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AMPAS Monday Nights with Oscar NYC Screening of Festival (1967) Photo Coverage

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By Maria Esteves - July 19, 2011 The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (A.M.P.A.S.) “Monday Nights with Oscar” 1967 Academy Award nominated for best documentary FESTIVAL (1967), produced/directed by Murray Lerner commenced at The Academy Theater (Lighthouse International), New York, Monday, July 18, 7:00 pm. A special onstage discussion with Academy Award winning documentarian Murray Lerner and legendary singer-songwriter Peter Yarrow of Peter, Paul and Mary moderated by ...

CREATE11 programme highlights

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CREATE11, now in its fourth year, is a summer arts festival for east London, celebrating the intrinsic creativity of the area and sponsored by Deutsche Bank. The festival presents over 200 homemade, world-class events profiling east London creativity taking place in surprising spaces: a disused motorway undercroft in Hackney Wick; London’s historic music halls; a 1980’s building in Canary Wharf; a WWII bunker in Dalston; a floating cinema on the waterways of east London; a shop turned into...

CREATE11, now in its fourth year, is a summer arts festival for east London

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Friday 24 June to Monday 25 July www.createlondon.org  PROGRAMME HIGHLIGHTS CREATE11, now in its fourth year, is a summer arts festival for east London, celebrating the intrinsic creativity of the area and sponsored by Deutsche Bank. The festival presents over 200 homemade, world-class events profiling east London creativity taking place in surprising spaces: a disused motorway undercroft in Hackney Wick; London’s historic music halls; a 1980’s building in Canary Wharf; a WWII bu...

Pacha Pictures launch at 64th Cannes Film Festival

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Pacha Pictures launch at 64th Cannes Film Festival Leave it to the Egyptians to do it their way…I have nothing but the utmost awe and admiration for the revolutionary energy and passion for filmmaking and change coming out of Egypt, setting things in motion in the way of communication, revolution, cinema and now… world distribution!!! I met up with producer/actor Khaled Abol Naga in Istanbul when he told me about their plan to launch an independent World Sales/Distribution company betw...

Pacha Pictures launch at 64th Cannes Film Festival

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Pacha Pictures launch at 64th Cannes Film Festival Leave it to the Egyptians to do it their way…I have nothing but the utmost awe and admiration for the revolutionary energy and passion for filmmaking and change coming out of Egypt, setting things in motion in the way of communication, revolution, cinema and now… world distribution!!! I met up with producer/actor Khaled Abol Naga in Istanbul when he told me about their plan to launch an independent World Sales/Distribution company betw...

16th Conference on Animation, Effects, Games and Interactive Media

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FMX 2011 May 3-6, 2011. Stuttgart, Germany. The 16th FMX Conference on Animation, Games, Effects and Interactive Media ended yesterday achieving remarkable successes! FMX 2011 brought in larger crowds than ever before, with 3,500 visitors attending each day. The increase in visitor numbers has been overwhelming; during the conference extra special efforts were introduced to keep up with the demand. The conference included high profile animated films such as "Rang...

Asia Pacific Screen Awards (APSA) FilmFund Panelists

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2011 FILM FUND PANELLISTS ANNOUNCED: XUE XIAOLU, TONY AYRES AND ANDREW PIKE   The Asia Pacific Screen Awards (APSA) and Motion Picture Association (MPA) have announced the continuation of the MPA APSA Academy Film Fund to support new films from Asia-Pacific and the panellists who will assess the entries for 2011. Xue Xiaolu and Tony Ayres will join the assessment panel for 2011 which will once again be Chaired by Ronin Films' Managing Director and member of APSA's 2009 International Jur...

PBWIFF Chair Bruce Sutka, Pj Layng, Co-Director, Erica Beahm, filmmaker and Terri Neil, Co-Director

PBWIFF Chair Bruce Sutka, Pj Layng, Co-Director, Erica Beahm, filmmaker and Terri Neil, Co-Director

Winners Announced at Inaugural Palm Beach Women's International Film Festival

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"Leading Ladies" Wins Top Prize at Inaugural FestivalFestival Closes with Sold Out CrowdsWest Palm Beach, FL (April 11, 2011) Erica Beahm, co-writer and co-director of “Leading Ladies,” danced her way to winning the top honor, as her film won Best Feature Film of the inaugural Palm Beach Women’s International Film Festival which ran April 7-10 at various locations in Palm Beach County.“I am elated that my very first film was completely sold out and won the top honor at the best...

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Director: Aden Shillito.
A school boy struggles to expose the suspicious behavior of the one-eyed caretaker at his primary school, only to find that life is vastly more complex than he could ever have imagined. When Nick Atley sees his school caretaker at the school after hours his suspicion is aroused - what is the man up to? In his efforts to discover the truth the boy goes have the quiet boy of his class to being the subject of concern given his odd behaviour. Faced being disbelieved at every turn, the boy steals a key and by night accesses the school cellar where the caretaker works, finding both an alien presence and the involvement of other school staff. While the invaders plans are thwarted, their exposure is concealed and Nick is left to wonder if he might not have imagined everything he has seen after all.

NOTE TO SELF:

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Note To Self:by Kimberly Deisler  The one thing I really love about the LA ComedyShorts Film Festival, well, there are many things, but in particular are thepanels.  While I may have mentionedthis before it bears repeating because the panelists are the most honest,irreverent and hilarious.  Youlearn a lot, you get it straight and you know exactly where you stand … in along line of other people trying to get jobs in the industry.   The hunger of interest in the audience is palatableunlike...

Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles (IFFLA) jury members announced

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  Respected Hollywood and media personalities will serve on the Features, Documentaries and Shorts juries of the 9th Annual Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles (IFFLA), the organization announced today. The festival runs April 12-17 at ArcLight Hollywood in Los Angeles, California.   IFFLA Executive Director Christina Marouda said, "We are very appreciative to have such distinguished members of the film industry join us.  From academics and acting to filmmaking and jou...

Minsk International Film Festival LISTAPAD

The Belarus’ largest and most prestigious public film festival Listapad annually takes place at the beginning of November. The main purpose of the festival is to offer a wide selection of highly acclaimed feature films, documentaries from all over the world as well as new productions from Belarus. It screens recent titles and retrospectives.

The Minsk International Film Festival program has three sections - feature, documentary and children and youth film festival Listapadzik. During a week cinema goers have a possibility to watch more than 100 movies in 5 venues. Also, special programs in focus, master-classes, seminars and other related events are presented annually. Filmmakers, actors and supporters have the opportunity to network at various events. Q&A sessions with directors and actors follow every screening giving moviegoers first-hand access to the filmmaking process.

Around 12 outstanding films for the last two years from Russia, the Central and Eastern Europe, Baltics and Central-Asian countries comprise in Main competition.

No less than 8 most notable first and second feature films for the last two years from all over the world comprise in Young Directors competition "Youth on the march".

Documentary competition includes the main competition and young directors documentary film competition. No less than 20 full-length and short critically acclaimed films for the last two years are in the main program. Over 15 prominent filmmakers’ current films inspired by the idea of freedom and tolerance comprise in young directors documentary film competition.

No less than 6 competing full-length feature films for Children and Youth for the last two years and non-competitive special programs including features, shorts and animation films from all over the world take part in the Children and Youth Film Festival Listapadzik.

The out-of-competition programs present more than 50 titles of genre and independent movies made by cult filmmakers from all over the world.

The last Festival edition was held on November, 5-12th in Belarus. The last year the Festival appeared in a completely updated format. For the first time the Festival competition program was as follows: 
- The Main competition, which was presented 12 feature films made in the former Soviet Union and the former socialist countries; 
- Young Directors’ competition (“Youth on the March”), which included 9 most notable feature debuts of emerging directors from all over the world; 
- Documentary films competition, which presented to the jury and the public 23 films created in the former Soviet Union and the former socialist countries; 
- Young Directors’ documentary films competition, which included the most notable debuts in documentary from all over the world. 

During the Festivalfour Juries worked:

- the InternationalJury of the Main competition (Grand Jury):

Head of Jury

Sharunas Bartas(Lithuania) - director, scriptwriter, director of photography, member ofEuropean Motion Picture Academy, international film festivals prize-winner

Jury

Janusz Kijowski(Poland) - director, scriptwriter 

Elena Koreneva(Russia) - actress, writer 

Tatiana Loginova(Belarus) - director of photography, laureate of State Prize of USSR,international film festivals prize-winner

Kirill Razlogov(Russia) - director of Russian Institute for Cultural Research, programdirector of Moscow International Film Festival

- the InternationalJury of Young Directors competition ("Youth on the March"):

Head of Jury

Ludmila Saenkova(Belarus) - film critic, candidate of philology science, head of literary andart criticism chair of Journalism Institute of Belarusian State University

Jury

Rodion Ismailov(Azerbaijan) - director 

Natalya Vorozhbit(Ukraine) - scriptwriter 

- the InternationalJury of Documentary films competition: 

Head of Jury

Victor Asliuk(Belarus) - director, scriptwriter, member of European Film Academy, nationaland international film festivals prize-winner 

Jury

Sergey Bukovsky(Ukraine) - director, People's Artist of Ukraine, laureate of National TarasShevchenko Award, international film festivals prize-winner 

Svetlana Bychenko(Russia) - director of documentary and animation films, scriptwriter,international film festivals prize-winner

Veslav Romanovski(Poland) - director, scriptwriter, literary, deputy director of PolishInstitute in Minsk

Anna Yerzinkyan (Armenia)- film critic, professor, pro-rector of Yerevan State Theatre and FilmInstitute

- the InternationalJury of Young Directors documentary films competition:

Head of Jury

Aleksandr Kuprin(Russia) - director, scriptwriter, international film festivals prize-winner

Jury

Sergey Rybakov(Belarus) - director, international film festivals prize-winner, "For SpiritualRenovation" Award owner, laureate of national award "Televershyna"

Toms Trеibergs (Latvia) - film critic, filmsubeditor of the newspaper "Cultural Forum"

Also festival audiencecould participate in the viewer's jury. Everyone had possibility to rate foreach feature. Festival preferences rating was generated according to theresults of viewer's votes

The Grand Jury awardedthe following nominations:

- Grand-Prix For TheBest Film

"My Joy",Ukraine-Germany-The Netherlands, director Sergey Loznitsa

- Special Jury Award

The Light Thief,Kyrgyzstan-France-Germany-The Netherlands, director Aktan Arym Kubat

 

The Jury of the Youthon the March competition awarded:

- Best Film Awardnamed after the people`s artist of USSR V. Turov

"October", Peru,directors Daniel Vega, Diego Vega 

- Prize "For the dancewith reality"

"You Are All TheCaptains", Spain, director Oliver Laxe 

- Prize "For therealization of the freedom's theme"

"Udaan", India,director Vikramaditya Motwane 

 

The Jury ofDocumentary films competition awarded:

- Grand-Prix for theBest Film

"The Woman With FiveElephants", Switzerland-Germany, director Vadim Jendreyko 

- Best Full-LengthFilm Award

"The Last Rope-WalkerOf Armenia", Armenia, directors Arman Eritsyan, Inna Saakyan 

- Best Short FilmAward

"The Backwoods 35х45", Russia, director Evgeny Solomin

 

The Jury of Youngdirectors documentary films competition awarded:

- Best Full-LengthFilm Award

"The Last Train Home",Canada-China, director Lixin Fan 

- Best Short FilmAward

"The World Champion",Estonia, director Moonika Siimets 

- Prize "For thecreative search and active political fences"

"Make Tea",Russia-Great Britain, director Olga Korotkaya 

- Prize "For theuniversality of director's profession"

"Kill the Day",Belarus-Poland, directors Andrei Kutilo, Aleksandr Nalivaiko 

- Prize "For thesearch of new cinematographic language"

"In Case Of LossPressure" (Belgium, director Sarah Moon Howe)

 

The festival alsoestablished the following prizes: 

- Audience ChoiceAward

"Brother", Venezuela,director Marcel Rasquin 

- Special Prize of thePresident of the Republic of Belarus "For Humanism and Spirituality incinematography"

"Brother", Venezuela,director Marcel Rasquin 

- Special Prize"Together" of The Standing Committee Of The Union State

"The Brest Fortress",Russia-Belarus, director Aleksandr Kott 

- Special Prize ofMinsk City Executive Committee for the Moral Ideals Embodyment

"Street Days",Georgia, director Levan Koguashvili

 

Prizes of the Guild ofscholars and critics of Belarusian cinematographers union 

- Best Fiction FilmAward

"Street Days",Georgia, director Levan Koguashvili 

- Best Non-Fictional Film Award

"Kill the Day",Belarus, directors Andrei Kutilo, Aleksandr Nalivaiko 

Chapman launches first-of-its-kind Film Production Company

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Going where no other film school has gone before, Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Media Arts, recognized as one of the premier film schools in the United States, has launched a first-of-its-kind production and distribution company - Chapman Entertainment, LLC.   Chapman Entertainment is a sustainable, fully-functioning film production company designed to produce five to ten pictures per year in the micro-budget range (budgets in the $250,000 - $625,000 range). Ut...

Havana Film Festival New York (HFFNY) opens April 7-15

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The 12th annual Havana Film Festival New York (HFFNY) opens April 7-15 with a program of award-winning films, panel discussions, and Q&A sessions with distinguished international directors, actors, and producers. HFFNY's Cuban films are part of ¡Sí Cuba! Festival, a city-wide celebration of Cuban arts and culture. 14 New York institutions convene to celebrate the rich artistic vitality of Cuba by showcasing the diversity of Cuban culture from the traditional to the modern. ...

BigPond Adelaide Film Festival wrap figures and awards

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  The 2011 BigPond Adelaide Film Festival has been a huge success with 30 sold out sessions and an overall increase in attendances of 22%, contributing to a 16% increase in box office revenue from 2009. BAFF audience members also voted via SMS and online to vote the stunning new Australian film SNOWTOWN (Best Feature) ,the thrilling and poignant SENNA (Best Documentary)  and the moving THE PALACE (Best Short) in the BigPond Audience Awards. Of the 48 Australian films that screene...

2011 BigPond Adelaide Film Festival golden moments

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The 2011 BigPond Adelaide Film Festival has been a huge success with 30 sold out sessions and an overall increase in attendances of 22%, contributing to a 16% increase in box office revenue from 2009. BAFF audience members also voted via SMS and online to vote the stunning new Australian film SNOWTOWN (Best Feature) ,the thrilling and poignant SENNA (Best Documentary)  and the moving THE PALACE (Best Short) in the BigPond Audience Awards. Of the 48 Australian films that screened at ...

New York Carlyle Prepares for 2011 Oscar Night Party

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By Maria Esteves - February 26, 2011 The amazing two eight foot golden Oscar statues made their triumphant arrival at The Carlyle, A Rosewood Hotel in New York on Friday, February 25, 2011, in preparation for the Official New York Oscar Night Party of 83rd Annual Academy Awards, Sunday, February 27. The Carlyle Restaurant kitchen sous chef Michael De Jesus carefully created and displayed samples of the mid-course, entrée, and desert dishes to be served at the Oscar Night celebration. ...

Oscar Statues Arrive at The Carlyle for the Official 2011 New York Oscar Night Party

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By Maria Esteves - February 26, 2011 The amazing two eight foot golden Oscar statues made their triumphant arrival at The Carlyle, A Rosewood Hotel in New York on Friday, February 25, 2011, in preparation for the Official New York Oscar Night Party of 83rd Annual Academy Awards, Sunday, February 27. The Carlyle Restaurant kitchen chef Michael De Jesus carefully created and displayed samples of the mid-course, entrée, and desert dishes to be served at the Oscar Night celebration. Present...

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...

NEWSLETTER N° 497: february 18, 2011

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NEWSLETTER N° 497: february 18, 2011

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Berlinale Jury Stands Up For Jafar Panahi

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  There was a conspicuous empty chair when the jury of the 61st Berlinale held its press conference on Thursday afternoon. Jury President Isabella Rossellini read a pronouncement that the empty chair was a symbolic gesture of support for Iranian director Jafar Panahi, who was invited to participate on the jury but was prevented from leaving his country. Panahi was sentenced last month to a six-year prison term and also received a ban from making movies for the next 20 years.   The...

The Film Festival Summit Europe, agenda of the Berlin summit Day 1

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Tuesday February 8, 2011 8:30 am Registration Opens                                                                                                                    9:15 - 9:30 am Opening Remarks by Conference Chair 9:30 - 10:45 am Panel "The 21st Century Festival: Diversity in genre, culture & media&qu...

Meet The Film Festival Mavens

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  Bruno Chatelin, COO, Filmfestivals.com/Fest21.com  A “who’s who” of film festival mavens are speaking at the International Film Festival Summit, taking place at the Berlin Hilton on 8 and 9 February, on the eve of the Berlinale. Here are the bold face names making presentations at the event: Bruno Chatelin, COO, filmfestivals.com and fest21.com (Conference Chair); Stacey Donen, Artistic Director, Whistler Film Festival; Marina Fabri, Co-director, Courmayeur Noir ...

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