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15th RIDM: First films announced

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The Montreal International Documentary Festival (RIDM) is pleased to pre-announce several films on this year’s program, giving a sneak peek at what promises to be an exciting anniversary edition. One hundred domestic and foreign films will be screened during the 15th RIDM, from November 7 to 18 at the Cinémathèque québécoise, Cinéma Excentris, the Grande Bibliothèque and Concordia University.   FROM TORONTO TO MONTREAL A number of not-to-be-missed films at this year’s RIDM ...

Montreal World Film Festival launched with Million Dollar Crocodile...and 212 feature films

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  212 feature films (110 world or international premieres)  16 medium length films (12 world or international premieres)  144 short films (94 world or international premieres)  60 films in the Canadian Student Film Festival   A Chinese film “Million Dollar Crocodile” for the opening                              ...

INTERVIEW WITH JIM BUTTERWORTH of NAKED EDGE FILMS (Gone, Donor Unknown at Tribeca 2011 Festival)

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Fest 21 (Suzanne Lynch) sat down with Jim Butterworth, the president and co-founder of Naked Edge Films, a documentary film production company based in New York City and Boulder, Colorado, to discuss the two documentaries his company has at the 2011 Tribeca festival -- GONE and DONOR UNKNOWN.   Jim, you have a background in technology as an entrepreneur and venture capitalist. How does this background translate to what you are doing with Naked Edge Films? ...

far East FilmFestival in Udine 14 means...

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…emotions, energy, participation… 20th to 28th April 2012 - Teatro Nuovo “Giovanni da Udine” & VisionarioA dimension that is spreading from the big screen to television and home video! With one eye fixed on contemporary Asia and the other on South Korea in the ‘70s, the grand festival in Friuli will present over sixty titles, while also taking a look at production and distribution. After fourteen editions, a successful Festival stops being an event and transforms into something more. ...

A diverse programme of Czech films in the Saxon capital

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1st Czech Film Week in Dresden, 20 – 26 October 2011On Thursday 20 October 2011 the 1st Czech Film Week will start up in two Dresden cinemas Thalia and Programmkino Ost. They will be introducing new feature and documentary films, humorous short films and a Bohdan Sláma retrospective. The director will personally be participating in a debate on his films with film journalist Andreas Körner (Sächsische Zeitung).The 1st Czech Film Week is taking place as part of the 13th Days of Czech and Germ...

AWARDS & NOMINATIONS 2011

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Silver Princess Statuette (replica of the original "The Palace" statue of Ilijana, daughter of the Romanian Queen Mary of Edingburg) The voices of this year's directors show more clearly than ever that people from all nations are bonded by the same love, loss and laughter. Whether from Africa, Asia, America, Europe, Australia, New Zealand or the Middle East we are one in our needs and emotions. Perhaps in the 21st century the hand written note has been replaced by th...

INTERVIEW WITH JIM BUTTERWORTH of NAKED EDGE FILMS (Gone, Donor Unknown at Tribeca 2011 Festival)

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Fest 21 (Suzanne Lynch) sat down with Jim Butterworth, the president and co-founder of Naked Edge Films, a documentary film production company based in New York City and Boulder, Colorado, to discuss the two documentaries his company has at this year's festival --GONE and DONOR UNKNOWN.                   Jim, you have a background in technology as an entrepreneur and venture ca...

Rotterdam announces full lineup Tiger Awards Competitions

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Fourteen films have been selected for IFFR's Tiger Awards Competition 2011. The complete lineup, comprising first or second feature films concurring for three equal top prizes of each 15,000 euro, includes three world premieres. Two competing films have been supported by Rotterdam’s Hubert Bals Fund.The Rotterdam Tiger Awards Competition for Short Films 2011 comprises twenty-eight films, ranging in length from six to fifty-two minutes. Five short films will see their world premieres in Rotterd...

Interview with director Im Sang-soo! THE HOUSEMAID

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THE HOUSEMAID is a remake of a very popular 60s Korean thriller. It tells the story of a housemaid hired by a very rich family; her main task is taking care of their young daughter, Nami, as her mother is heavily pregnant with twins. Her father is a high power executive, whose sex life with his wife is not going too good, so he becomes involved with the new housemaid. As I have never seen the original, I can't compare. The film's main character, the housemaid Eun-Yi, is easy to empathise with fr...

LKFF - THE HOUSEMAID (2010) + Interview with director Im Sang-soo!

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THE HOUSEMAID is a remake of a very popular 60s Korean thriller. It tells the story of a housemaid hired by a very rich family; her main task is taking care of their young daughter, Nami, as her mother is heavily pregnant with twins. Her father is a high power executive, whose sex life with his wife is not going too good, so he becomes involved with the new housemaid.As I have never seen the original, I can't compare. The film's main character, the housemaid Eun-Yi, is easy to empathise with fro...

Festival With A View: Martha's Vineyard International FF

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  It is known as the playground of the rich and famous. In fact, it is the preferred summer holiday destination for U.S. Presidents (including Barack Obama and his family just two weeks ago). It is the tony enclave of Martha's Vineyard, an island off Cap Cod, Massachussets, that is hosting its 5th annual film festival this weekend. The Festival is showcasing some of the strongest films from the festival circuit, bringing top flight independent and international films to both locals ...

Building A Bridge To Peace

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What one of the great benefits (and joys) of an event like the AFI-Discovery Channel Documentary Festival is the presentation of films that go behind the news headlines and offer a portrait of the complexity and urgency of political and social events. The simple idea behind many of the films here is that the more we know, the more we understand, the more we can do. In the case of finding solutions to some of the world's most complicated issues, none is more pressing than the need t...

IFFBoston 2009 – Day Two – Lost Loved Ones with Forbidden: 1 of 3

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Hunger.  Fear.  Deprivation.  Death. These are the realities that seep into your pores while watching Kimjongilia – which is also the first in our Forbidden trilogy, spotlighting three documentaries that explore the places that we cannot go.  Today’s topic - North Korea: See No Evil. Through the eyes of witnesses, and perhaps mercifully not through our own, director NC Heiken shows us a glimpse of a world most of us will never see behind the veil of secrecy that has become ...

Documentary Deluge At New Directors New Films

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For the first time in memory (if my faulting memory serves me well and it increasingly does NOT), the New Directors New Films showcase opened last evening with a documenary feature. This annual rite of the Spring film season, co-presented by the Film Society of Lincoln Center and the Film Department of the Museum of Modern Art, was ushered in by BILL CUNNINGHAM NEW YORK, a fascinating look at the New York Times photographer and his love/hate obsession with the city he calls both his mu...

Line up of the Thessaloniki Documentary Festival - Images of the 21st Century

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12th THESSALONIKI DOCUMENTARY FESTIVAL : Images of the 21st Century : March 12  - 21, 2010 The 12th Thessaloniki Documentary Festival - Images of the 21st Century, part of the Thessaloniki International Film Festival, presents approximately 190 films by directors from all over the world, as well as a full parallel events program (previously announced on February 26).   OPENING FILM The Invention of Dr. Nakamats (Opfindelsen af dr. Nakamats, Denmark, 2009, 60 ...

European Docs Shine At Sundance

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In a somewhat strange convergence, European documentaries were the overall winners in all categories at the Sundance Film Festival, which announced its awards Saturday evening. While this is certainly a boon for European non-fiction makers, the European dramatic films in the World Cinema competition were uniformly snubbed. . However, there was much love for European docs, which is certainly something to celebrate. Winner of the Grand Jury Prize in the World Cinema Documentary section...

The DocPoint - Helsinki Documentary Film Festival programme

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  Border Breaking and Provocation   The DocPoint - Helsinki Documentary Film Festival programme includes many films that deliberately use provocation to expose something that would otherwise remain hidden. The festival programme also features films dealing with immigration and cultural borders, as well as the Winners & Bestsellers series comprising the most successful documentaries of the festival circuit. DocPoint - Helsinki Documentary Film Festival will take place on t...

Celebrating Film As Art In Wroclaw

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The ERA New Horizons International Film Festival has a reverence for “film as art”. This is indeed the focus of the FILMS ABOUT ART International Competition, which will present 14 feature documentaries from around the world. An international jury will award a prize of 10,000 euros, with a guarantee of distribution in Poland. Peter Greenaway, who will be at the Festival tomorrow to deliver a lecture on film and art, will present his latest film REMBRANDT’S J’ACCUSE, which uses the famed...

Celebrating Film As Art In Wroclaw

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  by Sandy Mandelberger, Online Dailies Editor The ERA New Horizons International Film Festival has a reverence for “film as art”. This is indeed the focus of the FILMS ABOUT ART International Competition, which will present 14 feature documentaries from around the world. An international jury will award a prize of 10,000 euros, with a guarantee of distribution in Poland.  Peter Greenaway, who will be at the Festival tomorrow to deliver a lecture on film and...

Blue Planet Green Planet theme of the UNAFF 2008

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UNAFF 2008 Program Schedule BLUE PLANET GREEN PLANET   SUNDAY October 19 Palo Alto, Aquarius Theatre 430 Emerson Street Opening Night sponsored by Evvia I session: 7:00 PM Opening words by Mayor of Palo Alto Larry Klein 7:15 PM DISAPPEARING FROGS (USA) 7:30 PM GALAPAGOS EVOLVING (Ecuador/USA) 7:45 PM FLOW: FOR LOVE OF WATER (Bolivia/Canada/France/India/USA) co-presented with San Francisco International Film Festival            MONDAY October 20 ...

The 11th United Nations Association Film Festival (UNAFF): the mission

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The 11th United Nations Association Film Festival (UNAFF), originally conceived to celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of the signing of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. It was created with the help of members of the Stanford Film Society and United Nations Association Midpeninsula Chapter, a grassroots, community-based, nonprofit organization, and has continued to grow ever since. The 11th UNAFF will be held from October 19-26, 2008 at Stanford University including screenings in Palo...

United Nations Association Film Festival themes Blue Planet Green Planet

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UNAFF 2008 Program Schedule BLUE PLANET GREEN PLANETSUNDAY October 19 I Palo Alto, Aquarius Theatre430 Emerson StreetOpening Night sponsored by EvviaI session:7:00 PM Opening words by Mayor of Palo Alto Larry Klein7:15 PM DISAPPEARING FROGS (USA)7:30 PM GALAPAGOS EVOLVING (Ecuador/USA) 7:45 PM FLOW: FOR LOVE OF WATER (Bolivia/Canada/France/India/USA) co-presented with San Francisco International Film Festival MONDAY October 20 I San Francisco, Roxie Cinema3117 16th Street II sessi...

Dubai to feature 3 new sections and a film market

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The 2008 edition of the Dubai International Film Festival features 12 programmes that will showcase cinema of all genres from all over the world.Selected films will be placed in the appropriate programme by DIFF management in consultation with the filmmaker. While DIFF welcomes international submissions, it should be noted that the non-Arab section of the festival is limited to only 60 films and presently does not include short films.The Cultural BridgeThe Cultural Bridge programme is one of the...

Palo Alto - United Nations Association Film Festival Higlights

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Founded in 1998 by Jasmina Bojic, film critic and educator, United Nations Association Film Festival is an international documentary film festival originally established as a collaborative project between the UNA Mid Peninsula chapter and the Stanford Film Society in conjunction with the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.United Nations Association Film Festival screens documentaries dealing with topics such as human rights, environment, women's issues, ...

Thessaloniki Docu Fest : One second of silence, by Sotiris Danezis

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Having traveled to more than 55 countries with the War Zone crew, Sotiris Danezis has shot a considerable number of still photographs during and in-between productions of the War Zone episodes. They say that silence is the loudest cry; that through silence one can say more than one can with words; that only through silence can one stop describing and start experiencing. Sotiris Danezis' exhibition of photographs entitled"One Second of Silence", at the Thessaloniki Museum of Photography...

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