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Interview with Aki Kaurismäki at 53rd TIFF

Aki Kaurismäki is best known for his oeuvre of films including: ‘Leningrad Cowboys Go America’ (1989), ‘The Man Without A Past’ (2002), which ran in competition at Cannes Film Festival and was nominated for an Oscar in 2002, and his most recent film ‘Le Havre' (2011), which ran in competition at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival. Recently, Aki Kaurismäki was honored for his life achievement at the 53rd Thessaloniki Film Festival. On the 6th November, ...

Wirikuta Cactus Garden Filmmaker reception and screening of Hecho en Mexico

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The Screening of "Hecho en Mexico" sounded totally in line with the positioning of the festival : matching US and Mexican industry. The film delivered a message that should allow a better understanding of the Mexican culture, I am sure it echoed in many of the mexican viewers who were having a great time (laughters and heavy applause) My take is it would have made a great, lighter opening film. Great music, highly creative treatment and story telling, I liked it a lot. The party afte...

Co-production Award – Prix EURIMAGES – for Helena Danielsson

This year’s EUROPEAN CO-PRODUCTION AWARD – Prix EURIMAGES, an award acknowledging the decisive role of co-productions in the European film industry, goes to Swedish producer Helena Danielsson. After a fifteen-year-long career in the Scandinavian and European film industry, Helena Danielsson established Hepp Film in 2003. The company’s core activity is to develop and realise feature films, TV-dramas and documentaries in international co-productions with award-winning Europea...

Meet the team of Baja International Film Festival at Los Cabos

We will be posting video interviews shortly. Meanwhile we would like to introduce to you the men and women whose vision transformed this idea of a world class festival dedicated to US and Mexican films... in Los Cabos (seems almost obvious when you think of it) into a brillant success... THE FOUNDERS                                 EDUARDO SANCHEZ-NAVARRO REDO  Regarded as one of the main p...

Baja International Film Festival's inaugural year’s official sponsor

The first annual Baja International Film Festival, November 14-17 in Los Cabos, Mexico, has announced the inaugural year’s official sponsors, with presenting sponsors including Los Cabos Arte y Cultura A.C., CPTM, and FITURCA.                 Support has been lent by Gobierno Baja California Sur, Gobierno Municipal Los Cabos, Instituto Mexicano de Cinematografía (IMCINE), Instituto Nacional de Antropología e Historia (INAH), a...

Baja Film Fest: the inaugural year’s award recipients.

  The first annual Baja International Film Festival, to be held November 14-17 in Cabo, Mexico, has announced the inaugural year’s award recipients.. Award’s will be presented to two-time Academy Award-nominee Edward Norton, Academy Award –nominee Virginia Madsen, iconic filmmaker and former President of the Directors Guild of America Michael Apted, celebrated actor Diego Luna, Academy Award-winner Melissa Leo,  acclaimed director Nicolas Echevarria, and  Academ...

Launch of the first annual Baja International Film Festival - Virgin Produced Screenplay Competition

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The inaugural Baja International Film Festival, to be held November 14-17 in Cabo, Mexico, today announced an exciting new partnership with Virgin Produced and the launch of the first annual Baja International Film Festival - Virgin Produced Screenplay Competition.   Beginning today, October 8th, the Festival competition will accept feature-length screenplays in all genres until the submission deadline of October 26th. Screenplays entered into the competition will be judged by a distin...

The inaugural Baja International Film Festival announces its travel and accommodation partners

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  The inaugural Baja International Film Festival, to be held November 14-17 in Los Cabos, Mexico, has announced the hotel and travel partners that will be providing exclusive rates and deals throughout the Festival. Guests of the Festival will be able to stay at Cabo’s top luxury hotels including the AAA Four Diamond Award resorts Zoëtry, Dreams and Secrets Marquis Los Cabos, the 5-star One & Only Palmilla, the AAA Five Diamond Award Ventanas al Paraíso, the AAA Four ...

The Board of the 1st Baja International Film Festival

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  The first annual Baja International Film Festival, to be held November 14-17 in Los Cabos, Mexico, has announced the membership of its 2012 advisory board, along with the breakdown of this year’s award categories and prizes.   The inaugural board includes such esteemed industry members as acclaimed actor/filmmaker Edward Norton, filmmaker Carlos Reygadas, recent winner of Best Director at Cannes, actor/producer Kuno Becker, producer Lucas Akoskin, The Creative Coalition CEO...

Baja Film Fest passes on sale

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The first annual Baja International Film Festival has announced that acclaimed musicians from L.A.’s Hotel Café will perform on Friday, November 16th at the Puerto Los Cabos Marina in Cabo, Mexico as part of the inaugural festival. The Hotel Café featured musicians include three-time Grammy nominee Sara Bareilles, Grammy-winning Cary Brothers, Harper Blynn, Madi Diaz and Holly Conlan. Passes for the festival, and the Hotel Café concert, will go on sale September 1. ...

Interview with Bahman Ghobadi at 53rd TIFF

                              photo by Vanessa McMahon   Interview with Bahman Ghobadi During the 53rd Thessaloniki International Film Festival, Iranian director Bahman Ghobadi was honored for his great oeuvre of films. Five of his films- ‘A Time for Drunken Horses’, 2000; ‘Turtles Can Fly’, 2004; ‘Half Moon’, 2006; ‘No One Knows About Persian Cats’,...

Interview with Bahman Ghobadi at 53rd TIFF

                              photo by Vanessa McMahon   Interview with Bahman Ghobadi During the 53rd Thessaloniki International Film Festival, Iranian director Bahman Ghobadi was honored for his great oeuvre of films. Five of his films- ‘A Time for Drunken Horses’, 2000; ‘Turtles Can Fly’, 2004; ‘Half Moon’, 2006; ‘No One Knows About Persian Cats’,...

Highlights from the AFDA Annual Film Festival

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 The AFDA Annual Film Festival Johannesburg, Cape Town, Durban 23, 24 and 25 November 2012 Each year AFDA (The South African School of Motion Picture Medium and Live Performance) hosts an annual film festival which showcases more than 50 new third year graduates and fourth year honours (post graduate) students’ films.  The festival is a unique opportunity for graduate students to attract and experience an audience in a public cinema environment. The festiva...

The awards - Maverick Movie Awards

MAVERICK AWARDS for all of the below categories will be given to one feature AND one short or, accordingly, one individual from each category. Award-winners will be selected from a list of honorees comprised of two to ten nominees in Features and two to fifteen nominees in Shorts. The MMA categories are:       BEST PICTURE  All genres of narrative, documentary, animated, musical, experimental, and/or performance-based pictures will be considered for this award.  ...

Interview with Mexican actor Harold Torres for La Cebra (Zebra)

  Two bandits mistake a zebra for an American horse while looking to align themselves with Álvaro Obregón's troops. Trailer for La Cebra, The Zebra

Critics Prizes at the festivals of Cottbus, Thessaloniki, Geneva, Leipzig, Vienna

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Cottbus (Germany, Festival of East European Cinema, November 6-11, 2012). Prize: "Kolka Cool" (Kolka Cool) by Juris Poskus (Latvia, 2011), shown in the feature film competition. Motivation: "The FIPRESCI award goes to "Kolka Cool" for its poetic portrait of the ennui of young people in provincial Latvia." Jury: Alison Frank, UK ("The Moving Arts Film Journal"), Tomislav Sakic, Croatia ("Hrvatski Filmski Ljetopis"), Jennifer Borrmann, Germany (&...

Sally Potter and Elle Fanning Bring Excellence with Ginger and Rosa

 "Making a film is like having half a conversation - until you see it with the audience," says Director Sally Potter. Potter and stars were in attendance Wednesday night at AFI Fest on Hollywood Boulevard. Potter’s GINGER AND ROSA, set in the backdrop of 1962 London, is a tale of two best friends born in hospital beds in 1945, the same year the first nuclear bomb was dropped. If this movie is about one thing, it's the feeling of the world as a teenager, the journey from bein...

Sikh Arts and Film Festival at Chapman U's Dodge College | Nov. 16 - 18

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Sikhlens today unveiled details of its annual Sikh Arts and Film Festival (SAFF) to be held from November 16 – 18, 2012, at the prestigious Dodge College of Film and Media Arts at Chapman University in Orange, Calif.   The three-day Sikh Arts and Film Festival will kick off with a Red-Carpet Opening Night celebration on Friday, November 16t at 7:45 pm. Guests will be welcomed and introduced to the festival with a series of short films, live entertainment, and the launch of the 2013 ...

New York 9th Sikh International Film Festival 2012, (SIFF)

With its program reduced to one day due to hurricane Sandy, the Sikh Art & Film Foundation presented 15 productions on November 3rd at the Asia society including several short films and documentaries which had their US or world premiere . In spite of New York’s transportation problems the late afternoon and evening screenings enjoyed a full house. Though India has a thriving domestic   and Diaspora film industry, comparatively few productions are made which are either aimed...

Documentary Chasing Ice Opens in New York

By Maria Esteves – November 12, 2012 The New York Premiere of CHASING ICE, directed by Jeff Orlowski commenced Friday, November 9, at the Cinema Village. A special Q&A discussion with filmmaker Orlowski and National Geographic photographer James Balog, director, Extreme Ice Survey (EIS) immediately followed. Questions posed by the audience to director Orlowski and Balog included What was the budget for the making of the film, How did you pick the Glaciers, Do you have plans to show th...

53rd THESSALONIKI INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL / 2 - 11 NOVEMBER 2012

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 Stay tuned for upcoming interviews, reviews and Q & A with filmmakers of the 53rd Thessaliniki Film Festival!...

53rd TIFF Awards

  -OFFICIAL 53rd TIFF PRESS RELEASE- 53rd TIFF: The awards (11/10/2012) THE AWARDS The International Jury of the 53d Thessaloniki International Film Festival comprised of: Thomas Elsaesser, Film theorist and academic, Germany, Jury President Laufrey Gudjonsdottir, Programmer, consultant, founding director of the Icelandic Film Center, Iceland Ole Christian Madsen, Director, Denmark Joao Pedro Rodrigues, Director, Portugal Thymios Bakatakis, Cinematographer, Greece Bestows: THE AW...

ANDREAS DRESEN PRESS CONFERENCE 53rd TIFF

-OFFICIAL 53rd TIFF PRESS RELEASE- 53rd TIFF: Andreas Dresen Press Conference (11/9/2012) ANDREAS DRESEN PRESS CONFERENCE On Friday, November 9, 2012, German director Andreas Dresen gave a Press Conference as part of the tribute to his work organized by the 53rd Thessaloniki International Film Festival. Taking the floor, Andreas Dresen noted: “I am very happy to be here. I have heard a great deal about this festival from my friends in Germany and also international directors, and I h...
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