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60 Years of San Sebastian International Film Festival

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This year the Festival will be celebrating its 60th consecutive edition with the same enthusiasm felt the day it first saw the light on September 21st 1953. Conceived as an International Film Week for the purpose of screening and marketing films, it was not long before the IFFPA granted it B status (non-competitive), thanks to the success of its first edition. A year later it was called the International Film Festival, and in 1955 the IFFPA recognized the festival as competitive, spec...

Over 220 films participate in DIFF's Dubai Filmmart for global distribution and outreach

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Industry buyers at DIFF will have one of the strongest repertoires of films to choose from including 103 films screened at DIFF, 43 films from the Gulf Film Festival, and 78 Filmmart-recommended films. The line-up includes 23 world premieres, 6 international Premieres, 37 Middle East premieres, and 21 GCC premieres. Ziad Yaghi, Director, Dubai Filmmart, said the trading and distribution platform has grown considerably over the past years by successfully accomplishing distribution deals fo...

Fribourg International Film Festival Competition line up and programme complete!

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The competition line up of the 24th Fribourg International Film Festival was revealed today. 13 long features from Asia, Latin America and the Caucasus have been selected. As a true premiere in the festival's history, Armenia and Georgia are represented. From March 13 to 20, the Festival will showcase more than 80 films; most of them being screened as Swiss premiere.     As every year, the International Competition forms the heart of the Festival. One of its most remarkable aspec...

Eyal Silvan's Top Ten List

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    Israeli filmmaker Eyal Sivan has been asked by IDFA to program a personal Top Ten List of his favorite films for this year's event. Sivan is in Amsterdam for the premiere of his latest film Jaffa, The Orange Clockwork, which screens in the IDFA Competition for Feature-Length Documentaries. During the festival, Sivan will also present a masterclass in which he will explain his choices for his list.   Eyal Sivan grew up in Jerusalem and worked as a photograp...

San sebastian awards winners since 1953

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1953 La Guerra de Dios by Rafael Gil Spain 1954 Sierra maldita by Antonio del Amo Spain 1955 Giorni d'amore by Giuseppe de Santis Italy 1956 Il ferroviere by Pietro Germi Italy 1957 Oh! Sabella (La nonna Sabella) by Dino Risi Italy 1958 Le coeur au poing by Charles Binamé France 1959 The Nun's Story by Fred Zinnemann United States 1960 Romeo, Juliet a Tma by Jiri Weiss Czechoslovakia 1961 One-Eyed Jacks by Marlon Brando United States 1962 Arturo's...

Buenos Aires awards Parapalos and 15

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BUENOS AIRES 6 ° FESTIVAL INTERNACIONAL DE CINE INDEPENDIENTE AWARDSOFFICIAL PRIZESInternational CompetitionBest picture: “Parapalos”, by Ana Poliak (Argentina)Best Director: Royston Tan for “15 (Fifteen)” (Singapore)Special prize of the Jury:“Las horas del día”, by Jaime Rosales (Spain)Best Actor: Pietro Sibille, for “Días de Santiago” (Peru)Best Actress: Hwang Jeong-min, for “Save the Green Planet!” (South Korea)Argentina brand-new novelties CompetitionBest picture: “U...

San Francisco Film Festival opening night

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47th San Francisco International Film Festival (April 15-29) April 15th is tax day. But all the stress of income tax preparations and payments evaporated when the rousing theme song from San Francisco, the 1936 movie starring Jeannette MacDonald and Clark Gable, blasted from the pipes of the Castro Theatre’s Mighty Wurlitzer organ. Everyone in the 1400-seat movie palace clapped along. As Wu-Tang Clan producer and Kill Bill composer RZA proclaimed about the 1922 historic landmark: ...

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