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San Francisco International Animation Festival

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The San Francisco Film Society presents the fifth annual San Francisco International Animation Festival (SFIAF), a four-day celebration of the Bay Area's preeminence as a hub for one of the most creative forms in cinema, November 11 - 14 at Landmark's Embarcadero Center Cinema. This year's International Animation Festival ranges from FX-based features to family-friendly cartoons and includes Hayao Miyazaki protégé Sunao Katabuchi's Mai Mai Miracle, the Decemberists-inspired Here Come the Waves...

I'VE SEEN FILMS 2010 Awards

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With a screening program that contained both feature and short films, there were 250 competing works from 72 countries as well as Special Events and Masterclasses that took place, over the Festival’s 10 day-period, at Gnomo Milano Cinema, Centre Culturel Français, Spazio Oberdan, and IULM University. The Gala Award Evening took place on Friday, October 8 in a fully packed ‘Eight Column Hall’ of Milan’s Royal Palace, kindly set at the festival’s disposal by the Culture Department of th...

Gemma?

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Director: Kevin O'Neill.
A homeless man encounters some from from his past

Independent Film Week Swarms New York

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  Independent Film Week, a multi-layered program of screenings, conferences, co-production networking events and filmmaker pitch sessions has kicked off the New York film season with a vengeance. Under the auspices of the Independent Feature Project (IFP), the venerable filmmakers organization, this year's event involves both professionals and film buffs in a dizzying schedule of activities around the city of New York from September 19 to 23. The Independent Film Week kicked off w...

Aspen Film announces the selections

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Aspen Film announces today the selections that will be screening at the 32nd annual Aspen Filmfest, a five-day feast of film and fall color that will be held September 29 - October 3, 2010. With an emphasis on independent productions from around the world and a uniquely intimate scale, the festival champions filmmaking at its finest for film lovers and filmmakers alike. Screenings will be held at the historic Wheeler Opera House in Aspen and at the Crystal Theatre in Carbondale, and tickets will...

Stay With Me

Director: Teddy Mattera .
"Stay with Me" is a 24 minute fiction film, written and directed by Teddy Mattera, inspired by Sandile Dikeni's poem of the same title in his book of poems, "Telegraph to the Sky". It is about a South African soldier who returns to his village but is tormented by his war memories. It stars Makhaola Ndebele and Moshidi Motshegwa, in the lead roles, and is a truly stunning visual journey with only five short lines of dialogue.

NEWSLETTER N° 475: September 3, 2010

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Judge Dredd 3D to be made in Cape Town Studios

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Nico Dekker, CEO of Cape Town Film Studios, South Africa's largest and newest film studio, announced that the studio has secured the first major 3D action film to be made in Africa, Judge Dredd - this popular comic book figure, initially brought to life on the big screen by Sylvester Stallone, will once again grace the big screen. Dekker says it is a major breakthrough for the studio and the country to have secured a production of this caliber before the official construction phase of Cape Town ...

World Cinema Amsterdam: new film festival dedicated to world cinema

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World Cinema Amsterdam is a new film festival based in Amsterdam, combining the best independently produced films from Latin America, Asia and Africa in a single festival. From 12 to 22 August, more than 60 short and feature-length films will screen in the Rialto cinema and at free outdoor screenings on Marie Heinekenplein square. The festival opens on 12 August with the screening of Un homme qui crie, a moving father & son drama from Chad which this year won the Cannes Jury Prize and was nomina...

And the Diff winners are...

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The Durban International Film Festival is pleased to announce that the winner of the Best Feature Film of its 31 st edition is The White Meadows ( Iran ). Directed by Mohammad Rasoulof, the film was lauded by the International Jury as a “timeless and poetic narrative.” “The film conjures up a landscape that is visually stunning and intriguing because it is both harsh and beautiful. It is an enigmatic and poignant political allegory and takes the viewers through a journey on life's ...

'Mercy' please, Leon Clingman!

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During the World Cup, FIFA 2010, my friend South African actor Leon Clingman and I traded information about World Cup news from each country we were in (he in South Africa and me in Brazil). Now, the Cup is over and film excitement has taken over in South Africa once again. Leon Clingman speaks to us from Cape Town about his latest film projects.   LEON: My role in Black Butterflies is really small (3 lines). I play a doctor who works at the reception of a psychiatric ho...

Daring Daran Fulham

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TODAY'S SPECIAL: An interview with the daring international man of mystery Mr. Daran Fulham, the uber talented Art Director for Samson and Delilah (2009), Defiance (2008), Les Deux Monde (2007), Blood Diamond (2006), Syriana (2005) and so much more. Daran speaks about his fascinating career as Art Director and his latest work on the cinematic masterpiece Samson and Delilah by director Warwick Thornton, entirely filmed on location in his native land of Australia.   ME: Hi...

The New York International Film Festival is ready to open

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The New York International Film Festival runs from July 22nd-29th, 2010 in Manhattan and will showcase a diverse range of features, shorts, documentaries, music videos and animations from all over the globe. Film screenings will be on 2 screens at City Cinemas Village East (181 2nd Avenue at 12th Street). The NYIFF is one of the largest strictly independent film festivals and more than 200 independent films from around the world will be screened in the entertainment capital of the world, New Yo...

Eco Lens at Durban DIFF 2010

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Filmmakers are key agents in keeping a watchful eye on not just on social and political issues but on environmental abuse that often slips unobtrusively into our daily lives. A number of films at this year’s Durban International Film Festival conscientise us about the need for integrated approaches to development, and the threats to human ecology and environmental balance. With genetic modification shifting global food production increasingly further from nature, Scientists Under Attack is an ...

MEAT THE TRUTH

Director: Gertjan Zwanikken.
The documentary Meat the Truth is the first major project undertaken by the Nicolaas G. Pierson Foundation. Meat the Truth is a high-profile documentary, presented by Marianne Thieme (leader of the Party for the Animals), which forms an addendum to earlier films that have been made about climate change. Although such films have convincingly succeeded in drawing public attention to the issue of global warming, they have repeatedly ignored one of the most important causes of climate change, namely: intensive livestock production. Meat the Truth has drawn attention to this by demonstrating that livestock farming generates more greenhouse gas emissions worldwide than all cars, lorries, trains, boats and planes added together. The Nicolaas G. Pierson Foundation chose to compile the best scientific information on climate change and livestock farming, which is presently available and to translate this for a broader audience. The film was produced by Claudine Everaert and Gertjan Zwanikken. The calculations on greenhouse gas emissions used in the film derive from and have been validated by the Food and Agricultural Organisation of the UN (FAO), the World Watch Institute, the Institute for Environmental Studies of the Free University Amsterdam and numerous other authoritative sources. Well-known Dutch celebrities, such as Anthonie Kamerling, Georgina Verbaan, Henk Schiffmacher, Yvonne Kroonenberg, Karen van Holst Pellekaan, Wim.T.Schippers and Dolf Jansen, participated in the making of the Dutch version of this documentary, which has already been deemed better than Al Gore’s An Inconvenient Truth by the science editors of the quality Dutch daily newspaper, the NRC Handelsblad. In the meantime, the Nicolaas G. Pierson Foundation has also produced an international version of Meat the Truth. This English language film is better tailored to an international public and uses calculations on the carbon savings that may be achieved by reducing one’s meat consumption based on American, rather than Dutch, examples. Many well-known celebrities, such as Pamela Anderson, Bill Maher, James Cromwell, Emily Deschanel, Tony Denison, Esai Morales, Megan Blake, Debra Wilson Skelton, Elaine Hendrix, Kate Flannery, Carol Leifer, Joy Lauren, Hal Sparks, Constance Marie, Kristina Klebe, Skyler Gisondo, Graham Patrick Martin, Greg Vaughan and Touriya Haoud Vaughan, participated in the making of the international version of the film. With this documentary, the Nicolaas G. Pierson Foundation hopes to make a contribution to the societal discussion about a more plant-based and thus also more animal-friendly diet and society. Moreover, the Foundation also anticipates that the film will provide a showcase for prominent scientific reports about livestock farming and climate change, which unfortunately have thus far proved inaccessible to the general public. The world premiere of Meat the Truth was held on 10th December 2007 in the Tuschinski cinema in Amsterdam. The international version of the film premiered at London's Odeon West End Cinema in Leicester Square on 19th May 2008 and has since also had its premiere screening in the USA at the Egyptian Theatre, Hollywood, LA during the Artivist Film Festival on 3rd October 2008.

Call for Entries for the 2011 Edition of CWFF

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The 4th edition of Cape Winelands Film Festival (CWFF), which is scheduled to take place from 16–26 March, 2011, in Cape Town and Stellenbosch, has launched its call for entries today. Feature films, Short Films and Documentaries submissions are eagerly awaited. Entry forms, rules, and regulations are available on the Festival Website (http://films-for-africa.co.za ).   1.      Features: Features are all fiction films more than 50 minutes of length 2.     ...

31st Durban International Film Festival Unveils Programme

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Daring, innovative and controversial films and filmmakers from around the world will take the spotlight at the 31st Durban International Film Festival which takes place from 22 July to 1 August. The festival programmers have scoured the globe for films that excite, thrill, raise awareness and provoke. These films will be presented in over 200 screenings at venues across Durban and in surrounding communities.Alongside the screenings of films, the festival offers an extensive workshop and seminar ...

The New York International Festival (NYIFF) has announced their slate of domestic and international films and premieres

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  New Yorkers in need of a cool, affordable yet satisfying indie film fix will be happy to hear that The New York International Festival (NYIFF) has announced their slate of domestic and international films and premieres. NYIIFF runs from July 22nd-29th in Manhattan and will showcase a diverse range of features, shorts, documentaries and animations from all over the globe. The opening night kick-off party takes place at lower east side hotspot BLVD from 6-10pm. Film screenings begin J...

NEWSLETTER N° 470: july 2, 2010

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New York International Independent Film & Video Festival (NYIIFVF) NY edition

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New Yorkers in need of a cool, affordable yet satisfying indie film fix will be happy to hear that The New York International Festival (NYIFF) has announced their slate of domestic and international films and premieres. NYIIFF runs from July 22nd-29th in Manhattan and will showcase a diverse range of features, shorts, documentaries and animations from all over the globe. The opening night kick-off party takes place at lower east side hotspot BLVD from 6-10pm. Film screenings begin July 23rd on 2...

African directors to film in China for Rotterdam Film Festival program

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Inspired by the growing influence of China in some African countries, the International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR) asks seven filmmakers from South Africa, Cameroon, Uganda, Rwanda, Congo and Angola to make films in China. The African directors' films will premiere, along with a contextual film program, during the Rotterdam's 40th edition. The program, titled ‘Raiding Africa', includes a film workshop produced by the IFFR in collaboration with the Li Xianting Film School in Beijing and sup...

Pitching New Documentaries At SILVERDOCS

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  The AFI-Discovery Channel Silverdocs Documentary Film Festival in Silver Spring, Maryland is now in full swing, with industry movers and shakers in town to exchange information and view the latest documentary offerings from around the world. While the completed films get the lion's share of attention from visiting distributors, programmers and an enthusiastic public, many producers are here to try and secure funding that has become increasingly difficult in a stunted indie film market...

The New York International Film Festival is getting ready for the NY summer edition

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The New York International Film Festival runs from July 22nd-29th, 2010 in Manhattan and will showcase a diverse range of features, shorts, documentaries, music videos and animations from all over the globe. Film screenings will be on 2 screens at City Cinemas Village East (181 2nd Avenue at 12th Street). The NYIFF is one of the largest strictly independent film festivals and more than 200 independent films from around the world will be screened in the entertainment capital of the world, New Yo...

TIRZA to open 30th edition of the Netherlands Film Festival

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The 30th Netherlands Film Festival will open with Rudolf van den Berg's eagerly awaited drama TIRZA. The world premiere screening will take place 22 September in Utrecht's Stadsschouwburg. Principal actors Gijs Scholten van Aschat, Sylvia Hoeks, Johanne ter Steege and Keitumetse Matlabo, as well director Van den Berg, will be in attendance.The 30th Netherlands Film Festival will run 22 September - 1 October 2010.TIRZA, an adaptation of Arnon Grunberg's novel of the same name, tells the tale of J...

Talent Campus Durban, new talents announced

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3rd TALENT CAMPUS DURBAN 23 - 27 July 2010 at the 31st Durban International Film Festival (22 July - 1 August 2010) Talents Announced The Durban International Film Festival has announced that the selection for this year's edition of Talent Campus Durban has been finalised. Over 40 young filmmakers representing nearly 20 African countries, including Benin, Botswana, Cameroon, DRC, Egypt, Ethiopia, Ghana, Uganda, Kenya, Lesotho, Mali, Nigeria, Rwanda, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe, an...
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