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Five Flavors Film Festival in Poland focuses on eastern Asia

5th edition of Five Flavors Film Festival, which will take place from the 20th till 25th of October in Poland, in three main cities: Warsaw, Krakow and Poznan (November). This is the annual and the only Polish overview of Eastern Asian cinematography. This year's edition takes a look at Taiwanese cinematography. We'll present 13 films, including a selection of masterpieces from Hou Hsiao-hsien, a few older titles to present Taiwanese New Wave. Another sections of the fifth edition are Taste of ...

Enemies of the People (Cambodia)

If there is one film that could indict the genocide-killers of the Pol Pot regime in Cambodia, who are currently being 'tried' under an International Tribunal ,which has already taken several years and cost nearly $ 150 million, it is this one. What's astonishing is that it has not been seen or used by the Tribunal as evidence, judging by the statements of some of the members of the Tribunal, who addressed the media ,at the FCCT in Bangkok recently.  The film is especially import...

Jafar Panahi

Jafar Panahi


The Asian Short Film Awards @ ScreenSingapore is giving away a cash prize of SGD $20,000, sponsored by RGM Media, for the most outstanding short film.  The winner will be invited to attend ScreenSingapore with travel expenses covered. Top 10 finalists will receive complimentary Trade Accreditation Badge worth SGD $400, which includes access to masterclasses and workshops with renowned filmmakers as well as red carpet premiere screenings. Submissions close on 30 April, so send in your short ...

Jafar Panahi

Day 2 at [SIN]efest - 881 dir Royston Tan

Day 2 of the first edition of [SIN]efest was somewhat a quieter affair than the previous day's opening night, but that was to be expected, being a Friday. The film that was selected is the oldest in the programme having been made in 2007. Nonetheless, it was directed by Royston Tan, one of the youngest veterans in the Singaporean film scene who seems rather fond of giving his feature films numbers for titles - 15 - the movie, 4:30 and 12 Lotus.  And he does not disappoint on the t...

Tokyo Gets Down To Business

 By Liza Foreman By the end of day one, the Tokyo International Film Festival (23-31 October, 2010) was in full swing.Throngs of fans gathered to witness arrivals at the green carpet for openingnight. But by the next day it was down to business with TIFF head Tom Yoda holding a discussion with journalists about the work Japan has to do to catchup with the American content business which Yoda estimated to be five times its size. Still, business and culturego hand in hand at he festival. Cultura...

THE NEIGHBOR To World Premiere In Montreal

  Nothing ignites interest like a world premiere, and this year's Montreal World Film Festival is boasting several. Among its most highly anticipated red carpet events is the presentation of THE NEIGHBOR, a film written and directed by Naghmeh Shirkhan. The film will be screened in the First Films World Competition section. Starring Azita Sahebjam, Tara Nazemi, Parisa Wahedi, Kamyar Mahinsa, Matt Dean, Ramin Sanadizadeth and Parvin Sahebjam this Canadian/USA co-production set in ...

A DAY IN TEHRAN huge success June 13th at the Cinémathèque Française

Shirin Ebadi   DIALOGUE WITH SHIRIN EBADI 2003 Noble Prize Winner, Shirin Ebadi, Iranian lawyer and human rights advocate talked with famous screenwriter Jean-Claude Carrière at the DAY IN TEHRAN event, organized, June 13th, in Paris, France on the grounds of the Cinémathèque Française. Shirin Ebadi is one of the very first female judges in Iran. Her constant and unfailing efforts in fostering  Human Rights for the weak and needy, in particular, women's rights, ch...

Emotions run high at Copie Conforme press conference

Abbas Kiarostami, 1997 Palme d'Or winner, returned to Cannes presenting his In Competition film, Copie Conforme. Tuesday morning's press conference, however, veered toward a heavier subject as Kiarostami called for the release of fellow Iranian filmmaker, Jafar Panahi, who has been imprisoned in a Tehran jail since March 1. Kiarostami hoped to draw attention to the struggle filmmakers face in his native country who are persecuted for having creative ideas, for films that haven't even been compl...

Certified Copy by Abbas Kiarostami

Synopsis: This is the story of a meeting between one man and one woman, in a small Italian village in Southern Tuscany. The man is a British author who has just finished giving a lecture at a conference. The woman, from France, owns an art gallery. This is a common story that could happen to anyone, anywhere. Trailer: ...

Jafar Panahi

Politics (Overt And Subtle) At New Directors New Films

  WOMEN WITHOUT MEN (Shirin Neshat)  For most people, a trip to the cinema is a welcome escapism from the harshness of the world and its problems. For others, films with political subjects or contexts are sought out for a population hungry to engage and feeling starved for perspective and analysis. While New Directors New Films is not an overtly political affair, it is hard to avoid the powerful political discourses that careen through some of the films in this year’s pro...

MEIFF Abu Dhabi jury members

The Middle East International Film Festival (MEIFF) today unveiled an illustrious roster of respected film industry professionals who will serve as jury members for the 2009 Middle East International Film Festival. Comprised of some of the most prominent names in global cinema today, the MEIFF 2009 juries bring added prestige to what is already one of the most ground-breaking film programs ever assembled in the region. The much anticipated Narrative Feature Competition will be spearheaded by int...

Middle East Fest unveils juries

The Middle East International Film Festival (MEIFF) today unveiled an illustrious roster of respected film industry professionals who will serve as jury members for the 2009 Middle East International Film Festival. Comprised of some of the most prominent names in global cinema today, the MEIFF 2009 juries bring added prestige to what is already one of the most ground-breaking film programs ever assembled in the region.The much anticipated Narrative Feature Competition will be spearheaded by inte...

Kumar Goes To The White House

Washington D.C.----Kal Penn, the Indian-American actor best known as part of the wacky stoner duo of the Harold and Kumar movies, is heading to the White House. Penn, who also starred in Mira Nair’s international smash THE NAMESAKE, will join President Barack Obama’s staff as an associate director in the Office of Public Liaison. His job will be to keep Obama connected with arts groups and with the Asian-American and Pacific Island communities in the United States. Penn, who last year ta...

Festival des 3 Continents

Each year in Nantes, since 1979, the Festival of 3 Continents (F3C) presents between 80 and 100 films, fiction works and documentaries, from Africa, Latin America and Asia.

First Frame - International Students` Film Festival

Anything one can imagine is real, and when imagination amalgamates with creativity, it paves way for some of the most magnificent work of art to take shape. Because ‘if you can dream it, you can film it.’

Galway Film Fleadh

An international film festival which welcomes a diversity of filmmaking from around the world. It is very much a filmmakers` festival, and attracts directors, actors, cinematographers and artists of all generations and cultural backgrounds.

Art for the world Project

In order to celebrate the “Universal Declaration of Human Rights”, the “Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR)” initiated the project ART FOR THE WORLD. This project consists of a feature that is compiled from several 3-minute short films by approximately 22 filmmakers and video-artists. In collaboration with the Italian authorities and the World Cinema Foundation of Martin Scorsese, the world premiere of this film will take place during the International Film Festival ...

61st Cannes Festival Opening Ceremony

AFP The Wednesday evening opening ceremonies for the 61st Cannes Festival featured the In-Competition screening of Blindness, in the presence of director Fernando Meirelles and actors Danny Glover, Julianne Moore, and Gael García Bernal. A number of celebrities were spotted on the red-carpeted steps to the palace, including Un Certain Regard jury president Fatih Akin, Claude Lelouch, and Faye Dunaway. Viviane Reding, the European Commissioner for Information Society and Media, also attended the...