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Indiefest kicks off

Indiefest Film Festival and Market, kicks off on July 29th and runs through August 7th. Screenings will take place at the exquisite Landmark Century Centre Cinema (2828 N. Clark St.) and the special “Screening Room” at Le Meridien Chicago (521 N. Rush St. (@ Michigan Ave)) in Chicago. Indiefest 2005 opens on July 29th with the world premiere of “Blood Deep”, a thriller directed by Todd Kniss. Lead actress Jordan Belfi (HBO’s “Entourage”) will attend the festivities with the directo...

Stealaway: Feature winner at Moondance


Cologne KunstFilmBiennale second competition this fall

Second International Competition of the Cologne KunstFilmBiennale The programmatic focus of the Cologne KunstFilmBiennale (19 - 24 October 2005) will be the intersection of visual arts and film. The following are eligible for entry in the competition: films by visual artists; documentaries about visual artists; feature films with visual arts as the subject. The works must be produced after 2003 and they must be fit to be screened as a film (16 mm, 35 mm) or video (Beta SP, DVD). The main prize i...

2nd Warsaw jewish film fest concluded

2ND WARSAW JEWISH FILM FESTIVAL (MAY 19 -- 25, 2005)A ROUSING SUCCESSBy Alex Deleon-PevnyThe second convening of the new International Jewish Film Festival in Warsaw proved to be an even bigger success than the first edition a year ago. The official Polish designation, directly translated, comes out as "The Warsaw International Film Festival on Jewish Motifs" which seems to leave room for a broad interpretation of just what it is that counts as a "Jewish film". Indeed, as we shall see, some of ...

Austin Cine Las Americas line up

Cine Las Americas Media Arts Center presents the 8th Cine Las Americas International Film Festival, bringing the best of Latin American and Indigenous cinema to Austin from April 20 - 24. This year, the festival features a rich selection of dramatic and documentary films made by and/or about Latin and Indigenous groups from Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Chile, El Salvador, the United States, Mexico, Nicaragua and Peru. The festival will open on Wednesday, April 20 at t...

6th Festival of German Cinema in Rome

German Films is organising the 6th Festival of German Cinema in Rome from April 7-11, 2005. The audiences in Rome will get to see six new feature films, a documentary and a selection of short films. The festival will be opened by the winner of the Silver Bear for Best Direction and the Best Lead Actress SOPHIE SCHOLL - THE FINAL DAYS (SOPHIE SCHOLL - DIE LETZTEN TAGE). Director Marc Rothemund will be there in person to introduce the film to the local audience. Following the screening, German Fil...

London Gay and Lesbian Film Festival 2005

The London Gay and Lesbian Film Festival runs March 30- April 13th. Opening film is:Prey for Rock & Roll (USA, 2003), starring the queen of gender bending, Gina Gershon. (USA, 2004) Mysterious Skin by Greg Araki (USA, 2004) closes, which had its world premiere in the Horizontal section at Venice 2004. One of the largest gay and lesbian film festivals, the London event tries to accord equal representation for the latest films by gays and lesbians. US/UK films predominate the selection, and there ...

EcoVision - Palermo inaugural Fest of environmental cinema

EcoVision - 1th edition International Festival of environmental cinema(Palermo, May 27 / June, 1th. 2005)In late May 2005 the first edition of the Film Festival EcoVision will take place in the most prestigious monumental centres of Palermo.During the Festival we will expect the arrival of very important personalities with a leading role in the survey of the environmental protection.We will also offer cashprizes and benefits to those who will take part in the film festival.The festival is chi...

South by South West highligts

Now in its 12th year, the South by Southwest (SXSW) Film Festival and Conference is an annual celebration of film - a weeklong opportunity to view, discuss, and explore all aspects of film creation and production, from screenwriting through distribution. For nine days in March, the SXSW Film Festival screens the best in new independent film from around the world. SXSW has gained accolades for the quality of our programming, which focuses on both emerging talent and cinematic greats. With over 18...

19th Berlin Teddy Awards: the Winners

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), ...

Hotel Rwanda director's view on the film

When the world closed its eyes,he opened his arms…Berlin Festival out of competitionA film by TERRY GEORGE starring DON CHEADLE, SOPHIE OKONEDO, JOAQUIN PHOENIX, DESMOND DUBE, DAVID O'HARA, CARA SEYMOUR, FANA MOKOENA, HAKEEM KAE-KAZIM, TONY KGOROGE, MOSA KAISER, MATHABO PIETERSON, OFENTSE MODISELLE and NICK NOLTETen years ago, as the country of Rwanda descended into madness, one man made a promise to protect the family he loved – and ended up finding the courage to save over 1200 people. Ho...

Neil D. Stephenson opens his first Dubai Festival

I am delighted to welcome everyone aboard as the Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) embarks on its maiden voyage on December 6, 2004. I extend a warm welcome to two very special groups of people: our visiting guests who have travelled to Dubai from all over the world, perhaps for the first time, to participate in our festival, and also, my fellow members of the Dubai community. This festival has been created for these two all-important constituencies.Over the last two years, we at Dubai Me...

EFA critics prize to The Weeping Meadow

THE WINNER OF THE EUROPEAN CRITICS AWARD 2004 - PRIX FIPRESCI The European Film Academy and FIPRESCI today announced the winner of this year's Critics Award. The European Film Academy Critics Award 2004 - Prix FIPRESCI goes to the Greek film "Trilogy - The Weeping Meadow"(Trilogia - To Livadi Pou Dakrizi) by Theo AngelopoulosThe Critics' Award is presented in co-operation between the European Film Academy and the International Federation of Film Critics, FIPRESCI. In his statement, FIPRESCI pres...

European Film Pros urge Commission to invest more

'NEW HORIZONS FOR EUROPE'S AUDIOVISUAL SECTOR'EUROPEAN AUDIOVISUAL CONFERENCE UTRECHT - 25, 26, 27 SEPTEMBER 2004EUROPEAN FILM PROFESSIONALS URGE COMMISSION TO INVEST MORE IN SUSTAINABILITY FILM PRODUCTION COMPANIESAt the European Audiovisual conference, held from 25th till 27th September in Utrecht at the occasion of the Netherlands Film Festival, film professionals and policymakers gathered to discuss the future of the European Audiovisual Sector. The main topics were the recognition of differ...

Electric Shadows devoted to Chinese Diaspora

The Scotland-China Association (SCA) exists to foster friendship and understanding between the people of Scotland and China. It brings together250+ people from all walks of life who share an interest in all aspects 250+ of China and Chinese culture. The Association is a non-political, non-sectarian and non-profit organisation, run by unpaid volunteers. The membership and committee includes British-Chinese and Scottish people of all ages.The Scotland-China Association (SCA) is the only Scottish f...

UpOverDownUnder Film Festival in London: soon!

Europe’s only film festival devoted to Australian, New Zealand and South Africans ready to kick off in a week.The London-based UpOverDownUnder Film Festival, now in its 4th year, has grown from a one-night short film competition to a week-long festival, with more than 3000 people passing through the festival doors last year. This year’s UODU festival promises even more, with the short film competition preceded by a week of the best new features and shorts from the three countries, plus filmm...

Montréal World Film Festival opens August 26

A revealing new portrait of controversial Canadian newspaper baron Conrad Black, Citizen Black, a powerful emotional drama from Germany, Sugar Orange, and a delightful crime comedy from Australia, A Man's Gotta Do, are three of the many world premieres that will unfurl at the 28th Montréal World Film Festival, August 26 – September 6.Among the films having their international premieres are 50 Ways to Leave Your Lover, from the U.S.A., Christmas Rematch, (Italy), and Wanted (Germany). North A...

Philadelphia G&L ready to celebrate 10th

From July 15-27, the Philadelphia International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival will celebrate its tenth anniversary as the premier showcase of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered cinema in the region. Now the largest such event in the eastern United States, the Festival will present more than 150 features, documentaries, shorts and related events, ranging from gentle comedies for entire families to controversial dramas strictly for mature audiences.The Festival will also bestow three Artist...

LA Latino Fest ready to screen 100 films

The Eighth edition of the LOS ANGELES LATINO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (LALIFF) will take place July 16th to the 25th at the EGYPTIAN THEATRE in Los Angeles and will showcase over 100 films, 4 of them world premieres and 11 of them US premieres, from various countries as diverse as Portugal, Uruguay, Spain, Mexico, Cuba, Peru, Brazil, Argentina, Bolivia, USA, Chile, Colombia, Puerto Rico, Canada and Venezuela.Within the Official Section, in the Feature Competition we will find titles such as P...

LA Latino Fest ready to screen100 films

The Eighth edition of the LOS ANGELES LATINO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (LALIFF) will take place July 16th to the 25th at the EGYPTIAN THEATRE in Los Angeles and will showcase over 100 films, 4 of them world premieres and 11 of them US premieres, from various countries as diverse as Portugal, Uruguay, Spain, Mexico, Cuba, Peru, Brazil, Argentina, Bolivia, USA, Chile, Colombia, Puerto Rico, Canada and Venezuela.Within the Official Section, in the Feature Competition we will find titles such as ...

European Film Promotion in Moscow

European Film Promotion (EFP), the umbrella organisation for the promotion and marketing of European film in and outside of Europe presents its new scheme, Film Sales Support (FSS), for the benefit of European films screened at selected international film festivals in 2004. FSS which is supported by MEDIA Plus is in its pilot phase and therefore limited to one year only for the time being. The scheme is also backed by the Department for Culture of the City of Hamburg, the German Federal Departme...

Media Salles presentation

MEDIA Salles was hosting a reception yesterday evening at the ‘Pavilion of the European Union – Int’l Village’ for the traditional rendezvous marking the publication of the MEDIA Salles’ Newsletter “European Cinema Journal” no. 3/2004,which includes the figures on cinema-going in 2003.MEDIA Salles’ coming initiatives were presented:The “Focus on Europe” events:- Kidflix Special at the 44th Zlín International Children’s Film Festival, Prague and Zlín, Czech Republi...

Dutch party time today - Cannes day 7

Holland Film is holding their annual cannes festival party today announcing the line up of events linked to dutch presidency of the European Union adn industry activities1) BENELUX SCREENINGSSeptember 24-27· Market programme - the best of new Dutch, Belgian and Luxembourg film productions· Aimed at international buyers, distributors, TV programmers, festival directors, sales agents and film journalists· Video library and industry office2) NETHERLANDS PRODUCTION PLATFORM (NPP)· Presentation o...

Renewing policies on cultural exceptions - Forum

AUDIOVISUAL AUTHORITIES, EXPERTS AND PROFESSIONALS FROM AROUND THE WORLD TO STUDY WAYS TO FOSTER CULTURAL DIVERSITY IN THE CONTEXT OF GLOBAL OPERATOR ACTIVITYTHE MEETING, TO BE HELD AT BARCELONA FORUM 2004, WILL DISCUSS RENEWING THE POLICIES OF CULTURAL EXCEPTIONRepresentatives from the 98 audiovisual authorities in the world, together with operators, producers and experts will meet at Barcelona Forum 2004 to discuss the role that regulators can play in fostering cultural diversity. The new conc...

Think Pink: Miami G&L Fest

THINK PINK: THE MIAMI GAY AND LESBIAN FILM FESTIVAL 2004Miami, a city of vibrant pastel colors, was showing off its pink as it celebrated the 6th edition of the Miami Gay and Lesbian Film Festival (April 23-May 2). The event brought out Miami’s colorful and diverse gay community (and friends) to a showcase of films from the US and overseas, with a special caliente dash of the best of gay and lesbian Latin films.Programmed by Carol Coombes, formerly of the London Gay and Lesbian Film Festival, ...