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The 37th Toronto International Film Festival announced its award recipients

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  The 37th Toronto International Film Festival announced its award recipients today at a reception at the Intercontinental Hotel Toronto. The Canadian awards below were selected by a jury comprised of producer and filmmaker Jody Shapiro, CPH PIX Festival Director Jacob Neiiendam, actor and filmmaker Valerie Buhagiar and director, writer and producer Patricia Rozema. THE CITY OF TORONTO + CANADA GOOSE AWARD FOR BEST CANADIAN FEATURE FILM  The City of Toronto + Canada G...

Berlinale Special 2012: Series of Talks at the Haus der Berliner Festspiele

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 For years, discussions with filmmakers directly after the screenings of their films have been a special attraction of the festival experience for many Berlinale visitors. With the establishment of the Haus der Berliner Festspiele as a new venue in 2012, the Berlinale now has the opportunity to use this space to expand discussions between filmmakers and the audience. “Some topics simply demand more attention and a broader platform than the time allotted to them usually allows,” comments Fes...

17th annual SFF Awards

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photo from SFF official site: http://www.sff.ba/news/show/id/834 Sarajevo Film Festival Proudly Presents Award Winners 201117th SARAJEVO FILM FESTIVAL – OFFICIAL AWARDS COMPETITION PROGRAMME – FEATURE FILM Jury:Jury President:ARI FOLMAN, Director, Israel Jury members:ALBERTO BARBERA, Director of the National Museum of Cinema, ItalyZANA MARJANOVIĆ, Actress, Bosnia and Herzegovina MICHELE OHAYON, Director, producer, writer, USARIZVAN RADULESCU, Scriptwriter and direct...

Sidney Lumet: One Of The Greats

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  We lost one of the greats this past week. Sidney Lumet, a national treasure and the quintessential New York filmmaker (sorry, Woody Allen) died last week at the age of 86. In a career that spanned over 50 years in both live television and the big screen, Lumet was nominated for the Best Director Oscar four times and has left an indelible filmography of titles that are distinguished by their social relevancy and strong caliber of acting. Lumet’s most famous films were shot in and were ...

The panels at the 2011 Tribeca Film Festival

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The 2011 Tribeca Film Festival (TFF), presented by American Express®, today announced its lineup for the 2011 Special Events and Tribeca Talks® panel series. The component programs are “Tribeca Talks: After the Movie,” “Tribeca Talks: Industry,” “Tribeca Talks: Pen to Paper, hosted by Barnes & Noble,” the Tribeca/ESPN Sports Film Festival panel, and new this year, in celebration of the tenth Festival, the “Tribeca Talks: Directors Series,” featuring one-on-one conversations wit...

The Afghan Film Festival

Beyond Burqa’s and the Taliban: the Afghan Film Festival  Taliban, turbans and terrorism: these are just a few things that spring to mind when we contemplate Afghanistan. But there is more to Afghanistan! That’s why the Woest Foundation and Rialto bring the Afghan Film Festival to Amsterdam, the Netherlands, on Saturday the 13th of November. For one day, Rialto will be the stage for the best Afghan films, documentaries, visual arts, music and debates. Forget about Camp Holland and plunge into the unknown parts of Afghanistan! It is time to put the spotlights on the role of cinema, art and culture in the country… By presenting the best and most recent films and documentaries, the Afghan Film Festival tries to offer a deep and nuanced view on contemporary Afghan society. The program touches upon diverse topics like the recent war, political elections, the fate of Afghan refugees abroad and the extensive drug addiction in the country. But the films also show the resilience and strength of the people in Afghanistan Besides films and documentaries, there will be several debates in which politicians, filmmakers, journalists and Afghan students offer their perspective on Afghanistan’s current society. In the evening, journalist and author Eefje Blankevoort will host the talk show Zap Afghanistan, in which she discusses the impact of our own imaging around Afghanistan with various experts. Which images from Afghanistan were we never allowed to see? And what did Afghans like to watch themselves in the past few years?  Around midnight you can join in on a special edition of Rialto Laat, which transforms the film theatre into an Afghan club with several DJs and VJs, who mix traditional Afghan sounds and video-clips with steaming Western beats.   The Afghan Film Festival Saturday November 13th, 3 PM – 3 AM Film theatre Rialto, Ceintuurbaan 338, Amsterdam, the Netherlands. For more information: http://www.afghaansfilmfestival.nl/english-version   The Afghan Film Festival is a cooperation between the Woest Foundation and Rialto Laat.  Rialto Laat: a surprising mix of cult, camp & crossover on the late Friday- or Saturday night. On a monthly basis, a guest programmer explores the boundaries of the (un)expected.

Jerusalem International Film Festival wraps with awards

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The 27th Jerusalem International Film Festival came to an EndThe winner of the Haggiag Family Award for Israeli Cinema Best Full-Length Feature is Intimate Grammar, directed by Nir Bergman, and produced by Assaf AmirThe winner of the Van Leer Award for Israeli Cinema for Best Documentary Film is A Film Unifinished, directed by Yael Hersonski and produced by Noemi Schory and Itay Ken-TorFollowing are the winning films in the Festival competition:The Haggiag Award for Best Full-Length Feature Film...

The Global Film Village: ONE LUCKY ELEPHANT SCREENS with small red carpet, BIG STARS

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by Marla LewinThe World Premiere of "One Lucky Elephant" at the L.A. Film Festival attracted  Lily Tomlin, Academy Award-director, Kathryn Bigelow and actress Persia White ("Girlfriends"), who saw the film and stayed for a special panel discussion hosted by the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) that focused on the plight of elephants and other wild animals in captivity.  Moderated by NY Times journalist and author Charles Siebert, the panel featured the film’s di...

Sally Potter, Claire Denis and Günter Wallraff on their way to Göteborg

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The guest line up for the 33rd Göteborg International Film Festival is as always full of interesting film personalities. Among the most prominent guests are Sally Potter, Claire Denis, Günter Wallraff, Jessica Hausner and Vittorio Storaro. The British director behind Orlando, Sally Potter (picture), is visiting Göteborg with her new film Rage. Rage takes place on a cat walk where brutal things start to happen. All published on the internet by an intern. The French director Claire...

The Berlinale's 60th Anniversary - Looking Back at the History of the Festival

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From February 11 to 21, 2010, the Berlin International Film Festival will be held for the 60th time. This anniversary will be accompanied by two book publications and a DVD edition that look back at the history of one of the world's most important film festivals.   "On occasion of the 60th anniversary of the Berlinale, the past six decades will be brought back to life. These two publications recount the history of the festival from entirely different perspectives," says F...

Soundtrack programme 09 scores again

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"The exploding role of music in the soundtrack of our digital lives means a festival like this is crucial." These are the words of Slumdog Millionaire Oscar winning Director Danny Boyle who showcased his much acclaimed Mumbai spectacular at last year's first Soundtrack International Film and Music Festival. The programme for this year's Soundtrack (Nov 18-22 soundtrackfilmfestival.com) was announced this week with another strong playlist of live music performances, exclusive screenin...

The Edinburgh International Film Festival Award Winners announced

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The Edinburgh International Film Festival announced the winners in the twelve competition categories for both feature and short films. The awards were presented by EIFF Artistic Director Hannah McGill, Deputy Artistic Director Diane Henderson and Patrons Sir Sean Connery and Seamus McGarvey on the closing day of the Festival at a public ceremony in Filmhouse. This year's winners are:Michael Powell Award for Best New British Feature Film, sponsored by the UK Film CouncilMOON - Directed by Duncan ...

The Edinburgh International Film Festival Awards

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The Edinburgh International Film Festival today announced the winners in the twelve competition categories for both feature and short films. The awards were presented by EIFF Artistic Director Hannah McGill, Deputy Artistic Director Diane Henderson and Patrons Sir Sean Connery and Seamus McGarvey on the closing day of the Festival at a public ceremony in Filmhouse. This year’s winners are:Michael Powell Award for Best New British Feature Film, sponsored by the UK Film CouncilMOON – Directed ...

Juries and news from Edinburgh

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Today the Edinburgh International Film Festival (EIFF), announced 2009’s Michael Powell Jury in addition to the other five juries deliberating across the Festival’s awards. President of this year’s Michael Powell Jury is director Joe Wright (ATONEMENT; PRIDE & PREJUDICE). Joining him on the Jury are journalist, broadcaster and author Janet Street-Porter; USA Today film critic Claudia Puig; Academy Award® Best Actor nominee and Broadway legend Frank Langella (FROST/NIXON; GOOD NIGHT AND GO...

Feathered Fan and Silken Ribbon

Director: Wieland Schulz-Keil, Dan Tang.
The film consist of four portraits of Peking opera performers, two adults and two children. It presents a subtle picture of the present cultural-political climate in China. Peking Opera often seems puzzling and out of place, even in China. Its style is the opposite of naturalism: It is perfectly possible that young girls play elderly generals, or that a young male actor performs the heroine's sword dance from "Farewell my Concubine." The radical artificiality of Peking Opera has often met resistance. During the Cultural Revolution of the 60s and 70s, it was considered decadent and was outlawed. Today it seems hopelessly old-fashioned compared to the new currents of popular culture. -- While visiting a Peking Opera school the filmmakers met a number of teachers and pupils who are working hard and with admirable devotion to keep their highly refined music and dance theatre alive. The theatre people not only taught them about their century old Chinese art form, but also about their lives in the midst of a mostly imported new culture.
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