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The Copenhagen International Film Festival moves in 2006

When the Copenhagen International Film Festival unspools for the fourth time in the Danish capital it will be one month later than in previous years. In 2006 the festival rolls out the red carpet from 21 September - 1 October. “We are thrilled that our good collaboration with the city’s cinemas has given us the opportunity to shift our dates from next year,” says festival director Janne Giese. ”From the start it has been very important for us to move away from the holiday month and into ...

One world Berlin Human Rights Festival opens

From November 16 to 23 November, the 2nd edition of the ONE WORLD BERLIN Human Rights Media Festival will take place. ONE WORLD BERLIN is the partner festival of the One World International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival in Prague that took place for the 7th time under the auspices of Václav Havel. ONE WORLD BERLIN is organized by Haus der Demokratie und Menschenrechte and EYZ Kino.The Turkish film Oyun (The Play) by Pelin Esmer will open the festival on November 16 at Casino in Bethani...

European Film Awards 2005 - The Nominations

The European Film Academy has announced the nominations for the European Film Awards of 2005 (to be presented in Berlin, on December 3). European FilmBrodre (Brothers) by Susanne BierCaché (Hidden) my Michael HanekeDon't Come Knocking by Wim WendersL'Enfant (The Child) by Jean-Pierre & Luc DardenneMy Summer of Love by Pawel PawlikowskiSophie Scholl - Die letzten Tage (Sophie Scholl, The Final Days) by Marc Rothemund European DirectorSusanne Bier for Brodre (Brothers)Roberto Faenza for Alla luc...

River to River. Florence Indian Film Festival with a mission

The fifth edition of River to River. Florence Indian Film Festival will take place from 9th to 15th December 2005 at the cinema Spazio Uno in Florence, Italy, under the direction of Selvaggia Velo.The River to River. Florence Indian Film Festival is the first film festival of the world to be completely consecrated to the Indian cinema and the films concerning India; and to achieve the purpose of offering a more complete vision of India, the Festival has been opened also to the films coming from ...

István Szabó to receive Honorary Lubina in Cottbus

As the FilmFestival Cottbus - Festival of East European Cinema announced today, the Hungarian director and OSCAR-winner István Szabó will be honoured with the „Lubina“ on the occasion of the 15th festival. Szabó, who has been the honorary president of the FilmFestival Cottbus since 2000, will be receiving this prize in recognition of his commitment as a supporter and international ambassador for the festival. The presentation will be held on November 8 during the opening ceremony in the C...

Baku Festival winners

The winners of the 5th International Audiovisual Festival in Baku, AzerbaijanGrandPrix - Raul Cherezo “Scorn” (Spain) The best feature film - Mikis Mazarakis“Aphelium” (Sweden) The best documentary - Hagit Keysar “A drive on an alleged road” (Israel) The best animation - Oksana Chernenko“Bad sign” (Ukraine) The best author TV-program - Emil Djumabaev “Song of Dusk” (Kirgyzstan) The best clip - Punhan Hasanli“My God” (Azerbaijan) The best video-art - Yonatan Vinitsky“I m...

The 47th Nordic Film Days Lübeck

The 47th Nordic Film Days Lübeck will open on November 3rd, screening a total of 130 films from the Nordic and Baltic countries between November 3 and ­ 6, 2005. The feature film competition has a very strong line-up, including such works as 'Manslaughter', the third part of the trilogy on Danish society by two-time top prizewinner Per Fly; 'Mother of Mine', the moving story of the evacuation of Finnish children to Sweden during World War II by Klaus Härö, whose Finnish children's film Elina...

Rotterdam Trainee Project for Young Film Critics

8th IFFR Trainee Project for Young Film Critics at the 35th International Film Festival Rotterdam (January 25 - February 5, 2006)The eighth IFFR Trainee Project for Young Film Critics of the International Film Festival Rotterdam offers three young (under 30 years), motivated and talented film critics a chance to get acquainted with the festival and the cinema of the world. The project was created in 1998 motivated by the fact that young and upcoming film critics get less opportunities to explor...

Hamburg 13th closes with cash prizes and "Electric Shadows"

HAMBURG 13 CLOSES WITH CASH PRIZES AND ELECTRIC SHADOWSThe thirteenth installment of the Hamburg Film Festival came to a close on September 29 with an invitational screening of the Chinese film "Electric Shadows" (Dyan-Ying), which is simply a direct translation of the Chinese word for "movies". The film is basically a declaration of love for the medium itself, and female director Xiao Jiang picked up a nice little purse of 10,000 Euros, the Otto Sprenger Prize for best debut film. Sprenger is ...

Saving Face opens the 16th Hamburg G&L Film Fest

Gustav Peter Wöhler and Saving Face open the 16th Hamburg Gay&Lesbian Film FestivalThe 16th Hamburg International Gay&Lesbian Film Festival is scheduled to begin on Tuesday, 11 October, 2005.The show place for this year’s celebration is the Streit’s Kino located at Jungfernstieg, a hot spot for tourists, fashion and Hanseatic tradition just south of the city’s Lake Alster. The audience can look forward to an evening full of variety and entertainment with Gustav Peter Wöhler, a theater or...

Gdynia at tje midpoint: Lions up for grabs

GDYNIA AT THE MIDPOINT -- LIONS UP FOR GRABSAlex Deleon, September 14, 2005The annual feature film output of Poland has been hovering about the thirty marks since the mid nineties and this year is no great exception. Somewhat over thirty features were submitted for consideration, but the festival selection committee this year felt it necessary to make a distinction between high quality productions, mostly by seasoned directors, and cheapies thrown together by younger or first time directors wor...

Chicago warming up with spicy line up

41st Chicago International Film Festival: October 6-20, 2005 An overview of the film line up.Film titles reveal a sexy edge with bits of romance, kiss, addictions, sex addictions, housewarming, The Courage to Love in the Buried Forest at Bee Season and a hidden blade to finish with 2 aurora...Addictions and SubtractionIn Addictions and Subtractions (Columbia/Spain), director Victor Gaviria probes a hot-topic issue that few Latin American filmmakers dare to explore: drugs. This is the stunning ch...

Off Screen winner of Montreal World Film Festival

The World Film Festival – Montreal 2005 wrapped this Monday evening and honored Off Screen by Pieter Kuijpers with the Grand Prix of the Americas.The Dutch-Flemish coproduction Off Screen by Pieter Kuijpers has won the Grand Prix des Ameriques at the 29th World Film Festival in Montréal. Jan Decleir was awarded the Prize for Best Actor for his performance of John R in the film. Off Screen is a coproduction by Dutch Rinkel Film and the Flemish Another Dimension Of An Idea. The film is supporte...

Buster Copenhagen fest for youth

Copenhagen International Film Festival for Children and Youth will take place in four selected cinemas in Copenhagen during the period 12 - 18. september 2005. The official program This year BUSTER offers the largest film programme, of the highest quality, in the history of the festival. The newest, best children and youth films have been included in two extended competition programmes with international and Nordic films. Those consist of 11 children films, 11 children shortfilms as well as 11...

EFA takes over from DDA production of the awards ceremony

Following 8 years of successful collaboration with DDA Productions, who have financed and executive produced the European Film Awards ceremony, the European Film Academy is again moving into a new era. Starting with this year's edition, taking place on Saturday 3rd December in Berlin, the European Film Academy will take over the production of its annual celebration of European filmmaking. This mutually agreed development brings to its natural conclusion the trend started in 2003, when Wim Wende...

Cork to host International Symposium on the Short Film

To mark Cork Film Festival’s 50th Anniversary and to celebrate Cork’s tenure as European Capital of Culture, the festival is hosting a major international Symposium on the Short Film.This prestigious Symposium which will take place in Cork from 6th until 8th October, 2005, will bring together short film specialists, curators, programmers, film makers and film critics from all over the world. Since its inception in 1956, the Cork Film Festival has championed the short film and has an internat...

11 Films Competing for the Heart of Sarajevo

Eleven Feature Films Competing for the Heart of SarajevoEleven feature films from nine countries from the region are competing this year for the Sarajevo Film Festival Award - Heart of Sarajevo.Sarajevo Film Festival (which runs August 19-27) will bring together 11 film crews, i.e. about 100 guests for the Competition Program in the Feature Film category alone.As the programmer of the Competition Program, Elma Tataragić states, what is characteristic in this year’s selection are two threa...

The 1st Copenhagen Screenings (fresh danish)

Copenhagen International Film Festival launched THE COPENHAGEN SCREENINGS OF BRAND NEW DANISH FILMSAugust 23rd - 24th 2005Exclusively for worldwide film buyers and festival programmers.The 1st Copenhagen ScreeningsIn August 2005 Copenhagen International Film Festival will host the first Copenhagen Screenings; two days of professional screenings of the latest Danish films. The films will not yet have opened in Denmark and not been screened in any other festivals. Participation in the Copenhagen S...

Filmfest Hamburg opens its TV section with Die Nachrichten

Filmfest Hamburg opens with DIE NACHRICHTENGeschonneck’s thrilling portrait of the media landscape after GermanReunificationWith the adaptation of the best-selling novel DIE NACHRICHTEN, directed by Alexander Osang with a top-notch cast, the Filmfest Hamburg will open its TV section on September 23, 2005.Director Matti Geschonneck: “DIE NACHRICHTEN – a small panorama of our thin-skinned society, in which a human fate is hanging by a thread just because a rumour or an anonymous denunciation...

Madeira has a film festival!

1st Funchal International Film Festival pays homage to director/producer ANTÓNIO DA CUNHA TELLES and SPANISH CINEMA 7th till 13th NovemberThis yearly event is a project to fulfill the need of audiences to see the film production of lesser known countries and, at the same time, to promote Madeira and its capital as a wonderful tourism destination.Bearing this in mind, the FICF 2005 was born. Its first edition will be held the 5th till 13th November, and it will pay homage to Madeira director/ pr...

Dubrovnik Festival awards

The Dubrovnik International Film Festival has announced its winners:Winnners of DIFF 2005 are:FEATURE FILMSBEST FILM: FROZEN: Directed by Juliet McKeon (UK)BEST DIRECTOR: ZHOOREK Directed by Ryszard Brylski (POLAND)BEST SCREENPLAY: OPROSTI ZA KUNG FU Written and Directed by Ognjen Svilicic (CROATIA)BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY: FROZEN Cinematography by Philip Robertson (UK)DOCUMENTARIESSVE PET Directed by Dana Budisavljevic (CROATIA)SHORT FILMSPHAID Directed by Chris Frey (USA)AUDIENCE AWARDGOLEMATA VO...

17 000 visitors for IndieLisboa

IndieLisboa’s second edition, which was held in Lisbon (Portugal) between April 21st and May 1st, was a huge success: the festival received 17.000 people (more 5.000 than in the first edition) divided between 116 sessions and with 40 sold out sessions. Thus maintaining its initial features (to perceive IndieLisboa as a space that contributes to revealing new films and new directors), this year the festival bet on its growth. More screens (3 in 2004, 4 this year), more films (79 last year, 130 ...

Belgian films Joseph Plateau awards announced

Winners Joseph Plateau Awards 2004 announcedAt this year’s Joseph Plateau Award Ceremony in the Brussels Mercure Royal Crown hotel, the debut feature by Felix Van Groeningen STEVE + SKY was elected Best Belgian Film 2004. The soundtrack of this film (compiled by Soulwax) also won this film a second award. Frédéric Fonteyne’s Gille’s Wife (La Femme de Gille – presented at the 2004 Venice Film Fest) also won two awards: for best director and best screenplay. Belgian actor Benoît Poelvoo...

Peacekeepers One World Fest opener

"THE PEACEKEEPERS",WINNER OF THE VACLAV HAVEL SPECIAL AWARD,OPENED THE 7TH EDITION OF ONE WORLD The Opening Ceremony of the 7th Annual One World International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival took place on Wednesday, April 27th, 2005 in the large auditorium of Prague's Municipal Library. Within the framework of the opening evening, Paul Cowan´s documentary "The Peacekeepers" will be awarded with the Václav Havel Special Award. From the beginning of the One World festival, Václav Havel...

Joannes Paulus II Athlete of God talks to sport

Making of the video "JOANNES PAULUS II TALKS TO SPORT".On September 24th, 2003 a FICTS delegation, led by FICTS President, Italian Prof. Franco Ascani, and by the Polish treasurer Krzysztof Marszalik, was received at the Vatican. At the end of the meeting, His Holiness the Pope Johannes Paulus II was awarded the "Guirlande d'Honneur", FICTS most important honour, for His (then) twenty-five years of Pontificate and for His "significant and profitable action in favour of the affirmation ofethical ...