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Heimat is a Space in Time, 2019, Germany

The German Austrian production Heimat is a Space in Time (Heimat ist ein Raum aus Zeit) directed and written by Thomas Heise was probably the most challenging selection in the  2019  New York film festival program. Screened in the Projections section it premiered in the United States and was discussed as outstanding by festival insiders though very few had seen it and the US distributor Icarus films had not announced release plans. Heise’s difficult production do...

Human Rights Watch Film Festival 2020

Organized by the Human Rights Watch, the annual film festival is one of the most important international issue-oriented film festivals providing up to date, mostly empirically based, documentation on current human rights issues throughout the world. The Human Rights Watch was organized in 1978 with European and Central Asia Divisions which are complemented now by Africa, Central Asia, Middle East, North Africa, and United States sections. The topics covered, with research and regular reports, ...

WeAreOne: A Global International Film Festival

As with other public institutions ranging from the arts to education, the coronavirus pandemic has forced the film festival industry to reorient the delivery of its services. Large established festivals have been forced to cancel or postpone their programs, or search for hybrid solutions, combining restricted public screenings, following local pandemic rules, with digital screenings, frequently aimed at selecting target audiences of distributors and buyers. Some of the smaller n...

Farewell to Movie Theaters?

The impact of streaming has been discussed in most professional meetings long before the onset of the covid-19 pandemic and has been an essential topic.  At the 2020 Berlin Film Festival and Market debates on distribution and funding were a key issue. However, the impact of the ongoing pandemic on the viewing habits of the audience is still rarely reviewed. The confluence of several factors has created a significant and growing rupture in traditional film consumption. Rapid expansion...

The Painted Bird, Vaclav Marhoul, Czechoslovakia, 2019

  Opening with a brief sequence of a  boy trying to protect small animal being chased through the forest by two boys that steal and kill the animal, this extraordinary feature shot in black and white on 35-mm depicts a nameless Jewish boy’s years long passage through somewhere in eastern Europe towards the end of World War II. Marhoul’s film is based on Jerzy Kosinski’s novel. THE PAINTED BIRD is stripped down to its essential elements and shows the ...

Planet of the Humans

  Directed by Jeff Gibbs and Ozzie Zehner with Michael Moore as the executive producer   the documentary PLANET OF THE HUMANS was screened on the eve of Earth Day April 20, 2020 and subsequently shown free of charge on YouTube and viewed by early May by 5 million people. The documentary received a fresh Rotten Tomatoes rating of 68 out of 100. The film premiered at the Traverse City Film Festival on July 2019 but gained notoriety after its screening on You T...

China: Issue Oriented Films

Access to films and documentaries covering health and other issues has been problematic for the Chinese audience. The introduction of digital platforms outside of theaters and film festivals offer a viewing medium that is not subject to uniform political censorship. As changes in the management of principal state organizations covering radio, film, television and print media have shown, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has taken a stronger and more directive role. In some cases, if the m...

Post Berlinale 2020 Report

The rise of the rapid distribution and exhibition changes driven by the challenge of global screening services like Netflix, Amazon Prime, Disney+, Hulu and their deep pocketed impact provided the background for the 2020 Berlinale.  Their role in the funding of film productions and national as well as global distribution had already been passionately discussed during the last two Berlinales before the 70th edition took place from February 20 to March 1, 2020 under...

Post Berlinale 2020 Dieter Kosslick

After close to two decades as the director of the Berlin Film Festival, the Berlinale, Dieter Kosslick, who had expressed some desire to extend his contract, was replaced by Carlo Chatrian, former artistic director of the Locarno Film Festival.  Chatrian will have the same position at the Berlinale and Mariette Risssenbeek, former managing director of German Films. will be the new executive director.  Kosslick combined both positions during his service but expressed already...

We Are One A Global Film Festival

Major Film Festivals Across the World Join with YouTube to Announce  We Are One: A Global Film Festival Starting May 29   The 10-day digital festival, produced and organized by Tribeca Enterprises, will feature programming from 20 festivals including Berlin International Film Festival, Cannes Film Festival, Venice Film Festival and many more, enabling audiences to experience films from around the world   Festival to benefit World Health Organization Covid-19 Solidarity Resp...

New York Outsider Art Fair 2020

  The maverick Outsider Art Fair was founded in 1993 covering a market gap and instantly grew by responding to an already existing collecting community tripling its attendance by 2013. After its acquisition by Wide Open Arts, a curatorial and seminar program was added the Outsider Art Fair opening its first French edition in Paris in October 2013 for a European audience attracted to the work of self-aught artists in the art brut tradition.   The New York 2020 Outsider Art Fair was...

New York Social Justice Film Festival, 2020

  Cinematters: NY Social Justice Film Festival is a new film festival with the objective of having its audience reflect about inequality, injustice, advocacy and social responsibility. More importantly, the festival program includes films, discussions and other events serves to get audiences involved in actions to promote equality and justice.  From January 16-20, 2020 the festival screened ten feature length documentaries, Q&A discussions with film makers for each production, t...

Programming Documentaries DOC NYC 2019

  Held in New York City each year DOC NYC is the largest documentary festival in North America and has been expanding each year. The tenth annual edition was held from November 6-15  2019 in several downtown venues. Basil Tsiokos serves as the Director of Programming for DOC NYC Claus Mueller is the New York Correspondent for the London-based filmfestivals.com Claus Mueller:  Do you observe any thematic changes in your  2019 program compared to 2018 ...

New York, DOC NYC 2019

2019 marked the tenth anniversary of DOC NYC. The festival has retained its prominent position as America’s largest documentary film festival. At the IFC Center, the SVA Theatre, and Cinepolis Chelsea, DOC NYC presented more than 300 screenings and events from November 6-15. The program included numerous panels and seminars as well as social events. DOC NYC PRO provided eight full days of training that covered virtually all aspects of documentary film making and included design, fun...

New York Film Festival 2019

Maintaining its importance in the international film festival circuit the New York Film Festival presented more than 150 feature length and short films from 40 countries drawing an audience of nearly 70,00 people at Lincoln Center from September 27 - October 13 at the three venues on 65th street where films were shown.  40 individuals participated in the festival’s Artists and Critics Academy for emerging talent. With talks, seminars and screenings, the extensive program c...

New York: Other Israel Film Festival 2019

There is no other country whose films and television programs are as well represented in the United States as productions from Israel. There are currently more than 60 film festivals in North America with Jewish and Israeli themes. In addition, there are film festivals here which incorporate sidebars with Jewish or Israeli content.   The Marlene Meyerson Jewish Community Center Manhattan is a leading institution presenting Israeli productions and programs from other countries. Its pr...

New York 2019 Asian-American TV and Film Festival

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The annual Asian-American TV & Film Festival’s Golden Oak Awards Ceremony was hosted by the Asian-American TV & Film Alliance on October 28, 2019 at the Symphony Space Theater in Manhattan. The Golden Oak Awards recognize outstanding TV and film works and the extraordinary contributions made by individual talents in the film and television industry both in China and through joint ventures. The award categories ranged from Best Independent Film of the Year, Best Television Program,...

New York: 2019 Margaret Mead Film Festival

Held from October 17-20, the Margaret Mead Film Festival at the American Museum of Natural History, reinforced its preeminent role as the platform for superb documentaries. Productions screened were informed by anthropological and social science underpinnings, an orientation towards contemporary issues, and cogent analysis of problems ranging from political self determination to environmental challenges. The festival, started in 1977, is the longest running annual international documentary fe...

New York Affordable Art Fair, 2019

The global lifestyle art brand, The Affordable Art Fair (AAF), celebrated its 28th anniversary from September 25 – 29 with its acclaimed VIP Private View opening on the first day. Launched in 1999, the Affordable Art Fair brand has achieved amazing success with 13 fairs in 10 cities around the world, including New York, London, Honk Kong, Melbourne, Hamburg, Milan and Singapore. The global AAF fairs have attracted 2.5 million visitors and achieving sales of $587 million to date. &nb...

New York: Tribeca TV Festival 2019

Covering four days from September 12-15 with events including the celebration of the 25th anniversary of FRIENDS with their creators and actors and numerous screenings as well as panels, the third edition of the Tribeca TV Festival drew large audiences to mostly sold out events. The lineup of new series premieres and presentation of the next seasons for established favorites was aimed at an audience which consumes television in many ways. Tribeca TV Festival has become an innovative creat...

New York: 2019 Asian American International Film Festival

  Held from July 25 – August 3 and presented by Asian Cine Vision in association with Asia Society the 42nd Asian American International Film Festival (AAIFF) is the oldest film festival in The United States that focuses on Asian themes. It included 12 narrative features, 9 documentaries and 67 short films from 19 countries in its 2019 program. Numerous panels, a work-in progress seminar, a screen play reading, and other special events accompanied the screening program. The fe...

New York Asian Film Festival 2019

The New York Asian Film Festival (NYAFF) provides the most comprehensive survey of current productions from East, North, and South Asia. NYAFF 2019 showcased premieres by known and new film makers. NYAFF included directors whose work has never been shown in the United States before. 30 foreign directors and 9 actors participated in Q&A sessions as well as several free seminars sponsored by HBO. The festival was held from June 28 to July 11 at several Lincoln Center venues and from July 11 ...

New York: Japan Cuts 2019

As noted by Sight & Sound, 8 of the top 12 highest rated Asian films of all time have been produced by Japan.  Akira Kurosawa’s Seven Samurai was identified as the greatest foreign language film of all time in a BBC critics poll in 2018. Japan has won four best foreign language Academy Awards, more than any other Asian country. The reputation of Japanese films has been firmly established. There has, however, been a shift in international interest, to Anime productions ...

New York: Human Rights Watch Film Festival 2019

Generally acknowledged as one of the most important showcases for issue oriented and outstanding documentaries, this festival, in cooperation with Film at Lincoln Center, celebrated 30 years of presenting more than 700 documentaries.  For the 2019 program the New York office screened 500 films of which 40 films were selected for the New York festival as well as for other fests organized by HRW. The New York edition was held from June 13-20 and included 13 recent productions from 2018 and ...

New York: Open Roads 2019

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Co-presented by New York’s   Film at Lincoln Center (formerly branded as the Film Society of Lincoln Center) and the Rome based Instituto Luce Cinecitta from June 6-12, in its 19th edition the festival presented 16 feature films produced in 2018 and 2019 and the 1962 classic first film by Bernardo Bertolucci LA COMMARE SECCA.  It was followed by a separate homage from June 14 – 26 to  Ermano Olmi also  presented at the Lincoln Center  by Film at Lincoln ...

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