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Park Chan-ok wins APSA NETPAC award

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On the eve of its annual Awards ceremony to be held on the Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia, the Asia Pacific Screen Awards today announced the Winner of the annual APSA NETPAC Prize.Design to nurture outstanding talent in the region, a prize of US$5,000 is offered by APSA in collaboration with the Network for the Promotion of Asian Cinema (NETPAC) to a filmmaker from within the pool of Nominees.The Prize has been awarded to Park Chan-ok, a director and screenwriterfrom the Republic of Korea, f...

Russian Ark

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by Yann-Yves A few weeks ago, Russian director Alexander Sokurov came to the Forum des Images to present a short documentary and his feature film Russian Ark, in honor of the program dedicated to Moscow and St. Petersburg. One of the many elements that the filmmaker spoke about in his master class was the idea that there were no more great masters. According to him, many people work in film and in media today, but most of them don’t have a background or understanding o...

Schafhaus (casa de ovejas)

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Director: Alberto Masliah.
ERNESTO (36) arrives at Trelew, Argentina, from Germany, where he had been living since he was three years old. His grandparents had taken him to Germany after his parents disappeared during the military dictatorship. Now, Ernesto has returned for the first time to his native country to take charge of the negotiations his grandfather had been conducting with an Argentine wool company, until his recent death. When Ernesto arrives at the airport, memories of his last moments with his parents come flooding back. These disorganized and incomprehensible flashbacks affect him to the point of causing him to faint. Once in the hotel room, he goes to the scheduled meeting. There he meets MR. OSCAR QUIROGA, one of his grandfather’s oldest friends. He gives him a picture in which Quiroga himself appears with Ernesto’s grandparents and father, then a little boy. This is the first photograph he has ever seen of his father, because his grandparents, afraid of hurting him, had concealed his parents’ past in Argentina from him. In the picture he can also see a country house that he had never heard of before and which belonged to his grandparents called “Schafhaus.” The following day, Ernesto is supposed to come back to Germany, but he can’t take his flight due to a pilots’ strike. With the excuse of selecting the wool bales he has bought, Ernesto rents a car and drives south to the Patagonia, but his real goal is to find the place shown in the picture. In the car he finds a children’s book telling the story of a little sheep called Anita who travels back home. Unknowingly, Anita’s story will lead him to his goal. On the way, Ernesto has an accident and seeks help at a nearby gas station. There he meets FLOR, the owner, and ÉRICA who lives in a motor-home near the gas station. Erica is a divorced anthropologist and mother of MARTÍN, a teenager. Because of his accident, Ernesto is forced to live with them, and little by little he begins to open up, and tells them his story. As Ernesto and Martín feel so closely identified with each other, they soon become friends. With Érica, instead, tension begins to build up, due to the mutual attraction they gradually start to feel. This brings Ernesto into trouble with GERARDO, the town’s mechanic and Érica’s boyfriend. During his stay in the town, Ernesto puts his wool selection meetings to good use –he does everything he can to try to find “Schafhaus.” Later on, he runs into a mysterious MAPUCHE OLD LADY who deeply moves him when she calls him by his father’s name. Ernesto sees in her the chance to find what he is looking for, but everybody persuades him to forget all about it, as they say the woman is mentally deranged. Having finished his negotiations, and without any hope of finding the place, Ernesto starts planning to go back to Germany. But one day, to his surprise, he notices the children’s story found in the car mentions the place he has been looking for and therefore could be the key to “Schafhaus.” So Ernesto decides to pay a visit to the story writer, GEORGINA, without suspecting she was a good friend of his mother’s. This knowledge shakes Ernesto’s whole existence. It’s only then when he is able to reconstruct his memories of the last moments he shared with his parents. Georgina, who has been in touch with Ernesto’s grandfather for the last thirty years, gives him the keys to “Schafhaus.” In the end, Ernesto goes to the place he has been looking for. It is there, in his grandparents’ country house, the place where his father grew up, where Ernesto finally reconstructs his own story.

Symposium on creative producing

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ASIA PACIFIC SCREEN AWARDS AND CILECT ASIA PACIFIC ASSOCIATION PRESENT 2010 SYMPOSIUM ON CREATIVE PRODUCING The Asia Pacific Screen Awards (APSA) will partner with Asia-Pacific’s regional arm of CILECT, the association of the world's major film and television schools, to present a symposium on creative producing curricula ahead of the fourth annual APSA Ceremony on December 2.Leading professionals and educators across Asia-Pacific will meet in Brisbane and on the Gold Coast for the CILECT Asia...

Derby QUAD Autumn programme highlights announced

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Autumn 2010 QUAD at night © Graham Lucas CommonsAn inaugural film festival explores identity through film, while QUAD’S senior citizens explore what they think of contemporary art as they curate an exhibition drawn from the Arts Council Collection… Leading regional arts centre Derby QUAD today announces its Autumn programme. Celebrating its second birthday this September, QUAD has quickly established a reputation for attracting the most significant and important names in the world of art ...

Finalists of the SFFS/Hearst Screenwriting Grant

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Nine Finalists for $15,000 Award to be Given to Support the Work of a Mid-Career American ScreenwriterThe San Francisco Film Society announced today the finalists and honorable mention for the second SFFS/Hearst Screenwriting Grant. The grant of $15,000 will be awarded to a mid-career screenwriter who has been a practicing writer for at least five years and who has previously written a minimum of one feature screenplay. The grant is open to writers residing in the United States whose project exp...

Documentary Films Competitions!

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PLUS CAMERIMAGE PRESENTS DOCUMENTARY FILMS COMPETITION Documentary Films Competition "Image of the World - World in Images" is organized in collaboration with     For this year’s Documentary Films Competition, held within the Documentary Films Section of 'Image of the World - World in Images' under the patronage of Discovery Networks Central Europe, the entries were accepted for two separate categories: feature-lenght and ...

Asian Awards Winners

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Presented by Lord Sebastian Coe, The Asian Awards 2010 saw a powerhouse of leaders in business, sport, politics attend to celebrate achievement and excellence among South Asians, including Deputy PM Nick Clegg, Jermaine Jackson, Nasser Hussain OBE, Gurinder Chadha, Christian Louboutin and Sonu Niigaam. Caroline Jackson Levy, Managing Director of the Asian Awards said: "We are delighted at the incredible success of the inaugural Asian Awards.Through the Asian Awards we begin to build a legacy ...

Experimental Forum at Thessaloniki 51

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51st THESSALONIKI INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVALDecember 3 - 12, 2010 For the 51st edition of the Thessaloniki International Film Festival (TIFF), the Experimental Forum, placing emphasis on experimental and avant-garde film, presents a variety of film programs and parallel events. The sections of this year’s Forum, programmed by Vassilis Bourikas and totaling approximately 70 films (mostly shorts and medium-length) are: AMANTES SUNT AMENTESThe Amantes Sunt Amentes (Lovers are Lunatics) program ...

River to River. Florence Indian Film Festival celebrates its 10th

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River to River. Florence Indian Film FestivalFlorence, Italy, 3-9 December 2010Odeon cinema - Piazza Strozzi 1 Spazio Uno cinema - Via del Sole 10River to River. Florence Indian Film Festival celebrates its 10th edition with a tribute and a photographic exhibition on multi-award winner and celebrated director Satyajit Ray, in addition to the films in competition and special screenings.The 10th River to River. Florence Indian Film Festival, founded and directed by Selvaggia Velo, will take place ...

The Magic Ball

Director: Serena KInchla.
"Outstanding cinematography and compelling music" Kids First! Children offer us a magical and creative insight into their world. This multi-award winning film celebrates children from many different places around the world. Filmed on location in Bali, Czech Republic, Mexico, USA, India, France, the Caribbean and Australia. Our hosts, Ashlee and Ayden are guided by the magician, Shamani Azu, in their travels around the world where they witness the dancing, music and adventure these children offer. Be inspired by every child on The Magic Ball, our planet Earth! Music by Blues Traveler, Donavon Frankenreiter, Shpongle, Ganga Giri and many more.... "Spectacular" Ron age 72, Professor Of Psychology, Princeton University "I want to see it again Mama!" Rowan age 5

Future Of Film Summit 2010 Theme: Dealmaking in the Age of Digital Cinema

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Stacey Snider, Co-Chairman and CEO of DreamWorks Studios, will keynote at the 2010 Future of Film Summit. Snider oversees the creative and financial aspects of all film development and production as well as the company's business strategy. Snider joined DreamWorks in March 2006 and since then has overseen such films as "Dreamgirls," "Sweeney Todd," "Tropic Thunder," and "Revolutionary Road." Prior to joining DreamWorks, Snider served as Chairman of Universal Pictures where she oversaw all domest...

Hollywood Film Festival Exacts Malcolm McDowell's POUND OF FLESH

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by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent   What would the Hollywood Film Festival be without full frontal nudity? Overdressed.  This weekend, Oct. 22 - 25, the 14th Annual Hollywood Film Festival & Hollywood Awards presented by STARZ managed both female and male full frontal in one fell swoop with the US debut of Tamar Simon Hoffs' POUND OF FLESH, starring Malcolm McDowell and Angus MacFayden (BRAVEHEART) with a cameo by Dee Wallace.   ...

Robert Epstein will be our guest and a doc jury chairman

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One of the special guest at the 18th Edition of Plus Camerimage 2010 will be an internationally acclaimed non-fiction filmmaker, director, producer, writer and editor Robert P. Epstein. He will also serve as the Jury Chairman of the Short Documentary Films Competition “World of Images - Images of The World", held under the patronage of Discovery Networks Central Europe. Robert Epstein The organizers of Plus Camerimage will present a retrospective review o...

Filmfestival Mannheim-Heidelberg will showcase 30 newcomers

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The International Filmfestival Mannheim-Heidelberg, which will celebrate its 60th anniversary next year, is internationally well regarded and sustains its position as being one of the top 100 film festivals worldwide and as being the festival which exclusively presents films by newcomers.From out of thousands of newcomer films the festival selects only roundabout 30 and is thus driven by a very conscious programming process.„We practically fall in love with each single film. The authors and pr...

Just Film: Tallinn's Children’s and Youth FilmFest to screen harry Potter

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Just Film, the Children’s and Youth Film Festival to be held in Tallinn between 19th- 28th will bring an extra special present to young audiences as it celebrates its 10th birthday. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Part 1), the premiere of the first half of the eagerly awaited conclusion to the Harry Potter franchise, will provide an exciting way to kick off 9 days of films, guests and events dedicated to the next generation of cinema audiences and filmmakers. The films sees Harry, Ron a...

Luminescence

Director: Catalina Santamaria.
Luminescence is a poetically inspired experimental film about light – as mirror, as metaphor, as self-reflection, as shadow, as heat, as the ethereal wave particles of optics and physics – and ultimately, as pure energy - shimmering, glowing and flickering.

Tinsel & Tine screening choices for 19th Philadelphia Film Festival (Oct 14-24, 2010)

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216 screenings, 11 screens, 6 venues, 10 days!  So many great films to see, so many synopsis to read, not to mention industry panels and parties; this is the great thing about film festivals, the bad part – there’s no way to see and do it all. Here’s my tentative list of films I plan to see during the 19th Philadelphia Film Festival (Oct 14-24).  I also hope to blog quick, on the spot film reviews by attendees after screenings, so look for me during the festival. Thurs 14t...

Christopher Lloyd is Back in 'Time, the Fourth Dimension'

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3D Entertainment Films is pleased to announce that three-time Emmy Award®-winner Christopher Lloyd will star in the Company's new IMAX theatre film, "Time, the Fourth Dimension" (working title). 3D Entertainment Films' Jean-Jacques Mantello ("Ocean World 3D", Jean-Michel Cousteau's 3D film trilogy) and Richard Gabai ("Insight", "Call of the Wild 3D", "Popstar") will co-direct. The film's theatrical release at IMAX 3D and IMAX 2D theatres is currently scheduled for spring 2012 and will be overse...

REMAINDERED Makes News

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The Owensboro Messenger-Inquirer reported on REMAINDERED today. They said, in part: "Remaindered" is about a once famous and successful author who is on a downward spiral in his career. He is in the midst of a self-funded book tour, which is humbling for the author. The author then meets a fan, and the encounter turns murderous in the comedy/mystery film. "Remaindered" takes its name from the term for a book being relegated to a store's bargain bin. The film ...

Deerfield Ranch will open Napa Sonoma Wine Country Film Festival

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  Deerfield Ranch will be the Festival's opening night film. - Sept. 15 Outdoors "Films al FrescoTM" Ben Affleck's crime thriller THE TOWN Doug MacRay (Ben Affleck) is an unrepentant criminal, the de facto leader of a group of ruthless bank robbers who pride themselves in stealing what they want and getting out clean, until he falls for Claire. Based on the book "Prince of Thieves". Outdoors film starts at 8pm. IN THE CAVE 6:30pm Preced...

Highlights from Vancouver International Film Festival

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  Dragons & TIGERS: THE CINEMA OF EAST ASIA Vancouver International Film Festival  September 30 - October 15, 2010   VIFF's Dragons & Tigers program continues to be a leader in introducing the most exciting new cinematic talents from East Asia to the world. The distinguished jury for the 2010 Dragons & Tigers Award for Young Cinema includes three of the bes...

2010 New York International Latino Film Festival Awards

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By Maria Esteves - August 27, 2010 The 11th New York International Latino Film Festival (NYILFF) Awards honored the best in filmmaking and emerging directors of Latino descent in 2010 at the SVA theatre, Sunday, August 1, 7:00 PM. The award announcers were HBO associate manager/marketing development Marvin Scott, NYILFF founder/co-executive director Calixto Chinchilla, and co-executive director Elizabeth Gardner. Since 1999, NYILFF was founded by Calixto Chinchilla to assist emerging L...

2010 New York International Latino Film Festival Awards

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By Maria Esteves - August 27, 2010 The 11th New York International Latino Film Festival (NYILFF) Awards honored the best in filmmaking and emerging directors of Latino descent in 2010 at the SVA theatre, Sunday, August 1, 7:00 PM. The award announcers were HBO associate manager/marketing development Marvin Scott, NYILFF founder/co-executive director Calixto Chinchilla, and co-executive director Elizabeth Gardner. Since 1999, NYILFF was founded by Calixto Chinchilla to assist emerging Latino film...

Zurich Film Fest will honor Milos Forman

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Zurich Film Festival (ZFF) will present multiple Oscar® winner Milos Forman (“One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest,” “Amadeus”) with the Festival’s prestigious Golden Eye Award for his life work as a director. The announcement was made today by ZFF Directors Karl Spoerri and Nadja Schildknecht. Milos Forman is regarded as one of the most boundary pushing filmmakers of our time and will receive the “Golden Eye” for his life’s work as a director on Saturday, October 2nd within the fram...

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