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Festival VAFI 3 - Call for Entries/Deadline 20 January 2012

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VAFI is a great film festival for animated films made by children or youth under 18 years. VAFI 3 will be held from 12th - 15th April 2012 in Varaždin, Croatia. Visit www.vafi.hr and see how much fun we had on VAFI 1 and 2. It's definitely a place to be! But remember - 20th January 2012 is the last day for you to send us your films and in that way for you to be a part of VAFI 3. Partner on this years VAFI is Japan and we have Sayoko Kinoshita and Dino Sato coming to ...

EFP to introduce ten of Europe´s brightest young actors at 62nd Berlin International Film Festival

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    SHOOTING STARS 2012 selected                     From left to right:: France: Adèle Haenel (House of Tolerance), Germany: Anna Maria Mühe (November Child), Iceland: Hilmar Gudjónsson (Either Way), Ireland: Antonia Campbell-Hughes (The Other Side Of Sleep), Italy: Isabella Ragonese (The First Assignment), Poland: Jakub Gierszał (Suicide Room), Romania: Ana Ul...

Interview with Romanian New Wave filmmaker GABRIEL ACHIM

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Director Gabriel Achim   When I met Romanian director Gabriel Achim, I asked him about his film and he said this: 'Well, if you like intellectual porn then you will like my film...' Well, what a pitch because I couldn’t wait to see it, and indeed ADALBERT'S DREAM (Visul Lui Adalbert, 2011) IS ‘Intellectual Porn’… Read below to get to first base. But to go all the way, you’ll have to see the film!   ME: why is it called ‘Adalb...

The global Bitfilm audience Awards

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The results are out! The global Bitfilm audience has chosen the winners of the Bitfilm Festival 2011 through an online vote.In the category 3D SPACE (computer generated 3D animations), the award goes to Kasi Medidi from Hyderabad (India) for the short film “Feel the Punch”.In the category FX MIX (digitally composed hybrid films) the award goes to Alexander Gellner from Berlin (Germany) for the short film “One Minute Puberty”.In the category MACHINIMA (films shot live in computer games or...

'Francisco Manso: Films must spotlight respect for life & human rights to foster understanding & empathy

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"Respect for life and human rights are  very important and I make movies addressing these issues because it is important for people as well as governments, not to repeat the errors of the past." Thus spake Francisco Manso, director of ‘The Consul of Bordeaux’ the 42nd IFFI's opening film which played to full houses at repeat screenings. Addressing  a crowded media meet at the Maquinez Palace on his birthday (the Lisbon born director turned 62 on November 28)  Man...

'A TRIP' at Cinedays in Skopje, Macedonia!

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                The Slovenian film IZLET (A TRIP, 2011) by writer/director Nejc Gazvoda held its world premier in Sarajevo this year at the 17th Sarajevo Film Festival (SFF). The film screened in competition and was nominated for Best Film. In only four months of touring festivals, the film has been nominated for Best Film in several festivals around the world and won the award for Best Feature Film at its national S...

ELENA at Skopje, Macedonia.

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 The acclaimed Russian director Andrei Zvyagintsev (mostly known for his internationally acclaimed film THE RETURN, 2003) held the world premier of his latest film ELENA (2011) at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival in the 'Un Certain Regard' category, where it won the Special Jury Prize. The film screened last week to audiences in Skopje, Macedonia at the 10th annual 'CINEDAYS'. -Vanessa McMahon photos by Dimitra FourkalidouAndrey Zvyagintsev ...

CIRKUS COLUMBIA at 'Cinedays', Skopje

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  Oscar winning Bosnian director Danis Tanovic's latest film "Cirkus Columbia" (2011) screened this week to Macedonian audiences in its capital city of Skopje during the CINEDAYS film event of 70 films in 10 days! CIRKUS COLUMBIA had its world premier at the 2010 Venice Film Festival and has traveled to festivals around the world since. The film will go on to open the 'Dialogue of Cultures International Film Festival' next Thursday in NYC at SVA theater! Last Sunday at Al...

The External World wins at Tallinn Animated Dreams 2011

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The winners of the awards of 13th Animation Film Festival Animated Dreams were announced on Saturday, 19th of November at the award ceremony in Sõprus Cinema, Tallinn. The Grand Prix winner, a recipient of the Wooden Wolf made by Estonian puppet experts from the Nukufilm studio alongside 1000 euros, was the film The External World (Germany 2010, Dir. David O’Reilly) Chosen by an international jury made up of Anna Solanas (Spain), Nobuaki Doi (Japan) and Andres Mänd (Estonia), the film is an ...

'Cinedays' news, Skopje, Macedonia!

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70 FILMS IN 10 DAYS!!!   I have just returned from CINEDAYS in Skopje, Macedonia where they impressively screened 70 films in just 10 days! The film event is now 10 years old, but as of the last 2 years it has started to hold a competition section for Balkan films, as well as press conferences and Q and A series with competition film directors. So, it looks like Cinedays, Skopje is changing face. Might it become an important international event in the near future and put Skopje mo...

70 films in 10 days at Cinedays, Skopje, Macedonia!

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 I have just returned from CINEDAYS in Skopje, Macedonia where they impressively screened 70 films in just 10 days! The film event is now 10 years old, but as of the last 2 years it has started to hold a competition section for Balkan films, as well as press conferences and Q and A series with competition film directors. So, it looks like Cinedays, Skopje is changing face. Might it become an important international event in the near future and put Skopje more into the light for strategic fi...

A review of 'FORGIVENESS OF BLOOD' at TIFF 2011

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       photo still from 'THE FORGIVENESS OF BLOOD' (2011)  THE FORGIVENESS OF BLOOD (2011) screened last week at the 52nd Thessaloniki Film Festival (TIFF) 2011. Director Joshua Marston once again impresses audiences with his one-of-a-kind filmic verisimilitude. Similar to his international hit MARIA FULL OF GRACE (2004), which was filmed in Columbia and in Columbian Spanish with English subtitles, this globe-trotting American does the same with FORGIVENES...

THE FORGIVENESS OF BLOOD at TIFF...An ecumenical review!

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        photo still from 'THE FORGIVENESS OF BLOOD' (2011) THE FORGIVENESS OF BLOOD (2011) screened last week at the 52nd Thessaloniki Film Festival (TIFF) 2011. Director Joshua Marston once again impresses audiences with his one-of-a-kind filmic verisimilitude. Similar to his international hit MARIA FULL OF GRACE (2004), which was filmed in Columbia and in Columbian Spanish with English subtitles, this globe-trotting American does the same with FORGIVENESS O...

CINEDAYS Festival of European Film

This festival embarked in the period of 15 - 24 November 2002, on the initiative of the famous Spanish film director Pedro Almodovar and Viviane Redding, nowadays vice-President of the European Commission, responsible for Justice, Fundamental Rights and Citizenship and in the year of 2002, member of the European Commission, responsible for Education, Culture, Youth, Media and Sports. Since than, “CINEDAYS”, evolved in a festival that celebrates European film tradition, positioning Skopje, the main capital of Macedonia as the main anchorage for true cinema loving fans. In these past nine years, with every successive edition of the festival we tried to go beyond ourselves, however, at all times, having in mind the one thriving concept: presenting to the ever hungry audience with the finest and most rewarded European film achievements. The International European film Festival “CINEDAYS” became a major film happening which promotes European cultural values and traditions, putting the key emphasis on the European cinematographic heritage, development and nurturing of cinematic culture in general, and above all, offering to the film loving audience the chance to see the latest European film achievements directed by fresh and thriving. Worthy of mentioning is the fact that “CINEDAYS” is the only festival of any character established by the famous Spanish director, and also, the only festival of European film that happens in our country.

Each year, the main program of the festival is consisted of several segments: Competitive program, Gala program (or OFF Competition Program), Cine Balkan program, musical documentaries, Cinema for the Youngest, Short films program and numerous cinema related workshops.

ZÉ DA GUINÉ CRÓNICA DUM AFRICANO EM LISBOA

Director: José Manuel de S. Lopes.
An African youngster, Zé da Guiné, arrives to Lisbon looking for an abundant city, a wonderful World, where all dreams can come true. By that time, in the mid-70s, the city is only abundant in its motion and words. There was no other richness, that richness of the cornucopia he was expecting. He tries to get used to this idea, which is facilitated by the size and movement of the city. He grasps the opportunity and does what he can do best, and which is taught by experience to every African: making the new with the old. He becomes acquainted and friend with all new currents’ protagonists, from arts to the media. He reinvents fashion and invents the night. It is the Brown, the Souk, the Rockhouse, the Noites Longas, the Bebop. Lisbon prevails the night, a colorful night, where all quadrants and all chapels meet and recognize each othr in the mythical Fridays of Noites Longas. Lisbon grows, proud of its people from so many places, and creeds. Before Zé da Guiné, nights were dark, cold and scary. A quarter of a century after, what remains of all this?

Kabelvåg Kunstfilmfestival, Norway

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The Kabelvåg Kunstfilmfestival is finally seeing daylight this November, after local initiatives have materialized into more than just after-party-ideas in early hours of the morning. The small village of Kabelvåg has its roots deep in the fishing traditions of northern Norway. Despite location half-way to the North Pole, the village also boasts a well-established film and art school, a photo college and a considerable amount of local artists who form a vibrant creati...

VAFI 3 - Call for Entries

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Yes, it's that time of the year again when VAFI opens its submission. VAFI 3 will be held from 12th - 15th April 2012 in Varaždin, Croatia, but there is one more important date for you to remember - 20th January 2012 is the last day for you to send us your films and in that way for you to be a part of VAFI 3.   So, you know how it goes - read the Regulations, fill out the Entry Form, burn your DVDs and send them to us! Selection will this year also be done by ASIFA Croatia me...

Nominations for the 24th European Film Awards

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  The 24th European Film Awards with the presentation of the winners - streamed live on http://www.europeanfilmawards.eu/ - will take place in Berlin on 3 December.     EFA Nominations 2011 The nominations for the 24th European Film Awards were just announced at the Seville European Film Festival on Saturday, 5 November. nominated are: EUROPEAN FILM 2011: ...

Co-production Award for Mariela Besuievsky

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Prix EURIMAGES goes to producer from SpainThe winner of the fifth edition of the EUROPEAN CO-PRODUCTION AWARD - Prix EURIMAGES, an award acknowledging the decisive role of co-productions in the European film industry, was announced this weekend in the framework of the Seville European Film Festival in Spain.This year’s prize will go to an outstanding and dedicated producer who has always joined forces with colleagues in Europe and beyond to develop, produce and promote European cinema: Mariela...

European Stars flock to Berlin for European Film Awards

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When the 24th European Film Awards return to Berlin on 3 December, there will be an impressive line-up of European filmmakers presenting the individual awards, among them EFA Ambassadors Maria de Medeiros (Portugal), Moritz Bleibtreu (Germany) and Maciej Stuhr (Poland). They will be joined by German actresses Karoline Herfurth, Nina Hoss,  Sibel Kekilli, Alexandra Maria Lara and Heike Makatsch and their colleagues Zrinka Cvitesic (Croatia), Irène Jacob (Switzerland), Ludivine Sagnier and Syl...

29th Hamburg Short Film Festival: Call for Entries

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Call for entries Wherever you are in the world, and whether you are reading this at your film academy, in your basement, secret laboratory or elsewhere: We want you to film! We, the 29th Hamburg International Short Film Festival and our competitions (international, no budget, national)! Only you can make Hamburg watch in awe and rub its eyes in disbelief from 4 June to 10 June 2013. And for the next generation of short film fans: From 2 June to 9 June 2013 the 15th Mo&Friese Children Sho...

The 4th Eastern Neighbours Film Festival kicks off tomorrow

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  In only one day the 4th edition of the Eastern Neighbours Film Festival opens the curtain in Utrecht, the Netherlands. With a total of 31 films from 9 countries the festival introduces some of the latest films from East and South Eastern Europe, from countries that are not yet members of the European Union. Also rare and yet unseen material can be found among the selection. The festival runs from October 26 - 30, 2011.   Special guest at ENFF is European Shooting Star 2011 ...

Thessaloniki gearing up for 52nd edition,

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We will be covering the festival with dailies...stay tuned       52nd THESSALONIKI INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL will run  November 4 - 13, 2011 With less than a week to go before the start of the event, we have the pleasure to contact you with the latest news from this year's 52ND Thessaloniki International Film Festival, which kicks off Friday, November 4th.   A complete list of this year's line-up can be found at the end of this pres...

The Turin horse awarded at Manaki Brothers

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  THE GOLDEN CAMERA 300 OF "MANAKI BROTHERS" IN THE HANDS OF FRED KELEMEN AND THE TURIN HORSE The awards of the 32nd "Manaki Brothers" were granted on the gala-evening in the Big Hall of the Centre of Culture in Bitola.   In the very full hall, the awards were given to the eminent guests-winners, most of them present in Btiola, as not so often until now.   The "Golden camera 300" went to The Turin horse from the cinem...

Legon International Film Festival

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I want to organize a film festival in Ghana just to showcase movies from other countries that we will never see in the cinema here, can you help. This will be in conjunction with the univ of Ghana , school of performing arts, as they have a very nice amphitheatre but it might be on the grass so people can come with blankets and pillows and camp chairs. The concept is very simple, when I use to live in Perth Australia, during the summer month the university of west Australia had a interna...

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