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'Just Talking' at 14th TDF, March 13th, 2012

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  photo still of 5 BROKEN CAMERAS (2011)   -14th TDF PRESS- The Just Talking session of the 14th TDF of Tuesday, March 13 hosted the directors Amalia Zepou & Lydia Carras (Dry Stone-wall, Support of the Aegean), Nikos Katsaounis & Nina Maria Paschalidou (Krisis), Guy Davidi (Five Broken Cameras), Magnus Gertten (Harbor of Hope), Eric Black & Frauke Sandig (Heart of Sky, Heart of Earth), Gaston Solnicki (Papirosen) and Margret Jonasdottir, producer of Last ...

Introducing Cinezoïque video

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The cinezoic era is not codified in any textbook. It does not exist but in the heads of dreamers. The Udine native Stefania Rota thought about molding it into the guise of a video named "Cinezoïque". It started out in December as a site-specific installation for Udine's Cinema Visionario and two months later landed on the Web (http://vimeo.com/37106377); in less than 24 hours, this video reached more than 10.000 views, launching Stefania Rota's name on the Internet, allowing her to ...

Dr. Ray and the Devils

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Before I write more about Serbian film premier on the International Film Festival FEST 2012 I would like to present you Dinko Tucaković, Serbian film director, film historian, critic, essayist and the principal of Belgrade’s Kinoteka (Yugoslav Film Archive). This time he made rather interesting film with great care and distinctive humor depicting the old communist state of mind in Yugoslavia in 60s. The film’s called,  Dr. Ray and the Devils (Doktor Rej i đavoli)  film that closed the ...

Admissions in Europe prove to be slightly down after two record years

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AFTER TWO RECORD YEARS, A SLIGHT DIP IN AUDIENCES IN EUROPE’S CINEMAS SLOWDOWN OR STOP IN THE GROWTH OF AVERAGE TICKET PRICES OVER 50% OF EUROPEAN SCREENS NOW DIGITAL   In the 31 countries where initial – not yet final - figures are available on cinema-going in 2011, from Russia to Portugal and from Ireland to Turkey, admissions prove to be slightly down after two record years: audiences stand at 1,188.6 million, compared to 1,195.9 million in 2010, with a 0.6% dip. The 1...

Berlinale 2012: Crystal Bears in the Generation 14plus

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  The members of the Youth Jury in the Generation 14plus   Klara Kruse Rosset Gülcan Çil Solveig Lethen Jarnail Fang Yu Singh Sekhon Sami Yacob Nico Palesch Lino Steinwärder   give the following awards: Crystal Bear for the Best Feature Film: Lal Gece by Reis Çelik, Turkey 2011 We were deeply touched by he brilliant actors in this year's winning film. They let us take part in the feelings of t...

European Film Academy turns to the Young Audience

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Six European cities to participate in Young Audience Day screenings and vote   To celebrate this year’s 25th European Film Awards, the European Film Academy (EFA) and EFA Productions launch a new award for a film addressed to the young audience: The European Film Academy Young Audience Award. To give the new award special attention, it is presented as a separate event. EFA Chairman Yves Marmion: “It has long been our wish to shed a special light on the younger audience, ...

2012 Film Independent Spirit Awards Nominees Video Announcement

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The Spirit Awards celebrates artist-driven filmmaking and recognizes the finest achievements of today’s independent filmmakers.                                     2012 FILM INDEPENDENT SPIRIT AWARD NOMINATIONS ANNOUNCED - $115,000 in grants to be awarded to filmmakers - LOS ANGELES (Novembe...

Jury’s award films from the IFFR Rotterdam 2012 program

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During the IFFR 2012 Awards Ceremony on Friday, February 3, 2012 in festival venue de Doelen, the winning films of the 41st International Film Festival Rotterdam were announced. The three Hivos Tiger Awards were granted to feature débuts Egg and Stone by Huang Ji (China), Hubert Bals Fund-supported film Thursday Till Sunday by Dominga Sotomayor (Chile/Netherlands) and Clip by Maja Miloš (Serbia), which also took the KNF Award of the Dutch film critics. Hubert Bals Fund-supported and competin...

Andrew Haigh’s Weekend is young people’s jury favorite in Rotterdam

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British film Weekend by Andrew Haigh (UK, 2011), selected in IFFR’s Bright Future section, has won the MovieSquad IFFR Award. The young people’s jury announced the winning film during the International Film Festival Rotterdam this afternoon during the MovieSquad Award Ceremony. The MovieSquad jury consisted of five members aged 15 to 19 years: Nick Golterman, Manon Keus, Symen Hoogesteger, Juliette van den Dorpel en Roxanne Doorn. They have seen films, met directors and journalists an...

Sundance Winners And Losers

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They call it the Sundance alchemy…..the strange and rather unknowable process by which films with advanced buzz fall flat and titles that come out of nowhere become the next big indie flings. Such was the case at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, where several of the higher profile films did not get the love from audiences, critics or distributors, and where a few unheralded films walked away with the lion’s share of prizes and, most importantly, distribution contacts that will insure th...

Sundance Winners And Losers

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They call it the Sundance alchemy…..the strange and rather unknowable process by which films with advanced buzz fall flat and titles that come out of nowhere become the next big indie flings. Such was the case at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, where several of the higher profile films did not get the love from audiences, critics or distributors, and where a few unheralded films walked away with the lion’s share of prizes and, most importantly, distribution contacts that wil...

35th Göteborg International Film Festival inaugurated!

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Tonight the 35th edition of Göteborg International Film Festival was inaugurated. Opening film was the award-winning Swedish drama Avalon with Johannes Brost in the lead role. The audience can now look forward to ten days full of film screenings, seminars and parties!Sweden's Minister of Culture Lena Adelsohn Liljeroth held an opening speech before the curtain went up, as did the Festival’s managing director Michael Fellenius and artistic director Marit Kapla. The Mai Zetterling scholarship w...

Scandinavian Invasion Of Sundance

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  TEDDY BEAR (Denmark)  It is now pretty clear that Vikings made landfall in North America several centuries before Columbus collided with the West Indies. If they had colonized the land, we would all be blonds and speaking Norwegian. Such, my children, are the vagaries of history. Well a new invasion from the Scandinavian nation is about to commence at the Sundance Film Festival, where a strong sampling of films from Norway, Sweden and Denmark are literally making waves. De...

Submissions Open for V Side by Side LGBT FILM Festival, Russia 2012

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Managing to overcome all odds Side by Side LGBT Film Festival, Russia is already into its 5th year of existence and in Saint Petersburg, October, 2012 we will be celebrating this landmark achievement. The fourth Side by Side LGBT Film Festival, which ran from the 21 – 30 October, 2011, was a major success on many fronts being held at various centrally located venues across the city. Throughout the ten days of festival events were highly attended and in the region of over 2000 people cam...

Berlinale's 7th Forum Expanded

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In addition to the exhibitions at the Kunstsaele Berlin (Critique and Clinic) at Gutschow-Haus and the various events to be held at HAU, Forum Expanded will also be presenting ten film programmes at the Arsenal and Delphi cinemas. The programme is open for a wide range of different lengths and formats, with the works presented trying out individual forms of expression in experimental fashion in order to create new, critical perspectives on the world. Perhaps the most radical of these attempts ...

Berlinale 2012: 18 World Premieres in the Competition

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With seven more films, the Competition programme of the 62nd Berlin International Film Festival is nearing completion. To date it includes 22 films, of which 17 are vying for the Golden and Silver Bears. 18 films will celebrate their world premieres in the Competition of the Berlinale 2012.     The productions in the Competition are from the following countries: Brazil, Canada, Denmark, the Czech Republic, Germany, the People's Republic of China, France...

Berlinale Forum 2012: Everyday Life and Fantasy

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Differing life plans, generational conflicts and the ambivalence of so-called progress are at the centre of numerous films in the 2012 Forum programme.       As such, Ann-Kristin Reyels' film Formentera follows a young couple on holiday who run into the '68 ideals of their parents' generation and come to realise the extent to which their own ideas about life diverge from one another. Sleepless Knights by Stefan Butzmühlen and Cristina Diz ...

“Say Goodbye to the Story”: Leitmotif of the Berlinale Shorts

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27 films from 22 countries will be competing for the Golden Bear and Silver Bear Jury Prize, the DAAD Short Film Award and a short film nomination for the European Film Prize. German actress Sandra Hüller, Palestinian artist Emily Jacir as well as filmmaker David OReilly will be picking the winners in 2012: International Short Film Jury: Sandra Hüller (Germany) After ten years in the business, renowned and prize-winning actress of the screen and stage Sandra H...

39 New Film Projects at the Berlinale Co-Production Market 2012

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Searching for Co-Production Partners: 39 New Film Projects at the Berlinale Co-Production Market 2012 At the ninth Berlinale Co-Production Market (February 12 to 14, 2012), the producers and directors of 39 selected film projects from 30 countries will meet with 450 potential co-production and financing partners. For each of these projects, the Berlinale Co-Production Market team will arrange approximately 25 meetings with interested partners. This means carefully scheduling more than 1000 meeti...

The Program for the 35th Göteborg International Film Festival is here!

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  The program for Göteborg International Film Festival, the largest film festival in Scandinavia, has been released. British Michael Winterbottom is awarded this year's Honorary Dragon Award for his outstanding achievements as a director. The film festival will have a sneak start January 26 with the gala film The Descendants by Academy Award winning director Alexander Payne who will also be visiting the festival. The intense eleven days, January 27-Februar...

The Lucky 13th Edition of the LA Scandinavian Film Festival

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by Ron Gilbert Now it in its thirteenth year this Film Festival .offers a Scandinavian Cinema combined with a Smorgasbord treat starting on January 7, 8, 14, 15 at Writers Guild Theater (135 S. Doheny/at Wilshire) in Beverly Hills. I have been very fortunate to be in attendance at this film festival and have chosen this fest instead of Palms Springs and Sundance on my weekends. The five Nordic Oscar submissions plus additional current feature films, shorts, and documentaries...

The program of short films selected to screen at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival

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Sundance Institute announced today the program of short films selected to screen at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival. This year's Short Film program is comprised of 64 short films selected from a record 7,675 submissions, up 16% over submissions for the 2011 Festival. The Festival will be January 19 through 29 in Park City, Salt Lake City, Ogden and Sundance, Utah. Trevor Groth, Director of Programming for the Sundance Film Festival, said, “As technology allows greater access to short f...

2012 Sundance Film Festival competition films

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Sundance Institute announced today the films selected for the U.S. and World Cinema Dramatic and Documentary Competitions of the 2012 Sundance Film Festival. The Sundance Film Festival will take place January 19 through 29 in Park City, Salt Lake City, Ogden and Sundance, Utah. The complete list of films is available at www.sundance.org/festival. Robert Redford, Founder and President of Sundance Institute remarked, "We are, and always have been, a festival about the filmmakers. So w...

CineMart 2012 presents 36 film projects

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CineMart, the International Film Festival Rotterdam’s co-production market has selected 36 film projects (from 465 entries) which will be presented to approximately 850 potential co-financiers. Reputed filmmakers such as Kelly Reichardt, Ruben Östlund, Quintin Dupieux, Athina Rachel Tsangari and Úrszula Antoniak will launch their new projects. The selection further includes feature length débuts, a project from a director with a film in Tiger Awards Competition and films participating in th...

Bruno Chatelin joins new EFA Board from January 1st 2012

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The members of the European Film Academy have elected five new members to the EFA Board: the producers Bruno Chatelin (France), Helena Danielsson (Sweden), László Kantor (Hungary), Marek Rozenbaum (Israel) and director Krzysztof Zanussi (Poland). Welcome! And thank you to the parting board members Per Holst, Cédric Klapisch, Despina Mouzaki and Andrzej Zulawski! Thank you!Bruno Chatelin, your editor, commented "I am so happy that the 2500 members have trusted me with this honor.As a former fi...

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