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Eight projects and eight producers selected for Open Doors 2017

        © Locarno Festival     The exploration of South Asia continues with a new raft of producers and projects that will be showcased for European and international partners at the Locarno Festival during the 15th edition of Open Doors, to be held from 2 to 8 August 2017.   The approach of in-depth research pursued by Open Doors is built around three distinct initiatives, Open Doors Lab, Open Doors Hub and...

Gourmet Cinema Food and Film at the Sydney Film Festival’s (7-18 June)

Gourmet Cinema, the Sydney Film Festival’s (7-18 June) perfect pairing of film and food will this year present the Australian premiere of Barbecue by Adelaide filmmaking duo Matthew Salleh and Rose Tucker.  A culinary and cultural exploration of the barbecue traditions across the globe, the film will be paired with an exquisite six-course gastronomic journey to locations explored in the film at The Meat & Wine ...

The 64th Sydney Film Festival program

The 64th Sydney Film Festival program was officially launched today by Sydney Film Festival Director Nashen Moodley. “The Sydney Film Festival is a collection of perspectives from many of the world’s most interesting storytellers, who reflect our shared desire to understand today’s world – from refugees and gender rights, to attitudes about country and community,” said Sydney Film Festival Director Nashen Moodley. “From the heart of ...

Tallinn Black Nights sub-festival Just Film chosen to present ECFA award

  Just Film, a sub-festival of Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival dedicated to screening children’s and youth cinema announces that the European Children’s Film Association (ECFA) will appoint a jury and present the prestigious ECFA Award to one film from the programme.   The winning films from each E...

Ron Howard and Brian Grazer will produce a documentary on Icon Tenor Pavarotti

Ron Howard and Brian Grazer’s Imagine Entertainment and Nigel Sinclair and Guy East’s White Horse Pictures will team up again following the success of their documentary The Beatles: Eight Days A Week – The Touring Years, to produce a newly authorized documentary based on the life of acclaimed tenor, philanthropist and 20th Century icon, Luciano Pavarotti. The film will be made in collaboration with Polygram Entertainment, a Universal Music Group partner, and STUDIOCANAL, who ...

Why #Covfefe & Trump Media Trounce Irks: The Pulitzer at 100

by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent   When most of us caught the Presidential Tweet in late May that included a fake word, #covfefe, that has become the American Typo Heard Around the World, it really mattered that this misspelled rant was aimed at the media. The 45th President of the United States was, as they say in street fights, ripping all newsrooms a new one. And Mr. Trump has literally gone to town on what he, @realdonaldtrump, and his Trump Administration call the...

The Big Winners At The Cannes Festival 2017

  Now that the curtain has drawn on the 70th Cannes International Film Festival, let's take a look at some of this years most impressive highlights and winners. As ever it was the glitz and glamour that kicked off this years event - the typical paparazzi scrum for the best (and worst) pictures for the fashion pages. Back in the light of day, there seemed to be even more super-yachts than usual squeezed into the gorgeous harbor, as nowadays Cannes is a seriously A-list event. Even is th...

Realness Screenwriter’s Residency was announced at the Cannes Film Festival

    At an event hosted by La Fabrique Cinéma de l’Institut Français, one of the first supporters of the programme, the selection of this year’s Realness Screenwriter’s Residency was announced at the Cannes Film Festival by Realness co-founder Cait Pansegrouw.   Realness, which was established in 2016, aims to provide scriptwriting talent on the continent with the space, time and support needed to create and develop their visi...

Is VoD growing the film pie? Presentations and film on line! European Audiovisual Observatory Cannes 2017 conference

  European Audiovisual Observatory Cannes 2017 conference       Click to view  the Vidéo of the conference     ...

Rija Films - Singing Hugo enchants Animation Day in Cannes

Elita Kalnaella and Vilnis Kalnaellis CEO of Rija Films (Latvian production and animation Studio) hosted a wonderful evening boat party to celebrate Cannes 70th and the closing of a successfull Animation Day in Cannes. We made new friends there and met old ones too! Rija Films (www.rijafilms.lv) activities are production, distribution for animation, documentaries and fictions. Since it's founding in 1995 company has taken part in more than 41 international co-production and cooperation p...

Comedy Movies from Summer Hill Entertainment

     Ted Chalmers, President   Summer Hill Entertainment   10645 N. Tatum Blvd., #200-130, Phoenix, AZ 85028 USA   Main: +1-480-535-8711   Fax: +1-480-535-8712   Email: ted@summerhillfilms.com   www.summerhillfilms.com/             C   ...

Getaway Day in Cannes 2017

Swedish director Ruben Östland jumps for joy at announcement of "The Square" as unexpected (and extremely unworthy) Best film (Palme d'Or) at Cannes 2017   Cannes is known for the perversity and disgruntlement  engendered by its endgame awards. The Grand 70th Anniversary edition was no exception. Most awards were not only surprising but undeserved and disheartening as well.  On the final day, Sunday, in a desperate effort to catch up with some competition f...

Preview of Sydney SIFF 2017 Red Carpets

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Wednesday 7 June - We Don’t Need a Map, SFF Opening Night: World Premiere Thursday 8 June - Ellipsis, World Premiere Thursday 8 June - Ali's Wedding Friday 9 June - Una, Australian Premiere Saturday 10 June - My Year with Helen, World Premiere Saturday 10 June - That’s Not Me, Australian Premiere  Sunday 11 June - Blue, World Premiere Monday 12 June - Madame, World Premiere Monday 12 June - Australia Day, W...

10 from Cannes...to screen in Sydney

Straight from Cannes We bring you the announcement every cinephile in Sydney has been waiting for: ten new titles fresh from Cannes.     The Beguiled Fresh from its Cannes Competition berth, Sofia Coppola's new film is a seductive thriller set in the Civil War era starring Colin Farrell, Nicole Kidman, Kirsten Dunst and Elle Fanning. ...

Okja will close SFF, fresh from Cannes Controversy over NETFLIX Titles

The 64th Sydney Film Festival will close withthe Australian premiere of Okja along with 10 films who screened in Cannes. Korean director Bong Joon-ho’s (Snowpiercer) Okja, reunites with Tilda Swinton, Jake Gyllenhaal and An Seo-hyun (Netflix movie which stirred controversy in Cannes) A young girl fights to save her best friend, a gigantic animal named Okja, in The great Korean director Bong Joon-ho's Cannes Competition contender starring Tilda Swinton, Jake Gyllenhaal and An Seo-...

BT partners with BUFF to sponsor British Urban Film Festival

              London, 26/05/17 BUFF – the leading film festival for diversity in the world – has found a new home for its annual showpiece after BT agreed to sponsor the seven day event for 2017. Under the terms of the deal, from September this year, BT will host every film festival event (including the BUFF Awards) at the iconic BT Tower in London, a venue which isn’t usually open to the public. BT will also share the awards ceremo...

Baahubali 2 : The Conclusion, S.S. Rajamouli, India, 2017

  This Indian film produced in Teluga, a south Indian language, and dubbed in Hindi and Tamil with a subtitled English version has become a surprising hit in India and overseas markets. Released in the US on February 28 in a relatively small number of 425 theatres without any apparent marketing effort the film scored close to $20 million by May 10 and $125 million in India. With a high audience scores and Rotten Tomatoes rating of close to 90 out of a 100 it proved popular gene...

Focus Acquires a movie that matters: Wim Wenders' Pope Francis - A MAN OF HIS WORD

Documentary feature presents Pope Francis in exclusive interviews Written and directed by three-time Academy Award nominee Wim Wenders (Buena Vista Social Club, Pina, The Salt of the Earth), the film is only the second co-production that the Vatican has made with outside filmmakers and the first in which a Pope addresses the audience directly, discussing topics such as ecology, immigration, consumerism, and social justice. “The belief that movi...

Diane Kruger Best actress for her role in The Fade by Fatih Hakim

  Diane Kruger has been awarded the Best Actress award at the 70th Festival de Cannes for her role in German director Fatih Akin's competition entry IN THE FADE (DE/FR, bombero international, Warner Bros. Film Productions Germany, corazón international). This was announced this evening at the awards ceremony in Cannes. The Palme d'Or went to the German co-production THE SQUARE by Ruben Östlund (SE/FR/DE/DK, Essential Film). LOVELESS by Andrey Zvyagintsev (RU/BE/D...

Saturday, Hot Day 11. Two films. Two Jeremiads: A winner and a loser

Elizabeth Olsen (of the FBI) and Jeremy Renner in Wind River WIND RIVER. Superb! ( Best direction, Un Certain Regard) "She ran six miles barefoot in the snow and died of burst frozen lungs ..."  Rape and murder on the reservation with Jeremy Renner really coming into his own as a not particularly handsome leading man. Very strong as the predator hunter with high powered rifle on high speed snowmobile --At the end of this snowy subzero nail biter Renner subjects the bloodied f...

Media Luna has acquired the rights to the Egyptian feature in post-production “Sheikh Jackson” by Amr Salama

  Set in 2009 when the news of Michael Jackson’s death took the world by storm affecting many people in the world, the films follows an Islamic cleric who in his school days used to be obsessed with the King of Pop and now faces an identity crisis. “We are proud to lead this young talented director to cross borders with such a delicate story, told with such an original tone and visionary in its way, that has the potential to touch the hearts of people no matter where...

Release From Heaven Opening film Animation Day in Cannes and winner of Animation that Matters Award

Ali Noori Oskouei Director and Seyed Vahid Olyaee Producer with their prize fro Animation That Matters Award.   The film opened Animation Day May 22, 8:00 pm - Gray 1 and received the next day THE ANIMATION THAT MATTERS AWARD - ANIMATION DAY IN CANNES 2017  In a war torn country, a female writer and teacher has to accompany two of her students on a life changing journey.   Sareh is a school teacher who writes comic strips. Due to a happening, she...

BYUN Sung-Hyun's Bulhandang Keeps Cannes Audience on Toes

  Out of Competition Films do not get nearly the same amount of attention as other films in The Festival. Bulhandang (The Merciless) by Byun Sung-Hyun shows that this, perhaps, should not always be the case. Greeted by a thin red carpet turnout, the four main actors were greated with a thunderous applause in the Grand Théâtre Lumière. The audience appeared to be extremely excited about the film as an applause broke out with every production company that appeared on scre...
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