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Ajyal Youth Film Festival Recognises Loving Vincent, Made in Qatar

By Liza Foreman Co-Director Hugh Welchman clutching one of two awards taken home tonight at the Ajyal Film Festival in Doha for Loving Vincent, the first fully-painted feature film. Think 65,000 oil paintings photographed into a film. Loving Vincent was co-financed by the Doha Film Institute  DOHA, QATAR - The fifth edition of the Doha Film Institute's Ajyal Youth Film Festival (November 29 - December 4, 2017) wrapped on Monday.   Taking place at the Arabian-styled Katara C...

Marrakech International Film Festival Recognizes All Films

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By Liza Foreman   Marrakech - We live in interesting times. And no where has that been more apparent than at this week's Marrakech International Film Festival where a star studded line up of international filmmakers gathered to talk film and politics.   Given the recent tragic events from Paris to California, there was much to talk about with Jury head Francis Ford Coppola reciting the Koran and Bill Murray talking about his love of Morocco and Muslim friends.   At the n...

Tokyo Fest Draws a Princess, Pixar

By Liza Foreman   TOKYO - The 27th Tokyo International Film Festival got underway on Thursday in the presence of the Japanese Princess Hisako Takamado and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.   Not forgetting the country's youth culture, boy band Arashi posed on stage with the Prime Minister who spoke about Japan and the festival being the gateway to the region.   "The Gates of Asia section is a pathway for upcoming filmmakers," he said. "A...

Kyoto International Film and Art Festival Wraps

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By Liza Foreman   KYOTO - The first Kyoto International Film and Art Festival (October 16-19, 2014) came to a close on Sunday, with an awards ceremony in Gion with its cobbled lanes and Geisha.   The festival celebrated Kyoto both as the birth place of Japanese cinema and for the refined craftsmanship the former capital is known for.   The main award, one of several here, was presented by Japanese talent on stage during the ceremony.   "...

First Kyoto International Film and Art Festival Opens

By Liza Foreman Kyoto International Film and Art Festival Launches with Maiko Dancing In the midst of the high season with its beautiful autumn colors, the Kyoto International Film and Art Festival launched Thursday, scheduling 48 new and classic films as part of a program which includes art events and performances from music to dancing, as could be seen at the opening night event when the Maiko danced in beautiful kimonos. This is the first edition of the festival. French a...

26th Tokyo Film Festival Winners Announced

By Liza Foreman   Here is the festival's announcemt for this year's winners:    各賞/Award 受賞作品・受賞者/WINNER 対象作品 /FILM 賞金/Prize 東京 サクラ グランプリ Tokyo Sakura Grand Prix / 東京都知事賞 Tokyo Governor of Tokyo Award 『ウィ・アー・ザ・ベスト!』 "We Are the Best!" - $50,000 審査員特別賞 Special Jury Prize 『ルールを曲げろ』 "Bending the Rules" -  $20,000 ...

TIFFCOM Open for Business in Tokyo

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By Liza Foreman TOKYO – Three markets have been rolled into one to create Japan’s biggest content confab, which opens here tomorrow. The newly expanded market arm of the Tokyo International Film Festival combines the 10th Tokyo International Music Market (TIMM); TIFFCOM2013, the marketplace for film and television content in Asia; and the Tokyo International Anime Fair 2013 Fall (TIAF). The markets will be held simultaneously from October 22 - 24 at the...

26th Tokyo Film Festival Jury Upfront

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By Liza Foreman   The 26th Tokyo International Film Festival is underway. Here is what the jury had to say at their opening press conference. And we will hear from them in about eight days time, following their marathon film watching schedule, and see what they have to say then. 15 films have been selected for the competition section. The judges this year are - Chris Weitz: I’d like to express my gratitude for being chosen as a jury for the Tokyo International Film Festival. The v...

Tom Hanks and Japanese PM Shinzo Abe Open 26th Tokyo Film Festival

By Liza Foreman The 26th Tokyo International Film Festival (October 17 – 25, 2013) opened Thursday, with Tom Hanks posing gamely with the Japanese Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe, ahead of the opening night film, the Somali pirate drama “Captain Phillips” in which Mr. Hanks stars. Prime Minister Abe spoke before the screening about the commitment of the Japanese government to “Cool Japan,” a scheme designed to support the growth and export of soft industries, includi...

Taiwan Front and Center at 26th Tokyo Film Festival

By Liza Foreman The countdown to this year's Tokyo International Film Festival (October 17 - 25, 2013)  has begun. The 26th Tokyo International Film Festival (TIFF) will include a special-focus on Taiwan, including films from both established and veteran directors. The “Taiwanese Cinema Renaissance 2013" series is part of the festival’s World Focus section. Herewith a list of the selected films for Taiwanese Cinema Renaissance 2013: “27°C-...

Taiwan Front and Center at 26th Tokyo Film Festival

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By Liza Foreman The countdown to this year's Tokyo International Film Festival (October 17 - 25, 2013)  has begun. The 26th Tokyo International Film Festival (TIFF) will include a special-focus on Taiwan, including films from both established and veteran directors. The “Taiwanese Cinema Renaissance 2013" series is part of the festival’s World Focus section. Herewith a list of the selected films for Taiwanese Cinema Renaissance 2013: “27°C- L...

70th Venice Film Festival Winners Announced

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By Liza Foreman The 70th Venice Film Festival came to a close Saturday night with a raft of prizes awarded here on the Lido by a jury headed by Bernardo Bertolucci. The main prize, the Golden Lion, went to Sacro Gra by Gianfranco Rosi, while Best Director went to one of the hottest titles from the festival, Miss Violence, and director Alexandros Avranas. The Grand Jury prize prize went to Tsai Ming-liang for Stray Dogs which had been tipped by critics to win prizes here despite...

Exclusive: Voltage Adds Chris Pine Starrer, Taliban-Themed 'Drones Project' to Cannes Slate

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  By Liza Foreman   Voltage Pictures has added the Taliban-themed Untitled Drones Project to its Cannes line up. The package, as it is being presented here, includes Chris Pine (Star Trek Into Darkness) in the lead role, with Andrew Niccol (Lord of War, Gattaca) directing and writing. Voltage’s Nicolas Chartier is producing. The story follows a fighter pilot turned drone pilot.  Based in Las Vegas, he fights the Taliban by remote control all day before going home to the...

EXCLUSIVE: Christine Vachon, Cargo Team for London Town with Daniel Huttlestone

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  EXCLUSIVE: Christine Vachon, Cargo Team for London Town with Daniel Huttlestone   By Liza Foreman   Cargo Entertainment (The Angriest Man in Brooklyn) has added London Town to its Cannes slate.   The film will be produced by Christine Vachon and Sofia Sondervan.   The cast for the package being presented in Cannes, includes Jonathan Rhys-Meyers, Liv Tyler and Daniel Huttlestone.  ...

EXCLUSIVE: Christine Vachon, Cargo Team for London Town with Daniel Huttlestone

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  EXCLUSIVE: Christine Vachon, Cargo Team for London Town with Daniel Huttlestone   By Liza Foreman   Cargo Entertainment (The Angriest Man in Brooklyn) has added London Town to its Cannes slate.   The film will be produced by Christine Vachon and Sofia Sondervan.   The cast for the package being presented in Cannes, includes Jonathan Rhys-Meyers, Liv Tyler and Daniel Huttlestone.  ...

Okinawa International Movie Festival Award Winners

  5th Okinawa International Movie Festival   Award Winners:   Laugh Category Uminchu Prize Grand Prix (Cash Award of 1,000,000 Yen)   CHINESE ZODIAC Director: Jackie Chan                                   Comment From Director Jackie Chan: Wow! it's indeed a good news and a pre-birthday gift to me. Thank you so much for this award...

Okinawa International Movie Festival: It's a Wrap: Barfi! Wins Main Award

By Liza Foreman The 5th Okinawa International Movie Festival (April 23-30, 2013) came to a close on Saturday, with scores of Japan’s top comedians and international filmmakers descending on this southern Japanese outpost, courtesy of the festival’s organizer, Yoshimoto. Hollywood filmmaker Joel Schumacher presided over the jury, and guests this year included the youngest ever Oscar nominee Quevenzhane Wallis who is promoting the Japanese theatrical release of “Beasts of the...

Okinawa International Movie Festival in Pictures: Day 5

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Okinawa International Movie Festival in Photos: Day 3

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Local Content Front and Center at Okinawa International Movie Festival 2013

  By Liza Foreman Hollywood came to Okinawa on Sunday, with represenatatives from the Hollywood agency CAA presenting a seminar, and filmmaker Joel Schumacher in town to head up the jury of this year's Okinawa International Movie Festival. A series of seminars took place throughout the day through the market arm of the festival, the Contents Bazaar. A representatuve from CAA gave the local audience the low down on pitching for television and brought them up to date with changes in...

The 5th Okinawa International Movie Festival Red Carpet

  By Liza Foreman The 5th Okinawa International Movie Festival opened today with Japan's top comedians making the trek down from Tokyo, courtesy of organisers Yoshimoto, to entertain the crowds. Drawing a large gathering in the humid heat with spots of rain, the red carpet was followed by an open air screenings, and a welcome reception with guests including Joel Schumacher. The festival runs until March 30th. ...

Female Filmmakers from Cuba to Visit U.S.

By Liza Foreman   Marking the first time that a group of Cuban women filmmakers are traveling to the U.S. to present their work in New York, Los Angeles and Miami, a new initiative backed by Women in Film, is to showcase a selection of their films for American audiences.   The showcase includes presentations at USC School of Cinematic Arts, Brooks Institute and Miami International University of Art & Design.   The Cuban women participating ...

Brett Easton Ellis Moves Forward With 'The Downers Grove,' Signs Bella Heathcote

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By Liza Foreman Award-winning indie filmmaker Derick Martini has teamed up with Brett Easton Ellis on the new psychological thriller “The Curse Of Downers Grove.” The film, currently in development, will begin production in the spring. Martini will direct.   For full story go to: http://lizaonfilm.blogspot.co.uk/2013/02/brett-easton-ellis-project-curse-of.html     ...

Robin Williams, Joel McHale Sign on for 'A Friggin Christmas Miracle'

By Liza Foreman Joel McHale, Lauren Graham and Academy Award-winner Robin Williams are set to star in Sycamore Pictures' dysfunctional holiday comedy "A Friggin' Christmas Miracle." The screenplay was written by Phil Johnston, ("Wreck-It Ralph") with Tristram Shapeero attached to direct. Williams recently wrapped production on Phil Alden Robinson’s "Angriest Man in Brooklyn" and will soon begin production on Dito Montiel’s &qu...
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