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CMJ Film Festival presents the very best in cutting-edge features and shorts from around the world to the screens of New York`s legendary CMJ Marathon in Manhattan. Featuring advance screenings and premieres of both independent and major studio releases.
Following the success of the 2nd Russian Film Festival, ACADEMIA ROSSICA is proud to present the 2009 Russian Film Festival, which will run from 30th October to 8th November this year. The program includes features by directors such as Sergei Soloviev, Karen Shakhnazarov and Kira Muratova, a number of documentaries, some contemporary animations and a selection of classic Soviet musicals.
The 3rd Russian Film Festival will present 10 UK premieres of award-winning Russian feature films produced in 2008-2009.
The festival opens on 30th October with a new adaptation of Anna Karenina by one of Russia's most defiant film directors, Sergei Soloviev. The film took 14 years to make and it is part of Soloviev's trilogy ASSA (1987) - ASSA 2 (2009) - Anna Karenina (2009).
Harking back to a lost Russia, three more adaptations are featured in this year's programme:
Ward No6 by Karen Shakhnazarov, based on Chekhov's story
The Event by Andrei Eshpay, based on Nabokov's play
Pete on the Way to Heaven by Nikolai Dostal, based on Mikhail Kuraev's short story
The nostalgia is balanced by work representing Russia's new wave of filmmakers:
Tale about Darkness by Nikolay Khomeriki - everyday life of Russian police
Paper Soldier by Alexei German Jnr. - about Yury Gagarin's flight to space
Russia 88 by Pavel Bardin - examining neo-fascism in today's Russia
First Squad - animation film about pioneers fighting against fascists during WWII.
Kira Muratova, the legendary Russian-Ukrainian film director, will present her new award-winning film Melody for a Street Organ on the day of her 75th birthday, 5th November. We are very proud to host and celebrate Muratova on that day in London, at the Russian Film Festival.
Award-winning documentary maker Vitaly Mansky will present his film Sunrise/Sunset, a unique and fascinating profile of the Dalai Lama. Alongside this, we present six films capturing the surreal side of the Russian provinces and giving us a window into contemporary life beyond Moscow. In contrast we will also show a portrait of two successful contemporary artists Dubossarky & Vinogradov, revealing the peculiar relationship between the art world and the media.
Classic Soviet musicals
Early Soviet musicals are still largely unknown in the West, and yet they are every bit as captivating as their Hollywood counterparts. To mark the 85th anniversary of Mosfilm, Russia's main film studio, we are showing five classics from director Grigory Alexandrov starring Soviet diva Lubov Orlova made in the 1930s. It is said that Stalin's role in their creation was so important that he could almost be considered the co-author of these films.
As part of our main programme we are proud to present the UK premiere of First Squad, a full length animation about World War II made by a Russian writer and Japanese animator. We are also showing a delightful selection of animations for children.
- 31st October, 2pm - a roundtable discussion Russian Cinema: New Reality, New Priority, New Generation, led by Andrei Plakhov;
- 4th November, 2pm - NFTS/VGIK - two of the best known film schools in the world made documentaries on each others' countries - watch the results.
- 4th November, 6pm - Which Russia is Real? - a roundtable discussion examining why images of Russia captured by Russian documentary filmmakers are so different from those made by their western counterparts. Why is Russia's image of itself so different from its perception by the West? Which one is the real Russia?
We are delighted that Russian film directors and actors will be joining us for Q&As and to introduce their films. Among them are Sergei Soloviev, Kira Muratova, Tatyana Drubich, Karen Shakhnazarov, Evgenia Simonova, Andrei Eshpay, Pavel Bardin, Andrei Plakhov, Vitaly Mansky and others.
You will find regular updates and background information for the festival on our website: www.academia-rossica.org. You can also find press accreditation forms there too.
Images and video clips
If you would like a CD with low-res images from all the main films, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. High-res images are available to download on our website. We can also supply audio and video clips from many of the films. Please do get in touch for any other information or requests.
Apollo West End Cinema, 19 Regent Street, St James's, London SW1Y 4LR, info and tickets: 0871 220 6000; www.apollocinemas.co.uk
Anna Karenina (dir. Sergei Soloviev, Russia, 2009) OPENING NIGHT FILM - Soloviev’s stunningly beautiful adaptation of Tolstoy’s classic tells the tragic and heart-rending story of Anna Karenina, who abandons a loveless marriage in the pursuit of true affection only to lose everything. Fascinatingly, the film is presented as a companion piece to Assa II, Soloviev’s long-awaited follow-up to Assa, the cult perestroika classic, in which a well-known director searches for someone to play the lead role in his adaptation of Anna Karenina.
Assa & Assa II (dir. Sergei Soloviev, Russia, 1988 & 2009) – Assa, a groundbreaking feature from the late 1980s, tells the story of a love triangle between a corrupt Soviet official, his mistress Alika and a young punk. The film was the first to represent underground culture, and rock music in particular, as force for change in the stagnant atmosphere of the late Soviet Union and, indeed, the film’s final song ‘I Want Change’ became an anthem for the Gorbachev generation. Assa II tells the story of the main characters 20 years on: Alika is now in prison, but her fortunes may be about to change as a film director visits trying to find the perfect woman to play the lead in his film of Anna Karenina (presented with Soloviev’s Anna Karenina). assa2.ru
Ward No. 6 (dir. Karen Shakhnazarov, Russia, 2009) - an adaptation of a short story by Chekhov by one of Russia’s most established film-makers, who is also the General Director of the legendary Russian studio Mosfilm. The action is set in contemporary Russia, and tells the story of Doctor Andrey Ragin who ends up a patient in his own asylum. Initially, Ragin is quick to dismiss the suffering of his patients, however a fascination with the philosophical character of Gromov gradually transforms into obsession, schizophrenia and the ultimate confinement within his own ward. palata6.mosfilm.ru/eng/film/
Pete on the Way to Heaven (dir. Nikolay Dostal, Russia, 2009) - Winner of the Golden George prize for best film at the 31st Moscow International Film Festival, Pete on the Way to Heaven is set in 1953. Pete is the young simpleton of Kandalaksha, a small town on the White Sea, beyond the Arctic Circle. He likes to pretend that he is a real policeman, upholding peace and order. He even has his own gun, albeit made of wood. The town plays along with his harmless law-enforcing conduct and even the local big shots jovially submit to his inspections. Then in March 1953 comes the shattering news of Stalin’s death and the end of an era. A prisoner escapes from the nearby gulag and Pete sets out to chase the fugitive through the snow with the camp guards at his side.
The Event (dir. Andrey Eshpay, Russia, 2009) - Based on the play by Vladimir Nabokov, The Event tells the story of a painter named Troscheikin, his wife Lyuba, and her mother and sister who live in a Russian-speaking community in a Western provincial town. The return of a man named Barbashin to the town shatters the monotony of family life. Five years earlier in a bout of jealousy he had shot Troscheikin and his wife and promised to “finish them off” upon his release from jail…
Paper Soldier (dir. Alexander German Jnr, Russia, 2009)
Set in 1961, this is a highly personal and intimate take on an epic moment in 20th century history as we follow Daniel Pokrovsky, an idealistic young medical officer charged with looking after the health of future cosmonauts. When one of the cadets on the programme is killed, Pokrovsky finds that he cannot believe in a programme that sacrifices its young men in the name of their country. Aleksei German’s multi-award winning film tells the story of a man for whom the dream of space travel becomes a nightmare, as he finds himself increasingly at odds with the ambitions of the Sputnik programme.
Russia 88 (dir. Pavel Bardin, Russia, 2009) - a controversial feature from a young Russian film director, made in a documentary style, examining the rise of xenophobia and nationalism in Russia. The action centres around a Jewish boy who becomes a skinhead and asks how this could happen. When the film opened in Russia it caused a great deal of debate in the press and official circles.
Melody for a Street Organ (dir. Kira Muratova, Russia, 2009) - Eagerly anticipated, the latest film by award-winning director Kira Muratova does not disappoint. Beautifully shot, Melody for a Hurdy-Gurdy tells the poignant tale of two young children, stepbrother and sister, on the search for their fathers after the death of their mother. Muratova depicts the irony of modern life, where the disadvantaged fight for survival and the affluent allay their ennui by playing with death. Indeed, Melody for a Hurdy-Gurdy is a bleak and heart-rending portrayal of humanity, with no room for those untouched by the pervading egotism and indifference of today’s world.
First Squad (dir. Yoshiharu Ashino, Russia/Japan, 2009)
1942: the war along the Eastern front has descended into dreadful and costly stalemate. Desperate to regain momentum, the German army turns to a secret organisation to raise the spirits of their dead ancestors to fight on their behalf. The Red Army’s regular forces prove helpless against these supernatural warriors. Fourteen-year-old Nadya is their only hope. She must use her psychic abilities to travel to the underworld and recruit the souls of her dead friends, the Pioneers of the First Squad, to defend their country. First Squad is a unique, fantastical take on Russian historical events, presented in anime form. It is the product of an intercultural collaboration between Russian creators, Misha Shprits and Aljosha Klimov, and Japanese animators, Studio 4 ºC, known for their ability to bridge the gap between arthouse and mainstream animation.
We are very excited to unveil our 2010-2011 Monthly Classics series ZEN & ITS OPPOSITE: Essential (& Turbulent) Japanese Art House, starting on October 15 (with Kwaidan). This new series peers into the dark side of the classical repertoire of the late 1950s and 1960s: from Masaki Kobayashi’s Kwaidan (1965), Kon Ichikawa’s Fires on the Plain (1959), Kaneto Shindo’s Onibaba (1964) to Nobuo Nakagawa’s Hell (1960) and Kihachi Okamoto’s Sword of Doom (1966). Like Antonin Artaud’s proposed “theater of cruelty”, these five master filmmakers offer the bloody and all-too-human spectacle of sin, folly and frailty, in unforgettable tales of crime and punishment, vengeful ghosts and delirious soldiers, mad samurai and deranged marauders (or the other way around), fire and brimstone, and spiritual darkness for good measure… tales of our world, which will give a good (or bad) idea of what comes next. More information on the 2010-2011 Monthly Classics series can be found at the following URL:http://www.japansociety.org/film
Awards: Screenplay, Direction, Actor and Actress Performances, Art Direction, Photography, Edition, and Integral Realisation. The Jury will also grant The Special Prize to the Best Short Film.
Submit a film
International Short Film and Video Competition
Short film up to 30 minutes long.
Call for entries for the next edition is now open. Late Deadline is January 31st.
The "Busan Universiade for Digital contents" (BUDI) festival is an event in which future student directors and producers can challenge their creativity and imagination by showing their true spirit and love for the business of film.
The BUDI festival will show the ambitions of the young directors as they cultivate for world movies, animation, documentaries.
In addition the BUDI festival will be a world of Digital components, where all college students and young directors in training can enjoy the passion of film together.
* Festival Dates and Venue
BUDi2012 will be composed of offline screening held from Oct 31. to Nov. 3, 2012 in Busan, Korea (Kyungsung University and Pukyong University)
The BUDi2012 presents Competitive sections.
(1) Competition section - Digital contents by undergraduate or graduate students will be selected through the preliminary contest.
- 3D Contents .
* Details of the prize
(1) Grand prize 5,000,000(KRW) = approximately 4,300 USD
(2) First prize -Cash prizes up to 1,000,000(KRW) are awarded in the following categories
* Entry Requirements and Submission Guides
- Must be university students and graduate students (including graduated in Feb, 2012)
- Films completed after on January 1st 2011
(2) The contents of the entry
- Any types of digital contents can be accepted but the final format must be one of the HD, HDV, Beta(NTSC), Mini-DV
- The digital contents decided to be the Final Screenings must have English subtitles if the original language is not English.
- The digital contents must not be exceeded 60 minutes.
(3) Submission guides
1) Application: submitting through E-mail (email@example.com) & post (Preview DVD for applying)
DVD must be sent
Busan Universiade for Digital Contents
#309, Hansung Bldg, Kyungsung University 314-79 Daeyeon Dong, Nam-gu Busan, Korea
(608-736) / Tel: +82 51 663 5072 / Fax: +82 51 663 5073
E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org / Web- site : www.budi.or.kr
DocMiami International Film Festival is a Non-Profit
501c3. Our organization is dedicated to promoting the best that
documentary film making has to offer worldwide. We seek to provide film
makers a forum which promotes their unique contributions to the
evolution of the cultural arts within South Florida and within the
entertainment industry as a whole. In addition we:
- Provide a
documentary film festival to promote the art form of up and coming
documentary filmmakers at a local, national and international level.
- Host a film expo highlighting global film organizations and professionals.
- Provide educational outreach programs for young filmmakers grades 6-12.
- Host three benefit concerts to raise funds in order to build much needed schools in Tanzania!
Open Call for Entries in all Categories! The 2012 Leftovers Festival is a Feast of Independent Film & Entertainment. Screenings, Panels, Workshops, Fashion Show, Stand Up Comedy Showcase, Concert Series, and The Guiding LIght Awards hosted by Alan Thicke with Special Guest Cheri Oteri. June21-24, 2012 at luxurious Lake Las Vegas
The Newport Beach Film Festival (NBFF) will celebrate its 13th anniversary with an action-packed line up of independent and studio films from around the globe. Scheduled to take place from April 25th - May 2rd, 2013 in Southern California, the Festival will screen an international slate of over 350 films, including feature-length narrative, documentary, short, animated and student films that will compete for a series of Jury, Festival Honors and Audience Awards.
During its eight day run, the Festival will feature a fabulous array of nightly special events, including red carpet premieres, gala celebrations, filmmaker receptions, compelling filmmaker Q & A sessions, international spotlights, industry seminars, musical performances, fashion shows, technology panels and retrospectives. The Festival will host numerous opportunities to connect with enthusiastic new audiences, fellow filmmakers, film industry professionals, non-profit organizations and the media in a beautiful seaside locale in Orange County, California. The NBFF is committed to providing an outstanding experience for both our filmmakers and our audiences.
Special Programs planned for 2013 NBFF include the following: Action Sports Film Series, Environmental Film Series, Art, Architecture + Design Film Series, Music Film Series, Family Film Series, Collegiate Showcase, Youth Film Showcase, and a free Seminar Series.
Check the 2013 program : http://program.newportbeachfilmfest.com/#p=1