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14th TDF with “Stories From Lakka Beach” (2011)

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Danish director Daan Veldhuizen attended the 14th TDF this year with his stunningly shot film “Stories From Lakka Beach” (2011). The film focuses on today’s Sierra Leone and the struggle of everyday life on the serene edenic Lakka beach village where today all of its people appear to live in harmony alongside each other. But this peace wasn’t always so and perhaps it wont always be. In a land that has seen the ever advancing onslaught of u...

2012 Tribeca Drive-In, Family Festival Street Fair announced

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  The 2012 Tribeca Film Festival (TFF), presented by Founding Sponsor American Express, today announced the return of its signature free community events: the Tribeca Drive-In (April 19-21), Family Festival Street Fair (April 28), Tribeca/ESPN Sports Day (April 28) and the second annual Tribeca/NYFEST Soccer Day (April 21).   The Festival also announced the three film titles that will be screened at the Tribeca Drive-In, co-sponsored by JetBlue and Time Warner Cable, hosted b...

The Last Docking - stories of abandoned seafares -

Director: Emiliano Pappacena - Anna Maria Selini.
In ports all over the world, alongside cargo and tourist ships, there are also vessels that have not been operated for months, if not for years. These abandoned ships are left moored to rust by their shipowners, often never to be recovered, because of financial distress, security issues or seizure. The problem is that in most cases the whole crew is still on board. These seafarers, who were recruited months before with a valid employment contract, suddenly find themselves thousands of kilometres from home, without food, water and, ever worse, pay cheque. This TV report was made by Emiliano Pappacena and Anna Maria Selini in collaboration with Antonio Demma.

14th Thessaloniki Documentary Film Festival, Opening Night

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FROM: -TDF 2012 PRESS- 14th TDF: Opening Ceremony (3/10/2012) OPENING CEREMONY The curtain rose on the 14th Thessaloniki Documentary Festival - Images of the 21st Century on Friday, March 9, 2012 in the packed Olympion Theater. The simple ceremony, with musical accompaniment, was followed by the screening of Tony Gatlif’s documentary Indignados, a cinematic homage to the Occupy movement. The percussion group Krousi set the rhythm for the evening and afterwards Dimitri Eipides, di...

LunaFest Short Films Festival for Women

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If you consume powerbars, you'll no doubt be familiar with Clif and Luna bars, but you may not know this same company is in the film biz. In 2000 they created LunaFest a short film festival by, for and about women. It's a traveling, one night film festival; this year (Friday, March 2, 2012) one of the stops was Chestnut Hill, PA (30 minutes outside Center City Philadelphia for any non-local readers). One of Tinsel & Tine's missions is to highlight film and food events around the city;...

The 2012 Tribeca Film Festival Short Film selection

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The 2012 Tribeca Film Festival (TFF), presented by founding sponsor American Express, today announced its lineup of 60 short films, 26 of which are world premieres. For the second year running, the recipient of the Tribeca Film Festival’s Best Narrative Short award will qualify for consideration in the Short Films category of the annual Academy Awards® without the standard theatrical run, provided the film otherwise complies with the Academy rules. The 2011 TFF Narrative Short Pentecost was n...

Nippon Connection 2012 – Preview on the Festival Program

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Nippon Connection 2012 : the 12th Japanese Film Festival, Frankfurt am Main, will take place May 2 - 6, 2012  From May 2 to 6, 2012, Nippon Connection Film Festival, located in Frankfurt am Main, will present the whole spectrum of contemporary Japanese film for the twelfth time. Whether blockbuster or independent film, animation or documentary: numerous works will be presented as premieres with the film makers in attendance. The world’s largest festival of Japanese cinema invites its expecte...

President Sicilian Film Festival, Emanuele Viscuso Speaks at Introduction to MIFF’s Italian Selection, “Annalisa"

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Miami Beach, FL…March 12, 2012… Last week Sicilian Film Festival President, Emanuele Viscuso spoke at the introduction of the Italian film, “Annalisa/Il Paese Delle Spose Infelici” that made its North American Premiere at the 29th Annual Miami International Film Festival.  Viscuso, a Sicilian native and Miami Beach resident, alongside Director Pippo Mezzapesa gave the audience a window into the beauty of rural Southern Italy through a “coming of age” tale - ...

Movie Walk Of Fame At Randwick Ritz; The Spot Festival - film, foodies and more

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Movie Walk Of Fame At Randwick Ritz; The Spot Festival - film, foodies and more Today thousands of Sydneysiders tuned out in droves for the The Spot Festival at Randwick in Sydney's eastern suburbs. The major event was one giant party and a celebration of movies, food, and there was also plenty of embracing of multi multiculturalism, both in food and dance. There was live entertainment on three stages and two of ...

Movie Walk Of Fame At Randwick Ritz; The Spot Festival - film, foodies and more

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Today thousands of Sydneysiders tuned out in droves for the The Spot Festival at Randwick in Sydney's eastern suburbs. The major event was one giant party and a celebration of movies, food, and there was also plenty of embracing of multi multiculturalism, both in food and dance. There was live entertainment on three stages and two of Australia’s most iconic actors, Barry Otto and Deborah Mailman were honoured on the Australian Film Walk of Fame.  ...

What Do Your Colleagues Have to Say About the IFFS?

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  “Dear IFFS,  I’m writing to thank you you and all your team for putting together such a great conference. As a full-time event producer who is interested in film festival planning and organization I felt that IFFS offered really solid insights and food for thought....and terrific connections.”  ~ Christina Fotinelli, Events Producer, NYC  “What a well run conference you had.  Completely organized and perfect socializing!  I loved the music venue ...

French Embassy New York Party for Restored "Les Enfants du Paradis"/ Gary Lucas plays Coffin Joe at SXSW!!

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Gary Lucas Plays Coffin Joe SXSW posterWhat a great party last night at the French Embassy here in NYC for the restoration of Marcel Carne's seminal "Les Enfants du Paradis"! One of my favorite films, possibly the best film of all time--and a new restored print wll soon be available on DVD through Criterion and is about to commence a 3 week run at the Film Forum here.   As usual, the crowd at these parties was exceptionally glittery--hung out with my old friend Dr. Ann...

The films in competition for the San Francisco International Film Festival New Directors Prize

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  11 Narrative Features From Nine Countries Contend for $15,000 New Directors Prize, 12 Documentaries From Nine Countries Contend for $35,000 in Cash Prizes The 55th San Francisco International Film Festival (April 19 - May 3) today announced the films in competition for the New Directors Prize and the Golden Gate Awards for documentary features. The International will award $70,000 in total prizes this year. The New Directors Prize of $15,000 will be given to a narrative first feature...

2012 Tribeca Film Festival Announces World Narrative And Documentary Competition Selections Plus Out-Of-Competition Viewpoints

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The 2012 Tribeca Film Festival (TFF), presented by American Express®, today announced the World Narrative and Documentary Competition film selections, along with selections for the out-of-competition Viewpoints section—the program established last year that highlights personal stories in international and independent cinema. Forty-six of the 90 feature-length films were announced. The 11th edition of the Festival will take place from April 18 to April 29 at locations around New York City. ...

The Fantasporto 2012 Awards "Hell" (meaning contrary of dark in german)

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32nd OPORTO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL FANTASPORTO 2012 The 32nd edition of the Oporto International Film Festival - Fantasporto has just revealed its awards in a celebration that promoted the best films but also celebrated the Future in a Special Programme that included 17 lectures by specialists, a unique hologram exhibition, the publication of a new Science-fiction short story book and lots of sci-fi films, on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the film "Blade Runner". ...

The Fantasporto 2012 Awards "Hell"

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32nd OPORTO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL FANTASPORTO 2012The 32nd edition of the Oporto International Film Festival - Fantasporto has just revealed its awards in a celebration that promoted the best films but also celebrated the Future in a Special Programme that included 17 lectures by specialists, a unique hologram exhibition, the publication of a new Science-fiction short story book and lots of sci-fi films, on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the film "Blade Runner". A great festival i...

A MIGHTY FINE interview with cast of 'MIGHTY FINE' (2011)!

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  photo still from MIGHTY FINE (2011). Andie MacDowell and Chazz Palminteri   A few weeks ago during the 27th Santa Barbara International Film Festival (SBIFF) I had the pleasure of sitting with the cast from Debbie Goodstein’s film MIGHTY FINE (2011) where the film held its North American premier. What started as an interview turned into a fascinating discussion about rage from the microcosm of American domestic life to the macrocosm of rage in the world at large. Her...

A MIGHTY FINE interview with cast of 'MIGHTY FINE' (2011)!

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  photo still from MIGHTY FINE (2011). Andie MacDowell and Chazz Palminteri   A few weeks ago during the 27th Santa Barbara International Film Festival (SBIFF) I had the pleasure of sitting with the cast from Debbie Goodstein’s film MIGHTY FINE (2011) where the film held its North American premier. What started as an interview turned into a fascinating discussion about rage from the microcosm of American domestic life to the macrocosm of rage in the world at large. Here...

Human Rights Watch Film Festival announces line-up

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Human Rights Watch Film Festival  London, 21-30 March  ff.hrw.org   19 Films Address Economic Inequality and Consequences Worldwide (London, 10 February 2012) – The 16th edition of the Human Rights Watch Film Festival will be presented in London from 21-30 March, 2012, Human Rights Watch said today. The international feature programme includes 15 documentaries and 4 dramas, from Afghanistan, Bolivia, Bulgaria, Cambodia, the Canary Islands, Ethiopia, Iraq, Ita...

European Children’s Film Association Awards

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ECFA AWARD 2012 In 2011 ECFA (European Children’s Film Association) launched the first edition of the ECFA Award, the election of the Best European Children’s Film of the year. Throughout  the year 9 different children’s film festivals (from Oulu to Pyrgos, from Bucharest to Gifonni) have hosted an ECFA Award jury, adding one title to ECFA’s shortlist. The 9 shortlisted films competed for the final ECFA Award: the Best European Children’s Film 2011.  More than...

3rd Australian Film Festival Swerves into Action for 2012

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Festival Program 7-17 March 2012 Showcasing Aussie talent for the third year running, the Australian Film Festival delivers yet another fabulous program for 2012 filled with free and ticketed films, Q & A's from our best filmmakers, great fun events, workshops and more. The festival opens on Wednesday March 7 with Sydney premiere of action packed thriller, Swerve (7PM) at the Randwick Ritz Cinema.A star studded cast, Swerve stars Vince Colosimo, Emma Booth (Underbelly), David Lyons (Sea Patrol) ...

National Multicultu​ral Festival 2012; Festival Opens In Canberra, Australia

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National Multicultu​ral Festival 2012; Festival Opens In Canberra, Australia - 10th February 2012 Today the National Multicultural Festival commenced in the nation's capital Canberra, with live music and fine food playing a significent part in the celebration. More than 200,000 people are going to converge in Canberra's city centre this weekend for the annual celebration of multiculturalism. The 16th festival features a record 350 stalls representing just about eve...

THéâTRe CaCHé

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by Eleanor Stanford The French theatre troop THéâTRe CaCHé (‘Hidden Theatre’) certainly lives up to its name, performing in loaned apartments around Paris. One Friday night I was their sole audience member, in an interactive performance designed to show how “life is a journey and a journey can veer off course.” Instead of being issued a ticket, I was told to meet a stranger at a Metro stop. He gave me his glasses and a false name and a picture of a girl. Having found the...

21st NY Jewish Film Fest Closing Night World Premiere of Welcome to Kutsher’s: The Last Catskills Resorts

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By Maria Esteves – January 29, 2012 The 21st New York Jewish Film Festival 2012 (NYJFF2012) closing night world premiere documentary of Welcome to Kutsher’s: The Last Catskills Resorts, directed by Caroline Laskow and Ian Rosenberg was held at the Walter Reade Theater, Thursday, January 26, 2012. Presented by the Jewish Museum and the Film Society of Lincoln Center, the sold out world premiere documentary of Kutsher’s Country Club included entertainer actor/comedian Jerry Stiller (Still...

FFR opens with 38 Témoins and closes with The Hunter

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Wednesday January 25, the world premiere of Lucas Belvaux’s 38 Témoins (38 Witnesses, France), starring Yvan Attal, Sophie Quinton and Nicole Garcia, opens the 41st edition of the International Film Festival Rotterdam; the festival closes on February 4 with the screening of Daniel Nettheim’s The Hunter (Australia) – a former CineMart project - starring Willem Dafoe, Frances O’Connor and Sam Neill. Opening Night Film for invited guest: 38 Témoins In 38 Témoins, Louis...

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