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NEWSLETTER N° 485: November 19, 2010

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IDFA Director Blasts Arts Budget Cuts
Ally Derks, the long-time director of IDFA: the International Documentary Filmfestival Amsterdam, gave the opening address on Wednesday evening for filmmakers, professionals and attending guests assembled for the official opening of the 23rd edition of the much-respected documentary festival. She used her remarks to offer a focus on the challenges facing both documentary filmmakers and suppor...

Letters from the Desert (Eulogy to Slowness)
"Letters from the Desert (Eulogy to Slowness)" is a new submission to ÉCU 2011.  The story is about Hari, a postman, who every day for 20 years, been walking through the Thar desert delivering letters to remote villages, holding the reins of secluded lives that talk about loves, weddings, successes and deaceses. Check out the teaser! /// <<Letters from the Desert (Eulogy t...

ÉCU Young Talent: Louisa Mayman
Louisa Mayman won the prize for ÉCU 2010?s Best Student Feature, making a promising debut of her career. The young British filmmaker talked to us about how she got started, what she?s influenced by, and also how moving to London represents an exciting opportunity for her future in the industry. Where are you from? Lichfield, a small town just north of Birmingham. If you could describe i...

Letter to Film Schools ? Special Offer!
Bonjour! Good morning! Guten Tag! Buenos días! Buongiorno! Bom dia! Kalimera! Tere hommikust! Goedemorgen! Dobré ráno! God dag! I would like to extend an invitation for your school to participate in the 6th edition of the European Independent Film Festival (ÉCU), Europe?s premier event for independent filmmakers and their audiences. ÉCU is not only a great opportunity for students to see a v...

Tallinn Film Festival Kicks Off With Kids Fest
It is one of the longest film festivals on the international circuit......running from 19 November to 5 December, nearly 2 1/2 weeks. However, POFF, the local name for the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival in Estonia is actually several different festivals, each with a specific focus. Festivities begin this Friday with Just Film, which is oriented to children, young adult and family audienc...

Godard & Others
"Godard & Others? is a new submission to ÉCU 2011. An uncompromising anarchic comedy about the state of independent film making in Britain's post "section 44" society. A film by Barry Bliss. Check out the trailer! «Godard & Others» Un film par Barry Bliss, est une nouvelle soumission ÉCU 2011. Une comédie sur l?état du cinéma indépendant. Voici la trailer! ...

CAMBOFEST, Cambodia uncovers another vintage pre-Khmer rouge cinema house
Here for the first time, CAMBOFEST, Cambodia ( staff present on mobile phone video one of the four original cinemas in Kampot, Cambodia. =>  Only three of the four original pre-Khmer Rouge era cinema houses remain in Kampot: the 'Maraka', the 'Royal' (re-discovered and brought back to life for the 2009 edition of CamboFest) ...and thi...

 Rotterdam IFFR celebrates XL anniversary
 Thessaloniki International Film Festival Open Horizons
 Ronda International Festival, new addition in Spain
 The fifth annual Monaco Media Forum
 International Symposium: “Reimaging the Archive
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 The Hazards of Love Visualized at San Francisco Intl' Animation Festival


Dutch Documentary Opens 23rd IDFA
  All eyes are turning to Amsterdam starting today when the the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA), the largest and most prestigious non-fiction media event in the world, kicks off its 23rd edition. The Festival, which will show nearly 250 films over 11 days, opens with the Dutch documentary POSITION AMONG THE STARS by veteran director Leonard Retel Helmrich. The film, whi...

Well, the riot that is the Abertoir Horror Festival has now finished - and what fun it was. In all honesty this has been the most stressful year for us to organise although this kind of made us all stronger as we were prepared, and knew how to react, if anything during the festival went wrong. Overall it ran smoothly - the first day went without a hitch although we had a bit of a problem on Thu...

The BUFF Blog - November 2010
This month's edition is guest-written by Jessie Grace Mellor, previously the resident film reviewer for The Daily Mirror and now director of 'N-Dubz - The Way We Were', one of this year's BUFF UK premieres... During this blog about my experiences with BUFF, I?m going to flit between a few different timelines. A time machine won?t be required but please bear with me. I?m gonna start in ...

LKFF - BLADES OF BLOOD (2010) dir Lee Joon-ik
I am not really sure what BLADES OF BLOOD is about specifically; it tells of an illegitimate son, the blind swordsman who teaches him to sword fight and a guy who killed the father and is trying to protect Korea from the Japanese occupation, whom both the son and blind swordsman want to kill.  Long story short, I fell asleep. Literally. Action films are really not my thing, I find them mind-numbi...

Day 1 at [sin]efest - SANDCASTLE dir Boo Junfeng
The first edition of the UK's largest independent Singapore Film Festival kicked off yesterday. With a complimentary buffet, complimentary drinks and approachable staff this may well be one of the cosiest and more relaxed film festivals I have attended.  I got the chance to interview Boo Junfeng, the director of the opening film, SANDCASTLE and curator for the festival and Joshua Tan, the ...

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Over 2000 Guests Expected At 2010 IDFA
Over 2000 national and international guests are descending on the historic city of Amsterdam as the 23rd edition of IDFA: the International Documentary Filmfestival Amsterdam begins its 11-day marathon of film premieres, professional activities and special events. Showcasing more than 300 films ...

Serbian Filmmaker Darko Lungulov Talks HERE & THERE and MONUMENT to Michael Jackson
Intro by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent Serbian filmmaker Darko Lungulov made his 2009 feature HERE & THERE based on personal experience as "a man with a van" in New York City. On a DIY mission in both the making of the film and distributing it, he wove the sto...

The Asia Pacific Screen Awards has unveiled the International Jury members presided by Puttnam
The Asia Pacific Screen Awards has unveiled the International Jury members who will join previously announced President, Lord David Puttnam, for the fourth annual Asia Pacific Screen Awards to be held on the Gold Coast, Australia, on December 2. Lord David Puttnam, Academy Award winner and...

BIFA To Honor Bonham Carter and Neeson
The Moet British Independent Film Awards (BIFA) have announced two of its honorees for its glamorous awards gala next month. Actress Helena Bonham Carter will receive the coveted Richard Harris Award and the Variety Award will be bestowed on actor Liam Neeson. The awards gala takes place at Old...

Hollywood Publicist, Ronni Chasen, Shot at "Dead Man's Curve"
Evidently, the intersection, Sunset Blvd and Whittier Drive in West Beverly Hills, where publicist, Ronni Chasen, was found shot multiple times in her Mercedes shortly after leaving the ?Burlesque? after party last night, is the same intersection that 1964 songwriters, Jan and Dean wrote about ...

LKFF - THE HOUSEMAID (2010) + Interview with director Im Sang-soo!
THE HOUSEMAID is a remake of a very popular 60s Korean thriller. It tells the story of a housemaid hired by a very rich family; her main task is taking care of their young daughter, Nami, as her mother is heavily pregnant with twins. Her father is a high power executive, whose sex life with his wif...

Boo Junfeng introduces his film SANDCASTLE at [SIN]efest

EXCLUSIVE: Richard Sherman on Hits for Walt Disney, THE BOYS & Ringo Starr
by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent   Famous brother teams are not unusual in movies, from the Coen Bros to the Hughes Bros to the Wachoski Bros, but the combination of working brothers as Oscar-winning songwriters is a little more rare.   Like George and Ira Gershwin, who are ...

 Joel McHale to Serve as Host for 2011 Film Independent Spirit Awards
 EFP announces jury for SHOOTING STARS 2011
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MoMA Hosts Gotham Award Nominees
 LITTLE ROCK (Mike Ott, USA) In anticipation of the Gotham Independent Film Awards, the first significant awards show of the season that has been dubbed the "indie Oscars", the Film Department of the Museum of Modern Art will again host public screenings of the five indie nominees i...

Vimeo Awards winners
We can't stop talking about Vimeo's first ever Festival + Awards because it was such a hit and everyone had a great time. Eliot Rausch was the big winner with his film "Last Minutes with ODEN," and you can check out the rest of the Vimeo Award winners here. And now your votes are in! W...

The Virginia Film Festival awards
The Virginia Film Festival has announced that Josh Radnor's happythankyoumoreplease has captured the Audience Favorite Award for Best Narrative Feature for the recently-wrapped, and record-setting, 2010 Festival.   The Virginia Film Festival, which smashed previous records for both attenda...

 PLURAL+ 2010 winners were announced
 15 Documentary Features Advance In 2010 Oscar® Race
 MoMA Hosts Gotham Award Nominees
 Awards of Patras International Film Festival
 Vimeo Awards winners
 A new Pulcinella Award for Cartoons on the Bay
 The London Screenwriters' Festival winners
 Virginia Film Festival Winners


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 The Palm Springs International ShortFest, Short Film Festival & Film Market June 21-27, 2011 
Now in its 17th year, celebrated as one of the most acclaimed short film showcases in the world, the Palm Springs International ShortFest has become known world-wide for the extraordinary community of filmmakers it attracts, and for the quality and scope of its programming. . Film submissions are now being accepted through March 1, 2011.
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 Palm Beach Women International Film Festival April 7 – April 10, 2011
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itzon showcases the best in documentary, animation and fiction from around the globe on an innovative and interactive digital online broadcast platform: the future of TV. Quality film submissions of any length are welcome from all genres worldwide. In addition to the festival awards, itzon offers filmmakers the opportunity to truly interact with their audiences, earn revenue from their VoD viewing figures as well as sell merchandise for their films through the site. 
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 The Los Angeles Music Video Festival January 2011
The Festival will bring together the independent music and independent film communities of Los Angeles in a celebration of local musical talent and creativity like never before. If you make music, make videos, like music videos or know anyone who does, come be a part of the movement to save music videos. Join the festival and submit your videos though

 ECU 2011 1st-3rd April 2011
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