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21st Annual 2012 New York Jewish Film Festival Lineup

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By Maria Esteves – January 10, 2012   The 21st Annual 2012 New York Jewish Film Festival (NYJFF2012) commences January 11-26, 2012 at the Walter Reade Theater. The festival presented by The Jewish Museum and The Film Society of Lincoln Center, annually showcase feature and short films (drama, documentary) that explores the Jewish experience. The 21st NYJFF celebration consist of 34 films (13 N.Y., 1 N.Y.C., 5 U.S., and 6 World premieres), panel discussions, gala receptions, and sp...

NewFest | 2011 Full Lineup

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FULL FEATURE LINEUP (STARRED FILMS INDICATE FILMS ELIGIBLE FOR NEWFEST's JURY AWARDS)FEATURE NARRATIVE LINEUP2 Frogs in the West, dir. Dany Papineau (NY PREMIERE)3, dir. Tom Tykwer (NY PREMIERE)A Few Days of Respite (Quelque jours de respit), dir. Amor Hakkar (NY PREMIERE)August, dir. Eldar Rapaport (NY PREMIERE) **Blackmail Boys, dir. Bernard & Richard Shumanski **Buffering, dir. Darren Flaxstone & Christian Martin (NY PREMIERE)Circumstance, dir. Maryam Keshavarz **Codependent Lesbian Space Al...

NewFest | 2011 Visionary Award to Christine Vachon

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NewFest (www.NewFest.org), the New York Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender film festival is coming to locations across the city, July 21-28. The festival will open and close at the Film Society of Lincoln Center and will be headquartered throughout the week at Chelsea's SVA Theater and Cinema Village. Special satellite screenings will be held at The Museum of the Moving Image in Queens, the Brooklyn Academy of Music, the Jewish Community Center on the Upper West Side, and Harlem Stage. Pri...

Krakow Film Festival the line up of documentaries selected

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The selection for competitions of 51st Krakow Film Festival (23rd – 29th May) has ended. Films selected for the international documentary film competition has been announced in the first row. International documentary film competition was open to documentaries with a running time of 30 to 60 minutes and more than 60 minutes and only premieres were accepted. The competition consists mainly of films spotted at foreign festivals, complemented by titles picked from the record 2700 festival entri...

25th TEDDY AWARD 2011 - The Winners

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  The nine members of the international jury - organisers of queer and other film festivals - view films within the framework of all programs of the Berlinale which have queer context. Three films are nominated for each category and one receives a TEDDY for best feature film, best documentary/essay film and the best short film, each with a cash award of €3,000.   Members of the Jury: Marcus Hu (President of the TEDDY AWARD Jury) Strand Releasing, Culver City...

Submissions Open: IV Side by Side LGBT International Film Festival 2011, Saint Petersburg Russia.

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Russia’s only lesbian and gay film festival Side by Side is preparing for the fourth annual October festival in Saint Petersburg.  The third Side by Side LGBT Film Festival, which ran from the 15 – 23 October, 2011, was a complete success being held for the very first time freely and openly at various mainstream venues across the city. Events throughout the week were highly attended and on most occasions demand exceeded the availability of seating there being standing room only. In the regi...

61st Berlinale: World Cinema in the Panorama

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61st Berlinale: World Cinema in the Panorama After visiting Asia, North and South America as well as many European countries to view and select films, 24 works - that is just under half of the 50 films to be presented in the Panorama section - are now certain. They provide lively insight into the creations of world cinema during the so-called post-crisis era. What's more, they reveal that documentary film continues to be strong in 2011: documentaries again make up about a third of the pro...

III International Side by Side Film Festival Starts!

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Russia’s only Lesbian and Gay film festival Side by Side kicked off at 19.30 on 15 October 2010 at cinema multiplex Varshavsky Express in St. Petersburg.The packed house and festive atmosphere in the cinema hall was both a joy and a surprise for the participants and organizers of Russia’s first and only LGBT film festival. As Manny de Guerre, festival founder, noted for the first time in three years since the founding of the festival this was the most the most celebratory-like opening of the...

Side by Side LGBT Film Festival coming soon

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Side by Side LGBT Film Festival, Russia gains backing of Pedro Almodovar, Gus Van Sant and Ken Loach. Side by Side LGBT International Film Festival which will be held from 15 – 23 October, 2010 in Saint Petersburg, Russia has garnered the support of key figures from world cinema including Spanish director Pedro Almodovar, American director Gus Van Sant and British filmmaker Ken Loach. Underlining the festivals significance Ken Loach noted its importance in its contribution to the fight again...

Side by Side G&L Fest Tests Saint Petersburg’s Tolerance

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Side by Side Lesbian and Gay Film Festival Tests Saint Petersburg’s Tolerance Level for the Third Year Running. Russia’s only lesbian and gay film festival, Side by Side, is gearing up for its third season of films and discussions set to take place in the city of Saint Petersburg from the 15 – 23 October, 2010. Over the course of the nine festival days the Saint Petersburg audience will have the opportunity to see in the region of 40 films from all corners of the globe. The 2010 competit...

23rd Israel Film Festival Coverage

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The 23rd Israel Film Festival (IFF) in New York celebrating Israel's 60th AnniversaryDocumentary Filmmakers Panel and Q&A immediately followed the sold out New York Premiere screening of CHILDREN OF THE SUN, directed by Ran Tal, held at the Clearview Cinemas, Sunday, November 2, 4:15 PM. Israeli filmmakers attending the panel and Q&A included director Yael Katzir, PRAYING IN HER OWN VOICE, Oded Lotan, THE QUEST FOR THE MISSING PIECE, and director Ran Tal, CHILDREN OF THE SUN, moderated by Emmy A...

NY Israel Film Festival awarded The Secrets

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The 23rd Israel Film Festival closed its most successful engagement in its history of presenting events in New York, Los Angeles and Miami on Thursday, November 13th in New York with the announcement by Meir Fenigstein, Founder and Executive Director of the IFF, of the winner of the coveted PANAVISION AUDIENCE CHOICE AWARD to THE SECRETS, written and directed by Avi Nesher and produced by Nesher and David Silber. THE SECRETS, the Festival’s Closing Night film, will be released in NY by Monter...

Israel Film Festival wrapped

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The 23rd Israel Film Festival closed its most successful engagement in its history of presenting events in New York, Los Angeles and Miami on Thursday, November 13th in New York with the announcement by Meir Fenigstein, Founder and Executive Director of the IFF, of the winner of the coveted PANAVISION AUDIENCE CHOICE AWARD to THE SECRETS, written and directed by Avi Nesher and produced by Nesher and David Silber. THE SECRETS, the Festival’s Closing Night film, will be released in NY by Monter...

23rd Israel Film Festival Coverage

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By Maria Esteves - November 13, 2008 The 23rd Israel Film Festival (IFF) in New York celebrating Israel's 60th Anniversary Documentary Filmmakers Panel and Q&A immediately followed the sold out New York Premiere screening of CHILDREN OF THE SUN, directed by Ran Tal, held at the Clearview Cinemas, Sunday, November 2, 4:15 PM. Israeli filmmakers attending the panel and Q&A included director Yael Katzir, PRAYING IN HER OWN VOICE, Oded Lotan, THE QUEST FOR THE MISSING PIECE, and dire...

Israel Film Festival set to kick off in New York

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The 23rd Israel Film Festival will kick off in New York on October 29th at the Ziegfeld Theatre and run through November 13th at the Clearview’s 62nd & Broadway Cinema. Meir Fenigstein, Founder and Executive Director, announced today the full lineup of films for this year’s Festival which showcases more than 30 new feature films, provocative documentaries, ground-breaking TV dramas, and innovative student films celebrating Israeli life and culture. List of films to follow. The Israel Film F...

The New York Sephardic Jewish Film Festival

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Launching it’s 12th Year The New York Sephardic Jewish Film Festival continues To Explore the Cinema of this Rich and Diverse Culture:February 7-14, 2008The American Sephardic Federation/Sephardic House, in association with Yeshiva University Museum, announces the 2008 New York Sephardic Jewish Film Festival line up, celebrating a dozen years of exciting and thought provoking films. With the expansion to multiple locations, this one-of-a-kind event running February 7 – 14, 2008 will offer a...

22ND ISRAEL FILM FESTIVAL COVERAGE

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22ND ISRAEL FILM FESTIVAL COVERAGE By Maria Esteves - November 24, 2007 The 22nd Israel Film Festival (IFF) 2007 was held at the Directors Guild of America Theater, Clearview Cinemas, and the Florence Gould Hall in New York City, October 23 - November 8, 2007. The festival presented by IsraFest Foundation, annually present Israeli films, panel discussions, special events, awards ceremony, and gala receptions.   Since 1982, IFF founded by Meir Fenigstein of the IsraFest Foundati...

The Fog Of War In The Middle East

 Sunday, June 17-------At the risk of being a moth-eaten cliche, the term "fog of war" is now routinely used to describe a state where political, strategic and moral choices in areas of conflict become shaded by the exigencies of human response to violence and an abandonment of an ethical compass that determines policy and behavior. This "fog of war" has certainly descended on the chaos that is now unfolding in the Middle East, both in the five-year conflicts in Afghanistan...

Religion, Politics And Film: An Explosive Combination

 Saturday, June 16----------With religion and core beliefs the source of both comfort and conflict in the modern world, SILVERDOCS wisely decided to dedicate a special section of the Festival to an exploration of the unique role of religion in social and political discourse. Dubbed BEYOND BELIEF: RELIGION, POLITICS AND FILM, the program has presented a provocative series of films and panel discussions. “The documentary form, which takes personal stories and launches them into the public are...

Ten Films In SILVERDOCS Feature Film Competition

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SILVERDOCS: The AFI/Discovery Channel Documentary Festival, which begins next week, has announced the 10 films that will be competing for the Sterling Award Feature Film prize at its event. The Festival, which has become one of the leading showcases of non-fiction film in the world, mixes film screenings with information panels and special events to offer a comprehensive look at the current state of the art of documentary film, and where the art form may go in the future. As one can imagine in t...

Ten Films In SILVERDOCS Feature Film Competition

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SILVERDOCS: The AFI/Discovery Channel Documentary Festival, which begins next week, has announced the 10 films that will be competing for the Sterling Award Feature Film prize at its event. The Festival, which has become one of the leading showcases of non-fiction film in the world, mixes film screenings with information panels and special events to offer a comprehensive look at the current state of the art of documentary film, and where the art form may go in the future. As one can imagine ...

The Berlin Panorama Audience Award 2006

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The audiences’ ballots have been counted: the Panorama Audience Award 2006 – which is sponsored by “radioeins” of RBB, Berlin-Brandenburg’s public radio and television broadcasting station, and Berlin’s city magazine “tip” in collaboration with the Berlinale’s Panorama section – goes to Bubot Niyar (Paper Dolls), directed by Tomer Heymann. The Panorama Audience Award has existed since 1999. Movie-goers of the 56th Berlin International Film Festival were asked to cast their ba...
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