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2003 Milagro Award Winners

Best of the Fest Since Otar LeftJulie Bertuccelli, France/Belgium, 102 min. Best ShortSimone's Labyrinth Ivan Sainz Pardo-Lange, Germany, 15 min.Best Short Honorable MentionBlackwater ElegyMatthew Porter and Joe O'Brien, USA, 19 min. Best DocumentaryLustron: The House America's Been Waiting ForEd Moore, Bill Kubota and Bill Ferehawk, USA, 58 min. Best Independent Spirit Tie: Break a Leg Monika Mitchell, USA, 97 min. Virgin Deborah Kampmeier, USA, 108 min. Best Creative Spirit Jon E. Edwards...

Big City Dick from R. Peterson shows up in Slamdance.

Welcome to Richard's World, the land of "Big City Dick", Vibe Ball, Singing Elephant Trunks, Ziv Music, and The Feel-Wider Tie. And say Hello to Richard Peterson, the composer of multi-layered, plush-sounding 60's pop with four-part trumpet harmonies; the lyricist who wrote, "In a Country & Western song, the 'Don't Walk' blinks too long."; the bold architect of the ever-changing "Personality Skyline"; the dogged street musician with the photographic memory who insists on "No Canadian Coins"; a m...

Break a Leg best indie from Sante Fe Fest

"Break a Leg" was honored with the Milagro Award at the Santa Fe Film Festival for Best Independent Feature. Break a Leg is directed by Monika Mitchell and is written by Frank and John Cassini.John Cassini plays the lead character and recently won Best Performance at the Marco Island Film Festival, the film also garnered the Audience Award at Cinevegas in June. Break a Leg is a black comedy with an unflinching portrayal of the classic anti-hero who will sink as low as he must to get to the to...

Screeners ban lifted: indies win

A federal judge freed movie distributors to send copies of films to awards voters -- a decision seen as a victory for independent film producers as awards season approaches.US District Judge Michael B. Mukasey lifted a rule imposed by the Motion Picture Association of America that blocked studios from sending the copies, or "screeners," to voters.The MPAA had argued that the ban, issued in September, was a means of slowing the explosion of movie piracy. Digital copies of many films turn up on th...

Rotterdam focus on Rome - Italy

’Once We Were Birds: Romani Cinema’ is one of the thematic sidebars within the festival (alongside ’Homefront USA’ and ’Power : Play’). It will be devoted to films by and about the Roma and thus continues a tradition in the festival of celebrating the voices and the riches of unsung cultures. A large selection of features, shorts and documentaries will include films by Romani directors featuring Romani actors and the majority of them in the Romani language. Very rarely seen clas...

Plastic Tree wins in Mannheim-Heidelberg

Main Award Mannheim-Heidelberg, Best Fiction Feature Film goes to Plastic TreeRainer Werner Fassbinder AwardMatias Bize for "Sábado"Special Award of the JuryDaniel Lind Lagerlöf for "Miffo"Special Mentions of the International JuryRyuichi Hiroki for "Vibrator"Blanca Lewin in "Sábado"Best Short FilmAndrus Tuisk for "Perebisnes"Audience Award of Mannheim-HeidelbergGoran Rebic for "Donau, Dunaj, Duna, Dunav, Dunarea"Prize of the FIPRESCI-JuryAndre van der Hout for "De Arm van Jezus"Prize for the...

The jury

The international jury of the fiction film section :Yves Caumon, director (France)Edwina Forkin, producer (Ireland)Benoît Lamy, director (Belgium)Tiffany Limos, actress (United States)Kornel Mundruczo, director (Hungary)Jean Rouaud, writer (France)The international jury of the new documentary section :Paul Cornet, writer-director (France)Véronique Godard, consultant (France)Pascal Privet, head of Rencontres Cinéma du Réel à l'Imaginaire in Manosque (France)Elisa Resegotti, producer (Italy)...

7 days, 7 nights : a poetic act of resistance

Siete Dias, siete noches (7 days, 7 nights) by Cuban director Joel Cano was warmly received by the audience when it was screened on Sunday evening at the Festival of the 3 Continents in Nantes. Cano, a trained playwright who graduated from the Higher Institute of Art in Havana, had diverse artistic experiences as playwright, stage director and novelist (La Isla de Los Quizas, Se vende, El juego de perder el tiempo). So it’s no wonder that he is the director, writer and DP of his first feature ...


At first sight, the title of Ryuichi HIROKI’s latest movie refers to sexual misery and loneliness. After all, it’s what a vibrator is about and we cannot forget that the helmer made his directing debut in 1982 in erotic films before receiving the Grand Prix in the video section of the Yubari Fantastic Film Festival for the 1993 film "Sadistic City". Or maybe it refers to the cellphone that vibrates in the inner jacket of 30-year old Rei Hayakawa (played by Shinobu Terashima, Arts Festival pr...

Nantes trois continents: a festival open to the world

Created in 1979 in Nantes by Philippe and Alain Jalladeau, two brothers with a passion for cinema and travels, the 3 Continents Festival has assered itself, with the passing years, as a gathering which cannot be ignored by the cinematographies of Africa, Asia, and Latin and Black America. Since its creation, it has presented over one thousand films and has gained both national and international prestige. Exclusive screenings of works of fiction, tribute to an actor or an actress, historical pres...

10 films in competition

ANA Y LOS OTROS by Célina Murga - ArgentinaLOS GUANTES MAGICOS by Martin Rejtman - ArgentinaSIETE DIAS SIETE NOCHES by Joel Cano - CubaVIBRATOR by Ryuichi Hiroki - JapanRAMBLERS by Nobuhiro Yamashita - JapanMANEKEN PIL by Nariman Turebaiev - KazaksthanMIN by Ho Yuhang - MalaisiaSILENT WATERS by Sabiha Sumar - PakistanGOOD BYE DRAGON -IN by Tsai Ming Liang - TaiwanGAI NHAY by Le Hoang - Vietnam...

Out of competition

Official selection: OUT OF COMPETITIONDRIFTERS by Wang Xiaoshuai - ChinaARIMPARA by Murali Nair - IndiaAGJAD by Abolfazl Jalili - Iran"REGARDS PLURIELS"OSAMA by Sedigh Barmak - AfghanistanNILOFAR IN THE RAIN by Homayoun Karimpour - Afghanistan...

Children's film fest in Oulu concludes

INTERNATIONAL CHILDREN'S FILM FESTIVAL IN OULU, FINLAND 17.-23.11.2003The children's jury's decisions:"The Jury had a really difficult job deciding on the winner. All twelve films in competition were of the same quality.In the winning film:'The plot is based on a true story and is also interesting.''The story is beautifully and fluently told.''Time travel is a difficult topic. However, it was exquisitely carried out.''The music of the film appeals to everyone.''The scenery created an atmosphere ...

Marco Island winners

Marco Island Film FestivalBest Actor this year went to John Cassini for his performance in Break a Leg. Directed by Monika Mitchell and written by Frank and John CassiniBreak a Leg earlier this year won the Audience Award at Cinevegas film festival for Best Feature. Jim Sheridan won Best Director for In America ...

York (shire) Fest new face

York Independent Film Festival has now become York International Film Festival.So what else has changed apart from the name?We've now moved our website to (update your bookmarks if you still have our old address!), and introduced a new competetive category for films originating from Yorkshire alongside the usual awards for best feature, short, animation, documentary, short-short and the audience vote. We're assembling a new judging panel, featuring regular contributors to the nati...

Record Submissions for 3rd Annual Pixie Awards

Record Submissions for 3rd Annual Pixie Awards The Directors Board of Motion Pixure Arts and Technologies -- a non-profit organization that recognizes excellence in the production of Internet films and animations -- received a record number of submissions again this year for the 3rd Annual Directors Board Awards, or Pixie Awards 2003 "The Pixies are quickly becoming an online institution as THE award for broadband and Internet movies. Watch the award-winners from around the 'net or submit your...

Mifed closing with higher figures

It was a good market, with objective growth resulting in all the figures and indicators that confirm the success of an event directly related to the audiovisual industry. The 70th Mifed has just closed with undeniable positive figures: 5163 participants from 71 countries, with an increase of 15.8% over the 4457 participants from last year. There was also a 12% increase of visitors from Eastern Europe and +10% from Asian nations.244 direct and indirect exhibitors from 25 countries covered an 8541...

Sales buzz from the booths.

Reported sales from the market.Cinema Service (from Hong Kong) is reported to have sold The legend of the Evil Lake in 4 territories: Germany, Russia, Indonesia Thailand.Lions Gate bought world rights excluding Canada and France for the Jean Beaudin epic romance “New France” starring Depardieu and Tm rothUGC sold Tais Toi – « Ruby + Quentin » mismatch pal hit story from Francis Weber to Asian territories: Hong Kong, Taiwan and South KoreaVerdecchi Film sold twisted for Japan and Thail...

Carlo Bassi on MIFED 2004

In a press conference held this morning MIFED Managing Director, Carlo Bassi, stated very strongly that 1. Mifed will take place next year at the same date, same but stronger and with more support through the new alliance with Biennale, Italia Cinema. More investments to provide better services to the market.2. The players should focus more energy on building rather than breaking: MIFED will be working towards a global year long service to the film community, offering packaged services for comp...

Emerging European Filmmaker awards

"where young Cinema meets the Market"On the occasion of MIFED, the Mercato Internazionale del Cinema e del Multimediale [International Cinema and Multimedia Market], the Ministero degli Affari Esteri [Foreign Ministry], the Ministero dei Beni Culturali [Ministry of Cultural Property], the Scuola Nazionale di Cinema [National Film School] and MIFED are promoting EMERGING EUROPEAN FILMMAKERS in order to raise awareness of and expand the distribution of “Young Cinema”. The winners were announce...

Clips from Moving Pictures

Mexico film industry threatened by country decision to shut down Mexican Film InstituteAmong other implications lies the future of Film Institute, film school and one of Mexican major studios: Centro de Corpacitation de Cinematografica and the Churubusco Film Studio.The Chamber of deputies vote on December 15th will decide on budget.36th Festival de Brasilia opening next week will add a market for the first time to its festival activitiesThe market has been set up by Braziilian promotion and sa...

Highlights from day2

Expanded stories in Moving Pictures Nov 11 issue- Mifed Conference (Nov 10) on next fall Markets conflict situation.Conference was packed with media and attended by MIFED execs and Minister Urbani asking for a cease fire with “other” Market.Too bad conference was not held in English.- The Scheherazade conflictThe Michael Apted film Scheherazade is at the center of a bizarre conflict between Recorded Picture company and Franchise Pictures- 11 deals closed at MIFED by Tuchin EntertainmentFilm...