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Jeremy Colson's Festival Reviews.
Film Festival ambassador to fest21.com and filmfestivals.com
Visiting Bangkok, Cairo, Hanoi, Hiroshima, Phuket, Istanbul, Antalya, Estonia, Calcutta, Goa, Trivandrum, Kathmandu, Neasden and more.
LUANG PRABANG ~ Building on the success of last year's inaugural event, the director of the Luang Prabang Film Festival (LPFF) believes that this year's iteration, now in its fourth day, will further establish the LPFF on the Southeast Asia cultural calendar.
"I think we have a good formula, one that works well for film-makers and audiences alike, and although we know we can make improvements, we believe we are on the right track," Gabriel Kuperman told FilmFestivals.Com today...
Bangkok ~ The second Luang Prabang Film Festival will take place on 3-10 December 2011 in Luang Prabang, the former Royal Capital of Laos, and UNESCO World Heritage Site. The ongoing project is dedicated to harnessing the power of film to foster cultural development and plurality in Laos, build regional understanding in Southeast Asia, and support sustainable development.
The festival will present over 30 Southeast Asian films and other curated events throughout the week. All scre...
BANGKOK ~ Nansun Shi, one of the region’s most highly regarded film producers, was announced today as President of the 2011 International Jury of the Asia Pacific Screen Awards (APSA).
Ms Shi will be joined on the Jury by Cameron Bailey, Co-director of the Toronto International Film Festival, Japanese director and actress Kaori Momoi, Israeli director Samuel Maoz, and the Executive Chairman of the China Film Producers Association, Ming Zhenjiang.
During a career spanning th...
BANGKOK ~ More than 80 films from some 30 countries are to be screened at this year’s edition of Bangkok’s World Film Festival (WFF), the longest-running film festival in Thailand.
Scheduled for November 4 to 13, the ninth edition of the festival appears to have a stronger and more balanced selection than last year and should prove popular with cineastes not only from Thailand but also from neighboring countries.
Still under the enthusiastic control of festival director V...
BANGKOK ~ The 30th Istanbul Film Festival will take place during April 2-17. With approximately 150, 000 participants last year
Istanbul Film Festival is again the biggest cinema event of Turkey and once again offers rich content.
Some 230 films in 21 sections will be shown in the festival. A wide-ranging programme composed of special retrospectives exclusive to the 30th year includes new films premiered in January at Sundance and in February at Berlin, Golden Tulip International and Na...
The irrepressible Terry Gifford
KATHMANDU ~ The Kathmandu International Mountain Film Festival (KIMFF) 2010 has concluded with the top award in the international competition going to The Broken Moon (Brazil), directed by Marcos Negrao and Andre Rangel.
Announcing the winner, lead judge Terry Gifford described The Broken Moon as “brilliantly filmed, brilliantly lit and brilliantly framed.” He said the jury had not had any problem in selecting the winner; they unanimou...
The 10th Kathmandu International Mountain Film Festival (KIMFF) got underway today and will screen some 62 films from 35 different countries before closing on Monday.
The opening ceremony was not attended by any celebrities; there were no film stars and only a handful of dignitaries. Instead of champagne and canapés, there was tea and biscuits.
“ We thought of inviting the President, but we weren’t sure if we could handle the cavalcade that would follow,” said the Festival Di...
BANGKOK ~ Four script development grants totalling $US100,000 to filmmakers from the Asia Pacific region were announced at the Asia Pacific Screen Awards in Australia on Thursday. (02 December 2010)
The grants are the first to be offered by the MPA APSA Academy Film Fund, a new initiative of the Asia Pacific Screen Awards (APSA) and the Motion Picture Association (MPA) which is available exclusively to APSA Academy members.
Four filmmakers will each receive $US25,0...
China, Korea, Turkey, Israel, Australia, Iran and India win awards
BANGKOK ~ Tangshan dadizheng (Aftershock), from the People’s Republic of China, has won the Best Feature Film Award at the fourth annual Asia Pacific Screen Awards (APSA), announced on Thursday (02 December) evening at a stunning ceremony on the Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia.
Chinese actor Chen Daoming received the Best Performance by an Actor award for the same film, which is the highest grossing domestic ...
APSA NOMINEES FEATURE AT GOLD COAST FILM FESTIVAL
The Gold Coast Film Festival (GCFF) will celebrate films of Asia-Pacific with a program of films nominated in the Asia Pacific Screen Awards (APSA).
The fourth annual APSA’s will take place on the Gold Coast on December 2 when 31 films from 15 countries and areas will compete for the region’s highest accolade in film.
Headlining the GCFF APSA Program is ...
HANOI ~ Rooky director Boo Junfeng (pictured left) has won Best Feature Film and Best Director at the inaugural Vietnam International Film Festival (VNIFF).
Announcing Junfeng's win at a star-studded awards ceremony on Friday, head juryman, Phillip Noyce, said the jury had discussed the 10 entries in the feature film competition for several hours, but it "gradually become clear we were all talking about the same film, “Sandcastle” by ...
HANOI ~ Vietnam’s first ever major international film festival got underway today following a magnificent opening ceremony held in Hanoi’s National Convention Center and attended by an estimated 3,100 guests.
The timing of the festival coincides with the 1,000 year anniversary of the founding of the city of Hanoi in 1010, and the precise dates of VNIFF, 17 October to 22 October fall nicely between the end of Korea’s Phusan festival and the beginning of Japan’s Tokyo Film F...
TOKYO ~ Angry Man, a film about domestic violence, has won top prize at the Hiroshima Animated Film Festival.
Based on the book by Gro Dahle and Svein Nyhus, the film focuses on a small frightened child who desperately wishes to tell someone about what is going on at home, but doesn’t know who to talk to or what to do.
In awarding the Grand Prix to the film’s director, Anita Killi, the festival jury described Angry Man as a “beautifully made mixed media film” which...
Banned by the Cambodian authorities, the documentary “Who Killed Chea Vichea?” investigates the 2004 assassination of labor leader Chea Vichea.
As president of the Free Trade Union, Cambodia’s largest labor organization, Vichea was widely admired for his tireless fight to increase wages and improve working conditions for his members.
It was a dangerous job which often brought him into conflict with powerful people and institutions, but despite numerous beatings, ...
BANGKOK ~ The dates for the 8th World Film Festival of Bangkok have been confirmed as November 5 to 14, 2010.
Continuing in the spirit of “arts and freedom” since it was established in 2003 under the direction of Thailand’s most popular festival director, Victor Silakong, WFF is growing in stature every year.
Submissions for the 2010 festival are being accepted until October 1. No submission fee is required.
”We are looking for all genres and types of films: fictio...
BANGKOK ~ Organisers of the 2010 Asia Pacific Screen Awards (Apsas) are expecting about 200 films from more than 40 countries to have been submitted for this year’s competition by the time entries close on August 23.
A total of 44 Official Submitting Organisations have been confirmed by Apsa and the International Federation of Film Producers Associations (FIAPF) to submit films to represent their country or area.
In addition, films are invited to compete by members of the Apsa No...
BANGKOK ~ Oliver Stone said he’d seen the lies of the Reagan administration in the ‘eighties, and how the USA had intervened in 60 or 70 countries, but nothing had prepared him for the Bush years.
“This has been the worst decade of my life” Stone told reporters in Bangkok yesterday.
The film-maker, in Thailand to deliver a series of talks organised by the International Peace Foundation, said “Bush was the most dangerous president in history,” because of his policy on ...
BANGKOK ~ A former Thai tourism official and her daughter have been indicted on charges that they accepted bribes from a Los Angeles filmmaking couple in exchange for running the Bangkok International Film Festival.
An indictment unsealed Tuesday in Los Angeles charges Juthamas Siriwan, the ex-governor of the Tourism Authority of Thailand, and her daughter, Jittisopa Siriwan, with conspiracy and eight other counts. If convicted, they each face up to 20 years in prison, according t...
Acclaimed Australian film Samson & Delilah has won the Best Feature Film Award at the third annual Asia Pacific Screen Awards, announced tonight on the Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia.
Produced by Kath Shelper and written and directed by Warwick Thornton, Samson & Delilah previously won the Camera d'Or prize at this year's Cannes Film Festival, six major awards at the recent Inside Film Awards in Australia and has been nominated for 13 Australian Film Ins...
The Hedgehog (Le Herisson) scooped three awards in Cairo last night.
In only her third film as a director, Mona Achache won the Critics' Prize, Best Director and the Special Jury Prize.
The Hedgehog was inspired by the eponymous novel by Muriel Barbery. The screenplay was written by Achache.
The film tells the story of Renée Michel a fifty-something female concierge with an insatiable thirst for knowledge and a passion for great works of literature.
Paloma is a 12-year...
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Cairo International Film Festival president, Dr Ezzat-Abou-Ouf, talks to Jeremy Colson about this year's festival and his hopes for the future.
CAIRO ~ 20 November 2009
Could you tell us a bit about yourself, your background?
I graduated from medical school but still being young I wanted to practice something more creative than medicine so I enrolled at the conservatoire and learned more about music. After that I played western and jazz music. It was a family affair, me a...
Shadi Abdel Salam (1930–1986)
CAIRO ~ Though Martin Scorsese had to cancel his visit to Egypt at the last moment, his presence was strongly felt at the Cairo International Film Festival here on Wednesday night when the classic version of The Mummy was screened.
If it hadn't been for Scorsese this Egyptian classic might have just crumbled into obscurity, as has much of this country's history
But as the result of financial support from the Martrin Scorsese...
CAIRO ¬ The joke going around Cairo today is that the Algerian Tribute in the city's international film festival will be withdrawn if the Algerian football team beats Egypt in this Saturday's crunch game.
It is only a joke, but the fact is that even the most ardent of Egypt's film buffs are focused on the crucial world cup qualifier that will see one or the other country through to the World Cup finals in South Africa next year.
Punters have commented that the orga...
THE CAIRO International Film Festival (CIFF) celebrates its 33rd edition this year from November 10 to November 20.
In its long history of successes, last year's triumph would be a hard act to follow. Never before had the festival attracted so many international stars. But the organizers say that this year promises to equal and perhaps even surpass last year's event.
The CIFF 2009 enjoys the fine backdrop of 100 years of a distinguished film history. It is undoubtedly the oldest a...
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