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Festival of Film Schools kicks in Munich

27th Munich International Festival of Film Schools (November 17 - 24, 2007)On Sunday, November 18, Munich's Lord Mayor Christian Ude will officially open the 27th Munich International Festival of Film Schools in the ARRI Cinema. After the screenings, the roughly 50 film students from around the world will be celebrating their participation at the Max-Emanuel-Brauerei.The opening night film is a world premiere. A thesis film from Munich's University of Television and Film, director Tim Trachte's ...

Fribourg International Film Festival re-composed its Committee

At its General Assembly of 14 November 2007 the Association of the Fribourg International Film Festival re-composed its Committee and appointed the artistic director for the next three editions (2008-2010). Edouard Waintrop will be in charge of the course and the artistic programming of the Festival from 2008 to 2010. Already designated last summer by the FIFF Committee for the 2008 Festival, he expressed the wish to be able to continue beyond his upcoming initial experience, which will take pla...

Thoughts from AFI on females faces in Film

Female Faces in Film Story and photo by MICHELLE PASTER, AFI Daily News Magazine Editor Female filmmakers have a strong presence at AFI FEST this year. In two films, JELLYFISH, from Israel, and WITH YOUR PERMISSION, from Denmark, the female filmmakers' sensibilities impact character development and choice. Though the directors come from different cultures, the ties that bind their films are family, personal relationships, and love or the lack of it. In writer/director Shira Gefen's JE...

Teen Idol Davy Jones In Town for SEXSINA POPSTAR P.I.

 Monday, November 5--------In what has to be one of the more unusual entries in the Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival, the campy SEXINA POPSTAR P.I. will have its world premiere at the Festival tomorrow night. The music industry-cum-private-eye satire, directed by award-winning cinematographer Eric Sharkey, stars Lauren D'Avella as a Britney Spears-like musical superstar who fights crime in her off hours. Not only will the director and his fab star be making the South Florida scene a...

Kluckin Films Day of The Dead Bash 2007

Bloody Wet T-Shirt ContestKluckin Films & The Steele HorsePresent:Return of Day of The Dead Bash 2007Sport your support for low budget horror!Your are cordially invited to celebrate a Tribute to the horror of the 80's! Hosted by Leah Carroll Myers. Highlights:Horror movies all nightShort Horror Film Contest - to enter see Short Film Contest -Bloody Wet T-Shirt Contest (No entry fee)Kill Syndrome Cover UnveilingRafflesGive A WaysTreat bags for everyoneFood and Drink SpecialWhere: Steel Horse ...

Discovering Latin America Film Festival in London

6th Discovering Latin America Film Festival22 Nov – 2 Dec 2007London’s leading Latin American film festival will open its door to the public for the 6th time in 2007, featuring internationally acclaimed films, documentaries, and directors to celebrate ethnic diversity and help projects to tackle poverty in Latin America. The Festival will take place between 22nd November and 2nd December, in four of London’s main venues, Odeon Covent Garden, Odeon Panton Street, Ritzy and Tate Modern. The ...

Magical Realism In The Mountains of Mongolia

 Friday, October 12-------In a busy season of Fall premieres, one of the most unique films in the pipeline has to be KHADAK, the feature debut of writers-directors Peter Brosens and Jessica Woodworth. The film won the prestigious Lion of the Future Award at the Venice Film Festival, following its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival. It opens theatrically today at New York's Cinema Village, to be followed by a national release by LifeSize Entertainment.The film is set in the frozen st...

New initiatives for Dubai Industry Office

The Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) has introduced a number of new initiatives for its Industry Office, including a Project Market, a producer's training program, and a screenwriting master class.   Under the guidance of Associate Director Jane Williams (industry consultant for reputed organizations such as Cinemart and  The European Commission), the DIFF Industry Office has been designed to provide a platform for information exchange and share of best practice between Arab f...

Fathers And Sons As A Potent Theme

 Saturday, September 15------The complex, competitive and ultimately loving relationship between fathers and their sons has been the potent theme of a number of films at this year's Toronto International Film Festival. Perhaps it is only my own personal taste (after all, in a sea of over 350 films, one chooses to take the journeys that most resonate with one's own sensibilities), but the theme came up again and again in a group of very different films.The struggle for reconciliation between a ...

Fathers & sons a potent theme among films from Toronto

The complex, competitive and ultimately loving relationship between fathers and their sons has been the potent theme of a number of films at this year's Toronto International Film Festival. Perhaps it is only my own personal taste (after all, in a sea of over 350 films, one chooses to take the journeys that most resonate with one's own sensibilities), but the theme came up again and again in a group of very different films.The struggle for reconciliation between a demanding father and his reacti...

Best from Europe at Rio International Film Festival

16 European films receive EFP´s Film Sales Support at the Rio International Film Festival (20 September – 4 October 2007)Starting off on 20 September and closing on 4 October, the Rio International Film Festival is one of the most important and longest events in Latin America. It has meanwhile become a busy place to discover Brazilian as well as international films and to conduct business as the festival also holds its new RioMarket which runs from 21 September to 3 October. RioMarket combin...

Sculpture Competition for UAE resident sculptors around the the new prize trophy Dubai Muhr Awards

The Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) is offering UAE resident sculptors the chance to gain international recognition by shaping and crafting the new prize trophy for the annual Muhr Awards for Excellence in Arab Cinema. ‘Muhr’ means young horse in Arabic, and represents the nobility, spirit and rich Arabian heritage of the region. The chosen design must reflect a theme of excellence in film, and convey strength and creativity.DIFF’s Artistic Director and Coordinator General of the ...

EFP Supports European Film In Toronto

 Monday, September 3----------European Film Promotion (EFP), the pan-European agency of the continent's film promotion boards, again returns to the Toronto International Film Festival with a program of support for European filmmakers and sales agents. For this year's edition, 39 European films will benefit from the Film Sales Support (FSS) initiative sponsored by EFP. 26 different European sales agents and production companies are receiving support for the promotion of 39 European films in ...

Sales Support for 39 European films at Toronto

39 European films benefit from Film Sales Support at the Toronto International Film Festival, 6-15 September 200726 different European sales agents and production companies are receiving EFP’s established Film Sales Support (FSS) for the promotion of 39 films at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival. For the third year in succession, FSS, which is backed by the MEDIA Programme of the European Union, is helping to increase the visibility of European films outside of Europe by encour...

Sights of the Montreal World Film Festival

Saturday, September 1----------Photographic moments from the 31st edition of the Montreal World Film Festival, with photos courteosy of the Festival organization....


117 Features & docus from EFP to Screen at Toronto

117 Features and Documentaries from 24 of European Film Promotion’s 28 Member Countries to Screen at the 2007 Toronto International Film Festival®European Film Promotion (EFP) with support from the European Union's MEDIA Programme, will attend the Toronto International Film Festival® (September 6-15) for the eleventh consecutive year. Joining the 17 EFP member countries who comprise a de facto European delegation with display booths in the Festival’s Sales & Industry Office, are two EFP me...


Chaim Pevner, Film CriticFILM NOTES TO THE BARBICAN YIDDISH FILM RETROSPECTIVE(London, October 12-24, 1996) THE YIDDISH language cinema is nearly unique among world cinema cultures in that it had no specific homeland.  Yiddish films, including “silent Yiddish” films, were produced wherever there were major Yiddish speech communities and a Yiddish theatrical circuit  from which  talent could be recruited.  The majority of Yiddish language films were therefore made in New York or in P...

First Russian Film festival to launch in London

Russian Film Festival in London 27 September – 3 October 2007: at the Apollo West EndAcademia Rossica, in collaboration with the Russian Ministry of Culture, is delighted to present the first ever Russian Film Festival to be held in the UK.With support from the Russian Embassy in London, the festival will be taking place from the 27th September until 3rd October 2007 at London’s renowned Apollo West End cinema.The Press Preview will be held on 11th September at the Apollo West End.The Russia...

FILMI South Asian Film Festival

The eighth Annual FILMI South Asian Film Festival (FSAFF), in association with TELUS, comes to the NFB mediatheque and AGO Jackman Hall in Toronto August 8 to 12. This year's FILMI South Asian Film Festival 8 features a whole host of exciting and riveting films about South Asian Diaspora in an increasingly urbanizing and globalizing world. Programming highlights include: The closing night film Life in a Metro, by Anurag Basu, the hilarious Canadian premiere of Offshore by Diane Cheklich, Liz Mir...

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Durban International Film Festival Awards

The 28 th Durban International Film Festival finished 12 days of glorious film. The filmfest ran from 20 June till 1 July.Award winners:* Best Film: Ezra, directed by Newton Aduaka. "This bold and daring film takes viewers into the heart of the politics of war and hatred. Ezra does not want to appease the eye - instead it wants viewers to look the ugly truth in the face. The film boasts a superb dramative narrative structure, and an excellent cast of faces and locations. It is a deserved winner....

Inaugural Cancun International Film Festival

The 2007 Cancun International Film Festival (14-18 November) will be an exciting 5-day series of events showcasing the best of international films from around the world, as well as specailly selected films from Latin America. Spotlight on Latin AmericaThis Competitive Program will include approximately 10 – 12 films from Mexico, Latin and South American, including Brazil. more »Real World This Competitive Program will include a collection of feature length documentaries from around the world ...

Sunday, July 8 on MOVIE GEEKS UNITED! Director Perry Santos

MOVIE GEEKS UNITED!Sunday, July 86pm (EST)Join the Movie Geeks for a very special guest...PERRY SANTOSMr. Santos was Martin Scorsese's assistant during the production of "Casino" associate producer on Scorsese's film "Kundun".......James Cameron's assistant during the production of "Titanic"......and is stepping behind the director's lens for the much-buzzed about documentary film..."I'M RICK JAMES"Join us for a terrific, insigh...