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Highlights from Five Flavours Film Festival, Warsaw

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The sixth edition of Five Flavours Film Festival opens today, 24 October, in Warsaw's Muranow and Praha cinemas. The festival is the only film event in Poland focused primarily on Asian cinema. The seven-day programme involves six sections and thirty new features with two European premieres. Every year, Five Flavours brings a deeper insight into the cinematography of a selected country from South-East Asia. The sixth edition presents Focus: Malaysia which is one of the main sections of this ye...

Three documentaries nominated for the European Film Awards

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The European Film Academy proudly announces the nominations in the category EUROPEAN FILM ACADEMY DOCUMENTARY 2012. A committee consisting of Nik Powell, director of the NFTS and deputy chairman of the EFA Board (UK), EFA Members Francine Brücher (Switzerland) and Despina Mouzaki (Greece), and the documentary experts Claas Danielsen (Germany), Ally Derks (the Netherlands), and Jacques Laurent (Belgium) has chosen the following three films for a nomination: HIVER NOMADE (Winter Nomads) Swit...

14 nominations for European Film Awards for best shorts

                LIST OF NOMINATED SHORTS FILMS COMPLETE: 14 NOMINATIONS  With this year’s final nomination having been announced at the International Short Film Festival in Drama (Greece), the list of nominated short films is now complete. The short film initiative is organised by the European Film Academy in co-operation with a series of film festivals throughout Europe. At each of these festivals, an independent jury presents one o...

Helen Mirren to receive European achievement in World Cinema Awards

  HELEN MIRREN RECEIVES EUROPEAN ACHIEVEMENT IN WORLD CINEMA AWARD "A very meaningful honour," says the British actress (picture: Giles Keyte) The European Film Academy takes great pleasure in presenting Dame Helen Mirren with the honorary award EUROPEAN ACHIEVEMENT IN WORLD CINEMA 2012 for her outstanding body of work. “It was discovering the immense diversity of European filmmaking that gave me an enduring love and respect for the art form,” stated Helen Mirr...

Guests at Forum Future of Film Festivals 2012 Katowice Poland

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    „Future of film festivals - between the Local and the Global": Film Forum guests list   The Forum is parrt of Ars Independent, organized by Anita Skwara for the Festival. THE AGENDA    September 24th at Rondo Sztuki 10:00 - 10: 30 welcome speech Introduction during which the managers will present goals and ideas of the Forum and intro-duce the attendees. "Authorial word&...

Successful first edition of Gotham in Progress at the 2. American Film Festival in Wrocław

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The first edition of Gotham in Progress (GiP) took place on the 17-19 Nov during the second edition of the American Film Festival in Wrocław, Poland.   GiP was the first European industry meeting focused entirely on independent American films. GiP was an initiative of the New York and Paris-based Black Rabbit Films and the New Horizons Association, the organizer of the American Film Festival. The event was supported by the City of Wrocław and the Polish Film Institute. Durin...

EFP to introduce ten of Europe´s brightest young actors at 62nd Berlin International Film Festival

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    SHOOTING STARS 2012 selected                     From left to right:: France: Adèle Haenel (House of Tolerance), Germany: Anna Maria Mühe (November Child), Iceland: Hilmar Gudjónsson (Either Way), Ireland: Antonia Campbell-Hughes (The Other Side Of Sleep), Italy: Isabella Ragonese (The First Assignment), Poland: Jakub Gierszał (Suicide Room), Romania: Ana Ul...

Lifetime Achievement Award for Stephen Frears at EFA

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"It's very nice to be complimented by Europe," the British director says Stephen Frears, director of films like DANGEROUS LIAISONS, THE HI-LO COUNTRY and THE QUEEN will receive this year's EUROPEAN FILM ACADEMY LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD for his outstanding and dedicated body of work. I have personnally worked with Stephen (&and enjoyed a lot sharing w...

The Mill and the Cross" an extraordinary artistic achievement

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  By Ron Gilbert   Director, Lech Majewski does a brilliant orchestration in this film which is like watching an artist visually show how his painting is created and all of his inspirations. Opening this complex painting via a combination of actors and horses with blue screen effects and 2D backdrops with historical, religious, contemporary and symbolic figures, with biblical travails depicted alongside sufferings of Flemish citizens persecuted by representati...

15 Short Films Nominated for European Film Awards in co-operation with a series of film festivals throughout Europe

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With this year's final nomination having just been announced at the International Short Film Festival in Drama (Greece), the list of the nominated short films is now complete. The short film initiative is organised by the European Film Academy in co-operation with a series of film festivals throughout Europe. At each of these festivals, an independent jury presents one of the European short films in competition with a nomination in the short film category of the European Film Award...

FNE Visegrad Prix nominations for best fiction coproduction announced in CineFest

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Nominations for the second edtion of the FNE Visegrad Prix for best fiction film coproduction from a Visegard country have been announced.  The films are all screening in Hungary, in the Jameson CineFest – Miskolc International Film Festival's (17-25 September) official programme.  The final selection will be made by the festival’s main jury and announced at the festival’s closing ceremony. The Prix is an initiative of Film New Europe and backed by the International Visegrad Fund (www...

EFA open votes for people's choice awards 2011

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  Every year, the EFA People’s Choice Award allows film fans across Europe to elect their favourite film. When the European Film Academy invites its members, Europe’s greatest film stars, directors, actors and actresses, to attend the European Film Awards, the People’s Choice Award sheds a spotlight on the people films are made for, the audience. This year’s vote has started – vote now and win the chance to join winners and nominees on the red carpet in Berlin! Winners in...

SCript East in Cannes

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During one-week long, final ScripTeast' session at Cannes Film Festival, scriptwriters are having meetings with the producers and distributors, as well as they have a chance for last consultations with Heads of Studies. They have occasions to attend the festivals’ screenings, conferences and participate in the festival events. After a very intensive start with pitching training done by David Matamoros from Zentropa Spain, ScripTeast writers use the possibility of presenting pos...

Poles Apart Again

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Probably the most successful of the still-sustained 'national' film festivals that flourish, with greater and lesser degrees of success in London and around the British Isles (dare I still call them that without fear of political uncorrectness?) is Kinoteka, which celebrated its 9th edition from 24th March to 13th April, 2011.(Since the German Film Weeks are now but a fond memory, this Polish filmic-extravaganza now surely takes the crown, in the face of all kinds of film 'festivals' that vie...

Rome Independent film awards launches 10th edition

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RIFF AWARDS 2011From March 18 to 25 at the Nuovo Cinema Aquila in Rome RIFF AWARDS 2011, March 18 - 25, at the Nuovo Cinema Aquila - this year, celebrates a decade of "independence" puts focus on Italian production and showcases the best foreign films.The festival will present some 150 works including national and international premiers confirming its reputation as the country s leading purveyor of independent film.For its 10th edition, the RIFF will host the third edition of the Forum "European...

Czech Film Center will be hosting a film festival in Brussels

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Czech Film Center will be hosting a film festival in Brussels, BEST OF VISEGRAD CINEMA, from March 22-27. To mark the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the founding of the Visegrad Group, four recent films from each V4 country – the biggest box-office hit, the biggest international success, the best documentary and the most successful film for children and youth – will be screened at the Brusselian Cinéma Vendôme during event. The festival precedes a conference titled: Quo vadis Visegrad...

Essential Filmmaking: An Interview With Legendary Polish Director Jerzy Skolimowski

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Jerzy Skolimowski is a busy man these days. The Polish director's latest film Essential Killing made headlines this autumn when it won the Special Jury Prize at the Venice Film Festival, and the film's lead, Vincent Gallo, took the prize for best actor. The film was released in Poland in October, and audiences have been filling cinemas to see what is admittedly a unique film in terms of story and style. In the following interview, Mr. Skolimowski discusses the origins of the film, the funding ...

Moths

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Director: Wojciech Kuś.
A story about a girl, Julia, who accidentally comes across a hermitage, somewhere in the woods. There lives an old hippie, Bernard, who'd rather stay aloof and remain secluded from the world of the living. Julie, however, is persistent and desires to get to know Bernard better. She hides in the shed and awaits a fit moment to break the ice. Such occasion is the day on which Bernard plans to mend the roof of his house. When ladder collapses under him Julia finds a perfect moment to enter his life.

26th Warsaw Film Festival - Summary

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The 26th Warsaw Film Festival ended on Sunday, 17 October 2010. “I feel great satisfaction after this year’s festival. Our programme included about twenty European and international premieres. More than a hundred filmmakers from Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia, and the Americas visited us to present their films in person in Warsaw. We had waited for some of them for years, to mention Jan Sverak, double Oscar winner, or Alexei Uchitel, whose new film The Edge is Russia’s Oscar candidat...

26th Warsaw Film Festival - Summary

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The 26th Warsaw Film Festival ended on Sunday, 17 October 2010.“I feel great satisfaction after this year’s festival. Our programme included about twenty European and international premieres. More than a hundred filmmakers from Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia, and the Americas visited us to present their films in person in Warsaw. We had waited for some of them for years, to mention Jan Sverak, double Oscar winner, or Alexei Uchitel, whose new film The Edge is Russia’s Oscar candidate this...

Institute of Documentary Film at Jihlava IDFF

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Institute of Documentary Film at Jihlava IDFF Oct 25 – 31, 2010 The 10th Industry Section organized in Jihlava by the Institute of Documentary Film (IDF), has expanded its programme this year and hosted a record number of guests. In addition to the public presentations of the 10th East European Forum and more than 300 East European films at the 7th East Silver Market, we organized Inspiring Sessions, Case Studies, One-on-one Meetings, Documentary Works-in-progress, Co-production Breakfasts...

American Film Festival Wrap

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  The AMERICAN FILM FESTIVAL (AFF), the first film event in Eastern Europe solely devoted to the works of contemporary and classic American cinema, announced the two winners of its Audience Awards, chosen by the public as their favorites among the films presented over the past five days in Wroclaw, Poland. The winner of the American Independent Narrative Audience Award is WINTER’S BONE, the celebrated debut by filmmaker Debra Granik that won the Grand Jury Prize and Best Screenpl...

American Film Festival Wrap

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The AMERICAN FILM FESTIVAL (AFF), the first film event in Eastern Europe solely devoted to the works of contemporary and classic American cinema, announced the two winners of its Audience Awards, chosen by the public as their favorites among the films presented over the past five days in Wroclaw, Poland. The winner of the American Independent Narrative Audience Award is WINTER’S BONE, the celebrated debut by filmmaker Debra Granik that won the Grand Jury Prize and Best Screenplay awards at the...

VIP Guests At American Film Festival

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   DJ Spooky An army of American producers, directors, screenwriters and actors will come together in Wroclaw next week for the inaugural edition of the AMERICAN FILM FESTIVAL, the first event in the region completely devoted to classic and contemporary American cinema.   One of the most highly anticipated guests is DJ Spooky (aka Paul Miller), who will be in Wroclaw to present a live concert version of his multi-media extravaganza REBIRTH OF A NATION, ...

American Film Festival Poland list of upcoming events

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The AMERICAN FILM FESTIVAL (AFF), the first film event in Eastern Europe solely devoted to the works of contemporary and classic American cinema, has announced a number of Special Events and VIP Guests who will participate in the inaugural edition which begins next week. These events are in addition to the 20 Dramatic Features and 15 Documentary Features that will compete for Audience Awards and cash prizes, including a chance at Eastern European distribution.“We have assembled a very dynamic ...
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