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 FESTIVAL NEWS FROM THE CIRCUIT

Masterclass with Apichatpong Weerasethakul at Thessaloniki This year's winner of the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival, Apichatpong Weerasethakul delivered a masterclass on Wednesday, December 8th at John Cassavetes Theater, within the framework of the 51st Thessaloniki International Film Festival and presented his entire body of work as a filmmaker, as well as a short film and multimedia project artist.
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 THE HIVE, a ground-breaking 5 day residential lab
 New dates for the Indie Grits Film Festival
 Romanian focus at Göteborg International Film Festival
 FilmCan Student Film Making Contest Brings Community Together
 My film festival online film fest by Unifrance
 Wavescape Ticket to Ride Night
 Funeral for the uk short film industry? + we like... 102
 Florence Indian Film fest focuses on Ray and Aparna sen
 Berlinale Talent Campus has received 4000 applications

Rengalya: A tradition at Nepalese festivals
KIMFF started in 2000 and is now an annual event eagerly anticipated by an appreciative local audience. ...

Kathmandu International Mountain Film Festival 2010 gets under way
The 10th Kathmandu International Mountain Film Festival (KIMFF) got underway today and will screen some 62 films from 35 different countries before closing on Monday. The opening ceremony was not attended by any celebrities; there were no film stars and only a handful of dignitaries. Instead of champagne and canapés, there was tea and biscuits.  ? We thought of inviting the President, but we w...

Guests_light_candles_at_opening_of_Kathmandu_international_mountain_film_festival_2010
KIMFF celebrates 10 years since inaugural. ...

New management wanted to save Artivist?
Some people seem to be blind to the true face of this festival. Is this good or bad? We know for a fact tthat Artivist Festival does not maintain impecable business ethics and standards: they do not pay their bills. We are proof of that (The festival director Diaky Diaz bought an ad campaign from us and did not pay the whole bill) We have been approached by many staffers who reported they were...

Rotterdam 2011 Trailer

Destination Christmas, Next Stop: Uncanny Valley
by Lindsay Macdonald The weather?s biting, the lights are up, and the tourists are out for that time of year again under the Paris Ferris wheel, beckoning men, women, girls, boys, Santas and his not-so-magical capitalist helpers to the full kitsch glory of a readymade Winter Wonderland. We welcome now a time of sharing and baking and Christmas card-making by the light of our tinsel-strewn tre...

 

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 FILM NEWS FROM THE CIRCUIT

Drei in 'Special Screenings'
Tom Tykwer, Drei and Salonica 2010 In the 'Special Screenings' category at the 51st Salonica Film Festival 2010, Drei screened on December 7th and 8th to packed Greek audiences.  The new German film by celebrated director Tom Tykwer, Drei (2010), the story of a threesome that is a twosome in three ways. Dining with Tykwer and speaking to him after seeing the film, all I could say was: 'Wow!...

CFC Film Cineplex Entertainment Film Program Deadline Approaching
Attention aspiring Directors, Editors, Producers and Screenwriters! The deadline for CFC's Cineplex Entertainment Film Program is fast approaching! Our alumni have gone to work in key roles on films such as Splice, Away From Her, The Incredible Hulk and Lars and the Real Girl. Deadline for applications is January 21, 2011. Click Here for details on our program and how you can apply! ...

Coen Brothers' True Grit to Open the 61st Berlinale
The 61st Berlin International Film Festival will open with True Grit by Academy Award winners Joel and Ethan Coen at the Berlinale Palast on February 10, 2011. "Joel and Ethan Coen stand for first-rate American independent cinema. With their penchant for irony, and off-the-wall characters and stories they have repeatedly captivated audiences," comments Berlinale Director Dieter ...

Films in competition at 51st Thessaloniki Film Festival on December 07, 2010
December 07, 2010 51st Thessaloniki Film Festival presented films in competition: 1) Zephyr (2010) Turkish film by director Belma Bas.   Summary: "Zephyr, a strong-minded and somewhat peculiar 11-year-old girl, lives with her grandparents in their home in the countryside. She has no father and her activist mother is absent for long periods of time, imbuing Zephyr's outlook on l...

Seminci International film Festival was the first. Now we launch the run for the rest of film festivals across the globe!!
Here we come, i the run to send anddiscover festival to be sent our Spanish documentary My Paths Through Dance. Take a look at the trailer: www.danseusefilms.com/mariemma/eng ...

Dens Film production presents the sci fi "Beyond" movie. Welcome!
Do you like science fiction films? And have you ever seen an Ukrainian sci fi movie with a philosophical sense? In any case we wait for you in December, 7 at 17.00, at the conference center of National University of State Tax Service of Ukraine, where the presentation of short philosophical science fiction movie "Beyond" ("Po toj bik" ? ukr.) takes place. "Beyond" was...

Paddy Waves the Flag
One thing - well the only thing I guess - that this cold English weather is good for, is that I can read all about film festival gossip on my laptop in a warm toasty pub! However, whilst freezing my boobies off in -12 temperatures in my flat I was delighted to see that Paddy Constandine's directorial debut will be screening at Sundance in Jan next year. Here's hoping he does the UK proud, so fing...

 IFTA issues new international licensing agreement model
 Ghost Writer wins big at The EFA 2010

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 NEWS FROM THE KEY CIRCUIT PLAYERS

Mohamed Al-Daradji and the Press
51st TIFF: Mohamed Al-Daradji press conference (12/9/2010) MOHAMED AL-DARADJI PRESS CONFERENCE Mohamed Al-Daradji, a member of the International Jury, as well as a guest of honour of the 51st Thessaloniki International Film Festival, gave a press conference on Thursday, December 9th....

Welcome to a new colleague at IndieWire
Harris Named Editor-in-Chief at indieWIRE by Brian Brooks    indieWIRE's newly named Editor-in-Chief, Dana Harris. Veteran film journalist Dana Harris has been named as indieWIRE?s new editor-in-chief. Harris has worked for the last decade at Variety, where she most recently served as editor, s...

New York: HBO's Sheila Nevins documentary programming
In the US and overseas two organizations have become more prominent over the last few years at film and television festivals: the French-German consortium arte, and the U.S. based HBO. A growing number of their productions have been selected and received a disproportionate number of awards. HBO and...

"Fair Game" Director Doug Liman Interview
The acclaimed film director of "The Bourne Identity", "The Bourne Ultimatum", and "Mr. and Mrs. Smith", as well as Executive Producer of the hit television series, "Covert Affairs", Doug Liman, discussed his political thriller, "Fair Game", which i...

Honoring European Icon Bruno Ganz
Bruno Ganz in WINGS OF DESIRE (Wim Wenders) Veteran Swiss actor Bruno Ganz, best known for his role as Adolf Hitler in the biopic "The Downfall", will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award at tonight's European Film Awards, to be held for the first time in Tallinn ...

 Film Independent producers lab selection
 Exclusive Interview: with Gore Vidal
 Geoffrey Rush to receive the Montecito Award in Santa Barbara
 Berlinale invites Jafar Panahi to Join the International Jury 2011
 Director Doug Liman discusses "Fair Game"
 Sean Penn to receive Dubai Lifetime Achievement Award

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 AWARDS

Dorota Kedzierzawska and Golden Alexander
Last night at TIFF 2010, Dorota Kedzierzawska was awarded the prestigious Golden Alexander award just before her screening of her film 'Time to Die' (2007).   "Dorota Kedzierzawska holds a place as one of the most original Polish filmmakers to emerge after the collapse of communism in...

Donostia Fantasy and horror film festival awards
The jury of the International Short Film Competition held at the 21st edition of the San Sebastian Horror & Fantasy Film Festival, made up of Loquillo (Spain), Esperanza Luffiego (Spain) and Malakias (Finland), would like to award the following films:   BEST SHORT FILM Maquetas. Car...

Fanomenon at Leeds International Film Festival awards
    The Méliès d'Argent winner for 2010: The Last Employee (Der Letzte Angestellte) Dir. Alexander Adolph Germany 2009 85 mins   The jury also gives a special mention to: Savage Dir. Brendan Muldowney Ireland 2009 83 mins The short film Méliès d'Or nomination:...

Science+fiction the International Science fiction festival of Trieste Awards
The Méliès d'Argent winner for 2010:  Rare export: a christmas tale    Dir. Jalmari Helander    Finland/Norway/France/Sweden    2010 78 mins          The jury also gives a special mention to:  Technotise- Edit and I    Dir. Ale...

The Agora Market Awards
December 06, 2010 at the 51st Thessaloniki Film Festival (3-12.12-10) marked the grand event of its Agora Market Awards to independent Balkan filmmakers headed by Marie-Pierre Macia. The International Jury, consisting of Alex Baciu, screenwriter (Romania), Panos Iossifelis, screenwrit...

British Independent Film Awards
The British film industry turned out in force for The Moët British Independent Film Awards. The winners of the 13th edition were announced at the glittering ceremony held at Old Billingsgate which was hosted by James Nesbitt. Best British Independent Film was won by The King's Speech with Gareth Edw...

Competitions Results Announced
2010 PLUS CAMERIMAGE FESTIVAL PRIZEWINNERS OF FESTIVAL COMPETITIONS MUSIC VIDEOS COMPETITION: Best Music Video: Kora, ?Zabawa w chowanego" (Game of Hide-and-Seek) - Cinematographer Marek Sanak; Director Bart?omiej Ignaciuk For the Best Video, the jury felt almost unanimous...

British Independent Film Awards
This is the awards show that keeps getting bigger and better." Terry Gilliam " The British have proved once again that lack of money has proved no barrier to quality or creativity in a year filled with bumper films" Elliot Grove The Jury has spoken at a star tudded gala at The Old ...

Roman Polanski Is Big Winner At European Film Awards
It has been quite a year for director Roman Polanski?..house arrest in Switzerland, Silver Bear at the Berlinale, legal victory and return to his adopted home of Paris, and film adaptation of the international theatre sensation ?God Of Carnage?. Now, Polanski caps a year full of ups and downs wi...

Ghost Writer wins big at The EFA 2010
The more than 2,300 members of the European Film Academy, filmmakers from across Europe, have voted for this year's Europea Film Awards. At the awards ceremony in Tallinn, European Capital of Culture 2011, the following awards were presented: EUROPEAN FILM 2010 THE GHOST WRITER, France/Germany/UK d...

 The Writers Guild of America nominees
 IPA Stands Behinds Union, Changes 15th Satellite Award Venue
 Minneapolis Underground Film Festival Awards
 Bahamas competition winners
 Awards Climax 14th Edition of POFF

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The LACFH will take place on January 19th 2010 at the Award Winning Whitefire Theater in Los Angeles California.  The LACFH is here to provide independent filmmakers with the opportunity to have their work recognized, judged and awarded.  Operating as a quarterly festival, we pride ourselves on being able to showcase entertaining domestic and international materials from talented independent filmmakers 4 times a year.  21 awards will be up for grabs between the 9 categories.
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