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Vancouver VIFF 2010 award winners announced

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The 29th annual Vancouver International Film Festival concluded its 16-day run today with the closing gala screening the French film THE ILLUSIONIST (L'illusioniste), directed by Sylvain Chomet, in the Visa Screening Room at the Empire Granville 7 Cinemas. The winners of two juried awards and five audience awards were announced prior to the screening; two other juried awards were announced previously. More award details and the attendance tally will be released next week. JURIED AWARDS ET Canad...

VIFF's 25th Annual Film & TV Forum wrapped

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A slate of cinema's top award-winning filmmakers attracted a large gathering of aspiring filmmakers at VIFF's 25th Annual Film & TV Forum on Saturday, October 2, at the Rogers Industry Centre. The excitement was palpable for New Filmmakers' Day, the only event of its kind in Western Canada and drew an almost packed house for such notable guests as Sean Anders and John Morris (screenwriters Hot Tub Time Machine),director David Slade (Twilight: Eclipse, Hard Candy) and film editor extraordinaire S...

Northless

Director: Rigoberto Perezcano.
Andrés reaches the Mexican border to cross into the United States. Between each attempt, he discovers that Tijuana, the city that adopts him, is a troubled one. As he waits there, Andrés is not only confronted with his feelings and what he left behind, but also with those he meets in Tijuana: Cata, Ela, and Asensio.

Microphone to Toronto

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Egypt's exemplary avant-garde director Ahmad Abdalla's new film Micriphone (2010) will be featured at this year's TIFF.      Below is the latest from the makers of Microphone:    Almost the same bunch of independent film makers and fighters against the local commercial loud scene...  creators of "Heliopolis" (2009) made "Microphone" They just printed their first 35mm print one week ago, and are very excited...

VIFF 25th Annual Film & TV Forum announces a stellar line-up

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  The VIFF 25th Annual Film & TV Forum promises five full days of pitching sessions, seminars, panels, master classes, and networking opportunities with the brightest creative and most astute business professionals in film and television today. The Forum opens with an extended version of Storyville Vancouver followed by DOC Day, FILM Day, and TV Day, featuring thematic streamlined programming catering to all levels of Vancouver filmmakers. The ever-popular New Filmmakers' Day rounds o...

Spotlight On Canadian Cinema in Montreal

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  SILENCE LIES (Julie Hivon, Canada)  The Montreal World Film Festival, which is at the midway point of its celebration of world cinema, also sees part of its mission as a showcase for new Canadian film talents to shine for both local audiences and for visiting professional guests from all over the globe. While Canada’s film industry is rather strong, it still must compete with the overwhelming marketing machine of its powerful neighbor to the south. Fighting for screens an...

THE NEIGHBOR To World Premiere In Montreal

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  Nothing ignites interest like a world premiere, and this year's Montreal World Film Festival is boasting several. Among its most highly anticipated red carpet events is the presentation of THE NEIGHBOR, a film written and directed by Naghmeh Shirkhan. The film will be screened in the First Films World Competition section. Starring Azita Sahebjam, Tara Nazemi, Parisa Wahedi, Kamyar Mahinsa, Matt Dean, Ramin Sanadizadeth and Parvin Sahebjam this Canadian/USA co-production set in ...

Skip City Clebration of 3D

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  SKIP CITY INTERNATIONAL D-Cinema FESTIVAL (sponsored by Saitama Prefecture, Kawaguchi City, SKIP CITY INTERNATIONAL D-Cinema FESTIVAL committee, etc.), that had launched for the purpose of discovering new talents in the field of digital cinema, opened on July 23rd and came to the finale on 1 August. All the awards in Feature Length and Short Length Competitions were announced at the awarding ceremony that was held at 11:00 a.m. at the Audio Visual Hall of SKIP CITY. Let us forward you the...

Sarajevo Film Festival

actress Melissa Papel and director Ari Folman at the Sarajevo Film Festival Ari Folman is the director of one of my favorite films ever, Waltz With Bashir (2008). interview here with Ari Folman and interviewer Farai Gundan: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M8lnHy6_OUU   And one on one interview with Melissa Papel below:   In my interview with actress Melis

Another Planet

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Director: Ferenc Moldovanyi.
“Expanding upon themes he explored in Children: Kosovo 2000 (SDFF 24), Ferenc Moldoványi’s latest documentary is at once hypnotically beautiful and acutely disturbing. Shot over a two-year period in four countries on four continents—Ecuador (South America), Mexico (North America), Democratic Republic of Congo (Africa), and Cambodia (Asia)—Another Planet unfolds as a cinematic tone poem in the tradition of Koyaanisqatsi, exposing the unequal distribution of wealth around the world as a major humanitarian crisis. Framed by pastoral sequences in which a Tarahumara shaman imparts a dream of paradise on earth, the film moves quickly and seamlessly between the lives of seven children inextricably linked by their shocking and tragic experiences of daily exploitation and abuse. We meet lonely, aimless urchins, barely eking out a living on the streets. We see child laborers toiling in brick factories, garbage dumps, and brothels, only to be beaten when business is down. And perhaps most harrowing of all, we get to know the child soldiers of Congo as they are turned into killing machines. Throughout this journey, Moldoványi’s unwavering vision reminds us of the eternal coexistence of beauty and horror all over the world. Informed by the haunting cinematography of Tibor Máthé as well as Tibor Szemzö’s ethereal soundtrack, Another Planet crosses cultural boundaries to forge a commentary on the human condition as damning as it is open-ended.” 31st Starz Denver International Film Festival Official Catalogue "This globe-spanning film hits hard on many levels—visually, intellectually, emotionally. Beautifully shot in Ecuador, Mexico, Africa and Asia, Moldoványi’s film presents images that sparkle in the eye even as they punch you in the heart. Moldoványi introduces us to children in Cambodia, Ecuador, Mexico and the Democratic Republic of Congo, each of whom is struggling to survive. Working long hours, often in dangerous and dirty conditions, these children show us a side of existence that many have never seen or even imagined. While many in the US hold childhood as a special and protected time of nurtured innocence, this film reminds us all that for many children life is a brutal and precarious game of survival. With subjects that include children scavenging dumps for recyclables, child soldiers and child sex workers, this film offers a sympathetic and unblinking eye. The children themselves are our strongest storytellers, and they open up to Moldoványi’s camera to give us their own perspective. Their frankness astonishes as they talk matter-of-factly about their jobs and the consequences of not earning. The children either are at the mercy of adults—often the parents who force them to work and beat them when they don’t earn enough—or have been abandoned by adults altogether. While the film is not a gentle journey, it imagines a better world, a greater one. The filmmaker relies on your humanity and empathy to be moved by these children, while never directly suggesting a call to action. This film offers an unprecedented opportunity to explore another planet, a trip definitely worth taking." SILVERDOCS: AFI/Discovery Channel Documentary Festival

The Imaginarium of Anastasia Masaro

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 Interview with Production Designer Anastasia Masaro on The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus (2009). Other than being the last film that Oscar winning actor Heath Ledger acted in, this has to be one of the most visually stunning films I've ever seen. David Lynch and Tim Burton have some serious rivalry here on cinematic surrealism. The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus (2009) is like a walk through a Dali meets Ernst painting, on Absinthe!  ME: Hi Anastasia, thank you so much for taking time to...

Another toast to the Future of Festivals from The Future of Cinema Salon in Cannes 2010

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Future of Cinema Salon in Cannes 2010 presents Future of Festivals Mingle talk and Wine tasting Presented by Filmfestivals.com and Xomo May 19th 8.00 to 9.30 You are cordially invited to the new installment of Future of Cinema Salon in Cannes, a series of panels and exchange arenas which wa initiated in Cannes 2007 and were further introduced in Locarno as official partner. The invited guests (festival directors attending Cannes) will have the opportunity to mingle w...

Download your Cannes iPhone application now and follow our videos, dailies...

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The festival opens tomorrow it is time for you to watch it for FREE on your iPhone, download the 2010 Festival de Cannes Fan Guide App called "CannesFilm". - in English and French - Find out what's on near you during the Festival- Watch videos and read blog posts from the red carpet brought to you by fest21.com and filmfestivals.com team of 15 contributors- View and submit photos from your phone to appear on our website- Facebook and Twitter integration- Browse upcom...

Brighthand Mobile Film Festival

The Brighthand Mobile Film Festival (BMFF) is a two-day event (March 23-24) showcasing some of the most creative and interesting made-for-mobile content designed for display on small-format wireless cell phones, smartphones and communications-enabled devices.

The event takes place at CTIA Wireless 2010 next month in Las Vegas. CTIA Wireless is the premier mobile and wireless gathering in the U.S., and is expected to attract 40,000 or more attendees this year. This means your mobile film entry may be a part of an exciting showcase and competition that will be included in CTIA's emerging technology pavilion and screened for thousands of people in the wireless and mobile industries.

Entries should run about three-minutes or so, and can be in virtually any format. Filmmakers may submit entries in six different content categories: Comedy, Drama, Music, Animation, Documentary and Series. BMFF entries will be judged by a panel of experts, who will rate the ultra-short films on such things as creativity, entertainment value, 'real world' utility and best use of currently-available mobile technology.

Judges include Ed Hardy, Editor of Brighthand.com, Judi Babcock, producer at Friendly Fire Entertainment, Vancouver, B.C.; and Beau Buck, founder and CEO of mFlix and BigDigit, Inc. Finalists in each category will be awarded a guaranteed 60 days of national distribution on the mFlix mobile film channel, one of the first mobile channels of its kind in the U.S. now available on the Sprint PCS wireless network.

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Darfur

Director: Uwe Boll.
Since 2003 the crisis in Darfur has claimed the lives of over 300,000 civilians. 2,8 million Darfuri have been displaced within Sudan. The JANJAWEED MILITIY & SUDANESE GOVERNMENT FORCES have been responsible for the majority of the rape, torture and murder. 3,8 million people are dependent on international humanitarian aid. One half of these people are beyond the reach of such help. In 2009 a group of international Journalists visited a village in the Darfur region under the protection of the AFRICAN UNION (AU). They were never the same again ...

Vancouver Women in Film Festival (VWIFF)

7th Annual Vancouver Women in Film Festival (VWIFF 2012)

March 8-11, 2012 in Vancouver, BC Canada 

Each year since 2006, the Vancouver Women in Film Festival (VWIFF) has showcased an impressive line-up of short and feature films (narrative, documentary and animation) by established and emerging women filmmakers from around the world. The Festival is presented by Women in Film and Television Vancouver and is one of our key annual celebration events. In addition to offering independent filmmakers a professional screening opportunity, the festival also serves to build audiences and appreciation for relevant cinema by women.

“There was such a breadth of vision, expression and storytelling in the submissions we received last year, I’m very excited to see what we’ll be presenting to our audiences in 2012,” says Festival Artistic Director, Roslyn Muir.

All films screened at our festival have women in at least three of the key creative roles (one woman may serve in more than one role): Writer, Producer, Director, D.O.P., Lead Actor, or Lead Animator / Editor. We encourage submissions featuring strong female characters and stories. All independent filmmakers (women and men) whose films were completed after January 1, 2010 are invited to submit.

You may submit your film through our website,
or *new this year* you may submit using WITHOUTABOX.


Here's what filmmakers have to say: "Our film screened at VWIFF in 2011, and it was an absolutely amazing experience! The energy and support was infectious. We are looking forward to submitting our next project for next year's festival."

The Vancouver Women in Film Festival celebrates these wonderful filmmakers with artists' fees as well as cash and in-kind awards through the generous support of Legacy Filmworks, Women In the Director’s Chair (Creative Women Workshops Association), Kodak Canada, and a variety of other sponsors.

Read more about the Legacy Awards (three cash prizes totalling $1200), the Women In the Director's Chair Feature Film Award (representing industry leadership and support from some of the most significant companies in western Canada and valued at nearly $120,000), and our annual Spotlight Awards and Gala.

Be a part of our festival! Submit your film today! 


 

Jewish film scores to life for a one-time-only concert at the Atlanta Symphony Hall

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  In a first-ever collaboration, the Atlanta Jewish Film Festival will partner with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra to bring some of the most beloved Jewish film scores to life for a one-time-only concert on Monday, Jan. 4, 2010, at 8 p.m., at Atlanta Symphony Hall. The AJFF Gala Concert kicks off the 10th Annual Atlanta Jewish Film Festival, which runs Jan. 13-24, 2010.   The Jan. 4 concert, sponsored by Turner Classic Movies and Comcast, will be the first time a concert of ...

Meet Indie Filmmaker: MILK MAN

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  Photograph by Patrick Moore Director James Rumsey recently submitted his film, Milk Man to the ÉCU 2010 Fiction Short category. Having recently won the “Audience Choice Award” at the Filmstock International Film Festival 2009 in the UK, Rumsey talks to us about milk, re-birth and the beauty of working on a tight budget. By Anna Takayama  Q: What is your film about? Milk Man is about the consequences of getting stuck in one view of yourself and of...

Meet Indie Filmmaker: Milk Man

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      Director James Rumsey recently submitted his film, Milk Man to the ÉCU 2010 Fiction Short category. Having recently won the “Audience Choice Award” at the Filmstock International Film Festival 2009 in the UK, Rumsey talks to us about milk, re-birth and the beauty of working on a tight budget. By Anna Takayama  Q: What is your film about? Milk Man is about the consequences of getting stuck in one view of yourself and of life and aims to suggest th...

Freeride World Tour 2010

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A unique mix of the world's foremost freeride skiers and snowboarders have all confirmed their participation in the Freeride World Tour 2010, with the prize purse of no less than $206 200. The athletes will see a new event on the 2010 Tour calendar, the Nissan Freeride de Chamonix-Mont-Blanc, with scheduled competition day on January 30. "The fluidity in the choice of lines, the perfection of technical jumps combined with speed, has pushed freeriding into a new era. Chamonix-Mont-Blanc...

A year of triumph over challenges marks a satisfying 2009 Festival

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The recently concluded Vancouver International Film Festival drew 149,135 people to 659 screenings of 379 films representing some 75 countries. Many of these films were Canadian or North American premieres, and visiting filmmakers were widely in attendance, presenting over 200 of these screenings.   Festival Director Alan Franey reflected, "For the Vancouver International Film Festival, 2009 will be remembered as a year of triumph over challenges. We had braced ourselves fo...

NEWSLETTER N° 437: October 21, 2009

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..............WELCOME TO OUR NEWSLETTER N° 437: October 21, 2009 Follow this LINK if you cannot read the newsletter properly Contact the Editor of the site, Advertise on the sites. You can find us at twitter.com/fest21 and find Bruno Chatelin on facebook Add your fest21.com RSS to your blogs! How to use FestivalExpress our new online submis...

Vancouver's VIFF 2009 award winners announced

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The 28th annual Vancouver International Film Festival concluded its 16-day run today with the closing gala screening the French film QUEEN TO PLAY (Joueuse), directed by Caroline Bottaro, in the Visa Screening Room at the Empire Granville 7 Cinemas. Director Bottaro was present to introduce the film to the audience.The winners of three juried awards and five audience awards were announced prior to the screening; a fourth juried award was announced previously. More award details and the attendanc...

Atlanta Jewish Fest brings film scores to life

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In a first-ever collaboration, the Atlanta Jewish Film Festival will partner with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra to bring some of the most beloved Jewish film scores to life for a one-time-only concert on Monday, Jan. 4, 2010, at 8 p.m., at Atlanta Symphony Hall. The AJFF Gala Concert kicks off the 10th Annual Atlanta Jewish Film Festival, which runs Jan. 13-24, 2010. The Jan. 4 concert, sponsored by Turner Classic Movies and Comcast, will be the first time a concert of Jewish-themed film scores...

Jury members for the Asia Pacific Screen Awards

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Eminent Chinese director, screenwriter and producer, Huang Jianxin, will head the International Jury for the third annual Asia Pacific Screen Awards (APSA). He will be joined by Australian playwright and screenwriter David Williamson, Iranian filmmaker Tahmineh Milāni, Indian playwright, screenwriter and director Feroz Abbas Khan and Korean writer/director Gina Kim. The International Jury will determine winners in the 2009 Asia Pacific Screen Awards to be announced in a ceremony on Australia'...
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