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Wiesbaden Exground filmfest highlights

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Film fans from near and far should note down a date in their calendars: Between November 12 and November 21, 2010, exground filmfest in Wiesbaden – one of Germany‘s most important independent festivals – presents 220 highlights from the current range of independently produced short and feature films. These were selected from more than 2000 submissions from 89 countries, from Algeria to Zimbabwe. Among them are 8 world premieres, 3 international premieres, 8 Europe premieres, and 33 Germa...

First Asian Film Festival on Disaster Risk Reduction (AFFDRR)

 First Asian Film Festival on Disaster Risk Reduction (AFFDRR)25-28 October, 2010 at Incheon city, Republic of Korea Environmental hazards and geo-climatic conditions, adding to vulnerabilities of the region, have made the whole of Asia more susceptible to all kinds of natural and man-made disasters. These issues have drawn attention at highest level, compelling serious intervention at top most level by the countries of this region. Starting in 2005 from China, the Fourth Asian Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (AMCDRR) is being organized from October 25 to 28 this year in the South Korean city of Incheon. This regional conference has emerged as the principal forum for Asian policy-makers and experts in the field of disaster risk reduction (DRR) to discuss ways and means of coping with and minimizing the impact of natural and man-man calamities.Cinema is a powerful tool of documentation and dissemination by way of its presentation and a film festival on this subject can go a long away in promoting awareness about disaster risk reduction in the region. As an effective tool of communication, the films leave long lasting impact on the minds of viewers. Many social and cultural issues have been presented in the form of films to communicate special messages. These films aspire to change the world, seeking to alter the political agenda and the popular understanding of issues.To strengthen the mandate of AMCDRR and to encourage sharing of knowledge between countries of the region, Global Forum for Disaster Reduction (GFDR), India, in collaboration with Asian Disaster Reduction Center (ADRC), Kobe, Japan, proposes to hold a festival of Asian-made and Asian-themed films to run alongside the conference. The festival will showcase short, documentary and fiction films made on the themes of disaster management, risk reduction and rehabilitation. The major objective of the Film Festival will be to promote the goals of Hyogo Framework for Action (HFA) through sharing and dissemination of information on DRR amongst various sections of the society. This will in turn also help in bringing a greater understanding of Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and heighten the sensitivities towards Climate Change issues. Global Forum for Disaster Reduction (GFDR), India, has been very actively involved in DRR activities since its inception. We believe in ‘Global Vision – Local Action’ and hence emphasize on sharing of globally available knowledge and information to suit the local needs. Asian Disaster Reduction Centre (ADRC), Kobe, Japan, established in 1998, is a network of about 30 countries and is working towards building disaster resilient communities and to establish networks among countries through many programs including personnel exchanges in this field. GFDR and ADRC have been working closely on many programmes and issues focusing on disaster risk reduction and mitigation. We share similar views and values on the importance of knowledge and information sharing.The proposed Asian Film Festival on Disaster Risk Reduction would be first of its kind and address all forms of disaster related issues concerning natural and selective man-made disasters. This film festival aims at providing a platform to films/documentaries etc. The success of the this event will further open up ways for organizing it on a wider scale in following years by screening of films and documentaries from all over the world.

Meet Filmmaker Denny Tedesco

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  Denny Tedesco decided to make his film debut THE WRECKING CREW about a subject close to his heart. His father had been a studio musician who played backup for some of the reigning giants of the recording industry. But as the son of a musician who stayed in the shadows for his career, Tedesco was also aware of the difficult choices and somewhat unfulfilled lives these people endured. So, his choice for his directorial debut seems inspired...a tribute to the unsung musicians who play ...

The inaugural Doha Tribeca Film Festival PREVIEW

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The inaugural Doha Tribeca Film Festival (DTFF) announced today it will open with a special screening of director Mira Nair's “Amelia,” a thrilling account of legendary aviation pioneer Amelia Earhart starring two-time Academy Award® winner Hilary Swank and Golden Globe® winner Richard Gere. Organizers also revealed the 32 films that will comprise the rest of the Festival’s film slate. 12 of the films have roots in the Middle East and the balance is a diverse selection of acclaimed title...

The inaugural Doha Tribeca Film Festival PREVIEW

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The inaugural Doha Tribeca Film Festival (DTFF) announced today it will open with a special screening of director Mira Nair's “Amelia,” a thrilling account of legendary aviation pioneer Amelia Earhart starring two-time Academy Award® winner Hilary Swank and Golden Globe® winner Richard Gere. Organizers also revealed the 32 films that will comprise the rest of the Festival’s film slate. 12 of the films have roots in the Middle East and the balance is a diverse selection of acclaimed title...

NEWSLETTER N° 413: April 29, 2009

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            Follow this link if you cannot read the newsletter properly Contact the Editor of the site, Advertise on the sites. ENJOY THE NEW VERSION OF THE SITE The Festival Directory from Filmfestivals.com has now MERGED and MOVED to Fest21.com whith easier search options, simplified update proce...

Tribeca Red Carpet for Spike Lee's, "Kobe Doing Work"

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Sharon Abella: Are you excited to be at the film festival?ANTONIO PIERCE: Linebacker for the New York Giants: "Yes. I was here a couple of years ago for the movie about Cesar Chavez, I don't remember the name, maybe it was titled that, I'm not sure."SA: Are you a big Kobe fan?AP: "I am. Big Kobe fan. I admire the way he plays, the way he goes about his business on and off the court, and honestly, being directed by Spike Lee is very huge! You can't put two better people together to work toget...

Press Conference Speakers Robert De Niro and Jane Rosenthal Officially Opens the 8th Tribeca Film Festival

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By Maria Esteves - April 22, 2009 The Eighth Annual 2009 Tribeca Film Festival (TFF09) Opening Press Conference presented by American Express was held at the Borough of Manhattan Community College/Tribeca Performing Arts Center, New York, Tuesday, April 21, 10:00 AM.  Press Conference speakers co-founders Robert De Niro and Jane Rosenthal officially opens the 2009 Tribeca Film Festival. Additional speakers included director Spike Lee, KOBE DOIN WORK, PASSING STRANGE, and festival juror actr...

Come Experience 12 Memorable Days at the 8th Tribeca Film Festival, April 22 - May 3, 2009

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By Maria Esteves - April 14, 2009 The 8th Annual 2009 Tribeca Film Festival (TFF09) sponsored by American Express, the founding sponsor of the festival will be held in selected theatres throughout New York City, April 22 - May 3, 2009. The festival founded in 2001 by Robert De Niro, Jane Rosenthal and Craig Hatkoff following the attacks on the World Trade Center, is a diverse international film festival that supports emerging and established directors. TFF annually presents the largest celebr...

Tribeca Film Festival

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The 8th Annual 2009 Tribeca Film Festival (TFF09) sponsored by American Express, the founding sponsor of the festival will be held in selected theatres throughout New York City, April 22 - May 3, 2009. The festival founded in 2001 by Robert De Niro, Jane Rosenthal and Craig Hatkoff following the attacks on the World Trade Center, is a diverse international film festival that supports emerging and established directors. TFF annually presents the largest celebration of film, music and culture. Thi...

"Tribeca Film Festival 2009" April 22 - May 3

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"Tribeca Film Festival/ April 22 to May 3, 2009"Although there is a significant decrease in films being shown this year as opposed to last, the 2009 Tribeca Film Festival kicks off with a salubrious New York flair with Woody Allen's, "Whatever Works", starring Larry David, on Wed April 22, 2009, and Spike Lee's Sports Documentary, "Kobe Doin' Work", on Saturday, April 25th!!! Other popular stars and directors appearing at the festival include the following: Gael G...

NEWSLETTER N° 408: March 25, 2009

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Our newsletter reaches over 73 000 subscribers every week   Follow this link if you cannot read the newsletter properly Contact the Editor of the site, Advertise on the sites. ENJOY THE NEW VERSION OF THE SITE The renowned Festival Directory from Filmfestivals.com has MERGED AND MOVED to Fest21.com whith easier search options, simplified update process for festivals...

Spike Lee’s Kobe Doin’ Work world premiere at Tribeca

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The Tribeca Film Festival today announced that the ESPN Films production of Spike Lee’s Kobe Doin’ Work will have its world premiere at the 2009 Tribeca Film Festival, presented by American Express, the founding sponsor of the Festival, as the gala premiere of the Tribeca/ESPN Sports Film Festival. The premiere will take place on Saturday April 25, 2009. The 2009 Tribeca/ESPN Sports Film Festival will take place during the Tribeca Film Festival, April 22 through May 3, 2009 in lower Manhatta...

The 17th Philadelphia Film Festival is coming up

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The festival has a program titled DANGER AFTER DARK presented by the TLA Entertainment Group, which is dedicated to FANTASTIC film genres. With the guidance of Raymond Murray, Artistic Director, I was able to program films from multiple genres that I love dearly and also include films that my fellow curators suggested. A big thank you to my colleagues at Fantastic Festivals around the world (you know who you are!) for all your help and support as well.At the tail end of the information, I’ve...

Day 1: Opening session with a pop

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Sunday big day: we all meet, some 250 festival professionals, long time no see, and how is filmfestivals.com doing? How was your festival this year…? GREAT. What are you drinking…? Social friendly with a sense of a community Good crowd, some new festivals that came to learn, others that came to teach and keynote. Great diner with some friends David S. from withoutabox and Brian D. from Smartsound… Kobe Beef Burger, so good, was that for real or was I too tired? Day one Monday 9 in the mor...

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