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Leena Närekangas appointed as DocPoint festival’s new Executive Director

Ms. Leena Närekangas will be taking on the responsibilities of Executive Director in DocPoint – Helsinki Documentary Film Festival on July 1st 2009. Närekangas (born 1972) has been the Executive Director of The Finnish Film Contact and the Festival Director of Kettupäivät short film festival in 2004 - 2009.Leena Närekangas has graduated as a bachelor of Film and Television in2002 from Helsinki Polytechnic Stadia. Previously she has worked in different positions in film productions since 1...

Bahamas BIFF Poster Description from the artist

2009 BIFF Poster Description from the artistThe intention of this piece is to communicate a come one come all event. The uses of various species of fish are used to personify human beings of all races and genres of life. The female figure that leads that pack of fish is used to communicate a sense of eagerness and excitement but in a less aggressive way. Elegance and childishness is used as a vehicle to aid in communicating the brunt of the message. The rainbow, a new aesthetics being visited by...

Skeleton Crew

Director: Tommi Lepola & Tero Molin.
A remote mental institution next to the Russian border was shut down by the police in the early 70´s. Dr. Andersson made series of snuff films using his patients. The Doctor filmed all the murders in 8mm and started to call himself the Auteur. 30 years later a small American film crew has arrived to Finland to shoot a horror movie about the massacre. The movie’s director, Steven, is engaged in his first feature with his DoP Darius and gaffer Mike from LA. The leading actress is a Finnish rising star Lisa, who’s dreaming about Hollywood. Dr. Andersson is played by a famous B-movie actor with a big ego. Everything is going according to plan until two Finnish sound guys discover something evil hidden in the basement: the original snuff films shot by the Auteur. Steven is stimulated by the raw and brutal snuff film material and starts to rewrite the script. The scenes are not real enough. Everything changes when he finds The Auteur’s 8mm film camera. Now he is ready to shoot his masterpiece, the film for which he will be remembered. Soon the crew realizes that they are the stars of the film. Instead of making a horror film, they are in one. The Auteur is slaying the Skeleton Crew one by one. There´s no sequel for you!

LA PIVELLINA wins Cannes Europa Cinema label

Tizza Covi and Rainer Frimmel's LA PIVELLINA, an Austrian/Italian co-production, has been awarded the Europa Cinemas Label as Best European Film in the Directors' Fortnight section of the Cannes Film Festival, it was announced today by a jury of four Europa Cinemas exhibitors - the seventh year the Label has been awarded in the section. LA PIVELLINA will now receive the support of the Europa Cinemas exhibitors who commit themselves to extend the length of its run on screen and additional ...

LA PIVELLINA wins Cannes Europa Cinema label

Tizza Covi and Rainer Frimmel’s LA PIVELLINA, an Austrian/Italian co-production, has been awarded the Europa Cinemas Label as Best European Film in the Directors’ Fortnight section of the Cannes Film Festival, it was announced today by a jury of four Europa Cinemas exhibitors – the seventh year the Label has been awarded in the section.LA PIVELLINA will now receive the support of the Europa Cinemas exhibitors who commit themselves to extend the length of its run on screen and additional pr...

In competition: "Inglourious Basterds" by Quentin Tarantino

About the film: Quentin Tarantino, President of the Jury in 2004 and Palme d’Or winner in 1994 with Pulp Fiction, has returned to the Croisette to show his latest work in Competition: Inglourious Basterds. Tarantino worked feverishly to finish the film in time for this 62nd Cannes Film Festival. Known for his tributes to film noir (Reservoir Dogs), Blaxploitation (Jackie Brown), Shaw Brothers kung-fu movies (Kill Bill), and slasher movies (Death Proof), he has now mad...

Ahmedabad International Film Festival launches

The first edition of the Ahmedabad International Film Festival has called for entries for Independent Feature Films, Fictional/Live Action Short Films and Documentary Films. Submission forms, announcements and updates will be available online at the official festival website The fest, organised by FulMarxx Integrated Filmed Entertainment Company, in collaboration with Berlinale (Berlin International Film Festival) and Tampere Film Festival, Finland, will be held fro...

Seventh Cannes fr Europa Cinema

OVER SEVEN YEARS THE LABEL HAS SUCCESSFULLY SUPPORTED 20 EUROPEAN FILMS   Europa Cinemas Exhibitors' Cannes meeting (May 16)  to analyse 2008 results across Europe and the further development of Europa Cinemas International into Latin America, Asia and the Mediterranean zone   Further supporting its ongoing campaign to promote European films, Europa Cinemas will return once again to this year's Cannes Film Festival, awarding its Label to the best European film ...

Nicke Lignell

Saeed Shafa, TIFF founder, and Nicke Lignell winner of the Best Actor for Colorado Avenue from Finland, after receiving his award. Photo: Brad Fox © TIFF

Documenta Madrid Program complete

The 6th International Documentary Film Festival of Madrid will be held from May 1 through 10 and will showcase 108 films from 40 countries In its 6th year, DOCUMENTA MADRID furthers its commitment to the Competitive Sections, which are made up entirely of films previously unreleased in Spain for the first time in its history. Of the 1078 documentaries received to participate in the competition, 108 have been selected. By category, they will compete in: 54 films in the Original Documentary Secti...

RIFFAwards Hunger

The 8th edition of RIFF, Rome Independent Film Festival, is closed. Ten thousand people, 90 works in competition, long movies, short movies and documentaries, coming from 30 different countries. During the award ceremony, presented by RIFF director Fabrizio Ferrari and Milena Kaneva, with the participation of Regione Lazio representative members, Giulia Rodano and Comune di Roma, Umberto Croppi, RIFF Awards 2009 have been delivered to the winning works, by an extraordinary jury: Valentina Cervi,...

Aspen Shortsfest 2009 Program

Aspen Film announced today its film selections that will be screening at Aspen Shortsfest 2009, April 1-5 at the Wheeler Opera House in Aspen and Crystal Theatre in Carbondale. More than 2,500 entries were considered from more than 60 countries, and more than 60 short films were selected from 21 countries for this esteemed, five-day Oscar®-qualifying International Competition. In its 18th year, Aspen Shortsfest is considered one of the world's premier international short film and video showcase...

Idiots and Angels Trailer by Bill Plympton

Idiots and Angels Trailer by Bill Plympton Best Film Fantasporto 2009 Official competition Fantastic Other fest appearances . Future Film Festival, Bologna, Italy, January 15-20, 2009

Short Matters tours EFA Shorts in 15 fests in Europe

SHORT MATTERS! is the European Film Academy’s short film tour which brings the short films nominated for the European Film Awards to a series of film festivals across Europe and beyond. As a new partner, world-wide short film distribution company Shorts International supports this year’s SHORT MATTERS! programme giving these films an additional platform at 15 festivals which have already confirmed their participation and will screen the programme.The programme brings the nominated short film...

Portland International Film Festival’s Audience Awards

The 32nd Portland International Film Festival’s Audience Awards The 31,000 audience members at this year’s 32nd Portland International Film Festival have selected their favorite films from among the 78 feature and 36 shorts screened February 6-22. Tying for first place for Best Feature Award are Toa Frazer’s DEAN SPANLEY (New Zealand) and Dorie Dörrie’s CHERRY BLOSSOMS (Germany). Two films also tied for the Best Documentary Award—Festival guest Jennifer Grausman’s film PRESSURE COO...

European Film Market Opens With Sparse Attendance

Friday, 6 February---- The European Film Market, the professional component of the Berlinale, opened yesterday at the historic Martin Gropius Bau with more of a whimper than a bang. Attendance on the opening day and for today's first official day of market screenings was definitely sparse compared to years past, with hallways amazingly empty and ample empty seats available in the cafe and meeting points. "This is the slowest Berlin I've ever experienced", one veteran sales agent...

The Moebius Queue

Director: Simon Bergman.
A man enters the Moebius queue. An allegory about the time-space continnum, based on the Möbius strip.

Award ceremony at Göteborg

Award ceremony at Göteborg International Film Festival’s closing partyThe 32nd Göteborg International Film Festival closes tonight with an award ceremony at Börsen and a big party at Magasinsgatan. The following prizes are awarded:The Nordic Film Award, The Church of Sweden Film Award, The FIPRESCI Award, The Ingmar Bergman International Debut Award, the Producer Award Lorens, and the Viewer's Choice Award.The Nordic Film Award
The Göteborg International Film Festival's Nordic Film A...

Stockholm International Film Festival

The Stockholm Int Film Festival is one of the leading competitive film festivals in Northern Europe and with the fastest growing industry office in the region. Focus on emerging directors in contemporary film plus strong American indie & Asian sections.

Magma - International Short Film Festival 2009

Magma has always focused exclusively on the short film, considering it as a separate art form, as a format allowing the experimentation of new styles and the creation of new trends. The festival offers a chance of visibility for high-value works that are often precluded from the main distribution channels. Its aim is to build a bridge between the audience and the endless forms of expression of the short format.


Nordic Film Festival (rouen)

Created in 1988, the festival presents films from Northern European countries (Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden) as well as the Baltic countries (Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania).

Animatricks Animation Festival

Animatricks is the oldest and coolest animation festival in Finland. This international four-day festival brings together professionals and students of animation, as well as the general public, to enjoy the art of animation on and off screen.

DocPoint – Helsinki in action, focuses on Truth

DocPoint – Helsinki Documentary Film Festival takes place on 20th – 25th January 2009 in Helsinki. DocPoint 2009 celebrates exceptional filmmakers and films on politically charged subjects. The main guests of the festival have their own series in the programme: a retrospective of Nick Broomfield films and a five-film tribute to Richard Leacock.Truth and change are the main themes of this year’s festival. Tell Me the Truth series approaches the subject of how a filmmaker constructs the trut...

Carice van Houten guest at "Romance in a Can" Fest

Carice van Houten, the acclaimed Dutch film star who is currently starring opposite Tom Cruise in the hit movie "Valkyrie" and who electrified audiences as the German Jewish resistance fighter Rachel Stein in the 2007 film "Black Book," will be the special guest at the Third Annual "Romance in a Can" Film Festival, presented by Eurocinema February 6 through February 15 at indoor and outdoor venues throughout the greater Miami area. Twenty-one independent first-run foreign feature films, starrin...

Animacam Awards: International Festival Animation On Line,

Animacam, International Festival Animation On Line, closed its First Edition the past December 21, winters solstice, spreading in the Winners 2008 of the 11 awarded movies. From June the 23 until October the first we had travelled together an intense road. With more than 75.000 visits at the website and the participation of 164 films coming from 33 countries (Saudit Arabia, Germany, Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Brazil, Chile, Croatia...


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