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Films about improbable friendships bag the big money at Tokyo awards

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Tokyo Sakura Grand Prize, $50,000. for the Best Film in competition."Untouchables", France with DUO directors, Eric Toledano, Olivier Nakache, for their study of an improbable friendshipo that develops betweena white man in a wheelchair and his black care-taker. Special Jury Prize, $20,000"The Woodsman and the Rain", Japan, Dir. Shuichi Okita, (34) -- Another Improbable friendship tale, this time bertween a Japanese lumberjack and a clueless young director who cames to his neck of the woods to s...

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NEW SUBMISSION TO ÉCU 2012 The in-depth story and thirteen year journey of one extraordinary pilot who lost her career and health to what many say is aviation's biggest cover up. This film relives the story of Melbourne born Susan Michealis through extensive footage and interviews. La profondeur et l'histoire de treizeans de voyage d'unepilote extraordinaire, qui a perdusacarrière et sa santé d'après beaucoup de ...

The Iris Prize Winners 2011

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And the winner is: ·       I Don’t Want To Go Back Alone  (directed by Daniel Ribeiro, Brazil) - Iris Prize And the other winners are:  ·        The Red Bike (directed by Andrew Steggall) – Best UK Short ·        August (directed by Eldar Rapaport)- Iris Prize Best Feature Award ·        Murray Bartlett (Troy in August) Best Actor in a Feature ·        Allison Lane (Candy in Going Down In La-La Land) Best Actress in a Feature A short film about ...

"Covariance" Gains 2nd Festival!

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"Covariance" will play the Zimbabwe Int'l Film Festival in Harare between Sept. 30th-October 7th, 2011. This is the film's 2nd festival acceptance in as many continents! (Its first fest was Comfortable Shorts, Melbourne, Australia on Sept. 20th.) For more information on the film, please visit: http://www.dawnwestlake.com/dawnwestlake/rondecana/films/covariance/index.html ...

Red Dog Sydney Movie Premier; Paws Up For Aussie Flick, by Eva Rinaldi - 2nd August 2011

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Red Dog Sydney Movie Premier; Paws Up For Aussie Flick, : by Eva Rinaldi - 2nd August 2011 Koko, the canine star of feel good and Australian outback culture film, Red Dog, has embarked on his Australian tour ahead of the August 4 release of his feature film. Tonight Koko and cast did the red-dog carpet at Sydney's Event Cinema in George Street, after doing the media circuit in most major Australian capital cities. Produce...

BOLLYWOOD DISCOVERS MAGIC IN MELBOURNE

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<p>Bollywood, one of the largest centres of film production in the world, has recently taken on the flavours of  Melbourne which has Australia’s highest concentration of convention facilities located in the city centre, including the MCEC, the world’s first and only ‘Six Star Green Star’ rated convention centre. It  is also home to five of the six most significant annual sport events held in Australia – the Boxing Day Cricket Test, the Australian Football League Grand Final, ...

Durban Fest: From Nigeria to Iran

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Durban, 26 July: Day 2 The miserable weather is busy getting the better of me as I spent most of the day in bed. As I am in Durban for the film festival at great expense, I dragged myself out of bed for the night's delights. I planned to see Dog Sweat at 22:00, but decided to rather skip that. The two films that were shown tonight are both in competition and both are good - one is exceptional, in fact. It's good to see young African directors at the festival and Andrew Dosunmu...

Festivals organizers attending the panels and wine tasting FUTURE OF FESTIVAL MAY 15

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The festival will be represented in style with a crowd of 100  Cinando POFF POFF filmfestivals.com Vilnius International Film Festival  Vilnius International Film Festival  FESTIVAL PARIS CINEMA CentEast Market Warsaw  Toronto International Film Festival FEMI REGENSBURGER KURZFILMWOC...

Water for Elephants Sydney premier

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Water for Elephants enjoyed its Sydney premier tonight, with the 300m red carpet running down Pitt St Mall. Reese Witherspoon and her co-star Robert Pattinson (Twilight) were mobbed by thousands of fans and hundreds of media types. Earlier in the day they did Sydney's famous Luna Park, running with the circus theme. "I think all I can do is stand back and sort of watch it happen because I'm not used to seeing somebody have so many fans," Witherspoon told the press. ...

Water for Elephants Sydney premier, by Eva Rinaldi - 6th May 2011

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Water for Elephants enjoyed its Sydney premier tonight, with the 300m red carpet running down Pitt St Mall. Reese Witherspoon and her co-star Robert Pattinson (Twilight) were mobbed by thousands of fans and hundreds of media types. Earlier in the day they did Sydney's famous Luna Park, running with the circus theme. "I think all I can do is stand back and sort of watch it happen because I'm not used to seeing somebody have so many fans," Witherspoon told the press. ...

Gary Lucas Plays "The Golem" (1920) -- Gary Lucas accompanies the film live with his original solo guitar score

Director: Paul Wegener and Carl Boese.
I have performed with this classic horror/fantasy film--the best version of the Golem legend ever made--in our 20 countries round the world since debuting my live score (in collaboration with composer Walter Horn) at the Museum of th Moving Image in Astoria NY in 1989. The film concerns the actual historical Rabbi Jehudah Loew, who Jewish legend has it fashioned a man out of clay and brought him to life through cabbalistic magic to protect the Jewish Community of 16th century Prague from annihilation. A stunningly beautiful, little seen film!

Select SFIFF Films will be Made Available to Festival Scope Members Worldwide

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  Select SFIFF Films will be Made Available to Festival Scope Members Worldwide The San Francisco International Film Festival (April 21-May 5) is excited to announce that the Festival has been invited to join Festival Scope, a new Internet platform that allows programming of selected film festivals to be viewed online by film professionals around the world.   "We see the participation of SFIFF in Festival Scope as a substantial benefit for the works programmed...

fresh film talent at the London Australian Film Festival

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The 17th London Australian Film Festival Thursday 5 to Thursday 12 May 2011 barbican.org.uk/film Box Office: 0845 120 7527   Spring is in the air and so it's time for a breath of fresh film talent from Down Under as the Barbican hosts the 17th London Australian Film Festival, bringing audiences the best in contemporary Australian features, documentaries, shorts and, new for 2011, artist films. This edition runs from Thursday 5 May to Thursday 12 May 2011 wi...

AUDI Festival of German Films in Australia celebrates its 10th birthday

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Last year, the festival, which is jointly organised by Goethe-Institut Australia and German Films, posted record attendance figures with more than 26,000 admissions and is now looking to build on this success with an extensive program: a total of 38 feature films and documentaries along with 13 shorts will be shown in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth and Adelaide from 6 - 18 April, 2011.   Actor Burghart Klaußner will be in attendance to present the opening film GOETHE! (YOUNG G...

Indian Film Festival: Bollywood & Beyond (IFF) in Australia

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  The 2011 Indian Film Festival: Bollywood & Beyond (IFF) has welcomed seven of the finest filmmaking and acting talents in Indian cinema to the country for IFF's Sydney and Melbourne openings - acclaimed multi award-winning actress Vidya Balan; actor/producer, pop star and supermodel Malaika Arora Khan; Pakistani pop sensation and new acting talent, Ali Zafar; directors Kabir Khan (Kabul Express); and Raj Kumar Gupta (Aamir); actor turned producer Arbaaz Khan; and producer Leslee Udwin...

A.L.I.C.E. now on five continents!

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"A.L.I.C.E." (2010/USA/15 mins.) has been accepted into its fifth festival...on a fifth continent. North America! "A.L.I.C.E." will play the Davis Film Festival in Davis, CA on April 8th at the Veteran's Memorial Theatre. Before Davis, "A.L.I.C.E." plays in the DIFF in Vina del Mar, Chile, the Angry Film Festival in Melbourne, Australia, the Cape Winelands Film Fest in Capetown, South Africa, and the Corto Helvetico al Femminile in Losone, Switze...

A.L.I.C.E. now in four festivals...on four continents!

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"A.L.I.C.E." (2010/USA/15 mins) has now been accepted into its fourth festival...on four continents! It will be screened in the Angry Film Festival in Melbourne, Australia, the DIFF in Vina del Mar, Chile and Cape Winelands Film Festival in Capetown, South Africa in March. In April, it plays in the Corto Helvetico al Femminile in Losone, Switzerland. For more information: http://www.dawnwestlake.com ...

The winners of the 2011 Western Union Short Film Competition

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  The Indian Film Festival: Bollywood and Beyond is delighted to announce the winners of the 2011 Western Union Short Film Competition. Indian director Collin D'Cunha is the International winner for his film MUMBAIKAR GANESH, director Ridwan Hassim is the Australian winner for his film, KHATABAH, and the New Zealand winner is Rajneel Singh with BLANK SPACES. Varan Sharma's ADJUST which tells the story of an Indian student realising his Australian dream received an Honorary Menti...

La Mirada Film Festival highlights

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  LA MIRADA FILM FESTIVAL 2011 CO-PROGRAMMED BY PEDRO ALMODÓVAR, GUEST CURATORS ANG LEE, ANTONIO BANDERAS, KEN LOACH AND GUILLERMO DEL TORO THURSDAY 14 APRIL to TUESDAY 26 April 2011 acmi (Australian Centre for the Moving Image) Federation Square, Melbourne Bookings: www.lamirada.org.au or  www.acmi.net.au/ticketing.htm, by phone 03 8663 2583 and at the ACMI Ticket Desk   The fabulous La Mirada Film Festival returns to the Australian C...

The Duel : the Filmmakers

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Dover Kosashvili - Director Born in Soviet Georgia in 1966, Dover Koshashvili immigrated to Israel with his family in 1972. He has directed two feature films and a short. His short, Im Hukim (By the Laws), first earned him acclaim at the 1999 Cannes Film Festival, where it was considered for the Cinefoundation award. In 2001, Koshashvili made his feature film directorial debut with Late Marriage, from a screenplay he wrote himse...

The Berlin edition of the IFFS Festival Summit 2011

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Bruno Chatelin, your editor, will be co chair of the Berlin edition 2011. Herewith the full detailed program. Tuesday February 8, 2011 8:30 am Registration Opens 9:15 - 9:30 am Opening Remarks by Conference Chair 9:30 - 10:45 am Panel "The 21st Century Festival: Diversity in genre, culture & media" As we push on into the 21st century, festivals must continue to adapt to the types of films ...

Film Independent producers lab selection

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14 FILMMAKERS & 9 PROJECTS SELECTED FOR FILM INDEPENDENT’S 2010 PRODUCERS LABFilm Independent, the non-profit arts organization that produces the Spirit Awards and Los Angeles Film Festival just wrapped its 10th annual Producers Lab earlier this week with 14 filmmakers and 9 projects participating. Sponsored by Technicolor and Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, the seven-week program took place in Los Angeles and was designed to help producers improve their craft, and move their current projects into...

THE HIVE, a ground-breaking 5 day residential lab

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The BigPond Adelaide Film Festival today announced the Australian artists, musicians, filmmakers, theatre makers, dancers, choreographers and writers who will participate in THE HIVE, a ground-breaking 5 day residential lab taking place within the 2011 BigPond Adelaide Film Festival (BAFF). THE HIVE will encourage art form cross-pollination – between practitioners, and between processes and creative approaches.The inaugural HIVE participants include Richard Tognetti, Artistic Director of the A...

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