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Closing Deals in the Marche

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As the Marche du Film at the 63rd International Cannes Film Festival comes to a close, here are some of the final deals: Protagonist Pictures continues to make deals for Garreth Edwards "Monsters" for distribution in different countries. Cinecitta Luce bought the Italian rights to Romainian directer Andrei Ujica's "The Autobiography of Nicolae Ceausescu" from Mandragora International. Wide sold "Gigola" to K-Films Amerique for an early 2011 release in C...

Tarifa African Film FestivalTarifa African Film Festival

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The FESTIVAL DE CINE AFRICANO DE TARIFA (FCAT – Tarifa African Film Festival), one of the biggest African film festivals in Europe, is about to start its seventh edition on May 21st in Tarifa, the closest Spanish town to Africa on the Andalusian coasts of the Strait of Gibraltar (www.fcat.es).PLEASE, FIND PRESS PACK IN THE ATTACHMENT.This year the FCAT presents, from 21st to 29th May:• 113 movies from 36 countries, out of which 33 films are national premieres in competition• dozens of resp...

DOCUMENTA 10 kicks off on May 7th with the best in international documentary film

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The City of Madrid's Department of the Arts is organizing the 7th International Documentary Festival DOCUMENTA MADRID 10, to be held from May 7th through the 16th. The rise in the number of films submitted to participate in the Competitive Sections (1153 films this year) and the number of countries from which they have come (92 different countries) once again bear witness to DOCUMENTA MADRID's strength as the most highly regarded festival internationally of all the competitions in the C...

Mexican Revolution Films of the 70s at Cine Las Americas

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Cine Las Americas and the Harry Ransom Center Present:Mexican Revolution Films of the 70s, May 6 - May 27, 2010 Cine Las Americas is pleased to announce the series "Mexican Revolution Films of 70s," co-presented with the Harry Ransom Center. This series will run from May 6 to May 27, as part of the year-round celebrations of the Bicentennial of the Mexican Independence and the Centennial of the Mexican Revolution. "Mexican Revolution Films of 70s" includes four feature films directed by some of...

The Havana Film Festival New York Awards

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  Memories of Overdevelopment / Memorias del Desarrollo by Miguel Coyula (U.S-Cuba) won the Havana Star Prize for Best Picture as voted by the jury members: Louis Perego Moreno, Michael Hausman, and Sandy Lieberson. The Havana Star for Best director went to Rafi Mercado for his film Miente / Lie (Puerto Rico); the Best Screenplay prize went to Ray Figueroa for La Bodega / The Warehouse (Guatemala) and the Special Jury Mention went to Huacho (Chile) directed by Alejandro Fernandez. The Closi...

Border Stories

Director: Florian Wyss.
Every Year over 300'000 Latinos cross the US Border illegally through the desert from Mexico. In a group of many, Manuel & Hannibal are the only ones, who manage it this time. After running out of food and water, they finally find a lonely trailer, but also an old man with a stroke. They have to decide, if they want to get help and risking getting sent back to Mexico. A dramatic short story about dreams, goals, choices and friendship.

From Cuba to Gotham: Havana FF Comes To New York

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  The Havana Film Festival New York (HFFNY) launches its second decade, April 16-23, with a program of award-winning films, panel discussions, and Q&A sessions with noted international filmmakers, actors and producers. Over 40 highly anticipated and influential films from and about Latin America, the Caribbean and Latinos in the U.S. will be screened. A variety of genres and themes from Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Guatemala, Cuba, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Mexico, Peru...

PETER HUTTON MASTERCLASS

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This year, Documenta Madrid is featuring the presence of Peter Hutton (Detroit, Michigan, 1944), important figure in the North American landscape tradition and a representative of the best documentary film-experimental,author of a brief filmography, always in 16mm, generally without dialogue as well as in black and white. The Image and its Eclipse will be the title of his Master Class which Peter Hutton will impart the 14th of May, at 12:00 a.m., at the Cine Estudio – Círculo de Bell...

Best Screenplay Award for "Border Stories" by Florian Wyss at "El Festival de Cine de Granada", Spain.

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Florian Wyss, a swiss Filmmaker, received for his first short Film "Border Stories", an Award for BEST SCREENPLAY at the "Film Festival Cine de Granada" on 31. March 2010 in Spain. It is a story about two Latinos crossing the US Border from Mexico illegally through the Desert. After running out of food and water they discover a seemingly abandoned Trailer, but also something enexpected. More Info and Links on http://www.asvefilms.ch/ Andy Svensson, Producer, Filmm...

Edinburgh Film Festival will open with Chomet's magical animated feature film The illusionist

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The Edinburgh International Film Festival (EIFF) announced today that Sylvain Chomet's magical animated feature film THE ILLUSIONIST will be the Opening Gala at this year's Festival, which runs from 16 - 27 June 2010. Released in the UK by Warner Bros. Pictures UK on behalf of Pathe, THE ILLUSIONIST is directed, adapted and designed by Academy Award® nominee Sylvain Chomet (THE TRIPLETS OF BELLEVILLE / BELLEVILLE RENDEZVOUS), from the original script by comedy genius and French cinema l...

2010 San Diego Latino Film Festival Awards and Recognitions

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  With a record attendance of 19,400, 185 films from around the world shown and special guest like Jaime Camil and Benjanim Bratt, the 2010 San Diego Latino Film Festival was one of the best to date. Designed by local artist Lizet Benrey, the Premio Corazon is awarded to the festivals best films. The 17th annual San Diego Latino Film Festival, in conjunction with the Media Arts Center San Diego, is proud to announce this years Premio Corazon Award winners: **Cine Latino Best Narr...

RIFF is ready to open the doors to the independent cinema

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The Ninth Edition of RIFF AWARDS will run from April 8th until April 16th 2010  First Works and quality choices: the RIFF is back at  Nuovo Cinema Aquila Rome, 25th March 2010. From April 8th until April 16th  the Ninth Edition of the Rome Independent Film Festival (RIFF) will be housing  new releases in independent cinema, as well as Italian and international previews. During these days, at the Nuovo Cinema Aquila (in the quarter of Pigneto) there will be showing of  f...

Shawls and Moustaches

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Director: Jan-Eje Ferling.
A lonely older woman searches for romances by answering newspaper ads and arranges dates, but she gets disappointed of the men she meets. However, she finds a friend, changes her lifestyle and sets of for a journey to adventure, new perspectives.

Toto Forever

Director: Roberto F. Canuto.
"Toto Forever" tells the impossible love story between a young postmen, that dreams with a new life, and a gangster, that is in deep trouble with a mafia group. Toto will never lose the "hope", despite of the traumatic end of the affair.Filmed in 16mm, Toto is a fable in which the feelings and emotions are always fully exposed, with a very poetic and symbolic narrative and aesthetic very close to the Animé Japanese.

"Border Stories" preselected for Festival de Cine de Granada

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Every Year over 300'000 Latinos cross the US Border illegally through the desert from Mexico. In a group of many, Manuel & Hannibal are the only ones, who manage it this time. After running out of food and water, they finally find a lonely trailer, but also somebody ells. A dramatic short story about dreams, goals, choices and friendship written & directed by Florian Wyss. Official Website: http://www.asvefilms.ch/5001/5178.html ...

Guadalajara Film Festival Notches 25 Years

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Love, betrayal, death, machismo - as neatly as these themes suit mariachi music, they flatter Latino cinema even more. Happily, there's room for both in Guadalajara, the birthplace of mariachi music, of the tequila that often fuels it and of Mexico's ultimate cinema showcase.   Scene from Rodrigo Garcia's Mother and Child.     For its 25th milepost, the Festival Internacional de Cine en Guadalajara returns March 12 - 19, 2010 with a tally of 250 films. The venerable Festiv...

Matadero Madrid is the new headquarters for DOCUMENTA MADRID 10

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The 7th International Documentary Film Festival DOCUMENTA MADRID 10 will be held from the 7th of May to the 16th of May, organized by the Arts Department of The City of Madrid with support and backing once again from HRH the Princess of Asturias,who will be the Patroness of Honor for this event. This year, the festival has received more submissions than ever, with 1,153 films from 92 different countries. Out of the total, 233 films are Spanish productions, a figure that increses year to ye...

Documenta Madrid highlights

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The 7th International Documentary Film Festival will be held from May 7th to May 16 For the second straight year, HRH the Princess of Asturias will be the Patroness of Honor for the International Documentary Festival of Madrid. In 2010, the competition will feature a new headquarters and sets up for good in Matadero Madrid. Documenta Madrid has set a new record in the number of submissions received, 1,153 films from 92 countries, and a significant number of Spanish productions, 233 entr...

CineAyiti International Film Festival, Cap-Haitien

Virtual keyboard solidarity alone will not sustain Haiti's recovery. Tangible projects are needed on the ground with medium and long-term focus.

The critics should not forget that the 60-year old Berlin International Film Festival started at a time when Germany was dotted with World War II rubble. The Sundance Film Festival started on a very modest footing.

The theme of the maiden edition of CineAyiti International Film Festival is “Cinema and National Recovery.”

Before the quake of 12 January 2010, Haiti had one film festival (Festival Film Jakmèl) on the Southern Corridor initiated by the respected Ciné Institute. There existed also a young but vibrant home video scene with inputs from the Haitians in the Diaspora (USA, Canada, UK, France).

This "CineAyiti International Film Festival" in Cap - Haitien on the Northern Corridor, seeks not  to only  complement the Southern Corridor event but also support the emergence of a diversified Haitian Audio Visual Industry after the quake of 12 January 2010.

Many film-making countries like the USA, UK, Canada, China, South Korea, Germany, France, South Africa or Nigeria have more than five different annual film festivals each.

Therefore, Haiti having two film festivals - the "Festival Film Jakmèl" on the South in Jacmel and "CineAyiti International Film Festival" on the North of the country in Cap-Haitien is a positive development and the winners will be the Haitian and international creative talents.

By submitting your film, getting your accreditation or becoming a patron ,you contribute towards the sustained concrete recovery of Haiti's motion pictures industry.

The Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles (IFFLA) has announced its 2010 Board of Directors and Advisory Board

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The Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles (IFFLA) has announced its 2010 Board of Directors and Advisory Board. Each Board consists of a group of distinguished experts in a variety of entertainment-related areas and will draw on their collective knowledge to steer IFFLAs long-term development. IFFLA Board of Directors Chair Arnold Peter stated, I am very proud of the new slate of Directors. They have already demonstrated their leadership in the business and artistic community. Worki...

The impossible fact

Director: Sven Heinrich.
Rafael talks on the phone with a friend about an upcoming gig, while Elena is in a hurry to get to a business meeting, calling her boss with excuses for being late. The distraction of both leads to an unexpected and unintentional encounter between Elena and Rafael...

Berlinale Co-Production Market 2010

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Berlinale Co-Production Market 2010 to Help Find Partners for 37 Selected Film Projects – and Delighted with Competition Invitation The seventh Berlinale Co-Production Market (February 14-16, 2010) will bring the producers and directors of 37 selected film projects from 22 countries together with 450 potential co-production and financial partners.   For each of these projects, the Berlinale Co-Production Market’s team will arrange numerous thirty-minute one-on-one meetings with intereste...

Rotterdam Lab welcomes 67 producers for tenth anniversary edition

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The International Film Festival Rotterdam welcomes sixty-seven young producers taking part in the tenth anniversary edition of Rotterdam Lab. CineMart’s highly successful event for emerging producers has expanded steadily over the past decade. The participants have been nominated by the twenty-one Rotterdam Lab partner organizations. Rotterdam Lab, part of CineMart, takes place January 30 – February 3. (See full list of participants and partner organizations below) Rotterdam Lab Coordinato...

Tobruk

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Director: Václav Marhoul.
There is only a very thin line between heroism and cowardice. Courage is the will power, which no man has enough to spare. If used, it is soon exhausted. Courage is the capital, which we spend gradually. Thus, the last order may be the order to pay out the account drawing to zero. The deepest fear rises when a man is floundered by a current, all alone, having nothing to hold on and not being able to cope. This is the main topic and the artistic motto of this wartime psychological drama. North Africa, II. WW, Fall 1941. Jiri Pospichal, twenty years old, signs up as a volunteer in the Czechoslovak army. His naive ideas about heroism are rawly confronted with the hell of the African desert, complicated relationships in his unit and the ubiquitous threat of death. All this takes its cruel toll in the shape of his gradual loss of self respect and courage. He is full of self-confidence and patriotic ideals, yet at the same time is deeply frustrated by his father, whom he views as a collaborator. His closest companion is a Jewish soldier, Jan Lieberman, in many ways more mature. Their opposite, in turn, is Corporal Kohák, a former member of the French Foreign Legion, for whom warfare is above all a profession The psychological drama between these three characters, the differing attitudes and personalities of each of them, are, during the course of the story and most clearly in its dramatic climax, brought into confrontation with a clear and harsh test of the moral character of all. The plot of the film is freely based on the classic American novel “The Red Badge of Courage” by Stephen Crane, first published in New York in 1897.

Award-Winning Portugese Director To Be Jury Member at ÉCU 2010

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Director Joao Salaviza pictured center. Salaviza won the Palme d'Or Short Film award for his film "Arena" at the Cannes Film Festival 2009 (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images Europe) Porguese director, João Salaviza, awarded “Best Short Film” at Cannes 2009 for his film, “Arena” Born in Lisbon in 1984, Salaviza majored in cinema at the School of Theater and Cinema, concluding his studies at the Universidad del Cine in Buenos Aires. His first shor...

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