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NEWSLETTER N° 512: june 8, 2011

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NEWSLETTER N° 512: june 8, 2011

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Film and television: Falling in love again?

On May 15, as part of the 64th Cannes film festival program, the European Audiovisual Observatory held a very informative workshop about the current relationship between film and television. More than 400 professionals had gathered as Mr. Wolfgang Closs, executive director of the European Audiovisual Observatory, welcomed a number of speakers from his organization as well as outside specialists to discuss trends in the European film and broadcast markets. And the big question was: are film...

DRIVE-ing at Cannes, with Ryan Gosling

This was a very endearing press conference, especially in light of Lars Von Trier’s press conference two days prior for MELANCHOLY (2011) that still had everyone’s head spinning in Cannes. Von Trier’s comments on his Nazi sympathies as well as his protested desire to return to Denmark and focus only on soft and hardcore porn had everyone at Cannes thinking twice about Danish cinema and its praiseworthy art-house directors. Nicolas Winding Refn is a former student of Von Triers...

RESTLESS, with Gus Van Sant!

RESTLESS (2011): “The story of a terminally ill teenage girl who falls for a boy who likes to attend funerals and their encounters with the ghost of a Japanese kamikaze pilot from WWII”.During the press conference at Cannes I sat next to actor Henry Hopper’s mother and she said, ‘that’s my son!’ with pride and a twinkle in her eye. Many say that RESTLESS (2011) is a tribute to French cinema. It may even hint to a touch magical realism meets Woody Allen (just read this sweet ...

SLEEPING BEAUTY, desiring beauty...

SLEEPING BEAUTY (2011)One of the films in competition at the 64th Cannes Film Festival was SLEEPING BEAUTY (2011) by writer/director Julia Leigh. While one might recall the sweet animated Disney film SLEEPING BEAUTY (1959) or the classic fairytale in reference to this title, this film is a far cry from these classics with the same name; rather, this ‘sleeping beauty’ is about the erotic desires of a young woman and her ‘female gaze’, as opposed to the much discussed, much debated cinem...

THE TREE OF LIFE, a humble review!

THE TREE OF LIFE (2011), a humble review!Ok, there have been a lot of write-ups about this Palme d’Or winner but having attended the premier and having witnessed firsthand the reaction of audiences, I felt I should write a little piece of my own. The theater was certainly filled up with some of Hollywood’s biggest stars- Jude Law, Uma Thurman and Robert DeNiro (all members of this year’s jury), Brad Pitt, Sean Penn, Angelina Jolie, Jessica Chastain, and even Gwen Stefani and Gavin Rossda...

HEARAT SHULAYIM (FOOTNOTE), Joseph and Shlomo speak.

The story of a great rivalry between a father and son, both eccentric professors in the Talmud department of Hebrew University in Jerusalem. The son has an addictive dependency on the embrace and accolades that the establishment provides, while his father is a stubborn purist with a fear and profound revulsion for what the establishment stands for, ye...

THERE BE DRAGONS, an interview with Nunez

INTERVIEW WITH IGNACIO NUNEZ At the 64th Cannes, one of the most talked about films on the market was the legendary film director Roland Joffe's latest film, THERE BE DRAGONS (2011). I sat with producer Ignacio Nunez at the Hotel Martinez for our one-on-one interview about this highly anticipated multi-cultural epic film. ME: Can you tell us about the film and how difficult this three-year highly ambitious indie film project was to get off the ground? NUNEZ: Roland Joffe ...

Ensemble winner of Banlieuz' Art competition screened in Cannes and follows a dream of a festival circuit, Mediawave, Aruba...


Zlin Film Festival Award Winners
The 51st International Film Festival for Children and Youth Zlin, one of the oldest and most prestigious devoted to films for the youth market, announced its winners on Saturday evening at a gala awards ceremony at ultramodern Congress Centre. A total number of 76 competitive films were judged ...

12th Annual Golden Trailer Awards
Nominations for the 12th ANNUAL GOLDEN TRAILER AWARDS ® were released this morning. Highlights include the Summer 2011 Blockbuster category dominated by trailers for three Stephen Spielberg productions??Cowboys and Aliens,? ?Super 8? and ?Transformers:Dark of the Moon??up against ?Pirates of the Ca...

New award- $1500 travel award to attend the CIFVF
This just in- There is now a $1500 Travel Award for a filmmaker to come to the CIFVF. The filmmaker will be chosen from the films entered in the 59th CIFVF and will travel to the festival and perform the final adjudication for the 2011 Greater Columbus Arts Council Media Fellowships. This award is n...

Dragomir SholevThe main programme of the 15th edition of Sofia International Film Festival ended on the 13th of March with a gala screening of Aleksei Uchitel?s film The Edge. The festival presented a total of 205 films from 53 countries from all over the world. Over 260 was the total number of in...


Walt Disney Production and Jap Anime On Annecy Festival International Du Film D? Animation
Following the busy 3 days of Festival International Du Film D´ Animation, Annecy, France, FIPRESCI Jurists, the selection of 2011; Mathilde Lorit from the French Rolling Stone, Gabriel Barrera, professor of film from Turin University in Italy and Radmila Djurica, a film critic from Serbia, the festival made a strong impression on us. Regarding the fantastic organization of many events , red carpe...

Opening of the Festival International Du Film D Animation
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ÉCU Launch Party 2011
If you think our festivals are all work and no play, you?re wrong! Our launch party this year was awesome! Here?s a short clip that proves it. Si vous pensez que nos festivals se résume à beaucoup de travail et peu de loisirs, vous avez tort ! Notre réception cette année était extra ! Voici un extrait qui le prouve. ...

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Cate Blanchett movie to open Sydney Film Festival, by Eva Rinaldi - 8th June 2011
Cate Blanchett's new thriller "Hanna" will open the Sydney Film Festival with the Academy Award winner gracing the red carpet. Directed by Joe Wright ("Atonement"), "Hanna" will bookend the festival with the closing night film, Mike Mills' "Beginners", starring Ewan McGregor. "Of course we're very excited to be opening with 'Hanna', the new film by Joe...

Cate Blanchett movie to open Sydney Film Festival, by Eva Rinaldi - 8th June 2011

DRIVE-ing at Cannes, with Ryan Gosling
This was a very endearing press conference, especially in light of Lars Von Trier?s press conference two days prior for MELANCHOLY (2011) that still had everyone?s head spinning in Cannes. Von Trier?s comments on his Nazi sympathies as well as his protested desire to return to Denmark and focus only on soft and hardcore porn had everyone at Cannes thinking twice about Danish cinema and its pr...

A Showcase Of Classic And Contemporary Italian Cinema
Fellini, Rossellini, Visconti, De Sica, Pasolini, Bertolucci, Antonioni......these are some of the greatest masters of the art of filmmaking. All of the above, and several others, are included in the Days Of Italian Cinema event at the Zlin Film Festival, a true feast for cinemaphiles. Italian film has been a lively inspiration for filmmakers for decades and despite the frequent opinion that ...

SMUGGLER trailer 30sec
What he carries is his destiny. ?A secret carrier (smuggler)? Only one mistake can be the fatal one. A world next to death. After it failed in actor?s dream, 25-year-old Kinuta does nothing but going to pachinko parlor every day. Deceived by a young hoodlum, he is even burdened with a large sum of debt. Kinuta starts a high paid job to carry ?things? from the underworld for the debt repaym...

Hungarian Film Forum In Zlin
CHAMELEON (Krizstina Godaova) On Thursday of this week, the Zlin Film Festival for Children and Youth, the largest film event in the Czech Republic, will host the Hungarian Film Forum to correlate with the Hungarian National Day on June 2. The Forum will showcase several current Hungarian films, with several important Hungarian film stars and producers attending. The celebrations will clim...

 Locarno Concorso internazionale 2011: initial announcements
 Pnomh Phen: Cambodian Film Making Challenges


Revival possibilities of film festivals at Mediawave Film Forum 2
The way of festivals: uniqueness, new trends, audience Festival representatives discuss the new ways they should find to keep and attract audience, how to keep up with the digital world. Éva Vezér (HUN) Hungarian Film Unio The participants will represent the following festivals: IFF


Actor Morgan Freeman to receive Life Achievement Award at the 39th AFI (in best company)
Clint Eastwood, Helen Mirren, Sidney Poitier, Mike Nichols, Matthew Broderick, Rita Moreno and Many More Among Those Honoring Legendary Actor Morgan Freeman at the 39th AFI Life Achievement Award Ceremony Honor Takes Place At Historic Sony Pictures Studios Thursday, June 9, 2011 At 7:00 p.m. ...

A Tribute to Hitoshi Matsumoto at Locarno 2011
Hitoshi Matsumoto on the set of Scabbard Samurai Hitoshi Matsumoto on the set of Scabbard Samurai The film, starring newcomer Takaaki Nomi and Jun Kunimura (Kill Bill: Vol. 1), is produced by Yoshimoto Kogyo, Kyoraku Sangyo and Phantom Film, and goes on theatrical release in Japan next June ...

Eko International Film festival Calrenws partnesrhip with Industry world wide leader in the festival community
Hope Obioma Opara President of the EKOIFF is happy to announce that the partnership with M21 Entertainment has been renewed allowing the festival to enjoy great visibilit in the leading media for the film & festivals community. and portal, and social netwo...

Kenny Bobien Release His New Single, THE LIGHT
By Maria Esteves - May 27, 2011 The new single THE LIGHT, produced and co-written by Kenny Bobien; music video directed by Ruben Swift Vidal, DJN Productions released Wednesday, May 22, 2011, is available at ...

Interview with Bouli Lanners director of The Giants
How did The Giants come about? I wanted to tell the story of two brothers who fend for themselves, on the edge of society and away from the city. The idea that they should be two young adolescents then imposed itself because I wanted to talk about that period in life when, guided by a desir...

 European discoveries: Ten Directors to Watch
 Oscar®-winning composer Ennio Morricone to head the Rome Fest jury
 Revival possibilities of film festivals Mediawave Film Forum 2 Panelists
 Bruno Chatelin to speak at Mediawave Film Festival Forum
 Zhang Ziyi joins ScreenSingapore ambassadors


Lars van Triers and Nazis...the VIDEO excerpts

Lars van Triers suicide at press conference wakes up the press with declaration against Nazis...


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The European Independent Film Festival (ÉCU) continues its commitment of being at the centre of discovery, promotion and projection of the very best independent filmmaking talent from around the world.
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Taiwan International Children Film Festival March 31, april 7, 2012
Taiwan International Children’s Film Festival (TICFF) was founded by Public Television Service (PTS) in 2004. It is the first film and television festival in Asia dedicated to viewers aged 12 and under. TICFF is held biennially, with its 5th edition scheduled for April 2012 in Taipei. TICFF’s mission is to encourage quality children’s programming worldwide and to engage young local viewers with valuable access to the media. We welcome all types of creative, fun, and multicultural films as well as television programs.
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 Pacific Meridian - Vladivostok International Film Festival of Asian Pacific countries August 10-16,2011

«Pacific Meridian» is an International Film Festival of Asian Pacific Countries. Asian-Pacific Coutries are the countries surrounded by Pacific Ocean and countries of South-East Asia including India. Film Festival is held annually in one of the most beautiful places on the Pacific Ocean coast - Vladivostok. ...
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 New York International Independent Film and Video FestivalFall Edition in los angeles:
The NYIIFVF is a competitive event and is dedicated to making things happen for emerging filmmakers and screenwriters. The festival has cultivated excellent relationships with thousands of companies in both cities.
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 The Ruby Mountain Film Festival August 11-14, 2011 
The Ruby Mountain Film Festival is dedicated to the exhibition and nurturing of film and video as an art. The RMFF presents a full range of storytelling through visual arts from independent and student filmmakers to big budget major motion pictures with a particular emphasis on low budget feature films, student films and westerns.Submit now

 Raindance Film Festival 2011 28 September - 9 October, 2011

Raindance showcases features and shorts made by independent filmmakers from all around the world to an audience of film fans, journalists, acquisition executives, actors, producers and directors. Each year we receive thousands of film submissions of just about every genre you can imagine from very talented filmmakers so it’s safe to assume that the competition is fierce. If you think your film has what it takes to make Raindance ’11 then submit your film before the 17th June 2011. 
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 HollyShorts Film Festival August 11-18, 2011
The 7th Annual HollyShorts Film Festival, scheduled for August 11-18, 2011, is now accepting submissions and commercials ( 2010 HSFF featured over 200 projects showcasing stars and filmmakers including David Arquette, James Caan, John Dahl, James Franco, and Kirsten Dunst. HSFF awards over $40,000 in prizes, including $20,000 in services courtesy of Company 3.
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