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Guangzhou International Documentary Film Festival

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GZ DOC 2009 is held from November 29-December 13th in Guangzhou this year. Guangzhou International Documentary Film Festival, China (GZ DOC) started as Guangzhou International Documentary Conference in 2003. After six years' development, GZ DOC is now the only national documentary industrial event hosted by State Administration of Radio, Film and TV and Guangdong Provincial Government. GZ DOC endeavors to "bring China to the world and have the world know China" and...

Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival Unveils its 2009 Lineup

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The 13th Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival (LALIFF) will present the best of Latino filmmaking from October 11-16 at the Mann Chinese 6 Cinemas in Hollywood.Opening with Pedro Almodóvar's Broken Embraces, LALIFF's cinematic journey will continue with award-winning and sure to please films from emerging and established filmmakers from around the world including Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Denmark, Spain, United States, México, Panamá, Peru, Puerto Rico, Japan and ...

Independent Film Month: Atlanta

Festival League has officially declared the entire month of September as Independent Film Month in Atlanta, Georgia.

Join us for this incredible celebration as a series of film festivals and related events run every weekend in September 2011.

Atlanta Shortsfest showcases ultra-talented filmmakers from every country who have created memorable shorts under 40 minutes.

Atlanta Horror Film Festival brings in the new talent in horror, sci-fi, dark comedy, mystery, gore and more.

Atlanta International Documentary Film Festival (DocuFest Atlanta) is held annually and presents the best documentary films in the world.

Atlanta Underground Film Festival presents our 8th Annual Film Festival, continuing our off-the-wall presentation of shorts and features with many special events including Animation Attack!

Cinéma du réel

32nd International Documentary Film Festival

- Three competitive sections: International competition - New bearings - French selection

- Tributes and retrospectives.

DOK Leipzig announces program and events

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DOK Industry:DOK Leipzig International Documentary Industry Gathering 2009In the past three years, DOK Leipzig has developed into the central German documentary film industry meeting place with a major international aura. An important function of DOK Leipzig is to offer the documentary film industry a lively platform for current debates, financing new projects and the distribution of finished works. DOK Leipzig offers international industry professionals both a window on the world of German docu...

Branchage Film Festival 2009 1st - 4th October

Branchage Festival 2009

Jersey film festival to screen The Wizard of Oz in magical drive-in cinema experience

- The Wizard of Oz screened People’s Park Oct 3rd

- As part of Branchage, taking place Oct 1st – 4th

Branchage Jersey International Film Festival is coming back to the island in October, screening an incredible selection of films in breathtaking

and unusual locations.

Highlights for 2009’s festival will include a spectacular drive-in-cinema showing seminal Judy Garland classic The Wizard Of Oz, a screening of this year’s most shocking film Lars Von Trier’s Antichrist and British Sea Power performing their poignant soundtrack to the renowned 1934 fisherman film Man of Aran.

Branchage Jersey International Film Festival has an unbeatable range of films being screened in truly breathtaking locations, including a beautiful drive-in screening of The Wizard Of Oz at People’s Park on the island, a truly terrifying screening of Antichrist in a scary hut in the Jersey woods and an incredible performance by British Sea Power to the classic black & white fisherman film Man of Aran.

The festival launched in 2008 as a vibrant cross-arts film festival that transformed a number of Jersey’s well recognised landmarks and changed them into unusual screening venues.

Venues secured for the 2009 festival include: Mount Orgueil Castle, Jersey Museum Cinema, The Town Hall/Magistrates Courts, The War Tunnels, Victoria College Boys School Hall, Jersey Opera House. There’ll also be screenings inside the spectacular Barclays Wealth Spiegeltent, plus an incredible drive-in screening at People’s Park.

Branchage aims to create new cinema-going experiences by holding screenings at unusual, atmospheric locations - bringing people into environments they wouldn't usually associate with film, and hand-picking the perfect films to screen in these breathtaking locations.

The festival is also giving a total of £10,000 in awards for filmmakers, across a range of categories.

Festival director Xanthe Hamilton said: “Rolling off the success of the first year Branchage is back in 2009 with even more gusto. This year we have really honed our programming style, and with even more unusual venues we will be taking films into fitting and interesting spaces, offering our audiences a whole new cinema experience.

“The film programme is vast and diverse, and this year we have a very strong educational and industry strand and in true Branchage style a heavy helping of live music and party madness. This year we are proud to be inviting several filmmakers from around the world to present their films in Jersey, and we are exited about our new partnerships with the US based True/False Documentary Film Festival and a radio show coming live out of the festival on air in New Jersey and New York.”

Branchage Film Festival 2009 1st - 4th October

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Branchage Festival 2009 Jersey film festival to screen The Wizard of Oz in magical drive-in cinema experience - The Wizard of Oz screened People’s Park Oct 3rd - As part of Branchage, taking place Oct 1st – 4th Branchage Jersey International Film Festival is coming back to the island in October, screening an incredible selection of films in breathtaking and unusual locations. Highlights for 2009’s festival will incl...

Countryside 35x45

Director: Evgeny Solomin.
Throughout the country old Soviet passports are being exchanged for the new Russian ones. A provincial photographer is traveling from one Siberian village to another taking 35x45 mm passport photos of the villagers. Thanks to a large number of clients and profound observation of countryside life the films turns into poetic story about world-view of people living in remote areas at the cross-roads of two cultures, of Soviet and modern Russian ones.

…a poetry of moments…desires…laughters…sorrow…

Director: Som.
Everyone should have a dream……… But is that dream what they really want??? Patralekha, Rupam, Armaan, Arijit and Swapno… five friends… all fed up with the monotony of city life… set off on a journey to escape from this reality… the reality of their daily lives… a reality which has become their nightmare… They look for refuge and peace in a place called Labongi. Labongi, they believe, is the haven of their dreams… and that’s what they do there… try to live out their dreams… Five people… each with a different perception of sexuality and relationships… Their lives… their dreams… and their reality……

New members for the Punto de Vista team

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The organisers of the Navarra International Documentary Film Festival, who are already working on the sixth edition, have a Programming Coordinator, Gonzalo de Pedro, and a Production Coordinator, Marta Artica Zurano.Gonzalo de Pedro (Pamplona, 1978) is a film critic. He's a contributor to the Público newspaper and has been a member of the editorial board of Cahiers du Cinéma España since 2007. He has been working for Punto de Vista since 2005, performing communication tasks until 2008 and be...

Which are the coolest festivals in the world? a list of 25

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Which are the coolest festivals in the world? Filmmaker Magazine asked their (mostly american) audience and produced this list of 25 "cool festivals". Most likely with cool parties, free drinks, and open opportunities for indie filmmakers. Not surprisingly the selection does not list international festivals (besides Locarno) nor established A listers. So what is YOUR list? Feel free to post a comment. ANN ARBOR FILM FESTIVAL ANN ARBOR, MI http://www.moviemaker.com/fe...

Which are the coolest festivals in the world? a list of 25

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Filmmaker Magazine asked their (mostly american) audience and produced this list of 25 "cool festivals".Most likely with cool parties, free drinks, and open opportunities for indie filmmakers.Not surprisingly the selection does not list international festivals (besides Locarno) nor established A listers which these readers may be not attending massively.. So what is YOUR list? Feel free to post a comment.ANN ARBOR FILM FESTIVAL ANN ARBOR, MI http://www.moviemaker.com/festivals/article/25_coolest...

Guangzhou International Documentary Film Festival

Chinese state level international professional event and market focusing on documentary which started in 2003. The festival held in Guangzhou annually includes the following major activities: A thematic Competition, Documentary Market, Public Screenings and Seminars. GZ DOC 2008 will be held from December 1 to December 5.

Every year, GZ DOC chooses a theme with international concern for the competition and calls for the recent documentaries produced in China and worldwide. The past themes include: History and Cultural Heritage, Children and Youngster’s Stories, Women Today, Facing Poverty and Towards the Olympics.

Papal Brokendance

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Director: Marie Losier.
Music video Papal Breakdance by PTV3-Genesis P-Orridge With Genesis Breyer P-Orridge and many friends. A campy music video in the style of a scopitone from the early 1960s, with the wonderful cast of 10 boys in sexy red singlets and girls in red tutus, all dancing with joy with Genesis P-Orridge in a boxing ring…all the ingredients for a slap stick boxing match in music.

Tony Conrad, DreaMinimalist

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Director: Marie Losier.
The latest in Marie Losier’s ongoing series of film portraits of avant-garde directors (George and Mike Kuchar, Guy Maddin, Richard Foreman), DreaMinimalist offers an insightful and hilarious encounter with Conrad as he sings, dances and remembers his youth and his association with Jack Smith.

Leena Närekangas appointed as DocPoint festival’s new Executive Director

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Ms. Leena Närekangas will be taking on the responsibilities of Executive Director in DocPoint - Helsinki Documentary Film Festival on July 1st 2009. Närekangas (born 1972) has been the Executive Director of The Finnish Film Contact and the Festival Director of Kettupäivät short film festival in 2004 - 2009.Leena Närekangas has graduated as a bachelor of Film and Television in2002 from Helsinki Polytechnic Stadia. Previously she has worked in different positions in film productions since 199...

2009 SILVERDOCS Award Winners

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  by Sandy Mandelberger, Festival Dailies Editor Coming to a climax after a week full of screening premieres, information sessions, special events and networking parties, the 2009 SILVERDOCS Documentary Film Festival, co-presented by the American Film Institute and The Discovery Channel, announced its award winners this past weekend, spreading the wealth amongst a diverse group of documentary titles. This year, the Festival screened over 120 films representing 58 countries and incl...

Leena Närekangas appointed as DocPoint festival’s new Executive Director

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Ms. Leena Närekangas will be taking on the responsibilities of Executive Director in DocPoint – Helsinki Documentary Film Festival on July 1st 2009. Närekangas (born 1972) has been the Executive Director of The Finnish Film Contact and the Festival Director of Kettupäivät short film festival in 2004 - 2009.Leena Närekangas has graduated as a bachelor of Film and Television in2002 from Helsinki Polytechnic Stadia. Previously she has worked in different positions in film productions since 1...

2009 SILVERDOCS Award Winners

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Coming to a climax after a week full of screening premieres, information sessions, special events and networking parties, the 2009 SILVERDOCS Documentary Film Festival, co-presented by the American Film Institute and The Discovery Channel, announced its award winners this past weekend, spreading the wealth amongst a diverse group of documentary titles. This year, the Festival screened over 120 films representing 58 countries and included more than 1000 filmmaker and media professional attendees ...

Honoring Documentary Royalty At Silverdocs

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 by Sandy Mandelberger, Festival Dailies EditorIn a theater full of documentary filmmakers and film lovers, the appearance of an eminence grise the likes of Albert Maysles is the equivalent of having a member of documentary royalty in your midst. Maysles, along with his late brother David, was responsible for some of the most iconic documentaries of the past fifty years and has served as a mentor to hundreds of filmmakers.Albert Maysles is widely recognized as a pioneer of “direct cinema” a...

Obama On Film And On The Web

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  by Sandy Mandelberger, Festival Dailies Editor President Barack Obama is, if nothing else, very telegenic.....the camera simply loves him and cannot get enough. This fact plus his historic ascendancy in a mere two years from junior Senator to the top political leader of the world is an astounding one that will certainly be the stuff of legend in years to come. But for the moment, we are living that legend and the media fascination on and surrounding Obama is electric. Afte...

Muhammad Ali In The Spotlight

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  by Sandy Mandelberger, Festival Dailies Editor Perhaps it is only a coincidence or a kind of cinematic convergence that sometimes happens at a film festival, but the boxing legend Muhammad Ali is the subject (or at least the subtext) of several of the most anticipated films showing here at the Silverdocs Documentary Film Festival. The three-time World Heavyweight Champion and one of the most colorful sports figures of the past 50 years is the focus of FACING ALI, which recei...

More than a game opens SilverDocs

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The sports documentary MORE THAN A GAME, a tale of inspiration set in the hardknock basketball courts of Akron, Ohio, opens the 2009 edition of the SILVERDOCS DOCUMENTARY FILM FESTIVAL, prior to its theatrical release in October 2009 by Lionsgate. Directed By:Kristopher BelmanProduced By:Harvey Mason, Jr., Kristopher Belman, Matthew Perniciaro, Kevin MannStarring: LeBron James, Sian Cotton, Dru Joyce III, Willie McGee, Romeo Travis, Coach Dru Joyce IIScreenplay By:Kristopher Belman & Brad HoganF...

The Good Pitch At SILVERDOCS

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The SILVERDOCS Documentary Film Festival, one of the most prestigious film events devoted to the non-fiction form, has joined forces with UK's Channel Four BRITDOC Foundation (www.britdoc.org/goodpitch) and the Sundance Institute Documentary Film Program (www.sundanceinstitute.org/docsource) to present the North American tour of THE GOOD PITCH, a co-production market initiative that will be part of the Festival's industry events this week. The initiative received over 300 applications, with the ...

MORE THAN A GAME Opens SILVERDOCS

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  by Sandy Mandelberger, Festival Dailies Editor The sports documentary MORE THAN A GAME, a tale of inspiration set in the hardknock basketball courts of Akron, Ohio, opens the 2009 edition of the SILVERDOCS DOCUMENTARY FILM FESTIVAL, prior to its theatrical release in October 2009 by Lionsgate. Directed By:Kristopher BelmanProduced By:Harvey Mason, Jr., Kristopher Belman, Matthew Perniciaro, Kevin Mann Starring: LeBron James, Sian Cotton, Dru Joyce III, Willie McGee, Rome...
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