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More importance afforded to short films in Berlin

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More importance afforded to short films – round two for the Berlinale Shorts sectionThe short film section has entered its second year under a new name, Berlinale Shorts, for the 58th Berlin International Film Festival. The festival made a statement last year by introducing a dedicated short film section and in doing so reaffirmed the significance of the genre for film production in general. “The short film is a reflection of how society is changing. It is radical and without constrictions,...

Berlinale 2008: Oscar winner Costa-Gavras to be Jury President

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The Greek-French director Costa-Gavras will be the President of the International Jury of the Berlinale 2008. The Greek-born director, now living in France, is one of the most renowned representatives of dedicated, political film. His works have received many awards; his film Z is widely considered one of the classics of political cinema. Costa-Gavras is also President of the French Cinemathèque. “I am very pleased that we have been able to win over such a great director as Costa-Gavras as Ju...

TUYA'S WEDDING Wins Berlinale Golden Bear

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Monday, February 19------In a surprise twist, a Chinese film has won the Berlinale Golden Bear, the Berlin Film Festival's highest honor. TUYA'S MARRIAGE by Chinese director Wang Quan'an won the Festival's top prize, which was announced with other awards at the Festival's closing  ceremony on Saturday evening. The film, the story of a woman living in rural northwestern Mongolia and facing pressure to abandon her life as a shepherd, did not figure on most critics' pred...

TUYA'S WEDDING Wins Berlinale Golden Bear

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Saturday, February 17------In a surprise twist, a Chinese film has won the Berlinale Golden Bear, the Berlin Film Festival's highest honor. TUYA'S MARRIAGE by Chinese director Wang Quan'an won the Festival's top prize, which was announced with other awards at the Festival's closing  ceremony this evening. The film, the story of a woman living in rural northwestern Mongolia and facing pressure to abandon her life as a shepherd, did not figure on most critics' predictio...

TUYA'S WEDDING Wins Berlinale Golden Bear

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In a surprise twist, a Chinese film has won the Berlinale Golden Bear, the Berlin Film Festival's highest honor. TUYA'S MARRIAGE by Chinese director Wang Quan'an won the Festival's top prize, which was announced with other awards at the Festival's closing ceremony Saturday evening. The film, the story of a woman living in rural northwestern Mongolia and facing pressure to abandon her life as a shepherd, did not figure on most critics' prediction lists. A gentle, atmospheric and almost non-verba...

21st TEDDY Awards 2007 – The Winners

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The eight members of this international jury – organisers of queer and other film festivals – view films within the framework of all programs of the Berlinale which have queer context. Three films are nominated for each category and one receives a TEDDY for best feature film, best documentary/essay film and usually the best short film,each with a cash award of € 3,000.Members of the Jury:Charlie Boudreau – Canada (image+nation Montréal International LGBT Film Festival)Frédéric Arends ...

Teddy Awards were announced during Berlinae

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The eight members of this international jury – organisers of queer and other film festivals – view films within the framework of all programs of the Berlinale which have queer context.Three films are nominated for each category and one receives a TEDDY for best feature film, best documentary/essay film and usually the best short film,each with a cash award of € 3,000.Members of the Jury:Charlie Boudreau – Canada (image+nation Montréal International LGBT Film Festival)Frédéric Arends ...

Berlinale Keynotes A Success In Debut Year

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Friday, February 16-----The Berlinale Keynotes , a new information initiative launched this year by the Berlin Film Festival organization, got off to a successful start. Over 300 distinguished international industry representatives, invited by Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg and the Berlin International Film Festival, came together to watch the new event format at the Ritz-Carlton, Berlin. The first edition focused on the future of the film industry in the digital age, in terms of technology, con...

World Cinema Fund (WCF) expands focus regions: South East Asia and the Caucasus

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 During the World Cinema Fund Day on February 14 the WCF announced an expansion of the focus regions. Alongside projects from Africa, Latin America, Middle East and Central Asia, filmmakers from South East Asia and the Caucasus can be funded from summer 2007 onwards. The WCF is active in production funding as well as in distribution support. The submission deadline for production funding is March 15, 2007, for distribution support in Germany the deadline is February 27, 2007.“We always believ...

World Cinema Fund Day At The Berlinale

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Wednesday, February 14----Today, the Berlin Film Festival celebrated The World Cinema Fund (WCF) with a series of events the Festival dubbed World Cinema Fund Day. The Fund was founded in 2004 as a joint initiative of the German Federal Cultural Foundation and the Berlin International Film Festival, with the Goethe Institute participating as a cooperation partner since 2005. The Fund supports film projects from the focus regions Latin America, Africa, the Middle East and Central Asia, as well...

One City, Two Legends

Thursday, February 8----Two legends collided in one city tonight as the Berlin International Film Festival began this evening. For one night only, Edith Piaf waltzed with Marlene Dietrich on the steps of the Berlinale Palast, in the heart of the "new Berlin" Potsdamer Platz. Of course, the two, most deceased, were not dancing in the flesh. But when the music of Edith Piaf, as captured in the Berlinale Opening Night Film LA VIE EN ROSE, spilled onto the streets of Marlene Dietrich Platz, two l...

The Stars Align In Deutschland: an article in the New York Sun

..."The COO of the Paris-based Filmfestivals Entertainment Group, Bruno Chatelin, insists the mixture of small independent films and mainstream industry at the Berlinale is actually good for business on both sides. "The industry thrives on things that major media are interested in," he said. "At the same time, there is the film focus where the media is just looking for the next gem. It's not war exactly, but it's a fight for distribution. And sometimes the small need the big." Mr. Kosslick, me...

Speed Interview with Dieter Kosslick, Busy Berlinale Chief

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Filmfestivals correspondant Claus Mueller sat down with Dieter Kosslick head of the Berlin festival for an open discussion on the festival changes. Claus Mueller What is the most important change compared to last year?Dieter Kosslick The most important change of course is that we finished out five year plan, including the change of the market, that is the move to the Martin Gropius Bau. That was a big move, and there is another little change, that we give the awards at the end of the festival on...

Refreshing, eye-opening, heart-warming, sad and beautiful cinema in Berlin

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"Refreshing, eye-opening, heart-warming, sad and beautiful cinema,” is what festival director Dieter Kosslick wishes for the 56th Berlinale. It’s a year of superlatives for the festival: the most professional guests, the most journalists, record participation at the Berlinale Talent Campus and at the new European Film Market in the Martin-Gropius-Bau – and audience interest in the Berlinale, “the public festival”, is as high as ever. Even more than the numbers, it’s the themes and co...

Moritz de Hadeln, president od Damascus Film Fest Jury

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Moritz de Hadeln, president of the International Jury of The 14th Damascus International Film Festival The minister of Culture of the Syrian Arab Republic, Dr.Mahmoud Al-Sayyed, and the head of the Syrian National Film Organization and Festival Director, Mohamad Al-Ahmad, have invited Moritz de Hadeln - former director of the Locarno, Berlin and Venice Film Festivals - as President of the International Jury of the 14th Damascus International Film Festival, to be held from November 20 to 27, 2005...

De Hadeln reveals line up of 170 for inaugural Montreal

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170 productions from 40 countries at the Inaugural Edition of the New Montreal Filmfest including 60 Feature-Length Films in World, International or North-American première!The New Montreal Filmfest has announced those films selected for the very first edition, set to take place from September 18th to 25th, 2005. And let the record show that Program Director Moritz de Hadeln and his team have managed to score a plethora of extraordinary productions to open Montreal’s newest world-class even...

Kosslick : Berlinale beyond the Talent Campus

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Berlinale .. BEYOND THE TALENT CAMPUSKosslick prefers the term broadening (breiter machen) to enlarging (vergroessern) when discussing the rapid expansion of the Berlinale and the addition of new festival components. The European Film Market (EFM) grew by thirty percent and included this year more than 200 companies and more than 810 market screenings with close to forty percent of the EFM films also shown in other sections of the Berlinale. Thus EFM’s claim to presenting upscale quality comme...

19th Berlin Teddy Awards: the Winners

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19th TEDDY Awards 2005 – The Winners The nine members of this international jury – organisers of queer and other film festivals – view films within the framework of all programs of the Berlinale which have queer context. Three films are nominated for each category and one receives a TEDDY for best feature film, best short film and best documentary/essay film, each with a cash award of € 3,000. Members of the Jury:Carla Despineux (Germany), João Ferreira (Portugal), Michael Kutza (USA), ...

Spectra 's new management team for new Montreal festival

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Le Regroupement pour un festival de cinéma à Montréal and L’Équipe Spectra are pleased to confirm the appointment of international-film luminary Moritz de Hadeln as head delegate, programming of the New Montreal FilmFest. Ms. Erika de Hadeln , who has extensive international film festival experience, will hold the position of assistant director. Mr. De Hadeln, whose appointment gives the Festival instant international credibility, will be backed by a solid Quebec-programming team and a pre...

A new Festival in Montreal

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A FESTIVAL IS REBORN IN MONTREALOne of the more intriguing announcements made here in Berlin is the establishment of a new film festival in Montreal, to be held from October 12 to 23 of this year. Industry watchers have followed the political drama that has been slowly emerging since August with the announcement that the Montreal World Film Festival, a fixture for several decades, had lost its governmental funding from Telefilm Canada and a host of other professional institutions.Criticism had c...

Teddy Berlinale "Bears " for G&L films

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19th Teddy awards during BerlinaleFebruary 18, 2005At the Berlinale, films with gay, lesbian or transgender content have always been an integral component of all its sections. A nine-member TEDDY Jury views the works and selects the TEDDY-winners for best short film, feature film and documentary / essay film. Every year some 40 films from the different sections of the Berlinale compete for the three TEDDY awards. This year’s film programme and screening schedule will be announced on February 1...

Berlin Panorama celebrates 20 years

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PANORAMA CELEBRATES TWENTY YEARSThe Panorama section of the Berlin Film Festival is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, continuing a tradition of bringing the work of innovative and original artists to the international arena.The Panorama’s “patron saint” is its founder, Manfred Salzgeber, a theater owner and arthouse distributor, who almost single handedly created the underground film aesthetic in Berlin, and was influential in the spread of these unique films to countries all ove...

Montreal Festival controversial situation

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Herewith an information sent to foreign media by The Montreal World Film Festival regarding Spectra and Moritz de Hadeln.We are publishing this without any comment at this stage."We have enjoined Spectra not to use the legal names under which the World Film Festival is registered and known worldwide. Despite this, we have been apprised from reports in the press, that Spectra is using the name Festival International de Films de Montréal and New Montreal International Film Festival. These names h...

Berlinale adding World Cinema Fund

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Abetted by his creative staff Dieter Kosslick is adding another initative to Berlin’s film repertoire: the World Cinema Fund established by the German Federal Cultural Foundation and administered by the German UNESCO Commission through 2007. Primary purpose is support for the production and distribution of film projects in Latin America, the Middle East, Central Asia and Africa with funding provided immediately. Accessible to German producers and their foreign counter parts for cooperative an...

Marco Müller appointed as Venice Festival chief.

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Marco Müller has been appointed director of the Venice Film Festival. The new Administration Board of the Venice Biennale headed by newly appointed President Davide Croff took the decision on its first meeting on Thursday, March 4. Marco Müller takes over from Moritz de Hadeln, who had directed the festival for the last two years, and whom the Board thanked "for his contribution to consolidate the event". Marco Müller has been appointed for a period of four years. Marco Müller, born 1953 in ...

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