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Board members updates: Krzysztof Zanussi - special festival guest in Locarno and at the Slot Art Festival in Poland

Krzysztof Zanussi is a special guest in Locarno (his film "Iluminacja"- 1973 will play for the 40th celebration of the SIGNIS jury)   ...

Divercine Awards for the Festival of Cinema for Children and Youth of Uruguay

  In Montevideo, on the 20th of July of 2012, gathered the International Jury of the 21st International Festival of Cinema for Children and Youth of Uruguay, Divercine 2012. Conformed by Jesús Pérez from Bolivia, Liliana Sulzbauch from Brasil and Juan Pablo Zaremella from Argentina, and after watching and analyzing the pieces in contest, the Jury has decided to award the following prices: Fiction Short Film For its nostalgic portrait of a small town held up in time, the award g...

Migration, diversity and social inclusion for PLURAL+

The United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC) and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) again invite the world’s youth to submit original and creative videos focusing on PLURAL+ themes: migration, diversity and social inclusion. Recognizing youth as powerful agents of social change in a world often characterized by intolerance, and cultural and religious divisions, PLURAL+ invites youth to address key challenges in their communities related to migrant integration, inclusive...

PLURAL + 2011 Youth Video Festival awards

PLURAL + 2011 Youth Video Festival on Media, Diversity and Social Inclusion 23 Videos Awarded in New York City Young media makers from Malaysia, UK, Italy, Canada, Israel, USA, Germany and China, among other countries, gathered at the Paley Center for Media in New York City on November 10th for the PLURAL+ 2011 Awards Ceremony. In its third edition, PLURAL+ 2011 received 146 videos coming from 54 countries, representing diverse youth visions advocating for a better world. A prestigious interna...

The Divercine Awards

Last Saturday, July 9, was the prize-giving ceremony  of the 20th International Festival for Children and Youths, Divercine 2011, in Montevideo. The International Jury conformed by Aldana Duhalde (Argentina), Alejandro Rojas (Chile) and María Angélica dos Santos (Brazil), with broad consensus gave the following awards and special mentions: GURÍ Grand Award: “Luminaris”, Argentina, from Juan Pablo Zaramella, because the originality of the idea much complicated to be narrated...

Jury Awards "Fambul Tok" at ZIFF 2011

Zanzibar, June 26, 2011 (SIGNIS) - The SIGNIS Prize for the 14th Zanzibar International Film Festival 2011 went to the documentary film, Fambul Tok, from Sierra Leone by Sara Terry. "Fambul Tok" offers a home-grown approach of conflict resolution "Conventional conflict resolution mechanisms are often expensive, protracted and do not bring harmony and healing to the community. In this film, Africa offers a home-grown approach based on traditional practices where both the perpetrators and the vict...

PLURAL+ 2010 winners were announced

PLURAL+ 2010 winners were announced during the Awards Ceremony at the Paley Center for Media On Friday November 12, a crowd of nearly 200 gathered at the Paley Center for Media in New York City to honor the winners of the 2010 PLURAL+ Youth Video Festival. A joint program of the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations and the International Organization for Migration, PLURAL+ provides a platform for young people globally, ages nine to 25, to share their personal experiences, views, questions an...

Insight Film Festival Opens Call for Entries for 2011 Festival

INSIGHT FILM FESTIVAL CALL FOR ENTRIES NOW OPEN!   Insight is an international film festival with a focus on Faith, calling upon filmmakers to use faith as a topic. Films about any faith are welcome, made by people of all faiths and none. The next Insight Festival will take place in November 2011 in Manchester and London, UK and will be streamed live across the web.    By entering the festival your film may be viewed by some high profile industry professionals an...

SIGNIS-WACC Human Rights Award 2010 Goes to Documentary on Afghanistan

The SIGNIS-WACC Human Rights Award 2010 has been given to the documentary The Garden at the End of the World, directed by Australian film-maker Gary Caganoff.The film explores the legacy of devastation and trauma in Afghanistan and illustrates the tragic consequences of war and the widespread hunger, homelessness and lawlessness that it causes. In particular, it shows the impact on the lives of widows and orphans, who now number tens of thousands.The Garden at the End of the World follows the wo...

SIGNIS World Congress 2009: Workshops on Media for a Culture of Peace

The SIGNIS World Congress 2009 to be held in Chiang Mai will include 16 workshops for media professionals from different audiovisual areas. In accordance with the Congress’ theme «Media for a Culture of Peace – Children’s Rights, Tomorrow’s Promise », some of the workshops will be directed towards the theme of media for peace and social transformation.Jan Servaes will organise an interactive session on the means of Making community Media Work; in Media in the Internet Age, Steven Gan w...

EMPTIES Wins Top Prize At Festroia

 Monday, June 16------EMPTIES, the ironic comedy by Czech director Jan Sverak, has won the Gold Dolphin, the top award at the 24th edition of Festroia in Portugal. The film, a comic love story about a man facing old age, is the third in a trilogy that includes the director’s previous films ELEMENTARY SCHOOL and the Oscar winning KOLYA. The film has previously won the Czech Lion (the local Oscar) for Best Director and Audience Prize, as well as the Audience Award at last year’s Karlovy Vary ...

Chile focus at Latin American Film Festival in Oaxaca

The second edition of the Latin American Film Festival will be in Oaxaca from April 15th to 20th this year. Chile is the invited country and in addition to the normal activities with long and short features and documentaries, we are introducing two new aspects.Cinema in Construction: In this section, the audience will be able to appreciate Latin-American films which won’t be screened in its final or edited version and films that are in post-production process.A Perspective from Latinos in Worl...

SIGNIS Romania Completes 3rd Facing Children Festival

From 14th - 19th, SIGNIS Romania presented its third film festival, Facing Children. The title of the festival has two meanings: putting a face on children, especially those who are faceless, through film and having the audience face up to children, their needs and their rights. SIGNIS Romania president, Anca Berlogea, with her team and a number of volunteers organised the festival and its events. Festival organizer Anca Berlogea (center) with SIGNIS Vice-president Gustavo Andújar (right) and R...

SIGNIS-WACC Award 2007 to a Film on Human Rights

On the occasion of the SIGNIS Board meeting in Bucharest, November 2007, Peter Malone of the SIGNIS Cinema desk announced the winner of the SIGNIS-WACC award for a film on human rights. This award is made jointly by the two Christian media associations at the time of each organisations assembly. Philip Lee made the announcement on behalf of WACC (The World Association for Christian Communication) from its headquarters in Toronto. The 2007 award goes to Nick Higgins (Scotland) for his documentary...

City of Angels Film Festival 2007 wrap up story

At the end of October each year, the Christian churches, theological seminaries and universities are active in film events. The occasion is the Festival of the City of Angels.This is a theme festival, rather than competition. It was inaugurated in 1993 after the Rodney King riots. The churches got together to offer something positive and constructive for the city. Since Hollywood is in Los Angeles, the decision was to hold an annual film festival as a gift to the city. The festival runs from Fri...

San Sebastian Film Festival Winners

 Tuesday, October 2--------A THOUSAND YEARS OF GOOD PRAYERS, the latest film from Hong Kong-born and United States-based director Wayne Wang, was the big winner at the San Sebastian Film Festival, as the awards were announced on Saturday evening in the Basque coastal resort town. The film won the Festival's Golden Shell as Best Film, also winning a Silver Shell for Best Actor for the film's lead Henry O. The film, based on a short story by award-winning author Yiyun Li, depicts the tensio...

Hong Kong-born director Wayne Wang's "A Thousand Years of Good Prayers" won the best film and best actor awards at San Sebastian

Hong Kong-born director Wayne Wang's "A Thousand Years of Good Prayers" won the best film and best actor awards at the 55th annual San Sebastian film festival in Spain on Saturday.Based on a short story by the same name by award-winning author Yiyun Li, the movie depicts the tensions that follow when a widower from Beijing, Mr Shi, goes to the US to visit his recently divorced daughter Yilan."It was a small film that needed a lot of time to be done because I think films need to br...

IPod vs Radio and Television an article from New SIGNIS Media (4/2006):

The development of ‘new media’ on the Internet is a challenge for Catholic producers, says the new issue of our magazine SIGNIS Media. The audiovisual world has changed radically over the past five years. From a culture of distinct media, in which TV had little to do with radio, and radio had only faint connections with cinema, while the Internet continued on its own trajectory, we have plunged into an era of products, which are integrating the various media: it’s impossible today to thin...

SIGNIS Award in Sithengi to 'The Educators'

At the Cape Town World Film festival, organised in the frame of the TV market Sithengi, the SIGNIS Jury gave its Prize to "THE EDUCATORS" by Hans Weingarter (Germany). "In this dogma-styled German film, idealistic youngsters confront capitalism in a dearing and sometimes humorous way. It is a story about three young pseudo-revolutionaries who break into wealthy families' homes, leaving messages behind with statements such as "You have too much money". One day it runs out of hand and their action...


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