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57th BERLIN FEST OPENS WITH STARS TO BURN

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The Berlin Film Festival is traditionally one of the most star studded events on the annual Festival calendar and this 57th edition is no exception.  Among stars and celebrities already spotted either on the red carpet entering gala screenings, at press conferences, or at events in other parts of town away from Marlene Dietrich square, in just the first four days; Richard Gere, Sharon Stone, Clint Eastwood, Antonio Banderas, Catherine Deneuve, Judie Dench, Cate Blanchett, Matt Damon, Carl...

European Film Sales Support at Guadalajara Fest

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Film Sales Support for the first time for European films at Mexico’s International Film Festival of Guadalajara (22-30 March 2007)It is the first year in which European Film Promotion will participate in the Festival Internacional de Cine en Guadalajara by offering Film Sales Support (FSS) for the promotion of four European films screening at the festival. FSS is funded by the MEDIA Programme of the European Union with a remit to help increase the visibility of European films outside of Europe...

Berlinale 2007: It's a Wrap

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The Berlin International Film Festival has long reflected the character of its bohemian host city. Think avant-garde filmmaking in the Forum section; gay-themed pictures in Panorama; and the political polemic popular among competition directors, including this time, the Holocaust film, The Counterfeiters.This year’s festival (February 8th-18th, 2007), however, went one step further, taking fest-goers back in time to a bygone era of cinema and the city’s golden age. The opening film La Vie En...

Berlinale Keynotes A Success In Debut Year

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Friday, February 16-----The Berlinale Keynotes , a new information initiative launched this year by the Berlin Film Festival organization, got off to a successful start. Over 300 distinguished international industry representatives, invited by Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg and the Berlin International Film Festival, came together to watch the new event format at the Ritz-Carlton, Berlin. The first edition focused on the future of the film industry in the digital age, in terms of technology, con...

World Cinema Fund (WCF) expands focus regions: South East Asia and the Caucasus

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 During the World Cinema Fund Day on February 14 the WCF announced an expansion of the focus regions. Alongside projects from Africa, Latin America, Middle East and Central Asia, filmmakers from South East Asia and the Caucasus can be funded from summer 2007 onwards. The WCF is active in production funding as well as in distribution support. The submission deadline for production funding is March 15, 2007, for distribution support in Germany the deadline is February 27, 2007.“We always believ...

Berlin opened with stars to burn

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The Berlin Film Festival is traditionally one of the most star studded events on the annual Festival calendar and this 57th edition is no exception. Among stars and celebrities already spotted either on the red carpet entering gala screenings, at press conferences, or at events in other parts of town away from Marlene Dietrich square, in just the first four days; Richard Gere, Sharon Stone, Clint Eastwood, Antonio Banderas, Catherine Deneuve, Judie Dench, Cate Blanchett, Matt Damon, Carl Lagerf...

World Cinema Fund Day At The Berlinale

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Wednesday, February 14----Today, the Berlin Film Festival celebrated The World Cinema Fund (WCF) with a series of events the Festival dubbed World Cinema Fund Day. The Fund was founded in 2004 as a joint initiative of the German Federal Cultural Foundation and the Berlin International Film Festival, with the Goethe Institute participating as a cooperation partner since 2005. The Fund supports film projects from the focus regions Latin America, Africa, the Middle East and Central Asia, as well...

Contact best short at Berlinale wins Golden Bear

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the Dutch short live action film CONTACT directed by Hanro Smitsman was awarded with the Golden Bear at the 57th Berlin International Film Festival. The members of the international short film jury awarded CONTACT the prize ‘for being a brilliant film on its approach to the subjects of love, anger and desperation. But you mustn’t forget to mention the humour of the film. We honour the ability of the director to show in a compact manner three angles of the same story.’Previously The Netherl...

Shooting Stars: A Constellation of New Acting Talent

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Tuesday, February 13-----On Monday, there was a constellation of Shooting Stars in the skies over the Berlin Film Festival. The stars in question are not of the celestial kind, but represent twenty-five of the hottest actors and actresses of European cinema. This initiative of the European Film Promotion, the pan-European organization of almost thirty European national film promotion boards, celebrates its tenth year of presenting Europe's newest acting talents, with several special events d...

One City, Two Legends

Thursday, February 8----Two legends collided in one city tonight as the Berlin International Film Festival began this evening. For one night only, Edith Piaf waltzed with Marlene Dietrich on the steps of the Berlinale Palast, in the heart of the "new Berlin" Potsdamer Platz. Of course, the two, most deceased, were not dancing in the flesh. But when the music of Edith Piaf, as captured in the Berlinale Opening Night Film LA VIE EN ROSE, spilled onto the streets of Marlene Dietrich Platz, two l...

Berlin launches with Piaf Panache

Berlin in action! Around 400 films will show this year as part of the Berlinale's public programme, the vast majority of which are world or European premieres. Films of every genre, length and format. The Berlinale is divided into different sections, each with its own unique profile: big international movies in the Competition, independent and art-house productions in Panorama, movies for a young audience in the Generation and its Kplus and 14plus programmes, the most exciting German cinema pr...

The Stars Align In Deutschland: an article in the New York Sun

..."The COO of the Paris-based Filmfestivals Entertainment Group, Bruno Chatelin, insists the mixture of small independent films and mainstream industry at the Berlinale is actually good for business on both sides. "The industry thrives on things that major media are interested in," he said. "At the same time, there is the film focus where the media is just looking for the next gem. It's not war exactly, but it's a fight for distribution. And sometimes the small need the big." Mr. Kosslick, me...

Shooting Stars in Berlin

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The hottest young European actors and actresses have been announced by European Film Promotion as SHOOTING STARS 2007. 25 up-and-coming actors have been chosen by EFP member organizations across Europe, and will go on to take part in a series of events at the Berlin International Film Festival (10th - 12th February) designed to encourage the international film industry, media and public to acknowledge the incredible screen talent that lies within Europe. In very special anniversary celebration...

25 new stars for Shooting stars; see you in Berlin

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Twenty-five of the best and brightest young actors and actresses from across Europe have today been chosen by European Film Promotion (EFP) as the tenth generation of SHOOTING STARS. In a very special weekend of events commemorating the first highly successful decade of SHOOTING STARS, the up-and-coming talent will be presented to the public together for the first time during the Berlin International Film Festival, 10-12 February 2007. SHOOTING STARS is mainly supported by the MEDIA Programme of...

Santa Fe Film Festival Ready To Roll

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The Santa Fe Film Festival celebrates its 7th season Dec. 6-10 with its most prestigious slate ever, anchored by galas including MISS POTTER, PERFUME: STORY OF A MURDERER, THE PAINTED VEIL, VOLVER and VENUS. In addition, special presentations are planned for PAN’S LABYRINTH and THE ASTRONAUT FARMER. All told, the festival will showcase nearly 200 works in eight separate series, running in nine venues citywide. Announced recipients of the festival’s Luminaria Awards for lifetime achieveme...

Picture Europe! Launching the Best of European Cinema 2007

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In an effort to encourage new audiences and to cultivate those already devoted to European films, the members of European Film Promotion (EFP) have developed a new project to have quality European films screened in selected cities of Europe. In spring 2007, under the title, Picture Europe! The Best of European Cinema, EFP will organize a screening series highlighting national box office hits from all over Europe.According to EFP President, Claudia Landsberger, “Not enough effort and investment...

11th PIFF is Biggest Film Festival in Asia

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The Pusan International Film Festival (PIFF), which takes place every October in the south-eastern port city of Busan, South Korea gears up for its 11th edition, its largest thus far. In fact, the festival has grown to such proportions that US entertainment media Variety will begin publishing dailies at PIFF this year, something it until now had only done for the world’s top three film festivals, Cannes, Berlin, and Toronto. In Seoul, South Korea at an unusually crowded press conference, PIF...

Venice "Mother of all Film Festivals" activity day by day

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With a couple of hours still left to go until the official kick-off of this "Mother of all Film Festivals" activity is feverish along the short stretch of the Lido known as Viale Marconi, the actual location of this oldest of all world film festivals --Now that was rather a mouthful, calling for a bit of elucidation. The first Venice film festival took place way back in 1932 when the Fascist government under Benito Mussolini, taking a page from Lenin, realized that film was a powerful propaganda...

Run up to the 63rd Venice Festival

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With a couple of hours still left to go until the official kick-off of this "Mother of all Film Festivals" activity is feverish along the short stretch of the Lido known as Viale Marconi, the actual location of this oldest of all world film festivals. Now that was rather a mouthful, calling for a bit of elucidation. The first Venice film festival took place way back in 1932 when the Fascist government under Benito Mussolini, taking a page from Lenin, realized that film was a powerful propagand...

Talent Press, a project of the Berlinale Talent Campus

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Berlinale Talent Campus # 5 – The Talent Press Call for Applications Berlinale Talent Campus, Goethe-Institute and FIPRESCI invite young film critics to Berlin. Dear Friends of Film, We would like to invite you and/or your colleagues to apply for The Talent Press, a project of the Berlinale Talent Campus, Goethe-Institute, and FIPRESCI (the International Federation of Film Critics). Young film critics and film journalists will be invited to Berlin to report on the films at the 57th Berlin In...

Programming staff restructuring at Hamptons Fest

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The Hamptons International Film Festival announces today the restructuring of its programming staff, upping Director of Programming, Rajendra Roy, to serve as the festival’s Artistic Director and Programming Associate Josh Koury to serve as Programming Manager/Shorts Programmer. As Artistic Director, Roy will oversee all programming and the entire artistic focus of the festival’s year-round activities. He will continue to work closely with Executive Director, Denise Kasell and Board Chairm...

Speed Interview with Dieter Kosslick, Busy Berlinale Chief

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Filmfestivals correspondant Claus Mueller sat down with Dieter Kosslick head of the Berlin festival for an open discussion on the festival changes. Claus Mueller What is the most important change compared to last year?Dieter Kosslick The most important change of course is that we finished out five year plan, including the change of the market, that is the move to the Martin Gropius Bau. That was a big move, and there is another little change, that we give the awards at the end of the festival on...

Kosslick opens the Berlinale Talent Campus

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56th Berlin International Film Festival • February 09 – 19 2006Foreign Secretary Steinmeier to open CampusForeign secretary Dr. Frank-Walter Steinmeier and Berlinale Director Dieter Kosslick will open the Berlinale Talent Campus on Saturday 11 February at 5pm. First of all the 520 Campus participants from 101 countries, together with numerous guests from the international film business, will be welcomed. After this the Berlin Today Award will be presented and the three short films nominated ...

Frankfurt Book Fair and Berlinale Expand Cooperation

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New initiatives and events at the “Forum Film & TV” of the Frankfurt Book Fair (Oct. 19-23, 2005) are to strengthen the dialogue between the publishing and film industries / October 19th is Berlinale DayThe fruitful cooperation between Berlin and Frankfurt was launched last February at the Berlin International Film Festival and the initiative is being expanded with joint industry events at the Book Fair in October. The Book Fair and the Berlinale have a common aim: to help successful books e...

Shooting Stars from 10 European countries at Seville Fest

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Young acting talent to present their films in Spain (4 12 November 2005)It’s a unique opportunity for both the actors and the audience. At the Seville Film Festival (412 November) visitors and press will have the chance to meet a group of 10 of this year’s Shooting Stars (from a total of 21), selected by the member organisations of European Film Promotion (EFP). For the weekend (4 6 November 2005) the actors will be spotlighted with their latest films. Thus they are directly involved in the ...

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