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The First Films World Competition

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THE JURY OF THE FIRST FILMS WORLD COMPETITION    Klaus Eder  Born in Augsburg, Germany, Klaus Eder lives and works in Munich. He studied German literature at the University of Stuttgart and has worked as a film critic since the 1960s. Currently a reviewer for the Bayerischer Rundfunk national radio network he contributes to several German language film magazines. He has published books on numerous international filmmakers, including monographs on Andrzej Wajda, Luis Bunuel, Nikita ...

Montreal World Film Festival launched with Million Dollar Crocodile...and 212 feature films

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  212 feature films (110 world or international premieres)  16 medium length films (12 world or international premieres)  144 short films (94 world or international premieres)  60 films in the Canadian Student Film Festival   A Chinese film “Million Dollar Crocodile” for the opening                              ...

EFP announces Film Centre of Kosovo as 33th member

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The Kosova Cinematography Center (KCC) has joined European Film Promotion (EFP) as a new member organisation. With this decision which was recently taken by the EFP members at the latest General Assembly, the EFP network now unites marketing interests of 33 promotion organisations. The common activities to promote European films and talents worldwide are financial...

PIX SESSIONS - networking for emerging filmmakers

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PIX SESSIONS gather 25 promising film talents for networking, seminars, master classes and artist talks later this month in Copenhagen during CPH PIX. European filmmakers of tomorrow All attending filmmakers are invited personally by the film festival CPH PIX on the basis of previous work, current projects and recommendations by European film festivals, critics and fellow filmmakers. The 25 emerging talents will come from various backgrounds in short films, documentaries, visual and performa...

CineLink Selection 2012 Announced

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CineLink 2012 call for entries attracted over 80 projects in development from 18 different countries in Southeastern Europe. Our selection committee selected 17 projects altogether for the CineLink and the CineLink + lineups, criteria being respective authors potential and strength of the story on one side and potential benefit for the project from our development workshops and the coproduction market on the other.   CineLink project, the backbone of the festival's Industry ...

Winners of ÉCU 2012

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Best European Independent Film 2012 – “Berlinoises”  by Rocco Labbé (France) Best Short Script – “The Chicken” by Una Gunjak (UK) Best Feature Script – “Sole” by Allee Pitaccio (USA) The European Youth Excellence Award in Filmmaking – “Drawing a Smile” by ICFF (Cyprus) Best Independent Experimental Film – “Achantè” by Emily McMehen (Canada) Best Student Film – “Callum” by Michael Van Der Put (UK) Best Non-European Ind...

Wicca in Serbia

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A brand new Serbian film Loveless Zoritsa ( Crne Zorica) Serbian-Greek co production directed by Greek film director Hristina Hatziharalabous and Serbian film director Radoslav  Pavković is a comedy with elements of adventure, released recently, and it may predict new era of contemporary Serbian film. Producers of this film are international; Super Films (Belgrade), Federico Film (Warsaw), Frame by Frame (Nicosia) and 'Pan entertainment (Athens). Well, let me start with this! ...

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...

The Last Docking - stories of abandoned seafares -

Director: Emiliano Pappacena - Anna Maria Selini.
In ports all over the world, alongside cargo and tourist ships, there are also vessels that have not been operated for months, if not for years. These abandoned ships are left moored to rust by their shipowners, often never to be recovered, because of financial distress, security issues or seizure. The problem is that in most cases the whole crew is still on board. These seafarers, who were recruited months before with a valid employment contract, suddenly find themselves thousands of kilometres from home, without food, water and, ever worse, pay cheque. This TV report was made by Emiliano Pappacena and Anna Maria Selini in collaboration with Antonio Demma.

Go Short hands out short film awards

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  On Saturday night the awards for the best short films in Europe were handed out at the busy Go Short - International Short Film Festival Nijmegen. As much as 324 short films were screened during Go Short, of which 14 had there premiere. A special winner is Wednesdays by Aaron Rookus. During the last edition of Go Short Rookus presented his idea during the very first CineCrowd audiencemarket. Wednesdays premiered this year, and won the Dutch Competition Award. It also became clear that Swe...

Sarajevo Talent Campus Call for Entries 2012

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New call for entries for emerging filmmakers from Southeast Europe to participate in Sarajevo Talent Campus held within the framework of the 18th Sarajevo Film Festival is open from the 15th of March 2012. Application deadline is the 8th of May, 2012. Sarajevo Talent Campus, the educational and networking platform for emerging filmmakers from Southeast Europe, was launched in 2007 in cooperation with Berlin International Film Festival and Berlinale Talent Campus. The programme offer...

CineLink Call for Entries Extended!

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New call for entries for filmmakers from Southeast Europe to participate in the CineLink Project Development Workshop and Co-Production Market held within the framework of the Sarajevo Film Festival is opened from the 1th of December 2011.  New deadline for project submissions is 12th of March 2012. CineLink project, the backbone of the Sarajevo Film Festival's Industry Section, is a development and financing platform for carefully selected local feature projects destine...

The Official Selection of ÉCU 2012 in OUT

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ÉCU – The European Independent Film Festival is delighted to announce the Official Selection. ÉCU 2012 will showcase 100 films from 33 countries on the 30th and 31st of March and 1st of April in Paris, France. European Dramatic Feature (5) Iron Doors 3D - Germany On the Inside -  Germany Labirent - Turkey Women and Children -  United Kingdom Everywhere and Nowhere -  United Kingdom European Dramatic Short (25)  Useful - Belgium ...

The Official Selection of ÉCU 2012 in OUT

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ÉCU – The European Independent Film Festival is delighted to announce the Official Selection. ÉCU 2012 will showcase 100 films from 33 countries on the 30th and 31st of March and 1st of April in Paris, France. European Dramatic Feature (5)Iron Doors 3D - Germany On the Inside - Germany Labirent - Turkey Women and Children - United Kingdom Everywhere and Nowhere - United Kingdom European Dramatic Short (25) Useful - Belgium GRANTRÆET - Denmark No Face - France Meeting in the Heavens - ...

The program of short films selected to screen at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival

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Sundance Institute announced today the program of short films selected to screen at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival. This year's Short Film program is comprised of 64 short films selected from a record 7,675 submissions, up 16% over submissions for the 2011 Festival. The Festival will be January 19 through 29 in Park City, Salt Lake City, Ogden and Sundance, Utah. Trevor Groth, Director of Programming for the Sundance Film Festival, said, “As technology allows greater access to short f...

Calling All SEE Documentarians! Toronto doc submissions close Jan 13, 2012!

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Hot Docs, the Toronto Documentary Film Festival, is focusing on SEE countries for the 2012 Festival, and the deadline is just a month away—Jan. 13, 2012. Filmmakers with documentaries from or about Albania, Austria, Bosnia/Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cypress, Greece, Hungary, Kosovo, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Romania, Serbia, Slovenia, and Turkey should apply. Submit your docs (any topic, any length), postmarked by 1/13/12, to:   Hot Docs Canadian International Do...

The 4th Eastern Neighbours Film Festival kicks off tomorrow

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  In only one day the 4th edition of the Eastern Neighbours Film Festival opens the curtain in Utrecht, the Netherlands. With a total of 31 films from 9 countries the festival introduces some of the latest films from East and South Eastern Europe, from countries that are not yet members of the European Union. Also rare and yet unseen material can be found among the selection. The festival runs from October 26 - 30, 2011.   Special guest at ENFF is European Shooting Star 2011 ...

Party time at ADFF 2011

Award winning Kosovo Producer Arben Zharku and NY journalist Brandon Harris at ADFF 2011photo by Vanessa McMahon 

Party time at ADFF 2011

Kosovo producer and Film Commission Rep Fatos Berisha and director Neeraj Ghaywan network and celebrate at Fairmont during ADFF 2011photo by Vanessa McMahon 

Short Film Winners Abu Dhabi 2011

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Best Producer Arben Zharku for The Wedding Tape  Short Film Winners! (ADFF PRESS)Jim Poe 20.10.2011 - On Thursday, the Abu Dhabi Film Festival announced the winners of the Black Pearl Awards for its two shorts competitions: the Emirates Film Competition (EFC) and the Short Film Competition. The awards were presented to the filmmakers in a ceremony at the Fairmont Bab Al Bahr hotel. The EFC observes its 10th anniversary this year. It was one of the first outlets for filmma...

Fellowships available for research into South East European (SEE) countries

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Occasionally funding opportunities come by my desk which I like to post, in case anyone out there can take advantage of them. Here’s one.   The American Council of Learned Societies has launched a competition for fellowships for the academic year 2012. These are intended to fund research related to the following countries: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Montenegro, Estonia, Croatia, Hungary, Kosovo, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Poland, Ro...

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Director: Bartosz Kruhlik.
12-year old Michal wants to join his elder brother’s group. The brother and his pals take Michal to the woods. They record everything with amateurish camcorder.

17th annual SFF Awards

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photo from SFF official site: http://www.sff.ba/news/show/id/834 Sarajevo Film Festival Proudly Presents Award Winners 201117th SARAJEVO FILM FESTIVAL – OFFICIAL AWARDS COMPETITION PROGRAMME – FEATURE FILM Jury:Jury President:ARI FOLMAN, Director, Israel Jury members:ALBERTO BARBERA, Director of the National Museum of Cinema, ItalyZANA MARJANOVIĆ, Actress, Bosnia and Herzegovina MICHELE OHAYON, Director, producer, writer, USARIZVAN RADULESCU, Scriptwriter and direct...

AWARDS & NOMINATIONS 2011

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Silver Princess Statuette (replica of the original "The Palace" statue of Ilijana, daughter of the Romanian Queen Mary of Edingburg) The voices of this year's directors show more clearly than ever that people from all nations are bonded by the same love, loss and laughter. Whether from Africa, Asia, America, Europe, Australia, New Zealand or the Middle East we are one in our needs and emotions. Perhaps in the 21st century the hand written note has been replaced by th...

Le Piano / Dashnamoure

Director: Levon Minasian.
Thirteen years after the Armenian city of Leninakan was destroyed in an earthquake, Loussiné, a 13 year old orphan lives with her grandfather in a "domik" – a prefabricated small house. She is dumb, but a talented pianist. To prepare for an international competition, the Ministry of Culture lends her a beautiful piano. But when the instrument is delivered, it’s clear that the trailer where they live is too small to hold a piano…
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