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Locarno pays tribute to Jean-Pierre Léaud

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  Pardo alla carriera to Jean-Pierre Léaud EN © DR The 67th edition of the Festival del film Locarno will pay tribute to the French actor Jean-Pierre Léaud in awarding him a Pardo alla carriera, career award. In honor of Jean-Pierre Léaud the Festival will screen 4 films spanning his career: Masculine-Feminine (Masculin Fémin, 1966) by Jean-Luc God...

Begin Again, Review

Begin Again Almost all the characters in Begin Again are losers, and in the end…sublime love prevails…no spoilers here! The film has an Adults Only rating in India, which seems a bit harsh. Some mutes, some beeps, a couple of more snips (a couple are noticed as jerks on screen) and it should have managed a UA (persons below 18 allowed if accompanied by adults). The latest film from Irish writer-director John Carney (Once), Begin Again is a musical (as  about the music rec...

Stereo to open Puchon Fantastic Fest

Puchon will run from July 17 to 27 Stereo by Maximilian ERLENWEIN Can we truly ever be free of our past? Is it inevitable for past wrongdoings to hang around like a shadow, even in a person may have changed for the better? Stereo poses the questions of whether a person can be forgiven through penitence, and if that person can step away from his/her pain and mistakes of the past, and seek a new life. Filmmaker Maximilian Erlenwein explains that a painful past, though p...

Polish Days titles for New Horizons International Film Festival are announced!

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New Films by Przemysław Wojcieszek, Marcin Krzyształowicz, Jolanta Dylewska and Andrzej Wajda, will be presented to the foreign professionals during the key industry event of the 14th T-Mobile New Horizons International Film Festival. The organisers expect around 150 guests to attend.   Polish Days is the most important industry event at the 14.T-Mobile New Horizons International Film Festival (24 July - 3 August 2014), where industry representatives including programmers, sales agents,...

Revolution is selected by the Waimea Ocean Film Festival

The Waimea Ocean Film Festival brings a combination of film, breakfast talks, filmmaker Q&As, receptions, art exhibits and activities to the Big Island each year in early January. In 2015, award-winning films, presentations and breakfast talks are scheduled between multiple venues in Waimea, the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel and the Fairmont Orchid from January 1-4, 2015. Early risers can enjoy yoga on the beach, and breakfast talk sessions with filmmakers and special guests. Films and speakers ...

Wavescape Surf Film Festival at the DIFF

The 9th Wavescape Surf Film Festival at DIFF celebrates almost a decade of bringing Durban an annual feast of surf culture, spearheaded by the world’s best surfing documentaries and shorts. The outdoor screening on the lawns at the Bay of Plenty takes place this Sunday 20 July followed by five days of indoor screenings at Ster Kinekor Musgrave (Monday 21 to 26 July). "Our 2014 edition features the most diverse and geographically disparate collection yet," said Steve Pike...

Grossmann, Day 3: The Raid 2 and Torture Garden

The 3rd day of Grossmann Fantastic Film and Wine Festival will start already at 13:00h, when the gates of Torture Garden shall open within the dark dungeons of Alcatraz Cinema. It will feature five extremely fierce genre extravaganzas, brought to us in a steel cage by our last year's short film jury member Julian Richards, co-founder of Jinga Films, our partners in this year's B-marathon of blood, laughs and weirdness. Two of these films he also directed – found footage shocker The...

Rob Stewart's Revolution, selected at the Contemporary Science Film Festival 360 running 8 to 15 of October in Moscow

Revolution, the new documentary by Rob Stewart, produced by Gus van Sant  will screen @ Contemporary Science Film Festival 360 8 to 15 of October in a special out of competition program dedicated to the ecological problems.   Call for entries for the 4th Contemporary Science Films Festival 360° is open. We accept entries for the following competition programmes:   International Competition   Documentary films on science, science activitie...

How CGI Became the Main Character in Hollywood Movies & Do We Care?

by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent In a Screenwriting Galaxy Far, Far, Away, the Writers Guild Foundation (https://www.wgfoundation.org) once held “Words Into Pictures,” a series of conferences that brightened the years 1997, 1999, and 2002, with debates about everything from character development to story-craft. Around about 1999, David Koepp (writer of Jurassic Park, director of Panic Room and more) and Stand By Me’s Rob Reiner got into it over VFX vs Storytel...

“A Country Full of Artists”: An Interview with Yirgashewa Teshome, Director of the Ethiopian International Film Festival

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As we screen all our submissions for VFF14, here is our look at another festival in a very different place: http://valleyfilmfest.blogspot.com/2014/07/a-country-full-of-artists-interview.html ...

Michael Moore Endorses One Film Only: 1971

       *We're thrilled to announce that Michael Moore has selected one film only, 1971, for a unique 7 continent screening simulcast during his film festival (Traverse City Film Festival) on August 1 called MOVIE AROUND THE WORLD.* See his message here.   "It's one of the best documentaries I've seen this year" -Michael Moore   "The parallels between Nixon-era FBI whistleblowers and...

The new American generation in the spotlight at Locarno

    Listen Up Philip by Alex Ross Perry Alex Ross Perry’s Listen Up Philip (Concorso internazionale) and Joel Potrykus’s Buzzard (Concorso Cineasti del presente) signals the return of two filmmakers launched at recent editions of the Festival. The 67th Festival del film Locarno (6 – 16 August) confirms its interest in leading figures in new indie American cinema, which has demonstrated a new vitality in recent years. Two directors launched, and winning awards...

Agnès Varda to receive the Pardo d’onore at Locarno 2014

    © Julia Fabry © ciné-tamaris The multi-talented French director will receive the Pardo d’onore Swisscom during the 67° Festival del film Locarno (6 – 16 August). After working as a theater photographer, Agnès Varda began directing in 1954 with the feature-length film La Pointe Courte, with Philippe Noiret, also at his first role. The film, which was edited by Alain Resnais, made an immediate impact as one of the most influential work...

The official juries for the 67th edition of Locarno Fest

      © Festival del film Locarno This is to announce the composition of the official juries for the Concorso internazionale, Concorso Cineasti del presente, Pardi di domani and Best first film. The jury for the Concorso internazionale will have as its President the Italian director Gianfranco Rosi, winner of last year’s Leone d’oro at Venice for Sacro GRA. He will be accompanied by German filmmaker Thomas Arslan (Dealer, 1999; Gold,...

Program for the 67° Festival del film Locarno announced

      The official program for the 67° Festival del film Locarno has been announced. The awards to Juliette Binoche (Excellence Award Moët & Chandon), Armin Mueller-Stahl (Lifetime Achievement Award - Parmigiani) and Mia Farrow (Leopard Club Award) were also announced today. Those attending Locarno will include Dario Argento, Olivier Assayas, Luc Besson, Garrett Brown, Suzanne Clément, Pedro Costa, Julie Depardieu, Lav Diaz, Víctor Erice, Flori...

Khalo Matabane presents “The Films That Made Me” at the 35th Durban International Film Festival

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  Returning to the Durban International Film Festival (17 – 27 July) for the second time, The Films That Made Me section presents a programme of five films selected by a prominent South African director to bear testament to the films that have shaped his or her directorial voice. This year, DIFF is delighted to announce that it has invited acclaimed South African filmmaker, Khalo Matabane (director of State of Violence and Nelson Mandela: The Myth and Me), to...

AfriDocs Film Week in Durban 21-27 July 2014

(Soft Vengeance) Sub-Saharan Africa Broadcast in association with channel ED and the 35th Durban International Film Festival A world first will be taking place this month when a full week of African documentary films are broadcast across sub-Saharan Africa on DStv channel ED (channel 190) and GOtv (channel 65), from the Durban International Film Festival, the largest film festival in South Africa that takes place from 17 to 27July. This unique film event w...

Grossmann Festival, Day 2: Enchanted Cinema Opens Its Door

10th Grossmann Fantastic Film and Wine Festival is already in full effect. Enchanted Cinema, our new program section, is opening its door for the very first time, inviting all kids and parents to the screening of British animated hit film Chicken Run by Peter Lord and Nick Park. In our main competition program Vicious Cat we present three ferocius films today. First of them will be Serbian fantastic horror Nymph which has just recently won the Audience Award at Fantastic Zagreb Film Festiva...

Celestial Tiger Entertainment Expands Advertising Sales Team with Appointment of Su Wei Wong as Associate Director

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Celestial Tiger Entertainment (CTE), operator of the largest bouquet of pan-Asian channels dedicated to Asian entertainment, announced today its appointment of Su Wei Wong as Associate Director, Advertising Sales. Based in CTE’s newly-opened office in Kuala Lumpur, Wong will be responsible for driving advertising sales in Malaysia. She will be working closely with Astro Media Sales to boost advertising revenue for CTE’s channels Celestial Movies and KIX HD.    “We a...

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49th Karlovy Vary IFF Awards

The 49th Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, a non-specialized festival with four competition categories, took place from July 4th to July 12th this year. It was organized by Film Servis Fesival Karlovy Vary, a.s., with Jiří Bartoška as president of the festival and Karel Och as artistic director. The 50th Karlovy Vary IFF will be held from July 3rd to July 11th, 2015. On July 12th 2014, the festival’s juries presented awards for the best films at the closing ceremo...

The Closing Ceremony of the 49th Karlovy Vary IFF in pictures

The Closing Ceremony of the 49th Karlovy Vary IFF The Closing Ceremony of the 49th Karlovy Vary IFF: director Boris Poljak (Autofocus, Best documentary under 30 minutes) and documentary films jury member Tomas Bojar The Closing Ceremony of the 49th Karlovy Vary IFF: Zdenek Sverak and director Jeff Preiss (Low Down, Best actress award for Ellen Fanning) ...

Cine Fan Summer International Film Festival 2014 Opens with Woody Allen’s Magic in the Moonlight

  The Hong Kong International Film Festival Society (HKIFFS) announced the Opening and Closing Film of Cine Fan Summer International Film Festival (SIFF) 2014 today. The Festival will open with the premiere of Woody ALLEN’s latest film Magic in the Moonlight and close with Partners in Crime, the latest film by CHANG Jung-chi, Golden Horse Award winner for Best New Director. ...

CAMERA JAPAN presents new films by LEE Sang-il and SONO Sion

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    CAMERA JAPAN, the largest festival for Japanese film and anime in the Benelux, will present two strong works featuring star actor KUNIMURA Jun (Kill Bill, Hard Boiled, Audition): LEE Sang-il's Unforgiven and SONO Sions Why Don't You Play in Hell? The festival takes places Thursday 2 till Sunday 5 October at Rotterdam's LantarenVenster. Part of the programme will be screened at Amsterdam's Kriterion from Friday 10 till Sunday 12 October. Movie buffs and those inte...

Singapore International Film Festival To Hold Its First Ever Southeast Asian Film Lab

The Singapore International Film Festival (SGIFF) will hold its first ever Southeast Asian Film Lab as part of its 25th anniversary celebration this year. The Southeast Asian Film Lab is a seven-day writing workshop aimed at emerging screenwriters and/or writer/directors from Southeast Asia aged between 18 and 35, with a focus on stories capturing the collective experiences of the past, present and future Southeast Asia, to be developed into feature length screenplays. ...
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