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Of the forty-three documentaries in this year's DIFF, twenty-one are from or in co-production with South Africa , and eight are from or in co-production with African countries. Politics and history feature prominently. Iseta - Beyond the Roadblock covers the return to Rwanda of the filmmaker who shot the only known footage of killings during the Rwanda genocide, remarkable considering that over a million people were murdered. Zola Maseko explores ancient African civilization in The Manuscripts ...

Masoud Amralla Al Ali jury member of Durban International Film Festival

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Masoud Amralla Al Ali, Artistic Director of the Dubai International Film Festival, has been selected as a jury member in the upcoming Durban International Film Festival. The Durban International Film Festival will be held from 23 July - 3 August at Durban in South Africa. Under the banner Love Film, Hate Xenophobia, the festival will showcase over 200 films from nearly 95 countries. Opening the festival is the African Premiere of Ralph Ziman’s Jerusalema, a gritty gangster thriller set ...

Highlights of upcoming Durban International Film Fest

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Cinema in all its diversity will once again be celebrated at the 29th Durban International Film Festival which runs from 23 July to 3 August.Featuring more than 200 films from more than 95 countries, spread over more than 300 screenings at 26 venues across the city, the festival will bring together established masters of cinema and innovative new talents from around the world. Alongside the presentation of the some of the year’s finest films, the festival will run an extensive workshop and sem...

A view on Docu selection for next Edinburgh

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Artistic Director Hannah McGill announced today that the Edinburgh International Film Festival (EIFF) will showcase twenty-two documentary features including Chris Waitt’s A COMPLETE HISTORY OF MY SEXUAL FAILURES; Sundance Film Festival Grand Jury Prize and Audience Award Winner MAN ON WIRE directed by BAFTA nominee James Marsh, and Errol Morris’ Berlin International Film Festival Jury Grand Prix winner, STANDARD OPERATING PROCEDURE. Chris Waitt’s film is a comical documentation of the fil...

Sproquets 2007: gay & lesbian television festival on Triangle and Stratos Television, New Zealand

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Here’s the broadcast schedule and summaries of the entries in this year’s Sproquets.The films will be broadcast In Auckland and Wellington Triangle Television at 9pm Sundays and nationally on Stratos at 8.30pm on Sundays.SPROQUETS 2007MEN ON HEAT (Essan Laurent, Australia, 22 mins): A comedy with 17 different nationalities. From Sydney, it’s sexy and extremely funny, Essan says "This program has been written specifically for women and for the first time men have been treated as an object w...

Encounters South African International Documentary Festival

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Since its inception nine years ago, the South African International Documentary Festival has gained in popularity and grown significantly. We received a record number of over 500 films from around the world this year, and have chosen 51 which tackle pertinent and quirky issues, tell tales and true stories, introduce audiences to illustrious, forgotten or little known figures, charismatic revolutionaries and leaders, and milestone events in world history. Among the 52 films, from 18 countries, we...

2007 Tribeca Film Festival Awards

Friday, May 4-------The 6th annual Tribeca Film Festival, announced its jury awards at a gala dinner last evening at Jing Fong restaurant in New York's fabled Chinatown. The World Competition winners were chosen from 18 narrative and 16 documentary features from 25 countries. Two awards were also given to honor New York films, which were chosen from 14 narrative and eight documentary features.  Of the 62 short films in competition, awards were given for best narrative, best documentary an...

2007 Tribeca Film Festival Winners

Friday, May 4-------The 6th annual Tribeca Film Festival, announced its jury awards at a gala dinner last evening at Jing Fong restaurant in New York's fabled Chinatown. The World Competition winners were chosen from 18 narrative and 16 documentary features from 25 countries. Two awards were also given to honor New York films, which were chosen from 14 narrative and eight documentary features.  Of the 62 short films in competition, awards were given for best narrative, best documentary an...

Tribeca FF Announces Its 2007 Winners

Friday, May 4-------The 6th annual Tribeca Film Festival, announced its jury awards at a gala dinner last evening at Jing Fong restaurant in New York's fabled Chinatown. The World Competition winners were chosen from 18 narrative and 16 documentary features from 25 countries. Two awards were also given to honor New York films, which were chosen from 14 narrative and eight documentary features.  Of the 62 short films in competition, awards were given for best narrative, best documentary an...

New York AIDS Festival Marks World AIDS Day

Tuesday, November 28---With December 1st marked as World AIDS Day, a day to reflect on the progress made since the disease was first discovered 25 years ago, as well as concern that it is still raging in most parts of the world, a film festival in New York will mark the occasion with a series of screenings and events. The New York AIDS Film Festival (NYAFF), now in its fourth year, that runs from November 29 to December 4. It is a five day series of HIV- and AIDS-related film screenings, panel...

The 4th-Annual New York AIDS Film Festival

November 29th - December 4th, 2006 The New York AIDS Film Festival, now in its fourth year, is a five-day series of HIV- and AIDS-related film screenings, panel discussions, and special events. The festival takes place each year during the first week of December (World AIDS Week). The 2006 festival will also serve to commemorate the 25th Anniversary of the first diagnosed case of AIDS. The NYAFF mission is to utilize visual media to prompt social action in the fight against the global AIDS...

The 4th-Annual New York AIDS Film Festival

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November 29th - December 4th, 2006 The New York AIDS Film Festival, now in its fourth year, is a five-day series of HIV- and AIDS-related film screenings, panel discussions, and special events. The festival takes place each year during the first week of December (World AIDS Week). The 2006 festival will also serve to commemorate the 25th Anniversary of the first diagnosed case of AIDS. The NYAFF mission is to utilize visual media to prompt social action in the fight against the global AIDS pa...

VIIFF Vancouver Announces Award Winners

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25th Vancouver International Film Festival Announces Award WinnersAlan Franey, Director of the Vancouver International Film Festival and the Vancouver International Film Centre, today announced the following award winners (click here to read the full release): The People’s Choice Award for Most Popular International FilmThe People’s Choice Award for Most Popular International Film goes to DAS LEBEN DER ANDEREN / THE LIVES OF OTHERS (Germany). This unexpectedly heartwarming political thriller...

Vancouver International Fest attracted over 150 000

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The Vancouver International Film Festival has concluded a stellar 25th Anniversary festival with glowing reviews and the following impressive numbers. For the past decade, the number of films and the size of the audience have ranked us among the top five festivals on the continent.Attendance: 150,000 Films: 369 (214 features + 20 featurettes + 135 shorts)Screenings: 579 (on 10 screens)World Premieres: 11International Premieres: 25North American Premieres: 30Canadian or English-Canadian ...

Film Forum in New York to screen Documentaries from Soros/Sundance Doc Fund

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The Open Society Institute and Sundance Institute today announced a series of 19 international documentaries that will be screened at Film Forum in New York City, October 26-29, 2006. The Soros/Sundance Documentary Fund: A 10th Anniversary Film Series, showcases provocative social justice and human rights documentaries made with support from the fund. These works attest to the rich artistic and political expression of the filmmakers and demonstrate the power of cinematic storytelling to bring a...

Encounters announces Jameson Audience Award winners

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Encounters is pleased to announce the winners of the 6th Jameson Audience Awards 2006. This is a popular vote by the audience of the Festival in Johannesburg and Cape Town and administered by Professor of Statistical Sciences, Tim Dunne. Best South African Film: Men of Gold directed by Vincent MoloiMen of GoldIn this fascinating portrait of Leonard Johnson, the history of Johannesburg is turned on its head. Cluttered with hawkers, and no longer lit with the magic of Christmas lights, Jozi’s st...

Race and Identity in South African filmmaking

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Race and Identity in South African filmmaking : Debate at EncountersIn the past few months there has been much debate about racial issues in the South African film arena. Tsotsi won the Oscar® and the whole country was celebrating, but there have been critical statements made about issues of representation of black identity in that film. Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu made a statement during the TRC anniversary this year, stating that there are still white people who are not thankful for the ...

Meeting Filmmakers from Malibu Festival

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Malibu - The Malibu Film Festival wrapped it’s 7th year here Monday and it seems like after a few false starts this regional festival is finding an identity. Malibu Beach is a community that is known worldwide. The point break at Surfriders is where the sport of surfing gained popularity in the early 60’s and the town is home to countless residents associated with the entertainment and record industry. This years festival featured a potent combination of surf/skate films, music documentaries...

Tsotsi Celebrates South Africa's 2nd consecutive Oscar Nomination

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"Tsotsi" Celebrates Miramax’s Oscar Nominated Best Foreign Language Film at Spark Woodfire Grill (BH)South Africa has earned its second consecutive Best Foreign Language Film nomination in the country's history; “Yesterday” 2004 and “Tsotsi” 2005. Written and directed by Gavin Hood and based on a novel by Athol Fugard, both South African natives, “Tsotsi” would be the country’s first Academy Award.Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) March 5, 2006 -- Set amidst the sprawling Johannesburg town...

Filming and phoning it in: the future is right here, right now

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Phoning it inThe world’s first full-length movie to be shot entirely on cellphones has just been wrapped up in Joburg, writes Ryan FortuneIT’S 3AM on Christmas morning 2005 and while Santa makes his final deliveries to good children around the world, a bunch of filmmakers in the pool bar of Johannesburg’s Melrose Arch Hotel are accelerating the digital cinema revolution.They’ve been shooting for over a week now, mostly nights. Everyone’s dead tired, so this particular scene is taking a...

Santa Barbara International Film Festival winners

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The 21st Annual Santa Barbara International Film Festival has announced the winners of the 2006 festival competition. The festival, which ran from Feb. 2-12, attracted more than 50,000 visitors to the area, bringing attendance to well over 100,000 people.Winners were selected by the following jury members:American Independent Jury: Gabrielle Kelly, Michael Nozik and Shaun ToubSpanish and Latin American Film Jury: Ann Louise Bardach, Peter Griffiths and Mary Kay PlaceBest International Featur...

The Importance of Film Festivals: “Tsotsi” Filmmaker Gavin Hood

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Despite the extra burden of responsibility of making a film in his native South Africa, filmmaker Gavin Hood has happily enjoyed riding the wave of film festivals to success. This has resulted in Hood’s film “Tsotsi” being nominated in the Best Foreign Language Film category at next month’s Academy Awards. The Oscars will held in Hollywood on March 5. Hood was recently on the South Coast to participate in the director’s panel at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival. Held ...

International Film Festival Rotterdam kicked off

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the International Film Festival Rotterdam has taken the initiative to create the Hubert Bals Fund Plus!, aimed at offering Dutch producers an opportunity to participate more in international film projects. The Netherlands Film Fund has made two hundred thousand euros available for the finance of co-productions with films awarded by the HBF for 2006. During the next Holland Festival (June 2-25, 2006 in Amsterdam), IFFR will be presenting a limited summer edition, June 15 – 18, of the film festi...

Tsotsi to open 14th Annual Pan African Film and Arts Fest

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PAN AFRICAN FILM AND ARTS FESTIVALLargest U.S. Black History Month Event Set for February 9-20 South Africa’s official nomination for the 78th Annual Academy Awards® in the foreign language film category, TSOTSI, has been selected as the opening night film for the 14th Annual Pan African Film and Arts Festival. The star-studded event will be held at 7 p.m. on Thursday, February 9th at the Directors Guild of America with principal cast and filmmakers in attendance. The evening will be hosted b...

29th Portland International Film Festival Opens February 10, 1006

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Oregon's biggest film celebration, this year's 29th Portland International Film Festival premieres outstanding world cinema from over three-dozen countries to diverse audiences who descend on the Northwest Film Center from throughout the region.The Festival opens Friday, February 10, with an Opening Night Party and the first of 150+ screenings-16 days of world travel featuring new works by cinema masters and debuting directors. As always, a varied selection of Best Foreign Film Oscar submissions...
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