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Thursday, September 11--------For those of us whose memories of the events of 9-11 coincided with the Toronto International Film Festival, there are moments that forever link those great metropolitan cities. I was indeed in Toronto for my final days of the Festival in 2001.I can remember the exact moment when I first heard about a plane crashing into one of the towers of the World Trade Center. I was in a taxicab with my colleague Malo Girod de l'Ain (whose company M21 Editions hosts both this ...

Remembering September 11, 2001

Thursday, September 11--------For those of us whose memories of the events of 9-11 coincided with the Toronto International Film Festival, there are moments that forever link those great metropolitan cities. I was indeed in Toronto for my final days of the Festival in 2001.I can remember the exact moment when I first heard about a plane crashing into one of the towers of the World Trade Center. I was in a taxicab with my colleague Malo Girod de l'Ain (whose company M21 Editions hosts both this ...

Sheffield International Docu Film Fest announces line up

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Sheffield International Documentary Film Festival (Doc/Fest) is delighted to announce the film line-up for 2008. The acclaimed festival, which runs from 5-9 November, will boast more than 100 films from the hottest directors from around the world.This year, the festival will embrace the excitement of the US presidential elections with a series of films on Regime Change: documentaries that explore the effects of a shift of power. Following on from the success of last year, Doc/Fest 08 will also ...

Sarajevo Film Festival - Belfast's Best Son

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Ever since 1980s Belfast-born writer and director George Terry has been writing and producing plays at NYC's Irish Arts Center. His combination of theatrical and journalistic experience, gave him the chance to co-script "In the Name of the Father" (1993) directed by Jim Sheridan. George first collaborated with Sheridan on his 1985 play "The Tunnel", based on his experiences as a prisoner in British jails in Northern Ireland. "In the Name of the Father" won an O...

European Film Awards - The Selection has 44 titles

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 EUROPEAN FILM AWARDS 2008in alphabetical order (please note that articles (a, the/le, la/el, il, etc) are ignored)3 DIAS (Before the Fall), Spaindirected by Francisco Javier Gutierrezwritten by Juan Velarde & F. Javier Gutierrezproduced by Maestranza Films, Green Moon Prod., PentagramaSynopsis: What would you do if the world was going to end in 72 hours? What would your neighbours, your family, the whole world do? The Secretary General of the Council of Nations has announced that a giganti...

Zurich Film Festival will offer a Costa-Gavras retrospective

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It was announced today that the Zurich Film Festival (ZFF) will present Oscar® winner Constantin Costa-Gavras with the Festival’s prestigious Golden Eye Award for his life work as a director, scriptwriter and producer. The announcement was made today by ZFF Director Karl Spoerri.Costa-Gavras will be the guest of honour for the Festival’s tribute (presented as Zurich Film Festival’s “A Tribute to”) and award ceremony on the evening of Friday, October 4. The Festival has also programmed...

Foreign cinema win out at the Ischia Film Festival

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6th edition Ischia Film Festival 23rd – 29th June 2008In the 5th century Torre of Michelangelo took place the final ceremony of the 6th edition of the Ischia Film Festival.Music and cinema entertainment as corollary of a award night ceremony with the quintet “Architorti”.The giury composed by the film maker Francesco Munzi, the set designer Amedeo Fago, the actor Mattia Sbragia and the journalist Francesco Alò awarded the foreign cinema.“Lost Holiday” by Lucie Králová as best docume...

India looks to Pakistani views, via the screens of Goa

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GOA, June 29, 2008: For a country sometimes viewed as 'the enemy' in geopolitical rivalries or the cricket-field, the films of neighbouring Pakistan, currently being screened at the South Asian Film Festival here in Goa, are drawing significant interest and appreciation.Screened in Panaji (also called Panjim or Ponnje) -- though with a small audience, reflecting the overall lack of publicity for the first SAFF being held here -- was reporter Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy's documentary 'Pakistan's Doubl...

AFI/Discovery Channel Documentary Festival awards

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SILVERDOCS: AFI/Discovery Channel Documentary Festival announced its distinguished award winners, culminating the weeklong Festival activities that included screening 108 films representing 63 countries, free outdoor screenings and live performances, and a five-day concurrent International Documentary Conference attended by over 650 filmmakers, film and television executives and media professionals. Winning filmmakers received over $70,000 in combined cash and in-kind prizes. With a generally pe...

2008 SILVERDOCS Announces Award Winners

  Monday, June 23-----SILVERDOCS: AFI/Discovery Channel Documentary Festival announced its distinguished award winners, culminating the weeklong Festival activities that included screening 108 films representing 63 countries, free outdoor screenings and live performances, and a five-day concurrent International Documentary Conference attended by over 650 filmmakers, film and television executives and media professionals. Winning filmmakers received over $70,000 in combined cash and in-kind...

Special to the Hoboken Film Festival 2008 : A Man Among Giants

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A Man Among Giants is, on its face, a documentary about what happens when the ultimate little guy runs for political office.  Beneath that mask is a story beyond what you would expect from such a film.Most political documentaries take as their subject a charismatic, inspirational candidate full of vitality and out to change the world for the better.  Usually told from the underdog’s perspective for a better dramatic effect, win or lose, their story gives the viewer insight into the political...

Special to the Hoboken Film Festival 2008 : A Man Among Giants

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A Man Among Giants is, on its face, a documentary about what happens when the ultimate little guy runs for political office. Beneath that mask is a story beyond what you would expect from such a film.Most political documentaries take as their subject a charismatic, inspirational candidate full of vitality and out to change the world for the better. Usually told from the underdog’s perspective for a better dramatic effect, win or lose, their story gives the viewer insight into the political p...

19th International Film Festival Emden-Norderney highlights

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19th International Film Festival Emden-Norderney from 4th – 11th June 2008 20 Feature Films in Competition at the Film Festival on the North Sea Coast The competition nominations for the 19th International Film Festival Emden-Norderney have been finalised. A total of 20 feature films from 13 countries will be competing for the three full-length film awards - the Bernhard Wicki Award, the DGB Film Award and the NDR Young Directors Award. 40 percent of the nominees are women. A further 9 films ...

NEWSLETTER N° 334: October 10, 2007

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FESTIVALS AGENDA SUBMISSION CALENDARS Festivals calling for your films... This week, this month...   _______________________________________________________________________________________ AWARDS THE AWARDS WATCH ON FEST21.COM Oscar and more ...

IFFLA 2008 Announces Closing Night Gala: MUMBAI CUTTING...A CITY UNFOLDS

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IFFLA 2008 Announces Closing Night Gala: MUMBAI CUTTING...A CITY UNFOLDS Sunday, April 27, 6:30pm MUMBAI CUTTING...A CITY UNFOLDSIndia/2008/130min/35mmWorld PremiereDirectors: Sudhir Mishra, Anurag Kashyap, Rahul Dholakia, Ruchi Narain, Kundan Shah, Revathy, Shashank Ghosh, Jahnu Barua, Manish Jha, Rituparno Ghosh Producer: Whitecloud, Sahara One PicturesMusic Composers: Indian Ocean, Sanjeev Srivastav, Illyaraja, Amertya Sen Papon and othersCast: Soha Ali Khan, Jimmy Shergil, Neetu Chandra, Ran...

Palm Beach Fest reveals line up

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The 13th Annual Palm Beach International Film Festival (PBIFF) announced the film line-up for the 8-day event, which runs April 10-17, 2008. Executive Director Randi Emerman announced that 141 films will screen at this year’s event, including features, documentaries, shorts and student shorts from the U.S. and around the world. The 2008 Festival will introduce 12 World Premieres and 10 U.S. Premieres.This year’s festival will play host to an ample amount of international filmmakers, produc...

Sarasota Film Festival Announces Narrative Films, Documentaries & Shorts Packages

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The Sarasota Film Festival celebrates its 10th Anniversary April 4-13th 2008. What began as a three-day festival with a handful of events has grown over a decade into one of the leading regional festivals is North America. As previously announced, this year the festival is thrilled to have as its honorary chairs, Governor Charlie Crist, United Artists CEO Paula Wagner and Creative Artists Agency (CAA) Co-Chairman Rick Nicita. They are all expected to attend the 10th Anniversary Ball, where th...

Conference in 10th Thessaloniki Documentary Festival :Approaching Nature

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All the speakers of the conference "Approaching Nature: Natural Farming and Reforestation", stressed the personal responsibility everyone has to fight to change the world. The conference took place on Tuesday, March 11, in Warehouse 1, at the port, in the context of the 10th Thessaloniki Documentary Festival. Dimitri Eipides, Artistic Director of the Thessaloniki Documentary Festival opened the conference. He noted: "I am happy that once again we have the opportunity to organize a...

Thirty sixth edition of Belgrade Fest 2008

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The thirty sixth edition of the International Film Festival in Belgrade Serbia, FEST 2008 (22nd of February-2nd of March) display latest films of the world in nowadays (art film and commercial film), this time putting Serbian cinematography into the European culture. With its top program FEST08 walks into his 36 years of existence with over 100 guests from the domestic and international film industry. The guest of honor however, Volker Schlondorff has opened the festival with his latest film “...

A JIHAD FOR LOVE Opens Panorama Section

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Sunday, February 10---------The Panorama section of the Berlin Film Festival is recognized as the "cutting edge" program at the Berlinale, with films that embrace politics, sexuality and social upheaval. Longtime Panorama chief Wieland Speck has been a consistent curator at the Berlinale over the past 20 years, bringing his own sensibilities to the programming of what is, for me, the Festival's most consistent and uplifiting film showcase. To start things off this past weekend, the P...

No Country for Old Men to open Fantasporto

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COEN BROTHERS AT THE OPENING OF FANTASPORTO 2008 Monday, February 25, 21.30 P.M. at Rivoli Theatre This year Fantasporto begins earlier. This 28th edition of the International Film Festival of Porto will also reach more people and more easily. Besides the increase of number of the theatres where the Fantas films will be screened (the Rivoli Theatre, the Sá da Bandeira Theatre and 10 cinemas Lusomundo across the country), the official opening is scheduled to the beginning of the festival - Monda...

War zone filmmaking: Going into battle

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War zone filmmaking: Going into battleBy Kellie SouthanSo you’re an independent filmmaker and you’ve got it pretty tough. Filmmaking is an expensive business, and you have to tell your story with a limited budget. Worse, you’ve got to fight tooth and nail to find the revenue in the first place. If you work long and hard enough, you might finish your project on schedule and then it’s up to you to promote it, get it seen, take it to festivals, find a distributor and garner support. Not exa...

"KATYN FEVER” IN POLAND AS THE WAJDA VERSION OPENS GDYNIA FEST

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GDYNIA, SEPTEMBER 18, 2007ALEX DELEON FOR www.filmfestivals.com"KATYN FEVER” IN POLAND AS THE WAJDA VERSION OPENS GDYNIA FESTAndrej Wajda’s new film “KATYN” concerning the mass murder of Polish Prisoners of War perpetrated by the Russians in 1940 and for years either hushed up or cynically blamed on the Germans, is more than just another film by a famous director. It has become a “cause celebre” and a national event stirring up the collective Polish memory of this incredible Rus...

Slamdance Film Festival has announced 15 film and screenplay prize winners in three categories

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The 14th annual Slamdance Film Festival has announced 15 film and screenplay prize winners in three categories who will share more than $200,000 in cash and prizes, plus, for one winner, guaranteed production of a feature film.  The just-concluded Festival in Park City, Utah, received over 3,500 submissions from 25 countries for less than 100 programming slots. There are three competitive divisions at Slamdance:  Grand Jury, Audience and Writer Awards, in addition to a Special Award given by K...

Slamdance Film Festival has announced its winners

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The 14th annual Slamdance Film Festival has announced 15 film and screenplay prize winners in three categories who will share more than $200,000 in cash and prizes, plus, for one winner, guaranteed production of a feature film. The just-concluded Festival in Park City, Utah, received over 3,500 submissions from 25 countries for less than 100 programming slots. There are three competitive divisions at Slamdance: Grand Jury, Audience and Writer Awards, in addition to a Special Award given by Kod...

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