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President of Media Salles on Europe Enlargment

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Jens Rykaer - President of MEDIA SallesAs of 1 May 2004, the European Union will consist of 25 countries with 450 million inhabitants. Whilst welcoming these new members - and in particular all those who work in the world of the cinema - I should like us to remember that the strength of this new and increasingly far-flung Europe,lies in its diversity, as the President of the European Commission, Romano Prodi, has emphasised on several occasions. Diverse peoples and diverse cultures that must fin...

DigiTraining Plus: D- Innovation for European Cinemas

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"DigiTraining Plus: New Technologies for European Cinemas" Kuurne, Belgium31 March - 4 April 2004Dear friends, the Barco headquarters in Kuurne, Belgium, just saw the closure of the specialized course for cinema exhibitors: "DigiTraining Plus: New Technologies for European Cinemas", organized by MEDIA Salles, that was specifically dedicated to digital cinema. A highly positive evaluation of the course emerged from the more than 40 participants and experts, arriving from 13 European countries, fr...

Jester Wins at Sprockets - Toronto children's Fest

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JESTER TILL (TILL EULENSPIEGEL) receives Audience Award for best animation film at the prize-giving ceremony for the 7th International Children's Film Festival SPROCKETS in Toronto. The Audience Award for Best Animation Film was presented at the closing ceremony of SPROCKETS in Famous Players Canada Square to the animated feature JESTER TILL (TILL EULENSPIEGEL) by Eberhard Junkersdorf. The film was produced by Munich Animation Film (in co-production with CP Medien/Ludwigsburg and De Familie Jans...

Mantegna honored at LAIFFA

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LIFE TIME ACHIEVEMENT A JOE MANTEGNA TONIGHT AT THE ARCLIGHT - VENITIAN CARNIVAL ,THE BELLYDANCE SUPERSTARS & THE DESERT ROSES. Joe Mantegna will be honored at "The Sixth Annual Los Angeles Italian Film Awards" (LAIFAFEST 2004), Tonight Sunday April 25 at 7:30, at the Arclight Cinemas in Hollywood. Mr. Mantegna  will be presented with the LAIFA 2004 Life Time Achievement Award followed by the "VENETIAN CARNIVAL PARTY". THE BELLYDANCE SUPERSTARS WILL BE PERFORMING DURING THE AWARD CEREMONY AND ...

The Fipresci Jury

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CANNES 2004: THE JURY OF THE INTERNATIONAL CRITICS (FIPRESCI JURY)David Robinson, UK, presidentGérard Camy, France Howard Feinstein, USADubravka Lakic, Serbia-MontenegroAgnès Catherine Poirier, France Mariano Morace, SwitzerlandBlagoja Kunovski, MacedoniaZlatko Vidackovic, CroatiaHassouna Mansouri, TunesiaSecretary: Caroline Vié-Toussaint, FranceThe jury will present the Prize of the International Critics to films — in the competitive section— in "Un Certain Regard" — in "Directors Fort...

Corto in Bra: Brief Emotions on The Big Screen

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“Corto in Bra”, Brief Emotions on The Big ScreenFrom 21st to 25th April the international festivaldedicated to short films.Three competition categories with a prize for the best original Italian screenplay, the best short films coming from the whole of Europe and a space reserved for food lovers organised with the help of Slow Food.Among others, Antonio Albanese and the young directors, Shimmy Marcus and Alessandro Piva will sit on the Jury. Three categories, five prizes and juries made up o...

L'adoption screened at recent Paris Film Festival

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L'adoption written and directed by Alain-Paul MallardScreened at Paris Film Festival earlier in AprilIt is summer in a small town in France, a heat that weighs listlessly on a landscape of newly constructed identical houses and dry wasteland, intersected with slip roads and railway lines. To assuage their boredom, best friends Marion (Selma El Mouissi) and Mélanie (Iliana Zabeth), 10 and 12 years old respectively, ride around on their bikes and claim as their own a half-completed building aband...

Rhode Island fest links to Grammy awards

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RHODE ISLAND FILM FESTIVAL TO BEGIN SUBMITTING TO THE GRAMMY AWARDS THIS YEARStarting this year, the Rhode Island International Film Festival (RIIFF) will be selecting and submitting filmmakers and composers, via their music, for all 105 categories of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences' annual Grammy Awards.In a unique and exciting new partnership, the Rhode Island International Film Festival (RIIFF) has joined forces with the Providence, RI-based company, Big Noise, LLC, to off...

Earth Day, April 22 wills see Artivist kick off

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Premiering on EARTH DAY, April 22, for seven days and nights filmmakers from around the world will unite at the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood, CA. To witness and address the unwavering necessity of art and activism in our global community. These activist artists “Artivists', are bound together in their belief that actions do create change and no voice goes unheard. This year’s films highlight: International Human Rights, Children’s Advocacy, Animal Rights, Environmental Preservation, and...

South Asia Human Rights Fest

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Held for the second time at New York’s prestigious Asia Society from February 26 – 28, the SOUTH ASIA HUMAN RIGHTS FILM FESTIVAL reflects the trend towards specialized subject oriented festivals with limited programs and small audiences. Most of the recently produced nine features and documentaries screened originated in India with Bangladesh, Nepal, Sri Lanka, and Pakistan contributing one film each. Organized by the Asia Society, the non-profit “Breakthrough’ group’, and Syracuse Un...

MIFED official strategy for the future

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Audiovisual Industry Promotion strategy for Mifed 2004 and future guidelines.MIFED 2004The 71st Mifed will take place from October 12th to 16th at Milan Fairgrounds.The choice of the new dates has been based on the needs expressed by the market majority (attendance to the greatest number of markets) and to favour both financially and logistically sellers and non European buyers already in Europe for the market scheduled just beforehand – MipCom, 4-8 October.Mifed will be simultaneous to and in...

Berlin Wraps Today

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The grand awards of Golden Bear for best film and several Silver Bear awards, 54th Berlinale will be chosen today at 2pm with a red carpet awards ceremony at 6.30. The International Jury for 2004 composed of Frances McDormand, Maji-da Abdi, Valeria Bruni Tedeschi, Samira Makhmalbaf, Peter Rommel, Gabriele Salvatores and Dan Talbot, will announce the award winners.Moira Sullivan...

Fipresci prize will be annouced today

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Fédération Internationale de la Presse Cinématographique (FIPRESCI). The International Film Critics Association awards its prize to a film screened in each section of the Official Programme (Competition, Panorama) as well as in Forum. The Award Ceremony takes place on February 13, 2004 in the Kino Arsenal at 6:00 p.m. Jury Members: CompetitionDana Linssen (Netherlands) President of the juryMilan Vlajcic (Serbia-Montenegro) Mohammed Rouda (U.S.A.) PanoramaSheila Johnston (Great Britain) Esin K...

Bangkok International Festival Awards

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The Golden Kinnaree Award brings to the film festival both a symbol of Thai mythology and a history for the Bangkok Int'l Film Festival's awards. The esthetically beautiful design of the award signifies principles, rationality and inspiration. The figure of a half-human half-bird is called Kinnon for male and Kinnaree for female , and relates to the ancient beliefs in folklore referred to in Buddhism and Hinduism among countries in Asia, including Thailand. Accoding to Buddhist and Hindu legends...

DigiTraining Plus: New Technologies for European Cinemas

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"DigiTraining Plus: New Technologies for European Cinemas"A worshop taking in Kuurne, Belgium on 31 March - 4 April 2004The training initiative promoted by MEDIA Salles is open to exhibitors from countries belonging to the MEDIA Programme.DigiTrainining Plus will cover the following main topics:The present state of the European and international market for digital screening Overview of technologiesBusiness modelsProgramming and contentsLessons will be held in English.Course participation fee (co...

Happy New Year on the Festival Circuit

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Filmfestivals Entertainment Group and the team wish you a fabulous year on the Festival Circuit.Best wishes for a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year for you and your families.Bruno Chatelin, Malo Girod de l'Ain, Helen Dobrensky Abdoulaye Sawane and team!"Happy New Year!" That greeting will be said and heard a lot for a couple of weeks as a new year gets under way. But the day celebrated as New Year's Day in modern America was not always January 1. ANCIENT NEW YEARSThe celebration of the new ...

Audience's choice for "Indigo" debut in Santa Fe

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How good does a movie have to be to be “relevant?” Is it the implied message, or the delivery system, the power of the story itself that makes or breaks it. The obvious answer, of course, is the story. No story, no characters that are interesting and relatable, then no relevance. Or so it goes.It’s a tried and true formula, be it from the biggest of studios to the tiniest of indie films shot on the run, but I witnessed an interesting twist on the premise this past week-end at the Santa Fe ...

Gianni Profita & Ph. Wolff on European Cinema figures

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The number of tickets sold on the 18 markets of Western Europe grows by 0.9% in 2002, rising from 958 to 966 million. Admissions are down, however, in the countries of Eastern Europe and the Mediterranean Rim, where they record an overall dip of 4.6%, from 106 to 101 million tickets sold in the 2001-2002 period.These are some of the figures presented in the new “European Cinema Yearbook” – 2003 advance edition, produced by MEDIA Salles and presented at Taormina this morning, Saturday 15 No...

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