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Futures of Entertainment Examines State of Media Industry

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Media Scholars and Experts Gather at MIT for Fifth Annual Conference Crowdsourcing, privacy, location-based technologies and producer/audience collaboration are among the pressing issues at the forefront of the futures of entertainment and media. Thought leaders from the media, entertainment and marketing industries will gather alongside media studies scholars in Cambridge to discuss these subjects at next...

Petaluma International Film Festival line up announced

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  the lineup for the 3rd Annual Petaluma International Film Festival, a showcase for the independent feature and short films from around the world, set for October 21-22-23, 2011 at the Boulevard Cinemas in Petaluma.   We hope by creating this artistic and cultural event, the city of Petaluma and its world class businesses along with the surrounding areas will have a global exposure and recognition that they deserve.   At the 3rd Annual Petaluma International Film Festival, 45 films w...

1st Jaipur International Animation Film Festival-JIAFF-2011 will start tomorrow

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The first "JAIPUR INTERNATIONAL ANIMATION FILM FESTIVA-JIAFF-2011" presented by PICASSO ANIMATION COLLEGE, Jaipur will start tomorrow at EP Emerald (Entertainment Paradise) Cinema Hall at 10 A.M. Noted film actress Ms. Kamini Kaushal, will inaugurate the festival. She has performed in famous films such as, Neecha Nagar (1946), Nadiya Ke Paar (1949), Paaras (1949), Shabnam (1949), Aarzoo (1950), Shaheed (1948), Meri Bhabhi (1969), Do Raste (1969), & Roti Kapda Aur Makan (1974). Sh...

In case you missed the South East European Film Festival in LA last May...

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For those who didn’t see the 2011 South East European Film Festival (SEE FEST) last May, I thought I’d recap a few of my favorite films. Me, My Gypsy Family, and Woody Allen was a humorous and moving 2009 documentary about the Halilović family’s move from caravans into a permanent apartment, and the daughter Laura’s intent on being a filmmaker rather than getting married at 18, as her mother and relatives expected. Halilović’s family had lived in caravans in Italy sin...

3rd Petaluma International Film Festival Lineup Announced

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Tanguero Director: Emanuele Persico, 2011, Italy/Argentina, 78 minutes, Cast: Omar Quiroga, Veronica Palacios, Maria Cecilia Cervini, Juan Carlos Stasi, Jorge Juanatey Simple Director: Ivan Calbérac, 2010, France, 90 minutes, Cast: Bastien BOUILLON, Julien DRION, Shemss Audat, Morgane Cabot, Esteban CARVAJAL-ALEGRIA, Valentine CATZEFLIS, CIVIL François, Jérémie ELKAIM The Fire [Der Brand] Director: Brigitte Bertele, 2011, Germany, 70 minutes, Cast:  Florian David Fitz, Wota...

In Retrospect... From RIFF 2010 to MIPCOM 2011

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In Retrospect... From RIFF 2010 to MIPCOM 2011... Last year the film at RIFF 2010 which stirred up quite a debate was this documentary, WHEN THE DRAGON SWALLOWED THE SUN (2010), which threatened to destabilize the friendly relationship between China and Iceland (the film is about China's oppressive hold over Tibet). Now one year later the film is being sold at the world's biggest TV market, MIPCOM, at Cannes; October 03-06, 2011.   Interview with director Dirk Simon from ...

Line up of Picasso Jaipur Animation Festival completed

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  In the first edition, JIAFF received 229 films from 21 countries 58 films nominated for screening   The first "PICASSO JAIPUR INTERNATIONAL ANIMATION FILM FESTIVA-JIAFF-2011" presented by PICASSO ANIMATION COLLEGE, Jaipur. In its opening year, JIAFF received an overwhelming response till last date with over 229 animation films from 21 countries (including India, Russia, Canada, U.K., Australia, Portugal, Spain, Switzerland etc.) across the globe. Out of the films ...

Call For Entries- Accolade- Deadline November 18th,2011

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Now in its eighth year, top-tier, international awards competition, The Accolade, announces its Call for Entries for filmmakers, television producers and videographers. Download entry form at www.accoladecompetition.org. Deadline is November 18th,2011 The Accolade is unique; it is an awards competition, not a traditional film festival. Awards go to those filmmakers, television producers and videographers who produce fresh, standout entertainment, animation and compelling documentaries. I...

Full Stop

Director: Christon Joseph.
World's hottest news on Laden and Obama are unfolded by Lawrence and Andappan during their bicycle journey to a nearby toddy shop. The story is being reveled through a third standpoint. This short film was made before the actual event.

" Mysticism " new genre introduced by Shaurya Productions.

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Shaurya Productions is coming up with their first film, "Dhyaan" (Meditation). First time Producer/Director - Chinar Sonawane has  made a wonderful film, its a  hindi film, made in India. The film is shot at 6 different locations in India. Dharamshala, Manali, Cheerapunji, Shillong, Mowlly long andMumbai.  Its a 90 mins film with no intervals.   ...

MV International Film Festival wrappped

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Up & Away! Attendance Climbs at 6th Annual MV International Film Festival; New Film Center Is Next ProjectSeptember 20, 2011 (Vineyard Haven, MA)-It's a wrap! The sixth annual Martha's Vineyard International Film Festival, organized and executed by the all-volunteer Martha's Vineyard Film Society, packed over 30 films from 6 continents into 4 vibrant days. "The festival grows each year," says Society founder and Festival director Richard Paradise. "We're still counting but we sold an estimated 3...

Interview with Sean Stone and his journey to Iran

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Oliver Stone has done a fabulous job rearing his son, Princeton graduate, Sean Stone. Sean's wings have been strengthening as he has been working, interning, and meeting world leaders along side of his brilliant filmmaker father, and is demonstrating to the world that he, too, can soar. With a recent journey to Iran, with film as the primary focus, and his first feature film, "Graystone", nearing completion, this 26 year old has seen and done things most of us only read about.Q: SHARON ABELLA:...

GUAM, USA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES JURY AND NOMINEES

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GUAM, USA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES JURY AND NOMINEES HAGATÑA, GUAM, USA (September 13, 2011) – The Guam International Film Festival (GIFF) announced the members of their 2011 Official Grand Jury, comprised of four industry professionals with extensive media experience in the global film community. GIFF executive director, Don Muna, says ”Given the credentials of the 2011 jury panel,  I’m confident that we’re sending the clear message to the world that we consid...

Life in the shore of Death

Director: Razibul Hossain & the Students of Media Studies and Journalism.
Bangladesh has been branded as a disaster prone country around the world. Natural disaster like tornado, cyclone, and flood were the main topic to discuss for Bangladesh. Reminding this scenario, a group of university students along with their teacher starts exploring the coastal belt area of Bangladesh with the concept "Disaster" by their film. They went to experience the most disaster prone communities of Bangladesh - "Mirzagonj" where 90% community people were affected by the Cyclone Aila and "Pathorghata" 100% people affected by the Cyclone Sidr. While on their journey, they meet resilience people who are not only survived nature's fury but also surmounted it. This interaction between students and the community people creates a dialog that motivates them to tales of awe, vulnerability, loss, agony, strength, faith, inspiration and unity.

38th Telluride Film Festival draws to a close

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Telluride Film Festival (September 2-5, 2011), presented by the National Film Preserve, draws to a close today following a spectacular weekend of diverse programming, surprise screenings and special guests.   Telluride Film Festival screened twenty-eight new feature films in its main program, six film revivals selected by Guest Director Caetano Veloso, nine Backlot programs, nine classics and restorations, 30 shorts and student films, and hosted nine seminars and conversations between...

Less than Sun God

Director: Razibul Hossain.
Young photographer Khaleed Saikat once decided to go for a journey into the unknown. He took his laptop, camera, and some money with him. But no destination remains unknown at its end. Khaleed landed a small village market where he met the ‘Orao’ Youngman Arun Khalko and his constant companion Shukra. Shukra is an owner of a tea-stall up on the landing. Khaleed doesn’t get the acquaintance of Arun on the short meeting even. While talking with them they reached to the entrance of the village where the road was divided into two directions. Arun and Shukra left him there with there confusing identity. To find a place for the night to stay he walked to a village with bewildered expression. Suddenly there appears Arun and Shukra with laughter; unexpectedly they propose him to be a guest of The Missionary Church Guest House. Khaleed heals a breath of relieve. By the evening Arun gets intimate with Khaleed. Arun is a Christian Orao, by religion, at present he is in the charge of the Church on absence of Father. Time passes and after a while Khaleed comes to know by a drunken Youngman’s shouts that a girl named Arati is involved with Arun’s activities which the young fellow dislikes because he loves Arati. Khaleed, suspecting the Youngman senseless approaches to him but Arun stops him. In the middle of the night the drumming beats of ‘Madol’ (a traditional drum of Orao tribe) was heard by Khaleed along with the sounds of singing and dancing. Khaleed takes his camera and come out to join the festival of ‘Fagua’. The headman Budu Master warmly welcomed him but didn’t allow him to take photographs. There Khaleed met Arati and talked with Budu Master. Khaleed couldn’t find the dumb boy of the tribe to whom he kept his cell phone. Khaleed enjoyed the ‘Fagua’ festival. Arun also came there but didn’t join. Khaleed came to know that Arun has no right to join the festival, from the conversation between Arati and Budhla, while returning back. Next morning Khaleed found the real identity of Arun. He is a disowned son of Budu Master. The reason after disowning is Arun’s adoption of Christianity. He also came to know that Arun was a student of Christian missionary school, for the last three years he is staying in this village after receiving a higher education from abroad. Arun had lot of planning concerning to his community. Arati is mainly a teacher of Arun’s school. Last two years they have been working together on Arun’s plan to develop their community. But Arati is little confused from the last few days that whether she’s got any existence or existing personality in Arun’s mind or not. And she discovered –no there is nothing like that. Their relation is based on the dreams of Arun which is concerned to this Orao village. Arun starts to run a cold debate with Budhla in Arati’s home. Budhla want to marry Arati, her mother gives an approval to this proposal to maintain the society. Mean while at the school Arati and Arun’s debate comes to an extreme level. Arati abruptly says that working with Arun has become nearly impossible for her by denying the constitution of ‘Orao’ community. She says that she has found an obsession about Arun behind her working. It’s only because she respects the dreams of Arun and that’s why she will try this to the end. But Arun is not an apprehensive personality. In the afternoon, while Khaleed roaming on the walkways of the village with Arati, she portrays the dreams of Arun. In his plan the agricultural farm, hospital, educational institutions are nearly ready; it was just a matter of time then. But Arati speaks the other sense. When Khaleed was taking her photo she said that she has lost her face. Her face is just like Arun’s as it is same for every ‘Orao’. But these two faces never act the same. On that night Arati came to Arun’s room. She asks Arun “Do you mean yourself as an ‘Orao’ ? ” Arun couldn’t reply any satisfactory answer. At the dawn Arati came to Khaleed. She said that she has discovered her ‘Orao’ face. She asked him to take true image on his camera. Khaleed responded positively. But returning back to his room Khaleed found Arun was sitting there. Arun told him to turn an end of this journey into the unknown. Almost unwontedly Khaleed had to return. On the way back that dumb boy returned the cell phone to Khaleed. Returning back to Dhaka Khaleed miraculously discovered that there were some photographs of ‘Fagua’ festival and ‘Orao’ community in his cell phone which probably the dumb boy shoots. Khaleed made his first exhibition along with the dump boy’s photo. Now what will do Khaleed with those photos ? Will he go to that Village again ? What happen to Arun and Aroti ? Khaleed couldn’t find answer, so he decided to return the village and see the end line.

The Sand Clock

Director: Razibul Hossain.
An old man, Zoology Professor Kuhel Ahmed, faces death. The things happening in his life is quite normal for anyone. But, how is it to himself? What happens to his inner self, in his consciousness, in his thoughts at that moment in life when the living people are wistful about their long life and the dead are only memory to him? He is a loner in the middle of a bridge; helpless in his tension. All barriers of control break loose; things fall apart for him. Professor Ahmed is not a psychologically challenged person. He is absent-minded, reticent as a character. However, thoughts are not always limited to expression only. Thoughts are restless, always on the move. Professor Ahmed looks back into the satisfactions of his life’s achievements as well as the real pictures for all his shortcomings. He is nostalgic as the certainty of end of life awaits him. Professor Ahmed is single as he defies leaving behind a generation. He knows all the patterns of human diversity like his palms. Life, to him, is nothing but carrier of a mathematical progression. This belief popped into him through the practices of science. He knows beyond this belief human race is going through this progression as they try to mask the superstition of heredity and surroundings. Therefore, he argues at the close of his life. Life’s meaning as well as absurdity equally fights within him. Such inner conflict is apparently unseen, unreal. But in man’s own world it is evident and real. This feature film tries to explore that real image of the human race crossing the limits of individuals. Memory and present; everything becomes contemporary. Insights into life is framed in every millisecond.

The Telluride Film Festival final line up

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Telluride Film Festival (September 2-5, 2011), presented by the National Film Preserve, announces its program for the 38th Telluride Film Festival. Featuring diverse programming from around the globe, TFF once again sets the stage for some of the year’s most highly anticipated films.   TFF opens its 38th year with over twenty-five new feature films plus special artist tributes, Guest Director programs selected by Caetano Veloso, Backlot programs, classics and restorations, shorts, studen...

KASHISH SHORTS 2011 - Indian Queer Films for your festival

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The second edition of KASHISH Mumbai International Queer Film Festival was a brilliant success. It was held from may 25-29, 2011 at two venues simultaneously - the multiplex Cinemax Versova and Alliance Francaise.  The festival screened 124 films from 23 countries in 51 program slots. It had 67.5% turnout with about 6225 audience occupancy. There were 15 houseful shows. KASHISH 2011 was Bigger, Bolder & Queerer. A bevy of Bollywood celebrities – Juhi Chawla, Rahul Bos...

DocEdge, a cutting edge Film Festival at Max Mueller Bhavan (GoetheHaus) Mumbai

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  DocEdge, a documentary Film Festival  comprising 11 award-winning documentaries and a selection of entries from DOK Leipzig Film Festival as well as other award-winning films from Baltic states, China and India were screened at the Goethe Hall of the Max Mueller Bhavan, Mumbai. Technical problems however put paid to the inaugural (Aug 22 ) screening of Gereon Wetzel and Jörg Adolph's"How to make a book with Steid" and instead, the audience was treated to the closing day's ...

Mumbai IFA is looking for a Marketing Manager

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Job Profile for Marketing Manager – Mumbai IFA is looking for a Marketing Manager in Mumbai who will serve as IFA’s representative in Mumbai. The incumbent will be supported by IFA’s Marketing and Business Development team in Bangalore and report to the Director, Marketing and Business Development. About IFA IFA makes grants nationwide under various programmes: arts research and documentation, arts education, extending arts practice, new performance, curatorship and special grant...

2nd Annual New York City International Film Festival Opening Night Awards

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By Maria Esteves – August 29, 2011 The 2nd Annual New York City International Film Festival 2011 (NYCIFF11) Opening Night Jury Awards presented by Roberto Rizzo honored the best films of 2011 by emerging and established filmmakers from around the world at the Hudson theatre, Thursday, August 18, 8:00 PM. The award presenters were actor M. Macaluso, T. Iz, E. Thai, I. Yako, L. Kruse, and NYCIFF founder Roberto Rizzo. In 2010, NYCIFF was founded by Roberto Rizzo. His vision is to intro...

2011 NYC International Film Festival Opening Night Awards Videos

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By Maria Esteves – August 28, 2011 The 2nd Annual New York City International Film Festival 2011 (NYCIFF11) Opening Night Awards  presented by NYCIFF founder Robert Rizzo honoring the best international filmmaking and emerging directors in 2011 immediately followed the Opening Night Gala at the Hudson Theatre, Thursday, August 18, 8:00 PM. NYCIFF11 Opening Night black-tie red carpet arrivals included international filmmakers, producers, writers, actors, recording artists, industry executiv...

2011 NYC International Film Festival Opening Night Awards Photos

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By Maria Esteves – August 28, 2011 The 2nd Annual New York City International Film Festival 2011 (NYCIFF11) Opening Night Awards  presented by NYCIFF founder Robert Rizzo honoring the best international filmmaking and emerging directors in 2011 immediately followed the Opening Night Gala at the Hudson Theatre, Thursday, August 18, 8:00 PM. NYCIFF11 Opening Night black-tie red carpet arrivals included international filmmakers, producers, writers, actors, recording artists, industry executiv...

BOLLYWOOD DISCOVERS MAGIC IN MELBOURNE

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<p>Bollywood, one of the largest centres of film production in the world, has recently taken on the flavours of  Melbourne which has Australia’s highest concentration of convention facilities located in the city centre, including the MCEC, the world’s first and only ‘Six Star Green Star’ rated convention centre. It  is also home to five of the six most significant annual sport events held in Australia – the Boxing Day Cricket Test, the Australian Football League Grand Final, ...

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