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Havana Film Festival New York (HFFNY) opens April 7-15

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The 12th annual Havana Film Festival New York (HFFNY) opens April 7-15 with a program of award-winning films, panel discussions, and Q&A sessions with distinguished international directors, actors, and producers. HFFNY's Cuban films are part of ¡Sí Cuba! Festival, a city-wide celebration of Cuban arts and culture. 14 New York institutions convene to celebrate the rich artistic vitality of Cuba by showcasing the diversity of Cuban culture from the traditional to the modern. ...

Tribeca Film Festival (TFF) announces shorts line up

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The 2011 Tribeca Film Festival (TFF), presented by American Express, the founding sponsor of the Festival, today announced its lineup of 60 short films, 22 of which are world premieres.   Also new this year, the recipient of the TFF Best Narrative Short award will qualify for consideration in the Short Films category of the annual Academy Awards® without the standard theatrical run, provided the film otherwise complies with the Academy rules.   The short film pro...

2011 My Sundance film festival

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This is an overview of my 2011 Sundance experience  For Europeans, heading to a remote mining town now ski resort and festival headquarters in Park City, Utah, tucked away in the Wasatch mountains outside of Salt Lake City, it's no simple journey. It entails careful planning several months in advance, serious budgetary calculation to secure a bed in those expensive shared- condos, and blocking extra time to your return schedule as flipping time zones wrecks havoc with your metabolism a...

Human Rights Watch Film Festival highlights of 15th edition

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16 Documentaries and 5 Dramas; a Focus on the Power of the Mediawww.hrw.org/en/iff The 15th edition of the Human Rights Watch Film Festival will be presented in London from 23 March to 1 April, 2011, Human Rights Watch said today. The international feature programme includes 16 documentaries and 5 dramas, from Belgium, Colombia, The Democratic Republic of Congo, Guantanamo, Guatemala, Hebron, Iran, Ireland, Kenya, Lebanon, Los Angeles, Peru, South Africa, Turkey, Yemen and Yugoslavia. Many of t...

Wim Wenders to give a masterclass on Pina at Talent Campus

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Storytelling expanded at the Berlinale Talent Campus #9: Panels with Wim Wenders, Heddy Honigmann, Andres Veiel, and Michel Reilhac.“New Horizons in 3D – Storytelling and Producing Redefined” with Wim Wenders, Alain Derobe, Gian-Piero Ringel and Erwin M. SchmidtWhile the Berlinale Talent Campus brings together filmmakers who represent the future of cinema, this year's Campus programme will also address the future look and feel of cinema. Legendary filmmaker Wim Wenders, director of masterp...

REHENES / HOSTAGES

Director: BRUNO ORTIZ LEON.
"HOSTAGES" IS THE HISTORY OF THE DIRECTOR OF THEATRE WHO MEETS INVOLVED IN THE EVENTS OF THE CAPTURE AND RESCUE OF THE RESIDENCE OF THE AMBASSADOR OF JAPAN IN PERU, A POLITICAL LOBBIE DURING THE GOVERNMENT OF ALBERTO FUJIMORI (1996 - ' 97). At the cost of THE LIFE GIVE 72 HOSTAGES IN A COMPASS OF WAIT GIVE 122 DAYS. SINOPSIS: Breve sinopsis de la película Rehenes (Toma de la residencia del embajador japones, Lima-Perú 1996-´97, durante el gobierno de Alberto Fujimori). Una de las embajadas más protegidas del cuerpo diplomático de Lima Perú durante el gobierno de Alberto Fujimori, es tomada por un grupo subversivo al que se había dado por extinguido. Situación gravísima para el país, que indudablemente el poder ejecutivo no dejaría pasar sin beneficiarse políticamente. Resulta asombroso que después de tantos años de violencia terrorista en el Perú, no existiera un dispositivo de estado que hubiera permitido reaccionar rápida y ordenadamente a las fuerzas de seguridad del país. Por ello Rehenes llevado a la pantalla grande por una reciente cinematografía peruana contrasta quizá con éste, uno de los sucesos mas trascendentes de las últimas décadas que se haya dado en nuestra convulsionada Latinoamérica. Un traumático compás de espera de 122 días, para socavar el subsuelo y penetrar a la residencia del embajador nipón se convierte en pretexto para que el gobierno central se auto confiera facultades extraordinarias. Una incursión perpetrada por el Movimiento Revolucionario Tupac Amaru MRTA, previa a las fiestas navideñas de 1996 el operativo de rescate a los rehenes encabezado por un servicio de inteligencia poco transparente a los 122 días de cautiverio son recreados por la ficción cinematográfica de Rehenes donde Mario miranda un joven audaz y transgresor periodista, intenta varias veces tener tribuna en distintos medios de comunicación sin éxito alguno, debido a que todo el país estaba parametrado. Nuestro Protagonista Mario Miranda quien también es director de teatro, prepara una obra sobre la toma de la embajada, pretendiendo revelar algo que va a remover el escenario social de su momento; los entretelones de un lobbie político a costa de la vida de 72 secuestrados, así como la transacción con la dictadura y la corrupción gubernamental por parte de varios de los subversivos del movimiento revolucionario. Mario aunque tiene sueños y pesadillas recurrentes, donde ve cadáveres, balaceras y fosas siente sin embargo que aún le falta un ingrediente para que su historia camine. Por otro lado, aparece lucía una joven y guapa actriz quien se une al elenco teatral para interpretar el papel de la camarada lucero impregnándole a sus actuaciones un fervor revolucionario que va mas allá del libreto teatral. Mario aclara que la obra no es un panfleto en favor de los subversivos. Todo ello ocurre en esta nuestra Lima: una franja gris de víctimas y agresores, que colisionarán en 90 minutos de ficción. ¡Ahh! pero lo que Mario no imagina es que a partir de este momento su vida va a verse seriamente amenazada. Bruno Ortiz León

Berlinale Shorts: The Future Today. Music in Pictures. Dada Burns Genre.

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The Berlinale Shorts is celebrating its birthday. In the section’s fifth year, the films being presented are elegant and eloquent in both form and content. They consistently and subversively question, evade, vary and expand the many possible paths open to cinema. The films leave new marks in the cinematic landscape, and show that there are no boundaries that cannot be overcome, and no formal rules that cannot be breached. For it is in breaching them that the offer for discourse arises. The fil...

Berlinale Generation Juries and Programme

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A total of 59 films from 32 countries have been selected for the competition of Generation Kplus and Generation 14plus. They include many works by directors who were guests of Generation in previous years, as well as an extraordinary number of feature film debuts. Juries The Generation International Jury presents the awards of the Deutsches Kinderhilfswerk valued at 10,000 Euros. Five personalities have been invited to be on the jury: Hong Kong Chinese producer and director Mabel Cheung produced...

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...

Vladivostok Pacific Meridian Award Winners

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Festival Grand Prix for the Best Feature   THE TAQWACORES Director:  Eyad Zahra Eyad Zahra graduated Magna Cum Lade in 2004 from the Florida State University School of Motion Picture, Television, & the Record- ing Arts. Since 2005, Mr.Zahra has produced various short films and television segments. Working briefly in Dubai, U.A.E., Mr. Zahra produced TV promotion segments for the largest television network in the Middle ...

Vladivostok Pacific Meridian Award Winners

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«Pacific Meridian» is an International Film Festival of Asian Pacific Countries. Asian-Pacific Coutries are the countries surrounded by Pacific Ocean and countries of South-East Asia including India. Film Festival is held annually in one of the most beautiful places on the Pacific Ocean coast - Vladivostok. The Festival was instituted in 2003 and its 8th edition has been held this year, September 11 - 17.Vladivostok is a very beautiful and exciting city, place on the hills. Three sides of it a...

Animacam winners

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*ANIMACAM.TV (INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL OF ANIMATION ONLINE) **WINNERS** OF THE THIRD EDITION 2010*The audience from 106 countries, Jury of the Festival through their vote Online, with 500.000 visits registered, decided that the Winners of the Three Categories, sponsored with 2000 each one by the Entity Xacobeo S.A., were for films coming from /Colombia and Spain /Best short film Animation*T**ati n (la casa en l rbol)*/Josu Jaramillo//Colombia. 2010//Best Multimedia Animation/*L**os d as del Kr...

Wiesbaden Exground filmfest highlights

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Film fans from near and far should note down a date in their calendars: Between November 12 and November 21, 2010, exground filmfest in Wiesbaden – one of Germany‘s most important independent festivals – presents 220 highlights from the current range of independently produced short and feature films. These were selected from more than 2000 submissions from 89 countries, from Algeria to Zimbabwe. Among them are 8 world premieres, 3 international premieres, 8 Europe premieres, and 33 Germa...

International Critics Jury At MWFF

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With the start of the season's first major film event, the Montreal World Film Festival on Thursday, September 26, an announcement comes from Quebec about the makeup of the 8 member delegation of the International Film Critics jury, members of the The International Federation of Film Critics (FIPRESCI). The critics organization continues to have an important presence in Montreal, with an impressive delegation of international journalists. FIPRESCI JURY MEMBERS FOR MONTREAL WORLD F...

Horizontes Award

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Eleven latin american films to contend for the Horizontes Award 'Abel', opera prima from Diego Luna produced by Gael García Bernal, will open Horizontes Latinos Eleven movies from different Latin American countries will contend for the Horizontes Award and its 35,000 Euros at the 58th San Sebastian Festival. At this event, the Horizontes Latinos section showcases a selection of the most interesting and innovating Latin American films made over the last twelve months, wit...

"The New York International Latino Film Festival", July 27 to August 1, 2010

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Bienvenido to "The 11th Annual New York International Latino Film Festival", presented by HBO!  Get out of the hot sun and into a cool theater by supporting international filmmakers who will be showcasing dozens of films at SVA and Chelsea Cinemas from July 27 to August 1st.  While "The Dry Land" starring America Ferrara and Wilmer Valderrama will open the NYILFF this Tuesday, July 27,  films entitled "Accountable" to "Yanindara" and over 100 others...

Latest Jury decisions of Berlinale World Cinema Fund:

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Berlinale World Cinema Fund: Latest Jury decisions and WCF-Spotlight in South AfricaAt the 12th session of the World Cinema Fund (WCF) jury on July 4, three new film projects were selected for production funding.Since its establishment in October 2004, the WCF has awarded production and distribution funding to a total of 73 projects chosen from 1275 submissions from Africa, Latin America, the Middle East, Central and South East Asia, and the Caucasus. All of the WCF films completed so far have s...

New York's Shade of Lavender

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  EYES WIDE OPEN (Israel)  After a mercilessly cold and snowy winter, spring has finally sprung in New York, with its explosion of flowers, smells and colors. Amidst the ruby reds, the dazzling yellows and the intoxicating shades of green, there is a distinct shade of lavender, as gay and lesbian films make their annual pilgrimage to the city and its environs in the run-up to the area's gay pride celebrations in June. First out of the starting gate is the Jacob Burns Film C...

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...

Documenta Madrid 10 Official Selection

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A total of 87 unreleased films have been selected to participate in the Official Competitive Sections of Documenta Madrid 10, which will be celebrated from the 7th to the 16th of May.   The selected documentaries belong to 30 different nationalities; 33 of these films are Spanish productions. Some of the countries represented in the Oficial Section of Documenta Madrid 10 are: United States, France,Italy, Netherlands, United Kindom, Belgium, Denmark, Poland, Austria, Argentina...

Olavarría International Short Film Festival lineup

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  It was announced the first round of selection of short films "THE FICO WILL HAVE A FIRST LEVEL PROGRAM THIS YEAR" Thus assured members of the Organizing Committee of 4th. Olavarría International Short Film Festival that were responsible for the screening of short films that will participate this year's Official Competition and the different sections out of competition, said the municipal government through the Secretariat for Culture, Education and Tourism.  With signifi...

The 15th annual Vilnius international film festival "Kino pavasaris" will help you rediscover film

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Spring has sprung and Kino pavasaris" (or Cinema spring) is fast approaching. This year the motto of the Festival is "Reborn at the Cinema" and from March 18 to April 2 you are all invited to rediscover the magical world of film.                             2010 marks the 15th anniversary of the Festival an...

AVATAR and THE HURT LOCKER Lead the 82nd Academy Awards Nominations

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By Maria Esteves - February 2, 2010 The 82nd Academy Awards nominations were announced by Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) President Tom Sherak and 2008 Oscar nominee Anne Hathaway, on Tuesday, February 2, 2010. AVATAR, directed by James Cameron and THE HURT LOCKER, directed by Kathryn Bigelow (Cameron's ex-wife) picked up nine Oscar nominations including best picture and best director. The 82nd Academy Awards ceremony presented by AMPAS for outstanding film achieve...

Oscar nominations for the 82nd Academy Awards Announced

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by Marla Lewin Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences President Tom Sherak and 2008 Oscar® nominee Anne Hathaway took the stage at a 5:38 a.m. PT this morning, live news conference to announce the nominees in 10 of the 24 categories. Nominations for the 82nd Academy Awards Best motion picture of the year Avatar(20th Century Fox), A Lightstorm Entertainment Production, James Cameron and Jon Landau, Producers The Blind Side (Warner Bros.), An Alcon Entertai...

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