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International Children's Film Festival India

International Children's Film Festival India (ICFFI) also popularly known as The Golden Elephant is a biennial festival that strives to bring the most delightful and imaginative national and international children's cinema to young audiences in India. Outstanding features, shorts, live action and animation films are screened over seven days of festive celebrations, attended by more than one hundred thousand children and hundreds of film professionals from across the world.

ICFFI is organized by Children's Film Society India (CFSI) - a national government body committed to nurturing a dynamic children's film culture in the country. Since its inception in 1955, CFSI has been producing, exhibiting and distributing exclusive, entertaining and enriching content for children.

Every two years, the festival begins on 14th November, the birth date of Jawaharlal Nehru - India's first Prime Minister - also fondly referred to as Chacha Nehru (Uncle Nehru), because of his love for children. Nehru established CFSI soon after India's independence with the hope that indigenous and exclusive cinema for children would stimulate their creativity, compassion and critical thinking. It is this vision of Jawaharlal Nehru that guides ICFFI.

In a world that is cluttered with consumerist & often violent content for children, ICFFI is committed to promoting cinema that is humane and non-violent, and yet delightful and fun! Special care is taken to program films that cultivate an understanding of other cultures, lives and experiences and encourage children to reflect on the world around. Workshops and open forums at the festival aim towards stimulating critical appreciation and creative pursuit of cinematic arts amongst young people. The festival also supports the work of children's filmmakers by rewarding them for their dedication and talent.

ICFFI is one of the largest and most colourful children's film festivals in the world. A unique feature of the festival is its audience: more than a hundred thousand children travel from little villages and towns from across India to view high quality international children's cinema that they would never be exposed to otherwise. Here they rub shoulders with other kids, eminent guests and directors from different parts of the world. ICFFI is dedicated to these little delegates and to those imaginative film-makers who attempt to make films for the toughest audience of all - children!

International Random Film Festival

The International Random Film Festival is the first film festival in the world which celebrates randomness in cinema. 25 films are selected each year to compete in the Official Selection. The festival is organized annually in a randomly selected location, on a random opening date. Awards are given out randomly.

The 3rd edition of IRFF will take place in the village of Anija, Estonia (population: 128). The festival will be opening on the 10th of March 2012. The location and date of the next edition of IRFF were selected at the end of the closing ceremony of our 2011 festival by using the "Random Article" Button on Wikipedia, and the "Random Number Generator" at random.org.

Werner Herzog in 3D: Cave of Forgotten Dreams at SFIFF54

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I have been delaying it long enough, it's time to write about experiencing Werner Herzog's Cave of Forgotten Dreams Monday night. Not that I have much to say besides SEE IT AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. Let the film envelop you and enjoy the ride. I won't be a fool and spoil for you or try describe the near out of body experience in too many words. Here are just a few thoughts: As she introduced the film festival programmer Rachel Rosen said, "This film reminds us how extraordinarily wonderful...

Werner Herzog in 3D: Cave of Forgotten Dreams at SFIFF54

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I have been delaying it long enough, it's time to write about experiencing Werner Herzog's Cave of Forgotten Dreams Monday night. Not that I have much to say besides SEE IT AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. Let the film envelop you and enjoy the ride.I won't be a fool and spoil for you or try describe the near out of body experience in too many words. Here are just a few thoughts:As she introduced the film festival programmer Rachel Rosen said, "This film reminds us how extraordinarily wonderful and mysterio...

Today Is Earth Day

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  Today is Earth Day…..in fact it is the 40th anniversary of the date inaugurated in 1970 to foster awareness about ecology and the environment. In its inaugural year, the concern about “saving the planet” was secondary to the protestors energizing college campuses in a push to end the war in Vietnam. In those days, Americans were slurping leaded gas through massive V8 sedans. Industry belched out smoke and sludge with little fear of legal consequences or bad press. Air pollution wa...

Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles (IFFLA) winners

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Celebrate, Captivate, and Connect was the theme for the 2011 Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles (IFFLA)! After 6 days and over 7,000 attendees the Festival drew to a close Sunday night (April 17) with a gala celebration that included the world premiere of Walt Disney Pictures' ZOKKOMON which opens in U.S. theaters on April 22nd and the presentation of the festival's Grand Jury and Audience Award, followed by a reception.The festival, which screened 32 features, documentaries and short films at ...

HumanDOC International Documentary Film Festival GLOBAL DEVELOPMENT IN CINEMA

2nd HumanDOC International Documentary Film Festival: GLOBAL DEVELOPMENT IN CINEMA

 

 We are pleased to invite all filmmakers and TV producers who would like to take part in the HumanDOC International Documentary Film Festival:Global Development in Cinema. The festival will be held in Warsaw, Poland from November 12th -17th 2011 at Kinoteka in Palace of Culture & Science in Warsaw.

Through the screenings of selected productions we would like to bring our festival audience closer to current problems of people living in developing nations, and to provide them with deeper insights into the politics
of global development and various issues related to international aid for economically depressed countries.


We are looking for original, wise and objective productions (documentaries, reportages and social advertising) that will increase the awareness of the viewers on problems of injustice and depravation in developing nations. What we seek are productions that will raise important questions about the state of our contemporary world, and urge people to reflect on the meaning of help for those in need.

We are looking for:
* Documentary films,
* TV Reportages,
* Social advertising/campaigns related to developmental issues.

We are especially interested in themes such as:
1. Interdependence of the Global North and Global South.
2. The ones set out in the UN Millennium Development Goals.
3. Everyday problems of people living in developing countries.
4. Examples of help brought by donors, international organizations, governmental agencies and NGOs - both positive and those who have not been successful.
5. Social advertising/campaigns about UN Millennium Development Goals or development issues.

The Festival will present the best documentaries and commercials on subjects related to developing nations from around the world. We would like to show productions that increase the awareness about the countries' dependency on international aid. We hope that people who will participate in our festival will learn about how global issues affect the everyday lives of people and societies around the world, and how each and every one of us can get involved and make a positive change for people in poorer nations.

www.festival.humandoc.net

Starting date: May 31, 2011
Closing date: July 31, 2011
Preview copy: only DVD (in English or with English subtitles)
 
DVD with films and completed submission form please deliver to our office:
 
HumanDoc Foundation
Al. KEN 46 / mailbox 107
02-797 Warsaw
Poland
festival@humandoc.net

AWARDS:

GRAND PRIX FOR THE BEST FOREIGN FILM:
1.    The Jury of the Festival will award the best documentary filmmaker (the director and/ or the producer of the best film).

GRAND PRIX FOR THE BEST POLISH FILM:
2.    The Jury of the Festival will award the best documentary filmmaker (the director and/ or the producer of the best film).

THE AUDIENCE AWARD:
3.    The Prize will be granted to the best film presented in the Festival competition sections as a result of an Audience poll.

SPECIAL AWARD:
4.    The Prize will be granted to the best film presented in the Festival additional screenings as a result of an Audience poll.

SPECIAL HumanDOC AWARD FOR THE BEST TELEVISION PRODUCTION:
5.    Organizers will award the best TV producer/filmmaker (the director and/ or the producer of the best film).

Other Prizes:
5. The Festival Organizers reserve the right to award prizes in other categories.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

L'Alternativa, Festival de Cinema Independent de Barcelona

L'Alternativa, Barcelona Independent Film Festival is dedicated to creating a platform for the promotion and distribution of films, which for their innovative character, are unable to find a way into main exhibition and distribution circuits. As well as the international competition, the festival screens retrospectives, thematic programmes, work from international film schools, offers a free screen and organises workshops, round tables, concerts and parties. L'Alternativa's itinerant programmes have screened in Argentina, Chile, Colombia, France, Germany, Italy, Portugal, Mexico, Spain and the USA.

L'Aquila International Film Festival, Italy

L'Aquila International Film Festival is open to feature and short movies. The Festival is held in L'Aquila, Italy, during the first week of November

Wild Rose Independent Film Festival

The Wild Rose Independent Film Festival will be held November 3-10, 2011 at the Fleur Cinema and Café in Des Moines. This artsy, hip and indie -friendly theatre/coffee house/bar/cafe has proven to be a fun and convenient venue also allowing attending filmmakers and audience close proximity to a wide variety of shops, restaurants, bars and music. Just 5 minutes from both the Des Moines International Airport and Downtown Des Moines, the Fleur has proven to be a very popular location!

Montreal International Black Film Festival

the 7th Montreal International Black Film Festival, slated to run from September 21 to October 2, 2011.

A dynamic, refreshing and audacious festival whose ambition is to encourage the development of the

independent film industry and to promote more films on the reality of Black people from around the world.

KASHISH Mumbai International Queer Film festival

KASHISH Mumbai International Queer FilmFestival 2011, thesecond edition of India’s only mainstream LGBT film fest, promises to be BIGGER, BOLDER & QUEERER. The second edition will be held from May 25-29, 2011 at two venues in Mumbai, one of whichwill be a multiplex theater.

This year, the festival willshowcase more than 130 films from over 25 countries.

The highlights this year:- More feature length films than last year with some verysensitive lesbian themed features.- Films from across the globe: from US to UK, Australiato Austria, India to Indonesiaand even Argentina and Peru.- This year, the ‘Country Focus’ will be on Israel withmore than 8 films from there.- ‘Spotlight on Filmmaker’ will shine on US filmmaker Q. AllanBrocka and UK filmmaker Rikki Blair Beadle with their funny, sexy and thoughtprovoking films.- Special package of films on Anti-Bullying and gay bashingin schools followed by a panel discussion.- A special evening with ‘Parents of Queers’ with a filmscreening and panel discussion.- Special package of sensitive, dramatic and touchingfeatures and shorts on HIV/AIDS is introduced under ‘Red Ribbon’ packagefollowed by a performance.- Continuing KASHISH’s mission of showcasing and promoting shortfilms and short filmmakers, this year too would see some exciting short filmpackages:-   Along with the ever popular ‘BoysShorts’ and ‘Girls Shorts’ short film packages this year will have two newadditions: a fabulous ‘Trans Shorts’ collection and a hilarious collection ofshort films under ‘Bi Shorts’-   A package of films that is acinematic tribute to LGBT people who made a difference way back whenhomosexuality was labeled a disease, a crime and a perversion. This includes afilm about a brilliant gay mathematician who helped crack the Nazi Engima Codeand turned the tide of Word War II for the Allies-   ‘Indian Masala Mix’ : a greatcollection of Indian shorts films- A competition section for Best Narrative Feature too,which would include both Indian and International films made in 2010 / 2011.This is in addition to the other competitive categories awarded last year: BestDocu Feature, Best Docu Short, Best International Narrative Short and BestIndian Narrative Short. - The Best Indian queer short film at Kashish gets to compete for the IrisPrize in UKand a cash prize of 25,000 pounds.   

- Also watch out for an eminent jurycomprising of award winning filmmakers, actors and media professionals.

- A range of fun filled cultural activities and events likemusic and dance performances, open mic and quizzes. KASHISH 2011 promises to be an eventto remember for both LGBT and mainstream audiences. It will be a time to watchloads and loads of LGBT films, engage in discussions, interact with celebritiesand filmmakers, participate in cultural activities and just simply have aFABULOUS time! For further updates and informationon the festival, please check:Website: http://www.mumbaiqueerfest.com/  | Blog: http://kashishmiqff.blogspot.com/ 

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/Kashish.MIQFF | Twitter: http://twitter.com/Kashish2011

 

Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles (IFFLA) jury members announced

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  Respected Hollywood and media personalities will serve on the Features, Documentaries and Shorts juries of the 9th Annual Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles (IFFLA), the organization announced today. The festival runs April 12-17 at ArcLight Hollywood in Los Angeles, California.   IFFLA Executive Director Christina Marouda said, "We are very appreciative to have such distinguished members of the film industry join us.  From academics and acting to filmmaking and jou...

Minsk International Film Festival LISTAPAD

The Belarus’ largest and most prestigious public film festival Listapad annually takes place at the beginning of November. The main purpose of the festival is to offer a wide selection of highly acclaimed feature films, documentaries from all over the world as well as new productions from Belarus. It screens recent titles and retrospectives.

The Minsk International Film Festival program has three sections - feature, documentary and children and youth film festival Listapadzik. During a week cinema goers have a possibility to watch more than 100 movies in 5 venues. Also, special programs in focus, master-classes, seminars and other related events are presented annually. Filmmakers, actors and supporters have the opportunity to network at various events. Q&A sessions with directors and actors follow every screening giving moviegoers first-hand access to the filmmaking process.

Around 12 outstanding films for the last two years from Russia, the Central and Eastern Europe, Baltics and Central-Asian countries comprise in Main competition.

No less than 8 most notable first and second feature films for the last two years from all over the world comprise in Young Directors competition "Youth on the march".

Documentary competition includes the main competition and young directors documentary film competition. No less than 20 full-length and short critically acclaimed films for the last two years are in the main program. Over 15 prominent filmmakers’ current films inspired by the idea of freedom and tolerance comprise in young directors documentary film competition.

No less than 6 competing full-length feature films for Children and Youth for the last two years and non-competitive special programs including features, shorts and animation films from all over the world take part in the Children and Youth Film Festival Listapadzik.

The out-of-competition programs present more than 50 titles of genre and independent movies made by cult filmmakers from all over the world.

The last Festival edition was held on November, 5-12th in Belarus. The last year the Festival appeared in a completely updated format. For the first time the Festival competition program was as follows: 
- The Main competition, which was presented 12 feature films made in the former Soviet Union and the former socialist countries; 
- Young Directors’ competition (“Youth on the March”), which included 9 most notable feature debuts of emerging directors from all over the world; 
- Documentary films competition, which presented to the jury and the public 23 films created in the former Soviet Union and the former socialist countries; 
- Young Directors’ documentary films competition, which included the most notable debuts in documentary from all over the world. 

During the Festivalfour Juries worked:

- the InternationalJury of the Main competition (Grand Jury):

Head of Jury

Sharunas Bartas(Lithuania) - director, scriptwriter, director of photography, member ofEuropean Motion Picture Academy, international film festivals prize-winner

Jury

Janusz Kijowski(Poland) - director, scriptwriter 

Elena Koreneva(Russia) - actress, writer 

Tatiana Loginova(Belarus) - director of photography, laureate of State Prize of USSR,international film festivals prize-winner

Kirill Razlogov(Russia) - director of Russian Institute for Cultural Research, programdirector of Moscow International Film Festival

- the InternationalJury of Young Directors competition ("Youth on the March"):

Head of Jury

Ludmila Saenkova(Belarus) - film critic, candidate of philology science, head of literary andart criticism chair of Journalism Institute of Belarusian State University

Jury

Rodion Ismailov(Azerbaijan) - director 

Natalya Vorozhbit(Ukraine) - scriptwriter 

- the InternationalJury of Documentary films competition: 

Head of Jury

Victor Asliuk(Belarus) - director, scriptwriter, member of European Film Academy, nationaland international film festivals prize-winner 

Jury

Sergey Bukovsky(Ukraine) - director, People's Artist of Ukraine, laureate of National TarasShevchenko Award, international film festivals prize-winner 

Svetlana Bychenko(Russia) - director of documentary and animation films, scriptwriter,international film festivals prize-winner

Veslav Romanovski(Poland) - director, scriptwriter, literary, deputy director of PolishInstitute in Minsk

Anna Yerzinkyan (Armenia)- film critic, professor, pro-rector of Yerevan State Theatre and FilmInstitute

- the InternationalJury of Young Directors documentary films competition:

Head of Jury

Aleksandr Kuprin(Russia) - director, scriptwriter, international film festivals prize-winner

Jury

Sergey Rybakov(Belarus) - director, international film festivals prize-winner, "For SpiritualRenovation" Award owner, laureate of national award "Televershyna"

Toms Trеibergs (Latvia) - film critic, filmsubeditor of the newspaper "Cultural Forum"

Also festival audiencecould participate in the viewer's jury. Everyone had possibility to rate foreach feature. Festival preferences rating was generated according to theresults of viewer's votes

The Grand Jury awardedthe following nominations:

- Grand-Prix For TheBest Film

"My Joy",Ukraine-Germany-The Netherlands, director Sergey Loznitsa

- Special Jury Award

The Light Thief,Kyrgyzstan-France-Germany-The Netherlands, director Aktan Arym Kubat

 

The Jury of the Youthon the March competition awarded:

- Best Film Awardnamed after the people`s artist of USSR V. Turov

"October", Peru,directors Daniel Vega, Diego Vega 

- Prize "For the dancewith reality"

"You Are All TheCaptains", Spain, director Oliver Laxe 

- Prize "For therealization of the freedom's theme"

"Udaan", India,director Vikramaditya Motwane 

 

The Jury ofDocumentary films competition awarded:

- Grand-Prix for theBest Film

"The Woman With FiveElephants", Switzerland-Germany, director Vadim Jendreyko 

- Best Full-LengthFilm Award

"The Last Rope-WalkerOf Armenia", Armenia, directors Arman Eritsyan, Inna Saakyan 

- Best Short FilmAward

"The Backwoods 35х45", Russia, director Evgeny Solomin

 

The Jury of Youngdirectors documentary films competition awarded:

- Best Full-LengthFilm Award

"The Last Train Home",Canada-China, director Lixin Fan 

- Best Short FilmAward

"The World Champion",Estonia, director Moonika Siimets 

- Prize "For thecreative search and active political fences"

"Make Tea",Russia-Great Britain, director Olga Korotkaya 

- Prize "For theuniversality of director's profession"

"Kill the Day",Belarus-Poland, directors Andrei Kutilo, Aleksandr Nalivaiko 

- Prize "For thesearch of new cinematographic language"

"In Case Of LossPressure" (Belgium, director Sarah Moon Howe)

 

The festival alsoestablished the following prizes: 

- Audience ChoiceAward

"Brother", Venezuela,director Marcel Rasquin 

- Special Prize of thePresident of the Republic of Belarus "For Humanism and Spirituality incinematography"

"Brother", Venezuela,director Marcel Rasquin 

- Special Prize"Together" of The Standing Committee Of The Union State

"The Brest Fortress",Russia-Belarus, director Aleksandr Kott 

- Special Prize ofMinsk City Executive Committee for the Moral Ideals Embodyment

"Street Days",Georgia, director Levan Koguashvili

 

Prizes of the Guild ofscholars and critics of Belarusian cinematographers union 

- Best Fiction FilmAward

"Street Days",Georgia, director Levan Koguashvili 

- Best Non-Fictional Film Award

"Kill the Day",Belarus, directors Andrei Kutilo, Aleksandr Nalivaiko 

Kathmandu International Mountain Film Festival (KIMFF) 2011

The 9th edition of Kathmandu International Mountain Film Festival will be held from 8-12 December 2011 in Kathmandu - the cultural and cosmopolitan capital of the Himalayan region. Since its birth in 2000, KIMFF has evolved from a festival focusing initially on the Himalaya to one encompassing a wide range of subjects and issues that explore the diverse and complex ways in which human beings relate to mountains. KIMFF seeks to showcase films that attract peer review and critiques that lead to better documentation of mountain issues, particularly of highland regions of the developing world.

 

About 50 films will be selected for KIMFF 2011. Around 15-20 documentaries will be shortlisted to be viewed by an international jury. Filmmakers can choose whether or not to submit their films for competition. Accepted films not selected for competition will be screened and be eligible for the Audience Award. Films made by Nepali filmmakers will have the opportunity to participate in ‘Nepal Panorama’, a separate showcase of Nepali entries. The objective of ‘Nepal Panoroma’ is to promote Nepali films in all genres.

 

KIMFF 2011 coincides with Nepal Tourism Year 2011. As part of this effort the festival will feature a special selection of films that have been instrumental in putting Nepal on the world tourism map. Films and activities that celebrate man's spirit for exploration and adventure, will also be part of this edition of the festival.

 

In the presence of filmmakers, film enthusiasts, critics, scholars, journalists, activists, and mountaineers, the festival will include discussion forums, on-demand screenings, guest lectures, exhibitions of books and photographs celebrating mountains and workshops for aspiring filmmakers.

International 3D film festival "Third dimension"

“Third dimension” international film festival will take place in Saint Petersburg, Russia in the year 2011, June 23-29 and will become an annual event gathering together 3D works of both well-known and just started directors.
The main goal of the festival is to show documentaries, animation films, feature length and short films in 3D format and to help participants to enter the Russian and CIS market of 3D content distribution.         

The Film Festival Forum

2nd International Film Festivals Forum “Eastern-Central Drift” Vilnius

International Film Festivals Forum “Eastern-Central Drift” is being held for the 2nd time in Vilnius as a part of 16th Vilnius International Film Festival “Kino pavasaris”.

The event intends to become an annual gathering place and creative ideas production lab for main international film festivals of the region.

The festivals Forum is taking place on the March 28-31st at the Crowne Plaza Hotel Vilnius and will make it possible for more than 20 International film festival representatives and highly experienced keynote speakers to discuss topical issues for contemporary film promoters, such as building up closer relations with other film industry players, improving cooperation with private sponsors, increasing the diversity of the audience, developing sustainable cross-border cooperation, contribution to the growth of Europe’s creative economy, and many other.


The organizers of the Forum hope that this new initiative will generate answers and creative ideas that will help to meet new challenges and enrich film festivals of the Eastern-Central Europe in new cross-border undertakings.

Program for the Vilnius Film Festival Forum

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  10.00-10:10 Welcoming speech by the director of Vilnius International Film Festival "Kino pavasaris" and the representative of Lithuanian Ministry of Culture. 10.10-11.30 *"What Should I Know about Central-Eastern European Film Festival" (PART I) This panel will open the floor for the guest-festivals and will give them an opportunity to introduce their individual festivals, their different programming, submission specificities as well as the scope of the in...

Wimbledon SHORTS 2012

Wimbledon SHORTS short Film Competition 2012 Deadline for Entries 31st March, 2012  Wimbledon's alternative film club, the WFC, hosts the fifth Wimbledon Shorts Film Festival in July 2012. We've got a terrific judging panel, great people from across the film industry: 
  • Lisa Rawlings: Development Editor, Film4
  • Julia Blackman, co-founder and Executive Producer of Scion Films
  • Allisa Ferrier, Acquisitions Executive, Artificial Eye
  • Andrew Pulver: Film Editor, The Guardian
  • Manu Luksch: artist and filmmaker
  • Dominic Buttimore: director, Th1ng Animation
  • Nick Brimble, actor
  • Derek Malcolm: Film critic
  • Josh Appignanesi: film director ("The Infidel")
  • Avie Luthrie: BAFTA-nominated film director ("Mad, Bad and Sad")
  • Nick Toon, Vice President, UK Public Policy, Time Warner
  Wimbledon Shorts is dedicated to showcasing new and innovative work in film and video from around the world. Whether your film is narrative driven, animated or experimental, we're looking for films that challenge or shift the boundaries of conventional filmmaking – just as long as it's under 15 minutes! Awardsv     WFC award for Best Wimbledon Shorts film v     Audience Award v     Best Animated Film v     Student Filmmaker Award sponsored by studentshouseonline (filmmakers under 25 in schools, colleges and universities) v     Marcus Beale Experimental Film Award Prizes£500 prize for WFC Award for Best Wimbledon Shorts Film'Meet with an Industry Expert' for Winner of the Best Student Filmmaker Award. Competition closes 31 March 2012SHORTS festival 21 July 2011 Submission details can be found at:

http://www.wimbledonshorts.com/

We Care Film Festival on Disability Issues

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I am the Media Consultant for the We Care Film Festival on Disability Issues, which is unique in the sense that it is not an annual event.

We collect films in four categories - up to one minute, up to five minutes, up to 30 minutes, and up to one hour. We then take them to educational, social and disability institutions.

Awards are also presented to the three best films in each category, on 3 May which marks World Disability Day.

We charge a small amount for those who enter their films, but we do not charge any money for screening the films and workshop - except for travel and stay if it outside the city in which we live - New Delhi (capital of India).

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