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women are heroes, a film by JR, award winning lensman and director

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   The Alliance Française de Bombay has organised the premiere in Mumbai of the documemtary film, Women Are Heroes directed by the award winning French artist and photographer JR at Olive Bandra on Monday,June 30,2011. The film  was screened at Cannes  last year. "In peacetime women are discriminated, in wartime they are targets," says JR, who has just received the 2011 TED Prize.   It is these women and their courage that he honours through outsized street-art w...

San Francisco United Lineup

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FILM LINEUP San Francisco United Film Festival is returning to the Roxie Theatre for the third annual San Francisco United Film Festival. Screening cutting-edge, independent films & highly acclaimed classic movies with the audience in mind, this year's lineup is full of amazing San Francisco premieres as well as midnight movies and classics which pay homage to this great city. Film showings include Q&A with the filmmakers and Feature Films will be preceded by 1 to 2 short films....

Inaugural Asian Short Film Awards@ScreenSingapore

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  The Board of ScreenSingapore announced today that the inaugural Asian Short Film Awards@ScreenSingapore has received 90 entries from 15 countries and regions in less than two months. The entries were submitted by filmmakers from Singapore, Malaysia, Japan, Hong Kong, Thailand, the Philippines, Australia, India, Iran, Bangladesh, Cambodia, New Zealand, China, Indonesia and Taiwan, with the majority of the films in English. A mix of fiction and documentary features, the entries dea...

Sander Francken on BARDSONGS at CPHPIX 2011

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Since BARDSONGS (2010) screened in Palm Springs this past PSIFF 2011, I’ve been speaking to director Sander Francken about doing an interview about what I thought was an extremely intriguing subject for a film, that of oral storytelling in a time where storytelling has changed so much that the old modes have long since departed us. Or have they? Sander’s film is a tribute to oral storytelling and ‘bardsongs’. I tracked him down in Copenhagen at CPHPIX 2011 where his film screened and we ...

The Inaugural Film Festival for the Travel Community Descends on NYC in Just 44 Days

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Tickets to the Nomading Film Festival (NoFF) are now on sale. With the submission deadline closing only three days ago, it is now time to start counting down the days to the first ever film festival aimed at travelers who film, not necessarily just filmmakers who travel. Inspired by the idea that travel connects us all, NoFF asked the travel community to “Engage. Explore. Record.” and they obliged. Submissions ranged in topics but each was just 15 minutes or less in length....

54th San Francisco International Film Festival wrapped

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The San Francisco Film Society wrapped its 54th San Francisco International Film Festival (April 21 - May 5) with 265 screenings of 193 films from 48 countries, which were attended by 278 filmmakers and industry guests from 22 countries around the globe. "I had a hell of a good time!" exclaimed Frank Pierson, recipient of this year's Kanbar Award for excellence in screenwriting. "I enjoyed the informality of spirit and the professionalism of execution of the who...

An India Beyond Slumdog Millionaires

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  While there is no question that the Danny Boyle film SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE did much to rivet attention in the West on the cinema of India and southern Asia, the various film industries in the second largest country on earth has been a staple of moviegoing in Asia, South America, Africa and even Europe for many decades. Very few of the quality films from the region are given big screen time in North America but that represents both an obstacle and a challenge for the New York Indian Film...

Locarno selects 12 Indian projects for Open Doors co-production lab

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  From over 200 projects submitted, in 18 different languages, from 30 regions in India, these are the 12 finalists which will participate in Open Doors, the Festival del film Locarno's co-production lab. The selected projects are: - Aharbal Falls by Ajay Raina - Ajeeb Aashiq / Strange Love by Natasha Mendonca - Arunoday / Sunriseby Partho Sen-Gupta - Burqa Boxers by Alka Raghuram - Char, The Island Within by Sourav Sarangi - Jat Panchayat / The Judgement by Satish ...

17th International Children's Film Festival India

International Children's Film Festival India (ICFFI) also popularly known as The Golden Elephant is a biennial festival that strives to bring the most delightful and imaginative national and international children's cinema to young audiences in India. Outstanding features, shorts, live action and animation films are screened over seven days of festive celebrations, attended by more than one hundred thousan

17th International Children's Film Festival India. Entry Open!

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International Children's Film Festival India (ICFFI) also popularly known as The Golden Elephant is a biennial festival that strives to bring the most delightful and imaginative national and international children's cinema to young audiences in India. Outstanding features, shorts, live action and animation films are screened over seven days of festive celebrations, attended by more than one hundred thousand children and hundreds of film professionals from across the world. &nbs...

International Children's Film Festival India

International Children's Film Festival India (ICFFI) also popularly known as The Golden Elephant is a biennial festival that strives to bring the most delightful and imaginative national and international children's cinema to young audiences in India. Outstanding features, shorts, live action and animation films are screened over seven days of festive celebrations, attended by more than one hundred thousand children and hundreds of film professionals from across the world.

ICFFI is organized by Children's Film Society India (CFSI) - a national government body committed to nurturing a dynamic children's film culture in the country. Since its inception in 1955, CFSI has been producing, exhibiting and distributing exclusive, entertaining and enriching content for children.

Every two years, the festival begins on 14th November, the birth date of Jawaharlal Nehru - India's first Prime Minister - also fondly referred to as Chacha Nehru (Uncle Nehru), because of his love for children. Nehru established CFSI soon after India's independence with the hope that indigenous and exclusive cinema for children would stimulate their creativity, compassion and critical thinking. It is this vision of Jawaharlal Nehru that guides ICFFI.

In a world that is cluttered with consumerist & often violent content for children, ICFFI is committed to promoting cinema that is humane and non-violent, and yet delightful and fun! Special care is taken to program films that cultivate an understanding of other cultures, lives and experiences and encourage children to reflect on the world around. Workshops and open forums at the festival aim towards stimulating critical appreciation and creative pursuit of cinematic arts amongst young people. The festival also supports the work of children's filmmakers by rewarding them for their dedication and talent.

ICFFI is one of the largest and most colourful children's film festivals in the world. A unique feature of the festival is its audience: more than a hundred thousand children travel from little villages and towns from across India to view high quality international children's cinema that they would never be exposed to otherwise. Here they rub shoulders with other kids, eminent guests and directors from different parts of the world. ICFFI is dedicated to these little delegates and to those imaginative film-makers who attempt to make films for the toughest audience of all - children!

Seattle International Film Festival highlights

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    Film Industry Luminaries Ewan McGregor, Warren Miller, Al Pacino Scheduled to Appear The 37th Seattl...

New York Indian Film Festival expands Film schools partnerships

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  With its mission to help foster a new generation of filmmakers, the 11th annual New York Indian Film Festival has announced three partnerships with prestigious film schools in New York and India that will allow directors to have their stories reach a wider platform.  The oldest festival for Indian cinema in the United States will partner with award-winning filmmaker Subhash Ghai's Whistling Woods International, The Department of Cinema Studies at Tisch, NYU, and the New York Film Academy...

54th San Francisco International Film Festival Will Present Founder's Directing Award to Oliver Stone

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Director Will Receive Honor at Film Society Awards Night at Bimbo’s 365 Club and Onstage Tribute at Sundance Kabuki CinemasThe San Francisco Film Society announced today that Oliver Stone will be the recipient of the Founder’s Directing Award at the 54th San Francisco International Film Festival (April 21–May 5). The FDA will be presented to Stone at Film Society Awards Night, Thursday, April 28 at Bimbo’s 365 Club.The Film Society’s highly regarded Youth Education program wi...

KASHISH 2011 invites Partners

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    May 25 - 29, 2011   Join us as a PRIDE PARTNER and be part of a historic journey!       What is KASHISH? KASHISH Mumbai International Queer Film Festival is a Pride event that is held annually in Mumbai, India. It showcases films with gay, lesbian, transgender th...

Drat

Director: Farzin Farzaneh.
Drat is a gothic tale of a woman living alone in a country house. Her solitary routine is disrupted when she suspects that some kind of animal is trying to invade her home. Her suspicion turns into obsession as she tries in vain to keep the creature out. These efforts, along with the woman's growing anguish, are the primary focus of film. The woman finally confronts the intruder in her basement; however, all is not well. The landscape surrounding her abode rustles and heaves restlessly, and the roots of a nearby tree threaten to crack the very foundations of the woman's house. This is the story of one person’s lonely attempts to hold on to the small haven that she has carved out of her environment, and to keep it secure against the outside forces of nature. To her chagrin, she finds that the natural environment does not always recognise her exclusive right to such comforts.

2 DAYS LEFT TO SUBMIT TO RUBY MOUNTAIN FILM FESTIVAL!

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Ruby Mountain Film Festival, Elko, NV April 15, 2011 - Late Deadline     RUBY MOUNTAIN FILM FESTIVAL Elko, Nevada - USA August 11 to 14, 2011   The RUBY MOUNTAIN FILM FESTIVAL (RMFF) presents a full range of independent and student films from across the globe against the backdrop of the ruggedly beautiful Ruby Mountains in Northeastern Nevada. This four-day event promises to uncover cinematic treasures ...

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Director: Aden Shillito.
A school boy struggles to expose the suspicious behavior of the one-eyed caretaker at his primary school, only to find that life is vastly more complex than he could ever have imagined. When Nick Atley sees his school caretaker at the school after hours his suspicion is aroused - what is the man up to? In his efforts to discover the truth the boy goes have the quiet boy of his class to being the subject of concern given his odd behaviour. Faced being disbelieved at every turn, the boy steals a key and by night accesses the school cellar where the caretaker works, finding both an alien presence and the involvement of other school staff. While the invaders plans are thwarted, their exposure is concealed and Nick is left to wonder if he might not have imagined everything he has seen after all.

Potable

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Director: Jaryl Lim and Kew Lin.
It is the near future and a shocking incident with a water catchment area has left thousands dead. The cause: a waterborne virus that could possibly spread across the globe in a matter of weeks. The government enlists the help of trained professionals to seek out and inspect all water sources across the nation for signs of contamination. The protagonist is simply one of the many agents working on the case. Just another day at work for him, however, turns into a decision that could change the course of history.

Oliver Stone to receive Honor at San Francisco Film Society Awards Night

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  Director Will Receive Honor at Film Society Awards Night at Bimbo's 365 Club and Onstage Tribute at Sundance Kabuki Cinemas   San Francisco, CA -- The San Francisco Film Society announced today that Oliver Stone will be the recipient of the Founder's Directing Award at the 54th San Francisco International Film Festival (April 21 - May 5). The FDA will be presented to Stone at Film Society Awards Night, Thursday, April 28 at Bimbo's 365 Club.     ...

KASHISH Mumbai International Queer Film festival

KASHISH Mumbai International Queer FilmFestival 2011, thesecond edition of India’s only mainstream LGBT film fest, promises to be BIGGER, BOLDER & QUEERER. The second edition will be held from May 25-29, 2011 at two venues in Mumbai, one of whichwill be a multiplex theater.

This year, the festival willshowcase more than 130 films from over 25 countries.

The highlights this year:- More feature length films than last year with some verysensitive lesbian themed features.- Films from across the globe: from US to UK, Australiato Austria, India to Indonesiaand even Argentina and Peru.- This year, the ‘Country Focus’ will be on Israel withmore than 8 films from there.- ‘Spotlight on Filmmaker’ will shine on US filmmaker Q. AllanBrocka and UK filmmaker Rikki Blair Beadle with their funny, sexy and thoughtprovoking films.- Special package of films on Anti-Bullying and gay bashingin schools followed by a panel discussion.- A special evening with ‘Parents of Queers’ with a filmscreening and panel discussion.- Special package of sensitive, dramatic and touchingfeatures and shorts on HIV/AIDS is introduced under ‘Red Ribbon’ packagefollowed by a performance.- Continuing KASHISH’s mission of showcasing and promoting shortfilms and short filmmakers, this year too would see some exciting short filmpackages:-   Along with the ever popular ‘BoysShorts’ and ‘Girls Shorts’ short film packages this year will have two newadditions: a fabulous ‘Trans Shorts’ collection and a hilarious collection ofshort films under ‘Bi Shorts’-   A package of films that is acinematic tribute to LGBT people who made a difference way back whenhomosexuality was labeled a disease, a crime and a perversion. This includes afilm about a brilliant gay mathematician who helped crack the Nazi Engima Codeand turned the tide of Word War II for the Allies-   ‘Indian Masala Mix’ : a greatcollection of Indian shorts films- A competition section for Best Narrative Feature too,which would include both Indian and International films made in 2010 / 2011.This is in addition to the other competitive categories awarded last year: BestDocu Feature, Best Docu Short, Best International Narrative Short and BestIndian Narrative Short. - The Best Indian queer short film at Kashish gets to compete for the IrisPrize in UKand a cash prize of 25,000 pounds.   

- Also watch out for an eminent jurycomprising of award winning filmmakers, actors and media professionals.

- A range of fun filled cultural activities and events likemusic and dance performances, open mic and quizzes. KASHISH 2011 promises to be an eventto remember for both LGBT and mainstream audiences. It will be a time to watchloads and loads of LGBT films, engage in discussions, interact with celebritiesand filmmakers, participate in cultural activities and just simply have aFABULOUS time! For further updates and informationon the festival, please check:Website: http://www.mumbaiqueerfest.com/  | Blog: http://kashishmiqff.blogspot.com/ 

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/Kashish.MIQFF | Twitter: http://twitter.com/Kashish2011

 

KASHISH 2011 - Dates and Highlights announced

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                  KASHISH Mumbai International Queer Film Festival 2011, the second edition of India’s only mainstream LGBT film fest, promises to be BIGGER, BOLDER & QUEERER. The second edition will be held from May 25-29, 2011 at two venues in Mumbai, one of which will be a multiplex theater. This year, the festival will showcase more than 130 films from over 25 countries.The highlights this...

Ruby Mountain Film Festival Gains Momentum

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Ruby Mountain Film Festival is gaining momentum! We already have a great lineup with a few weeks left to submit.  Entries so far come from,  USA, Mexico, Canada, Spain, Japan, Australia, the United Kingdom, France, the Russian Federation, Croatia, Sweden, Brazil, Taiwan, New Zealand, Israel, Argentina, Turkey, Finland, India, Iran, Iraq, Armenia, Africa, Serbia/Montenegro, South Korea, and The Netherlands."   Check out our recent spotlight on the event! RUBY MOUNTAI...

Minsk International Film Festival LISTAPAD

The Belarus’ largest and most prestigious public film festival Listapad annually takes place at the beginning of November. The main purpose of the festival is to offer a wide selection of highly acclaimed feature films, documentaries from all over the world as well as new productions from Belarus. It screens recent titles and retrospectives.

The Minsk International Film Festival program has three sections - feature, documentary and children and youth film festival Listapadzik. During a week cinema goers have a possibility to watch more than 100 movies in 5 venues. Also, special programs in focus, master-classes, seminars and other related events are presented annually. Filmmakers, actors and supporters have the opportunity to network at various events. Q&A sessions with directors and actors follow every screening giving moviegoers first-hand access to the filmmaking process.

Around 12 outstanding films for the last two years from Russia, the Central and Eastern Europe, Baltics and Central-Asian countries comprise in Main competition.

No less than 8 most notable first and second feature films for the last two years from all over the world comprise in Young Directors competition "Youth on the march".

Documentary competition includes the main competition and young directors documentary film competition. No less than 20 full-length and short critically acclaimed films for the last two years are in the main program. Over 15 prominent filmmakers’ current films inspired by the idea of freedom and tolerance comprise in young directors documentary film competition.

No less than 6 competing full-length feature films for Children and Youth for the last two years and non-competitive special programs including features, shorts and animation films from all over the world take part in the Children and Youth Film Festival Listapadzik.

The out-of-competition programs present more than 50 titles of genre and independent movies made by cult filmmakers from all over the world.

The last Festival edition was held on November, 5-12th in Belarus. The last year the Festival appeared in a completely updated format. For the first time the Festival competition program was as follows: 
- The Main competition, which was presented 12 feature films made in the former Soviet Union and the former socialist countries; 
- Young Directors’ competition (“Youth on the March”), which included 9 most notable feature debuts of emerging directors from all over the world; 
- Documentary films competition, which presented to the jury and the public 23 films created in the former Soviet Union and the former socialist countries; 
- Young Directors’ documentary films competition, which included the most notable debuts in documentary from all over the world. 

During the Festivalfour Juries worked:

- the InternationalJury of the Main competition (Grand Jury):

Head of Jury

Sharunas Bartas(Lithuania) - director, scriptwriter, director of photography, member ofEuropean Motion Picture Academy, international film festivals prize-winner

Jury

Janusz Kijowski(Poland) - director, scriptwriter 

Elena Koreneva(Russia) - actress, writer 

Tatiana Loginova(Belarus) - director of photography, laureate of State Prize of USSR,international film festivals prize-winner

Kirill Razlogov(Russia) - director of Russian Institute for Cultural Research, programdirector of Moscow International Film Festival

- the InternationalJury of Young Directors competition ("Youth on the March"):

Head of Jury

Ludmila Saenkova(Belarus) - film critic, candidate of philology science, head of literary andart criticism chair of Journalism Institute of Belarusian State University

Jury

Rodion Ismailov(Azerbaijan) - director 

Natalya Vorozhbit(Ukraine) - scriptwriter 

- the InternationalJury of Documentary films competition: 

Head of Jury

Victor Asliuk(Belarus) - director, scriptwriter, member of European Film Academy, nationaland international film festivals prize-winner 

Jury

Sergey Bukovsky(Ukraine) - director, People's Artist of Ukraine, laureate of National TarasShevchenko Award, international film festivals prize-winner 

Svetlana Bychenko(Russia) - director of documentary and animation films, scriptwriter,international film festivals prize-winner

Veslav Romanovski(Poland) - director, scriptwriter, literary, deputy director of PolishInstitute in Minsk

Anna Yerzinkyan (Armenia)- film critic, professor, pro-rector of Yerevan State Theatre and FilmInstitute

- the InternationalJury of Young Directors documentary films competition:

Head of Jury

Aleksandr Kuprin(Russia) - director, scriptwriter, international film festivals prize-winner

Jury

Sergey Rybakov(Belarus) - director, international film festivals prize-winner, "For SpiritualRenovation" Award owner, laureate of national award "Televershyna"

Toms Trеibergs (Latvia) - film critic, filmsubeditor of the newspaper "Cultural Forum"

Also festival audiencecould participate in the viewer's jury. Everyone had possibility to rate foreach feature. Festival preferences rating was generated according to theresults of viewer's votes

The Grand Jury awardedthe following nominations:

- Grand-Prix For TheBest Film

"My Joy",Ukraine-Germany-The Netherlands, director Sergey Loznitsa

- Special Jury Award

The Light Thief,Kyrgyzstan-France-Germany-The Netherlands, director Aktan Arym Kubat

 

The Jury of the Youthon the March competition awarded:

- Best Film Awardnamed after the people`s artist of USSR V. Turov

"October", Peru,directors Daniel Vega, Diego Vega 

- Prize "For the dancewith reality"

"You Are All TheCaptains", Spain, director Oliver Laxe 

- Prize "For therealization of the freedom's theme"

"Udaan", India,director Vikramaditya Motwane 

 

The Jury ofDocumentary films competition awarded:

- Grand-Prix for theBest Film

"The Woman With FiveElephants", Switzerland-Germany, director Vadim Jendreyko 

- Best Full-LengthFilm Award

"The Last Rope-WalkerOf Armenia", Armenia, directors Arman Eritsyan, Inna Saakyan 

- Best Short FilmAward

"The Backwoods 35х45", Russia, director Evgeny Solomin

 

The Jury of Youngdirectors documentary films competition awarded:

- Best Full-LengthFilm Award

"The Last Train Home",Canada-China, director Lixin Fan 

- Best Short FilmAward

"The World Champion",Estonia, director Moonika Siimets 

- Prize "For thecreative search and active political fences"

"Make Tea",Russia-Great Britain, director Olga Korotkaya 

- Prize "For theuniversality of director's profession"

"Kill the Day",Belarus-Poland, directors Andrei Kutilo, Aleksandr Nalivaiko 

- Prize "For thesearch of new cinematographic language"

"In Case Of LossPressure" (Belgium, director Sarah Moon Howe)

 

The festival alsoestablished the following prizes: 

- Audience ChoiceAward

"Brother", Venezuela,director Marcel Rasquin 

- Special Prize of thePresident of the Republic of Belarus "For Humanism and Spirituality incinematography"

"Brother", Venezuela,director Marcel Rasquin 

- Special Prize"Together" of The Standing Committee Of The Union State

"The Brest Fortress",Russia-Belarus, director Aleksandr Kott 

- Special Prize ofMinsk City Executive Committee for the Moral Ideals Embodyment

"Street Days",Georgia, director Levan Koguashvili

 

Prizes of the Guild ofscholars and critics of Belarusian cinematographers union 

- Best Fiction FilmAward

"Street Days",Georgia, director Levan Koguashvili 

- Best Non-Fictional Film Award

"Kill the Day",Belarus, directors Andrei Kutilo, Aleksandr Nalivaiko 

Sadho Poetry Film Festival in India

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SADHO POETRY FILM FEST Since 2007, The Sadho Poetry Film Fest has travelled to 12 cities including the Indian capital. The 1st Sadho Poetry Film Fest 2007-08 saw the formal launch of the organisation itself. The main event was held in New Delhi on October 13 and 14, 2007. The main event of 2nd Sadho Poetry Film Fest 2009-10 was held on December 26 and 27, 2009. Sadho has also organised poetry filmmaking workshops and special screenings related to Sign language and its poetic and cinematic expres...

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