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Raindance line up announced: the festival gets ready for heavy program

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15th Raindance Film Festival  will run September 25 - October 7thFeature Films and Feature Documentaries Screening  THE AMAZING LIVES OF THE FAST FOOD GRIFTERS [TACHIGUISHI RESTUDEN] Japan 104'Director: Mamoru OsuiiPrincipal Cast: Kaito Kissuoji, Mako Hyodo, Tosuio Suzuki, Shinji HiguchiShort Synopsis: Hit Japanese blockbuster from the director of Ghost in the Shell.THE AMAZING GRACE Nigeria 83'Director: Jeta AmataDirector of Photography: Joseph TaylorPrincipal Cast: Nick Moran, Scott...

EFA 42 films competing for the European Film Awards

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42 films on the selection list for the European Film Awards 2007. In contrast to other years, none of the big film nations have more than three films on the list and with 26 countries represented, this year’s selection vividly illustrates the great diversity in European cinema.As you know, in the 20 countries with the most EFA members, these members have voted one national film directly into the selection list.To complete the list, a Selection Committee consisting of EFA Board members and invi...

Goteborg International Film Festival CineLink award

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Göteborg International Film Festival Fund awards CineLink project in SarajevoOne of the awards handed out last Friday at the co-production market CineLink, at the Sarajevo Film Festival, carried the name Göteborg International Film Festival Fund. This is only one of many new international co-operations initiated by the film fund this autumn. Other new partners are the organisations Cinergia in Costa Rica, Arcadia in Guatemala, Sud Écriture in Tunisia, and Manana Youth Center in Armenia. Alrea...

Films competing at Copenhagen Film Festival

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When Copenhagen International Film Festival fades up for this year’s film event on 20 September, the audience can experience 147 fantastic films. 11 of them will get special attention, namely the films in competition, which compete for the six categories of the festival’s Golden Swan award.The winners of The Golden Swan will be chosen exclusively by an international jury consisting of five distinguished persons from the European film industry.This year’s competition films:Actresses (France...

Fim Festival of Serbia launches

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The first Film Festival of Serbia will be held from July 3rd to July 8th 2007 in Novi Sad, in the production of Film Center Serbia and State of Exit. The idea to establish the Film Festival of Serbia was the result of the need for an event of national significance which would establish criteria for quality films as well as promote acknowledged film authors and their work in the context of national film. As Serbia has not yet had a representative film festival, the Film Festival of Serbia has bee...

Fim Festival of Serbia launches

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The first Film Festival of Serbia will be held from July 3rd to July 8th 2007 in Novi Sad, in the production of Film Center Serbia and State of Exit. The idea to establish the Film Festival of Serbia was the result of the need for an event of national significance which would establish criteria for quality films as well as promote acknowledged film authors and their work in the context of national film. As Serbia has not yet had a representative film festival, the Film Festival of Serbia has bee...

2007 FESTROIA Award Winners

  Sunday, June 10------The 23rd edition of FESTROIA: Festival Internacional de Cinema came to a dramatic close last evening as awards were announced in a dozen categories at the concluding ceremonies of the Festival in the Forum Luisa Todi in the coastal resort of Setubal, Portugal. BORDER POST, a wry political satire set in a small border post on the Yugoslav-Albanian border in 1987, won the Golden Dolphin as Best Film of the Festival. The film, written and directed by Rajko Grlic, also won a ...

2007 FESTROIA Award Winners

Sunday, June 10------The 23rd edition of FESTROIA: Festival Internacional de Cinema came to a dramatic close last evening as awards were announced in a dozen categories at the concluding ceremonies of the Festival in the Forum Luisa Todi in the coastal resort of Setubal, Portugal. BORDER POST, a wry political satire set in a small border post on the Yugoslav-Albanian border in 1987, won the Golden Dolphin as Best Film of the Festival. The film, written and directed by Rajko Grlic, also won a Sil...

The Other Cannes Awards

Tuesday, May 29------While the Main Competition Awards at the Cannes Film Festival generally get the lion's share of press (particularly the Palme d'Or, the Festival's highest honor), there are a number of other awards that are equally significant. Each one of the parallel sections of the Festival (Un Certain Regard, Directors Fortnight and the International Critics Week) bestows its own prizes. In addition, film critics and other guilds have their own set of awards. All in all, a pr...

Cannes trophies, closing 60th edition with a charm

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The awards ceremony concluded a fortnight of sunny star crowded Croisette. Power block busters came to make an impression along with glamourous stars, while the competition films from non commercial cinematographies made an impact with the critics.The Roumanian 4 months... Palme D'Or Winner and Persepolis were among the ones much discussed after their official screening.INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION JURY Palme d’Or: "4 Months, 3 Weeks & 2 Days," Cristian Mungiu, (Romania)Grand Prix : "The Mournin...

"Promise Me This" by Emir Kusturica

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Two-time Palme d’Or winner for When Father was Away on Business in 1985 and Underground in 1995, Emir Kusturica is once again showing a film in the Official Competition entitled Promise Me This. The action takes place in the Serbian countryside and centers on the promises made by Tsane (Uros Milovanovic) to his aging grandfather (Aleksandar Bercek): go over the three hills into the nearest town and sell their cow at the market there. With the money, Tsane must buy a religious icon and then any...

Emden-Norderney line up highlights

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18th International Film Festival Emden-Norderney from 13th-20th June 2007 19 feature films in competition in Lower Saxony’s largest film festival The competition nominations for the 18th International Film Festival Emden-Norderney have been finalised. 19 feature films from 11 countries will be competing for the three feature film awards – the Bernhard Wicki Award, the DGB Film Award and the NDR Young Directors Award, presented at the Festival for the first time. A further 9 films from 5 coun...

Critics' Prizes in Fribourg, Toulouse, Thessaloniki, Mar del Plata, Mumbai

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Fipresci prizesFribourg (Switzerland, March 18-25, 2007). Prize: "Le cercle des noyés" by Pierre-Yves Vandeweerd (Belgium, 2006). Jury: Pamela Biénzobas, Chile, president, Pradip Biswas, India, Hassen Euchi, Tunisia, Sergei Anashkin, Russia. Print source. Production: Cobra Films, Rue de la Sablonnière, 29, B 1000 Bruxelles, Belgium, T +32 (2) 512 70 07, F +32 (2) 511 38 28, cobrafilms@skynet.be. Sales: GSARA, 26, rue du Marteau, B 1210 Bruxelles, Belgium, T +32 (2) 250 13 10, distribution.di...

East End Film Festival, ready to kick in a month

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The East End Film Festival, now in its sixth year, is an explosive mix of 2007’s most inspirational features, short films and special events, all centred on the artistic hub of Europe – London’s East End. Dedicated to celebrating film in true festival style, expect a scintillating and eclectic mix of features and events combined with music, visual arts, performance, fashion and comedy.The EEFF programme is designed to explore the potential of cinema to cross cultural, political and artist...

The EDN Award 2007

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The EDN Award 2007 is presented to Svetlana & Zoran Popović from Belgrade, Serbia. They receive the award for their energetic and outstanding contribution to building and supporting the documentary culture in and around Belgrade and Serbia. The award will be presented on Friday March 23rd at 19:30 at an award reception at the international documentary pitching session Docs in Thessaloniki. Coming from the state television TV Belgrade in 1990, Svetlana & Zoran Popović were the driving f...

Cinequest 17 Wraps

Monday, March 12—The Cinequest Film Festival may not generate buzz about industry distribution deals or celebrity sightings, but a record-breaking 70,102 indie film lovers joined several hundred filmmakers and technology innovators in downtown San Jose for the 12-day salute to all things maverick. Writer-director-cinematographer Stephane Gauger, Executive Producer Timothy Linh Bui (director of GREEN DRAGON, co-producer of THREE SEASONS) and actor Cat Ly (JOURNEY FROM THE FALL) closed the festi...

Cinequest Film Festival 17 closed

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Cinequest Film Festival 17 closed last Sunday night with the Vietnamese film Owl and the Sparrow in the capital of the Silicon Valley after 12 days of showcasing 160 films. Over 40 features and over 40 shorts were World, North American or United States premieres. Several hundred filmmakers and a collection of distributors came in from around the globe, and over 70,000 film fans were in attendance. This year’s festival broke attendance records and was about true discovery, empowerment through k...

Images of the 21st Century will screen 236 docus

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The Thessaloniki International Film Festival Presents:The 9th Thessaloniki Documentary Festival – Images of the 21st Century (March 16-25, 2007)From the moment the Lumiere brothers filmed a train arriving at a station right up to today, the documentary remains the oldest, yet most current and timeless film genre. The 9th Thessaloniki Documentary Festival - Images of the 21st Century, as part of the year round activities of the Thessaloniki International Film Festival, is celebrating its ninth ...

Belgrade International Film Festival wrap story

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The 35th Belgrade International Film Festival FEST 2007 was (as every year), prepared and organized with great care and attention. Regarding the fact that this festival is one of the most important cultural events in Serbia, it is indeed, recognizable the maximum improvement of overall quality of the program and the highest possible level in organization, in every segment. The guest of honor of FEST 2007, was Bob Rafelson an exceptional director with nominated four Academy Awards and manager of ...

Thessaloniki Documentary Festival celebrates "Musicians of the World"

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9TH THESSALONIKI DOCUMENTARY FESTIVALImages of the 21st Century: (16-25 March 2007)A tribute to one of the most popular Greek television shows is being held in the Greek Section of the 9th Thessaloniki Documentary Festival - Images of the 21st Century. "Musicians of the World", (Onos Production), is a series of music documentaries that introduced the Greek audience to the musical richness of the planet and to the "World Music" scene. The tribute will include a total of ten documentaries and wil...

Maverick Spirit Events

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Globally unique in its concept, the seventeenth edition of the Cinequest Film Festival presents an event that goes beyond the traditional concept of “film festival," providing the world of independent and foreign filmmakers, technology innovators, students and film lovers with a revolution of discovery, empowerment and distribution. Cinequest Film Festival is not only a platform to premiere films and celebrate talent, but Cinequest Distribution is a viable option to reach a worldwide audi...

Göteborg International Film Festival Program reveiled

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The festival of 2007 offers 450 short, feature and documentary films, from a total of 65 countries, during ten days. The opening film will be Klaus Härö’s The New Man. It is also the first film screened in the Nordic competition. The closing film will be Leaps & Bounds by Petter Næss with Peter Stormare among the actors. This year The Göteborg International Film Festival focuses on five countries in two sections; Vietnam in ”Viewing Vietnam” - and Bosnia, Croatia and Serbia in ...

Göteborg International Film Festival

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The festival of 2007 offers 450 short, feature and documentary films, from a total of 65 countries, during ten days. The opening film will be Klaus Härö’s The New Man. It is also the first film screened in the Nordic competition. The closing film will be Leaps & Bounds by Petter Næss with Peter Stormare among the actors. This year The Göteborg International Film Festival focuses on five countries in two sections; Vietnam in ”Viewing Vietnam” - and Bosnia, Croatia and Serbia in ”Under...

The Prestige Tesla's magic, Bowie's mystique

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After the little liked and little seen Canadian drama, Mr Rice’s Secret, in 2000, David Bowie makes a stylish return to movies as brilliant Serb-born scientist Nikola Tesla – the only character based on a real historical figure in Christopher Nolan’s new film, The Prestige. Tesla’s life and work are every bit as magical as the film’s subject matter, reports Andrew L. Urban, and Bowie gives him a profound mystique.The first time you see him on screen, there is a moment of hesitation; yo...

Full Programme of FilmFestival Cottbus

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More than 100 films from 23 countries for the Festival of East European Cinema, which is being held from November 14 to 18. 1. Feature Film and Short Film Competitions – diverse and subtle Ten films from eight countries were nominated for the Feature Film Competition, of which nine will be having their international or German premiere in Cottbus. Bulgaria and Romania are particularly strongly represented here with two films each - which can be regarded as the undisputed proof for the new depa...

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