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Amazonas Film Festival in Manaus a few FAQ ahead of our dailies

We will be reporting from Manaus, visiting Amazonas Film festival Those of you who are curious about it should read this. http://www.amazonasfilmfestival.com.br/ Manaus, Brasil. City or jungle? Please keep in mind that although planted in the heart of the Amazon rainforest, Manaus is actually the second largest metropolitan area in Northern Brazil with more than 2 million inhabitants. Is Manaus on the Amazon River? Manaus is situated on the Rio Negro (means "Black River")...

Amazonas Film Festival in Manaus a few FAQ ahead of our dailies

We will be reporting from Manaus, visiting Amazonas Film festival Those of you who are curious about it should read this.  http://www.amazonasfilmfestival.com.br/  Manaus, Brasil.  City or jungle?   Please keep in mind that although planted in the heart of the Amazon rainforest, Manaus is actually the second largest metropolitan area in Northern Brazil with more than 2 million inhabitants.   Is Manaus on the Amazon River?  Manaus is situated on the...

16th Arab Film Festival opens in LA

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by Alex Deleon for <filmfestivals.com> The sixteenth edition of the Arab Film Festival (which travels to five cities in California) opened here on Friday, October 19 with a festive reception at the Screen writers Guild Theater in Beverly Hills. This is an intensive three day event which will screen as many films as can be squeezed into a long weekend. The opening night film was "Man Without a Cell Phone", a debut feature by Palestinian filmmaker Sameh Zoabi who has won various...

The 11th New York Asian Film Festival launches this week

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    The New York Asian Film Festival (June 29 - July 15) returns !   The opening night film is Pang Ho-cheung’s astonishingly filthy, extremely hilarious VULGARIA, a movie about making movies, shot in just 12 days, all about gangsters named Brother Tyrannosaur, sleazy lawyers, the sex film industry, and men who love donkeys a little too much. The Hollywood Reporter calls it a “...laugh-out-loud, aptly titled comedy.” Pang himself, Hong Kong's hottest young director, will be a gues...

The New York Asian Film Festival returns (June 29 - July 15)

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The New York Asian Film Festival (June 29 - July 15) returns - and this year we’re bringing crazy back!   The opening night film is Pang Ho-cheung’s astonishingly filthy, extremely hilarious VULGARIA, a movie about making movies, shot in just 12 days, all about gangsters named Brother Tyrannosaur, sleazy lawyers, the sex film industry, and men who love donkeys a little too much. The Hollywood Reporter calls it a “...laugh-out-loud, aptly titled comedy.” Pang himself, Hong Kong's hotte...

Interview with with ÉCU Official Selection film “Minute 200″ director, Frank Benitez

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Frank Benitez is young and talented filmmaker, who made it to ÉCU 2012 Official Selection with his film “Minute 200″. This interview was finished couple of weeks before the festival. By Alexander Acosta Osorio Q: Where does the inspiration for your short come from? A: Usually my inspiration comes from places I visit or just an image that sticks in my memory. In this case it was that of a house in my hometown, a dilapidated house that had a sign on the facade whic...

IFFBoston 2011: Nightfall

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IFFB ’11 also screened a trio of films about what happens after the sun goes down. The two designees for this year’s festival-within-a-festival IFFBoston After Dark were The Catechism Cataclysm and Stake Land.  The former is a quirky comedy that gradually turns dark and surreal. Starting with a peppy, lonely priest using a misremembered friendship to emotionally coerce his childhood idol onto a canoe trip, we meander to a finish that includes campfire stories with two giggling panda-head...

RAW MATERIAL at 27th SBIFF, 2012!

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photo still from film RAW MATERIAL at 27th SBIFF, 2012!  One of the documentaries highest on my list in the past year is the film, RAW MATERIAL (Greece, 2011) by director Christos Karakepelis. This documentary left me with chills, not only because of its raw subject about the declining Greek economy but the worsening of the situation of immigrants to Greece and the inhumane lives they lead. When we follow the lives of three Roma from Albania, two Indians, a Turk and a Greek ...

WITHOUT (2011), Interview with Joslyn Jensen

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WITHOUT (2011) is a haunting coming of age psychological drama about a young girl who becomes a caretaker to an old man who is practically a vegetable. In small town America almost in the middle of nowhere Joslyn has little to no internet signal and is cut off, ‘without’ any and all outside communication. She has to assimilate into this new life with her near-death patient and the provincial frustrated locals; further, she is dealing with the overwhelming loss of the love of her lif...

Interview with actress Joslyn Jensen from award winning film, WITHOUT (2011)

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  WITHOUT (2011) is a haunting coming of age psychological drama about a young girl who becomes a caretaker to an old man who is practically a vegetable. In small town America almost in the middle of nowhere Joslyn has little to no internet signal and is cut off, ‘without’ any and all outside communication. She has to assimilate into this new life with her near-death patient and the provincial frustrated locals; further, she is dealing with the overwhelming loss of the love of her l...

'PLAY' at 52nd Thessaloniki Film Festival.

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       photo still from 'PLAY'  In the 'Open Horizons' section of the 52nd Thessaloniki Film Festival, the Swedish film (co-production with France and Denmark) PLAY (2011) by director Ruben Östlund was screened to audiences. PLAY premiered at Cannes this year in the 'Quinzaine des Réalisateurs (Directors' Fortnight)' section.This is a compelling account of theft by bullying which confronts the immigration problems during economic recession, a fitting se...

'PLAY' by Ruben Östlund at 52nd TIFF

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              photo still from 'PLAY'     In the 'Open Horizons' section of the 52nd Thessaloniki Film Festival, the Swedish film (co-production with France and Denmark) PLAY (2011) by director Ruben Östlund was screened to audiences. PLAY premiered at Cannes this year in the 'Quinzaine des Réalisateurs (Directors' Fortnight)' section. This is a compelling account of theft by bullying which confr...

RAW MATERIAL at RIFF 2011

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photo still from filmRAW MATERIAL... Screening at the 8th annual Reykjavik International Film Festival (RIFF), 2011.   RAW MATERIAL (Greece, 2011) by director Christos Karakepelis. This documentary left me with chills, not only because of its raw subject about the declining Greek economy but the worsening of the situation of immigrants to Greece and the inhumane lives they lead. When we follow the lives of three Roma from Albania, two Indians, a Turk and a Greek who subsist on the collec...

RAW MATERIAL, interview with Christos Karakepelis

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  photo still from film One of the documentaries highest on my list at this year’s 13th TDF was the film, RAW MATERIAL (Greece, 2011) by director Christos Karakepelis. This documentary left me with chills, not only because of its raw subject about the declining Greek economy but the worsening of the situation of immigrants to Greece and the inhumane lives they lead. When we follow the lives of three Roma from Albania, two Indians, a Turk and a Greek who subsist on the collecting...

RAW MATERIAL, interview with Christos Karakepelis

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photo stills from film One of the documentaries highest on my list at this year’s 13th TDF was the film, RAW MATERIAL (Greece, 2011) by director Christos Karakepelis. This documentary left me with chills, not only because of its raw subject about the declining Greek economy but the worsening of the situation of immigrants to Greece and the inhumane lives they lead. When we follow the lives of three Roma from Albania, two Indians, a Turk and a Greek who subsist on the collectin...

The Russians have come!

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Ah, si le Barbican m'était conte... I could tell some amusing tales of when London's answer to the Centre Pompidou finally opened in the heart of the historic City of London. Largely funded by and for that quaint enclave of Roman and medieval London which a few decades ago was home only to bankers, financiers and insurance companies, and where no one could be found de cinq a sept  and certainly never on Sundays, the Barbican rose with its labyrinthine walkways, and (then)futuristic m...

WGA new media nominees

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New York and Los Angeles –The Writers Guild of America, East (WGAE) and the Writers Guild of America, West (WGAW) have announced nominations for the WGA New Media Writing Awards. Winners will be honored at the 2011 Writers Guild Awards on Saturday, February 5, 2011, at simultaneous ceremonies in New York and Los Angeles.Outstanding Achievement in Writing Original New Media“The Real Thing,” ”Identity Crisis,” “Girl Talk,” ”Naming Things,” “Curtain Up” (Anyone But Me), Story ...

Allegro Short Film Competition

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What,how, where and when?Allyou need to know about forthcoming competitions! Take It andMake It new edition, organisedwithin OFF PLUS CAMERA International Festival of Independent Cinema, starts on3rd January. You don’t have to be a professional filmmaker to earn $3,000by the 17th of April 2011. All you need is a cell phone, a camera ora video camera and original idea! New edition, new categories: Are you making first steps in film world and wouldlike to boast about your achievements? Or you...

Academy Wants You: "Invited to Share the Oscars?!"

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by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent Oscar Goes Public?: As If!  As everyone with a pulse knows, the Academy Awards annual Oscar ceremony is fairly exclusive. They even provide journalists with a list of ways the image of the show can be used and how the material must be presented. But this year, something unusual is happening in Hollywood. Behind the scenes, the Oscar marketing machinery is either missing a cog or has thrown together a whole new internal mechanism ...

AFM Filmmakers Get First Look at Digital Media Bank

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Motion picture distribution pioneer Omar Kaczmarczyk announced during the American Film Market the launch of Digital Media Bank, the world's first film and television intellectual property management company structured after the service model of a bank. The result is a comprehensive distribution and marketing engine for independent filmmakers. Digital Media Bank is a strategic partnership between Kaczmarczyk's LongTale, LLC, a proven international film sales agency, GoDigital Media Group, a lead...

Montreal’s Festival du nouveau cinéma line up

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Montreal’s Festival du nouveau cinéma celebrates its 39th edition from October 13 to 24. Once again this year, the Festival will delight you with a spectacular lineup, more than ever in tune with real-life changes in the film landscape and new technologies. Features and shorts, fiction and documentary, animation, retrospectives, tributes, professional panels, outdoor interactive installations and events will be served up over 12 days, for all audiences. Over 295 films from 51 countries, inclu...

Tenis Video Contest 2010, three weeks to go!!!

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Hi everyone, the "Tezenis Video Contest 2010" deadline is approaching really fast. So far we've been receiving some very interesting  videos but YOURS is still missing! We are asking directors and authors to create a 30 to 90 seconds short film about "talent". You can use whatever technology you have at your disposal: digital and film camcorders, digital cameras, cell phones, webcams. So, choose your genre and your language and submit your short film! ...

Tribeca 2010: From Pipelines to Film Culture?

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It belongs to our common sense perception that distribution and production technologies develop more rapidly than the content they cover and that great competence in technologies is not equivalent to the mastery of creative content. Knowing grammar and vocabulary or different types of filters and lenses is a necessary but not a sufficient condition for creative output. Over the last few years in virtually all related film festival seminars there have been discussions about the new distribution p...

Tribeca 2010: From Pipelines to Film Culture?

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c Over the last few years in virtually all related film festival seminars there have been discussions about the new distribution platforms which for some observers will revive independent productions whereas others consider the sky already fallen for Indies. Spirited defenses of the internet as an answer to independent woes have subsided given the negligible financial impact the internet has been having, not to speak of the catastrophic unmooring of the music industry. Yet, whether or not the...

3D First-Ever Gaming Summit: Download - Screenmancer Exclusive

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RIDING SHOTGUN: THE DIGITAL COWBOYS AT 3D'S 1ST GAMING SUMMIT by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent 3D First-Ever Gaming Summit: Download - Screenmancer Exclusive -- www.screenmancer.com RIDING SHOTGUN: THE DIGITAL COWBOYS AT 3D'S 1ST GAMING SUMMIT by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent By now at the first-of-its-kind 3D Gaming Summit (tm) in Universal City, if your mind wasn't blown listening to the haute hi-tech intelligensia quoting JC, then you must have an analogue ...

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