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CHAR... the No-Man's Island

Director: sourav sarangi.

Meet Rubel, fourteen years old boy smuggling rice from India to Bangladesh. He has to cross the river Ganga acting as the international border. The same river eroded his home in mainland India when he was just four. Years later a fragile island called Char was formed within the large river. Rubel, with his family and many homeless people settled in this barren field controlled by the border police. He dreams of going his old school in India but reality forces him to smuggle stuff to Bangladesh. But he fights on while monsoon clouds arrive inviting the flood, the river swells up again. 'Char may disappear but we won’t, smiles the boy.Meet Rubel, fourteen years old boy smuggling rice from India to Bangladesh. He has to cross the river Ganga acting as the international border. The same river eroded his home in mainland India when he was just four. Years later a fragile island called Char was formed within the large river. Rubel, with his family and many homeless people settled in this barren field controlled by the border police. He dreams of going his old school in India but reality forces him to smuggle stuff to Bangladesh. But he fights on while monsoon clouds arrive inviting the flood, the river swells up again. 'Char may disappear but we won’t, smiles the boy.

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New competition of the Black Nights highlights feature debuts from Baltic Sea Region

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Feature debuts from the Baltic and Nordic countries compete in the the new Tridens Herring competition programme judged by an international jury, among others Kiki Sugino. Tridens Herring feature debut competition replaces the previous Baltic competition aiming to present young talent from around the Baltic Sea. „In the recent years many young and interesting film makers have emerged in the Baltic film industry, who are up to a comparison even in the context of very strong film countries....

New competition of the Black Nights highlights feature debuts from Baltic Sea Region

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Feature debuts from the Baltic and Nordic countries compete in the the new Tridens Herring competition programme judged by an international jury, among others Kiki Sugino. Tridens Herring feature debut competition replaces the previous Baltic competition aiming to present young talent from around the Baltic Sea. „In the recent years many young and interesting film makers have emerged in the Baltic film industry, who are up to a comparison even in the context of very strong film countries. ...

Sheffield Doc/Fest awards

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It was announced today at the annual Sheffield Doc/Fest awards ceremony, hosted by Jeremy Hardy, that the 20th edition of Sheffield Doc/Fest in 2013 will see the introduction of The Tim Hetherington Award presented by Dogwoof. Says Oli Harbottle, Dogwoof,  “We are delighted to be collaborating with Doc/Fest on this award. Tim’s legacy will forever define what we do at Dogwoof, and his approach will inspire filmmakers for generations to come”. The Tim Hetherington Award will includ...

Please Don't Beat Me, Sir!

Director: Shashwati Talukdar and P. Kerim Friedman.
Over 60 million Indians belong to communities imprisoned by the British as "criminals by birth." The Chhara of Ahmedabad, in Western India, are one of 198 such "Criminal Tribes." Declaring that they are "born actors," not "born criminals," a group of Chhara youth have turned to street theater in their fight against police brutality, corruption, and the stigma of criminality — a stigma internalized by their own grandparents. 'Please Don't Beat Me, Sir!' follows the lives of these young actors and their families as they take their struggle to the streets, hoping their plays will spark a revolution.

THE AWARDS of the 16th Sofia International Film Festival

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The official programme of the 16th Sofia International Film Festival will end tonight with the gala screening of Borislav Kolev's documentary debut Stoichkov. The festival presented a total of 260 films from 52 countries from all over the world. Over 300 international guests came to Sofia, amongst them were directors, producers, festival directors as well as media and film experts. The Award Ceremony took place on the 17th of March in Hall 1 of the National Palace of Cu...

The first-ever Sundance London film and music festival came to a close

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  The first-ever Sundance London film and music festival came to a close last night, capping off four days of film screenings and music performances hosted by Robert Redford, Sundance Enterprises, Sundance Institute and AEG Europe, with the support of Presenting Partner Sony Entertainment Network. The festival closed with an intimate performance by Rufus and Martha Wainwright following the World Premiere of Sing Me The Songs That Say I Love You ~ A Concert for Kate McGarrigle, Lian Lunson...

16th NY Sephardic Jewish Film Fest Premiere of Iraq n Roll Now on DVD

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By Maria Esteves – March 25, 2012 The 16th New York Sephardic Jewish Film Festival 2012 (NYSJFF2012) closing night premiere documentary of IRAQ n ROLL, directed by Gill Gaon, was held at the Center for Jewish History, Thursday, March 22, 2012. Hosted by the American Sephardi Federation (ASF) in association with Yeshiva University Museum, the Pomegranate Award presented by ASF director Lynn Winters and renowned sculptor Oded Halahmy, Oded Halahmy Foundation for the Arts, Inc., went to...

ÉCU 2012 Partner Festival: Cape Winelands Film Festival

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Cape Winelands Film Festival, South Africa, 14th – 24th March Do you like your film festivals to come accompanied by a wine tasting, a cooking demonstration, and some live entertainment? Perhaps catch a glimpse of the odd celebrity mingling amongst the festival goers? Then the Cape Winelands Festival in Stellenbosch, Western Cape of South Africa, could be just the festival for you. A ten day long celebration of South African film plus the best of international cinema set in a med...

Aruba Fest announces new dates for the third edition with new local initiatives

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The Aruba International Film Festival (AIFF) announced today that its third edition will take place June 22-28, 2012. Initial details surrounding the 2012 Film Festival were unveiled today at a press conference by AIFF Founder and executive producer Jonathan Vieira.                                     Ce...

26th TEDDY AWARD 2012 – The Winners

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The nine members of the international jury – organisers of queer and other film festivals – view films within the framework of all programs of the Berlinale which have queer context. Three films are nominated for each category and one receives a TEDDY AWARD for best feature film, best documentary/essay film and the best short film. Die neun Mitglieder der internationalen Jury – Organisatoren queerer und anderer Filmfestivals – sichten Filme aus allen Sektionen der Berlinale mit queere...

All about Evil goes to Berlin after a successful festival circuit

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SURPRISE ANNOUNCEMENT FOR BERLIN-EF ALL ABOUT EVIL Starring Natasha Lyonne (But I'm a Cheerleader, American Pie), Thomas Dekker (A Nightmare on Elm Street, Foreverland),Ashley Fink (Glee), Jack Donner (J.Edgar, Stigmata)  **Multiple Award-Winning Film, including Toronto Film Festival/After Dark for Best Independent Feature Film & FantaspoaFantastic Film Festival for Best Film & Audience Award**          ALL ABOUT E...

No one but us

Director: Roman Shumunov.
This is a story about the solitude of the new immigrants and their endless struggle to survive, to be accepted and to be a part of Israeli society. Andrei, the protagonist, a new immigrant from the former Soviet Union, discovers that in order to save his sick father’s life he must buy an expensive drug that is well beyond his means. At the same time, Andrei and his two best friends, Zura and Marat, also living alone in the country, try to achieve their dream to be heard and understood via their poesy music. Andrei decides to get the money for the medicine his father so desperately needs at all costs.

Once Mars Is Colonized

Director: Pierre Yves Clouin.
Once Mars is colonized, we must go to Alpha Centauri. - Ray Bradbury

Brotherhood

Director: Matt Taabu.
Rafik and Ibrahim, two Kurdish brothers with very different outlooks, struggle to shape their lives in a new world far from home. Rafik does what he can to survive. Ibrahim seeks solace in tradition as he works towards achieving his dream. When their actions collide, it’s up to them to come to terms with their differences. Brotherhood is about the choices we make that define who we are.

Salty & Sweet

Director: Polly Guentcheva.
The story of a father and his young son placed in an unusual situation. They find themselves alone at Christmas Eve and have to celebrate without their wife and mother. Both they try to rediscover hope and the path to each other. Pushed to the wall, mixed up and filled with contradictions, the man will recognize himself as a father figure for the first time in his life. The boy will reveal his true inner essence to his Dad and the Father in heaven. This night is a revelation for their spirit and mind. A healing of souls and finding hope for being a family.

52nd TIFF awards ceremony!

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                 The Golden Alexander Award Winner at 52nd TIFF -TIFF PRESS RELEASE-52nd TIFF: The Awards (11/13/2011)52nd THESSALONIKI INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL November 4 -13, 2011 The International Jury of the 52nd Thessaloniki Film Festival comprised of: Laurence Kardish, Senior Curator - Department of Film and Media, Museum of Modern Art NY, USA, Jury President Sitora Alieva, Program Director - Kinot...

Jocasta

Director: Elise Kermani.
In Sophocles' play "Oedipus Rex" Jocasta hangs herself shortly after finding out that Oedipus is both her husband and son. In Euripides' play "The Phoenician Women", Jocasta stays alive a little bit longer to try and reconcile her sons but stabs herself shortly after they kill each other during the war at Thebes. But in Kermani's film "Jocasta", Jocasta stays alive after her sons' mutual murders to perform a sacrifice to save Thebes, and to satiate Ares' ancient fury of Kadmos' slaying of the dragon. Jocasta chooses the creative act of writing over suicide. Her ritual act remembers that Body is Presence (Plato's 'ousia' and Heidegger's 'Ereignis') and Jocasta reminds us that she (also known as Iocasta) is related to Io, the Great Cow goddess of Egypt. The origins of writing are sacred manifestations of ousia/hestia...esti/Being. She reverses the taboo of incest, and reestablishes the symbollic image of mother and son. Jocasta's sacrifice was inspired by an ancient Persian ritual of ingesting the Word to cure illness. www.elisekermani.com/jocasta.html www.elisekermani.com/thejocastaproject.html

THE AWARDS AT 52ND THESSALONIKI FILM FESTIVAL (TIFF)

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                                  The Golden Alexander Award Winner at 52nd TIFF  -TIFF PRESS RELEASE- 52nd TIFF: The Awards (11/13/2011) 52nd THESSALONIKI INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL November 4 -13, 2011   The International Jury of the 52nd Thessaloniki Film Festival comprised of: La...

Closing ceremony of 52nd TIFF

International Jury members gather on stage to give final awards: The International Jury of the 52nd Thessaloniki Film Festival comprised of: Laurence Kardish, Senior Curator - Department of Film and Media, Museum of Modern Art NY, USA, Jury President Sitora Alieva, Program Director - Kinotavr Film Festival, Russia Frederic Boyer, Director - Les Arcs European Film Festival, France Constantine Giannaris, Film

The Agora Awards at 52nd TIFF

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The Agora Market Awards TIFF 2011 -TIFF PRESS RELEASE- 52nd TIFF: Agora Awards (11/12/2011)AGORA AWARDS The Agora/Market section of the 52nd edition of the Thessaloniki International Film Festival concluded on Friday, November 11 at Warehouse C, with the Works in Progress and Crossroads 7th Co-Production Forum awards ceremony. The ceremony took place in a festive atmosphere in the presence of TIFF director Dimitris Eipides. Mr. Eipides warmly thanked all Agora participants. Taking the floo...

KAN Film Festival - Call for Entries

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Dear Filmmaker! It is with utmost pleasure that we invite you to take part in the forthcoming 13th edition of Amateur and Independent Film Festival KAN, scheduled for April/May 2012. For the thirteenth edition, we have revised the Festival Programme. The Festival is now made up from two Competitions: The Amateur and Independent Film Competition and the School Film Competition. The Amateur and Independent Film Competition (divided into two categories: Amateur Film and I...

Big Apple special events preview

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 The 8th edition will run November 1 thru Sunday, November 6, 2011                         Honorary Award presentations to Noah Bean(Damages, Morning Glory, The Pill) and Rachel Boston(500 Days of Summer, The Pill). Mr Bean and Ms. Boston will be the co-recipients of the 2011 Big Apple Film Festival NY Emerging Talent Award. Presentation will take place following the screening of “The Pill” on Saturday, November 5th, 9 p.m. at Tribeca Cinemas.2011 Golden Apple...

Thessaloniki gearing up for 52nd edition,

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We will be covering the festival with dailies...stay tuned       52nd THESSALONIKI INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL will run  November 4 - 13, 2011 With less than a week to go before the start of the event, we have the pleasure to contact you with the latest news from this year's 52ND Thessaloniki International Film Festival, which kicks off Friday, November 4th.   A complete list of this year's line-up can be found at the end of this pres...

Full Stop

Director: Christon Joseph.
World's hottest news on Laden and Obama are unfolded by Lawrence and Andappan during their bicycle journey to a nearby toddy shop. The story is being reveled through a third standpoint. This short film was made before the actual event.
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