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24th ISRAEL FILM FESTIVAL IN MIAMI STARTS FEBRUARY 17, 2010 AT THE INTRACOASTAL THEATER IN NORTH MIAMI BEACH

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CELEBRATING THE INTERNATIONAL SUCCESS OF ISRAELI CINEMA  February 17-25, 2010 at Sunrise Cinemas Intracoastal Mall  Opening Night Honors Presented To  Yehoram Gaon 2010 IFF Lifetime Achievement Award The Peres Center for Peace 2010 IFF Humanitarian Award Shaul Rikman 2010 IFF Founder’s Award David Keinan ~ Akiva Segal ~ Ron Reshef 2010 IFF Community Leadership Award Opening Night Film: A MATTER OF SIZE Nominated for 14 Ophir Awards (Israeli Academy) Cl...

New York Sephardic Jewish Film Festival Lineup

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By Maria Esteves - January 14, 2010 The 14th Annual 2010 New York Sephardic Jewish Film Festival (NYSJFF10) commence February 4 - 11, 2010, at the Center for Jewish History. The festival sponsored by American Sephardi Federation/Sephardic House (ASF) and Yeshiva University Museum, annually celebrates the rich, vibrant history, customs and culture in Sephardic Jewry cinema. This year's 20th Anniversary of the festival's inception honors NYSJFF founders Dr. Janice Ovadiah, Mr. Morrie Yohai, and I...

14th New York Sephardic Jewish Film Festival Official Lineup

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By Maria Esteves - January 14, 2010 The 14th Annual 2010 New York Sephardic Jewish Film Festival (NYSJFF10) commence February 4 - 11, 2010, at the Center for Jewish History. The festival sponsored by American Sephardi Federation/Sephardic House (ASF) and Yeshiva University Museum, annually celebrates the rich, vibrant history, customs and culture in Sephardic Jewry cinema.  This year's 20th Anniversary of the festival's inception honors NYSJFF founders Dr. Janice Ovadiah, Mr. Morrie ...

19th Annual 2010 New York Jewish Film Festival Official Lineup

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By Maria Esteves - January 10, 2010 The 19th Annual 2010 New York Jewish Film Festival (NYJFF10) commences January 13-28, 2010, at the Walter Reade Theater. The festival presented by The Jewish Museum and The Film Society of Lincoln Center, annually showcase world cinema that investigates, records, and celebrates the Jewish experience. This year's festival lineup includes over 20 features, documentaries, and shorts, along with panel discussions, gala receptions, and special events (Opening ...

The sixth edition of Dubai International Film Festival concluded with 28 prizes

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28 prizes presented for acting and cinematic excellence The sixth edition of Dubai International Film Festival concluded on Wednesday night with a glittering award ceremony that honoured the finest acting and cinematic talent from the Arab world, Asia and Africa at the Muhr Arab and Muhr AsiaAfrica awards. In all, 28 prizes were distributed for excellence in acting, cinematography, editing, music and scriptwriting in addition to the jury general excellence awards. The entries were f...

Views of North America At POFF

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  This year, POFF, the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival, made a real commitment to showcasing new independent films from the USA and Canada. Ten films were selected for the newly inaugurated North American Independents Competition, all of which do not currently have distribution deals in place for Eastern Europe (but hopefully that will change as a result of the exposure here). In all, 25 films from the USA and Canada, many making their European or Eastern European premieres. In...

“Bridging The Borders with 88 Keys (52 White and 36 Black) Interview with Israeli Musician, Idan Raichel

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“Bridging The Borders with 88 Keys (52 White and 36 Black)” Israeli pianist/keyboardist,composer, producer, and vocalist, Idan Raichel, dreams of uniting nations by building bridges made out of 88 Keys across to Syria, Lebanon, and Palestine with the hopes of allowing world musicians the freedom to unite, join forces, and perform together without conflict, mistrust, and political red tape, while respecting one another’s cultural diversifications. The musician places importance on the fa...

24th Israel Film Festival in New York Official Lineup

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By Maria Esteves - November 23, 2009 The 24th Israel Film Festival 2009 in New York (NYIFF09) will be held at the SVA Theatre (333 West 23 St.), December 5 - 13, 2009. The festival presented by IsraFest Foundation, Inc., in association with the Consulate General of Israel in New York, annually showcase the largest of Israeli cinema. This year's festival lineup includes over 28 Israeli Academy Award winning and nominee features, documentaries, and student shorts, along with panel discussions...

Israel Film Festival ready to open

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The 24th Israel Film Festival, the largest showcase of Israeli films in the United States will open on Saturday, December 5, 2009 and continue through December 13 at the SVA Theater (333 W. 23rd St.).   Opening night will find celebrated actor Elliott Gould on hand to receive the 2009 IFF Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of his tremendous achievements and body of work.  This Academy Award® Nominee has over 200 film and television credits to his name, and is easily re...

NEWSLETTER N° 440: November 12, 2009

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.............WELCOME TO OUR NEWSLETTER N° 440: November 12, 2009 Follow this LINK if you cannot read the newsletter properly Contact the Editor, Advertise on the sites. How to use FestivalExpress our new online submission suite for festivals and filmmakers. THE NEXT FESTIVAL DAILIES ON FEST21.COM AFI Fest, Fort Lauderdale, Cairo Fest, Festival d'Arra...

Winners VII International Euro Arab Film Festival Amal

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Best Feature film: A boyfriend for Yasmina Best Documentary: ex-aequo The one man's village and Checkpoint Rock. Songs from Palestine. Best Fiction Short Film: The north route Best Documentary Short Film: Stranger in my home Best Director: Rashid Masharawi for Laila´s birthday Best Actress Award: Suheir Hammad for Salt of this sea Best Actor Award: José Luis García Pérez for A boyfriend for Yasmina Television de Galicia Prize: Pommegranates and myrrh ...

Torino Film Festival full line up

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the 27th Torino Film Festival Torino Grand Prix Starting this year, the Torino Film Festival presents Torino Grand Prix, an award which is given each year to filmmakers who, from the surfacing of the nouvelles vagues on, have helped renew the film language, create new aesthetic models and communicate the new trends that are the basis of the most interesting works of contemporary cinema. This year, the prize will be given to Emir Kusturica, for the inventiveness o...

The inaugural Doha Tribeca Film Festival PREVIEW

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The inaugural Doha Tribeca Film Festival (DTFF) announced today it will open with a special screening of director Mira Nair's “Amelia,” a thrilling account of legendary aviation pioneer Amelia Earhart starring two-time Academy Award® winner Hilary Swank and Golden Globe® winner Richard Gere. Organizers also revealed the 32 films that will comprise the rest of the Festival’s film slate. 12 of the films have roots in the Middle East and the balance is a diverse selection of acclaimed title...

The inaugural Doha Tribeca Film Festival PREVIEW

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The inaugural Doha Tribeca Film Festival (DTFF) announced today it will open with a special screening of director Mira Nair's “Amelia,” a thrilling account of legendary aviation pioneer Amelia Earhart starring two-time Academy Award® winner Hilary Swank and Golden Globe® winner Richard Gere. Organizers also revealed the 32 films that will comprise the rest of the Festival’s film slate. 12 of the films have roots in the Middle East and the balance is a diverse selection of acclaimed title...

Abu Dhabi's Film Festival Announces its Narrative & Documentary Feature Selections

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Egypt's The Traveler (Al Mosafer) with Omar Sharif to screen as Opening Night Gala The Middle East International Film Festival (MEIFF) today unveiled the lineup of the feature-length narratives and documentaries that will compete for Black Pearl Awards worth over $1 million during the upcoming Festival. Presented by the Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture and Heritage, this year's MEIFF will run from October 8 to 17. Peter Scarlet, the festival's new Executive Director commented, "...

An Appreciation of the Real: Documentaries at ENH

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      by Sandy Mandelberger, Online Dailies Editor   When the film history of our era is written for future scholars to examine, one of the interesting aspects will be the flowering of non-fiction film. Documentaries, once relegated to television or educational settings, have broken through to the theatrical box office. While not every film can be “Fahrenheit 911” (which topped $200 million at the box office) documentaries have been faring we...

Program for upcoming International Panorama of Independent Film and Video Makers (Patras)

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UNITS: «Cinema, the art of peace», «At the ends of the world», «Balkan neighborhood» «All around Europe», «Greek panorama», «Glances to bloody East», «Patras directors» «South America of passions and struggles», «Awarded films of ArtFools Festival of Larissa's city», «Awarded films of AGON, the International Meeting of Archaeological Film of the Mediterranean area»   FRIDAY 2 OCTOBER 2009 Hour of beginning 15.00 15:00 «all around Eu...

The Anti-Blockbuster: European Films On American Screens

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  by Sandy Mandelberger, Film New York Editor Summer is the traditional time at movie multiplexes for blockbuster films from the Hollywood studios that tend to focus more on explosions and special effects than effective storylines. While there is no denying the box office clout of such films as TRANSFORMERS, TERMINATOR SALVATION and WOLVERINE, there are some less deafening art films that are also being released on American screens. Call it counter-programming, a strategy of offering a breather ...

Film In Focus: DEFAMATION

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  by Sandy Mandelberger, Festival Dailies Editor With the Washington DC area still reeling from last week's shooting at the Holocaust Memorial Museum in the heart of the nation's capital, a hot-button documentary explores the nature of anti-semitism in both the United States and overseas. Israeli director Yoav Shamir, whose incendiary films on the Israeli/Palestine conflict won major awards at Sundance, Berlin and other festivals, brings a somewhat light-heartened tone to DEFAMATION...

SAN FRANCISCO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL BUCKS ECONOMIC TRENDS TO SET NEW RECORDS FOR REVENUE AND ATTENDANCE

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Longest-Running Film Festival in the Americas Enjoys a Spectacular 52nd Year with Superb Programming, Numerous Special Guests and Many Memorable Sold-out Events The San Francisco Film Society wrapped its 52nd San Francisco International Film Festival (April 23-May 7) with 272 screenings of 151 films from 55 countries, with 144 filmmakers and 54 industry guests from 25 countries in attendance, with an estimated 82,000 filmgoers. Over its packed 15 days the Festival set new record highs for att...

Interview with Film Director, Eran Riklis

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"Erev tov, Mr. Eran Riklis": “The words that come to mind when one sees “Lemon Tree”/”Etz Lemon”, which premiered this past week, and is currently playing at IFC, and “Syrian Bride”, are courage, resiliency, and loss. In “Lemon Tree”/”Etz Lemon”, the strong-willed Palestinian female lead, Salma Zidane, played by Hiam Abbass, from “The Visitor”, faces losing her inherited lemon orchard when an Israeli Defense Minister Navon and his wife, Mira Navon, played by Rona Lipa...

Interview with Film Director, Eran Riklis

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"Erev tov, Mr. Eran Riklis":   “The words that come to mind when one sees “Lemon Tree”/”Etz Lemon”, which premiered this past week, and is currently playing at IFC, and  “Syrian Bride”, are courage, resiliency, and loss.   In “Lemon Tree”/”Etz Lemon”, the strong-willed Palestinian female lead, Salma Zidane, played by Hiam Abbass, from “The Visitor”, faces losing her inherited lemon orchard when an Israeli Defense Minister Navon and his wife, Mira Navo...

Aspen Shortsfest 2009 Program

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Aspen Film announced today its film selections that will be screening at Aspen Shortsfest 2009, April 1-5 at the Wheeler Opera House in Aspen and Crystal Theatre in Carbondale. More than 2,500 entries were considered from more than 60 countries, and more than 60 short films were selected from 21 countries for this esteemed, five-day Oscar®-qualifying International Competition. In its 18th year, Aspen Shortsfest is considered one of the world's premier international short film and video showcase...

Tribeca Film Festival line up announced

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The 2009 Tribeca Film Festival, presented by American Express, the founding sponsor of the Festival, today announced its remaining out-of-competition feature film selections in the Encounters, Spotlight, Showcase, Restored/Rediscovered and Midnight sections. The 2009 Tribeca Film Festival will take place from April 22 to May 3, 2009 in lower Manhattan and will feature not only film screenings, but also an array of free community events designed to share the Festival experience with as many New Y...

Documentaries in Competition in San Francisco Fest

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The 52nd San Francisco International Film Festival (April 23 - May 7) announced today its Documentaries in Competition for the prestigious Golden Gate Award. The International will award over $100,000 in total prizes this year. $60,000 will be awarded to winners in three categories: investigative documentary feature ($25,000), documentary feature ($20,000) and Bay Area documentary feature ($15,000). The jury's selection of winners will be announced at the Golden Gate Awards on Wednesday, May 6.S...

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