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IFFS panel on Festival ticketing

1:45pm- 2:45pm Unlock Your Festivals Ticketing Potential This panel will provide a comparison of ticketing and pass models addressing pros and cons along with companies to consider working with. Hear what models are appropriate for your festival, printing issues, day of sale issues and more. Moderator: Bruno Chatelin, COO, Some of the following questions will be answered by our esteemed panelists/ Which percentage of ticketing is achieved online I...

Oliver Stone and Emir Kusturica at the 49th Thessaloniki International Film Festival (11/19/2008)

      The unexpected duet of Stone and Kusturica at the No Smoking Band concert, held on Tuesday night at Warehouse C, in the context of the 49th Thessaloniki International Film Festival, thrilled the crowd of the event. The renowned film director went on stage and marked this unique concert. ...

Opening of the 4th Crossroads Co- Production Forum

  The 4th Crossroads Co-production Forum, organized by the 49th Thessaloniki International Film Festival (TIFF), started on Monday, November 17th, in a warm and friendly atmosphere. This year’s Industry Center is being hosted at the Thessaloniki Museum of Photography. Crossroad’s artistic director, Marie-Pierre Macia, French producer and former director of Cannes’ Directors’ Forthnight, welcomed the guests and said she is very pleased with the program’s progress, which is f...

Just Talking 16/11

The first ‘Just Talking’ event of this year’s Thessaloniki International Film Festival (TIFF) took place on Sunday, November 16th, at the Old Pump Station in Thessaloniki’s port. Naoko Ogigami, director of the film ‘Megane / The glasses’ (Focus), Anna Boden, director of the film ‘Sugar’ (Independence days), Tomas Alfredson, director of the film ‘Let the right one in’ (Independence days) and the leading actor of the film ‘Terribly happy’ (Independence days) Jacob Ceder...

Diablo Cody Masterclass

Diablo Cody’s spontaneity and humor became evident during her masterclass on Monday, November 17th at the John Kassavetes Theater. The American screenwriter and producer, who has won 18 awards – among them the Oscar for Original Screenplay and the BAFTA for Original Screenplay – for her début script for the film ’Juno’, is one of TIFF’s International Jury’s members. ‘Writing this script has been the most exciting experience for me. I enjoyed it even more than when I receiv...

Haris Zambarloukos Masterclass

Critically acclaimed cinematographer Haris Zambarloukos held a Masterclass on Sunday, November 15th, at the John Kassavetes Theatre. Haris Zambarloukos talked about the way he works with light, his collaboration with known filmmakers, as well as his relationship with modern technology. Film Journalist Yorgos Krassakopoulos was co-ordinating the masterclass. ‘Today we have with us Haris Zambarloukos, a great compatriot, a man who glorified the Aegean landscape in his work for the film Mamma...

Opening of the 49th Thessaloniki International Film festival

The 49th Thessaloniki International Film Festival (TIFF) started yesterday, with the opening ceremony being held at the Olympion Theater. This year's opening ceremony has been based on the idea of a journey throughout the history of cinema. Three large screens carried the audience in an exciting trip starting from the Lumière brothers' first images. Konstantinos Kontovrakis, host of the opening ceremony directed by Angelos Frantzis, welcomed the audience and the 49th TIFF's honored guests...

Oliver Stone Masterclass

Oliver Stone Masterclass (11/18/2008) Political cinema and W., Oliver Stone’s latest film, monopolized interest during the masterclass delivered by the renowned director, which was held at Stavros Tornes theater on Tuesday, November 18th. Among the people attending the Masterclass were TIFF Director, Despina Mouzaki and TIFF President, Georges Corraface. Despina Mouzaki introduced Ol...

Some media got it wrong about San Seb: here is the official story

John Hopewell from Variety wrote the following title "San Sebastian faces budget crisis: Festival chief and staff threaten to resign" Read the full article on (you probably would have to pay to access the article) "...The head of the San Sebastian Film Festival, the Spanish-speaking world’s biggest movie confab, is threatening to resign if his budget is slashed. If festival director Mikel Olaciregui ankles, he’ll be followed out the door by his entire...

23rd Israel Film Festival Closing Night PANAVISION Awards

By Maria Esteves - November 18, 2008 The 23rd Israel Film Festival (IFF) in New York Closing Night Awards presented by Panavision and the IsraFest Foundation, acknowledging the best in filmmaking and emerging directors and producers of Israeli descent, was held at the Clearview Cinemas, Thursday, November 13, 7:30 PM. The awards were announced by founder/executive director Meir Fenigstein and Peter Brogna of PANAVISION.  2008 IFF Closing Night premiere sold out screening of THE SECRETS, ...

Zagreb Film Festival As It Once Was

In the mid- to late '70s, the punk rock explosion found a growing number of young musicians throwing off the constraints of big-budget production and 70s glamour as they struggled to bring rock & roll back to its rebellious roots. Other key synthpop influenced groups and artists from the early-mid 1980s include Eurythmics, Depeche Mode, Erasure, Tears for Fears, Pet Shop Boys, New Order, Ultravox, Human Leaque, The Cure etc… In overall lessons of punk began to loose it, another breed of mu...

San Francisco International Animation Festival!

Today is the Final Day of the SFIAFF, and the weekend has been exciting!  After seeing Sita Sings the Blues and getting the chance to talk with Nina Paley, seeing a series of Encylclopedia Pictura's work including their Bjork music video Wanderlust and hearing from the three young men about the ideas by which they operate, and seeing Waltz with Bashir, my mind is boggled and thoughts provoked, and I can only think about the endless possibility, magic and wonder of animation.   ...

Highlights from the 2nd annual CAMBOFEST 2008

CAMBOFEST 2008 Siem Reap, Cambodia December 26th-28th Announcing Selection of Participating Movies, Music & Venues ~ 50+ Films to Screen During 3-Day Event Current edition introduces Live Music acts The 2nd annual CAMBOFEST: Film & Video Festival of Cambodia is the first dedicated, internationally recognized movie festival in Cambodia. This independent, private sector movie event, held this year on December 26th-28th in Siem Reap, Cambodia, will present a total o...

Bosnian film on Zagreb Film Festival 2008

6th Zagreb Film Festival hosted Aida Begic, Bosnian female film director, with her post war story “Snijeg” (“Snow”). Her first film “Snow” is actually pretty narrative feature, and is a winner of The 2008 Cannes Critic’s Week Grand Prize. It’s a story about the recent blood stain of ex Yugoslavian Bosnian history-the massacre of Bosnian Moslem. The traumatic impact of which is still being felt by its widowed and orphaned survivors. Even if the film is v...

Zagreb Film Festival Golden Bear for Serbia

Stefan Arsenijevic’s “Love and Other Crimes” on Zagreb Film Festival 2008 represented Serbian film. On one way, generally speaking, it’s a typical Serbian film, showing general depressive atmosphere in Serbia nowadays, with alienated people, spared from direct impact of a civil war but self-destructive on the other way.  As it is a Serbian/German/Austrian/Slovenian co-production film still represents Serbia.  It is happening in Belgrade’s so call...

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