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Clemency for Keywan Karimi

  Keywan Karimi is a 30-year-old Iranian filmmaker who has been sentenced by Iranian authorities to six years in jail and 223 lashes. His crime: practicing his profession as a filmmaker and showing the unofficial face of Iranian society. A graduate from the University of Tehran, Keywan Karimi has studied communication and social sciences and participated in film directing workshops in Germany, Thailand and Russia. His short film Broken Border has received awards at vario...

39th Asian American International Film Festival Opening Press Conference

By Maria Esteves – July 29, 2016 The 39th Asian American International Film Festival 2016 (AAIFF16) Opening Press Conference was held at the Museum of Chinese in New York (MOCA), Wednesday, July 20, 1PM. Presented by Asian CineVision (ACV), executive director John C. Woo, the event highlighted this year’s ten day (July 21-30) celebration of diversity in cast and themes by emerging and established Asian and Asian American filmmakers from 18 countries includes TOTO, directed ...

40TH FFM a word from the President Serge Losique

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THE 40th MONTREAL WORLD FILM FESTIVAL will run August 25-September 5, 2016   Since its founding 40 years ago, the Montreal World Film Festival continues to offer film lovers and professionals a rich program based on cultural quality and diversity, innovation, independence and creativity. The success and international reputation of the Montreal World Film Festival are firmly linked to these principles and goals. The World Film Festival is the only competitive film event in ...

Binoche will be honored at the 13th Jameson CineFest - Miskolc International Film Festival

The star of the opening ceremony of Hungary`s leading IFF, the 13th Jameson CineFest - Miskolc International Film Festival will be Juliette Binoche. The festival starts with the screening of the masterpiece Three Colors: Blue on the 9th of September. The legendary French actress will receive a special award and the festival`s CineClassics program is going to remember the director of the film, Krzysztof Kieslowski, who passed away 20 years ago.   By now, the Miskolc IFF has become one of...

Roger Corman, guest of honor at the Filmmakers Academy

    Roger Corman will be paid tribute during the 69th edition of the Festival del film Locarno via screenings of two of his films. Guest of honor at the Filmmakers Academy, the training project for young directors, Corman has long been considered a cult filmmaker who helped change the way films are conceived, produced and directed.  As director and screenwriter he made a long series of films whose low-budget model combined principles of quality and popular appeal in unprec...

Pardo d’onore Swisscom to Alejandro Jodorowsky

    © Pascale Montandon-Jodorowsky Filmmaker, writer, poet and artist Alejandro Jodorowsky will be awarded with a Pardo d’onore Swisscom at the 69th Festival del film Locarno. In addition to a selection of his films and the award ceremony on the Piazza Grande, Jodorowsky will also participate in a conversation open to all festival-goers. As son of Russian immigrants exiled in Chile, Alejandro Jodorowsky began his artistic career as a puppeteer, poet and thea...

John Zois has joined prolific independent entertainment studio IM Global as the Senior Vice President, Acquisitions

John Zois has joined prolific independent entertainment studio IM Global as the Senior Vice President, Acquisitions, it was announced today by company founder and CEO Stuart Ford.  Zois will report to Ford, and work alongside JR Smith, the company’s Director of Acquisitions. Zois was most recently the Director of Worldwide Acquisitions for EuropaCorp, where he worked on acquiring films for distribution in the U.S. as well as for France and around the world.  While there Zo...

Bisset on the Orient Express at The Golden Apricot film festival in Yerevan

by Alex Deleon   British actress Jacqueline Bissett, 72,  was the special guest this year at the 13th Golden Apricot film festival in Yerevan and three of her early films were screened.   Viewed here as part of the Jacqueline Bissett tribute, "Murder on the Orient Express" (Sidney Lumet, 1974) is so bad it looks like a dress rehearsal for a film that never got made. If the Agatha Christie novel had suspense and snappy dialogue Lumet's film has neither. No susp...

Tribute to Jane Birkin

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The British actress and singer will be paid tribute at the 69th Festival del film Locarno.  A transgressive voice, persona and epitome of panache in the 1960s, Jane Birkin will be under the spotlight at the 69th edition of the Festival del film Locarno on the Piazza where, nine years ago, (2007) another tribute was paid to Michelangelo Antonioni, one of the masters with whom she worked.  Jane Birkin initially appeared on stage in musicals, prefiguring her dual career as both actre...

Ruth Pérez de Anucita, new Head of Communication at the San Sebastian Festival

Ruth Pérez de Anucita - Head of Communication   The San Sebastian Festival adds a new member to its team. Journalist Ruth Pérez de Anucita is the Festival’s Head of Communication, a position vacant for several years now, which encompasses the areas of Spanish and foreign press coordinated respectively by Koro Santesteban and Gemma Beltrán. The Festival announced the position in November of last year, receiving 118 applicatio...

Confirmed Ikusmira Berriak' Experts Committee

Yet another year the committee of experts will have the presence of Paz Lázaro, alongside Sergio Oksman and Ada Solomon The call for the development of projects remains open until April 1st.       In February was opened the call for the second edition of IKUSMIRA BERRIAK, an interinstitutional programme of support for new audiovisual projects committed to innovation and experimentation, or dedicated to new film language or new product...

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Harry Dean Stanton to star in LUCKY

HARRY DEAN STANTON HEADLINES “LUCKY” Ed Begley Jr., Ron Livingston, Tom Skerritt, David Lynch Co-Star   Los Angeles, CA – July 7, 2016 – Superlative Films announced today the cast of actor John Carroll Lynch’s directorial debut, “Lucky,” starring iconic actor Harry Dean Stanton in a role written as a love letter to him by longtime friends Logan Sparks and Drago Sumonja. Ed Begley Jr. (“Better Call Saul,” “St. Elsewhere&rdquo...

Harry Dean Stanton to star in LUCKY

  Ed Begley Jr., Ron Livingston, Tom Skerritt, David Lynch Co-Star   Superlative Films announced today the cast of actor John Carroll Lynch’s directorial debut, “Lucky,” starring iconic actor Harry Dean Stanton in a role written as a love letter to him by longtime friends Logan Sparks and Drago Sumonja. Ed Begley Jr. (“Better Call Saul,” “St. Elsewhere”), Ron Livingston (“The Conjuring”, “Office Space,” “Band ...

Richard Bronson supports Sharkwater Extinction on Kickstarter

Richard Branson Supports Sharkwater Extinction on Kickstarter from Rob Stewart on Vimeo. SHARKWATER Extinction Kickstarter Video from Rob Stewart on Vimeo. ...

RIP Michael Cimino, Oleva sholem...

ODD that the back-to-back obituaries in all the Italian papers yesterday were Elie Wiesel and Michael Cimino, the auteur of "Deerhunter" ... Followed by the débâcle of "Gates of Hell" that brought both his career and that of the studio United Artists down to bankruptcy and ignominous ruin. (Check it out in the Inkwire )--- I vaguely remember seeing "Heaven's Gate" when it came out and not thinking much of it except for the appearance in an A...

The Bahamas International Film Festival: Tatiana Donaldson Joins Leslie Vanderpoole as Co Executive Director

The Bahamas International Film Festival (BIFF) is proud to announce today that Tatiana Donaldson has joined Founder Leslie Vanderpool as the Co-Executive Director.  Donaldson and Vanderpool will share roles in Sponsorship, Programming, Marketing & Event Planning. “There is no better person to join BIFF, together we will work effectively to advance the Bahamas International Film Festival,” Vanderpool said.    About Tatiana Donaldson Tatiana B. Donaldson is very...

Jury Members at Karlovy Vary

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INTERNATIONAL JURIES Statutory Juries: Grand Jury   Maurizio Braucci The Italian novelist and screenwriter first came to cultural attention with the novel Il mare guasto, which was also translated into French. As scripter he is co-creator of Matteo Garrone’s Gomorrah (2008) and Reality Show (2012), Abel Ferrara’s Napoli Napoli Napoli (2009) and Pasolini (2014), The Interval (2012) by Leonardo Di Costanzo, Tatanka (2010) by Giuseppe Gagliardi, Francesco Munzi’...

The President’s Award at this year’s Karlovy Vary International Film Festival will be presented to Charlie Kaufman

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KARLOVY VARY FESTIVAL TO HONOUR OSCAR-WINNING SCREENWRITER CHARLIE KAUFMAN The President’s Award at this year’s Karlovy Vary International Film Festival will be presented to and personally received by screenwriter, director and producer Charlie Kaufman, who won an Oscar for his script for Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. Charlie Kaufman is considered one of today’s most interesting original filmmakers. After spending several years working on television series, Kaufman l...

Willem Dafoe has arrived at the Karlovy Vary Film Festival

Festival president Jiří Bartoška welcomes Willem Dafoe Leading film and theatre actor Willem Dafoe has arrived at the Karlovy Vary Film Festival. The two-time Oscar nominee will receive the Crystal Globe for Outstanding Contribution to World Cinema at KVIFF’s opening ceremony on Friday 1 July. ​On 1 July after 5pm, Willem Dafoe will greet the audience on the red carpet in front of the entrance to the Hotel Thermal’s Grand Hall. On 2 July, he will present the...

Francis Ford Coppola to visit Stockholm International Film Festival.

A personal souvenir from Coppola This year’s Stockholm Lifetime Achievement Award goes to Francis Ford Coppola. The legendary filmmaker will visit the Stockholm International Film Festival on November 9-20 to meet the Swedish audience for the first time and personally receive the prestigious Bronze Horse.  - In my lifetime, I've never had the pleasure to visit Sweden and its capital Stockholm - which I've always wanted, Coppola says before his Stockholm trip, when he in...

Andrea Iervolino named President of Ischia Global Film and Music Festival

It was announced today that Andrea Iervolino has been appointed President of the popular Ischia Global Film and Music Festival, which takes place July 9th – 17th on the island of Ischia, Italy – where international screen stars and industry leaders of the European, American and Italian film communities celebrate the ever-evolving culture of cinema. The Festival has established itself over the past years as one of the world’s most distinguished Summer-season film festivals &nd...

Ischia Legend Award to Dionne Warwick

Award to Be Presented On Opening Night of the 14th Annual Ischia Global Film & Music Fest (July 10th)   Legendary five-time Grammy® award-winner Dionne Warwick has been selected to receive the 2016 Ischia Global Film and Music Festival’s 2016 ‘Ischia Legend Award,’ it was announced here today by Festival founder-producer Pascal Vicedomini. The announcement comes on the heels of the recent revelation in Cannes that a biopic about the iconic singer will be made ...

Former Pixar director J.G. to helm 3D animated feature film HUMP for MovieBrats

Berlin-based production house MovieBrats Pictures lands at this year's Festival de Annecy/MIFA with the announcement that its 3D animated desert adventure HUMP will be directed by former Pixar director J.G. from a script by Sundance Film Festival Award winner director Amin Matalqa and Matthew Antonelli. HUMP tells the adventurous story of a clumsy camel, Rami, who sets out on an epic journey to find his best friend, a Bedouin boy named Omar. Joined by a cunning desert fox claiming to be a p...

Do not miss The Cheerful Subversive's Guide to Independent Filmmaking from Dan Mirvish

Dan Mirvish (Co-founder, Slamdance Film Festival) just wrote a new book called "The Cheerful Subversive's Guide to Independent Filmmaking."  It comes out August 23 from Focal Press/Routledge, but I'm happy to send you an advance PDF if you're interested in reviewing it for your site or something like that.   It's a non-fiction, comprehensive guide to the craft and culture of making indie films, and also serves as something of an oral history of the ...
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