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The 25th EUROPEAN FILM AWARDS: 47 Films in EFA Selection 2012

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It is with great pleasure that the European Film Academy and EFA Productions announce the titles of the 47 films on this year’s selection list, the list of films recommended for a nomination for the European Film Awards 2012! With 31 European countries represented, the list once again illustrates the great diversity in European cinema.  In the 20 countries with the most EFA Members, these members have voted one national film directly into the selection list. To complete the list,...

Sofia Meetings projects in EFA"s selection

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The European Film Academy (EFA) revealed the selection of 47 titles from which in November the nominations for the annual awards will be announced. Among them there are two Sofia Meetings’ projects. The first is the directorial debut of Valery Yordanov and Ivan Vladimirov, Sneakers. The film was first shown for the first time at the Moscow IFF, where it received with the Jury’s Special Mention and award of the Federation of the Russian Cinema Clubs and was nominated for “Gol...

altcineAction! Submission is open!

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Whether an established or aspiring filmmakers, here’s your chance to shine—and win a full scholarship or production equipment that will jump-start your career. The Balkan film portal altcine.com is holding the first online short film festival for the Balkans. Submissions are open until September 7th and don’t delay: here’s the twist. altcineAction! will screen a maximum of 360 minutes—and films are accepted on a first-come, first served basis. But there’s another ...

EFA Board members Elected for 2012

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The President: Wim Wenders, Director, Germany Wim Wenders attended the Academy of Film & Television in Munich, worked as a film critic for various German publications, and was a founding member of Filmverlag der Autoren. In 1976 he set up his own production company, Road Movies, and, in 2002, Reverse Angle. Often hailed as one of the most important German directors on the international scene, Wenders has received various international awards, including the Golden Lion (TH...

Two Sofia Meetings' films win at Karlovy Vary

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Sofia's Last Ambulance is on a winning spree! Last night Iliyan Metev's film was awarded with Best Documentary Award for a title over 30 min. long at Karlovy Vary IFF. After receiving Canal 4's special Visionary award from the Critics' Week at Cannes, Sofia's Last Ambulance triumphed in the Documentary Competition at the Czech festival. Iliyan Metev's film is another successful Sofia Meetings' project and is selected next for the Sarajevo IFF. Another film that was presented duri...

The Clip Takes it All at Cinema City

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Cinema City is the past eight days showed a hundred films, most of which have premiered the local audience. In addition to four competitive selections, the program was introduced Revue "MTV is the Burn Planet Rock" and 360 °. This year Cinema City marked the visit of members of the board of the European Film Academy and a significant number of domestic and foreign filmmakers and professionals including a special guest was the German director Andreas Dresen. The festival Cinema City ...

The awards at Cinema City International Film Festival

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The Cinema City International Film Festival closed June 23 with an award ceremony and a great party (faboulous DJ). The closing ceremony was held at the Serbian National Theatre, Pera Dobrinović hall. During the last eight days, the Festival has presented 100 films in four competition and four review selections, most of those being Serbian premieres. Locations of the Festival – the Serbian National Theatre, open-air cinema Katolička porta, Arena Cineplex, the Cultural...

Nik Powell at Cinema City

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      21st of June 6th day of Cinema City, went off very quickly. Beside a wonderful party, a lovely lunch with editor Bruno Chatelin and extensive talk with NickPowell about the celebrity world and rather interesting programs on festival there were interesting events to go to and films to see. Powell is a film producer, a co funder of Virgin Group (with Richard Branson), director of National Television and Film School in England and founder of Palace Produ...

16th International Film Festival SOFIA FILM FESTIVAL

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SFF is organized by Art Fest under the patronage of the Sofia Municipality, in partnership with the Ministry of Culture, the National Film Centre and National Palace of Culture, with the support of the programs MEDIA and MEDIA Mundus of the European Commission, UNESCO – Regional Bureau for Science and Culture in Europe, national and foreign cultural institutes and sponsors. The main sponsor of the 16th edition of the festival is Jameson Irish Whiskey. The 16th Sofia Intern...

Spider Spider

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A little more about Serbian Short Film production and Serbian filmmaker Marko Kostić and about his promising career and interesting ideas you can read in this interview. Marko Kostić directed short film Mašinica (The Gadget), a little  film that Belgrade film lovers had the chance to see on the last Documentary and Short Film Festival in Belgrade.     - What is the advantage of the short film in Serbia and general? Distribution options are limited to short film festi...

14th Thessaloniki Documentary Film Festival, Opening Night

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FROM: -TDF 2012 PRESS- 14th TDF: Opening Ceremony (3/10/2012) OPENING CEREMONY The curtain rose on the 14th Thessaloniki Documentary Festival - Images of the 21st Century on Friday, March 9, 2012 in the packed Olympion Theater. The simple ceremony, with musical accompaniment, was followed by the screening of Tony Gatlif’s documentary Indignados, a cinematic homage to the Occupy movement. The percussion group Krousi set the rhythm for the evening and afterwards Dimitri Eipides, di...

Alternatives on Alternative Film and Video Festival 2011

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Academic Film Center was founded as Akademic Film Club in 1958. Through its history, thanks to authors such as Kokan Rakonjac, Sava Trifkovic, Živojin Pavlovic, Tomislav Gotovac, Dragoslav Lazic, Vjekoslav Nakic, Milan Jelic, Radoslav Vladic, Ivan Obrenov, Ivko Šešic, Nikola Đuric, Miodrag Miloševic, Bojan Jovanovic, Miloje Radakovic, Dejan Vlaisavljevic, Igor Toholj, Bob Miloshevic, Zelimir Zilnik, Godina etc… it became very significant and most awarded of all film clubs in ex Yugoslav...

ÉCU in American University of Bulgaria

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American University in Bulgaria (AUBG) held its first Short Film Fest on the last weekend of November. It brought together ÉCU- The European Independent Film Festival, South Western University “Neofit Rilski”, the International Documentary and Short Film Festival (DokuFest), Early Bird Student Film Festival, and In the Palace International Short Film Festival.Scott Hillier, the president of ÉCU gave a lecture at the opening, which was the highlight of the three-day event. He talked about f...

Fantasia Announces Brand New Co-Production Market for 2012 Frontières

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Fantasia Innovates with a New International Co-Production Market: FRONTIERES Gearing up for its 16th edition in 2012, the Fantasia International Film Festival is widely acclaimed as one of the largest and most influential genre film festivals in the world. Taking things up a notch, Fantasia is proud to embark on a new venture that will contribute to the future of cutting-edge genre filmmaking worldwide: Fronti?res, the Fantasia International Co-Production Market.   The even...

AUBG Short FilmFest, ÉCU ON THE ROAD

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BLAGOEVGRAD, Bulgaria – The European Independent Film Festival, South Western University “Neofit Rilski", The International Documentary and Short Film Festival, Early Bird Student Film Festival and In the Palace International Short Film Festival will share for three days at the American University in Bulgaria during the fisrt edition of AUBG Short Film Festival from the 24th to 26th of November. AUBG Short Film Fest will showcase 28 short films from more than 13 countries. The films, ...

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 ...

Freedom and liberty themes at Vermont Fest

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  In light of the Arab Spring and the Occupy Wall Street movements, the 2011 Vermont International Film Festival has included Freedom & Liberty as important themes for this year's festival. The films in this strand deal with struggles for national liberty, for the freedom to think independently, for individual freedoms, and for the freedom to live dignified lives.   Films include Amigo, a Jonathan Sayles' film set in what seems to be ...

Eastern Neighbours Film Festival in Utrecht Line Up

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The 4th Eastern Neighbours Film Festival in Utrecht (NL) announces 2011 Line UpA total of 31 films from 9 countries are screened at this years edition of ENFF in Utrecht, Netherlands (October 26 - 30, 2011). The festival focuses on films from East and South Eastern Europe, from countries that are not yet members of the European Union. ENFF opens with the film DO NOT FORGET ME ISTANBUL. Six directors that have been successful in the international arena came together for this project under the art...

Antalya Golden Orange Film Festival ready to begin

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48th International Antalya Golden Orange Film Festival, one of the most prestigious cinema events of Turkey’s arts and culture scene, will be held from 8th to 14th October 2011. With the support of Antalya Metropolitan Municipality, the Festival is organized by the Antalya Culture and Art Foundation (AKSAV).Antalya Golden Orange Film Festival, held annually since 1963 is the most important International film festival in Turkey. Taking place amongst the palm lined boulevards, and sun drenched ...

Dancing The Raindance

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  Twenty years ago when Raindance founder Elliot Grove proposed the name for a festival he had in mind that would be devoted to indie films to take place in his adopted city of London, little did he realize how the organization would grow in the past two decades to become one of the pre-eminent festivals and filmmaker training programs on the continent. In a clear nod to the successful profile of the Sundance Film Festival (although with a specifically British nod to the drizzly UK weathe...

The 4th Eastern Neighbours Film Festival in Utrecht (NL): A Spotlight on Turkey

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  The non-competitive festival ENFF features a unique program of rarities from East- and South East Europe - countries that are not yet members of the European Union. Recent films are presented alongside with classics that are hardly known outside of their country of production. Today the festival announces the first titles of the upcoming edition.   A major aim of ENFF is to connect local audiences with mentalities from people and places that are closer to us than we think....

Fantastic Zagreb! A fun and freaky new festival!

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Fantastic Zagreb!Well, for a 'year zero' of an unknown festival this looks to be a fantastic success with sold-out outdoor theaters, perfect summer weather, happy hospitable locals and so much to see in zesty Zagreb, jewel of the Balkans. This new fantasy fest all started with a kick off screening of the supernatural thriller TWO EYES STARING (2010) by Dutch director Elbert van Strien, followed by an opening party oozing with carousers dressed as skeletons, grim reapers, witches and scary cinep...

Fantastic Zagreb! Freaky, frightful, fun and fantastic!

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 Fantastic Zagreb!Well, for a 'year zero' of an unknown festival this looks to be a fantastic success with sold-out outdoor theaters, perfect summer weather, happy hospitable locals and so much to see in zesty Zagreb, jewel of the Balkans. This new fantasy fest all started with a kick off screening of the supernatural thriller TWO EYES STARING (2010) by Dutch director Elbert van Strien, followed by an opening party oozing with carousers dressed as skeletons, grim reapers, witches and scary cine...

Ognjen Sviličić about the Balkans, the festivals and everything

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Ognjen Sviličić, Sylvia ChristelThe famous Croatian film director Ognjen Sviličić, internationally renown with his movies Sorry for Kung Fu (2004) and Armin (2007), is coming to Sofia Fil Festival with his new film Two Sunny Days (feat. Silvia Kristel – an experiment, but also a natural decision, as the director says). Sviličić, who is also a musician from a new wave punk band, which he considers, joking, the Croatian version of the Festival Band of Stefan Kitanov, is a member o...

Sofia International Film Festival 2011

Festival directors Stefan Kitanov and Mira Staleva speak about 2011 Sofia Meetings at SIFF and the Balkans Cinema.
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