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Naomi Kawase to preside the Cinéfondation and Short Film Jury

In 2015, Un Certain Regard opened in poetic fashion with Sweet Bean (An) by Naomi Kawase. The Festival de Cannes is honoured to announce that the Japanese director will preside the Cinéfondation and Short Films Jury for its 69th edition.    There are some directors whose careers are constantly intertwined with the Festival, much to its delight. The story with Naomi Kawase began back in 1997 when aged 27, she became the youngest winner of the Caméra d&rs...

Laurent Lafitte, the new Master of ceremonies at the 69th Festival de Cannes

Laurent Lafitte © DR     On the invitation of the Festival de Cannes, the actor Laurent Lafitte has agreed to be Master of Ceremonies throughout the 69th Festival, to be held from 11th to 22nd May under the presidency of Australian director George Miller. No doubt he will enjoy the huge international visibility. Anyone wants to cast a smart and funny actor inenglish speaking films? The actor and comedian will host the Opening Ceremony on We...

IFF Panama 2016 special guests

    As with every edition of the International Film Festival of Panama, IFF Panama 2016 will host a select group of prominent representatives from the global film industry. Between April 7thand 13th, audiences will be able to interact with our guests through post-screening discussions, seminars, workshops, lectures and panels.   Lucía Bosé Lucía Bos&...

Hong Kong International Film Festival Announces Jury Members for Young Cinema, Documentary and Short Film Competitions

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The 40th Hong Kong International Film Festival announced the international jury member lineup for its Firebird Awards in three competition sections: Young Cinema, Documentary and Short Film. The Young Cinema Competition jury includes Taiwan’s Sylvia CHANG (Jury President), one of Asia’s foremost women filmmakers, whose works include Passion (1986), 20 30 40 (2004), and 39th HKIFF opening film, Murmur of the Hearts (2015).  CHANG, an award-winning director, producer and actress,...

The 88th Academy Awards

By Maria Esteves – March 2, 2016 The 88th Academy Awards hosted by Chris Rock commenced Sunday, February 28, 2016 at Dolby Theatre & Highland Center, Hollywood, C.A. Presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (A.M.P.A.S.), the Oscars honor outstanding film achievements of 2015. Mad Max: Fury Road was top winner with six Oscars including Best Film Editing MARGARET SIXEL and Best Production Design COLIN GIBSON. Three Oscars went to The Revenant including Best Dire...

Jury of Fantasporto 36

Fantastic competition   Ate de Jong- Director  “Drop Dead Fred” e  “Highway to Hell” (Hol)   Romain Basset- Director “Horshead”, Prémio de Realização Cinema Fantástico Fantasporto 2015 (Fra)   Drew Casson- actor Director “Hungerford”. Menção| Pémio Especial do Júri Fantasporto’2015 (UK)   Marc Carreté- Director ...

Billblock Media has closed a first-look production deal with Warner. Bros. Pictures

Billblock Media has closed a first-look production deal with Warner. Bros. Pictures who will handle global distribution for all titles The first film in development under the two-year deal is Sam Raimi’s near-future feature film World War 3, based on predictions in George Friedman’s non-fiction best-selling book The Next 100 Years. Billblock Media optioned the book and is actively developing the adaptation. As part of the production deal, Block has closed a multi-mi...

Jonathan Rosenbaum will teach a course in Spain for the first time within the 2016 edition of FILMADRID

  Film Madrid. International Film Festival announces the first confirmation for its 2016 program.  It is the widely acknowledged American film critic Jonathan Rosenbaum, who will teach a course for the first time in Spain.  His theoretical works, his efforts in promoting international cinema in the United States and his talent as a programmer, have made of Rosenbaum an unavoidable referent in the film scene. The renowned critic develops an intense activity as a professor, giving ...

Learn from Gabriel Padilla about the icentives on filming in Panama

Interview during Berlinale with Gabriel Padilla from the Panama Film Commission. The Panama Film Commission is a division under the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, created to promote and facilitate the filming industry to be developed in this country by giving the producers and directors of movies and tv programs the support and benefits in order to open new opportunities in our country. Under the Law Nº 36 of 19 of July of 2007 which establishes the norms, regulations an...

RIP Colin Low: Film pioneer head of NFB animation

  Colin Low began his career with the NFB in 1945  as a graphic artist and rose through the ranks, eventually becoming head of the animation unit. He later moved into documentary filmmaking and produced titles including City of Gold, Corral and Universe, which was among the sources Stanley Kubrick used when making 2001: A Space Odyssey. Hisexperiments in large-format cinema contributed to the development of IMAX 3D film died Wedn...

Video capture from Berlinale Talents 2016 conference "Animated Gifts: Welcome to Cartoon Saloon"

Tomm Moore's THE SECRET OF KELLS  Director, illustrator and animator Tomm Moore has enchanted audiences of all ages with his Oscar-nominated feature films The Secret of Kells and Song of the Sea. He was recently honored with the European Film Award. A co-founder of Kilkenny-based studio Cartoon Saloon, Moore is deserving of the comparisons drawn to Japanese master Hayao Miyazaki and his Studio Ghibli, resuscitating stories and characters of Irish folklore through a mix of animation t...

Look back at IAD Poster 2015 – created by Rastko Ciric

        Rastko Ciric http://www.rastkociric.com/ A very nice initiative from The International Animation Day: Each year a famous animator is selected to create the poster of IAD. Previous posters were created by well known animators such as Iouri Tcherenkov, Paul Driessen, Abi Feijo, Eric Ledune, Noureddin Zarrinkelk, Michel Ocelot, Nina Paley, Raoul Servais, Ihab Shaker and Gianluigi Toccafondo. ...

Sino-European Production Seminar wraps with optimistic outlook for Chinese-European co-productions

  copyright: Christian Lima Dehne On Wednesday, 17th February 2016 the European Film Market and Bridging the Dragon in cooperation with Movie View successfully wrapped the first Sino-European Production Seminar for selected European producers who are developing feature film projects with China. Among the 42 participants from Austria, China, Denmark, France, Germany, Finland, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Spain, UK were Ulf Israel (Senator Film Produktion), Segole...

Morgan Freeman, John Legend to present along with J.J. Abrams, Sacha Baron Cohen and Henry Cavill for the 88th Oscars® telecast

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Oscar® winners Morgan Freeman and John Legend have been added to the list of presenters along with J.J. Abrams, Sacha Baron Cohen and Henry Cavill for the 88th Oscars® telecast. Oscar producers David Hill and Reginald Hudlin also announced a special performance by Dave Grohl for the 88th annual event, hosted by Chris Rock, airing live Oscar Sunday, February 28, on ABC.   The most recent list of presenters marks the return of Sacha Baron Cohen, Morgan Freeman and John...

Producers David Hill and Reginald Hudlin today announced 14 key members of the production team for the 88th Oscars®

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Producers David Hill and Reginald Hudlin today announced 14 key members of the production team for the 88th Oscars®, which will air live on Sunday, February 28, on ABC. This year, Glenn Weiss makes his Oscar® telecast debut as director.  Weiss has directed numerous televised events, including 15 Tony Awards® shows, for which he has garnered three directing Emmys®.  Other directing credits include the “38th Annual Kennedy Center Honors,” “Billboard...

Colin Farrell and the Lobster to close CRAIC FEST March 5 NYC

Since 1999 the Craic Fest has been the premier Irish film and music festival in the U.S. This year is no exception with an eclectic mix of Irish features, documentaries and short films.    This year marks the 18th annual Craic Fest, presented by Castle Brands and Stella Artois. Opening night is the NY premier of Irish boxing documentary Hardy (about the local Irish female boxer Heather “The Heat” Hardy) Heather and Director Natasha Varma will be in attendance for Q...

Watch an Answer to #OscarsSoWhite...hilarious and serious too....from Lloyd Kaufman

Lloyd Kaufman and The Troma Team have AT LAST found a solution to the diversity problem found in the Academy Awards... watch this video to discover the answer to #OSCARSSOWHITE and remember to check out TROMA NOW at http://watch.troma.com ...

A new governance for Cinemed with ex minister Aurélie Filippetti onboard

Christophe Leparc and Aurélie Filippetti © Montpellier Méditerranée Métropole     On Friday 19th of February, 2016, Philippe Saurel, Mayor of Montpellier and President of Montpellier Méditerranée Métropole, announced the new governance structure for Cinemed, Mediterranean Film Festival of Montpellier. Auré...

Video highlights from DFFB Reception honoring Ben Gibson its new director

Ben Gibson, Director of schools, Bodo Knapheide, Head of Studies and Edith Forster, Head of Administration  A wine reception was held on the top floor of DFFB in front of industry, students and staff of Berlin’s German Film & Television Academy (dffb) in honour of newly appointed Director Ben Gibson? former director of the London Film School (LFS), he was also the founder of Making Waves program . He is the first non german to hold this po...

Interview with actor David Lipper who plays a Nazi villain

Bruno Chatelin (filmfestivals.com co founder) spoke with David Lipper in Berlin at the World Market Pemiere during EFM 2016. David told us how he was casted by Anthony Hickox to play a Nazi in Vienna trying to recover Hitler's drawing sold to a famous art collector. The film is a 84 minutes chase after the vanished painting of Hitler's dog "prinz" with kick some stunning as action sequences, (lots of slow motion , jackson Pollock style; along love and romance during the exod...

Interview with Michel Adam, founder of FashionTV, writer producer of Exodus to Shanghai

Michel Adam sat down with filmfestivals.com to explain his motivations for this very personal story, what he heard from his family about theses events in Vienna, and how he wrote about it with Anthony Hickox, the director. ...

Deadline Approaching - Feb 29th - We fund you to collaborate!

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Best Short Film Competition - EVER!   Writers judge filmmakers and filmmakers judge writers. It’s that simple! We fund you to collaborate. We let the community decide.   Up to $10,000 for the short script. Up to $25,000 for the filmmaker to shoot it.   Writers can't judge writers.  Filmmakers can't judge filmmakers. Everyone receives a massive amount of feedback.   The filmmaker owns 100% of the film. Writersandfilmmakers.com owns 0%.   Visi...

Charlize Theron attended the Cinema For Peace Gala 2016 during the 66th Berlinale

Hermann Buehlbecker (L) and Charlize Theron (C) attend the Cinema For Peace Gala 2016 during the 66th Berlinale International Film Festival on February 15, 2016 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Gisela Schober/Getty Images for Cinema For Peace) Charlize Theron attends the Cinema For Peace Gala 2016 during the 66th Berlinale International Film Festival on February 15, 2016 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Gisela Schober/Getty Images for Cinema For Peace) Shirin Ebadi attends the Cinema For Peac...

Fashion Hong Kong RTW F/W 2016 Runway Show

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By Maria Esteves – February 21, 2016 Fashion Hong Kong Ready-To-Wear Fall/Winter 2016 runway show was held at Skylight Moynihan Station, New York, Friday, February 12, 2016. Presented by Hong Kong Trade Development Council, the extraordinary designers who debut during New York Fashion Week were LOOM LOOP by Polly Ho, HARRISON WONG and HIDY N.G. Fashion Hong Hong collection is available at Splashlight Studios, New York. LOOM LOOP androgynous collection inspired by a Chinese legend...

Winners with a smile and a bear

Gianfranco Rosi Fuocoammare (Fire at Sea) Tomasz Wasilewski for Zjednoczone stany miłości(United States of Love) Mark Lee Ping-Bing for the cinematography in Chang Jiang Tu (Crosscurrent) by Yang Chao Majd Mastour in Inhebbek Hedi (Hedi) by Mohamed Ben Attia Trine Dyrholm in Kollektivet (The Commune) by Thomas Vinterberg Mia Hansen-Løve for L‘avenir (Things to Come) Hel...
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