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Fifth Cannes for Europa Cinemas Label

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Further supporting its ongoing campaign to promote European films, Europa Cinemas will return once again to this years 60th. Cannes Film Festival, awarding its Label prize to the best European film in the Directors’ Fortnight/Quinzaine des Réalisateurs  section (May 17/27). This marks the fifth year that the Europa Cinemas Label will be awarded at Cannes, and complements the Labels awarded at the Panorama section in Berlin, the Venice Days section of the Mostra del Cinema, and Karlovy Vary.A...

Opening forum "Cinema challenges of the next decade"

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Wednesday May 16 at 2:30pm - Palais des Festivals (salle Buñuel)On the opening day of its 60th anniversary, the Festival de Cannes is inviting you for a moment of reflection on the opportunities and challenges of the next decade. Film industry representatives, new media players, journalists and sociologists will share their experiences and views on how the fast evolving digital economy is shaping new roles for directors, producers and distributors while offering exciting opportunities to creato...

Fipresci Revelation of the Year: "yo – me" by Rafa Cortés

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Every year, FIPRESCI presents its "Revelation of the Year" at a special screening during the "Critics' Week" in Cannes. One film is chosen out of the first or second films awarded by the Federation during the previous year, in the belief that it deserves another chance, to be seen by the Cannes professional audience. This year's Revelation is "me" (yo), the first feature film by Spanish filmmaker Rafa Cortés, discovered and awarded in Rotterdam 2007 "f...

Cannes label: 21 producers on the move

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EFP will be presenting Europe's most promising producers in Cannes  The members of European Film Promotion (EFP) have made their choice: 21 producers from all over Europe will be coming together this year for the PRODUCERS ON THE MOVE programme at the Cannes International Film Festival (16.–27.5.2007). The participants are at the beginning of their international careers and have attracted attention through their ambitious, outstanding productions. The initiative to promote young producers...

Cannes opener by Wong Kar Wai My Blueberry Nights

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Studio Canal is proud to announce the selection of Wong Kar Wai’s first English language feature MY BLUEBERRY NIGHTS as the Opening Night Film of the 60th Cannes Film Festival on May 16th. The screening will be the World Premiere of the romantic drama starring Norah Jones, Jude Law, David Strathairn, Rachel Weisz and Natalie Portman. The selection marks the first time in Cannes’ history that a film by a Chinese director has kicked off the Festival.  Jeremy (Jude Law) runs a small café in N...

A Faboulous out of competition line up for great entertainment

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Out of Competition films line up deliver huge promises of Cannes entertainment and glamour: the list includesMichael MOORE SICKO, Steven SODERBERGH OCEAN’S THIRTEEN, Michael WINTERBOTTOM A MIGHTY HEART (Out of competition screenings)Olivier ASSAYAS BOARDING GATE, Abel FERRARA GO GO TALES, Catherine OWENS U2 3D, Mark PELLINGTON (Midnight Screenings:)and some Special Screenings:Ken BURNS THE WAR 14h50 (you read it alright), Lynn NOVICK (La Guerre), Leila CONNERS PETERSEN 11TH HOUR 1st film, Nadi...

Selection for un certain regard announced

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Valeria BRUNI-TEDESCHI LE RÊVE DE LA NUIT D’AVANT 1h47 Carmen CASTILLO CALLE SANTA FE 1er Film 2h43 (Rue Santa Fe)Lee Isaac CHUNG MUNYURANGABO 1er Film 1h37Lola DOILLON ET TOI T’ES SUR QUI ? 1er Film 1h37Enrique FERNANDEZ EL BAÑO DEL PAPA 1er Film 1h25César CHARLONEEran KOLIRIN BIKUR HATIZMORET 1er Film 1h30 (La Visite de la Fanfare)Harmony KORINE MISTER LONELY 1h51Kadri KÕUSAAR MAGNUS 1er Film 1h26LI Yang MANG SHAN 1h35Daniele LUCHETTI MIO FRATELLO È FIGLIO UNICO 1h48(Mon Frère est Fi...

Care for the Cannes program?

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Thierry Fremaux unveiled the Cannes Festival Official Selection in Paris on Thursday.21 competition titles are lined up including a very strong presence of  American films (5) and such longtime festival friends returning to cannes: Joel and Ethan Coen's, Quentin Tarantino's, Gus van Sant, Emir Kusturica, Wong Kar Wai.... Opening film:WONG Kar Wai MY BLUEBERRY NIGHTS 1h51Fatih AKIN AUF DER ANDEREN SEITE 2h02Catherine BREILLAT UNE VIEILLE MAÎTRESSE 1h50Joel & Ethan COEN NO COUNT...

Critic's week opener with Michael Youn

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Sound hard to believe though officially announced.Hero from  Bruno Merle starring Michael Youn, Patrick Chesnais, Elodie Bouchez, Jackie Berroyer...will open the Cannes critics week...

"Next Generation" programme of German shorts to be presented for the tenth time in Cannes

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For the tenth time, German Films will be presenting a programme of shorts with new student productions under the banner of "Next Generation 2007" during this year's Cannes Film Festival. The jubilee edition of "Next Generation" will be presented to a professional international audience on Sunday, May 20, 2007 at 20.00h in the STAR Cinema. An expert jury selected thirteen shorts from twelve German filmschools for "Next Generation 2007": ANALOG BROTHER by Falk P...

Cannes 60 an insider's (Madame Cinema) views

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The widely read METRO press of Paris carried an intervew this morning with Isabelle Giordano, popular Parisian TV cinema commentator, regarding her view of the upcoming 60th edition of the Cannes Film Festival. In this report "Madame Cinema", as she is known to her fans, spoke of the ongoing TV series entitled "The year at Cannes Sixty Times" which she narrates, and of her own view of "the best forty years at Cannes". Excerpts from this preview-interview follow. Q : Were it up to you to s...

New site to celebrate 60 years of cannes festivities

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Cannes and INA partnered to launch a new website illustrating 60 years of Cannes festivities with sound and video archiveshttp://www.ina-festivaldecannes.com/ In all, the site contains 300 hours of footage packaged in 1,500 excerpts dating back to the festival's first edition in 1946. Most of it was recorded by France's public broadcaster but footage since 1993 mostly comes courtesy of Canal Plus, now exclusive broadcaster of official events during the festival. Also a very nice interact...

Pitchers Magazine Cannes promotions

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"PITCHERS is a Print/DVD and On-Line service specifically targeted at film buyers, distributors and acquisition executives Worldwide.Each film market and festival sees a number of publications all vying for the attention of industry delegates. Newspapers, magazines, directories and web-sites - most of which are filled with the same editorial content and vastly over-priced advertising rates. PITCHERS is different. After extensive research of the international marketplace, we have published ...

Global Film Finance 10 Workshops series in Cannes: 19-22 May 2007

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New ways of financing and effective distribution for the film industry: 19-22 May 2007International filmmakers can benefit from a growing range of tax incentives and public funds as well as from newly established private equity funds. By integrating brands into their film they can create valuable cross promotion effects, relieving their budget, while Video on Demand platforms enable them to distribute their films worldwide to targeted audiences.International experts will help you to stay on top ...

THE CINEFONDATION ATELIER 2007: 3rd EDITION

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In 2005, the Festival de Cannes created the Atelier de la Cinéfondation, a programme which aims to help young filmmakers bring their film project to fruition.For its third edition, the Atelier de la Cinéfondation has selected 15 directorial projects from 15 different countries. The talent of these filmmakers has stood out at international film events, and they will attend the next Festival in order to finalise the financing of their respective films.In the spirit of the Festival de Cannes, thi...

Pascale Ferran to chair the jury for Un Certain Regard

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Pascale Ferran has been chosen by the Festival de Cannes, which runs from May 16th to 27th, to chair the jury of the official selection Un Certain Regard.Pascale Ferran was first selected at the 1990 festival for her short film le Baiser. She returned in 1992 as a scriptwriter for La Sentinelle by Arnaud Desplechin presented in competition.© Renaud Monfourny In 1994, she won the Caméra d'Or Prize for her first feature film Petits Arrangements avec les morts. L'Age des possibles was rel...

Stephen Frears to preside over Cannes jury

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Stephen Frears has just accepted the presidency of the jury of the 60th Festival de Cannes, which will take place between May 16-27.Revealed in 1985 with My Beautiful Laundrette, Stephen Frears presented his award-winning Prick up Your Ears in 1987 in the Official Selection at the Festival de Cannes.In 1988, Dangerous Liaisons won him international fame. He has alternated since, with equal joy, between great genre films (Accidental Hero, The Grifters) and more intimist or engaged subjects (The S...

Past Festivals coverage on www.filmfestivals.com

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The filmfestivals.com coverage : Follow those links to access our full coverage of Cannes with videos...Cannes 2006Cannes 2005Cannes 2004Cannes 2003Cannes 2002Cannes 2001 Cannes 2000Cannes 1999Cannes 1998Cannes 1997Cannes 1996Cannes 1995...

Letter from the festival director:

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"Soon to be 60? That's so young for a Festival! It's barely the time it took Alfred Hitchcock to release doves on the steps of the Palais, the time of one twirl of Charlie Chaplin's walking stick, of one endless ovation to Ingmar Bergman when crowned Palme of Palmes, or the time to softly sing Tourbillon de la vie to Jeanne Moreau.... It's not surprising then, that, emboldened by such childhood memories, the Festival is still as demanding, as ambitious and as enthusiastic as...
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