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'Spanish Dracula' in Krakow with live soundtrack performance by Gary Lucas, what a privilege

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  Gary Lucas delivered another great performance of His Spanish Dracula soundtrack at the Off Plus Camera Festival. A rock club (King Lizard) held a private party with festival guests discovering the amazing work of Gary who played his guitar live soundtrack with the screening of the film. Gary at the Lizard King The project's premiere took place during the 31st Havana Film Festival, where it was named a spectacular hit. It was also presented during t...

Istanbul Film Festival opens tomorrow celebrates 30 year anniversary

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BANGKOK ~ The 30th Istanbul Film Festival will take place during April 2-17. With approximately 150, 000 participants last year Istanbul Film Festival is again the biggest cinema event of Turkey and once again offers rich content. Some 230 films in 21 sections will be shown in the festival. A  wide-ranging programme composed of special retrospectives exclusive to the 30th year includes new films premiered in January at Sundance and in February at Berlin, Golden Tulip International and Na...

Jury of Polish Feature Film Competition!

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We would like to introduce the members of the Jury of the first Polish Feature Film Competition.  The Jury will appraise ten nominated Polish productions made in 2010. Just a quick reminder that the winner takes the Polish Noble Award with 100.000PLN – to be divided between the director and the producer. Rose McGowan: actress known for such projects as “Scream”, “The Doom Generation” or the TV series “Charmed”. She attained international fame with her role in two episodes of th...

Gary Lucas and his “Spanish Dracula” in Krakow

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“Spanish Dracula” by Gary Lucas is a project comprising solo guitar compositions as accompaniment to the famous Spanish film “Dracula” made in 1931. The project's premiere took place during the 31st Havana Film Festival, where it was named a spectacular hit. It was also presented during the London Jazz Festival at the Queen Elisabeth Hall and turned into a success, crowned with a 4-star review in “The Guardian”. The performance was also appreciated in other places in t...

Wimbledon SHORTS 2012

Wimbledon SHORTS short Film Competition 2012 Deadline for Entries 31st March, 2012  Wimbledon's alternative film club, the WFC, hosts the fifth Wimbledon Shorts Film Festival in July 2012. We've got a terrific judging panel, great people from across the film industry: 
  • Lisa Rawlings: Development Editor, Film4
  • Julia Blackman, co-founder and Executive Producer of Scion Films
  • Allisa Ferrier, Acquisitions Executive, Artificial Eye
  • Andrew Pulver: Film Editor, The Guardian
  • Manu Luksch: artist and filmmaker
  • Dominic Buttimore: director, Th1ng Animation
  • Nick Brimble, actor
  • Derek Malcolm: Film critic
  • Josh Appignanesi: film director ("The Infidel")
  • Avie Luthrie: BAFTA-nominated film director ("Mad, Bad and Sad")
  • Nick Toon, Vice President, UK Public Policy, Time Warner
  Wimbledon Shorts is dedicated to showcasing new and innovative work in film and video from around the world. Whether your film is narrative driven, animated or experimental, we're looking for films that challenge or shift the boundaries of conventional filmmaking – just as long as it's under 15 minutes! Awardsv     WFC award for Best Wimbledon Shorts film v     Audience Award v     Best Animated Film v     Student Filmmaker Award sponsored by studentshouseonline (filmmakers under 25 in schools, colleges and universities) v     Marcus Beale Experimental Film Award Prizes£500 prize for WFC Award for Best Wimbledon Shorts Film'Meet with an Industry Expert' for Winner of the Best Student Filmmaker Award. Competition closes 31 March 2012SHORTS festival 21 July 2011 Submission details can be found at:

http://www.wimbledonshorts.com/

Off Plus Camera will host the FIPRESCI award!

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Off Plus Camera Film Festival is constantly expanding its horizons and working hard on many novelties. This 4th year of the festival, The International Federation of Film Critics will award its prestigious accolade - FIPRESCI.  The International Federation of Film Critics ( Fédération Internationale de la Presse Cinématographique) is an association of professional film critics from all over the world. The Federation took shape in Paris on June 6th 1930. The main aim of the association is to...

FIRST LOOK: INDIA'S FIRST CREATURE FILM: KAALO, THE DESERT WITCH

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  India's first creature film,‘Kaalo-The desert witch’ is slated for release on December 17, 2010  Based on a folktale,this supernatural thriller was shot at the peak of summer in the deserts of Jaisalmer. Kaalo was a witch who lived in Kulbhata village in the 18th century.  Accused of sacrificing young  girls to satisfy her desire for immortality, she was killed and buried by the angry villagers. Years later, villagers would speak  of Kaalo’s sightings and claim she was ...

My film festival online film fest by Unifrance

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With films from 10 new film directors [first or second film] represented, MyFilmFestival.com (Jan 14 – 29) enables viewers around the world to view and vote in this inaugural online film festival under the auspices of UniFrance. Andrew L. Urban of www.urbancinefile.com.au (who will represent Australia on the jury of international critics) reports.Screenwriter Christopher Thompson’s assured debut feature, Bus Palladium, is one of the 10 films in competition in the inaugural MyFrenchFilmFestiv...

Snobs

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My goodness its cold here - I feel like I'm in the North Pole. I personally hate this weather, in fact mid-Wales was the coldest place in the UK at the weekend; -17 on Saturday night... Anyway, what this means though is that those old cinemas with no air con are nice and warm and whilst I was in Glasgow on business at the weekend I had some free time to chill and watch a film in one of these types of cinemas. I had the choice between Unstoppable and Machete. You'd probably think that...

NEWSLETTER N° 483: November 4, 2010

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 .............                                                                                                                                                          WELCOME TO OUR NEWSLETTER N° 483: November 4, 2010 Follow this LINK if you cannot read the newsletter properly Contact the Editor, Advertise on the sites.  Our newsletter reaches 82 000 film profession...

A New Way of Watching

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There was a very interesting article on-line in The Guardian newspaper the other day which discussed how film festivals were changing the way that they presented films. The Branchage festival in Jersey was an exemplary example of a new breed of film festival emerging in the UK. During the festival at Branchage this year, they put on a drive-in show of Superman projected on to the side of a dam, screened a documentary about bee colony collapse in an agricultural polytunnel and on a bris...

Tokyo International Film Festival Announces Jury Head

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By Liza ForemanThe Tokyo International Film Festival (TIFF) has announced that the award-winning Irish filmmaker Neil Jordan will be the Jury President for the International Competition at the 23rd TIFF. Jordan's films have been honored with numerous awards worldwide including the Oscar (The Crying Game), and BAFTAs for (Crying Game, The End Of The Affair). Company Of Wolves, his second film, was selected for the first year of TIFF's Competition section in 1985. The 23rd edition of the Tokyo Int...

London's Hidden Delights

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So, Britain’s biggest FF; ‘The Times BFI London Film Festival’ announced its programme yesterday. The Guardian were not overly-impressed as they criticised it for, essentially, just being a hybrid of Sundance, Cannes, Tribeca, Venice & Toronto’s key films. Although this is true from the looks of their big films, I can guarantee you that there will be a few hidden gems somewhere within their schedule – you just have to find them. Its a bit like a treasure hunt I guess! (Al...

MARC PRICE CONFIRMED ON TRAINING GROUND

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Marc Price is the person responsible of one of the biggest film phenomenon’s in 2009 with its film “Colin”.“Colin” hit the spotlight in Cannes where the film wowed by the critics and got several distribution deals, but some films have achieved similar objective, but none of the others had a similar budget to “Colin” that was made for 50 Euros!This achievement made Marc Price a case study, he wrote “Colin” during his day work and suddenly he was in Cannes, and soon after in ever...

Buff Blogcast - April 2010

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British urban film is a new genre and everyone’s excited by what’s happening in urban music. It’s been a great year and there’s that same sense of excitement in film – it’s our time. And whilst one is always looking for that opportunity to blow its’ own trumpet, those opening remarks were quoted by Mo Ali, the director of recently released Shank, the futuristic drama starring Adam Deacon (Adulthood), Ashley Thomas (aka Bashy) and Kaya Scodelario (Skins). Recent Buff blogcasts have ...

Marc Price and Nancy Bishop confirrmed speakers on FEST Training Ground

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Marc Price is the person responsible of one of the biggest film phenomenons in 2009 with its film "Colin" "Colin" hit the spotlight in Cannes where the film wowed by the critics and got several distribution deals, but some films have achieved similar objective, but none of the others had a similar budget to "Colin" that was made for 50 Euros! This achievement made Marc Price a case study, he wrote "Colin" during his day work and suddenly he was...

Marc Price and Nancy Bishop confirmed on FEST Training Ground

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Marc Price is the person responsible of one of the biggest film phenomenons in 2009 with its film "Colin""Colin" hit the spotlight in Cannes where the film wowed by the critics and got several distribution deals, but some films have achieved similar objective, but none of the others had a similar budget to "Colin" that was made for 50 Euros!This achievement made Marc Price a case study, he wrote "Colin" during his day work and suddenly he was in Cannes, and soon after in every major news media. ...

Raindance Awards announced

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Raindance Film Festival has just announced the juried awards at this years, 17th edition.The Jury has spoken, and offered their congratulations to all the filmmakers for outstanding work. Cosing winners was extremely difficult.To recognise the outstanding achievements of the filmmakers showcased at the 17th Raindance Film Festival in 2009, a number of jury prizes will be awarded. The winners have been announced before the screening of the Closing Night Film on Sunday 11 October.BEST UK FEATURE**...

JIYAN

Director: Jano Rosebiani.
Five years following the infamous chemical and biological bombing of Halabja, Diyari, a Kurdish/ American good Samaritan, returns to his homeland to build an orphanage in what is left of Halabja. He meets Jiyan, a ten-year old orphan and a survivor of the chemical attack, doomed to live with a burn scar covering most of her right cheek.. A strong bond between the two ensues and later he names his orphanage after her. During the course of his stay in Halabja, Diyari meets a colorful bunch of townsfolk, many of whom remain physically and/or psychologically marked with the effects of the chemical agents. Among them is Jiyan's only living relative, Shérco, a twelve-year old who has also lost his family to the poison gas. While Shérco dreams of marrying her one day, Jiyan dreams of seeing flowers, a picture of which she finds on the back of a magazine. In addition to building the orphanage, Diyari brings a spark of hope and happiness to Shérco's and Jiyan's lives. However, this affair is short lived. As he leaves, the two orphans turn back to their lonely shells with very little light to look forward to - a familiar state of mind echoing throughout Halabja. Diyari departs with a promise to return, but now leaving a tearful Jiyan at the place where he first meet her - on a swing under a lonely tree on a small lonely hill.

East End film Festival programme announced

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In just four short weeks East End Film Festival will be launching its biggest and most colourful programme of premieres, panels, parties, 3D cinema, live music, free outdoor screenings and unique special events, across eight days and eleven East London venues.• OPENING NIGHT: Thursday 23rd April sees the World Premiere of an exclusive cut of the East End gangster documentary THE END. First time filmmakers and sisters Nicola and Teena Collins turn the camera onto their father Les Falco and his ...

Media industry to converge on Caernarfon

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Caernarfon will welcome filmmakers, programme makers, broadcasters and students from Wales, Ireland, Northern Ireland, Scotland, Cornwall and Brittany for next week’s Celtic Media Festival, which takes place between 25 and 27 March.Supported by broadcast, film, cultural and economic organisations throughout the Celtic countries, each year the event moves to a different Celtic location. 2009 represents a particularly important milestone for the Festival, since the annual event will be celebrat...

Interview with Fernando Meirelles

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From the highly acclaimed director of The Constant Gardner and City of God comes the compelling post-apocalyptic thriller BLINDNESS. This must-see chilling thriller has an all-star cast including: Julianne Moore, Mark Ruffalo, Danny Glover and Gael Garcia Bernal. BLINDNESS is released to buy and rent on DVD on 30 March 2009 from Pathé Distribution Ltd.As a city is ravaged by an epidemic of sudden blindness, its victims are quarantined in a derelict hospital where a women (Moore; Children of Men...

Raindance Film Festival

Raindance is the UK`s largest festival devoted solely to independent films and aims to reflect the cultural, visual and narrative diversity of international independent filmmaking.

Raindance is dedicated to fostering and promoting independent film in the UK and around the world.

Based in the heart of London, Raindance combines Raindance Film Festival, Training Courses, the prestigious British Independent Film Awards.and Raindance.tv

Raindance Film Festival 2011
28 September-9 October 2011 
We are now accepting submissions.

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AFM conferences

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     AFM Conferences and Seminars provide a forum where attendees can interact with and learn from prominent filmmakers, financiers, industry executives and talent. Belo...

Record attendance at Showcomotion Young People’s Film Festival

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Organisers of the Showcomotion Young People’s Film Festival are reporting record numbers for their tenth anniversary festival. 7728 people came to the festival in 2008, an increase of 36% from 2007. The festival ran this year from 26 June – 10 July at the Showroom Cinema in Sheffield. Festival Director, Kathy Loizou said: ‘I’m delighted that we are celebrating our tenth anniversary festival with record attendances. In 2007 the festival expanded from 10 to 15 days so we could programme ...

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