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The International Jury expects bold and original films from the International Competition

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Today the festival center Matti'D was invaded by the directors David Mackenzie, Dragomir Sholev, Jan Cvitković and the producer Marc Baschet from the International feature films jury. Mackenzie and Cvitković said that they expect to watch fresh films, which are typical for young filmmakers – not films with speciffic special effects, but films that are work in the reality they create, brave, honest and beautiful. Mark Baschet said he expects from the short films in the Jameson comp...

Jan Cvitković about “Archeo”: “I wanted to make a film, not a coated story”

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Undoubtedly one of the most distinctive and original directors in Slovenian cinema, Jan Cvitković, is an old friend of SIFF. Among the many international festival awards that his films Bread and Milk and Gravehopping gatnered, is No Man’s Land in the Balkan competition at the SIFF. This year Jan Cvitković comes to the festival as a mem¬ber of the International Jury as well as with his new movie Archeo. Archeo (produced by Jozko Rutar, who also arrives for the 16th edition o...

UNESCO Forum Balkan Visions: Creativity For The Future In South - East Europe in the frame of 16th Sofia IFF

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UNESCO Forum Balkan Visions: Creativity For The Future In South - East Europe with the support of Sofia Municipality,will include three round tables with themes on cinema, artistic creativity in the city and visual art innovations. The event is part of the new global initiative entitled “Culture: a Bridge to Development”, launched by the Director-General of UNESCO, Mrs Irina Bokova. This Forum seeks to sketch a portrait of the South-East European region through the lens o...

Konstantin Bozhanov: “It is not necessary to take a ship to go to a non-existent village on the Danube”

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Ave is one of the most highly anticipated films of the year. The work keeps the viewers in a natural suspense that is not a filmmaking trick but the core of the story told – universal on one hand, but on the other hand, somehow corresponding to the local reality (just before the start of the shooting Konstanin Bozhanov was offered to rewrite the script and moving the story to Seattle, but he refused because it didn’t seem natural to him). A film with very dark and poorly lit sp...

7 features and 10 shorts selected at Semaine de la Critique 2012

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Parallel section of the Cannes Film Festival, la Semaine de la Critique has steadfastly remained true to its tradition of discovering new talents. Ever since it was conceived by the French Union of Film Critics in 1962, the objective of la Semaine de la Critique has been to showcase first and second feature films by directors from all over the world. Bernardo Bertolucci, Jean Eustache, Otar Iosseliani, Ken Loach, Wong Kar Wai, Jacques Audiard, or even Arnaud Desplechin all started a...

IFFS Europe The Fest Summit Agenda april 3 & 4

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2012 IFFS EUROPE - PARIS - CONFERENCE AGENDA Tuesday April 3, 2012 Co-chairs:  Bruno Chatelin Chief Operating Officer FEST21.COM FILMFESTIVALS.COM Scott Hillier Festival Director European Independent Film Festival 8:30 am - Registration Opens ...

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 ...

Once Mars Is Colonized

Director: Pierre Yves Clouin.
Once Mars is colonized, we must go to Alpha Centauri. - Ray Bradbury

Bristol Encounters Short Film Festival scripts selected

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After receiving a few hundred projects, and after an intense Jury meeting at the Bristol Encounters Short Film Festival, we came up with a high quality selection of 25 scripts, next year's participants of European Short Pitch.And here they are, the final selection:- ‘The Chicken’ - Cecilia Frugiuele (Italy)- ‘Chain’ - Eicke Bettinga (Germany)- ‘Ice Cream’ - Asli Akdag (Turkey)- ‘Flora & Fauna’ - Piotr Litwin (Poland)- ‘CTRL-ALT-DEL’ - Luc Walpoth & Klaus Pas (Belgium/Swit...

52nd TIFF - Thessaloniki AGORA / MARKET Awards

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Crossroads Co-production Forum and Works in ProgressTHESSALONIKI AGORA / MARKET, the industry activity of the Thessaloniki International Film Festival headed by Marie-Pierre Macia, is pleased to announce its awards. I. The jury of the 7th Crossroads Co-production Forum, consisting of Roberto Olla, (Eurimages – Executive Director, France), Guillaume De Seille, (Arizona Films– Producer, France), Yorgos Tsourgiannis, (Horsefly Production – producer, Greece) grants the 2|35 co-production award...

November is the month of firsts here at ÉCU!

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On to the first of firsts…the launch of ÉCU’s new category, ‘ÉCU Firsts’. This exciting new edition offers first-time filmmakers the opportunity to screen their films at the ÉCU Film Festival in our special “ÉCU Firsts” screening area in Paris, for free, from March 30th to April 1st 2012. Check our website’s Homepage for details on submission criteria. For the first time ever, Kadi is off to Sofia, Bulgaria to judge the 7th edition of the International S...

The Agora Awards at 52nd TIFF

SOFIA MEETINGS of the Sofiainternational Film Festival selects the project THE COUCH, Directed by: Duccio Chiarini, Produced by: Fabrizio Mosca, AcabaProduzioni, Italy to be presented inMarch 2012.Mira Staleva of SIFF and Marie-Pierre Macia present the award.photo by Vanessa McMahon 

The Agora Awards at 52nd TIFF

SOFIA MEETINGS of the Sofiainternational Film Festival selects the project THE COUCH, Directed by: Duccio Chiarini, Produced by: Fabrizio Mosca, AcabaProduzioni, Italy to be presented inMarch 2012.Mira Staleva of SIFF and Marie-Pierre Macia present the award.photo by Vanessa McMahon 

The Agora Awards at 52nd TIFF

The Agora AwardsTHESSALONIKIAGORA / MARKET, the industry activity of the Thessaloniki International FilmFestival headed by Marie-Pierre Macia, is pleased to announce its awards.  I. The jury of the 7th CrossroadsCo-production Forum, consisting of Roberto Olla, (Eurimages –Executive Director, France), Guillaume De Seille, (Arizona Films–Producer, France), Yorgos Tsourgiannis, (Horsefly Production – producer,Gre

The Agora Awards at 52nd TIFF

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The Agora Market Awards TIFF 2011 -TIFF PRESS RELEASE- 52nd TIFF: Agora Awards (11/12/2011)AGORA AWARDS The Agora/Market section of the 52nd edition of the Thessaloniki International Film Festival concluded on Friday, November 11 at Warehouse C, with the Works in Progress and Crossroads 7th Co-Production Forum awards ceremony. The ceremony took place in a festive atmosphere in the presence of TIFF director Dimitris Eipides. Mr. Eipides warmly thanked all Agora participants. Taking the floo...

52nd TIFF: Crossroads opening

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TIFF PRESS RELEASE! 52nd TIFF: Crossroads opening (11/9/2011) CROSSROADS OPENING The launch of the 7th Crossroads Co-Production Forum, which is part of the Thessaloniki International Film Festival’s Agora / Market section, took place on Wednesday, November 9, at the Electra Palace hotel. “This is an important day for both you and the Festival”, said TIFF director Dimitris Eipides in his short welcoming speech, addressing the Forum’s participants. The Festival gives great emp...

2011 Warsaw Film Festival Prize Winners

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“Rose”, directed by Wojciech Smarzowski, won the top prize in the International Competition at the 27th Warsaw Film Festival, which wrapped today.A historical drama set in the picturesque Mazury region of northern Poland (formerly East Prussia) in the summer of 1945 just after the Second World War, the film's protagonist Rose is a Pole whose German husband has been killed in the war, leaving her alone on their farm. As Soviet soldiers and locals circle around the farm, she is grateful for th...

Taking Bulgarian Cinema on the Road: An Interview With Director Konstantin Bojanov

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Walking around New York, London or Paris, if you offered someone 100 dollars, pounds or euros to name just one Bulgarian film or director, you'd likely still have the money in your pocket after an hour of trying. Of course, this fact has nothing to do with a lack of productivity or talent in contemporary Bulgarian cinema.And with “Avé”, the feature film debut by director Konstantin Bojanov, Bulgarian cinema's profile is likely to be raised higher, as audiences discover a deeply personal and...

More Sofia Meetings projects with international recognition

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Adrian Sitaru's film Best Intentions won the Best Director and Best Actor awards (Bogdan Dumitrace) at Locarno International Film Festival's 46th edition. The Romanian-Hungarian co-production was presented as project at Sofia Meetings in 2010. Director Andrey Paounov's The Boy Who Was a King was selected for “Reel to Reel”, Toronto International Film Festival's documentary section. Simeon Saxe-Coburg-Gotha dedicated film was also a participant in 2010 Sofia Meetings' Works in Progress...

Nu Image Names Roy Matalon New President of International Sales & Distribution

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  Roy Matalon has been named President of International Sales & Distribution for Nu Image, Inc. it was announced today (8/18) by principals Danny Dimbort, Avi Lerner and Trevor Short. Matalon joins Nu Image after 14 years at New Regency Productions as Senior Vice President of Distribution of domestic and international theatrical, home entertainment and television; overseeing sales, licensing, and, marketing. Prior to New Regency, Matalon served as Managing Director of Theatrical...

VIDEOHOLICA 2011 INTERNATIONAL VIDEO ART FESTIVAL

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VIDEOHOLICA 2011 INTERNATIONAL VIDEO ART FESTIVAL EDITION 4 05 - 12 AUGUST 2011, VARNA, BULGARIA For the fourth consecutive year, the International Video Art Festival VIDEOHOLICA will be held in Varna from 5th to 12th August 2011. This year’s program of VIDEOHOLICA brings an abundance of video screenings, presentations and exhibitions presenting video art on a global scale. The main program of VIDEOHOLICA 2011, curated by Pavlina Mladenova and Neno Belchev, will be a seri...

New Festival Partner ‘Early Bird’

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Français Meet ÉCU’s new festival partner ‘Early Bird’, a European student film festival. We are delighted to announce that they are now open for submissions. For more details please see below: “EARLY BIRD” EUROPEAN STUDENT FILM FESTIVAL IS OPEN FOR SUBMISSIONS (NOVEMBER 2011, SOFIA, BULGARIA) The American Foundation for Bulgaria has the pleasure to invite you to participate in the selection for the program of the 7th Students’ Film Festival EARLY BI...

Sofia Meetings in Sarajevo

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ShelterThe 17th edition of Sarajevo International Film Festival will take place from 22 till 30 July. The will be strong presence of Bulgarian films in its programme, which started as projects at Sofia Meetings. During the 8th edition of the film projects market during Sofia International Film Festival in 2011 all the titles had closed screenings. After he presented his debut feature Ave in the competition programme of the Critics Week at Cannes, director Konstantin Bojanov's fil...

WHITE AS SNOW, an interview with Selim and Nur Gunes

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One of the most memorable films I have seen this past year was the haunting and lyrical film WHITE AS SNOW (Turkey, 2010) by director Selim Gunes and producer Nur Gunes. This is an unforgettable experiment in storytelling, disrupting our linear-prone conception of time in order to think in fragments. The mind doesn’t look back in time sequentially so why should a film that is retrospective? In this film about a poor young boy, Hasan, from the 1970’s, the viewer is forced to struggle through...

MOTHERS by Milcho Manchevski, Aruba review!

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MM on panel at SIFF 2011 MOTHERS (2010) by director Milcho Manchevski screened at the 2nd annual Aruba International Film Festival (AIFF) 2011. Here find a review of the award-winning film that saw its opening in Toronto at TIFF 2010, screened at Berlinale 2011, won the prize for best feature at Belgrade International Film Festival 2011 and thereafter traveled to Sofia (SIFF), Istanbul International Film Festival (IFF), Aruba (AIFF) and many others, continuing its international festival journey...

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