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ÉCU 2012 FILM FESTIVAL DAY ONE

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ÉCU 2012 FILM FESTIVAL DAY ONE It’s nearly half past six on the evening of the first day of the seventh European Independent Film Festival. Strains of smoky jazz, a snaking baritone sax line, filters through from the trio set up in the festival foyer, making its way to the little marquee where, even now,  film-makers are assembling for the welcome glass of wine or vitamin water. Amongst the group festival president, Scott Hillier, will later refer to as a “crazed bunch ...

Holland Animation Film Festival highlights

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  CfH-HAFF Festival Fellow Paul Ward Paul Ward is one of the leading scholars in the UK in the field of animation studies. He is currently Principal Lecturer in Animation at the Arts University College at Bournemouth and serves as the President of the international Society for Animation Studies [www.animationstudies.org]. On March 27th the symposium Animation: Magic and Matter was presented by the Centre for Humanities & the Department of Media & Culture Studies (Utrecht Universi...

Boston Jewish Film Festival names Amy Geller new Artistic Director

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  The Boston Jewish Film Festival named Amy Geller, long active in the Boston film community with curatorial and production experience, as its new Artistic Director. Geller's background includes producing a variety of feature, documentary and short films, curating film festivals and serving as Associate Director of The Boston Jewish Film Festival. Geller's chief responsibilities will be selecting films and programming fo...

The jury of Bucarest B-Est

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JAN HARLAN (Head of the Jury) Producer and Director „I joined Stanley Kubrick in 1969 for his Napoleon project, which was unfortunately abandoned, but I enjoyed working with Stanley and he liked me, so I added the study of film-production with a great teacher to my previous profession. My first film as an assistant was A Clockwork Orange. Four years later I became Kubri...

Jan Harlan serves Jury President at Bucarest B-EST 8th edition

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Jury President of the eighth edition of Bucharest IFF Brief biography Jan Harlan I joined Stanley Kubrick in 1969 for his Napoleon project, which was unfortunately abandoned, but I enjoyed working with Stanley and he liked me, so I added the study of film-production with a great teacher to my previous profession. My first film as an assistant was “A Clockwork Orange”. Four years later I became Kubrick’s Executive Producer and worked for Warner Bros. on “Barry Lyndon...

Cost Isn't An Obstacle Anymore!: theme of next IFTA Production Conference on Friday, April 20

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  The Independent Film & Television Alliance (IFTA) will bring together top producers with finance, distribution and digital marketing experts for the 13th annual IFTA Production Conference on Friday, April 20, entitled "Cost Isn't An Obstacle Anymore! New Avenues to Finance, Produce & Distribute Films at Any Budget."  The conference will take place from 9:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at the Four Seasons Hotel (300 South Doheny Drive, Los Angeles), announced IFTA President-CEO Jean...

David Andrusia New Executive Director at the Arab Film Festival in the USA!

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  The President, Board of Directors of the Arab Film Festival in the USA! : "Dear Friends and Supporters of the Arab Film Festival, I am delighted to announce the hiring of our new executive director, Mr. David Andrusia. This was a very competitive process as we had over 50 talented applicants and a very intensive review process. After careful consideration and many interviews, David overwhelming emerged as the best candidate. I am pleased to say that David has accepted the...

Human Rights Watch Film Festival, starts this week

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21 March â€" 30 March 2012 Curzon Mayfair, Curzon Soho, ICA, Ritzy ff.hrw.org/london ff.hrw.org/press FILMMAKERS, SPECIAL GUESTS & PANELISTS in London to attend the Human Rights Watch Film Festival starting this Wednesday 21 March Throughout the 16th edition of the Human Rights Watch Film Festival which opens this week on Wednesday 21 March filmmakers, film subjects, special guests and panellists will attend post screening discussions and are available for interview....

Johnnie To returns to Udine with Romancing in Thin Air

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  The Hong Kong grand master comes back to FEFF as director (Romancing in Thin Air) and as ambassador of Fresh Wave Festival, the voice of young Hong Kongers Hong Kong never dies! With the title rewording of one of his most celebrated movies, A Hero Never Dies, here comes the battle cry that best represents the film-making philosophy - and not just that - of this grand master: Mister Johnnie To. A battle cry that the film-maker, an old friend of Far East Film, will shout o...

Marco Müller appointed to artistic director for the International Rome Film Festival

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Marco Müller is the new artistic director under decision of the board of directors.   Marco Müller has been appointed as artistic director of the International Rome Film Festival this morning by the board of directors of the Cinema per Roma Foundation, chaired by President Paolo Ferrari and board members: Michele Lo Foco (The City of Rome), Salvat...

Thessaloniki Documentary Festival Awards

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The 14th Thessaloniki Documentary Festival – Images of the 21st Century(March 9 - 18, 2012)AWARDSAUDIENCE AWARDS The Audience Award for a film over 45’ in the International Selection goes to: ITALY, LOVE IT OR LEAVE IT by Gustav Hofer and Luca Ragazzi, Italy/Germany, 2011The Audience Award for a film under 45’ in the International Selection goes to:ORA by Philippe Baylaucq, Canada, 2011 The Audience Award for a Greek film over 45’ goes to: ENCARDIA, THE DANCING STONE by Angelos Kovotsos,...

14th TDF AWARDS!!!

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   The Audience Award for a film over 45’ in the International Selection goes to: ITALY, LOVE IT OR LEAVE IT by Gustav Hofer and Luca Ragazzi, Italy/Germany, 2011    14th TDF AWARDS!!!  The 14th Thessaloniki Documentary Festival (TDF) took place from March 9 - 18, 2012. The award ceremony took place on March 17th.   AUDIENCE AWARDS The Audience Award for a film over 45’ in the International Selection goes to: ITALY, LOVE IT...

14th TDF AWARDS!!!

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   The Audience Award for a film over 45’ in the International Selection goes to: ITALY, LOVE IT OR LEAVE IT by Gustav Hofer and Luca Ragazzi, Italy/Germany, 2011    The 14th Thessaloniki Documentary Festival (TDF) took place from March 9 - 18, 2012. The award ceremony took place on March 17th. 14th TDF AWARDS!!!   AUDIENCE AWARDS The Audience Award for a film over 45’ in the International Selection goes to: ITALY, LOVE...

'just Talking' at 14th TDF, March 12th, 2012

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            photo still from '1/2 REVOLUTION' (2011)   -14th TDF PRESS-   The Just Talking session of the 14th Thessaloniki Documentary Festival of Monday, March 12 was coordinated by renowned producer and journalist Peter Wintonick; participating were the directors Stelios Kouloglou (Oligarchy), Daan Veldhuizen (Stories from Lakka Beach), Maria Paz Gonzalez ...

Diligence in news reportage vital for preserving media freedom: Justice J S Verma at FICCI FRAMES 2012

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  Justice J. S. Verma, former Chief Justice of India has advised the media to exercise due diligence in news reportage by questioning whether a news item is true, fair, necessary and in public interest. The answer to these questions were necessary in order to inform and enlighten the people accurately and obviate any possibility of regulation by the government as that would tantamount to curbing the freedom of the media. Addressing the session on “Freedom of Media: Significance of Self-re...

Arts Corps: you will like those cops

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  The Creative Coalition announces the formation of the Arts Corps, a volunteer program that marshals leadership from the arts and entertainment arenas to help save arts funding in the public school systems. This all-volunteer brigade will work with school boards, policy makers, parents, and other community leaders to encourage support for the arts in state educational budgets. The "inaugural" class of the Arts Corps includes actor and President of The Creative Coaliti...

President Sicilian Film Festival, Emanuele Viscuso Speaks at Introduction to MIFF’s Italian Selection, “Annalisa"

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Miami Beach, FL…March 12, 2012… Last week Sicilian Film Festival President, Emanuele Viscuso spoke at the introduction of the Italian film, “Annalisa/Il Paese Delle Spose Infelici” that made its North American Premiere at the 29th Annual Miami International Film Festival.  Viscuso, a Sicilian native and Miami Beach resident, alongside Director Pippo Mezzapesa gave the audience a window into the beauty of rural Southern Italy through a “coming of age” tale - ...

MOONRISE KINGDOM by Wes Anderson to open Cannes may 16th

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  MOONRISE KINGDOM by Wes Anderson is the opening film of the 65th Festival de Cannes and in all the cinemas in France   MOONRISE KINGDOM, the new film by American Wes Anderson, will open the 65th Festival de Cannes on Wednesday, 16 May in the Grand théâtre Lumière of the Palais des Festivals, with the Jury presided over by Italian filmmaker Nanni Moretti in attendance.   Produced by Wes Anderson, Scott Rudin, Steven Rales and Jeremy Dawson for Focus Features a...

What Do Your Colleagues Have to Say About the IFFS?

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  “Dear IFFS,  I’m writing to thank you you and all your team for putting together such a great conference. As a full-time event producer who is interested in film festival planning and organization I felt that IFFS offered really solid insights and food for thought....and terrific connections.”  ~ Christina Fotinelli, Events Producer, NYC  “What a well run conference you had.  Completely organized and perfect socializing!  I loved the music venue ...

Dr. Ray and the Devils

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Before I write more about Serbian film premier on the International Film Festival FEST 2012 I would like to present you Dinko Tucaković, Serbian film director, film historian, critic, essayist and the principal of Belgrade’s Kinoteka (Yugoslav Film Archive). This time he made rather interesting film with great care and distinctive humor depicting the old communist state of mind in Yugoslavia in 60s. The film’s called,  Dr. Ray and the Devils (Doktor Rej i đavoli)  film that closed the ...

Inaugural Sundance London unveils program of 14 films that premiered in Park City

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  Sundance Institute and The O2 announced today the programme of 14 narrative and documentary feature films that will make their UK premieres at the inaugural Sundance London festival, taking place at The O2 from 26-29 April. These films premiered in January at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah – the premier independent film festival in the United States.  “I welcome the opportunity to see how people in the UK experience these films,” said Robert ...

Garden State Film Festival Countdown to GSFF 2012

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Human Rights Watch Film Festival preview

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The 16th edition of the Human Rights Watch Film Festival will be presented in London from 21-30 March, 2012. The international feature programme includes 15 documentaries and 4 dramas, from Afghanistan, Bolivia, Bulgaria, Cambodia, the Canary Islands, Ethiopia, Iraq, Italy, Lebanon, the Maldives, Pakistan, Palestine, Paraguay, Russia, Switzerland, Ukraine and the USA. Many of the films will be followed by Q&A sessions with filmmakers, and some by panel discussions with experts and film subjects....

Anaheim Film Festival & Media Arts Expo Set to Unspool in the Fall

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Art and Commerce converge in Anaheim’s premier all in one entertainment content festival and marketplace, November 14-18, 2012 Entertainment content creators, buyers and Industry leaders expected to converge in Anaheim’s newest global marketplace for Film, Television, Music, Digital and Media Arts related industries.Jo Moulton, Executive Director of the Anaheim Film Arts Society today announced the Inaugural Anaheim Film Festival & Media Arts Expo (“AFFMAX”) is set to open November 14-1...

BUFF BLOG (January 2012)

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The first month of Olympic year in London has not failed to disappoint in terms of celebrating the best of British. At the time of publication of this blog came news that the network television premiere of ‘Sus’ – co-produced by and starring Clint Dyer attracted 600,000 viewers on BBC 1, dominating all TV viewing at the time of broadcast (which at 11.15pm is quite impressive). Previous BUFF blogs and the festival in general have championed the likes of films like ‘Sus’ and will conti...

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