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GAY FILMS AT DURBAN FILM FEST

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Taking place from 21 to 31 July, the 32nd Durban International Film Festival (DIFF) will present a number of gay-themed films as part of its feature film selection.   From the powerful Man at Bath, which chronicles a week in the life of two soon-to-be ex-lovers, to Skoonheid, the latest award-winning film from South African prodigy Oliver Hermanus, DIFF 2011 offers a snapshot of life in the various gay, lesbian, bisexual and trangender communities around the world. Oliver Her...

8th African Film Festival of Tarifa Awards

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8th African Film Festival of Tarifa (FCAT) awarded eight new African movies with awards endowed with 46 500 euros. The festival jury selected winners from more than 140 movies from 23 African countries.1. The award for the best feature-length movie (15 000 €) goes to “MICROPHONE” (Ahmad Abdalla, Egypt)2. The award for the best direction (10 000 €) goes to “A JAMA” (Daoud Aoulad-Syad, Morocco/France) 3. The award for the best actress (1 500 €) goes to DENISE NEWMAN for “SHIRLEY ...

Awards : Cape Winelands Film Festival 2010

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On behalf of the Cape Winelands Film Festival, I want to take a moment to formally thank all of our sponsors, volunteers and staff that put forth the effort in this year's 2010 Festival to help make it as successful as it was. This year'sevent that was held from 17 – 27 March at the beautiful Spier Amphitheatre, Labia Theatres, Iziko Museum, and CityVarsity Theatre and was financially sponsored and supportedby : The City of Cape Town, The Spier Wine Estate, The Brazilian Consulate Ge...

San Francisco (April 22 - May 6) SFIFF 53 New Directors Competition Films

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The 53rd San Francisco International Film Festival (April 22 - May 6) will award close to $100,000 in total prizes this year. The New Directors Prize of $15,000 is given to a narrative first feature that exhibits a unique artistic sensibility and deserves to be seen by as wide an audience as possible. An independent jury will select the New Directors Prize winner, to be announced at the Golden Gate Awards Wednesday, May 5. Alamar, directed by Pedro González-Rubio, Mexico 2009 West Coa...

Africa in focus at Goteborg festival 2010

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During Göteborg International Film Festival 2010 we will take a closer look at the African continent. Among the highlighted films is Soul Boy from Kenya, produced by Tom Tykwer. - There are so many things going on in the countries on the African continent and it is important to find and screen films portraying it, created by the people who live and work there, says Marit Kapla, festival director at Göteborg International Film Festival.    Last winter a Swedish delegation with repr...

The sixth edition of Dubai International Film Festival concluded with 28 prizes

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28 prizes presented for acting and cinematic excellence The sixth edition of Dubai International Film Festival concluded on Wednesday night with a glittering award ceremony that honoured the finest acting and cinematic talent from the Arab world, Asia and Africa at the Muhr Arab and Muhr AsiaAfrica awards. In all, 28 prizes were distributed for excellence in acting, cinematography, editing, music and scriptwriting in addition to the jury general excellence awards. The entries were f...

The Global Film Village: The Last Station opens and The Lightkeepers Closes PSIFF


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by Marla LewinThis January marks the 21st anniversary year of the Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF). Today Festival Director Darryl Macdonald announced the program and said, "Our film line-up this year is a strong reflection of the current zeitgeist in world cinema. Sixty-seven first-time feature film directors will screen this year, representing a surge of new filmmaking talent on the world stage. In addition, we'll showcase a vintage crop of new works by established master...

Award-winners at the 30th Durban International Film Festival

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The landmark 30th edition of the Durban International Film Festival announced that the winner of the Best Feature Film award is No Puedo Vivir Sin Ti (Taiwan). Directed by Leon Dai, it was lauded by the International Jury as a “film that surprises and charms at the same time.” “It is a real story with the feel of a melodrama. It is new and original but creates the impression that it was already in your heart for a long time.” The Best Feature Film award carries a cash prize of R30 000. C...

30 th Durban International Film Festival attendance soaring

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Attendance increased significantly at the 30 th edition of the Durban International Film Festival, reports Peter Rorvik, Director of the festival and the Centre for Creative Arts. “Attendance figures were up this year with over 22, 471 at the 280 festival film screenings, representing almost 5,500 more than in 2008, despite there being 26 less screenings this year. Workshop and seminar attendances were also up with 1650 film enthusiasts attending 38 seminars and workshops, indicating a great l...

Films competing in Locarno for Golden Leopard

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Compétition Internationale in Locarno A RELIGIOSA PORTUGUESA Director: Eugène Green Section: International Competition AKADIMIA PLATONOS Director: Filippos Tsitos Section: International Competition AU VOLEUR Director: Sarah Leonor Section: International Competition BUBEN.BARABAN Director: Alexei Mizgirev Section: International Competiti...

Films in competition in Locarno

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Compétition Internationale A RELIGIOSA PORTUGUESA Director: Eugène Green Section: International Competition AKADIMIA PLATONOS Director: Filippos Tsitos Section: International Competition AU VOLEUR Director: Sarah Leonor Section: International Competition BUBEN.BARABAN Director: Alexei Mizgirev Section: International Competition COMPLICES Director: Frédéric Mermoud Section: International Competition FRONTIER BLUES Director: Babak Jalali Section: International Competition L'INSURGÉE Director:...

Durban International Film Festival to open with Durban film

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30th Durban International Film Festival 23 July to 2 August 2009 Celebrating its landmark 30th edition, South Africa’s longest-running film festival, the Durban International Film Festival, will open with My Secret Sky (Izulu Lami), directed by Madoda Ncayiyana and shot in Durban. Based on the experiences of the city's homeless children, it is a heartrending tale of suffering and redemption, featuring exceptional performances by a group of talented child actors discovered by Ncayiyana and clos...
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