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  FOCAL INTERNATIONAL AWARDS 2012   Ninth annual Awards in association with AP Archive to celebrate the best in the world of footage Celebrity host announced for 2nd May ceremony TICKETS ON SALE NOW!   FOCAL International, the International Federation of Commercial Audio-visual Libraries, has announced that tickets are now available for the ninth annual FOCAL International awards in associatio...

6th Edition of BABYLON EUROPE is underway with feature film development workshops

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  The 6th Edition of BABYLON EUROPE is underway with feature film development workshops in the UK, Austria and France. Eight feature film projects from the UK took part in the London workshop (March 30th-April 1st), a further eight projects in the Diverse Geschichten workshop in the Steiermark (March 25th-28th).    Selected filmmakers from each workshop will meet in Cannes (May 18th-21st) to work together on their projects as part of a mentored programme that runs through till the...

BATTLESHIP stars berth at Sydney; Luna Park; Taylor Kitsch, Rihanna, Brooklyn Decker, director Peter Berg

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Ahoy. The battle for earth begins at sea in epic action-adventure BATTLESHIP - but tonight the all-star cast was warmly welcomed to iconic and circus like Luna Park Sydney, for the Australian Premiere of their highly anticipated new film. In an exciting and profitable partnership, Universal Pictures and 2Day FM co-presented the Australian Premiere under the Luna Park Big Top, where leading man Taylor Kitsch (John Carter)  walked the red carpet with his co-stars...

Japanese films to screen at London's TERRACOTTA FESTIVAL 2012

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The Terracotta Far East Film Festival will take place from 12th to 15th April 2012 at the Prince Charles Cinema.    With a stunning line-up of films hand-picked from the best of the region, encompassing diverse genres from comedy to drama to horror and everything in between, the festival will continue to hold exclusive Q&As, masterclasses and fabulous parties. Each year the festival strives to improve on last year and to discover new talent and fans of Japanese c...

LONDON ARCHIVE FILM FESTIVAL

THE LONDON ARCHIVE FILM FESTIVAL 3-5 MAY 2012 THE LONDON TRANSPORT MUSEUM CINEMA  THE PIAZZA, COVENT GARDEN, LONDON WC2E 7BB The London Archive Film Festival aims to showcase international archive-based documentary and short productions, some of which never get a showing in the UK.  Most films screened at the Festival will be accompanied by a question and answer session with the dir

Terracotta Festival 2012: European Premiere of INSEPARABLE with Kevin Spacey and Daniel Wu

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  Terracotta Festival is proud to hold the European premiere of the Chinese movie INSEPARABLE directed by Dayyan Eng, featuring Daniel Wu and Kevin Spacey. INSEPARABLE tells the story of hopeless 30 year old Li (Wu), who strikes up an unlikely friendship with a strange American ex-pat, Chuck(Kevin Spacey in excellent comic form). They fi rst meet when Chuck foils Li’s attempt at suicide, claiming to be his neighbour. He takes Li under his wing, gradually helping with ...

Terracotta Festival, London Asian Film Festival announces guests

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 TERRACOTTA FESTIVAL 2012, the 4th edition of the London Far East Film Festival, is proud to welcome some very talented actors and directors from Japan, Taiwan and China: Denden, Da Ching, Toshiaki Toyoda and Guo Xiaolu for a weekend of movies, Q&As, Masterclasses and parties at the Prince Charles Cinema in London, on 12th - 15th April 2012 DENDEN - HIMIZU ACTOR - will hold a Q&A after the screening of Himizu. Most well-known in the UK for his award-winning performance as...

TERRACOTTA FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES OPENING AND CLOSING FILMS: MY WAY AND HIMIZU

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  OPENING FILM MY WAY In recent years, cross-border productions have been flourishing and Terracotta are thrilled to be opening the festival on Thursday 12th April 2012 with one of the most high-profile and ambitious examples to date, the Korean war epic MY WAY.   From Korean cinema's box office champion Kang Je-Kyu who also directed ‘Tae Guk Gi: The Brotherhood of War' and ‘Shiri', MY WAY tells the story of two marathon runners, one Korean and one Japanese, duri...

Oonagh Kearney : "Her Mother's Daughters" Interview

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by Alexander Acosta Osorio ÉCU 2012 winner for Best Editing “Her Mother’s Daughters”, director Ooanagh Kearney dishes on her film as well as inspiration, challenges and what the future holds for her. This interview was written couple of weeks before ÉCU 2012 festival. “Her Mother’s Daughters”  tells the story of an older woman who stands by a window in an empty house. Her daughters have flown the nest.  As she waits for them to call, their memory is brought ...

East End Film Festival EEFF2012 : Shorts Programmers Announced

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  God View | UK | Billy Lumby | 7 min  Best Short Film EEFF2011   The jury for the 11th East End Film Festival is almost complete and we have already have lined-up a 9 member committee of guest programmers dedicated exclusively to our shorts submissions. Film professionals Rebecca Davies (Film4), Eftihia Stefanidi (Future Shorts), Matt Strachan (Filmmaker), Rebecca Brand (WFTV), Laura Kloss (Curzon), Kieran Lavery (PRS for Music), Jenna Blencowe (Curator) will be joined by...

N-Dubz Documentary headlines British Urban Film Festival TV coverage in April

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The UK Hip-Hop group N-Dubz will headline the British Urban Film Festival’s broadcast coverage on Community Channel in April. The four-time MOBO winners, who got together as teenagers, are the subject of a documentary, which followed the band when they first started out in their career over a decade ago.  ‘Before they were Dubz’, directed by film journalist Jessie Grace Mellor, is the centrepiece of the “BUFF Presents…”strand premiering on Community Channel on Saturd...

ÉCU 2012 FILM FESTIVAL DAY ONE

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ÉCU 2012 FILM FESTIVAL DAY ONE It’s nearly half past six on the evening of the first day of the seventh European Independent Film Festival. Strains of smoky jazz, a snaking baritone sax line, filters through from the trio set up in the festival foyer, making its way to the little marquee where, even now,  film-makers are assembling for the welcome glass of wine or vitamin water. Amongst the group festival president, Scott Hillier, will later refer to as a “crazed bunch ...

BUFF Blog (March 2012)

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At the time of publication, it was recently announced that ifeatures2, Britain’s low-budget, feature film-making initiative, has just reopened for submissions. Creative England, the BFI Film Fund and BBC Films are joining forces to support the development and production of three full-length features, all to be set within the English regions. Each film will be produced on a budget of £350,000 and the BBC is also pre-buying UK Free TV rights to the completed films. It’s open to writer, direct...

Handa Opera On Sydney Harbour; Red Carpet

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Earlier this evening Mrs Macquarie’s Chair hosted the red carpet event for Handa Opera. It was one for Opera buffs and a few politicians showed up also, including NSW Premier Barry O'Farrell. Fortunately the rain stayed away, which was a relief for organisers. Well done to everyone who helped organise the event, and we wish them commercial success with the production which is understood to be world class. Press Release La Traviata: Handa Opera On Sydney...

Robert Redford to introduce film about the environmental work of HRH The Prince of Wales

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Sundance Institute and The O2 announced today the programme of Special Events and panels that will take place at the inaugural Sundance London film and music festival, from 26-29 April at The O2. These events and panels were programmed by Sundance Institute, which annually hosts the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah - the premier independent film festival in the United States.   Among the Special Events announced today are: ‘Rufus and Martha Wainwright sing Kate McGar...

Smash Box Office comedy Chinese Take-away to open first Argentine Film Festival in London

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Chinese Take-Away, Sebastian Borenzstein's 2011 box-office hit staring Ricardo Darin, which achieved a million ticket sales in Argentina, will open London's first ARGENTINE FILM FESTIVAL, to be held at the Ritzy Picturehouse this coming April 19-22nd. The festival, which aims to showcase the best contemporary cinema from and about Argentina, will screen a total of 8 award-winning films, and will also feature the UK premiere of four short films from Argentina's largely unknown silent film ...

Human Rights Watch Film Festival, starts this week

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21 March â€" 30 March 2012 Curzon Mayfair, Curzon Soho, ICA, Ritzy ff.hrw.org/london ff.hrw.org/press FILMMAKERS, SPECIAL GUESTS & PANELISTS in London to attend the Human Rights Watch Film Festival starting this Wednesday 21 March Throughout the 16th edition of the Human Rights Watch Film Festival which opens this week on Wednesday 21 March filmmakers, film subjects, special guests and panellists will attend post screening discussions and are available for interview....

Second annual Documentary Lab selects 10 filmmakers

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Film Independent, the non-profit arts organization that produces the Spirit Awards and the Los Angeles Film Festival, has announced the filmmakers and projects selected for its second annual Documentary Lab, sponsored by Latino Public Broadcasting. Starting this week and continuing through the end of April, the Documentary Lab is an intensive seven-week program in Los Angeles, with the main focus of assisting documentary filmmakers on their works-in-progress and providing creative feedback. All ...

CCI Chairman urges entertainment and media enterprises & related trade associations to initiate competition compliance program

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 Speaking at FICCI FRAMES 2012  in Mumbai on Friday, Ashok Chawla, Chairman, CCI, urged entertainment and media enterprises and related trade associations to initiate competition compliance programs. Trade bodies could be used for price coordination or market allocation amongst member companies, he cautioned.A competition compliance programme would include imparting awareness and training to employees who may engage themselves or are exposed to anti competitive conducts. It not only reduce...

This is Our Youth New York 1980s Play Comes To Sydney Opera House

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The Sydney Opera has one again brought a world class play to town under its famous brand. Kieran Culkin is the main character in This Is Our Youth. New Yorker Kieran Culkin is into Kenneth Lonergan's This Is Our Youth in a big way. It's primarily a story about relationships, and some get very complicated in this number. He appears alongside Pilgrim co-star Michael Cera and Emily Barclay at the Sydn...

Nanni Moretti - a Retrospective in London

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ITALIAN CINEMA LONDON is proud to present a retrospective of the film director Nanni Moretti, from 12 - 15 April 2012 at Riverside Studios.This retrospective is a long-overdue tribute to one of the most originalpersonalities of Italian cinema - don't miss it!The programme showcases a selection of the best films by the Italian filmdirector. Highlights include The Son's Room, winner of the Palme d'Or in2001, Dear Diary, a confessional journey into the self and The Caiman,inspired by anti-Berlusco...

FOCAL International announces list of nominees, Senna receiving 3 nominations

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Ninth Annual Awards celebrate the best in the world of footage FOCAL International, the international Federation of Commercial Audio-visual Libraries, has now announced the shortlist of nominations for the ninth annual FOCAL International awards in association with AP Archive. The nominations are diverse in terms of both geography and subject matter with projects telling stories that range from politics and war to F1 racing and football.   The BAFTA-wi...

Labirent TRAILER

"Labirent" is one of the movies in the Official Selection of ÉCU 2012. A massive explosion rips though a busy street in Istanbul, Turkey. 95 people are dead; 30 Americans and 5 British. The massacre sends shock waves from Turkey to London and Washington, DC. A new terrorist organization is behind the attack. The explosion is just the beginning. "Labirent" est un film de la séléction officielle ...

The 2012 Tribeca Film Festival Short Film selection

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The 2012 Tribeca Film Festival (TFF), presented by founding sponsor American Express, today announced its lineup of 60 short films, 26 of which are world premieres. For the second year running, the recipient of the Tribeca Film Festival’s Best Narrative Short award will qualify for consideration in the Short Films category of the annual Academy Awards® without the standard theatrical run, provided the film otherwise complies with the Academy rules. The 2011 TFF Narrative Short Pentecost was n...

The Palestine Film Festival returns to Barbican in April for five days

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  The Palestine Film Festival returns to Barbican in April for five days, showcasing more than 40 works, and will bring London audiences the widest array yet of film and video work on, and from, Palestine and the region. Opening with the UK Premiere of Man Without a Cellphone (Dir Sameh Zoabi), this year's festival will also include a rare journey into the British imperial film archives and a brand new drama from director Tawfik Abu Wael (Atash/Thirst, 2004). You will also find att...

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