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Controversial Persian film package is follow up to Berlin 62

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by Alex Deleon On the heels of the 2012 Berlinale, forming a kind of coda to the busy week preceding, four unusual pictures from Iran were presented in this extra special Persian package, one each evening starting Sunday, at the Babylon Theater in Rosa Luxemburg Square.  The Babylon located just west of Alexander Platz in what used to be Communist East Berlin, is one of the oldest movie theaters in Berlin and is now a protected architectural monument. It is also one of the regular Be...

Egyptian Cinema at the Ankara Film Festival.

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Organized by The World Mass Media Research Foundation and supported by Turkish Ministry of Culture, the 23rd. Ankara International Film Festival will take place between 15 – 22nd March. Festival will be showcasing a special selection of the latest Egyptian Cinema which will include films that address contemporary cultural movements and social sentiments across the Egyptian landscape. Without a doubt, one of most talked about issues of the 2011 was, collapsing of the thirty year d...

Admissions in Europe prove to be slightly down after two record years

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AFTER TWO RECORD YEARS, A SLIGHT DIP IN AUDIENCES IN EUROPE’S CINEMAS SLOWDOWN OR STOP IN THE GROWTH OF AVERAGE TICKET PRICES OVER 50% OF EUROPEAN SCREENS NOW DIGITAL   In the 31 countries where initial – not yet final - figures are available on cinema-going in 2011, from Russia to Portugal and from Ireland to Turkey, admissions prove to be slightly down after two record years: audiences stand at 1,188.6 million, compared to 1,195.9 million in 2010, with a 0.6% dip. The 1...

Human Rights Watch Film Festival announces line-up

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Human Rights Watch Film Festival  London, 21-30 March  ff.hrw.org   19 Films Address Economic Inequality and Consequences Worldwide (London, 10 February 2012) – The 16th edition of the Human Rights Watch Film Festival will be presented in London from 21-30 March, 2012, Human Rights Watch said today. The international feature programme includes 15 documentaries and 4 dramas, from Afghanistan, Bolivia, Bulgaria, Cambodia, the Canary Islands, Ethiopia, Iraq, Ita...

European Children’s Film Association Awards

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ECFA AWARD 2012 In 2011 ECFA (European Children’s Film Association) launched the first edition of the ECFA Award, the election of the Best European Children’s Film of the year. Throughout  the year 9 different children’s film festivals (from Oulu to Pyrgos, from Bucharest to Gifonni) have hosted an ECFA Award jury, adding one title to ECFA’s shortlist. The 9 shortlisted films competed for the final ECFA Award: the Best European Children’s Film 2011.  More than...

Berlinale gallery: february 13, 2012

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Léa Seydoux, Ursula Meier, Kacey Mottet Klein Léa Seydoux, Kacey Mottet Klein Léa Seydoux Léa Seydoux, Ursula Meier, Kacey Mottet Klein Andie McDowell Riz Ahmed Ray Stevenson, John Hurt, Katherine LaNasa, Billy Bob Thornton John Hurt , Katherine LaNasa Anke Engelke John Hurt, ...

European SHOOTING STARS shine bright at Berlinale 2012

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  Ten of the most promising young actors in Europe have been chosen by a high-profile jury of film industry professionals to be SHOOTING STARS of 2012. They have all concluded a whirlwind weekend of events at the 62nd Berlin International Film Festival including photo-sessions, meetings with casting directors and filmmakers, a workshop with international agents and a press conference, all culminating in a glittering award ceremony this Monday night. SHOOTING STARS jury member and...

Miranda Kerr David Jones Sydney - Organics Valentine's Day Event

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Miranda Kerr David Jones Sydney - Organics Valentine's Day Event Today - Valentine's Day in Sydney, Australia, world famous Australian model - Miranda Kerr made an in store public appearance at David Jones Sydney to promote her range of KORA Organics product range. Hey, even super models are entitled to have their own business ventures also, and by all accounts Miranda's KORA Organics is a high quality, customer focused operati...

SHOOTING STARS 2012 arrive in Berlin

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Welcome for Shooting Stars 2012 Photographer credit: Markus Nass (from left to right): Riz Ahmed (UK), Ana Ularu (Romania), Hilmar Gudjónsson (Iceland), Androulla Vassiliou; European Commissioner for Education and Culture, Max Hubacher (Switzerland), Adèle Haenel (France), Bill Skarsgård (Sweden) and Jakub Gierszał (Poland), not pictured: Anna Maria Mühe (Germany), Antonia Campbell-Hughes (Ireland), Isabella Ragonese (Italy)  11 February 2012:  A ...

Madame Tussauds Sydney unveils first ever side-by-side wax figure with Dannii Minogue

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Madame Tussauds Sydney unveils first ever side-by-side wax figure with Dannii Minogue DANNII, MEET DANNII Madame Tussauds Sydney unveils first ever side-by-side wax figure with Dannii Minogue Melbourne, Thursday, 9 February 2012: Today, Australia’s much loved TV personality, author and fashion designer, Dannii Minogue was introduced to her double in Australia’s first ever side-by-side wax figure reveal. Dannii is most recently known for her judging and mentoring...

Berlin 62 Off and Running with Jolie's Genocide Crusade and an extravagant Indian Godfather

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  by Alex Deleon The 62nd Berlinale opened this afternoon for early arriving journalists even before the Opening Gala which will be held tonight  with two special press screenings. First up was the rousing Bollywood actioner ''DON 2, The King Is Back'' starring The King of  Bollywood himself, Shah Rukh Khan, and this was followed by the much anticipated Angela Jolie directed Bosnian War drama,  ''Land of Blood and Hone'' (Zemlja Krvi a Mjod),  in which the actress does not herself...

Scott's Interview to EuroXpress

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“The difference in European independent cinema is that it doesn’t leave anyone indifferent” Interview: 29th of January, 2012 We interviewed Scott Hillier, a film and documentary director, producer, and President of ÉCU- The European Independent Film Festival . By Mariana Castaño (Paris) Scott Hillier is a “storyteller”. “Storyteller” is the word he uses himself, in a manner of English that he speaks at the speed of light. His eyes and hands move quickly an...

AMERICAN NGO RUNS GLOBAL SEMINARS AT VON TRAPP FAMILY HOME,AUSTRIA

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The Austrian Road Show in Mumbai organised by Stefan Herzl's Panorama Tours saw a large number of travel experts waxing lyrical on the Tirol, Salzburg, Innsbruck,Wien, Mozart Concerts, and some lesser known places in the country. Of special interest to movie fans would be the Sound of Music special which pays tribute to the film starring Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer.  The Von Trapps fled Austria in 1938 to settle in Vermont,USA which reminded them best of their home on a sylvan...

Fantasporto homage to Karen Shakhnazarov

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A LEGEND OF RUSSIAN CINEMA IN FANTAS 2012   Karen Shakhnazarov   One of today’s most important Russian filmmakers is honoured at the 32nd edition of Fantasporto. The screenwriter, producer and director Karen Shakhnazarov is also thedirector of Russia's largest movie studio - Mosfilm. In 2010 he was awarded in Fantasporto for the film "Ward Number 6", which shows us how easy it is to become what we most fear. Now, the Porto Internationa...

Fantasporto 2012 to honor Karen Shakhnazarov, Russian legen

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Karen Shakhnazarov One of today’s most important Russian filmmakers is honoured at the 32nd edition of Fantasporto. The screenwriter, producer and director Karen Shakhnazarov is also the director of Russia's largest movie studio - Mosfilm. In 2010 he was awarded in Fantasporto for the film "Ward Number 6", which shows us how easy it is to become what we most fear. Now, the Porto International Film Festival pays Shakhnazarov a due homage presen...

Berlinale Remembers Theo Angelopoulos and Vadim Glowna

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On the occasion of the death of Theo Angelopoulos and Vadim Glowna the Berlin International Film Festival is presenting two special screenings in this year’s programme. Since the beginning of the 1970s Theo Angelopoulos has been regarded as one of Europe’s major directors of auteur cinema. He was a guest at the Berlin International Film Festival many times. Most recently, Theo Angelopoulos presented I skoni tou chronou (The Dust of Time) in the Berlinale Competition in 2009. The...

Béla Tarr visits Kaunas with “The Turin Horse” and special masterclass courses

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Organizers of Kaunas International Film Festival have promised a surprise: a Hungarian film directorBélaTarr is coming back to Kaunas for the second year in a row. One of the famous master of auteur cinema is going to present his latest film “The Turin Horse”, winner of Silver Bear and FIPRESCI at this year's Berlin Film Festival. Moreover, an iconic director will take camera and teach young cinema trainees. B. Tarr has announced that “The Turin Horse is his final film. Director feel...

RAW MATERIAL at 27th SBIFF, 2012!

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photo still from film RAW MATERIAL at 27th SBIFF, 2012!  One of the documentaries highest on my list in the past year is the film, RAW MATERIAL (Greece, 2011) by director Christos Karakepelis. This documentary left me with chills, not only because of its raw subject about the declining Greek economy but the worsening of the situation of immigrants to Greece and the inhumane lives they lead. When we follow the lives of three Roma from Albania, two Indians, a Turk and a Greek ...

Links : Search Engines

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Annuart : http://www.annuart.com/ L'annuaire web de l'art. Digitalarti : http://www.digitalarti.com Digital festivals resource : portal, social network and blog platform Google...well you know where to find that ! :-) Imdb : http://www.imdb.com/ and http://www.imdbpro.com (subscription) The Internet Movie Database owned by Aamazon, serving 100 million visitors per month Lumière : http://lumiere.obs.coe.int/ Base de données sur les entrées de films distribué...

Magnificent 7 Documentary Film Festivals 2012

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January 25th, 2012 distinguish the opening of the 8th Magnificent 7 Film Festival, one great Belgrade documentary film festival, www.magnificent7festival.org  “I am one of those, who never leaves the cinema untouched and who comes to Belgrade once per year for a week of pleasure focused on the finest film genre, some would say the only one that still gives space for the independent film: the documentary, “ stressed Danish film director and the selector of festival Tue Steen Mϋller.   ...

FMX 2012 - 17th Conference on Animation, Effects, Games and Transmedia

FMX 2012
17th Conference on Animation, Effects, Games and Transmedia
May 8-11, Stuttgart, Germany

FMX is Europe's largest conference on the creation, production and distribution of digital entertainment and interactive visualization in design, industry and research. Every year artists, specialists, scientists, producers and other key people come to FMX to present new projects, developments and opportunities in the Conference, at the Marketplace, in Workshops or Presentations, in the Recruiting Hub or Education Section, Screenings or Events. As a community-based event, the aim is to provide a space where experiences can be exchanged, innovative approaches discussed and ideas multiplied. The conference’s binding theme is the convergence of film, television, computers, consoles and mobile devices.

FMX 2012 focuses on technical issues such as Virtual Production, Previs, Digital Worldbuilding, Lighting and Rendering, Cloud Computing, VFX on TV, Industrial CG, VFX produced in Europe & India, Scientific Papers and Transmedia. The conference takes place May 8-11 in Stuttgart, Germany.

www.fmx.de

Documentary film makers around the world gathers in Helsinki for DocPoint

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A large and varied group of documentary film makers around the world gathers in Helsinki when the 11th DocPoint - Helsinki Documentary Film Festival kicks off today at 24th January.   The main guest of the festival is the Israeli director Eyal Sivan, who has been dealing critically with the political situations in the Middle East and Europe. Also Aliona van der Horst, the director of the shaking Water Children, and the protagonist of the film, an artist Tomoko Mukaiyama, who has...

Rotterdam Closing Night Film: The Hunter trailer

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The International Film Festival Rotterdam closes its 41st edition on Saturday February 4 with a screening of The Hunter. The Hunter is a powerful psycholigical drama that tells the story of Martin (Willem Dafoe) a mercenary sent from Europe by a mysterious bio-tech company to the Tasmanian wilderness on a hunt for the last Tasmanian tiger. Next to Willem Dafoe (Spiderman, The English Patient, Platoon), The Hunter stars Frances O’Connor (Blessed, A.I. Artificial Intelligence, Mansfield Park) ...

FFR opens with 38 Témoins and closes with The Hunter

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Wednesday January 25, the world premiere of Lucas Belvaux’s 38 Témoins (38 Witnesses, France), starring Yvan Attal, Sophie Quinton and Nicole Garcia, opens the 41st edition of the International Film Festival Rotterdam; the festival closes on February 4 with the screening of Daniel Nettheim’s The Hunter (Australia) – a former CineMart project - starring Willem Dafoe, Frances O’Connor and Sam Neill. Opening Night Film for invited guest: 38 Témoins In 38 Témoins, Louis...

The World Comes To Sundance

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  The world comes to the Sundance Film Festival from January 19 to 29. In the past several years, the Festival, which first made its reputation with American Indie cinema, has put as much emphasis on its World Cinema competitions, including sections for Dramatic Feature and Documentary Feature. By laying out a red carpet for international filmmakers and industry professionals, Sundance has been able to go mano-a-mano with such prestigious European-based film festivals as Berlin, Cannes a...
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