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Celtic Media Festival Shortlist announced

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  CELTIC MEDIA FESTIVAL SHORTLIST ANNOUNCED AS OPENING EVENT SET TO TURN FESTIVAL ‘UPSIDE DOWN' Celtic Media Festival today (Tuesday, 18th January 2011) announces the prestigious shortlist of the 2011 Bronze Torc Awards for Excellence, which celebrate the very best of film, television, radio and digital media to emerge from within the Celtic nations.   98 productions, companies and personalities have been shortlisted across the 19 award categories  - including...

Closing night at TIFF

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 The film 'Black Swan' closed the night. 51st TIFF: Closing ceremony (12/12/2010)The closing ceremony of the 51st Thessaloniki International Film FestivalThe curtains came down on the 51st Thessaloniki International Film Festival on Saturday, December 11th, with a closing ceremony that took place at Olympion Theater. Snapshots, faces and clips of the city during this 10-day cinematic feast were depicted in the short film of Emmanouil Papadopoulos entitled Stereosis, which welcomed the audience ...

Aussie anti-porn law reveals honeymoon vacation couple to nudie exhibit

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Most recently instituted Australian law needs that "illegal" porno be declared to customs upon entry to the country. AOL News reports that an Australian honeymoon vacation pair returning home for a life of domestic bliss was humiliated by customs agents who led them to believe the new regulation required them to show their nude honeymoon pictures. Now the pair is angry and Australia's Intercourse Party has a trigger to champion. Post resource - Australian anti-porn law compels couple t...

Mamta Banerjee inaugurates 41st edition of IFFI 2010

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Union Railway Minister Ms. Mamta Banerjee today inaugurated the 41st edition of IFFI-2010 at Goa. Speaking on the occasion, Ms. Banerjee said since its inception IFFI had provided a forum for converging cinema from all parts of the world on one platform. The IFFI platform showcased the new trends in world cinema while at the same time presented the master pieces of the Indian Panorama Section to the global audiences abroad. The Minister said that films were an effective medium to depict realit...

IFF Bratislava announces winners

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The 12. International Film Festival Bratislava announced its winners. The Grand Prix went to Italian director Michelangelo Frammartino for his second feature The Four Times. The weeklong film marathon was closed by this year's Venice winner, Sofia Coppola's Somewhere. A selection of festival films will travel around Slovakia to Košice (12.-14.11.), Banská Bystrica (15.-16.11.) and Žilina (17.-18.11.).FIRST AND SECOND FEATURE FILMSGrand Prix for the Best FilmLe quattro volte / The Four Times...

New Norwegian Film Fund Will Give Two Million NRK

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The Norwegian Minister of International Development, Erik Solheim, announced the establishment of a new fund to support film productions in Asia, Africa and Latin America. With a focus on freedom of speech, the fund grants funding to support film productions in countries where resources for such projects are limited. The fund will supplement other European film funds with similar purposes. The Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Culture have committed to grant two million N...

A new Festival in Beverly Hills, at last!

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The Invocation will receive the 2010 Humanitarian Award at the Beverly Hills Film, TV and New Media Festival, directed by Emmanuel Itier(“Scarecrow”). “The Invocation” is a quest to explain the notion of “God” around the World, in our daily life, and through Religion, Spirituality, Science, History, Politics, Philosophy and Entertainment. The film features over 80 interviews with various leaders in diverse fields as well as the common people living in the many geographical areas visi...

Richard Gere at Aruba Film Festival

Richard Gere receives Golden Aruba Award for first ever Aruba International Film Festival Richard Gere: "Tell me about this tree. What does it mean?" Otmar Oduber: "Well, it's the the symbol of Aruba. It means strength and endurance or our people." ...   When interviewed on the red carpet about hosting the Golden Aruba Award minister of Aruba culture Otmar Oduber po

Otmar speaks

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When interviewed on the red carpet about hosting the Golden Aruba Award minister of Aruba culture Otmar Oduber pointed out that Aruba depends on tourism for 70% of its economy and that these kinds of events (the international film festival) and Aruba's first ever upcoming fashion week..."we are going just stepping up two steps ahead and its fabulous."     ...

Filmfest Emden-Norderney Numerous premieres on the North Sea coast

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  21st International Filmfest Emden-Norderney Numerous premieres on the North Sea coast The International Filmfest Emden-Norderney will be taking place for the 21st time with 89 films from 23 countries. 37 films are being shown in Emden and Norderney as German premieres, eleven of them world premieres. 21 feature and documentary films will be competing for the Bernhard Wicki Award, the DGB Film Award, the NDR Young Directors Award and the EZetera Film Award. Opening films: "M...

Honor for the Director of Last Year's Palm d'Or

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Sunday brought renewed honor to Michael Haneke, Austrian director and winner of last year's Palme d'Or for his film, "White Ribbon."  He received what "The Hollywood Reporter: The Daily Cannes," describes as the country's highest arts honor, Commander of the Order of Arts and Letters.  The ceremony of French Cultural Minister Frederic Mitterrand inducting Haneke into the French legion of honor occurred in Cannes yesterday.  Festival de Cannes President Gilles Jacob and t...

Animation visits Stuttgart

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Today the 17th Stuttgart Festival of Animated Film opened its doors. That means six exciting days full of animation with hot topics, colourful worlds and strange figures. The crème de la crème of the international animated film industry were all present at the opening gala which was held at the city's largest cinema and completely sold-out. Public interest is huge and as a result many of the other events such as the world premiere of "The Sandman - Adventure in the Land of Dreams", t...

East Silver titles throughout the world

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East Silver is not only a specialised market focused on central and eastern European countries, but also helps to promote high quality documentary films from those regions throughout the world. For that two unique tools were designed that runs during the year, East Silver Caravan and East Silver TV Focus. Caravan represents the best from the current East Silver Market catalogue. Special selection of films is submitted to various documentary film festivals for programme pre-selectio...

NEWSLETTER N° 456: March 10, 2010

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............. WELCOME TO OUR NEWSLETTER N° 456: March 10, 2010 Follow this LINK if you cannot read the newsletter properly La Géode : Concours du Film Hors Normes 3D relief ou IMAX April 1 - 18, 2010 - Inscription jusqu’au 30 mars 2010 La Géode commence l'année de ses 25 ans en beauté en organisant un Concours de réalisation audiovisuelle en 3D relief ou THD pour report sur IMAX™, afin de ...

Jud Süss hits a raw nerve in Berlin

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JUD SÜß-- A Film With a Conscience about a Film Without a Conscience Hits a Raw Nerve in Berlin "JUD SÜß" (Jew Sweet), was the title of a film commissioned by Nazi propaganda minister Joseph Goebbels in 1940, to be made as an anti-Semitic vehicle intended to inflame the German people against the Jews of Germany and set the stage for their extermination, then in the early planning stages. "Jud Süß -- Film ohne Gewissen" is the title of a new film by ace German direct...

The 60th Berlinale--Retrospektively Speaking

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by Richard Traubner The Retrospektive at the Berlinale usually excites all types of film historians, curators, museum personnel, and other interested parties--especially when it's a German subject. This year, a restored version of Fritz Lang's 1927 Metropolis trumped the Retrospektive itself, which was a look-back at significant and sometimes controversial films shown at the film festival since it began in 1951--in far warmer June weather.     Many of these films...

The 60th Berlinale--Retrospektively Speaking

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The Retrospektive at the Berlinale usually excites all types of film historians, curators, museum personnel, and other interested parties--especially when it's a German subject. This year, a restored version of Fritz Lang's 1927 Metropolis trumped the Retrospektive itself, which was a look-back at significant and sometimes controversial films shown at the film festival since it began in 1951--in far warmer June weather. Many of these films are quite familiar now: In the Realm of the Senses, The ...

Jud Süss hits a raw nerve in Berlin

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JUD SÜß-- A Film With a Conscience about a Film Without a Conscience Hits a Raw Nerve in Berlin "JUD SÜß" (Jew Sweet), was the title of a film commissioned by Nazi propaganda minister Joseph Goebbels in 1940, to be made as an anti-Semitic vehicle intended to inflame the German people against the Jews of Germany and set the stage for their extermination, then in the early planning stages. "Jud Süß -- Film ohne Gewissen" is the title of a new film by ace German director Oskar Roehler, which ...

All Roads leading to NCPA for Mumbai International Film Festival in Mumbai.

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  The much awaited, biggest bi-annual documentary film festival, The 11th Mumbai International Film Festival for Documentary, Short and Animation Films (MIFF 2010) will open from February 3rd, 2010 at the National Centre for Performing Arts, NCPA, Nariman Point, Mumbai.   The inauguration of the Festival will take place at 6 p.m. on. Wednesday, February 3, 2010. Veteran film maker and Dadasaheb Phalke Award winner Mr.Yash Chopra will be the Chief Gues...

Sundance "The Festival" spoof mockumentary will be aired on Sundance Channel and inEurope and Asia

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As the world's film business converges on Park City for the Sundance Film Festival, Sundance Channel is bringing "The Festival" to Europe and Asia. The six-part mockumentary-a hilarious and all-too-realistic spoof of the film industry-will premiere on the globally distributed channel on January 21 as part of an exclusive week-long lineup celebrating all things Sundance.  "The Festival" stars Nicholas Wright (The Business) as Rufus Marquez, a wide-eyed, yo...

The European Film Awards Winners

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THE WHITE RIBBON wins European Film 2009. Picture: EFA/ActionPress/Guido Ohlenbostel Founded in 1988, the European Film Academy now unites more than 2,000 European film professionals with the common aim of promoting Europe’s film culture. Few surprises at the 22nd EUROPEAN FILM AWARDS: Das Weisse Band (The White Ribbon), Germany/Austria/France/Italy written and directed by Michael Haneke produced by Stefan Arndt, Veit Heiduschka, Michael Katz, Margaret Menegoz & Andrea ...

EFA Critics' Award for Wajda

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The 22nd European Film Awards: CRITICS' AWARD 2009, Prix FIPRESCI goes to Andrzej Wajda for TATARAK (Sweet Rush) As FIPRESCI's General Secretary Klaus Eder explained: "For us critics it is without doubt a big pleasure to honour Wajda, who wrote European film history already with his first films (GENERATION, KANAL, ASHES AND DIAMONDS) and who has influenced generations of filmmakers. We are therefore pleased and honoured to show him all our respect as critics. Our award also honours...

New Ambassadors of European Film from EFA

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The European Film Academy (EFA) is proud to have won a group of distinguished personalities from the world of European film to co-operate with for the promotion of European cinema and the European Film Awards. In close co-ordination with the European Film Academy, these renowned filmmakers will represent EFA and the European Film Awards at various prestigious events. The European Film Academy takes great pleasure in welcoming as EFA Ambassadors: Moritz Bleibtreu, actor, Germany On...

EFA nominations for the 22nd European Film Awards

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At the Seville European Film Festival the European Film Academy and EFA Productions announced the nominations for the 22nd European Film Awards. At the same time, the new EFA-website with lots of information about the Awards went online at http://www.europeanfilmawards.eu/ The more than 2,000 EFA Members will now vote for the winners which will be presented during the Awards Ceremony on 12 December in Bochum. Nominated are: EUROPEAN FILM 2009 Fish Tank, UK written and ...

A new film sector institute in the Netherlands

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  As of January 1, 2010, The Filmmuseum, Holland Film, the Netherlands Institute for Film Education, and the Filmbank will pool their resources and form a new organization. The merger of these associate institutes will result in an umbrella body for Dutch film culture, known for now as the Netherlands Film Sector Institute. The establishment of the Netherlands Film Sector Institute is the result of Education, Culture, and Sport Minister Ronald Plasterk's insistence that the secto...

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