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Great Danes! From Cannes to Karlovy Vary!

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photo still from ROOM 304 (2011)Leave it to the Danish to shine (or plaster headlines whatever the case may be) when it comes to cinema. Few can compete with the films churning out of the Danish Film Institute and here goes another one! By director Birgitte Staermose this is the latest editing opus of editor extraordinaire Anne Osterud, the Danish editing genius that cut films like WORLDS APART (2008) and THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO (2009) now has her latest work at Karlovy Vary Internationa...

ROOM 304 at KARLOVY VARY, KVIFF

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photo still from ROOM 304 (2011)Leave it to the Danish to shine (or plaster headlines whatever the case may be) when it comes to cinema. Few can compete with the films churning out of the Danish Film Institute and here goes another one! By director Birgitte Staermose this is the latest editing opus of editor extraordinaire Anne Osterud, the Danish editing genius that cut films like WORLDS APART (2008) and THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO (2009) now has her latest work at Karlovy Vary Internationa...

The state support of Czech film

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The state support of Czech film:On thin ice between commercialism and art?Prague, June 27, 2011 – During the 46TH edition of the Karlovy Vary international film festival the Czech Film Center organizes the panel discussion The state support of Czech film: On thin ice between commercialism and art?The discussion, moderated by screenwriter and script editor Jan Štern, will be held on Sunday, July 3rd at 3:30 p.m. at Press Conference Hall, Hotel Thermal.The way the national film support function...

European discoveries: Ten Directors to Watch

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Alexandru Maftei, Romania Lisa Aschan, Sweden Claudio Cupellini, Italy David Dusa, FranceJannicke Systad Jacobsen, Norway Yasemin Samdereli, Germany Zuzana Liová, Slovak RepublicMatus Zajac, Valdís æskarsdóttir,Iceland Hans Van Nuffel, Belgium Ben Wheatley, United Kingdom Who makes exciting stories work on screen? Who is the person behind touching pictures, amazing film scenes and breathtaking moments in cinema? Ten directors from across Europe will be spotlighted as creative heads of passio...

István Szabó will preside the international jury at the 46th KVIFF

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  The Karlovy Vary International Film Festival (KVIFF) is honored to announce that multiple Oscar-nominee and -winner Hungarian filmmaker István Szabó will preside the international jury at the 46th KVIFF. "Nine years after having presented his film TAKING SIDES at the 37th KVIFF, Mr. Szabó will be back at the Festival. We couldn't be more thrilled to have such a distinguished and legendary artist heading the Festival's jury, " said Karel Och, KVIFF's Artistic Dire...

Berlin Buzz 2

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  International film festivals are here in force at the Berlinale to not only scout for new films but also to make announcements on upcoming special projects. Here are a few that have made the headlines here in Berlin.      BEIJING INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL LAUNCHES Beijing, the Chinese capital, now will have its own film event with the launching of the 1st Beijing International Film Festival, set for April 23-28, 2011. The Festival organization took an office at the M...

Pierre Rissient in the BigPond Adelaide Film Festival Jury

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The 2011 BigPond Adelaide Film Festival is pleased to announce the five-person jury for its prestigious International Award for Best Feature Film. For the 2011 festival, this award will be known as the 10 NEWS INTERNATIONAL AWARD for BEST FEATURE FILM, thanks to the generous support of 10 News, who will present a cash prize of $25,000 to the director of the winning film.Presiding over the 2011 jury will be Julietta Sichel, producer and former director of programming for the Karlovy Vary Film Fes...

The Global Film Village: The Last Station opens and The Lightkeepers Closes PSIFF


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by Marla LewinThis January marks the 21st anniversary year of the Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF). Today Festival Director Darryl Macdonald announced the program and said, "Our film line-up this year is a strong reflection of the current zeitgeist in world cinema. Sixty-seven first-time feature film directors will screen this year, representing a surge of new filmmaking talent on the world stage. In addition, we'll showcase a vintage crop of new works by established master...

Karlovy Vary Marks 20 Years of Freedom

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Where were you when the Berlin Wall cracked? Two decades after Communism fell on its scythe in Eastern Europe, the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival is remembering in grand style. For its 44th edition (July 3-11), this Czech shindig looks back on "20 Years of Freedom" in a salute to the Velvet Revolution and other Warsaw Pact overthrows. Viewers of the world unite!  It's only fitting that Karlovy Var y would throw a Bloc party. One of the festival's hallmarks is its...

Karlovy Vary Marks 20 Years of Freedom

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Where were you when the Berlin Wall cracked? Two decades after Communism fell on its scythe in Eastern Europe, the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival is remembering in grand style. For its 44th edition (July 3-11), this Czech shindig looks back on “20 Years of Freedom” in a salute to the Velvet Revolution and other Warsaw Pact overthrows. Viewers of the world unite! It’s only fitting that Karlovy Vary would throw a Bloc party. One of the festival’s hallmarks is its “East of the W...

EFP to continue promotional programmes with Media Funings

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New three-year support allows EFP to continue promotional programmes inside and outside of Europe for the years 2009 - 2011 European Film Promotion (EFP) is pleased to announce a Framework Partnership Agreement with the MEDIA Programme of the European Union for the years 2009 - 2011 for the support of promotional activities inside and outside of Europe. At prestigious festivals and important markets throughout the world, EFP - with its 29 member organisations - will continue its successful pres...

Newsletter 320, 13-20 June 2007

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  _______________________________________________________________________________________ FESTIVALS AGENDA SUBMISSION CALENDARS Festivals calling for your films... This week, this month...   WRAP UP FROM CANNES Check out the Cannes Blog Photo Gallery, Video Gallery ...

A European Voyage of Discovery: Picture Europe!

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PICTURE EUROPE! The Best of European Cinema – the European film event in Munich, Copenhagen, and Madrid A European Voyage of Discovery: Picture Europe!Film programme for Madrid now completeThe film programme for “PICTURE EUROPE! The Best of European Cinema 2008” in Madrid is complete. 13 current box-office hits from the neighbour countries will appear here on the screen from April 11 – 17. Director Jan Sverák will personally introduce the absolute top hit from the ...

European Film Promotion (EFP) confirms European funds

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European Film Promotion (EFP) is pleased to announce financial contributions by the MEDIA Programme of the European Union towards its events and activities in 2008. In its role as a pan-European promotional organisation, EFP has developed a strong partnership with the MEDIA Programme which has been an on-going supporter of EFP’s activities over the past ten years. Since the creation of EFP in 1997, the network has greatly increased its ability to effectively promote European films and their up...

Variety Critics’ Choice at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival

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The Variety Critics’ Choice: Europe Now! (VCC) section of the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival in the Czech Republic (June 29 - July 7, 2007) focuses international media attention on European cinema. For the tenth year, this official section of the prestigious Karlovy Vary Festival is programmed by the film critics of the international entertainment business magazine Variety.The founder of the program, Variety executive editor Steven Gaydos, said upon the occasion of the section’s te...

"Beyond The Ocean" Online premiere on filmfestivals.com helped secure DVD deal

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Sundance hit “Beyond the Ocean” by Tony Pemberton – named one of Variety’s “Ten Directors to Watch” – is now available in a new DVD release by Indiedocs.com. It includes a bonus, never-before-seen short film starring Parker Posey.Beyond the Ocean, a new film by Tony Pemberton premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, and was a pionneer in VOD distribution on filmfestivals.com online streaming platform, has been released on DVD with never-before-seen bonus short Description of a Stru...

European Cinema in all its Diversity

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EFP with the section Variety Critics’ Choice: Europe Now! at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival (30 June 8 July 2006)Unconventional and surprising, subtle and entertaining: the Variety Critics’ Choice: Europe Now! section of the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival (30 June 8 July in the Czech Republic) shows European cinema in all its diversity and vitality. Now for the eighth time the international film business magazine Variety, the Karlovy Vary Film Festival and European ...

The 21st Israel Film Festival in action in LA

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The 21st Israel Film Festival kicked off November 30th at Los Angeles (Nov. 30th - Dec. 15th)The festival’s mission is to “bring the voice of Israeli film to American audiences" said Festival Chairman MEYER GOTTLIEB (COO of Samuel Goldwyn Films). Indeed, the Festival, MEIR FENIGSTEIN launched 21 years ago has turned into the largest showcase of Israeli films in the U.S. This edition will screen over 40 titles, including features, documentaries, television dramas and selected student films. T...

Italian Cinema Worldwide roundtable in Venice from Media Salles

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Presentation in Venice of the MEDIA Salles’ new initiative “Italian Cinema Worldwide”Greater cohesion between the various components of the film’s life cycle, in order to reach shared objectives: this is what was demanded by many at Venice in Cinecittà Holding’s “Spazio Cinema Incontri”, during the round table presenting the special issue of MEDIA Salles’ Newsletter “European Cinema Journal” (hereattached), devoted to the initiative Italian Cinema Worldwide, for the promotio...

East comes to Cottbus Nov 2

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Cottbus festival will open on November 2 in the large auditorium of the Staatstheater Cottbus with the world premiere of three films from the series EUROPE’S OLD NEW FACES / VON DEN SOCKELN, a co-production by Rundfunk Berlin-Brandenburg (RBB) and LOOKS as well as partners in the ten new EU member states in cooperation with ARTE. The documentary series, which was made in 2004, analyses national monuments and myths and is the festival's contribution to the "Cultural Year of the TEN."The members...

KVIFF 04 ambiance

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Karlovy Vary 2004 – The atmosphere this year around the Hotel Thermal was electric, something like Time Square on a busy evening, (and the comparison is not that excessive!) especially outside the main entrance to the Velky Sal. Live music was continuously played on stage where crowds of youngsters gathered to drink, cheer, and indulge in what is surely one of the highlights of the Czech social calendar attended by international showbiz figures such as Elijah Wood, Harvey Keitel, John Cleese o...

Giant Shrek 2 closes Karlovy Vary 29th edition

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KVIFF CULMINATING IN A GIANTThe gala closing of the 39th Karlovy Vary IFF has included a screening of the film which was premiered at the Cannes film festival – the second part of the successful animated film SHREK 2, which will be launched into local distribution straight after the festival. The only thing this kind-hearted ogre longs for is to live in peace, far far away from people in his smelly swamp. Parents of Princess Fiona whose heart Shrek won in the first part change their mind and ...
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