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The Berlin International Film Festival mourns the loss of Alain Resnais

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Alain Resnais, one of European cinema's most noted auteurs and a founding father of French New Wave, died this weekend at the age of 91 after a long battle with illness. Alain Resnais was a frequent guest in the Berlinale programme and won a total of three Silver Bears: in 1994 for Smoking/No Smoking, in 1998 for On connaît la chanson (Same Old Song), which was also recognised as an outstanding contribution to modern cinema, and two weeks ago for Aimer, boire et chanter (Life of Ri...

Fiennes Once More on FEST in Belgrade

Another International Film Festival FEST, 42th FEST started last night in Belgrade. The Festival was opened by Serbian film So hot was the cannon/ Top je bio vreo directed by Boban Skerlic. "I sincerely believe that art makes people better and that each step towards art constitutes a step towards improving oneself, which means that FEST is a gathering place of better people. In a society that is systemically dumbed down, where culture, science and education are being marginalized...

Film Independent's Josh Welsh's Accidental Discovery Leads to a Life Path (First of Two Parts)

  By Mike “Tak”  Takeuch                                                                                                                                 &nb...

Patricia Norris Bares Her Costume Design for "12 Years a Slave"

Patricia Norris knows a thing or two about costume design. A half a century in the business will do that. And now the 82 year old is poised to learn something else: whether she'll finally take home an Academy Award after being nominated six times. The work currently under consideration is for Steve McQueen's 12 Years A Slave, based on the true story of Solomon Northup, a free black man kidnapped into slavery for more than a decade. To stitch together what went into designing costumes f...

Noah Cowan, Veteran Nonprofit Cultural Arts Executive, to Take Helm of San Francisco Film Society on March 3

Photo by George Pimental The San Francisco Film Society (SFFS) announced today that Noah Cowan has been appointed Executive Director of the organization, effective March 3. Cowan, a leader in facilitating and creating internationally-recognized film programming for more than two decades, will oversee the Film Society's expanding programs in exhibition, education and filmmaker services. Cowan joins SFFS after five ye...

54th KFF: the Dragon of Dragons Award for Bogdan Dziworski

Bogdan Dziworski, a distinguished Polish cameraman, professor of cinematic art and photography, will receive the Dragon of Dragons award for his entire artistic output at the 54th Krakow Film Festival, which takes place from 25th May to 1st June. The Dragon of Dragons award has been given since 1998 by the Programme Council of the Krakow Film Foundation, organiser of Krakow Film Festival, as a recognition of the contribution to the development of the world cinematography in the field of docum...

Japan Fashion Week Leather Japan 2014 Opening Reception

By Maria Esteves – February 21, 2014 The Leather Japan 2014 Opening Exhibition Reception hosted by Japan Fashion Week was held during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Fall 2014 Collections at Thomas Erben Gallery, New York, Tuesday, February 11, 2014. The opening reception showcased historical and contemporary leather themed artwork by top Japanese artists and fashion designers such as AKIYOSHI MISHIMA, KOSUKE TSUMURA, SHIN MURAYAMA and Blackmeans designer craftsman YUJIRO KOMATSU. Leather Jap...

Eye on Films Founder Loic Magneron introduces the EOF project from Berlin

Loic Magneron, relaxed, after his formal Eye on Films formal presentation on screen at MBG Restaurant.   A NEW BUSINESS MODEL FOR THE PROMOTION, CIRCULATION AND DISTRIBUTION OF FIRST FEATURE FILMS Eye on Films is a unique, global network of film professionals, which guarantees the circulation of a selection of first feature films in festivals partners in Europe and third countries, and the commercial exploitation of these films by distribution partners in Europe and third countrie...

Meet Gina Dellabarca Festival Director Show Me Shorts

 Gina Dellabarca Festival Director Show Me Shorts    ...

Danny Glover at the opening of 3rd Luxor African Film Festival, Egypt

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Top African-American film star Danny Glover will attend the opening of the 3rd African Film Festival (18-24 March, 2014) to present his latest film “The Children’s Republic” that will open the festival. Also attending, among top African and international guests, Flora Gomes, the Guinea-Bissau director of the acclaimed film. Both Glover and Gomes will be given special tribute for their rich career at the opening night along with Egyptian star Mahmoud Abdel-Aziz. Glover has conf...

Key Words on Cinema by the jury of OFAJ Prix Dialogue en Perspective

  © OFAJ/DFJW After a short introduction on the mission at Berlinale by Jury President Deni Dercourt, each member of the jury had to give FILMFESTIVALS.COM one word, their favorite word to describe cinema... Their (dialog in perspective) output was right on target: Cinema is.. a fascinating experience where laugthers, passion, motions, images and creativity....wawwwwwwww are the key words. OFAJ is an international organisation created in 1963 to serve...

Interview with Denis Dercourt President of Jury OFAJ Dialogues en Perspective - Perspecktiv Deutsches Kino

Dennis Dercourt OFAJ (Office Franco Allemand pour la Jeunesse)is an international organisation created in 1963 to serve cooperation between France and Germany. Since 2004, OFAJ gathers a jury, young french and german film fans, to deliver the Ofaj Award Perspektive Deutsches Kino at the Berlinale. The Website for OFAJ ...

MBFW Reem Acra RTW Fall 2014 Midnight in Paris Runway Show

By Maria Esteves – February 17, 2014 The Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week New York REEM ACRA Ready to Wear Fall 2014 Midnight In Paris Runway show commenced Monday, February 10, 2014 in Lincoln Center. This season Acra’s elegant and luxurious collection inspired by the diversity of today’s women included embroidered gowns and dresses (short, long sleeves) in gold lace, silver, platinum, black, and winter white; belted wool coat and velvet bomber jacket. MBFW REEM ACRA Fall...

NYFW Christian Siriano RTW Fall 2014 Collection

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By Maria Esteves – February 10, 2014 New York Fashion Week CHRISTIAN SIRIANO Fall/Winter 2014 Runway show was held during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week on Saturday, February 8, 2014. Siriano’s classic and sophisticated Fall/Winter collection celebrated the 1950s Parisian styles worn by the legendary high fashion model Lisa Fonssagrives-Penn, photographed by Fernand Fonssagrives and Irving Penn. The dramatic runway showcased a beautiful beaded long sleeve gown, crepe and lace panel gow...

Captures from the Red Carpet Day 8

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Captures from the Red Carpet Day 7

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Lars Wiebe has joined leading German distributor SquareOne in the newly created role of Head of German Productions

Production and acquisitions executive Lars Wiebe has joined leading German distributor SquareOne in the newly created role of Head of German Productions as part of the company’s new strategy to enhance its production division, it was announced today by company CEO, Al Munteanu. On making the announcement Munteanu said: " We are very pleased to add one of the most experienced and successful professionals in the industry to our production and acquisitions team.  Lars is a popula...

Shooting Stars take a pause with Dieter on the Red Carpet

    (From left to right): Nikola Rakocevic (Serbia), Cosmnia Stratan (Romania), Miriam Karlkvist (Italy), Danica Curcic (Denmark), George MacKay (UK), Maria Dragus (Germany),  Marwan Kenzari (The Netherlands), Jakob Oftebro (Norway), Edda Magnason (Sweden) and in front Mateusz Kosciukiewicz (Poland) with Dieter Kosslick (Festival director Berlin International Film Festival) Photo: Harald Fuhr  >>> Download here     Berlin, Monday 10th February 2...

Young Shooting Stars welcomed to Berlin

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  (From left-right): Cosmnia Stratan (Romania), Mateusz Kosciukiewicz (Poland), Jakob Oftebro (Norway), Miriam Karlkvist (Italy), Maria Dragus (Germany), Richard Shen (President of TESIRO), Danica Curcic (Denmark), Marwan Kenzari (The Netherlands), Nikola Rakocevic (Serbia), Edda Magnason (Sweden) and George MacKay (UK).             The annual EUROPEAN SHOOTING STARS activity has kicked-of...

Clooneymania in Berlin: Georgeous George is the Talk of the Town

by Alex Deleon Farba for <filmfestivals.com> Judging from the Sunday morning papers here in Berlin on day five of  Berlin '64 one might get the impression that the main raison d'être of the festival is the visitation of Hollywood megastar Gorgeous George Clooney. A sampling:              Mr. Clooney is here to present and promote his fith directed effort, "The Monuments Men" of which he also the star. The picture ...

Jury of the Clermont Ferrand Short Film Festival

  Meet the Jury JENS ASSUR RÉALISATEUR, SCÉNARISTE, PRODUCTEUR, PHOTOGRAPHE SUÈDE Né en 1970 à Östersund. Photographe reconnu mondialement, il a obtenu le Sundance/NHK International Filmmakers Award au Sundance Film Festival en 2012 pour ses deux premiers courts métrages et le scénario de son premier long métrage Close Far Away. www.studiojensassur.se ...

Béla Tarr will preside over the jury of The Sarajevo Film Festival

20th Sarajevo Film Festival will run 15-23  August 2014 Sarajevo Film Festival has the pleasure of announcing that this year's President of the Jury for Competition Programme – Feature Film will be one of the most significant directors of our time and founder of the film.factory at the Sarajevo School for Science and Technology (SSST) Béla Tarr. The 2013 Sarajevo Film Festival presented its highest honour - Honorary Heart of Sarajevo Award to Béla Tarr. ...

Berlin 2014 Bill Murray RAW unedited Red Carpet....A Great Canadian Icon!

Bill Murray on the red carpet giving an interview...what did he say? Stay tuned! video by Laurie Gordon ...

Minister of State Monika Grütters Visits the EFM 2014

Monika Grütters, Germany’s new Minister of State for Culture and the Media, paid the European Film Market (EFM) of the 64th Berlin International Film Festival an official visit this Friday morning. Together with Festival Director Dieter Kosslick, EFM Director Beki Probst and EFM Co-Director Andrea Kaul, Minister of State Monika Grütters toured the market for an hour and spoke with representatives of various companies. She also took a look at a new initiative of the EFM and Berl...

Meet the Jury of The Franco-German Youth Office (FGYO) DFJW OFAJ

Since 2004, the FGYO is inviting three German and three French young (18-29) film enthusiasts to Berlin to jusge and award the "FGYO Dialogue en perspective" Award.  a A seventh member of the jury from a third country, a young Israeli, has qualified this year.  During the Berlinale, they are invited to view  features films from young German Directors  from "Perspective Deutsches Kino" and judge them under the guidance of French Director D...
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