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Antalya Film Festival opens under a starry starry sky

The 43rd Antalya Film Festival got under way last night (Saturday September 16, 2006) at a glittering opening ceremony attended by several international celebrities including evergreen Faye Dunaway and the resurgent Helen Mirren.Some 6,000 people attended the two-hour ceremony under a starry sky in a 2,000-year-old Roman amphitheatre on the outskirts of Antalya, a stunningly beautiful city-resort located on the Mediterranean coast some 500 kilometres south east of Istanbul and some 300 kilometre...

Follow The Portable Film Festival 2006 on portable video devices

The Portable Film Festival 2006 is a free, international festival of short films downloadable to portable video devices. Launching on September 13 and running until October 22, this year’s program will feature over sixty pre-selected films compressed especially for viewing on Sony PlayStation Portables, iPod Videos, 3G phones, laptops and even deskbound computers.Entries have been received from Australia, the Netherlands, the US, the UK, Romania, Canada, Austria, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Sin...

Britain’s biggest competitive short film festival releases line up

Britain’s biggest competitive short film festival, Encounters Short Film Festival ( 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 ...

Aspen Filmfest preview

The 28th annual Aspen Filmfest runs September 26 through October 1, 2006, in Aspen, Carbondale and Glenwood Springs. For six days this resort valley’s favorite fall party will host advance previews of new films and award-winning documentaries from six of seven continents, as well as a tribute to Harrison Ford. With the chance to be among the first in the States to see some films, as well as enjoy highlights from the festival circuit, Aspen audiences will have the opportunity to vote for their ...

The winners of the three prizes in the Open Doors

The winners of the three prizes in the Open Doors section were announced: two Indonesian projects (The Photograph by Nan Achnas and Jermal by Ravi Bharwani) and one from Malaysia (Living Quietly by Tan Chui Mui). Southeast Asia is the focus for this year's Open Doors. 11 projects were chosen from the 50 entered from Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia. During this fourth Open Doors workshop they were presented to potential producers and co-producers from around the world and from Europe ... – 2006 Edition is about to begin!

Punctually, at 00.00 GMT, on August 15th more than 70 videos will be on line to participate to this second edition.We were sure that this year DF would have had a good succes as we planned to double the last years numbers and results but we never thought that so many people would have sent us their videos!Great success on the participation side has been achieved either by the Videoart section and by the more traditional Movies section. Nevertheless a real moltitude of musicians, singers, and ban...

Locarno focus on Southeast Asia "Open Doors"

11 projects from Southeast Asia invited to Locarno “Open Doors underscores in a practical way one of the Festival’s vocational objectives – to bring together film cultures and traditions that are different or distant from each other,” notes Frédéric Maire, Locarno’s new artistic director, “and, with effect from this year, the section is to enjoy a higher profile within the Festival”.The Open Doors workshop, thanks to the support of the Swiss Foreign Ministry’s Agency for Develo...

Wildscreen jurors warn industry not to sacrifice content for style

Jurors for the world’s biggest festival of natural history film and television have warned the industry not to sacrifice content for style simply because new technology is providing increased scope for innovation. Presenting the report from the Nominations Panel for WILDSCREEN 2006, jury chair and festival trustee Carol Haslam, said many of this year’s record 412 entries from 46 countries for the biennial Panda Awards showed the exciting possibilities changing technology offers. “At the hi...

9th Aurora Asian Film Festival

The Ninth Aurora Asian Film Festival will be held June 1 - 4 at the Aurora Fox Arts Center (9900 E. Colfax Avenue) in Aurora. The Festival, presented by Denver Film Society, the Aurora Asian/Pacific Community Partnership and the City of Aurora, will feature 10 new films from several countries along the Pacific Rim including China, Mongolia, South Korea, Indonesia, Singapore and Hong Kong. AMERICANESE - Opening Night Film - Thursday, June 1 In Person Appearances: Eric Byler, Allison Sie and Chr...

Tous les Cinémas du Monde: second edition in Cannes

For its second edition "Tous les Cinémas du Monde" welcomes seven new countries: Russia, Israel, Singapore, Switzerland, Venezuela, Tunisia and Chile. The goal of this programme of the Festival de Cannes is to illustrate the cultural diversity of world cinema. It was created and continues to develop thanks to financing from the Région Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur. Russia, not so long ago, suffered an absence of great films and a void in the number of motion-picture theatres. Today, the volum...

Cannes Fest in brief

The Jury of Un Certain Regard will be presided by Monte Hellman. The Jury of the Golden Camera will be presided by Luc and Jean-Pierre Dardenne. The Actor's MasterClass will be given on Friday, May 19th by Gena Rowlands. The Music MasterClass by Alexandre Desplat, in dialogue with Jacques Audiard, will take place on Sunday, May 21st. The Cinema MasterClass will be hosted by Sydney Pollack on Thursday, May 25th. On this occasion he will present his documentary SKETCHES OF FRANK GEHRY. A brand-ne...

Tous les Cinémas du Monde in Cannes

For its second edition "Tous les Cinémas du Monde" welcomes seven new countries: Russia, Israel, Singapore, Switzerland, Venezuela, Tunisia and Chile.The goal of this programme of the Festival de Cannes is to illustrate the cultural diversity of world cinema. It was created and continues to develop thanks to financing from the Région Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur.Russia, not so long ago, suffered an absence of great films and a void in the number of motion-picture theatres. Today, the volume of ...

Perhaps Love Best Foreign Film at the Queens Fest

Perhaps Love takes home Best Foreign Language Film Award at the Queens International Film Festival Lavish musical romantic drama rallies support in pre-Oscars movePeter Ho-Sun Chan’s new film Perhaps Love was voted the Best Foreign Language Film on the closing night of the third annual Queens International Film Festival (QIFF), which took place in New York from November 17th to 20th. Perhaps Love competed against four other international entries in the Best Foreign Language Film category, inc...

European Film Promotion receives Media support for film sales

By awarding 400.000 Euros to European Film Promotion s initiative Film Sales Support (FSS) for 2006, the European Commission s Media Programme has highlighted the significance of promoting and marketing European films outside of Europe. Entering its third year in January, FSS supports European sales agents and producers in their endeavour to market and propel cultural diversity of European cinema on selected international film festivals in Latin America, East Asia, Canada and the US. The generou...

Melbourne fest: reveals its program and kicks in next week

Selections have been made for the 7th Annual Melbourne Independent Filmmakers Festival (MIFF). Each year film fans, filmmakers, and celebrities travel to Melbourne to see films with the enthusiastic Melbourne audience and this year is no exception. Not only an energetic supporter of independent filmmakers, the MIFF is a fundraiser that helps out local charities with all its proceeds. The MIFF received 300 excellent films this year and ultimately selected 76 films to be shown. These films include...

Hawai Festival announces the winners of the 27th edition

Hawaii filmmakers flourish winning a record 6 awards1. First Hawaiian Bank Golden Maile AwardsCAVITE [PHILIPPINES] - Golden Maile: Best Feature FilmSISTERS IN LAW [CAMEROON] – Golden Maile: Best Documentary Film2. Russell Boyd [MASTER AND COMMANDER] wins the Eastman Kodak Award for Excellence in Cinematography3. Film in Hawaii Award presented to the late Kayo Hatta [PICTURE BRIDE].4. The Network for the Promotion of Asian Cinema (NETPAC) Award goes to SEASON OF THE HORSE [CHINA].5. Inaugura...

22 films nominated for Singapore Asian Festival of 1st films

Twenty-two first films will vie for nine awards across eight categories namely Best Producer, Best Director/Best Film, Best Cinematographer, Best Actor and Best Actress in a Leading Role, Best Writer (Script/Screenplay), Best Documentary and Best Director of Documentary at the Asian Festival of 1 st Films (AFFF). The AFFF is the world’s first annual film and documentary festival to celebrate the best of first-time films as well as producers, directors, writers, cinematographers, actors and doc...

The Forsaken Land wins at Bangkok

The Forsaken Land, a controversial film set in war-torn Sri Lanka, has won Best Picture award at Bangkok’s 3rd annual World Film Festival (WFF) which ends today (Monday 24 October).The Forsaken Land : Directed by Vimukthi Jayasundara and produced by Philippe Avri, the film had already achieved international recognition by winning the Camera d’Or award at Cannes Film Festival earlier this year, was selected at Toronto and was a clear favourite with Thai audiences.“Cannes was extremely kind ...

7th International Panorama opens with 144 films to screen

7th International Panorama: 24/9 to 1/10 The International Panorama of Independent Creators appeals to young creators and it offers them the chance to present prolusions or not, with the only precondition to respect the culture and values of every population, to creators who do not have the financial support of governmental institutions and big studios. In this way the International Panorama is concerned with the “creator” cinema and the presented films are little “gems” of the internati...

A. Robert Pisano second topper with Glickman at MPAA

Dan Glickman, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Motion Picture Association of America, Inc. (MPAA) announced today that he has named industry veteran A. Robert Pisano Chief Operating Officer and President. Pisano will have day-to-day operating responsibility for all Association operations, domestic and international, other than Washington, D.C.-based external and governmental affairs. In making the announcement, Glickman stated, “Representing an industry with billions in world-wid...

Abbas Kiarostami will preside the Pusan Jury

The 10th PUSAN Int'l Film Festival, which will celebrate its 10th year anniversary edition from October 6th through 14th, has confirmed its official jury members. For the New Currents, the only competitive section dedicated to discovering new talents of Asian cinema, world’s renowned Abbas KIAROSTAMI will be serving as president of the jury with a group of 4 distinguished film professionals as follow: Christian JEUNE (Head of Films Department at the Festival de Cannes), Eric KHOO (director/pro...

Films and Events at Tahoe Reno

Tahoe Reno International Film FestivalAugust 24-28, 2005Line up 1309 (USA, 2005, 15 min) [Short] - Eye on Discovery 39 Pounds of Love (Israel, USA, 2005, 70 min) Reel Point of View AdCorp, Inc. (2005, 12 min) [Short] - Eye on Discovery Aimee Price (USA, 2005, 39 min) [Short] - Eye on Discovery America 101 (USA, 2004, 86 min) Eye on Discovery Ami's New Animation (2005, 6 min) [Short] - Reel Point of View Anna and the Soldier (Germany, Italy, 2004, 10 min) [Short] - Global ...

Rhode Isaland Festival wrapped its 9th

The Rhode Island International Film Festival began its ninth year at 6:30 pm, Tuesday, August 9th, in Providence at the Columbus Theatre (270 Broadway) with a focus on the art of short films. Selected from thousands of submissions from throughout the world, the two-hour program of local, national and international shorts represents an eclectic array of genres. The Festival's traditional opening-night focus on shorts promises to surpass the excitement of last year's sold-out event.THE OPENING NI...

Japan's Shorts Shorts Festival awards

JAPAN'S SHORT SHORTS FILM FESTIVAL AWARDS $60,000 IN PRIZESThe Short Shorts Film Festival kicked off its 7th annual competition and tour of Japan earlier this month with screenings in the trendy Harajuku neighborhood of Tokyo. $60,000 in prizes was awarded to filmmakers in three categories: National (Japan), International (non-Asian), and Asian. “Rien de Grave” (dir. Renaud Philipps, France) took home the Grand Prix, and “SHIROTAKU” (dir. Toshiro Sonoda, Japan) was honored with the Asa...

Houston award winners

WorldFest-Houston, the third oldest film festival in North America, celebrated the conclusion of its 38th annual independent film showcase with the Grand Awards Gala on April 30th and Closing Day festivities with a VIP tour of NASA and Space Center Houston and a Texas Barbecue on May 1st sponsored by The Houston Yacht Club. Both events were open to the public. WorldFest was founded as an International Film Society in August 1961. It became the third competitive international film festival in Nor...


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