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DIFF 2010...AND THE WINNERS ARE...

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          Muhr Emirati First Prize BORED Director: Nayla Al Khaja United Arab Emirates Second Prize SABEEL Director: Khalid Al Mahmood United Arab Emirates Special Jury Prize HAMAMA Director: Nujoom Alghanem United Arab Emirates Special Mention WIND Director: Waleed Al Shehhi United Arab Emirates Muhr Arab - Feature Best Actress SIX, SEVEN, EIGH...

The Jury for DIFF 2010 Human Rights Film Network Award

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The award introduced in 2009, is aimed at encouraging and promoting films that address human rights issues. At DIFF 2010, 10 films will vie for the honours. Judging the submissions for the HRFN award is Kebour Genna of the Addis International Film Festival; Taco Ruighaver, Director, the Movies that Matter Festival in Amsterdam, Netherlands; and Syrian filmmaker Sawsan Darwaza, whose films depict the harsh realities of life in strife-torn areas of the Middle East yet with a powerful messag...

New York: Human Rights Watch Film Festival 2010

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In its 21st edition the festival organized by Human Rights Watch and the Film Society of Lincoln Center presented from June 10-24 thirty films from 25 countries with 28 New York Premieres. The Human Rights Watch organization is an international group with offices in 18 countries publishing well received investigative reports about human rights violations which are taken seriously by policy makers. It is no wonder that the film festival is also shaped by the expectation that it has an impact...

The Global Film Village: 2010 LA Film Festival Award Winners

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 Roger Corman Independent Film Legendby Marla LewinThe LA film festival had a free outdoor screening at a new mixed use residential complex named The Los Angeles Center it is a short walk from the Disney Concert Hall and the MOCA, The Museum of Contemporary Art. It was a film named Climate Refugees based on the effects of climate change. Marc talked with Ed Begley, Jr, who remembered him from working with The Grifters, at that time Ed was dating Annette Benning.  Ed had driven to the Acade...

and the WINNERS ARE....

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I didn't think it would be possible for anything to upstage the last few days of the fest, but yes if there is one man whose indie credentials upstage them all it has to be the legendary Roger Corman walking in with none other than Peter Fonda: more in my blog coming soon about his awe-inspiring panel "School of Corman", and the power-packed films that have kept me alive for the last few days on more than just the sponsor's energy bars.     But first, th...

Human Rights Watch Film Festival Seeks "Accountability and Justice"

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Last July, the nonprofit group Human Rights Watch put out a hefty report drawn from its prior two decades of watching dogs in some 20 countries. Called Selling Justice Short, the dossier showed why accountability was a good thing for peace and, if nothing else, could help heal victims by acknowledging their anguish. I didn't read it – nor likely did you – but the Human Rights Watch Film Festival supplies some visual Cliff's Notes. This year it gives witness to human rights violations ...

DOCUMENTA MADRID 10 AWARD WINNERS

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The Jury announce the winner films in this Documenta Madrid Edition. Here is the complete list of winner films of this Sixth Edition: ORIGINAL FULL-LENGTH DOCUMENTARY SECTION First Prize of the Jury LA QUEMADURA, by René Ballesteros  (France, Chile). Second Prize of the Jury Les Racines du Brouillard by Dounia Bovet-Woltèche (Belgium). Honorable Mention of the Jury TABOU by Orane Burri (France) Audience Award EL GAUCHO by Andrés Jarach (Argentina, France) ORIGI...

9th East End Film Festival wrapped

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  With the 9th East End Film Festival coming to a close last weekend, we'd like to congratulate the award winners:   Best UK First Feature Award: SHED YOUR TEARS AND WALK AWAY (Jez Lewis) Best Documentary Feature: PRESUMED GUILTY (Roberto Hernández / Geoffrey Smith) Best Feature Soundtrack: Michael Nyman (ERASING DAVID) Best International First Feature Award: FRANCESCA (Bobby Paunescu, Romania) Best UK Short Award: WHORE (Fyzal Boulifa) Short Film Au...

The San Francisco Film Society wrapped its 53rd San Francisco International Film

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The San Francisco Film Society wrapped its 53rd San Francisco International Film Festival (April 22 - May 6) with 293 screenings of 181 films from 46 countries, with 188 filmmakers and 104 industry guests from 23 countries in attendance and more than 75,000 filmgoers. The Festival sold out 92 screenings during its 15-day run, including five sellouts of the 1,400-seat Castro Theatre (An Evening with Roger Ebert & Friends, An Evening with Robert Duvall, world premiere of All About Evil, 20...

Golden Gate Award Documentary Feature Winners

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Investigative Documentary Feature: Last Train Home, Lixin Fan (Canada/China 2009)   - Winner receives $25,000 cash prize and Final Cut Studio software provided by Apple                           Documentary Feature: Pianomania, Lilian Franck and Robert Cibis (Austria/Germany 2009)   - Winner receives $20,000 cash prize and Final Cut Studio...

11th TDF: TRIBUTES AND SPOTLIGHTS (2/13/2009)

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11th TDF: TRIBUTES AND SPOTLIGHTS (2/13/2009) 11th THESSALONIKI DOCUMENTARY FESTIVAL - Images of the 21st Century MARCH 13 – 22, 2009 TRIBUTES AND SPOTLIGHTS TRIBUTE: AFRICA The 11th Thessaloniki Documentary Festival, within its goal of promoting social and political awareness, has chosen Africa as its main thematic tribute for its 11th edition. For the first time in Greece and the Balkans, African documentaries rel...

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PRESS RELEASE 11th THESSALONIKI DOCUMENTARY FESTIVAL Images of the 21st Century March 13 – 22, 2009 The 11th Thessaloniki Documentary Festival - Images of the 21st Century, part of the Thessaloniki International Film Festival, presents approximately 170 films by directors from all over the world, as well as a full parallel events program, to be announced next Monday, March 9th. OPENING FILM The ...

Mexico International Film Festival Expresion en Corto …with bite

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Staged in two of Mexico’s most attractive cities, San Miguel de Allende, the favorite watering hole for the short-lived Mexican Emperor Maximiliam (executed by Republicans in 1867) and Guanajuato, a former silver mining center built on top of a labyrinth of large tunnels, the annual Expresion en Corto film festival has developed into one of the largest Latin-American festivals. Helmed by Sarah Hoch Delong, it offered this year from July 22 - 27 a superb collection films to an audience of clos...

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