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TIFF 2010 International Competition Contenders

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 Today, December 10, 2010 marks the last day of screenings for the films in competition at the 51st Thessaloniki Film Festival.  Films in competition are:1)     David Michod's Animal Kingdom (2010) - Australia"Where do you fit? Where's your place and where do you belong? For J. Cody, the task of answering these questions will mean making the hardest decisions of his life." 2) Ari Bafalouka's Apnea (2010) - Greece"Everything’s quiet when you’re in the water. No ...

Thessaloniki is ready to open...film, guests, no snow

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51ST THESSALONIKI INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVALDecember 3 - 12, 2010 Thessaloniki International Film Festival, will kick off Friday, December 3rd with 127 Hours, Danny Boyle, and close December 11th, 2010 with Black Swan, Darren Aronofsky. INTERNATIONAL JURY The five-member International Jury called to judge the films of the International Competition section and to award the Golden and Silver Alexanders plus a number of additional awards, is composed of: Michel Demopoulos, Jury President, Film cri...

European Avant-Première of "TROPICO de SANGRE" marks Important Achievements in Eradication of Violence Towards Women

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Helen Dobrensky saw the the avant Première of the dramatic film TROPICO de SANGRE, illustrating the life and death of the three Mirabal sisters, on November 4th at UNESCO. In 1999, the United Nations established the day of November 25th, as the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women to commemorate the murder of the three Mirabal sisters. Ms. Dedé Mirabal still lives in the same household they all grew up. She has been responsible for keeping their le...

RAINS OF BLOOD : THE FATE OF DOMINICAN REPUBLIC`s MIRABAL SISTERS

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Tribute to Mirabal sisters:Photo by Alain ROBERT RAINS OF BLOOD : The Fate of Dominican Republic`s MIRABAL Sisters PATRIA, MINERVA, MARIA TERESA : How did three graceful sisters in their twenties, from a good family, happy housewives and moms, end up savageously bludgeoned and strangled to death, and dumped down a ravine in the idyllic countryside of this tiny Caribbean country, the Dominican Republic, in a mock car accident, some fifty years ago on November 25th, 1960 ...

Somewhere by Sofia Coppola takes Golden Lion in Venice

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The 67th Venice International Film Festival, organized by La Biennale di Venezia, ran 1st to 11th September 2010 at Venice Lido.5 International Juries assigned the official awards of the Festival 2010.The Venezia 67 Jury, chaired by Quentin Tarantino and comprised of Guillermo Arriaga, Ingeborga Dapkunaite, Arnaud Desplechin, Danny Elfman, Luca Guadagnino, Gabriele Salvatores, having viewed all twenty-four films in competition, has decided as follows: GOLDEN LION for Best Film:SOMEWHERE by Sofi...

Line-up complete for trinidad+tobago film festival/10

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The line-up of films for the fifth annual trinidad+tobago film festival, which takes place from September 22 to October 5, has been confirmed. As ever, the festival will be showcasing the best in Caribbean and Caribbean Diaspora films, as well as films from Latin America countries in the Caribbean basin. The festival screens feature-length narrative and documentary films, and also short films. One of the most anticipated films in this year's line-up is Moloch Tropical, the ...

The Havana Film Festival New York Awards

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  Memories of Overdevelopment / Memorias del Desarrollo by Miguel Coyula (U.S-Cuba) won the Havana Star Prize for Best Picture as voted by the jury members: Louis Perego Moreno, Michael Hausman, and Sandy Lieberson. The Havana Star for Best director went to Rafi Mercado for his film Miente / Lie (Puerto Rico); the Best Screenplay prize went to Ray Figueroa for La Bodega / The Warehouse (Guatemala) and the Special Jury Mention went to Huacho (Chile) directed by Alejandro Fernandez. The Closi...

Havana Film Festival New York Ready to Rumble

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Jointly presented with Havana, Cuba's International Festival of New Latin American Cinema, the Havana Film Festival New York is close, but no cigar. Subways and skyscrapers just can't match that fallen Habanero elegance as a habitat for Latino cinema. But if Cuba isn't on your itinerary and Manhattan is, you could do worse than to savor a week of Big Apple screenings from and about Latin America and the Caribbean, and about Latinos in the U.S. Opening Night w...

From Cuba to Gotham: Havana FF Comes To New York

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  The Havana Film Festival New York (HFFNY) launches its second decade, April 16-23, with a program of award-winning films, panel discussions, and Q&A sessions with noted international filmmakers, actors and producers. Over 40 highly anticipated and influential films from and about Latin America, the Caribbean and Latinos in the U.S. will be screened. A variety of genres and themes from Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Guatemala, Cuba, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Mexico, Peru...

"La Soga" "Morenita" "Traces of the Trade" and "Gaining Ground" Take Home Bahamas Top Prizes

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BAHAMAS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL NAMES 2009 FESTIVAL AWARD WINNERS Competition winners were announced this evening at the awards ceremony for the 6th Bahamas International Film Festival, held at the Balmoral Club in Nassau. The announcements were made by Festival Founder and Executive Director Leslie Vanderpool and BIFF jurors following a special career achievement event honoring Johnny Depp.   The Festival showcased 86 films from 26 different countries, including 38 fea...

Rotterdam Hubert Bals Fund selects 27 projects

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The Hubert Bals Fund of the International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR) has selected twenty-seven film projects that receive grants for script development, digital production, postproduction, distribution or workshops. In its Fall 2009 selection, the Fund gives 385 thousand Euro to projects from nineteen countries. The selection includes new films by acclaimed filmmakers such as Yeşim Ustaoğlu, Edwin and many first time filmmakers. (See full list below)   Six of the eight projects select...

Freshwater Lands wins Big Apple Latin Films Award

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"Tierras de Agua Dulce" (Freshwater Lands), by the Venezuelan director Ana Cristina Henríquez won the prize for Best Ecological Documentary in the Big Apple Latin Films Awards, which awards prizes to films from Latin America and the Caribbean. The Big Apple Latin Films Awards took place Thursday September 16th. These prizes were given by the New York Latin Art Club to film productions from Latin America and the Caribbean produced in the United States or in countries from the continent. Short fi...

BOSCH: President Caught Between Empires

Director: Rene Fortunato.
The documentary presents the most important political and social events that occurred during the administration of the constitutional government with popular backing, headed by Juan Bosch, in the Dominican Republic, during the first seven months of the year 1963. The military coup d´etat that overthrew the Bosch government, the foreign policy of United States President John Kennedy, and relationship of the United States with members of the military who overthrew regimes throughout Latin America, are subjects that occupy a large part of this documentary, made entirely with original images and sounds from that era.

Nevis International First Feature Film Festival

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The Community Cohesion Foundation in partnership with The Nevis Cultural Development Foundation and Community Development (Nevis) will host the Nevis International First Feature Film Festival (NIF3). The festival will take place May 3-8, 2009 at various locations around Nevis.“We are very much looking forward to the film festival and the exposure we hope it will bring to the island as a cultural destination,” said Devon Liburd, marketing director for the Nevis Tourism Authority. “This fe...

The Chicago Latino Film Festival celebrates its first quarter-century

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The Chicago Latino Film Festival celebrates its first quarter-century with over 100 feature and short films in an array of genres-fiction, documentary, animation, drama and comedy. The Festival runs April 17-29 and is considered the oldest and most comprehensive Latino film festival in the country.  The film selections continue to reflect the great diversity of the Latino culture from the United States, Latin America, the Caribbean, Portugal, and Spain. "I truly believe the Festiva...

Encountering Miami Encuentros

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Aside from its role as a key cultural event for the city of Miami, the Miami International Film Festival is also ground zero for the awareness of new films from Spain and Latin America to the international marketplace. Through the MIFF Reel Education Seminar Series, local indies and visiting filmmakers from around the world have been able to hear from industry experts on topics ranging from film financing, Equally as potent is the networking between filmmakers that has been made easier by the ni...

Encountering Miami Encuentros

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Saturday, March 14-----Aside from its role as a key cultural event for the city of Miami, the Miami International Film Festival is also ground zero for the awareness of new films from Spain and Latin America to the international marketplace. Through the MIFF Reel Education Seminar Series, local indies and visiting filmmakers from around the world have been able to hear from industry experts on topics ranging from film financing, Equally as potent is the networking between filmmakers that h...

THE PRICE OF SUGAR

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  Director Bill HANEY              In the Dominican Republic, a tropical island-nation, tourists flock to pristine beaches unaware that a few miles away thousands of dispossessed Haitians have toiled under armed-guard on plantations harvesting sugarcane, much of which ends up in U.S. kitchens. They work grueling hours and frequently lack decent housing, clean water, electricity, education or healthcare. Narrated by Paul Newman, "The Price of...

Just Talking 16/11

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The first ‘Just Talking’ event of this year’s Thessaloniki International Film Festival (TIFF) took place on Sunday, November 16th, at the Old Pump Station in Thessaloniki’s port. Naoko Ogigami, director of the film ‘Megane / The glasses’ (Focus), Anna Boden, director of the film ‘Sugar’ (Independence days), Tomas Alfredson, director of the film ‘Let the right one in’ (Independence days) and the leading actor of the film ‘Terribly happy’ (Independence days) Jacob Ceder...

7th Discovering Latin America Film Festival highlights

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Discovering Latin America is glad to announce that the 7th edition of its unique Film Festival will run from Thursday 27th November to 7th December in London at the following venues: the Institute of Contemporary Arts, Odeon Covent Garden, Odeon Panton Street, the Ritzy Cinema and Tate Modern.For our seventh edition we are bringing a selection of the best of new feature films, documentaries and short films from across Latin America; with over thirty feature length films and many of them multiple...

Bahamas International Film Festival line up

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  Bahamas International Film Festival will run December 4-11, 2008 http://www.bintlfilmfest.com/ 2008 BAHAMAS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL LINE UP   FILM TITLE                                        COUNTRY                   DIRECTOR   NEW VISIONS DRAMA A DEAL IS A DEAL                                  UK                    ...

Bahamas International Film Festival Line up

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Bahamas International Film Festival will run December 4-11, 2008 http://www.bintlfilmfest.com/ 2008 BAHAMAS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL LINE UP  FILM TITLE COUNTRY DIRECTOR  NEW VISIONS DRAMA A DEAL IS A DEAL UK Jonathan Gershfield AUGUST USA Austin Chick COLD LUNCH ...

Punto de Vista Docu Fest to screen 603

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Festival Internacional de Cine Documental Punto de Vista Pamplona (Spain), 13-21 February 2009Over six-hundred -603- documentary films have been entered into the Punto de Vista Documentary Film Festival. The event, organised by the Department of Culture and Tourism-Príncipe de Viana Institution, will be held between 13 and 21 February 2009.227 documentary short films and 376 documentary feature films from 62 countries have entered the competition. Of the 603 films to compete in the Festival's o...

Focus from London Fest on Sugar: Interview with Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck

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Writer-directors Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck released their first feature, Half Nelson, in 2006 to critical acclaim, popularity and awards. Their next film, Sugar, is a beautifully realised study of the American Dream seen through the eyes of a talented young baseball player from the Dominican Republic. Sugar is a coming-of-age story and an immigrant story set in the world of American baseball. How did you come up with it?RF: Well in the United States, boys grow up being obsessed with baseball, a...

Locarno Open Doors Factory Awards

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The awards for the 2008 session of the "Open Doors Factory", the Locarno International Film Festival’s co-production lab that is organised with support from the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) were announced on Wednesday August 13.The 2008 session was devoted to Latin American cinema. 12 projects, selected from 332 submissions, participated in the workshop that took place during the Festival, whose objective is to assist their directors and producers to find co-production pa...

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