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River to River. Florence Indian Film Festival

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The seventh edition of River to River. Florence Indian Film Festival, totally devoted to Indian films and under the direction of Selvaggia Velo, will take place in Florence, Italy, from 7th to 13th December 2007.On the occasion of the 60th anniversary of India’s independence, the Festival this year changes its venue and, in collaboration with the Cultural Department of the City of Florence and the Mediateca Regionale-Toscana Film Commission, will take place at cinema Gambrinus, in the framewo...

Dane went to Clone Digital Film Festival

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Recent advances in technology have put digital tools into the hands of a wide variety of filmmakers. It was only a matter of time until a savvy festival programmer decided to showcase content created with this evolving art form. Jussi Myllyniemi founded the Clone Digital Film Festival with the philosophy that the very best films deserved a venue and a festival that would expose them to new audiences. In addition, Jussi realized that fellow filmmakers and audiences alike wanted to know the storie...

Goa, coping with the pressures of a shiftover of the IFFI from New Delhi

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Faced with having to cope with the pressures of shifting its venue from the Indian national capital to the country's smallest province, the IFFI (International Film Festival of India) is currently working to win friends and influence people here in the former Portuguese colony of Goa.India's attempt -- which started since the IFFI shifted here in November 2004 -- is aimed at recreating an "Indian Cannes" of sorts, in this small region, known better for being a holidayer's paradise and ...

Goa, coping with the pressures of a shiftover of the IFFI from New Delhi

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Panjim, Goa, Nov 22: Faced with having to cope with the pressures of shifting its venue from the Indian national capital to the country's smallest province, the IFFI (International Film Festival of India) is currently working to win friends and influence people here in the former Portuguese colony of Goa.India's attempt -- which started since the IFFI shifted here in November 2004 -- is aimed at recreating an "Indian Cannes" of sorts, in this small region, known better for being a holidayer's pa...

Thesssaloniki festival grand debut

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Barely recovered from the road fatigue suffered on an arduous 26 hour bus trip through six intervening countries down from Poland, 2000 Km. north of here and -- Whiz-Bang -- we're already three days into the festival. Friday, opening night, was a mighty gala with good vibes inside and outside of the stately cavernous OLYMPION theater, in spite of a heavy sprinkle from the skies above Plateia Aristoteles (Atistotle Square). For once on an opening night the speeches, ably translated from Greek for...

Line up for the seventh edition of River to River. Florence Indian Film Festival

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 The seventh edition of River to River. Florence Indian Film Festival, totally devoted to Indian films and under the direction of Selvaggia Velo, will take place in Florence, Italy, from 7th to 13th December 2007. On the occasion of the 60th anniversary of India's independence, the Festival this year changes its venue and, in collaboration with the Cultural Department of the City of Florence  and the Mediateca Regionale-Toscana Film Commission, will take place at cinema Gambrinus, in the frame...

30th Starz Denver Film Festival kicked

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The 30th Starz Denver Film Festival has officially begun! Last night the crowds arrived dressed to the nines and some very special guests walked our Red Carpet at the beautiful Ellie Caulkins Opera House. With the Opera House packed, excited crowds watched as festival Artistic Director Ron Henderson graciously accepted the prestigious Cassavetes Award for his lifetime of achievement in the world of film. The emotional ceremony was a perfect precursor to the evening’s feature film, THE SAVAGES....

Jury duty at Funchal Festival

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Funchal Festival takes place (Nov 4 to 11) at Funchal, capital of lovely island of Madeira one of the pearls of Portugal, lost in the atlantic ocean, about 45 minutes off Canaries islands, 700km off african coasts...The island is about 50 by 25 km, takes a day or to visit by car, has about 300 000 inhabitants of which one third live in Funchal.The weather is mild and sunny all year round (yes you read me : coats are totally useless)Funchal hosts its festival for the 3rd time., through the initia...

Hawaii Film Fest wraps another one for 73 000 viewers

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The 27th Annual Louis Vuitton Hawaii International Film Festival (HIFF), the premier international film event in the Asia-Pacific region, ended its latest 10-day fall festival which took place from October 18-28, 2007, on a high note. HIFF"s offering of nearly 200 films from 40 countries throughout the world attracted 73,000 viewers, a 5% increase from 2006, with more than 300 delegates in attendance, which was a significant jump from previous years. Many "firsts" were introduced du...

Big Apple Film Festival Highlights

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The 4th Annual Big Apple Film Festival will take place November 14-17 at the Tribeca Cinemas in New York City. The festival will features 54 films in a variety of categories including features, shorts, documentaries, animation and student films. The festival will also include panel discussions, special guests and nightly receptions. Tickets, schedule of events and additional information are now available online at www.bigapplefilmfestival.com.SPECIAL FILM FEATURES•(Opening Night) “Suffering ...

Big Apple Film Festival HIGHLIGTHS

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The 4th Annual Big Apple Film Festival will take place November 14-17 at the Tribeca Cinemas in New York City. The festival will features 54 films in a variety of categories including features, shorts, documentaries, animation and student films. The festival will also include panel discussions, special guests and nightly receptions. Tickets, schedule of events and additional information are now available online at www.bigapplefilmfestival.com.SPECIAL FILM FEATURES•(Opening Night) “Suffering ...

Final Filmmaker Breakfast At LFF

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Wednesday, October 31----------The London Film Festival hosted its final Filmmaker Breakfast this morning, giving attending press and distributors a chance to get up close and personal with invited film directors from all over the world. The Breakfast initiative is a welcome one, giving journalists and distribution execs a chance to meet with filmmakers in a normal, non-chaotic zone (as opposed to the Red Carpet or the madly crowded theater lobby). This is an approach that other film festivals s...

A Taste of Italy at the London Film Festival

 Tuesday, October 23--------Having just been in Italy for the past 12 days (a week of vacation in Venice, mainly seeing art and sampling the food and wine, and 5 days in Rome to attend the Rome Film Festival), I've got Italy on the brain these days. Well, coming to London, there is still lots of Italian to appreciate, especially here at the London Film Festival. While it is not exactly an official section of the Festival, there are a good number of superb Italian films to be seen, mainly in the...

A Taste Of Italy at the London Film Festival

 Tuesday, October 23--------Having just been in Italy for the past 12 days (a week of vacation in Venice, mainly seeing art and sampling the food and wine, and 5 days in Rome to attend the Rome Film Festival), I've got Italy on the brain these days. Well, coming to London, there is still lots of Italian to appreciate, especially here at the London Film Festival. While it is not exactly an official section of the Festival, there are a good number of superb Italian films to be seen, mainly in the...

Interview With Rob Stewart Sharkwater

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When nature photographer and master diver Rob Stewart began his project to document the beauty of sharks in their natural underwater environment, little did he realize that his innate fascination would bring him into conflict with governments and organized crime who profit from the mass killing of these endangered animals. With shark fins prized as a delicacy and shark cartilage falsely promoted as a cure-all for disease and impotence, the illegal killing of sharks around the world has created a...

Corona Cork Film Festival Programme to Set the Screen Alight

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The 52nd Corona Cork Film Festival which takes place from October 14-21 has announced its bumper packed line up which includes world premieres, big budget films, innovative independent films, international documentaries, drive-ins, an Irish showcase and short films from all over the world.Re-named Corona Cork Film Festival, title sponsorship has been taken up by leading drinks distributors Barry Fitzwilliam Maxxium for its Corona Extra premium bottled beer brand.Michael Barry, MD of Barry Fitzwi...

MEIFF - ABU DHABI, Announces ELAH and Gulf Region Films

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The Middle East International Film Festival - Abu Dhabi (MEIFF) today revealed its Closing Night Film, director Paul Haggis's IN THE VALLEY OF ELAH, which is a story about a war veteran and his wife who are in search of their son, a soldier who recently returned from Iraq but has since gone missing. The Festival also named Nadine Labaki, director of CARAMEL, as the recipient of the Variety Middle East Filmmaker of the Year Award. In support of Emirati filmmakers, the Abu Dhabi Media Company will...

MEIFF - ABU DHABI, Announces ELAH and Gulf Region Films

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The Middle East International Film Festival – Abu Dhabi (MEIFF) today revealed its Closing Night Film, director Paul Haggis’s IN THE VALLEY OF ELAH, which is a story about a war veteran and his wife who are in search of their son, a soldier who recently returned from Iraq but has since gone missing. The Festival also named Nadine Labaki, director of CARAMEL, as the recipient of the Variety Middle East Filmmaker of the Year Award. In support of Emirati filmmakers, the Abu Dhabi Media Company ...

Tropfest@Tribeca 2007 Awards

Tuesday, September 25-------- Tropfest@Tribeca, the new outdoor short film screenings event that attracted nearly 7500 attendees on Sunday evening in lower Manhattan, announced its award winners. The new Festival, a collaboration between Tribeca Enterprises and John Polson, creator of Australia’s Tropfest, the world’s largest short film festival, premiered 16 films at the World Financial Center Plaza in New York and was also sent live via satellite to Brookfield Properties FCP Park at First ...

Other Israel Film Festival to launch in NY

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The First Annual OTHER ISRAEL FILM FESTIVAL will take place in New York City, November 8-15, 2007.  The event will be held at the JCC in Manhattan, Symphony Space and Cinema Village.20 percent of Israel's population is Arab. Muslim, Bedouin, Christian, and Druze from different ethnic, religious, cultural and social backgrounds are defined collectively as Arab Citizens of Israel.  Through a week-long festival of award-winning films, guest filmmakers, panel discussions, special gala events &...

Other Israel Film Festival to launch in NY

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OTHER ISRAEL FILM FESTIVAL :NOVEMBER 8-15, 2007 ~ NEW YORK CITY The First Annual OTHER ISRAEL FILM FESTIVAL will take place in New York City, November 8-15, 2007. The event will be held at the JCC in Manhattan, Symphony Space and Cinema Village. 20 percent of Israel’s population is Arab. Muslim, Bedouin, Christian, and Druze from different ethnic, religious, cultural and social backgrounds are defined collectively as Arab Citizens of Israel. Through a week-long festival of award-winning film...

Flake Film Festival winners announced

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The 2007 Flake Film Festival premiere screenings have just finished with a huge sell out finale and awards presentation night at the Jindabyne Cinema in the NSW Snowy Mountains where the 2007 winners were also announced. This years festival was a huge success- "2007 was our 5th Birthday and we celebrated with our best fest yet! The final 15 films were truly amazing and showed off the high quality of filmmaking talent we have in Australia" says festival founder and director Anthony Trovatello (Ch...

Flake Film Festival Awards announced

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The 2007 Flake Film Festival premiere screenings have just finished with a huge sell out finale and awards presentation night at the Jindabyne Cinema in the NSW Snowy Mountains where the 2007 winners were also announced. This years festival was a huge success- "2007 was our 5th Birthday and we celebrated with our best fest yet! The final 15 films were truly amazing and showed off the high quality of filmmaking talent we have in Australia" says festival founder and director Anthony Trovatello (Ch...

MV International Film Festival kicked off

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The annual MV International Film Festival kicked off last evening under blue skies atop the Mansion House Inn with more than 200 participants enjoying the acoustic sounds of Phil DaRosa and fabulous food provided by Zephrus Restaurant and Net Result.  The spirits of the opening night reception were heighten by serving of Charles de Fere champagne (provided by Bossiet America), Stella Artois, and sparkling water provided by San Pellegrino.   And then movie-goers were treated to the sights and ...

2007 Wine Country Film Festival Highlights

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The popular roving Wine Country Film Festival presented another stellar program of movies in three communities - Sonoma, American Canyon and Napa - north of the Golden Gate Bridge. In addition to world and American films, the fest offered Arctic Tale and No Reservations which made their regional debuts in the festival. WCFF’s approach to programming singles out the best in domestic and international titles in unique groupings such as Cinema of Conscience – films addressing social and pol...

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