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Asian films and Nordic actors win in Tallinn Black Nights

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9th Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival that finished on Sunday was a feast for Asian films as two of the jury's main prizes went to the works from this region. At festival closing ceremony on the 10 December the Grand Prix of competition programme EurAsia was handed to the Chinese film "Shanghai Dreams"(dir. Wang Xiaoshuai), Hou Shiao-shien from Taiwan received the award for best director for his epic "Three Times". The Audience Award went to Asia as well - Kim Ki-duk won Estonian viewers’ fav...

River to River. Florence Indian Film Festival wraps

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River to River. Florence Indian Film Festival9-15 December 2005Today, December 15th, closes in Florence the 5th edition of River to River. Florence Indian Film Festival run by Selvaggia Velo, with the screening of Notes for a Film on India (1967-68) by Pier Paolo Pasolini, thirty years after his death, where the director shoots with a hand-held camera the city of Mumbai in its terribly poor suburbs; and Calcutta (1969) by Louis Malle, a cinematographic portrait of the Indian city where the devot...

River to River: Florence Indian Film Festival

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The fifth edition of River to River. Florence Indian Film Festival will take place from 9th to 15th December 2005 at the cinema Spazio Uno in Florence, Italy, under the direction of Selvaggia Velo.The Festival was made possible thanks to the support of: the Cinema Management of the Ministry for Arts and Culture of Rome, the Region Tuscany, the Council Department for Culture of the Town of Florence, the Savings Bank Office of Florence, the APT, and the patronage of the Embassy of India in Rome.Th...

The sixth annual Santa Fe Film Festival’s bowed

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The sixth annual Santa Fe Film Festival’s bowed this year with new partnerships, a new focus on international screenings with a decidedly American film as its centerpiece gala. 220 films screened out of 900 submissions from nearly 40 nations, including this years “Best of Fest” Award winner “The Syrian Bride,” by Eran Riklis.The five-day festival ran from Dec. 7-11, presenting films in 11 different venues and attracting 6,000-plus patrons.The festival partnered this year with the Natio...

River to River Florence Indian ready to kick in

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River to River. Florence Indian Film Festival9-15 December 2005, Florence, ItalyOnce again, the fifth edition of River to River. Florence Indian Film Festival, the festival devoted to independent and parallel Indian cinema, will take place from 9 to 15 December 2005 under the direction of Selvaggia Velo.The screenings will take place at the cinema Spazio Uno, Via del Sole n.10 in Florence.The Festival was made possible thanks to the support of: the Cinema Management of the Ministry for Arts and...

Brief Encounters Awards winners

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Brief Encounters: 11th Bristol International Short Film Festival(23-27th November 2005, Watershed Media Centre)According to The Guardian newspaper : "The UK’s most important film festival"Britain’s biggest short film festival, BRIEF ENCOUNTERS, celebrated the very best in short film-making last night (26th November) with the presentation of their ten prestigious awards at a packed ceremony at Bristol’s Watershed Media Centre.Last year’s double award winners – Sam Hearn and Richard Penf...

Brief Encounters Awards winners

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Brief Encounters: 11th Bristol International Short Film Festival(23-27th November 2005, Watershed Media Centre)According to The Guardian newspaper : "The UK’s most important film festival"Britain’s biggest short film festival, BRIEF ENCOUNTERS, celebrated the very best in short film-making last night (26th November) with the presentation of their ten prestigious awards at a packed ceremony at Bristol’s Watershed Media Centre.Last year’s double award winners – Sam Hearn and Richard Penf...

New festival record in Stockholm filmmakers' attendance...

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A total of 87 filmmakers, actors and actresses from all over the world visited the Stockholm International Film Festival between November 17-27 a new festival record! The Stockholm XVI Competition has been unique, with filmmakers from fifteen out of eighteen competing films visiting Stockholm to attend the festival. Argentinean director Juan Solanas travelled to Stockholm to receive a Bronze Horse for best film for Nordeste. Chan-wook Park, winner of last year’s Star! Audience Award, handed o...

One world Berlin Human Rights Festival opens

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From November 16 to 23 November, the 2nd edition of the ONE WORLD BERLIN Human Rights Media Festival will take place. ONE WORLD BERLIN is the partner festival of the One World International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival in Prague that took place for the 7th time under the auspices of Václav Havel. ONE WORLD BERLIN is organized by Haus der Demokratie und Menschenrechte and EYZ Kino.The Turkish film Oyun (The Play) by Pelin Esmer will open the festival on November 16 at Casino in Bethani...

AFI FEST 2005 announces Award Winners

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AFI FEST 2005 presented by Audi Announces Award WinnersCapping another successful year, AFI FEST 2005 announced its award winners at a special Awards Presentation hosted by Tom Arnold at The Loft at the Festival's Rooftop Village--Sunday evening, November 13, in advance of its Closing Night Gala Presentation, sponsored by Los Angeles Magazine, of director Lasse Hallström's CASANOVA, starring Heath Ledger, Sienna Miller, Lena Olin and Oliver Platt. After the showcasing of 127 films from 44 count...

Prize-giving at the 15th Cottbus Film Festival

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Prize-giving at the 15th Cottbus Film Festival - Festival of East European Cinema with surprises The 15th Cottbus Film Festival – Festival of East European Cinema came an end today with the prize-giving in the Stadthalle. Dr. Wolfgang Krüger, the Secretary of State in the Economics Ministry of the State of Brandenburg, presented the „LUBINA“ sculpture to the prize-winners in the Feature Film Competition. The French actor Jean-Marc Barr, a special guest of the renowned festival, drew the ...

The 21st Film Arts Festival of Independent Cinema

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The 21st Film Arts Festival of Independent CinemaNovember 3-9, 2005Frameline is proud to co-present the following screenings at The 21st Film Arts Festival of Independent Cinema.WOMEN IN LOVEFriday, November 4th at 10:00pmRoxie CinemaThe newest effort from Karen Everett is an autobiographical journey into the difficult terrain of romance, polyamory, self-defined family, and how we try to keep it all together. This film gives new meaning to the term cinéma vérité as Everett unflinchingly films...

Eurosport wins guirlande d'honneur at Sport Movies & TV 2005

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EUROSPORT WINS “SPORT MOVIES & TV 2005”The delivery of the “Guirlande d’Honneur” closed the 23rd "Sport Movies & TV – Milano International FICTS Festival” “6 days of Sport, Cinema and world TV” held in Milan for six days of sport and culture. Over 200.000 spectators attended, due to the peculiarity of the event and the promotional approach, with a completely free access to the screenings in 5 inside halls, as well as the maxi-screen located in Piazza Duomo.In the various Sectio...

What the Snow Brings wins 4 at Tokyo Fest

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18th Tokyo International Film Festival Closed October 30 after an 8 day run.the awards ceremony deliverd its prizes and left What the snow brings with 4 top prizes: Best film, Best Director for Japanese director Kichitaro Yusuke, Best Actor and Audience Award.Kichitaro Yusuke's movie is set on the Ban-ei race course, Hokkaido in midwinter and portrays 2 brothers (Yusuke Iseya / Koichi Sato). Manabu returned home and reunited with his brother Takeo hiding his setback in a city. As time passed by ...

The 14th annual Heartland Film Festival awards

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The 14th annual Heartland Film Festival® concluded its nine-day run on Friday, October 21 with the announcement of the inaugural Audience Award winners and a sold-out screening of “Duma” with the film’s director and Academy Award® nominee Carroll Ballard (“The Black Stallion,” “Fly Away Home”). The 2005 Festival was a great success and brought another increase in attendance, despite a decrease in box office sales nationwide. An estimated 18,000 celebrated some of the year’s bes...

Hamptons Festival presented its Golden Starfish Awards

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The 13th Annual Hamptons International Film Festival presented its Golden Starfish Awards at a ceremony held at Guild Hall on Saturday, October 22, 2005.The Hamptons International Film Festival was founded to celebrate the American Independent film and to introduce a unique and varied spectrum of international films and filmmakers to our audiences. The festival is committed to exhibiting films that express fresh voices and differing global perspectives, with the hope that these programs will en...

Mill Valley Film Festival closed its 28th year

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Mill Valley Film Festival closed its 28th year with screenings of more than 200 films from over 50 countries on Sunday, October 16. Always an exciting Festival component, more than 175 filmmakers and actors from around the globe made the trip to Mill Valley to share their filmmaking experiences with the audiences. “We had an exceptional slate of US and world cinema, tributes, spotlights, music events, parties and receptions for film lovers of all ages,” notes Founder/Director Mark Fishkin. ...

Danish film "Adam's Apples" won in Warsaw

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Danish film "Adam's Apples" by Anders Thomas Jensen won the Audience Award at the 21st Warsaw International Film Festival, October 7-16, 2005.The Top Five films of the festival, according to the Warsaw audience, were: 1. "Adam's Apples" by Anders Thomas Jensen 2. "A Driver for Vera" by Pavel Chukhray 3. "Live and Become" by Radu Mihaileanu 4. "As It Is In Heaven" by Kay Pollak 5. "Corpse Bride" by Tim Burton & Mike Johnson.The first Audience Award at WIFF went in 1987 to "Birdy" by Alan Pa...

Golden Calf Dutch Cinema awards nominations

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This evening during the Talk Show of the 25th Netherlands Film Festival, the nominations were announced for the Grand Prize of the Dutch Film, the Golden Calf. The Jury of the Golden Calves competition selected the nominees after watching 75 filmproductions in the competition programme. The members of the jury are Kees van Twist (chair), Robbert Aarts, Piotr van Dijk, Mijke de Jong, Rens Machielse, Hans Pos en Els Vandevorst.Also in this evening's Talk Show, the nominations were announced for th...

53 rd San Sebastian opened with several bangs

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The Donostia-San Sebastian film festival on the incredibly picturesque North Spanish coast, ("NAZIOARTEKO ZINEMALDIA" in the exotic Basque language of the region), has opened heavily "front loaded" as the saying goes these days, which means that many of the big guns, films with high prize potential, have already been fired off in the first few days. The festival opener was, appropriately, "Obaba", one of the most eagerly awaited Spanish films of the year based on a Basque language best seller b...

The New Montreal FilmFest audience award winners

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The New Montreal FilmFest has announced the winners of its Audience Awards and three specials prizes at a ceremony that took place today, 5 p.m., at its headquarters, 1700 St-Denis.Audience Award WinnersAward for best filmLady Zee, by Georgi Djulgerov – BulgariaAward for best Canadian featureL’audition, by Luc Picard – CanadaAward for best performance in a Canadian featureLuc Picard (L’audition) – CanadaAward for best short filmRevolver Tango, by Pascale Marcotte – CanadaAward for be...

Warsaw International Film Festival honours Wenders

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21st WARSAW INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL7-16 October 2005The programme of this year’s Festival, which will last 10 days, includes 130 film premieres from 50 countries. The festival cinemas are the Relax, Luna (rooms A and B), Silver Screen (rooms 3 and 4), and Kultura.PROGRAMMEHonouring the opening of the 21st WIFF with his presence will be Wim Wenders, one of the greatest artists of world cinema, president of the European Film Academy. He will present his latest picture, Don’t Come Knocking;...

Sin City extended version at the inaugural Fantastic Fest

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The inaugural Fantastic Fest (Oct. 6-9, 2005) will present sneak previews of Robert Rodriguez & Frank Miller’s SIN CITY: RECUT & EXTENDED; John Gulager’s Project Greenlight horror film FEAST as a work-in-progress; and Werner Herzog’s science-fiction fantasy THE WILD BLUE YONDER (Winner, FIPRESCI Prize, 2005 Venice Film Festival).SIN CITY: RECUT & EXTENDED expands the hit film into a trilogy of stand-alone stories, featuring new footage and extended scenes. (Fantastic Fest will be the firs...

Tsotsi biggest award winner at Edinburgh Fest

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The 59th Edinburgh International Film Festival drew to an official close with the Awards Ceremony, held Sunday at the Caledonian Hilton following the premiere of the Business.The biggest award winner of the day was clearly Tsotsi, the South African gang drama, which walked away with both the Standard Life Audience Award, and The Michael Powell Award for Best New British Feature Film. Producer Peter Fudakowski, on accepting the first award, said he was “particularly grateful to Edinburgh for di...

Edinburgh wraps: fest closing awards and party

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Weather-wise, Edinburgh is a far cry from Malaga. But the sun did appear, albeit briefly, for yesterday’s Closing Night red carpet for the premiere of The Business, which is set in southern Spain. Director Nick Love arrived at "The Business" closing film of the 59th Edinburgh Film Festival with cast members Danny Dyer, Georgina Chapman, Tamer Hassan, Geoff Bell, Adam Bolton and Eddie Weber. And although the gentlemen all looked quite sharp, Chapman, a vision in pink silk, clearly stole the sho...
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