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A Touch of Glamour at Cinema City

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Cinema City festival marked the previous day to the last seat filled with screenings, films especially the local cinema! The attention of students and young filmmakers are particularly preoccupied with the two competition selection Up to 10,000 bucks section for low budget films and Educons Hungry Days. Their art and charisma, especially director Dresen left a very positive impression and charmed the audience of the Festival. Beside the film program in recent days visitors enjoye...

Fridrik Thor Fridriksson: "“Long winters in Iceland predispose to creative work"

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Fridrik Thor FridrikssonThe Chairman of the International Jury Fridrik Thor Fridriksson is a phenomenal storyteller – not only in his films but also in an informal chat. On the day of the first show of his film Mamma Gogo at Sofia International Film Festival, we managed to have a  ‘walk and talk’ at high speed through his works, which have enriched the history of the cinema with masterpieces like Devil’s Island,  Cold Fever and the  well-known in Bulgaria Angels of the Universe, Nic...

13th TDF documentary film lineup

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film still from MY SWEET CANARY (2011), opening film for 13th TDF 13th THESSALONIKI DOCUMENTARY FESTIVAL Images of the 21st Century March 11 – 20, 2011 The 13th Thessaloniki Documentary Festival - Images of the 21st Century, part of the Thessaloniki International Film Festival, presents approximately 220 films (shorts and features) by directors from all over the world, as well as a full parallel events program (previously announced on February 25). OPENING FILM ...

Sevilla Festival de Cine Europeo

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Sevilla Festival de Cine Europeo (5.-13. November 10)Official SectionTHE POLL DIARIES by Chris Kraus(DE/AT/EE), Kordes&Kordes Film TENDER SON – THE FRANKENSTEIN PROJECT by Kornel Mundruzcó (HU/DE/AT), Essential FilmproduktionTHE WOMAN WITH A BROKEN NOSE by Srdjan Koljevic (DE/RS), Neue MediopolisFirst Films FirstSHAHADA by Burhan Qurbani, bittersüss pictures EurodocJANE’S JOURNEY by Lorenz Knauer, NEOS FilmEFA Selection3 SEASONS IN HELL by Tomas Masin (CZ/DE/SK), Babelsberg Film MAMMA GOG...

TIFF Film In Focus: MAMMA GOGO

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  When a filmmaker draws on his own experience to the extent that Icelandic director Fridrik Thor Fridriksson has done in his wonderful memory film MAMMA GOGO, the intimacy of the revelations is almost disarmingly intimate. The prolific director, probably the best known from his native country and one of the most consistent in Scandinavia cinema, takes his audience on a personal journey as the film’s protagonist, a filmmaker himself, becomes immersed in the downward spiral of his mothe...

Audience Votes So far

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   Foreign documentary films over 45mn: 1. A MOTHER'S COURAGE: TALKING BACK TO AUTISM (Former title: The Sunshine Boy) (Iceland, 2009) Fridrik Thor Fridriksson 2. MONICA AND DAVID (USA, 2009) Alexandra Codina 3. DREAMLAND (Iceland, 2009) Thorfinnur Gudnason, Andri Snaer Magnason   Foreign documentary films under 45mn: 1. ODYSSEAS (Greece, 2010) Vahagn Karapetyan 2. SIX WEEKS (Poland, 2009) Marcin Janos Krawczyk 3. THE LAST TRUCK ...

Line up of the Thessaloniki Documentary Festival - Images of the 21st Century

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12th THESSALONIKI DOCUMENTARY FESTIVAL : Images of the 21st Century : March 12  - 21, 2010 The 12th Thessaloniki Documentary Festival - Images of the 21st Century, part of the Thessaloniki International Film Festival, presents approximately 190 films by directors from all over the world, as well as a full parallel events program (previously announced on February 26).   OPENING FILM The Invention of Dr. Nakamats (Opfindelsen af dr. Nakamats, Denmark, 2009, 60 ...

Q & A with Mr Ansu Sur, Festival Director, Kolkata Film Festival

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In what way is this year’s KolKota festival, the 11th, different from previous years? We have continued with the same components within the previous structure but regarding film selection we have become more serious, we are looking at more cerebral films, giving better cerebral exercise to our audiences. Our Pedro Almodovar retrospective is an example of this. And in the international section there are several lesser known directors but we have given preference to them because of their crea...

UK-based production house Film & Music Entertainment

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UK-based production house Film and Music Entertainment head towards completion of 2006 slate worth a total of $32 million, as well as 2007 as Border Post bows in Competition in San Sebastian. Downey and Taylor confirm shareholding in Shotgun Pictures.London/San Sebastian: Film and Music Entertainment (F&ME) is in the last stages of post production on a 2006 slate of six pictures, and despite gloomy prospects for the UK independent sector, announce a robust line up for their 2007/2008 roster. The...

Q&A with Mr Ansu Sur, Kolkata Fest Director

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Q & A with Mr Ansu Sur, Festival Director, Kolkata Film Festival.By Jeremy ColsonIn what way is this year’s KolKota festival, the 11th, different from previous years?We have continued with the same components within the previous structure but regarding film selection we have become more serious, we are looking at more cerebral films, giving better cerebral exercise to our audiences. Our Pedro Almodovar retrospective is an example of this. And in the international section there are several less...

Halifax Atlantic City will screen 220 films and 50 shorts

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The 25th Atlantic Film Festival (AFF), September 15-24, 2005, announced today one of the largest line-up of films, industry programs and special events in the history of the Festival. This year's program includes a full slate of 220 Atlantic, Canadian and international films including the largest Atlantic program to date with 15 Atlantic features and 50 shorts. New special programs include: Focus on Germany, which will complement this year's Strategic Partners conference focus, plus the 25th AFF...

Co-Production Market at the Atlantic Film Festival

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Strategic Partners Co-Production Market Key to International Film and TV Co-ProductionsNow in its 25th year, the Atlantic Film Festival (AFF) is known primarily for its celebration of films from Atlantic Canada and around the world. Lesser known is that the Festival presents the yearly industry event Strategic Partners Co-Production Market that generates millions in international film and television co-productions.The goal of Strategic Partners is simple: facilitate international co-productions....

Troia Film festival sets an ambitious slate

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TROIA FILM FESTIVAL SETS AN AMBITIOUS SLATEThe 21st edition of the Troia International Film Festival (Festroia), Portugal’s oldest and most adventurous film event devoted to international and independent cinema, kicked off on May 28 with a wide-ranging program, with particular nods to European and American Independent films.The Festival is based in the picturesque coastal town of Setúbal, about 90 minutes south of Lisbon. Troia is actually the name of the expansive beaches in the vicinity, an...

Rouen Festival: Flemish films in focus

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With the festival passing the midpoint the discoveries and revelations keep on coming. One of the best sections has been an eight unit overview of Flemish language films, a national cinema based in Antwerp which is all but unknown outside of Belgium and is easily confusable with Dutch cinema because the Flemish and Dutch languages are as similar as British and American English -- but also as different! -- The standout of this section is "Rosie -- Een duivel in mijn kop" (Rosie, A Devil in my Hea...

Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival awards

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47 575 viewers attended the 8th Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival that ended last Sunday.The Black Nights Film Festival (BNFF) with its 3 sub-festivals (Sleepwalkers’ Student Film Festival, Children and Youth Film Festival “Just Film” and Animation film festival “Animated Dreams”) showed altogether 553 films in 563 screenings. The festival took place in 4 towns (besides Tallinn and Tartu selected programmes were presented in Viljandi and Pärnu too), in 21 cinema theatres.This year th...

Hamptons gives its awards

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The 12th Annual Hamptons International Film Festival presented its Golden Starfish Awards at a ceremony held at Guild Hall on Saturday, October 23, 2004.On hand to present the awards were the Fest’s Executive Director Denise Kasell, Board Chairman Stuart Match Suna, Programmer Rajendra Roy, and Emcee Bob Balaban. Also on hand with welcoming remarks was Evan Shapiro on behalf of presenting sponsor IFC. The Golden Starfish Award for Best Narrative, with a prize of over $180,000 in goods and in-...

Hamptons gearing up for the 12th edition

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HAMPTONS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES ITS PROGRAMOne hundred miles to the east of New York City, at the tip of Long Island, the various villages of the Hamptons are world renowned as the summer playground for the rich and famous. Now that Summer is over and the first chill of the Fall season is in the air, the Hamptons are gearing up for what has become another celebrated event….the 12th edition of the Hamptons International film Festival. Running from October 20th through the 24th, t...

The Hamptons International Film Festival panorama

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THE 12TH ANNUAL HAMPTONS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVALOCTOBER 20-24, 2004 The 2004 HAMPTONS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL, the 12th annual celebration of presenting films and filmmakers, programs and personalities and an outstanding opportunity for audiences to catch something out of the ordinary, will return to the East End on October 20th through 24th, 2004, in East Hampton, New York with additional venues in Sag Harbor, Southampton and our new location in Montauk.The Hamptons International Film F...

Solid Line Up for Toronto fest

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Toronto festival (Sept. 9-18) has revealed its full line upGALA PRESENTATIONSWorld PremiereARSÈNE LUPIN (F)Jean-Paul Salomé, France / United Kingdom / Spain / Italy, 2004World PremiereBEING JULIA (F)István Szabó, Canada / United Kingdom / Hungary, 2004World PremiereBEYOND THE SEA (F)Kevin Spacey, United Kingdom / Germany, 2004North American PremiereCLEAN (F)Olivier Assayas, France / United Kingdom / Canada, 2004World PremiereDOWNFALL (F)Oliver Hirschbiegel, Germany, 2004World PremiereFIVE CH...

KVIFF A listers attending

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Some of KVIFF 04 A-list visitorsThis year was no exception and Karlovy Vary’s Grand Hotel welcomed again many film industry A-listers for the International Film Festival. Among them was Taxi Driver, Pulp Fiction and Thelma and Louise star Harvey Keitel, the world’s favourite little hobbit Elijah Wood, Monty Python’s most memorable, John Cleese and many others. Prominent Czech political figures visited the festival too such as president Vaclav KLAUS, and former president Vaclav Havel. Harv...
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