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Dubai Fest former Director disputes the termination of his contract

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According to Variety Janet Fine, Neil Stephenson is about to sue the festival over the termination of his contract in february.Neil Stephenson was instrumental in the establishing of the festival on the map as an important place for bridging the gap of culture between the continents.Herewith the article reproduced from Variety.com"Breaking his silence on whether he'd jumped or been pushed, former Dubai Film Festival chief Neil Stephenson held a tumultuous press conference in Cairo sayin...

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Operations & Management: Avoid the Pitfalls  Operations and management is an area of utmost importance for successful film festivals impacting every aspect of your festival from the audience to filmmakers. With a myriad of solutions and methods including ticketing, box office management, budgeting, and volunteer management where should you begin? This group of panelists will address best practices highlighting t

IFFS EUROPE 2007 Program & Agenda Wednesday April 18, 2007

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8:00 Networking Breakfast 8:45  Festival Retrospective, a Decade of Hindsight    This panel will examine what large festivals from around the world have gone through to get where they are today. This esteemed group of festivals will share what they consider to be critical factors in their festivals success, longevity, and where they see their organizations in the next five years. Moderator: Stuart Kemp, UK Bureau Chief, The Hollywood ReporterDespina Mouzaki, Director, Thessaloniki Film Fest...

IFFS Europe April 18 Program & Agenda

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Program for the Day 8:00 Networking Breakfast 8:45 Festival Retrospective, a Decade of Hindsight This panel will examine what large festivals from around the world have gone through to get where they are today. This esteemed group of festivals will share what they consider to be critical factors in their festivals success, longevity, and where they see their organizations in the next five years. Moderator: Stuart Kemp, UK Bureau Chief, The Hollywood ReporterDespina Mouzaki, Director, Thessal...

Berlinale 2007, Dieter Kosslick’s Reflections Part I

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Dieter Kosslick continues to imprint his signature on the Berlinale. He has transformed the Berlin Festival into the largest audience oriented international film festival. Through the European Film Market and the main competition,  the Berlinale has met commercial interests while satisfying cinematic ones through the Panorama, Forum and other Berlinale components. Unlike Cannes and Venice, the Berlinale features the Talent Campus, permits large testing of new productions and presents a balanced...

Berlinale 2007, Dieter Kosslick’s Reflections part 1

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Dieter Kosslick continues to imprint his signature on the Berlinale. He has transformed the Berlin Festival into the largest audience oriented international film festival. Through the European Film Market and the main competition, the Berlinale has met commercial interests while satisfying cinematic ones through the Panorama, Forum and other Berlinale components. Unlike Cannes and Venice, the Berlinale features the Talent Campus, permits large testing of new productions and presents a balanced m...

Introducing The Malta International Film Festival

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Monday, February 12----A new film festival has been launched on the beautiful and historic island nation of Malta. The Malta International Film Festival, which will be held from September 15-23, 2007, hosted a press conference and reception this morning  at the Hotel Berlin to introduce the international film community to the festival team and to its ambitious plans for its inaugural event. The Festival is being organized by the AECEO (Association pour l'Echange Culturel Entre l'Europe ...

River to River. Florence Indian Film Festival

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Today, Thursday 14th December, is the last day of the sixth River to River. Florence Indian Film Festival (8-14 December 2006), Firenze directed by Selvaggia Velo.The last evening will see the special screening of Notturno Indiano by Alain Corneau, from Antonio Tabucchi’s short story, in which a nameless traveller arrives in Mumbai in search of a friend, then heads on down.The winners of the FIFF Digichannel Audience Award have also been announced and will be screened on the last day of the fe...

6th River to River. Florence Indian Film Festival

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The sixth River to River. Florence Indian Film Festival, under the direction of Selvaggia Velo, will take place in Florence, Italy, from December 8th to 14th 2006.Screenings will be at cinema Spazio Uno in Via del Sole n.10.The Festival is sponsored by the Cinema Department of the Ministry of National Heritage and Culture of Rome, the Regional Council of Tuscany, Provincia di Firenze, Quartiere 1, Banca Toscana, Apt, Hotel Roma, Instyle, India Tourism Office of Milan, Kuoni Tour Operator, Coop F...

Oliver Stone, Nabil El-Maleh and Shah Rukh Khan Selected as DIFF Honourees

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The Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) today announced this year’s festival will honour Oliver Stone, Nabil El-Maleh and Shah Rukh Khan for their outstanding contribution to cinema, as part of the DIFF Salutes programme. DIFF Salutes is a retrospective tribute that celebrates the work of distinguished film makers from Asia, the Arab world, and Hollywood. This follows last year’s In the Spotlight segment, which honoured Oscar-winning American actor Morgan Freeman, the Egyptian "king...

International Emmy World Television Festival. in New York

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Liu Changle, Chairman & CEO of Phoenix Satellite Television is the 2006 Festival Chairman. This year’s Festival highlights include panels and presentations by Dubai based news Network Al-Arabiya, Discop, A&E, KBS (Korea), Ile de France Film Commission, Mayor’s Office of Film, Theatre & Broadcasting as well as a technology panel entitled: “How new platforms are changing traditional television.” Home Box Office (HBO) will be hosting the closing cocktail on Sunday, November 19.The schedule...

New Arab Film Competition at next Dubai Fest

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As the Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) gathers momentum for its third edition this December, it is inviting submissions in the categories of features, shorts and documentaries to its new Arab Film Competition. “DIFF has launched an Arab Film Competition in order to fulfill one of its core objectives – showcasing and promoting excellence in Arab cinema,” commented Festival CEO, Neil Stephenson.The Competition satisfies this objective through carefully composed criteria - films must...

Dubai Studio City Launches ‘Wall of Fame’ with Aishwarya Rai

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Dubai Studio City (DSC) today launched its iconic landmark, the ‘Wall of Fame’ with the most recognised and influential name in the Indian and international film industry, Aishwarya Rai.A special handprint ceremony organised by Dubai Studio City, marked the occasion as part of the 7th IIFA Weekend and Awards extravaganza in Dubai.Expressing delight over Aishwarya Rai’s presence to commemorate the launch, Jamal Al Sharif, Director, DSC said: “The Wall of Fame is a significant feature of D...

key changes at the Dubai International Film Festival

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A series of key changes highlight the development of the Dubai International Film Festival. The festival’s credo of bridging cultures and meeting minds will be particularly prevalent during its December 10-17 run this year when it will be taking further serious steps to tackle controversial issues while facilitating and stimulating intelligent dialogue. One step toward this goal is the introduction of the Sheikh Zayed Award, a lifetime achievement award to be given to a member of the film in...

Paris episode for “Ad-Darb” for al Jazeraa children 's cahnnel competition

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Ayla Ojjeh and Sarah Ibrahim are Paris’ Arab Communities’ ambassadors in the last episode of the regional competition; “Ad-Darb”Paris – France, 15 December 2005: Al Jazeera Children’s Channel (JCC) concluded its three-day tour in Paris, during which it engaged the Arab viewers on top of the school students who came from different parts of Paris to participate in its regional competition “Ad-Darb”.Al Jazeera Children Channel, the region’s first “edutainment” channel, has con...

Jocelyne Saab and Hanan Turk confront social issues with controversial film Dunia

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Hanan had the courage to take up the role as it reflected her personalityDunia (Kiss me not on the eyes) seeks to address and confront social issues in the Arab world. As a clear indication of the controversy surrounding the film, heated debate broke out during a press conference held at the 2nd Dubai International Film Festival to discuss the movie.Written in French and translated into Arabic, shot in Egypt by a Lebanese Director Jocelyne Saab, Dunia (Kiss me not on the eyes) proves the borderl...

Dubai panel on UAE’s film industry private financing

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Private investment is key to develop the UAE’s budding film industry, concludes expert panel on "providing finance to the film industry in the UAE" at DIFF 2005A panel discussion that brought together financial experts and film industry players was held at the 2nd Dubai International Film Festival yesterday. It concluded that private investment would be the single most significant source of funding to drive film industry development in the UAE. Other avenues that aspiring film makers could suc...

Lebanese Musical ‘Bosta’ Opens at Dubai Open-Air Cinema

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Bosta (Autobus), the third of five free family films being screened at the giant purpose-built amphitheatre at Dubai Media City during the ongoing Dubai Film Festival, is a fun and upbeat story of what happens when modern and alternative ideas clash with the traditional Dabkeh dance of Lebanon. The film, which will make its UAE premiere at the amphitheatre at 8pm on Wednesday, December 14, follows the story of Kamal, who returns to Beirut after 15 years of exile in France determined to revive hi...

Dubai opened second edition, now a world destination for cinema

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HH Sheikh Ahmed inaugurates the Dubai International Film Festival 2005Dubai is now a world destination for cinema and culture says Festival DirectorHH Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum, President of the Department of Civil Aviation, Chairman of the Emirates Group inaugurated the Dubai International Film Festival here yesterday.HH Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum, said: “The Dubai International Film Festival is being held under the patronage of HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown P...

Dubai line up includes awards winners from Cannes, Berlin...

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The second Dubai International Film Festival begins on Sunday, December 11, and will feature 98 films including features, retrospectives and short films until Saturday, December 17The award-winning films are from a variety of genres and traditions, from American independent to African contemporary, Chinese drama to German-Lebanese documentary. An additional seven films are also on the short-list for next year’s Academy Award (Oscar) nominations. The Festival’s Opening Gala film, Paradise Now...

Curtain Rises on Second Dubai Film Festival

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International and regional film stars, industry leaders and filmmakers from around the world expected to grace tonight’s red carpet opening gala Months of planning and preparation will culminate in grand style tonight as international celebrities, regional stars and UAE VIPs walk up an 80-metre long red carpet and into the Madinat Jumeirah Arabian Resort at 8pm Sunday (December 11, 2005), to officially open the second Dubai International Film Festival. Lit up by sky trackers and a state-of-the...

Sony Sponsor of Dubai Fest along with other key locals

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The Dubai International Film Festival announced the silver sponsors of DIFF 2005 – Filmworks, Motivate Publishing and Sony. The three silver sponsors, who make up the third tier of corporate participation in DIFF, are from a variety of media-related backgrounds from film production and publishing to technology providers. Festival Director and CEO Neil Stephenson said the DIFF management team was pleased to receive such enthusiastic participation and support from dynamic local companies.“We a...

Dubai Festival has a role in improving portrayal of Arabs

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Dubai Film Festival a Vital Platform in Improving Portrayal of Arabs, Muslims in Mainstream Cinema, Says US ExpertNegative stereotypes unchanged since 9/11, according to Arab-American scholar Dubai, December 5, 2005 – The Dubai International Film Festival can play an integral role in shattering the negative stereotypes of Arabs and Muslims that permeate mainstream American cinema, the world’s leading authority on media stereotyping of Arabs and Muslims has said. Dr. Jack Shaheen, author of t...

Morgan Freeman returns to Dubai Fest

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Morgan Freeman, Adel Imam, Yash Chopra Named as 2005 Honorees for Dubai International Film Festival Hollywood legend Morgan Freeman, Egyptian comedy superstar Adel Imam and distinguished Indian producer-director Yash Chopra will receive the Dubai International Film Festival’s 2005 honors for distinguished service to the film industry during the December 11 – 17 Festival this year. The three stars have been named as the Hollywood, Arab and Asian honorees in the Festival’s ‘In the Spotligh...

IFFI Goa Fest closes and awards Iron Island

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The 36th International Film Festival of India (IFFI) - 2005 came to a close here today with the screening of Belgium-France film ‘L’Enfant’, directed by Jean Pierre & Luc Dardene. Iranian film ‘Iron Island’, directed by Mr. Mohammad Rasoulof bagged the best film award and won the Golden Peacock and a cash prize of Rs.Ten lakhs for originality, deep thoughtful narration, powerful cinematic expression and great creative strength. The most promising Director award went to Directors Ms. ...

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