nicola Morris “I actually took my storyboard into the delivery room and worked on it as I w...

Rome Fest Palmares New Cinema Network

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SIAE PRIZE FOR BEST ITALIAN PROJECT to:“RETURNING TO HAIFA” by Mohsen MellitiA human look into the suffering of exile on both sides of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.The story of a Palestinian couple who, following the proclamation of the independent Jewish state of Israel in 1948, are forced to leave their home in the Palestinian town of Haifa. Tragically, during the confusion of the Israeli invasion the couple - Sayd and Safya - become separated from their five months old son, Khaldun.Mo...

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