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Documentaries At The Crossroads

  by Sandy Mandelberger, Festival Dailies Editor As SILVERDOCS, the nation's most prominent documentary film festival, begins to hit its stride, it is worth mentioning that the documentary film has not had the charmed life at the box office as we saw earlier in the decade. While not every film can hope to reach the stratosphere of FAHRENHEIT 911 (which had a record-shattering $120 million international box office gross in 2004), the recent crop of documentaries coming to theaters ...

Open Air Cinema City

First open air film festival in Serbia, Cinema City has been closed Sunday in ovation of the mainly young audience, with ceremony awards and at the end and a big drunken haze party in evening. No doubt that organizer, Exit did pretty much to cheer and entertain Novi Sad. Taking the fact that this pretty large and beautiful Serbian City has no cinema, the festival organized first open air cinema in Serbia. The festival fulfilled total capacity with total sale of tickets, with all open air sits...

The Challenge Of Human Rights

  by Sandy Mandelberger, Film New York Editor These challenging times call for courage, determination and a selflessness that was woefully out of fashion in the Me-Me-Me Decade that preceded the worldwide economic collapse. That there is potential for the global community to learn from its mistakes is always a hopeful sign (although let us remember that the Great Depression was followed almost immediately by its antidote, World War II). When this moral courage needs to be inspired i...

Serbia’s Cinema City

Imagine the picturesque little town with an interesting architecture mixture on Balkan and imagine the place full of pretty women. Now you imagine the festivity town and beautiful weather, and how actually looks the place where Exit Festival happens (the most famous music festival on Balkan). The place is called Novi Sad and it is settled in a little country called Serbia. Well, this festivity is called the Cinema City and is pretty new i...

A Love Affair With Non-Fiction At SILVERDOCS

  by Sandy Mandelberger, Festival Dailies Editor For lovers of non-fiction film, it doesn't get much better than the SILVERDOCS DOCUMENTARY FILM FESTIVAL, which begins its week-long love affair with documentaries next week. Boasting some of the finest achievements from the world of documentary film, the Festival is sponsored by the American Film Institute and The Discovery Channel. Its home base at the AFI Silver Theater, one of the finest arthouse venues in the country, brings even...

Philadelphia Documentary & Fiction Festival - 2009 Awards

Here are the awarded films at the 2009 edition of the Philadelphia Documentary & Fiction Festival.  To see the complete Official Selection, please visit  Special Prize to Best Documentary Film  LES ENFANTS SORCIERS DE KINSHASA by EMMANUEL REITZ - France Kinshasa, capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo. After years of civil war and millions of death among the population, poverty and desperation is r...


DOCUMENTA MADRID 10. Call for entries ON LINE REGISTRATION IS NOW AVAILABLE! We have opened the inscription for Documenta Madrid 10. In our website you can know the complete Regulations of the Seventh Edition of the Festival, and make the registration on line of your documentary for Documenta 2010. The registration deadline for films is December 31, 2009.   DOCUMENTA MADRID 10 will have four competitive sections: ORIGINA...

The Italian Invasion Of New York

  by Sandy Mandelberger, Film New York Editor With the tabloids on both sides of the Atlantic covering the nasty divorce spat between Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi and his former-actress wife (a spicy melange of adultery, illicit sex with teenage "models" and political corruption), the Italian penchant for soap opera and high drama continues unabated. Our on-going interest and curiosity about all things Italian c...

Dungog Film Festival wrapped

3rd Dungog Film Festival May 28 - 31, 2009 ON THE ROAD ... TO STARDOM The 2009 Dungog Film Festival opened with the world premiere of Stone Bros, Richard Frankland's road movie with belly laughs, an attempt to bridge Australia's black / white cultural abyss with comedy. It also signals the Festival's coming of age as a platform to showcase new Australian films, a role that's the mark of a genuinely valuable festival. Andrew L. Urban reports. If you accept that 1...

Take a french break at Sacramento French Film Festival

8th Sacramento French Film Festival  : June 19-21 & 27-28, 2009 - Crest Theatre TAKE A FRENCH VACATION WITHOUT LEAVING SACRAMENTO !!! With the Sacramento French Film Festival you can walk around the French capital (PARIS, on Opening night) and relax in a campground on the Atlantic coast (CAMPING). You can travel to a fantasy world (BEAUTY and the BEAST) and uncover the grim current reality of illegal immigration (WELCOME, on closing night). ...

We Made It! (Barely) * Thanks to all our New Contributors

~ We Made It! ~ CAMBOFEST: Film, Video and Animation Festival of Cambodia is happy to announce that we've met the minimum financial requirements to continue operating through the 2009 season without interruption! Thanks in the end to the following new supporters as we conclude Phase 1 of our Rainy Season/Beginning of Spring fundraising drive: &nb...

Mariam's Amazing Race to Cannes and back to Cambodia: Day 18

  DAY EIGHTEEN The day started early with a bowl of cereal, yogurt and fresh fruit. Then it was time to pack the purple carpet bag again and head off to another train station. Wynford drove me to the station, where the price for a train ticket had gone from $35 Pounds if I had purchased the ticket online the night before, to $69. Since my credit card wasn't working, we walked over to the National Express bus office where a ticket to London was a mere $23, which I had in cash. Howe...

The New York International Independent Film & Video Festival returns to Los Angeles, July 30th-August 6th, 2009

NYIIFVF continues to be the voice of independent film, launching many careers and successes from our festivals in New York and LA. The NYIIFVF is accepting entries for its upcoming LA festival in late July/August. This is your chance to be a part of the NYIIFVF and screen your film in an indie theatre in LA!  Please visit, if you want to submit a film. ...

Cannes 2009: All the Awards

The official Jury of this 62nd Festival de Cannes, presided by Isabelle Huppert, revealed the Prize winners during the Closing Ceremonies on the evening of May 24th. IN COMPETTION - FEATURE FILMS Palme d'Or DAS WEISSE BAND (The White Ribbon) directed by Michael HANEKE               Grand Prix UN PROPHÈTE (A Prophet) directed by Jacques AUDIARD Lifetime achievement award for his work and his exce...

First Awards Announced

The official Cannes Festival awards are always preceded by the announcement of prizes for the films which screened in two other Cannes selections. - At Directors Fortnight (La Quinzaine des Réalisateurs), the Art Cinema Award, judged by a jury of independent art-house operators; the SACD Prize, which is awarded by the French authors-rights management society and for which only French-language features are eligible, and the 7th "Regards Jeunes," given to a director for his or her fi...

The Short Films in Competition

The Short Films in Competition will begin screening today. The international Short Film Jury is presided by British director John Boorman; the panel is made up of actresses Leonor Silveira and Zhang Ziyi and directors Ferid Boughedir and Bertrand Bonello. At tomorrow night's Closing Ceremonies, they will announce the winner of the Short Film Palme d'Or. Nine films are in the running: Missing by Jochem de Vries (Netherlands), Arena by João Salaviza (Portugal),...

Programme for Saturday May 23th

COMPETITION - Grand Théâtre Lumière 08:30am and 7:00pm: VISAGE (Face) by Tsai Ming-liang – 2h18 12:00 noon and 10:30 pm: MAP OF THE SOUNDS OF TOKYO d’Isabel Coixet – 1h49 UN CERTAIN REGARD - Salle Debussy 20h00 – CLOSING Prizes and screening of awarded films COURTS-METRAGES – Salle Debussy 11:00am: MISSEN (Missing) by Jochem De Vries – 12’ ARENA by João Salaviza – 15’ KLUSUMS (Silence) by Laila Pakalnina – 14’ RUMBO A PEOR (Worstw...

The Cinefondation Bestows its Awards

The awards for the best films presented on the Cinefondation program are in! The Jury was presided by UK director John Boorman and members French director Bertrand Bonello, Chinese actress Zhang Ziyi, Tunisian director Ferid Boughedir and Portuguese actor Leonor Silveira handed out their prizes this afternoon in the Buñuel theatre to: First Prize : BÁBA by Zuzana Kirchnerová-Špidlová FAMU, Czech Republic Second Prize: GOODBYE by Song Fang Beijing Film...

Cinéfondation : the 4 short films of the day

Chapa Directed by Thiago Ricarte Diploma Directed by Yaelle Kayam Sylfidden Directed by Dorte Bengtson Don't step out of the house (Nammae Ui Jip) Directed by Jo Sung-Hee Sreening starting at 11:00 am at the Salle Bunuel Awards and screening of awarded films at 04:30 ...

WINE and SHINE - Launch of FestivalExpress

user and Cineuropa invite all festival organizers present at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival to join them Thursday May 21st from 5:30-7:00pm  for a wine-tasting cocktail party.       The event will be hosted at the Village International, Espace Pantiero on the joint booth of: - Film France, - Ile de France Film Commission  - Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur Film Commission   Our team at and is excited to launch our new free submissions tool, Festiv...

Programme: Friday May 22th

COMPETITION  - Grand Théâtre Lumière 11:30 am et 10:30 pm : THE TIME THAT REMAINS by Elia Suleiman – 1h49 2:30 pm : ENTER THE VOID by Gaspar Noé – 2h30 UN CERTAIN REGARD - Salle Debussy 11:00 am  et 5:00 pm: THE SILENT ARMY by Jean Van de Velde – 1h32 2:00 pm et 10:00 pm : MORRER COMO UM HOMEN (To die like a man) by João Pedro Rodrigues – 2h13 SPECIAL SCREENING 5:15 pm : PETITION by Zhao Liang – 2h04 (Salle du Soixantième) 8:30 pm: PORTRAIT DE GROUP...

Producers Network from May 14 – 20

The 6th edition of the Producers Network’s seven-day program has just come to a close. “We registered, like previous years, about 600 producers from around the world,” announced Julie Bergeron, head of the Network. Held in the Palais’s Ambassadeur Salon, the Network “welcomed about 200 people every morning at the breakfast meetings - 16 different tables including special guests and a moderator at each,” continued Bergeron.“This year we had a different ...