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Great Line-up at the 32nd Durban International Film Festival   The 32nd Durban International Film Festival kicks off on 21 July with the World Premiere of the South African film Otelo Burning, directed by Sara Blecher.  Set during the last days of apartheid, the Durban-shot film tells the story of a group of South African township youngsters who discover surfing as an empowering escape from the political violence of the times. There is drama, romance, rivalry, and tragedy in this c...

Winners announced / International New Talent Competition, Taipei Film Festival 2011

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The most anticipated awards of the Taipei Film Festival 2011, the Audience’s Choice Award, Special Mentions, the Special Jury Prize and the Grand Prize of the International New Talent Competition were announced on July 30 after long deliberations made by the five jury members, chaired by Tony Rayns.  The jury members were CHUNG Mong-Hong from Taiwan, Tony RAYNS from Britain, XIE Fei from China, YEH Jufeng from Taiwan and ZEZE Takahisa from Japan.   The Grand Prize with a cash aw...

LAFF 2011 Winners, But Also-Rans Were Great Too & Katie Holmes

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EXTRA: Yes, Katie Holmes did show up to raves (without Tom Cruise in tow or Suri) for Closing night of 2011 LAFF. She looked great, ps. What might be best remembered from the 2011 Los Angeles Film Festival is the endearing pairing of Shirley MacLaine and Jack Black in a lovefest on their panel, but then again, Ryan Gosling breaking the screaming hot barrier in Nicolas Winding Refn's DRIVE also stands out. Then there is John C. Reilly's new movie TERRI, which is just cool because he is in it. Als...

LAFF 2011 Winners, But Also-Rans Were Great Too & Katie Holmes

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By Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles CorrespondentEXTRA: Yes, Katie Holmes did show up to raves (without Tom Cruise in tow or Suri) for Closing night of 2011 LAFF. She looked great, ps. What might be best remembered from the 2011 Los Angeles Film Festival is the endearing pairing of Shirley MacLaine and Jack Black in a lovefest on their panel, but then again, Ryan Gosling breaking the screaming hot barrier in Nicolas Winding Refn's DRIVE also stands out. Then there is John C. Reilly's new mov...

Winners Announced for 2011 Los Angeles Film Festival

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Today the Los Angeles Film Festival, presented by the Los Angeles Times and supported by L.A. LIVE, announced the jury and audience award winners for the 2011 Festival at the Awards Brunch, sponsored and hosted by CHAYA Downtown for the second year, and sponsored by Dove® Hair Care. Allison Janney and John C. Reilly were on hand to present the awards. The Los Angeles Film Festival ran from Thursday, June 16 to Sunday, June 26 in downtown Los Angeles. "David, Doug and the team continue to raise ...

Taipei Film Festival “International New Talent Competition” line-up

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Taipei Film Festival announced official selection “International New Talent Competition” line-up   Taipei Film Festival announced the official selection of International New Talent Competition today (May 12). The 12 films selected from all over the world will compete for the Grand Prize and the Special Jury Prize of NT$ 900,000 (US$27000) in total. The winners will be announced at the award ceremony held on June 30.   Among the twelve films selected, You Are the Apple of My Eye, a Tai...

Taipei Film Festival announced official selection

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Taipei Film Festival announced official selection “International New Talent Competition” line-up Taipei Film Festival announced the official selection of International New Talent Competition today (May 12). The 12 films selected from all over the world will compete for the Grand Prize and the Special Jury Prize of NT$ 900,000 (US$27000) in total. The winners will be announced at the award ceremony held on June 30. Among the twelve films selected, You Are the Apple of My Eye, a Taiwan produc...

Berlinale 2011 coverage on fest21.com

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Below is the coverage from Berlin, headlines... My Berlin Top Ten Films At a film festival that totals more than 250 feature films (not to mention an additional 250 features in the accompanying European Film Market), one can only skim the surface of an event as wide-ranging as the Berlinale. Film choices are often based on schedule availability....grabbing a screening in between meetings or making sure one is awake to catch the early morning press screenings of the Competition program. In a se...

Ecumenical prize in Berlin to Familiar Grounds, en terrains connus

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  PRIZE OF THE ECUMENICAL JURY - Forum section FAMILIAR GROUNDS (En terrains connus) a film by Stéphane Lafleur (Canada) "This film is structurally original in showing how "accidents" can alter human relationships.  It is innovative in drawing warm and human comic moments out of an alienated world where relationships are fragile. Its dialogue is sparse and well-controlled, and the soundtrack integrates very effectively with the film's visual imagery....

Prizes Independent Juries - Berlinale

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A jury is considered independent when its members are not selected by the Berlinale. A number of independent juries award prizes at the Berlinale. The high level of quality and diversity of the films are an invitation for critical examination and discerning judgment that opens up new directions. Accordingly the independent juries award their prizes along different criteria, in accordance to the special intention linked to each award. The following prizes are awarded by independent juries during...

Films and Patrons for Movie Theatres at "Berlinale goes Kiez"

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  The Berlinale will again be unrolling its Flying Red Carpet at selected neighbourhood cinemas in 2011. With this series, it wants to express its thanks to Berlin's movie fans and to those who put together the programmes of these cinemas. "Berlinale goes Kiez" was launched last year for the Festival's 60th anniversary and proved to be an absolute favourite among Berliners.   Once again the Berlinale wants to support this passion for the cinema: On seven...

The 41st Forum: Cracks in the Facade

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A surprisingly large number of films in the programme of the 41st Berlinale Forum revolve around family, relationships and identity. Although exploring the human psyche is the number one subject for independent filmmakers from the whole world, the majority of these films in this year's selection can also be read politically within the context of social change and political upheaval.   In this way, artist Kelvin K. Park's documentary Cheonggyecheon Medley places the threatened demolition of a tr...

Berlinale 41st Forum: cracks in the facade

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The 41st Forum: Cracks in the Facade A surprisingly large number of films in the programme of the 41st Berlinale Forum revolve around family, relationships and identity. Although exploring the human psyche is the number one subject for independent filmmakers from the whole world, the majority of these films in this year’s selection can also be read politically within the context of social change and political upheaval. In this way, artist Kelvin K. Park’s documentary Cheonggyecheon Medley p...

CANADIAN FRONT 2008 At Museum of Modern Art

  Wednesday, March 19------In a bitter twist of irony, Americans know far more about the film culture of Europe and Asia than they do about their neighbor to the north. Canadian cinema, which has flourished for decades, makes an occasional dent in the United States in an unfair balance of trade that sees American films flooding the Canadian market (as they do everywhere else in the world).  Well, for the past week, the Museum of Modern Art has attempted to redress this imbalance with thei...

Le palmarès du 22ème Festival International du Film Francophone de Namur qui s'est clôturé ce 5 octobre

                      22ème FESTIVAL INTERNATIONAL DU FILM FRANCOPHONE DE NAMUR (28 septembre - 5 octobre 2007)PALMARES 2007Le 22ème Festival International du Film Francophone de Namur s'est clôturé ce 5 octobre par la cérémonie de remise des Bayards d'Or, suivie de la projection du film « J'ai toujours rêvé d'être un gangster » de Samuel Benchétrit avec Edouard Baer, Anne Mougla...

Toronto Film Festival Winners

 Monday, September 17---------The Toronto International Film Festival marathon (365 films in 10 days.....pant, pant) came to a close on Saturday evening with the announcement of the film awards at the historic Fairmont Royal York Hotel. While the Festival is mainly a non-competitive affair, the Canadian entries are up for a number of awards, which only helps to strengthen their international profile. Toronto International Film Festival Award WinnersAWARD FOR BEST CANADIAN SHORT FILMThe award ...

Toronto Film Festival Winners

 Sunday, September 16---------The Toronto International Film Festival marathon came to a close last evening with the announcement of the film awards at the historic Fairmont Royal York Hotel. While the Festival is mainly a non-competitive affair, the Canadian entries are up for a number of awards, which only helps to strengthen their international profile. Toronto International Film Festival Award WinnersAWARD FOR BEST CANADIAN SHORT FILMThe award for Best Canadian Short Film goes to Chris Cho...

The Toronto Torrent

 Tuesday, September 4---------The Toronto International Film Festival doesn't officially open for another 48 hours, but already a hurricane of film talents, industryites, press and film buffs are descending onto the Ontario metropolis with a torrent that is almost audible. Coming in from Los Angeles, New York and the four corners of the globe, including the just concluded Montreal World Film Festival, and the still continuing Venice Film Festival......all eyes are on "the gateway to North...

The Toronto Torrent

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The Toronto International Film Festival doesn't officially open for another 48 hours, but already a hurricane of film talents, industryites, press and film buffs are descending onto the Ontario metropolis with a torrent that is almost audible. Coming in from Los Angeles, New York and the four corners of the globe, including the just concluded Montreal World Film Festival, and the still continuing Venice Film Festival......all eyes are on "the gateway to North America" as the frenzy, fun and fero...

Canadian Films Will Shine In Toronto

 Saturday, September 1---------The Toronto International Film Festival is a unique and dynamic opportunity for the local film industry to shine. With a Canadian film opening the proceedings this coming Thursday, the Festival offers Canadian filmmakers, distributors, producers and industryites a once-a-year opportunity to showcase their best work, meet with potential international partners and to shine a light on the latest crop of film talents for the assembled international press.   &#...

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