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Ulrich Plenzdorf: East German Scenarist

 Thursday, August 16--------For almost 50 years, the film industry in the former East Germany was one of the most profitable and prolific in European cinema. However, because of political considerations and trade embargoes, few of those films ever got seen in the West. A result is an almost total familiarity with the films and the auteurs, who worked under an oppressive and meddling regime, and yet who still found an "individual voice" for their films. One of those voices was stilled ...

Mumbai International Film Festival 2008.

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The 10th Mumbai International Film Festival (MIFF) for documentary, short and animation films will be held from 3rd to 9th February, 2008. The Festival will return to Mumbai’s ‘happening venue’ – the National Centre for Performing Arts auditorium, which had earlier hosted the festival in the 90s. MIFF, organized on the lines of International Festivals like Leipzig, Berlin, Krakov, Tampere and Oberhausen, aims to honour best creative talent in documentary film making, with a Golden Conch...

DOK Leipzig celebrates its 50th anniversary

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This year, DOK Leipzig celebrates its 50th anniversary! It’s the right time to look back and experience once again the most important, disputed and beautiful films in our retrospective; the right time also to invite and celebrate with all those, who have followed and shaped the festival over the years. And it is the right time to recall experiences and events that were not in the spotlight, but took place ‘behind the scenens’. Over the past 50 years the festival saw enthusiastic as well as...

Dok Leipzig 2007 prepares to celebrate the 50th edition

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DOK Leipzig, the International Leipzig Festival for Documentary und Animated Film, celebrates its 50th edition with numerous innovations from 29 Oct. to 04 Nov. 2007. You can submit all new documentary and animated films for the official festival programme and the DOK Market until 28 July.Founded in1955, DOK Leipzig is the biggest German and one of the leading international festivals for documentary and animated film. It offers a top-class programme with the best new productions from all over th...

Mumbai International Film Festival 2008.

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.The 10th Mumbai International Film Festival (MIFF) for documentary, short and animation films will be held from 3rd to 9th February, 2008.  The preparations for India’s most prestigious non-feature film festival has began.    The Festival will return to Mumbai’s ‘happening venue’ – the National Centre for Performing Arts auditorium, which had earlier hosted the festival in the 90s. MIFF, organized on the lines of International Festivals like Leipzig, Berlin, Krakov, Tampere and Ob...

Mumbai International Film Festival 2008

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The 10th Mumbai International Film Festival (MIFF) for documentary, short and animation films will be held from 3rd to 9th February, 2008. The Festival will return to Mumbai’s ‘happening venue’ – the National Centre for Performing Arts auditorium, which had earlier hosted the festival in the 90s. MIFF, organized on the lines of International Festivals like Leipzig, Berlin, Krakov, Tampere and Oberhausen, aims to honour best creative talent in documentary film making, with a Golden Conch...

Japanese Filmfestival Nippon Connection

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Very soon we'll leave behind those grey and cold German winter days and lovely cherry blossoms will start to flourish. And every year, along with the cherry blossoms comes: Nippon Connection! For the seventh time, Frankfurt am Main will host the world's largest showcase for film from Japan, Nippon Connection. Once again, we will put the spotlight on the most exciting movies from the land of the rising sun for a full five days. From April 18th to 22nd the line-up boasts more than 170 films, ran...

Sundance to present three German productions in the official program

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COMRADES IN DREAMS by Uli Gaulke (producer: Flying Moon Filmproduktion/Potsdam) can be seen in the World Cinema Competition - Documentaries section at the most important North American festival for the independent scene, the Sundance International Film Festival. In addition, two more German-international co-productions will be screened in the World Cinema Competition - Dramatic section, the German-Belgian co-production KHADAK by Jessica Woodworth and Peter Brosens (German co-producer: MA.JA.DE/L...

Explosion of Documentary-Only Film Festivals

Thursday, November 30----While it is true that most major international film festivals do showcase important documentary films, the explosion of documentary-only film festivals, as evidenced here at the International Documentary Film Festival (IDFA) in Amsterdam, is nothing less than an explosion. With brochures littering the industry areas, it is amazing and heartening to see such a massive public interest in the documentary form. So, instead of writing a long article, I am simply going to l...

The Festival That Never Quite Closes

AND THE SEA TOOK US Sunday, November 11-----Following a triumphant Gala Awards Ceremony held last night at the swanky Westin Diplomat Hotel on Hollywood Beach, the Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival enters its final day with an exciting mix of film highlights. Included in the final day's schedule are the premieres of two highly anticipated dramatic films. The Florida-shot CANVAS is a tender drama on mental illness, starring indie favorite Joe Pantoliano and Oscar winner Marcia Gay Ha...

Leipzig Festival for Documentary and Animated Film were awarded

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Saturday evening, the prizes of the 49th International Leipzig Festival for Documentary and Animated Film were awarded. Film-makers, the audience and international festival guests celebrated the winning films in the Leipzig CineStar.The main prizes of the festival went to "Exile Family Movie" by Arash (Golden Dove for the best long documentary), "The Cemetery Club" by Tali Shemesh (Golden Dove for the best long documentary, too, the Golden Dove was this year awarded ex aequo), "Yaptik-Hasse" by ...

DOK Leipzig | Innovation DOK Digital

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Industry panels and professional journals discuss the process of digitisation, distributors consider how to deal with resulting changes as well as the upcoming "e-cinema", and cinemas think about necessary modifications. In short, everybody wonders: What kind of technical standards will be effective in future? Does digitisation guarantee a better quality of picture and sound at lower costs? We pondered over the same questions - and then just started: At DOK Leipzig you'll already have the opport...

DOK Leipzig Competition Programmes

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- International Competition Documentary Film | Traditions, Families, Political IssuesA total of 19 films from 15 countries have made it into this year’s International Competition Documentary Film. Productions come also from countries rather exceptional for documentary film-making, such as Myanmar or Thailand ("Buddha's Lost Children", "The Longest Day"). Just as in 2005, the selection committee for the category documentary film was made up of festival director Claas Danielsen, film-maker Matt...

Mexico City Docu Festival launches

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From September 21st to the 31th, México City will witness the birth of DOCSDF, a forum, a meeting point where enthusiasts of the genre, film makers and producers, will have the oportunity to attend screenings of some of the genre’s highlights from recent years, from México and around the world.-This festival stems from the big lack México City -one of the biggest in the world- suffered, that of a large documentary film exhibition, like the ones cities like Madrid, Barcelona, Lisbon, Rome, N...

Life time achievement conferred to Mr. Ram Mohan

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V.SHANTARAM AWARD for life time achievement conferred to Mr. RAM MOHAN Mumbai International Film festival (MIFF-2006) for documentary, Animation & Short films was ingurated here on January 3, 2006, by Shri Vilasrao Deshmukh, Chief Minister of Maharashtra. The Chief Minister conferred Dr.V.Shantaram Award for Life time Achievement to Mr. Ram Mohan, noted animation Film maker & `father of Indian animation' and a pioneer in the animation movement in India. Mr. Ram Mohan was honored with memento, an...

Leipzig Festival Awards "Before Flying Back to the Earth"

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The prizes of the 48th International Leipzig Festival for Documentary and Animated Film were awarded on Saturday evening in Leipzig. The main prizes of the festival went to "Before Flying Back to the Earth" by Arunas Matelis, Lithuania (Golden Dove for the best long documentary); "For a Miracle" by Jarek Sztandera, Poland (Golden Dove for the best short documentary); "Mississippi" by Arash T. Riahi, Austria (Golden Dove for the best animated film); "The North Star" by Erkko Lyytinen, Finland (Ta...

Leipzig Docu Kickoff for the 48th time

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The day has come for celebrating the opening of the 48th International Festival for Documentary and Animated Film, presenting the first two films selected for competition: "The Giant Buddhas" (Christian Frei, Switzerland) and "Element of Light" (Richard Reeves, USA). Numerous international guests are expected, including more than 100 filmmakers, whose productions will be presented during the festival.The following filmmakers are among those expected: Jenny Abel (USA) , Akram Agha (Syria), Jan va...

DOK Leipzig: new name for the Docu & animation Fest

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48 TH INTERNATIONAL LEIPZIG FESTIVAL FOR DOCUMENTARY AND ANIMATED FILM 03 - 09 October 2005The Festival has a new name DOK Leipzig replacing the International Leipzig Festival for Documentary and Animated Film'As of 2005 'DOK Leipzig - the International Leipzig Festival for Documentary and Animated Film' will commence one day earlier (Monday, 3rd of October to Sunday, 9th of October), so that the awards ceremony can take place on Saturday. Sunday will be audience day - naturally including prese...

The festival of Leipzig for Documentaries

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There are documentaries and documentaries! The festival of Leipzig was an example that today, more than ever; the interest of the public in documentaries is growing. In Germany, as in the rest of Europe, more than 10 documentaries are being shown this year in ordinary cinemas.. The festival illustrated this interest very well. The public was young and the cinemas were (over) crowded. In one of the workshops it was stated that these documentaries are a response to the mainstream productions see...

Honorary Golden Dove for Fred Gehler

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The International Festival for Documentary and Animated Films has awarded an Honorary Golden Dove to Fred Gehler for his life work.Fred Gehler, the festival’s artistic director since 1994, has ensured that the festival gained great international reputation and reached new records as regards the number of visitors. Moreover, in his capacity as a film journalist and cinema director as well as through his own cineastic work, he has had considerable influence on the genre’s further development.I...

East comes to Cottbus Nov 2

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Cottbus festival will open on November 2 in the large auditorium of the Staatstheater Cottbus with the world premiere of three films from the series EUROPE’S OLD NEW FACES / VON DEN SOCKELN, a co-production by Rundfunk Berlin-Brandenburg (RBB) and LOOKS as well as partners in the ten new EU member states in cooperation with ARTE. The documentary series, which was made in 2004, analyses national monuments and myths and is the festival's contribution to the "Cultural Year of the TEN."The members...

Leipzig highlights

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International competition highlights from Leipzig: "Touch the Sound" is this year’s opening film at the festivalThe new film of Thomas Riedelsheimer (Two German Film Awards for "Rivers and Tides") will celebrate its first German screening as the opening film of the 47th International Leipzig Festival for Documentary and Animated Films on October 19, 2004. "Touch the Sound" has recently been awarded the Main Prize of the "Semaine de la Critique" at the International Locarno Film Festival. The f...

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