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New Industry-Sales services announced for Rotterdam Fest

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The International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR) announces the launch of a program of new industry and sales services. These will include the creation of a Sales Club; extension of the Rotterdam Film Office’s role as mediator throughout the year; an improved industry accreditation system and more regular industry newsletters (TigerTopics).Rotterdam festival director Sandra den Hamer is proud to announce that Marnix van Wijk, former Fortissimo Films VP of Marketing & Festivals, has joined the f...

Dreyer is back on the big screen At Copenhagen Film Fest

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At Copenhagen International Film Festival it will not only be possible to see the latest film by Denmark’s most significant film director today, Lars von Trier, but also to enjoy the work of the greatest Danish film maker of all times, Carl Theodor Dreyer.The fact that no less than two of his films - Thou Shalt Honour Thy Wife and Day of Wrath - have been chosen to be part of the official Canon of Danish Art and Culture, underlines that Dreyer’s films play an important part in Denmark’s cu...

Alice : New Copenhagen International Film Festival’s Prize

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Copenhagen International Film Festival’s prize for Best Female Director has now been named the Alice Award.The award is named after the first Danish female sound film director, Alice O´Fredericks (1900-1968) who made her debut as a director in 1934 and continued to work energetically until one year before she died. She has created some of the greatest Danish family films and will be remembered for Fy & Bi, the cherished Far til Fire-movies and the adaptations of Morten Korch’s novels. Moreo...

“Devil’s Miner” wins Estonian People’s Award at Pärnu

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“Devil’s Miner” wins Estonian People’s Award at PärnuBest Film prize goes to “Before Flying Back to Earth”The Devil’s Miner, directed by Richard Ladkani and Kief Davidson, beat off stiff competition from seven other entrants to win top prize at Estonia’s Pärnu International Documentary Film Festival last night (July 16,2006).The 20th edition of the festival, which is held in the country’s delightful summer capital some 130 kilometres south of the administrative capital Tallin...

Ecofilms awards its Golden Deers

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Ecofilms, the International Film & Visual Arts Festival, awarded its Golden Deers at the Rodon open air theater in Rhodes, Greece after the screening of material from the Greek News Archive featuring the evolution of its host island from 1948 to the 1980s.The jury for the Feature-Length Films shared its first prize (6,000 euro) between 2 movies: Mana: Beyond Belief (USA, 90’) by Peter Friedman and Roger Manley, and Shutka Book of Records (Czech Republic, 78’) by Aleksandar Manic. While the f...

Celebration of 100 Years of Norwegian Cinema

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Tuesday, June 6----The Troia International Film Festival is presenting a celebration of the 100th anniverary of Norwegian cinema. The program, which is sponsored by the Norwegian Film Institute in cooperation with the Norwegian Embassy in Portugal, is showcasing 10 films, which range from an early silent gem to two films from the current Norwegian auteur Bent Hamer. The Tribute program began on the Festival opening night, with the rare screening of the 1917 silent film TERJE VIGEN, directed b...

Flying To Portugal for the Troia International Film Festival

Sunday, June 4---Remember the good old days right after 9/11 when everyone was afraid to ride on airplanes, and those of us intrepid (or stupid) enough to continue flying off to film festivals always had empty seats around us? And airlines left on time? And the airline personnel were so happy to see a customer that you got treated like you were in first class (even though you were inevitably in the cheapo seats)? Well, I am here to tell you, brothers and sisters, that those times are long gone...

Flying To Portugal for the Troia International Film Festival

Sunday, June 4---Remember the good old days right after 9/11 when everyone was afraid to ride on airplanes, and those of us intrepid (or stupid) enough to continue flying off to film festivals always had empty seats around us? And airlines left on time? And the airline personnel were so happy to see a customer that you got treated like you were in first class (even though you were inevitably in the cheapo seats)? Well, I am here to tell you, brothers and sisters, that those times are long gone...

En Route To Portugal

Europe’s films more successful than ever at Cannes Film Festival 2006

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When the Cannes International Film Festival 2006 opens on 17 May, this will mark a particularly successful year for Europe’s film industry. Seventeen European films, which all received funding under the EU’s MEDIA programme, have made it into the final selection. The future of the MEDIA programme, the development of business models for Film Online services and the competitiveness of European films abroad will be on the agenda when the EU’s Ministers for Culture and Audiovisual meet with C...

Cinema attendance trends in Europe

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Results were improving at the end of the year, although not sufficiently to recover all the spectators who had been lost during the opening months of 2005 and eliminate the minus sign for a year that remains generally negative throughout Europe.This is what emerges from the up-date on cinema-going published in the MEDIA Salles’ Newsletter, “European Cinema Journal” no. 2/2006, presented today in Cannes by the President Domenico Dinoia, at the aperitif that has become the traditional occasi...

Cannes Meeting of Europa Cinemas exhibitors

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In the presence of Mrs Viviane Reding and Mrs Véronique Cayla 2005: European films progress notably in the Europa Cinemas network In the context of falling cinema attendance, exhibitors belonging to the Europa Cinemas network succeeded in increasing the proportion of European films on their screens.In 2005, almost 60% of screenings were reserved for European films. Progress was apparent above all in the proportion of European films distributed outside their country of origin, which increased fr...

EFP welcomes new member from Romania

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European Film Promotion (EFP) once again is reaching further East. The ROMANIAN FILM PROMOTION Association (APFR) has joined EFP, the European-wide network of film promotion and export organisations, during the 59th Cannes International Film Festival. In February 2006, the POLISH FILM INSTITUTE and the SLOVAK FILM INSTITUTE were the most recent organisations to become a member of EFP which now has 27 member organisations. EFP is financially supported by the MEDIA Programme of the European Union....

Hill 16: Best Film award at the Cherbourg Festival

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'Hill 16', the multi-award winning debut feature film by Dublin writer/director Dermot Doyle scooped this years Prix du jury Lyceens {Young People's Choice} 'Best Film' award at the Cherbourg British & Irish Film Festival, at the award ceremony on Sunday night, April 2nd. . 27 year old Doyle, from Castleknock in Dublin, attended the festival over the weekend with other film-makers from Britain and Ireland. Reacting to the win Doyle said; " It was really special to have our film appreciated by t...

FEST an Easter break in Portugal

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FEST – International Youth Film Festival, is now one of the most important cultural events in Portugal, with all year TV Coverage, and the first Portuguese Film Festival with the capacity to show some works on the Portuguese television regularly, but it is much more than a Film Festival. The festival will have:PremieresMore than 100 FilmsCompetitive SectionConcertsWorkshops Master ClassesDJ´sJazzA world of choices a bit to the taste of everyone.FEST is your perfect choice for the Easter break...

New Swedish Film: Made in Yugoslavia!

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This is a film made by a Swede - now how do you define that? By blood, by territory, by residency, by a hyphenated ethnic identity? Miko Lazic is actually a second generation Swede. He's a Serbian-Swede. His film ...

Oscar Boys, Turks in exile and funny english uncles

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During the ten days of the Berlinale most Berlin dailies adorn their front pages with large color photos of celebrity posturings the night before. On Thursday, day number 7 of the fest, however, what was to be seen on all Berlin front pages were shots of men in hooded white spacesuits holding up dead swans fished out of the city lakes, or otherwise attempting to deal with the sudden arrival of the dreaded aviarian flu virus in the midst of the city. Of course, this does not mean that we can exp...

EFP welcomes new members from Poland and Slovakia

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European Film Promotion (EFP) reaches further East: both the POLISH FILM INSTITUTE and the SLOVAK FILM INSTITUTE joined European Film Promotion (EFP), the European-wide network of film promotion and export organisations, during the 56th Berlin International Film Festival. In April 2005, the NATIONAL FILM CENTER of Bulgaria was the most recent organisation to become a member of EFP, which now has 26 member organisations. “Sometimes things take a bit more time than you think when you start a pro...

Magyar film revue: from the ridiculous to the sublime

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New Hungarian features on view here range from the utterly ridiculous to the utterly sublime. At the ridiculous extreme is "TAXIDERMIA" by "Hukkle" director Pálfi György, while on the sublime side of the spectrum is the ethereally sensuous "The Bird Saviour, Clouds and Wind", by first time director István "Taikyo" Szaladják."Taxidermia" doesn't have much to do with the art of taxidermy (although a taxidermist does make a brief appearance toward the end), but everything to do with force feedi...

The film festival of Portugal is back to Oporto in a week

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The film festival of Portugal is back to Oporto between the 20th February and the 5th March. As usual, the Rivoli is the main theatre of Portugal¹s leading festival- with its competitive sections, Fantasy, Directors Week and Orient Express, as well as the Retrospectives of the 26th edition. And they are the Hungarian Cinema, Bollywood Cinema, Bill Plympton, the Brothers Shaw and German Expressionism.Also included in the program is the best of the latest Portuguese cinema and an Homage to Manoel...

Budapest Fest sets record in spite of bomb scare

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BUDAPEST FEST SETS RECORD IN SPITE OF BOMB SCAREby Alex Deleon, BudapestFebruary 12, 2OO6With ticket sales now counted and statistics compiled, it turns out that the 37th Hungarian Film Review (Magyar Film Szemle) in Budapest set a new paid attendance record in spite of the fact that an entire evening of screenings had to be canceled because of a bomb threat. The phoned in threat turned out to be a false alarm, probably the act of a twisted mind rather than a Moslem terrorist cell, however, with...

Hungarian Film Week to show Szabo's latest film

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The 37th Annual Hungarian Film Week, or "Magyar Filmszemle" (Film Survey) as it is officially known, opens the curtain on February 1st and will continue for five days thereafter, during which an overview of the entire preceding year's film production -- both features and shorts -- will be presented. There are actually very few such exclusively national festivals (most of them in former Communist bloc countries) showing the entire film production each year of a relatively small country at one fa...

35th International Film Festival Rotterdam line up complete

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35th International Film Festival RotterdamJanuary 25 – February 5, 2006Rotterdam festival to screen 53 world-, 19 international and 20 European premieresThe 35th International Film Festival Rotterdam will include 92 feature length premieres. These can be divided into 53 world-, 19 international and 20 European premieres. The program is decidedly focused on young, innovative and independent film-making – and decidedly from all corners of the world. As usual, the programme contains a mixture o...

The Göteborg Film Festival, No 29!

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The Göteborg Film Festival, now in its 29th year will be held 26th January to 4th of February, becoming the Nordic film branch headquarters for ten days. The festival head is the esteemed film critic Jannike Åhlund who has been active for nearly three decades on the Swedish film scene and a member of the Un Certain Regard jury at Cannes 2003. The festival is both a public forum as well as a branch meeting place with 450 features, shorts, and documentaries from 60 countries.George Clooney’s ...
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