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Spotlight on SHOOTING STARS at International Rome Film Festival

With the aim of increasing the awareness of European films and talent in Italy, European Film Promotion (EFP) will be bringing three SHOOTING STARS 2010 to the International Rome Film Festival (October 28 - November 5) for the first time. Following the showcase at the Berlin International Film Festival, the selected three emerging actors will present their recent films at Italy's glittering cinematographic feast. The Italian SHOOTING STAR Michele Riondino will be seen in Ten Winters by Valerio...

River to River. 10th Florence Indian Film Festival

River to River. Florence Indian Film Festival celebrates its 10th edition with a tribute and a photographic exhibition on multi-award winner and celebrated director Satyajit Ray, in addition to the films in competition and special screenings.The 10th River to River. Florence Indian Film Festival, founded and directed by Selvaggia Velo, will take place in Florence, Italy, from 3rd to 9th December, 2010.Under the Patronage of the Embassy of India in Rome, the Festival will take place in the cinema...

A new Festival in Beverly Hills, at last!

The Invocation will receive the 2010 Humanitarian Award at the Beverly Hills Film, TV and New Media Festival, directed by Emmanuel Itier(“Scarecrow”). “The Invocation” is a quest to explain the notion of “God” around the World, in our daily life, and through Religion, Spirituality, Science, History, Politics, Philosophy and Entertainment. The film features over 80 interviews with various leaders in diverse fields as well as the common people living in the many geographical areas visi...

Rome International Film Festival, October 28-November 5, 2010

If you find yourself in Rome towards the end of October to the beginning of November, 2010, then maybe one of the 146 Films and Documentaries being shown at the Auditorium Parco della Musica at the Rome International Film Festival, will be of interest to you.  Of the Sixteen films in competition, judged by the International Jury comprised of Sergio Castellitto, Natalia Aspesi, Ulu Grosbard, Patrick McGrath, Edgar Reitz, and Olga Sviblova, four are Italian, while two are American. 1.  "Un...

Sergio Castellitto will head the Jury of the Rome Festival

  Actor-director Sergio Castellitto will head the International Jury of the International Rome Film Festival (28th October - 5th November 2010), it was announced today by the Festival's President Gian Luigi Rondi. The other members of the Jury will be: Italian journalist and writer Natalia Aspesi, winner of the Pietro Bianchi Award for film criticism; director Ulu Grosbard (United States - Belgium), who has directed feature films such as Falling in Love with Meryl Streep and True Confession...

1st London Iranian Film Festival - Selection Committee Announcement

Selection Committee Announcement Kamran Shirdel (Head of Film Selection Committee)DocumentarianConsidered a pioneer of Iran's NEW cinema. Born in born 1939 in Tehran, he studied architecture, urbanism, and design at the University of Rome and film direction at the Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia of Rome. After graduating in 1964, he worked as an assistant director with John Huston on The Bible before making his diploma film, Gli Specchi (The Mirrors), in Rome. He returned to Iran and star...

NEWSLETTER N° 475: September 3, 2010

 .............                                                                                                                                                          WELCOME TO OUR NEWSLETTER N° 475: September 3, 2010 THE SUMMER WRAP NEWSLETTER Follow this LINK if you cannot read the newsletter properly Contact the Editor, Advertise on the sites.  Our newsletter ...

30 days to go!!! 242 Short Film Festival is about to begin!!!

Hi everyone, just a reminder that there's ONE MONTH LEFT to submit your work to the 242 Short Film Festival 4th Edition, to be held in Rome, Italy, on December 3-5 in the wonderful setting of the "Casa del Cinema" in Villa Borghese. An artistic jury composed of Directors, actors, screenwriters and movie critics will award a 5,000€ (five thousand) first prize. The contest will also include an on-line section that will award 1,000€ on a popular poll basis next to a number...

Last Night (Keira Knightley and Eva Mendes) next Rome opener

Massy Tadjedin’s Last Night, starring Keira Knightley, a romantic tale of sexual attraction, betrayal, and jealousy, will open the next International Rome Film Festival, running from October 28 to November 5, 2010, at the Auditorium Parco della Musica. Directed by Iranian-American Massy Tadjedin, with a star-studded cast featuring Keira Knightley, Eva Mendes, Sam Worthington, and Guillaume Canet, the film is set to kick off the competition section of the Official Selection. Another hotly-await...

Locarno to start European tour

Locarno in Rome – September 1/6September 1-6: the Italian capital will host “I Grandi Festival – Locarno a Roma” (The Big Festivals – Locarno in Rome). Roman audiences will have the opportunity to see a range of films from the most recent edition of the Locarno event. In addition, this year, to celebrate the tenth anniversary of this initiative, a retrospective program will present ten Italian films that have marked the history of the Locarno Festival. Full program information will be...

The Kindness of Alessandro Parrello

  Today, I present Mr. Alessandro Parrello who plays Giovanni Allegretti in the much anticipated directorial debut of Deborah Hadfield in The Kindness of Strangers (2010). Alessandro Parrello is the Italian acting sensation who is about to explode! Ale takes time out of his Italian holiday to speak about his burgeoning film career.     ME: Hey, Ale, thanks for trekking down the mountains of Abruzzo with all the horses and cows to be here. Ale is a veritable Ital...

Francesco Rosi Honored In Locarno

Italian director Francesco Rosi will receive a Lifetimetime Achievement Pardo Award at the Locarno Film Festival this Friday, August 13. The award ceremony will take place in the city's famed Piazza Grande, one of Europe's most atmospheric town squares. An open air screening of one of Rosi’s masterpiece MANY WARS AGO (Uomini contro, 1970) starring Gian Maria Volonté and Alain Cuny, will be presented in a print restored by the Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia – Cineteca N...

Day of acceptance

Day 2 kicked off with rain and wind and yesterday was sunny and hot. I am not sure which I prefer... The day promised a lot and I didn't realise that the 3 films that I was about to see all had the same basic theme - acceptance. I caught Coming out of the nkuta, a film from Cameroon, at the Royal Hotel and was stunned at how prejudiced the society in Cameroon is. Homosexuality is still banned with "culprits" going to jail for five years. Apparantly, this country is even worse than mo...

The Sicilian Girl

Next week The Sicilian Girl (2009) by director Marco Amenta starring Veronica D'Agostino and Gerard Jugnot will open in theaters in the U.S. The Sicilian Girl is a based on the true story of Rita Atria, a teenaged girl born into the Cosa Nostra who rebelled against the mafia as a witness in Italian courts to avange her father's death. It is a riveting dramatic thriller that has received international acclaim. I saw The Sicilian Girl in Palm Springs, California when Amenta screened h...

Here's the DIFF

Now that everybody knows why I like film festivals, this is my programme for Durban. As the city is so big and the venues far apart, I have to close my eyes and miss some excellent films such as Baaria, The Concert, Lebanon, Loose cannons, Sex, drugs and rock 'n roll and A woman, gun and noodle shop. Luckily Baaria, The concert and A woman, gun and noodle shop will be released on the SA art film circuit soon. The films in Durban cover a huge array with themes such as Ecolens, Wavescap...


Meet the young and fresh hot new talent from Rome, Italy, Mr. Alessandro Mancini. A writer and actor of theater, he is now making his film debut in two feature roles set in Rome, one to be announced, the second in Animae (2012), written and produced by Vanessa McMahon and co-production with Kimberly Campoli... more details to be announced. Stay tuned and look out for Alessandro Mancini t

The Spirit of Sepharad: From Casbah to Caliphate Musical Performance

By Maria Esteves - June 22, 2010 The Off Broadway musical performance of The Spirit of Sepharad: From Casbah to Caliphate, directed by Gerard Edery and Vivienne Roumani-Denn commenced Wednesday, May 26, 2010, 7:00 PM at the Museum of Jewish Heritage, New York. Presented by Root One Foundation and Museum of Jewish Heritage, this astonishing, awe-inspiring musical masterpiece embarks on a historical journey of Sephardic Judiasm through traditional songs, flamenco dances, and film footages. It c...

Submit Now!!! Join the competition now to enter your film to the 4rd "242 Short Film Festival" in Rome, Italy

Join the competition now to enter your film to the 4rd 242 Short Film Festival (242SFF). Free to enter global competition with cash awards. The Festival will take place in December 2010 at the "Casa del Cinema" in Villa Borghese, Rome, Italy. The Festival has two sections: "242 Short Film Festival" Section - This section is open to all International Directors. Short film length should be less than 30 minutes. The works will be screened to a ...

Arubaaaaaa, its a a wrap, braaaaavo

In an economy where long-running festivals are struggling, the Aruba International Film Festival had a solid inaugural run. "For the first year, I think it's a success," says one of the festival's founders, Guiseppe Cioccarelli. Bruno chatelin added " We, at, know of 4000 festivals in our directory, adding a new one is a challenge we always like to salute, but doing so, taking the risk to launch an event with such great ambit...

Aruba wrapped a success inaugural edition

In an economy where long-running festivals are struggling, the Aruba International Film Festival had a solid inaugural run. "For the first year, I think it's a success," says one of the festival's founders, Guiseppe Cioccarelli.The new festival on this Caribbean island (17 miles north of Venezuela, part of the lesser Antilles) was the brainchild of Giuseppe Cioccarelli, a veteran line producer who moved to Aruba three years ago, and Jonathan Vieira, a local music and TV producer. (The pair run A...

Cine Fest Petrobras Brasil To Shake New York

Caphirinas, dee-jayed dança and Brazilian beats in Central Park – even if Cine Fest Petrobras Brasil (June 5 to 12, 2010) weren't bringing a week of new Brazilian cinema to New York, it'd still be a pretext to samba. Back for its eighth run, the week-long carnival will lead off with the Opening Night film, The Well Beloved One/O Bem Amado, followed by a festa brasileira. Guel Arraes's feature adaptation of playwright Dias Gomes's classic comedy sends up small-town politics and mores ...

The Golden Aruba Award to be offerered to filmmaker Bernardo Bertolucci

  The Aruba International Film Festival (AIFF) announced today that legendary, Academy Award® winning filmmaker Bernardo Bertolucci (The Last Emperor, Last Tango in Paris, The Conformist, The Dreamers) will be bestowed with The Golden Aruba Award for outstanding achievement in film at the inaugural Film Festival, taking place June 4-11, 2010. The announcement was made by AIFF Artistic Director Claudio Masenza.Serving as the Festival's most prestigious symbol of r...

Aruba A to Z: The complete detailed Aruba Line up

OFFICIAL 2010 PROGRAM   3 Idiots Year: 2009 Country: India Language: Hindi Genre: Comedy with music Directed by: Rajkumar Hirani Written by: Abhijat Joshi and Rajkumar Hirani based on a novel by Chetan Bhagat Cast: Aamir Khan, Kareena Kapoor, Boman Irani   About the Film:   The story, told in intermittent flashbacks, involves the exploits of three friends pursuing an Engineering Degree. Two of them are re...

NEWSLETTER N° 466: may 24, 2010

.............                                                      WELCOME TO OUR NEWSLETTER N° 466: may 24, 2010 Follow this LINK if you cannot read the newsletter properly The Future of Cinema Salon in Cannes gave a toast to Future of Festivals and Xomo gathered 100 festival directors attending Cannes for a wine tasting reception. Our Cannes...

"Cameraman: The Life and Work of Jack Cardiff" Interview with Director: Craig McCall

Cameraman: The Life and Work of Jack Cardiff, might be more aptly titled, "Painter, Photographer, Inventor, Explorer, Cameraman, and Director: The Life and Work of Jack Cardiff." There hasn't been many whose obituary reads, born in 1918, entered the industry as a child movie actor at four years of age, studied impressionist painters, was one of the first to use color in film, commenting that "color is light, and light is color ", was the first to have to scout remote movie locations in a time p...


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