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Zeki Demirkubuz will serve as the jury president of the National Golden Tulip Competition in the 34th Istanbul Film Festival

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  Distinguished director Zeki Demirkubuz will serve as the jury president of the National Golden Tulip Competition in the 34th Istanbul Film Festival, to be organised between 4-19 April 2015 by the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (İKSV), sponsored by Akbank for the eleventh consecutive year. Zeki Demirkubuz, who began working in film in 1986 as assistant to Zeki Ökten, assisted many directors before shooting his first feature film Block C (C Blok, 1994). Gaining internation...

Hong Kong Fest selects Mr. Louis KOO Tin-Lok as an ambassador for this annual spectacle of movies running 23 March to 6 April, 2

The 39th HK International Film Festival – "The World Comes to Hong Kong"  Attracting world attention to Hong Kong with our Ambassador – Mr. Louis Koo     A colourful ship floats above Hong Kong’s Victoria Harbor, popular movie characters spilling out from its film spool cargo as they arrive in the city for the festival. Young and talented illustrator Jack LEE Ka Wa has created th...

Awards and Juries IFFR 2015

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  Each year, International Film Festival Rotterdam celebrates a number of outstanding films with a variety of awards. Many of these prizes are awarded by (international) juries, and several of them are conferred upon the winners by IFFR audiences. Hivos Tiger Awards Competition » In the prestigious Tiger Awards Competition it's not about the well-known names who competing, but about the upcoming talent...

Jaideep Sahni’s Master Class at Film Writers’ Association, Mumbai: 15 years in 150 minutes

  Jaideep Sahni’s Master Class at Film Writers’ Association, Mumbai: 15 years in 150 minutes Bumping into Rajashree, urf (alias) Raju (that is how she likes to be known), a Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) alumnus and novelist, at Mumbai’s Linking Road, on Thursday evening, I told her I was considering attending the Film Writers’ Association’s Master Class by popular film-writer Jaideep Sahni, but the Facebook listing said it was only for members...

Berlinale 2015: International Jury confirmed, With Darren Aronofsky serving as Jury President

With Darren Aronofsky serving as Jury President, the International Jury will award the Golden Bear and Silver Bears of the 2015 Berlinale Competition. The other members of the International Jury will be Daniel Brühl, Bong Joon-ho, Martha De Laurentiis, Claudia Llosa, Audrey Tautou and Matthew Weiner. Darren Aronofsky, Jury President, USA Born and raised in Brooklyn, Darren Aronofsky celebrated his directorial debut in 1998 with the film π, which won Best Director at the Sundance...

Jury for the Best First Feature Award

Since 2006, when it introduced the Best First Feature Award, the Berlinale has been even more committed to supporting the next generation of film makers. The award is endowed with 50,000 Euros, donated by the GWFF (Gesellschaft zur Wahrnehmung von Film- und Fernsehrecht), a society dedicated to safeguarding film and television rights. The prize money is to be split between the producer and the director of the winning film. Additionally, the director will be awarded with a high-quality view...

Dayo Ogunyemi will step in as the new CEO of The Africa Movie Academy Awards AMAA

It was announced during Sundance that Dayo Ogunyemi will step in as the new CEO of The Africa Movie Academy Awards AMAA Dayo Ogunyemi This year also marks the inauguration of Dayo Ogunyemi as the new CEO of AMAA. Mr. Ogunyemi, after serving on the board of the African Film Academy and as a film law expert for the WIPO, has spent the past two decades at the confluence of entertainment, media and technology with employment experience with Booz Allen & Hamilton's med...

The team behind SHIFT72

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New CEO for The Africa Movie Academy Awards AMAA (Nigeria, June) - Submissions close February 10th.

It was announced during Sundance that Dayo Ogunyemi will step in as the new CEO of The Africa Movie Academy Awards AMAA Dayo Ogunyemi This year also marks the inauguration of Dayo Ogunyemi as the new CEO of AMAA. Mr. Ogunyemi, after serving on the board of the African Film Academy and as a film law expert for the WIPO, has spent the past two decades at the confluence of entertainment, media and technology with employment experience with Booz Allen & Hamilton's m...

New CEO for The Africa Movie Academy Awards AMAA (Nigeria, June) - Submissions close February 10th.

    The Africa Movie Academy Awards will take place in June this year and the nomination event is scheduled for April in continuation of the tradition of celebrating the best in the business of film making across Africa and beyond. The organisers of the pan-African reward system for motion picture professionals shifted the 2015 edition of the event in honour of the memory, Michael Anyiam-Osigwe, the elder brother of the founder of the awards who passed on recently and was the coordi...

Power of Story Video: Serious Ladies at 2015 Sundance Film Festival

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Join brilliant, fearless storytellers Lena Dunham (Girls), Mindy Kaling (The Mindy Project, The Office), Jenji Kohan (Orange Is the New Black, Weeds), and Kristen Wiig (Bridesmaids, Saturday Night Live) with New Yorker critic Emily Nussbaum as they discuss antiheroes and archetypes, using humor to crash through boundaries, as well as how far their art will go to tell the truth. The fascinating range of three-dimensional female characters on film and television these days suggests a sea chang...

Cinema Cafe Video: Saoirse Ronan and Toni Collette @ 2015 Sundance Film Festival

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Join Toni Collette and Saoirse Ronan (Stockholm, Pennsylvania, Brooklyn) with Cara Buckley (The New York Times) live at Sundance Film Festival's Cinema Café.  ...

Cinema Cafe Video: Doug Aitken and Guy Maddin at 2015 Sundance Film Festival

Join Doug Aitken (Station to Station) and Guy Maddin (The Forbidden Room) with Dennis Scholl (Knight Foundation) live at Sundance Film Festival's Cinema Café. Our daily series of informal chats rounds up special guests for thought-provoking discussions. ...

Pussy Riot Band visits IFFR

    Wednesday 28 January, Russian political activists group Pussy Riot comes to International Film Festival Rotterdam for a talk, a preview of the newest film about the feminist art collective and Jack Wood and Scofferlane concerts. In the Signals programmes What the F?! and Everyday Propaganda IFFR focuses on current topics such as feminism, contemporary propaganda and political image-making. The...

La La La at Rock Bottom, Japanese superstar Shibutani Subaru in concert at IFFR 2015

        Japanese superstar Shibutani Subaru arrived at IFFR 2015 on Thursday 22 January. The protagonist of La La La at Rock Bottom played a concert after the first screening of his film. La La La at Rock Bottom (film + concert) He is very famous in Japan, the singer in red from Kanjani Eight. Here, Subaru plays a small-scale gangster who’s lost his memory and is helped by a girl ...

Director Anne Sewitsky (Happy, Happy) makes her return to Sundance Film Festival with the feature length film, Homesick.

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Director Anne Sewitsky (Happy, Happy) makes her return to Sundance Film Festival with the feature length film, Homesick. Starring effervescent, international talent to watch Ine Wilmann and Swedish actor Simon J. Berger (Call Girl), Homesick follows the complicated bond between a brother and sister. The Norwegian film premieres as part of the World Cinema Dramatic Competition during the 2015 Sundance Film Festival. Sundance takes place January 22 – Febru...

The Cousteau Family to be honored at Santa Barbara Fest

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  The Santa Barbara International Film Festival, presented by UGG® Australia, will kick off Opening Night with the U.S. Premiere of Relativity Studios’ Desert Dancer at the historic Arlington Theatre on Tuesday, January 27, 2015.   Directed by Richard Raymond and starring Freida Pinto, Reece Ritchie, Nazanin Boniadi, Tom Cullen and Marmama Corlett, Desert Dancer tells the true story of a self-taught dancer pursuing a dream in a suppressed society.    &ldqu...

Film Producer Damian Jones joins board of British Urban Film Festival

With preparations for this year’s 10th anniversary already in full swing, organisers of the British Urban Film Festival have today announced the star signing of film producer Damian Jones to the board. Jones is a BAFTA-winning producer and has produced over twenty feature films including Adulthood, The History Boys, Welcome to Sarajevo, Gridlock’d, Millions, Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll, The Iron Lady, Fast Girls, Powder Room and Belle. Jones is currently pro...

SBIFF Honors Damien Chazelle, Richard Linklater, Bennett Miller, Laura Poitras, and Morten Tyldum

As part of the 30th Anniversary celebration, the Santa Barbara International Film Festival will expand its ever popular director’s panel into the Outstanding Directors of the Year Award, presenting to some of the most talked about and innovative filmmakers from the past year. The tribute will begin at 8pm on Wednesday, February 4 at the Arlington Theatre and will be moderated by The Hollywood Reporter’s Scott Feinberg. Filmmaking is a collaborative effort, spearheaded by the direc...

Berlinale 2015 Jury for the Best First Feature Award

Since 2006, when it introduced the Best First Feature Award, the Berlinale has been even more committed to supporting the next generation of film makers. The award is endowed with 50,000 Euros, donated by the GWFF (Gesellschaft zur Wahrnehmung von Film- und Fernsehrecht), a society dedicated to safeguarding film and television rights. The prize money is to be split between the producer and the director of the winning film. Additionally, the director will be awarded with a high-quality view...

Oskar Sulowski (in the centre), wins the "Made in Germany – Perspektive Fellowship

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RIZE CEREMONY: OSKAR SULOWSKI WINS “MADE IN GERMANY – PERSPEKTIVE FELLOWSHIP”, FUNDED BY BERLINALE CO-PARTNER GLASHÜTTE ORIGINAL Today, German watchmaker Glashütte Original, co-partner of the 65th Berlinale, and the Perspektive Deutsches Kino section awarded for the fourth time the “Made in Germany – Perspektive Fellowship” to a young German filmmaker at the Deutsche Kinemathek - Museum für Film und Fernsehen. The EUR 15...

Laure de Clermont-Tonnerre Wins 2015 Sundance Institute/NHK Award

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Sundance Institute and NHK (Japan Broadcasting Corporation) have announced French writer-director Laure de Clermont-Tonnerre as winner of the 2015 Sundance Institute/NHK Award for her upcoming debut feature film, Mustang. The award will be presented at a private ceremony at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. Clermont-Tonnerre is currently a screenwriting fellow at the 2015 Sundance Institute January Screenwriters Lab. Her short film Rabbit will premiere at the Festival in co...

Peter Taylor becomes the new director of Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival announced!

Peter Taylor, a film programmer at International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR), one of Europe’s most significant annual showcases of cinema, has taken over the reins from Melanie Iredale as Festival Director at Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival. Iredale, who led Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival for the past five years, stood down after its most recent 10th edition to take a Deputy Director post at Sheffield Doc/Fest. A member of IFFR’s selection committee for its short...

German Films have elected a new board, producer Peter Herrmann, who succeeds Martin Moszkowicz

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The shareholders of German Films have elected a new board. The new supervisory board chairman is producer Peter Herrmann, who succeeds Martin Moszkowicz.   Mariette Rissenbeek, managing director of German Films: “With Peter Herrmann, we were able to win an experienced producer and Oscar®-winner and an absolute authority of the German and international film industry for our supervisory board. We look forward to working together with him. We would like to thank Martin Moszkowicz ...

Joel and Ethan Coen Presidents of the Jury for the 68th Festival de Cannes

Photo credit : Alison Cohen Rosa / Universal Pictures For the first time in the history of the Festival de Cannes, not one but two leading figures will chair the Jury.   Indeed, American filmmakers Joel and Ethan Coen have accepted the invitation from President Pierre Lescure and General Delegate Thierry Frémaux to become the Presidents of the 68th edition of the Festival.   "We look forward to returning to Cannes this year”, Joel and Ethan Coen said from the H...
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