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Film In Focus: DEFAMATION

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  by Sandy Mandelberger, Festival Dailies Editor With the Washington DC area still reeling from last week's shooting at the Holocaust Memorial Museum in the heart of the nation's capital, a hot-button documentary explores the nature of anti-semitism in both the United States and overseas. Israeli director Yoav Shamir, whose incendiary films on the Israeli/Palestine conflict won major awards at Sundance, Berlin and other festivals, brings a somewhat light-heartened tone to DEFAMATION...

Encounters South African International Documentary Fest

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The Encounters team are pleased to announce that the Festival will go ahead as planned, despite the shortfall in funding, from 2 – 19 July at the Nu Metro cinemas, V&A Waterfront. The programme of 40 films includes 15 World Premières, 14 multiple international-award winning films, Q&A sessions with 21 guests and 3 Panel Discussions. In addition there will be two Master Classes. Encounters made a public plea for support when it was announced that the SABC would withdraw its support – and man...

#What It’s Like to Chill with the Most Ruthless Men in the World Ratko Mladic and Radovan Karadzic: Confessions of a Female War

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## #What It’s Like to Chill with the Most Ruthless Men in the World Ratko Mladic and Radovan Karadzic: Confessions of a Female War Crimes Investigator Retrospectively, it was all so simple, natural and matter of fact being on a boat restaurant in Belgrade, sitting with, laughing, drinking a two hundred bottle of wine and chatting about war and peace while Ratko Mladic held my hand.  Mladic,  a man considered the world’s most ruthless war criminal since Adolf Hitler, still at larg...

Ohio Independent Film Festival highlights

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Save the dates for the 2009 Ohio Independent Film Festival (OIFF),June 3 - 7 at Cleveland Public Theatre's Gordon Square Theatre, 6405 Detroit Ave in Cleveland. The 2009 OIFF will mark the organization's 22nd festival in 15 years. Like many festivals, the Ohio Independent Film Festival presents an internationally recognizedline-up of first-class independent films from around the world. The complete schedule is posted at www.ohiofilms.com and tickets can be purchased at www.ticketweb.com.We are o...

Closing report from fmx/ 09

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fmx/09 ran from May 05 through May 08, 2009 In the early hours of Saturday morning, fmx/09 drew to a close as the most persevering guests finally left the closing party. Once again, the 14th International Conference for Animation, Effects, Games and Digital Media gathered an international community of CGI enthusiasts in Stuttgart. Animation has long become a key technology shared across a wide range of media, going beyond animated films to live-action films and television shows as wel...

A Closing Report from fmx/09

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fmx/09 ran from May 05 through May 08, 2009In the early hours of Saturday morning, fmx/09 drew to a close as the most persevering guests finally left the closing party. Once again, the 14th International Conference for Animation, Effects, Games and Digital Media gathered an international community of CGI enthusiasts in Stuttgart. Animation has long become a key technology shared across a wide range of media, going beyond animated films to live-action films and television shows as well as compute...

BEYOND BELIEF 2

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Director: Abhijit Das Gupta.
Something remarkable happened for the first time in Asia. 16 physically challenged persons wrote a new chapter in the history of the Asian soil. They participated in the “Beyond Belief expedition challenge”. In two nights and three days, they traversed through mountain paths, fording water bodies and navigating through forests infested with snakes and scorpions to prove to the world that those labeled “disable” are able and capable. The expedition was to showcase their endurance power, skill and ability of the “differently able” persons. They went to the deep forests around the Garumara range in North Bengal, lived in camps and passed through areas that normal people would dread to dare. The 4 teams : Alpha: Asit Kr Pal – Instructor Sukanta Mondal – impairment of Upper limb Jaydev Mondal – impairment of Lower limb Nitai Khan – Visually challenged Dipankar Goldar – Speech & hearing impaired Bravo: Chandana Biswas – Instructor Probir Sarkar – impairment of lower limb Binod Kr Singh – impairment of upper limbs Tarun Bag – visually challenged Pinto Goldar – Speech & hearing impaired Charlie: Kamalika De – Instructor Rimo Saha – impairment of upper limb Sanjay Das – impairment of lower limb Kalidas Das – visually challenged Santanu Sen – Speech & Hearing impaired Delta: Tapas Kangshabanik – Instructor Bholanath Dolui – impairment of upper limb Ujjal Ghosh – impairment of lower limb Shyamal Kr Roy – visually challenged Subhankar Goldar – Speech & hearing impaired The area is the habitat of king cobras, leopards, elephants… Pushing a wheel chair across shallow jungle rivulets tested human stamina to its limits. This was an epic saga of man against elements… flesh against stone…a quiet communion with nature. All about the insatiable urge of human beings to tread un-trodden grounds. 16 individuals ventured not to conquer mountains …. Forests …. and rivers… but to conquer themselves Their odysseys – Beyond Belief.

Panel Discussion on Taiwanese Cinema: A new trend of sustainable success or bubble waiting to burst

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Join us on April 15th at 5.15pm for the opening panel discussion on recent trends in Taiwanese cinema with the topic... Taiwanese Cinema: A new trend of sustainable success or bubble waiting to burst? Key Issues Addressed:   1) Rise of East Asian film success (notable impact of Mainland China) 2) implication for more regional co-production 3) Cape No 7 and what it's commercial success represents 4) a recent rich trend of films that will dry up in 2009/10? Cost: FREE ENT...

Paris Convention Agenda revised

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2009 IFFS Europe Opening Keynote Presentation Marco Müller Director Venice International Film Festival Tuesday, April 7, 2009 8:30 am Registration Opens 9:15 am Opening Remarks by Conference Chair Christian Gaines Director of Festivals Withoutabox, a division of IMDb 9:30 am - 10:30 am Dynamic Programming   Year round programming, migrating content to the web and extending audience reach are all critical programming issues. Once your festival has t...

Join us for a wine tasting during Fest Summit in Paris

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You are invited to a wine tasting of Best of French wines areas. Join us at our offices April 7 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm Cocktail Reception Hosted By filmfestivals.com and fest21.comYou won't want to miss this year's opening cocktail reception. More networking and additional meeting time with your peers and colleagues will make this reception time well spent. Wine tasting in our offices offering a choice of red and white wines from the main french wine regions : Alsace, Bordeaux, Burgundy, south West ...

FEST09-A Higher State of Mind

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Our need to express and create is powerful. It provokes experimentation and inspires artistic cultural expressions such as visual art and film. On a daily basis we are bombarded with messages and advertising, and we are able to think critically and analyze them. So, it is with film in every country in the region of ex Yugoslavia on Balkan today that has its own characteristics, recognizable by its style and aesthetics. And each one appeals on a certain type of audience. FEST 2009 – The Inter...

The Jury and programme of B-EST 2009

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B-EST IFF, 5th edition : The Jury of the Feature Film section is composed of:  President of the jury - Nik Powell (vice-president of the European Film Academy) Andrei Plakhov (program coordinator Moscow International Film Festival) Pjer Zalica (director, winner of the Silver Leopard, Locarno International Film Festival) Mircea Bunescu (professor Media University) Alin Ludu Dumbrava (film critic) The Jury of the Documentary section is composed of: President of the jury - Lauren...

Dragon of the Dragons for Jerzy Kucia in Krakow !

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Professor JERZY KUCIA, one of Poland’s most eminent and esteemed animated film makers active on the international scene, has been awarded this year’s Dragon of Dragons by the decision of the Programme Council of the Krakow Film Foundation in recognition of his lifetime achievement.Jerzy Kucia (b. 1942) is an animated film script writer and director, producer, university teacher, graphic artist as well as a painter. He studied painting, graphic arts and animation at the Academy of Fine Arts i...

Armand Assante, will receive the Gasparilla Career Achievement Award

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Emmy Award winner and four-time Golden Globe nominee, Armand Assante, will receive the Gasparilla Career Achievement Award for Excellence in Film on March 1st. The award will be presented at a reception held in his honor at the Dolce Vita Lounge at 5:00 p.m., immediately following the screening of one of his films, California Dreamin' at Channelside Cinemas. The long-time actor will also grace the screen in another film festival feature, The Steam Experiment, starring Val Kilmer, which is a fi...

Texas Black Film Festival Winners

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On Saturday February 7, 2009 at the Studio Movie Grill - Dallas, the Texas Black Film Festival presented awards to an impressive collection of films and filmmakers. Concluding three full days of screenings, workshops and community panels, the TBFF Awards Program reflected the spirit of social change sought to be achieved in these historic times. The big winner of the evening was the short historical narrative filmed in Ghana, "The Warrior Queen," directed by Hezekiah Lewis of Apple Valley, Calif...

IFFS Europe schedule of panels and events

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2009 IFFS Europe Opening Keynote Presentations Marco Müller Director Venice International Film Festival Wieland Speck Director of Panorama Berlin International Film Festival Tuesday, April 7, 2009 8:30 am Registration Opens 9:15 am Opening Remarks by Conference Chair 9:30 am - 10:30 am Dynamic Programming   Year round programming, migrating content to the web and extending audience reach are all critical programming issues. Once your festival ha...

Award ceremony at Göteborg

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Award ceremony at Göteborg International Film Festival’s closing partyThe 32nd Göteborg International Film Festival closes tonight with an award ceremony at Börsen and a big party at Magasinsgatan. The following prizes are awarded:The Nordic Film Award, The Church of Sweden Film Award, The FIPRESCI Award, The Ingmar Bergman International Debut Award, the Producer Award Lorens, and the Viewer's Choice Award.The Nordic Film Award
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