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16th Arab Film Festival opens in LA

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by Alex Deleon for <filmfestivals.com> The sixteenth edition of the Arab Film Festival (which travels to five cities in California) opened here on Friday, October 19 with a festive reception at the Screen writers Guild Theater in Beverly Hills. This is an intensive three day event which will screen as many films as can be squeezed into a long weekend. The opening night film was "Man Without a Cell Phone", a debut feature by Palestinian filmmaker Sameh Zoabi who has won various...

A new look for an Iconic Australian Brand: Sportscraft

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  A new look for an Iconic Australian Brand: Sportscraft   A new look for an Iconic Australian Brand...   Leading Australian lifestyle brand Sportscraft continues to strengthen its retail presence with the opening of a flagship store on 12 October 2012 within the Westfield Bondi Junction centre. This store will be the first in Australia to have the cutting edge new shop fit out representing the brands fresh new direction.    In her role as Sportscraft ...

A new look for an Iconic Australian Brand: Sportscraft

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  A new look for an Iconic Australian Brand: Sportscraft   A new look for an Iconic Australian Brand...   Leading Australian lifestyle brand Sportscraft continues to strengthen its retail presence with the opening of a flagship store on 12 October 2012 within the Westfield Bondi Junction centre. This store will be the first in Australia to have the cutting edge new shop fit out representing the brands fresh new direction.    In her role as Sportscraft ...

AnimaCampus new initiative at Animated Dreams Animation

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The most important animation festival in the Baltic and Nordic regions, which runs between 16 and 20 November 2011 in Tallinn, Estonia, promises a feast of short and feature animation from across the world whilst new initiative AnimaCampus, running 15-19 November and presented by the Tallinn European Capital of Culture 2011 programme, will be a meeting point for young animators eager to learn more about their craft.Animated Dreams Animation Film Festival will begin on 16 November with an opening...

The Boston Jewish Film Festival announces “Luminaries and Legends”

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The Boston Jewish Film Festival announces “Luminaries and Legends,” its major fall fundraiser. Three Luminaries will be honored for their leadership in film in New England on Oct. 22 – Judy Ganz, Lisa Gossels and Kaj Wilson.   Judy Ganz, Festival architect and visionary. Judy has been at the heart of the Festival since its inception, serving as Board Chair from 2002 - 2009. During her tenure, the Festival enjoyed exponential growth in attendance and stature. Judy is an indefatigable l...

Berlin , quickshots, best, worst and in between

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by Alex Deleon With some 400 films to choose from one might say that everybody sees a different festival over a ten day period. Of the official competition films two were early walkouts. Ralph Fiennes' "Coriolanus"  and the Bela Tarr entry  "A Torinoi Lo" (The Turin Horse) -- arguably the most bleak, depressing , and boring film ever made. It's all about two miserable people livinng in a miserable life in a miserable hut somewhere in the middle of nowhere and tr...

The Athlete, Palm Springs 2011

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The Athlete Atletu Ethiopia, 2009, 93 Minute Running Time Additional Countries: Germany/USA Topics: African Interest, Biopic, Drama, Sports Program: Awards Buzz : Best Foreign Language Film Language: Amharic English Sub-Titles Marathoner Abebe Bikila, the first black African to win an Olympic gold, ran his gold medal marathon barefoot. Impressive, sure, but Bikila's story becomes truly remarkable following an accident that leaves him unable to walk. From Bikila'...

Art On Film At JBFC Film Series

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  The fine arts have always had a solemn embrace with the art of film since the days of silent movies. As the "art form of the 20th century" began to cement its reputation in the first two decades, artists (many with a surreal bent) experimented with the new form of moving image to give kinetic motion to their individual visions. Salvador Dali, Fernand Leger, El Lisitsky, Paul Klee, Wassily Kandinsky, Paul Strand and others collaborated with budding film artistes to expand the...

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...

WINTER'S BONE Is Big Winner At Gotham Awards

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  WINTER'S BONE, the debut feature by director Debra Granik that won the Grand Jury Prize at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival, continues to cement its status as this year's "indie it" film with major wins at the Gotham Independent Film Awards, which were held in New York City on Monday evening. The 20th edition of the Awards gala, which is sponsored by the IFP, the indie filmmakers membership organization that also sponsors the New York Film Week market and screenings each Sept...

The Indie Spirit

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From Todd Reynolds, who played Detective Bud Flanek... So yesterday afternoon saw a wrap on the shooting of the short Lee Goldberg film Remaindered. Today, as I bask in the afterglow, sipping a cup of Sassafras tea, I cannot help but reflect on how nice it is to be involved in interesting projects. To forge new friendships and cement old ones. To be around creative people, working together in good humor on something that they love.It's very exciting to see what is happening in the Ohio Riv...

Ernest Borgnine Screen to receive SAG Life Achievement Award

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Ernest Borgnine, who is exuberantly entering his seventh decade of creating memorable characters and award-winning performances, will receive Screen Actors Guild (SAG)’s most prestigious accolade-—the Screen Actors Guild Life Achievement Award for career achievement and humanitarian accomplishment. Borgnine, who has performed in more than 200 motion pictures, five television series and dozens of television films and guest appearances, will be presented the Award, given annually to an actor w...

Paju to open Rotterdam film festival

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39th International Film Festival Rotterdam January 27 - February 7, 2010 Paju, the second feature film by South Korean director Park Chan-Ok will be the official opening film for the 39th International Film Festival Rotterdam on Wednesday January 27, 2010. Park Chan-Ok was the winner of a Tiger Award in 2003 for her critically appraised debut Jealousy is My Middle Name. In 2006 her sophomore feature project Paju was launched at Rotterdam's co-production market CineMart. Rotterdam festiva...

18 wins VIFF Dragons & Tigers Award for Young Cinema

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The Vancouver International Film Festival is pleased to announce that EIGHTEEN directed by JANG Kun-Jae of South Korea has won the 16th annual Dragons & Tigers Award for Young Cinema and a cash prize of $10,000. The winner was announced prior to the Dragons & Tigers Award Gala screening of Gama No Abura’s TOAD’S OIL in the Granville 7 Visa Screening Room today. Donors Brad Birarda and Robert Sali generously sponsor the award.The distinguished jury was comprised of Mr. Johnny Ray HUSTON, arts...

Mariam's Amazing Race to Cannes and back to Cambodia: Day 17

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In the morning, I fixed myself a cup of tea and woke up slowly. Breakfast was fresh fruit and cereal. Wynford's daughter appeared, waking late after a costume party where the theme was the Flintstones - how fun! Wynford and I said goodbye to her and headed off by car through the surrounding Rhondda Valley. There were terraced houses everywhere; the doors and window frames were a multitude of colors, all stacked neatly in rows. We talked about the different terms for housing like townhouse...

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THE TIME IS RIGHT

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  The costs of constructing and financing a property are increasing, but it makes complete sense to buy now if you are looking for a home for yourself.  Acyclical change in home loan interest rates, changing demand supply equation and even tumbling stock markets set off a debate that throws up many views - is it the right time to buy property? Those looking for a house and property investors alike are exposed to a host of suggestions and views. Some feel anytime is good to buy property while ...

DON'T WAIT, BUY NOW

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Analysts and industry watchers feel that there is no such thing as a 'right' or 'wrong' time to buy property. Looking at the uncertainty prevailing the markets, it is better that you buy a house as soon as you can, especially if you plan to make it your home. At the moment, the market conditions are uncertain. Many people who have been planning to buy a home are indecisive. They all have a common question - should they buy the property now or wait for some time to get better deal? Ana...

The Kite Runner - interview with Rebecca Yeldham

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FINDING A LOST KABUL IN OUTBACK CHINAAustralian born producer Rebecca Yeldham has been through some wild filmmaking when shooting The Motorcycle Diaries in deepest Peru, but that now seems tame after “the wild ride” that was the making of The Kite Runner in even deeper Western China, she tells Andrew L. Urban.From the start, the question of where to shoot The Kite Runner loomed over the production. The story would require the wholesale re-creation of several disparate worlds that no longer e...

John Landis at the Ischia Film Festival

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Director and producer John Landis, will be at Lacco Ameno of Ischia-Italy on July 16 to receive the “Regina Isabella Legend Award.” The popular American artist (“Animal House,” “Blues Brothers”, “An American Werewolf in London”, “Beverly Hills Cop”) will also be at the center of the final International Kimbo Cinema Forum of the six planned for the festival’s third edition.The announcement was given by the CEO of the Ischia International Arts Academy, Pascal Vicedomini, who ...

Sarandon and Robbins Masterclass at Mar del Plata

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Before leaving her hand prints in the Boulevard Marítimo´s path, the actress Susan Sarandon and her husband, the director Tim Robbins, answered the audience's most different interests and they talked with the actors present there. "Bush´s re-election was useful only for the comedy actors and the punk rockers", said the director.An Oscar in the bathroomThe master class was signed by the actress´ sense of humour and the not always proper audience participation, which packed Hermitage´s Versai...

Fort Lauderdale Film Festival concludes with awards

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The Fort Lauderdale Film Festival concluded its 20th edition this past Sunday, with the announcement of its awards. The Festival, which has the distinction of being the longest in the world, running almost 40 days, had a year like none other; having survived a Category 3 Hurricane and a week of no electricity, phone service or internet connection.The Festival, which featured over 200 films, premiered on October 14 with the premiere of THE MATADOR, starring Pierce Brosnan and Greg Kinnear. Closin...

Caleb Deschanel honoured at Hollywood Fest

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HOLLYWOOD FEST HONORS CALEB DESCHANEL AND CELEBRATES THE AMERICAN SOCIETY OFCINEMATOGRAPHERS' 85th ANNIVERSARY.Oscar(R)-nominated cinematographer Caleb Deschanel (ASC) will be this year's recipient of the "Hollywood CINEMATOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR Award." In addition, the American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) will mark its 85th anniversary at the Hollywood Film Festival, which takes place October 12 to 18 at the Arclight Cinemas in Hollywood."Mr. Deschanel is undoubtedly one of Hollywood's fine...

Krakow - Poland shorts and docu awards

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THE 44th KRAKOW Int'l FESTIVAL of SHORT and DOCUMENTARY FILMS "A STRONG ENGLISH PRESENCE AND A CANTONESE TWIST"The Krakow festival of short and documentary films is one of the oldest and most prestigious events of its kind in the world. Launched in 1961, this, the 44th instalment of the festival, was held here from May 28 to June 1st. There are two competition sections, one for international films and one for indigenous Polish films. Retrospectives are another strong feature of the festival whil...
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