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29th TIFF - Tokyo International Film Festival to Showcase American Classics and Indonesian Cinema

The 29th Tokyo International Film Festival (TIFF) is pleased to announce two special showcases, a special selection of American Classics from UCLA Film & Television Archive, and another on Indonesian Cinema as the focus of the CROSSCUT ASIA section. These two are in addition to the previously announced focus on two iconic Japanese directors, Mamoru HOSODA and Shinji IWAI, and the world premiere of Asian Three-Fold Mirror 2016, the first of the Asian omnibus film series being made in collabor...

Fourteen moviemakers will compete for the Kutxabank-New Directors Award

            Share on Facebook      Share on Twitter      Images in high resolution      Today saw presentation of the selection of films making up New Directors, the section embodying one of a film festival's core missions: to discover new filmmakers, or in other words, new ways of thinking, understanding and making cinema. The Director of the San Seb...

Roger Corman, guest of honor at the Filmmakers Academy

    Roger Corman will be paid tribute during the 69th edition of the Festival del film Locarno via screenings of two of his films. Guest of honor at the Filmmakers Academy, the training project for young directors, Corman has long been considered a cult filmmaker who helped change the way films are conceived, produced and directed.  As director and screenwriter he made a long series of films whose low-budget model combined principles of quality and popular appeal in unprec...

Pardo d’onore Swisscom to Alejandro Jodorowsky

    © Pascale Montandon-Jodorowsky Filmmaker, writer, poet and artist Alejandro Jodorowsky will be awarded with a Pardo d’onore Swisscom at the 69th Festival del film Locarno. In addition to a selection of his films and the award ceremony on the Piazza Grande, Jodorowsky will also participate in a conversation open to all festival-goers. As son of Russian immigrants exiled in Chile, Alejandro Jodorowsky began his artistic career as a puppeteer, poet and thea...

The new film by Douglas Gordon with Jonas Mekas will open the section Cineasti del presente 2016

    The Concorso Cineasti del presente will open with a film that is unique in its protagonists and for the concept that is the basis for the project. I Had Nowhere To Go by the filmmaker and video artist Douglas Gordon is based on Jonas Mekas's diary. “I Had Nowhere To Go is his story of exile; brought on by the horrors of the twentieth century, propelled by the need to create rather than destroy, to move on, to make sense... or not, where bewilderment is more h...

European Casting Director Award in Locarno

          The Festival del film Locarno launches the first European Casting Director Award, in partnership with the International Casting Directors Network (ICDN).   The ICDN, founded in 2005 in the context of the European Shooting Stars (EFP) at the Berlinale, is the first association to focus on casting directors on a worldwide scale. The ICDN seeks to improve the standards of the profession, to help shape film policy and processes, to pro...

Locarno’s First Look initiative (6 – 8 August) turns the spotlight on Polish Cinema

  6 Polish films in post-production in Locarno       OSTATNIA RODZINA (The Last Family) by Jan P. Matuszyński     For its sixth edition, the Festival del film Locarno’s First Look initiative (6 – 8 August) turns the spotlight on Polish Cinema. Thanks to a partnership with the Polish Film Institute and Fundacja Polskie Centrum Audiowizualne, this year's First Look will present 6 films in post-production chosen by the Festiv...

Khyentse Norbu's "Hema Hema: Sing Me a Song While I Wait", a world premiere at the Open Doors Screenings in Locarno

          One region, four countries, twenty-one films, and a world premiere. This is the Open Doors Screenings 2016, a platform for talent of contemporary cinema in Bangladesh, Bhutan, Myanmar and Nepal.   For Open Doors to extend its purview to exciting developments in young national cinemas, such as those of southern Asia, is nothing new. But a world premiere at the Open Doors Screenings certainly is. This is the case with Hema Hema: Sing ...

Locarno: The Leopard Club Award 2016 goes to Stefania Sandrelli

          © Photo by Marco Rossi – Courtesy S. Ferragina     The 69th edition of the Festival del film Locarno will pay tribute to the dearly beloved Italian actress Stefania Sandrelli who this year celebrates her 55 years' career and her “70th springtime”. She will receive the Leopard Club Award 2016 on the Piazza Grande, on Friday, August 5.   A key player in the great era of Italian cinema, an...

"Through the Pane" to play Video Festival VIDEOMEDEJA!

"Through the Pane" has been selected to the 20th International Video Festival VIDEOMEDEJA that takes place in the Museum of Contemporary Art of Vojvodina, in Novi Sad, Serbia from October 21st - 23rd, 2016. Based on the memoir chapter by Donald G. Westlake about his acceptance of his wife's death, the film was helmed by his daughter, Dawn Westlake. Pol Carrizo-Vilarroig of ImatgeBarcelona filmed/edited and provided visual effects. GC Johnson of Acoustic Labs provided an original g...