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Berlinale keeps a jury seat for Jafar Panahi

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Isabella Rossellini is one of the most renowned actresses in international cinema. In recent years she has also made her mark as a producer and director. The daughter of Swedish actress Ingrid Bergman and Italian director Roberto Rossellini has played in more than 40 feature films and worked with such directors as Robert Zemeckis, Joel Schumacher, Peter Weir, Abel Ferrara, Peter Greenaway and David Lynch or John Schlesinger, with whom she filmed The Innocent in Berlin in 1992. She celebrated he...

Solidarity with Jafar Panahi

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In support of the convicted Iranian director Jafar Panahi, the Berlin International Film Festival is launching a number of initiatives at the upcoming Berlinale. In his films, Jafar Panahi critically explores the social situation in his homeland. His conviction violates the right to freedom of opinion and expression in the arts.   In 2011 the Berlinale will show several films by Jafar Panahi in a number of its sections and so draw attention to the extraordinary oeuvre for which this art...

Film festival Go Short focuses on Dutch talent

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For its third edition film festival Go Short will put the spotlight on three talented Dutch directors: Arne Toonen, Hanro Smitsman (winner of the Golden Berlin Bear Award in 2007) and Danyael Sugawara. Also there will be a special selection of stop-motion films and Portuguese shorts. Go Short - International Short Film Festival Nijmegen will take place from 16-20 March 2011 in Nijmegen, The Netherlands.Dutch talentThe Dutch filmmakers Arne Toonen, Hanro Smitsman and Danyael Sugawara have done se...

Teddy Award in 2011 for Pieter-Dirk Uys

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Films from all sections of the Berlin International Film Festival, nearly all world premieres or international premieres, also compete this year for TEDDY AWARDS. On festive TEDDY AWARD GALA on the February 18th, 2011 in the main hall of the airport Tempelhof, with more than 3000 guests from art, culture, economy and politics are lent TEDDY AWARDS, by an international jury, under the chair Marcus Hu, Americas important American independant film distributor.TEDDY SPECIAL goes in 2011 to the South...

Iran Outrage: Jafar Panahi Jailed

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  International reaction is building as news emerges from Iran that Jafar Panahi, one of that country's most internationally respected film artists, has been sentenced to a lengthy prison term. The Berlin International Film Festival is the first of many film institutions around the world to sharply condemn the harsh sentences handed down to the renowned Iranian director Jafar Panahi and his directing colleague Mohammed Rasulof. Accused of spreading “propaganda against the system”,...

Iran jails Jafar Panahi and one other prominent opposition filmmaker

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Iran has sentenced two prominent filmmakers to six years in jail each on vague charges of working against the ruling system, their lawyers said Monday. One of the two, the renowned filmmaker Jafar Panahi, has won awards at the Chicago, Cannes and Berlin film festivals. His films have been screened at various film festivals in India. He was invited as chief guest at the recently concluded 41st international film fest in Goa (IFFI) but was not allowed to leave the country. Iran has ...

Berlinale will Honor Armin Mueller-Stahl with Golden Bear

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German actor and artist Armin Mueller-Stahl will be awarded an Honorary Golden Bear at the 61st Berlin International Film Festival. “Today Armin Mueller-Stahl is celebrating his 80th birthday. We wish him the very best and are delighted we’ll be awarding this extraordinary artist the Honorary Golden Bear for Lifetime Achievement in February,” says Festival Director Dieter Kosslick. Armin Mueller-Stahl is one of Germany’s biggest stars of international renown. Winner of numerous awards, h...

Rewind: a look back at Berlinale's edition 2010

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"But abundance suits this festival, which draws crowds to commercial movies and challenging experimental work alike, even in the dead of a snowy, bitterly cold winter. While Sundance and Cannes can seem at once hermetic and frenzied - somewhat surreal media happenings in resort towns crammed beyond capacity - the Berlinale takes place in an art-saturated city that comfortably accommodates eclecticism and excess." (New York Times)  Metropolis at the Brandenburg Gate ...

NEWSLETTER N° 487: December 4, 2010

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 .............                                                                                                                                                          WELCOME TO OUR NEWSLETTER N° 487: December 4, 2010 Follow this LINK if you cannot read the newsletter properly Contact the Editor, Advertise on the sites.  Our newsletter reaches 82 000 film profession...

Shooting Stars Light Up The Sky In Tallinn

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  Six current Shooting Stars, an exclusive club of up-and-coming European actors that  are selected annually by an international jury and introduced at the Berlin International Film Festival by the European Film Promotion organization, are making an appearance in films being shown this week at POFF, the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival.   With a strong focus on European cinema both in and out of competition, the Festival is one of the places to catch current trends and ...

The Asia Pacific Screen Awards has unveiled the International Jury members presided by Puttnam

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  The Asia Pacific Screen Awards has unveiled the International Jury members who will join previously announced President, Lord David Puttnam, for the fourth annual Asia Pacific Screen Awards to be held on the Gold Coast, Australia, on December 2. Lord David Puttnam, Academy Award winner and producer of Chariots of Fire, The Mission and The Killing Fields, has assembled a Jury of highly experienced industry professionals from across the globe. They are: ...

EFP announces jury for SHOOTING STARS 2011

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Distinction for Europe's best young actors at the Berlinale 2011 (February 10 - 20)European Film Promotion (EFP) has announced the names of the jury for SHOOTING STARS 2011. They will be selecting Europe's ten most talented young actors to be presented at the Berlin International Film Festival from February 12-14, 2011 and honoured for their artistic achievements. Beforehand, the EFP member organizations had nominated their candidates. Initiated by European Film Promotion (EFP), the event is fin...

APSA Nominees Feature at Gold Coast Film Festival

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APSA NOMINEES FEATURE AT GOLD COAST FILM FESTIVAL The Gold Coast Film Festival (GCFF) will celebrate films of Asia-Pacific with a program of films nominated in the Asia Pacific Screen Awards (APSA).  The fourth annual APSA’s will take place on the Gold Coast on December 2 when 31 films from 15 countries and areas will compete for the region’s highest accolade in film. Headlining the GCFF APSA Program is ...

Spotlight on SHOOTING STARS at International Rome Film Festival

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With the aim of increasing the awareness of European films and talent in Italy, European Film Promotion (EFP) will be bringing three SHOOTING STARS 2010 to the International Rome Film Festival (October 28 - November 5) for the first time. Following the showcase at the Berlin International Film Festival, the selected three emerging actors will present their recent films at Italy's glittering cinematographic feast. The Italian SHOOTING STAR Michele Riondino will be seen in Ten Winters by Valerio...

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...

Isabella Rossellini to preside over the Jury for the 2011 Berlinale

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The Italian-American actress and director Isabella Rossellini will be the President of the Jury for the 61st Berlin International Film Festival (February 10-20, 2011)."It’s fantastic that Isabella Rossellini will be the President of the Berlinale Jury in 2011," says the festival's director Dieter Kosslick. "She is a multifaceted, creative film artist with extensive experience in European, American and international cinema."Isabella Rossellini is one of the most renowned actresses in internatio...

Asian American International Film Festival

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New York: 2010 Asian American International Film Festival: New Films from TaiwanVirtually all Southeast Asian film making countries were represented at the 33rd edition of the festival organized by the non-profit New York based Asian CineVision. Held from July 15-24 in four central Manhattan locations the selections focused on independent films and ranged from a presentation of a collection of short films by emerging film directors from Malaysia to a special program on the New Taiwanese Cinema....

Francesco Rosi Honored In Locarno

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Italian director Francesco Rosi will receive a Lifetimetime Achievement Pardo Award at the Locarno Film Festival this Friday, August 13. The award ceremony will take place in the city's famed Piazza Grande, one of Europe's most atmospheric town squares. An open air screening of one of Rosi’s masterpiece MANY WARS AGO (Uomini contro, 1970) starring Gian Maria Volonté and Alain Cuny, will be presented in a print restored by the Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia – Cineteca N...

Latest Jury decisions of Berlinale World Cinema Fund:

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Berlinale World Cinema Fund: Latest Jury decisions and WCF-Spotlight in South AfricaAt the 12th session of the World Cinema Fund (WCF) jury on July 4, three new film projects were selected for production funding.Since its establishment in October 2004, the WCF has awarded production and distribution funding to a total of 73 projects chosen from 1275 submissions from Africa, Latin America, the Middle East, Central and South East Asia, and the Caucasus. All of the WCF films completed so far have s...

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...

Talent Campus Durban swelection finalized

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3rd TALENT CAMPUS DURBAN 23 - 27 July 2010 at the 31st Durban International Film Festival (22 July - 1 August 2010) 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, and of course South A...

World Cinema Fund with Three Films in Cannes

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Three films funded by the Berlinale’s World Cinema Fund (WCF) have been invited to the Festival de Cannes: Loong Boonmee Raleuk Chaat (Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives) by Thai director Apichatpong Weerasethakul will be screening in the Competition. In October 2008, the WCF-Jury recommended funding this film project. Its German partner is Match Factory.    Another WCF-funded film, The Light Thief by Aktan Abdykalikov from Kyrgyzstan (German partner: Pallas Films), will be screeni...

A New Yorker's Take On Los Angeles

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    "I still consider myself a New Yorker, even though these days I have been spending more and more time in Los Angeles", filmmaker Noah Baumbach explained on the stage of the Jacob Burns Film Center on Saturday afternoon immediately following a screening of his latest "dramedy" GREENBERG, which is set in the City of Angels. "Admittedly, I am seeing that city differently these days......maybe because my wife Jennifer Jason Leigh grew up there, so some...

NEWSLETTER N° 456: March 10, 2010

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............. WELCOME TO OUR NEWSLETTER N° 456: March 10, 2010 Follow this LINK if you cannot read the newsletter properly La Géode : Concours du Film Hors Normes 3D relief ou IMAX April 1 - 18, 2010 - Inscription jusqu’au 30 mars 2010 La Géode commence l'année de ses 25 ans en beauté en organisant un Concours de réalisation audiovisuelle en 3D relief ou THD pour report sur IMAX™, afin de ...

NEWSLETTER N° 455: March 4, 2010

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............. WELCOME TO OUR NEWSLETTER N° 455: March 4, 2010 Follow this LINK if you cannot read the newsletter properly La Géode : Concours du Film Hors Normes 3D relief ou IMAX April 1 - 18, 2010 - Inscription jusqu’au 30 mars 2010 La Géode commence l'année de ses 25 ans en beauté en organisant un Concours de réalisation audiovisuelle en 3D relief ou THD pour report sur IMAX™, afin de p...

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