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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...

TIFFCOM, TIFF's Market Arm Opens For Business

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By Liza Foreman TIFFCOM 2010 (October 25-28), the Contents Business Marketaffiliated with TIFF, opens today after a set-up day yesterday in the toweringskyscraper in the middle of Tokyo which is home to the annual market. TIFFCOM2010has registered a record-breaking number of exhibitors, participating countriesand pre- registration, putting it on track to make  Tokyo  a mainhub for the content business in Asia.The numberof exhibitors this year is 222, up 4 percentage points from last year.Exhi...

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...

Filmfestival Mannheim-Heidelberg will showcase 30 newcomers

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The International Filmfestival Mannheim-Heidelberg, which will celebrate its 60th anniversary next year, is internationally well regarded and sustains its position as being one of the top 100 film festivals worldwide and as being the festival which exclusively presents films by newcomers.From out of thousands of newcomer films the festival selects only roundabout 30 and is thus driven by a very conscious programming process.„We practically fall in love with each single film. The authors and pr...

Animatron winners announced

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Professional jury members Saraswathi Balgam, Charlotte Bavasso, Pete Bishop, Isaac Littlejohn Eddy, Tommy Pallotta, Bill Plympton, Frank Rivera and Jeff Scher picked the $17,000 cash-prize winners of the first Babelgum “Animatron” Animation Film Festival, who were announced Sunday at the Hamptons International Film Festival Awards Ceremony.The Winning Films (viewable at www.babelgum.com/animatron) Are:FANTASY CATEGORYJury Award Winner $2,500“This Is J03,” Once Were Farmers (U.K.)Runner-u...

31 nominees for the Asia Pacific Screen awards

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Thirty-one documentary, animated, children’s and feature films from 15 countries and areas have been nominated for Asia-Pacific’s highest accolade in film with Best Feature nominees from Republic of Korea, Taiwan, Turkey and the People’s Republic of China. View the list of 2010 nominees at: http://www.asiapacificscreenawards.com/the_awards/nominees_2010 Winners in the fourth annual APSAs will be determined by an International Jury headed by Academy Award-winning producer Lord David Puttnam...

When The Dragon Swallowed the Sun

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  During this closing weekend of the International Reykjavik Film Festival, the most talked about film at the festival will be shown in sold out theaters, the documentary When the Dragon Swallowed the Sun (2010) by director Dirk Simon. When the Dragon Swallowed the Sun is the new controversial film about China's ongoing occupation of Tibet. Over the past seven years, Dirk Simon shot 800 hours of film between India, Beijing and Tibet depicting the seemingly never ending content...

2011 Taipei Film Festival Call for Entry!

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Taipei Film Festival is currently preparing for its 13th edition, which will take place from June 24 - July 14, 2011 in Taipei, Taiwan. In this year's programme, we have non-competition and competition sections. For non-competition section, we have City Vision, Selection of City Vision, Global Chinese Cinerama, Director in Focus and so on. For the competition section, we are the only festival in Taiwan that offers a New Talent Competition for aspiring directors from around the...

Tokyo International Film Festival Focus on Taiwan

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By Liza ForemanThe 23rd Tokyo International Film Festival will hold a special-focus on films by the nextgeneration of directors from Taiwan to have emerged since the golden age of the great masters HouHsiao-hsien, Tsai Ming-liang, and Edward Yang. "Taiwanese CinemaRenaissance 2010: New Breeze of the Rising Generation," will be part of thefestival’s Winds of Asia Middle-East section.Titles set for thesection include: - "The FourthPortrait" from director: Mong-Hong Chung. ...

Asian Cinema Showcase at MoMA

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(A LETTER TO UNCLE BONMEE, Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Thailand)    September is only 9 days old, and already the pace of the worldwide film scene is in high gear. As the Venice International Film Festival goes into its final weekend, the excitement is just starting today at the Toronto International Film Festival. Add to that an excellent regional event on the lux island of Martha's Vineyard in Cape Cod, the Martha's Vineyard International Film Festival (www.mvfilmsociety.org), a...

Facing East: Asian Films In Montreal

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  LOST LOVE MURDER (Shoji Kubota, Japan) The Montreal World Film Festival, which is now in its final weekend, has always been a bridge for Asian films coming to North America. Films from this part of the world resonate with Montreal audiences and juries. In the past ten years, the number of Asian films winning the Festival’s top prize is more consistent than at any other major film event. This year, this trans-ocean love affair continues.       ...

Call for Entires - Accolade Competition - November 19th, 2010

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Deadline: November 19th, 2010 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. 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 docum...

Asian American International Film Festival

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New York: 2010 Asian American International Film Festival: New Films from TaiwanVirtually all Southeast Asian film making countries were represented at the 33rd edition of the festival organized by the non-profit New York based Asian CineVision. Held from July 15-24 in four central Manhattan locations the selections focused on independent films and ranged from a presentation of a collection of short films by emerging film directors from Malaysia to a special program on the New Taiwanese Cinema....

News from the Chicago International Children's Film Festival

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With over 40 countries representing more than 200 films from around the world each year, the Chicago International Children's Film Festival hosts an average of 26,000 children and their parents and teachers at several venues through-out Chicago each year and is the largest annual festival of films for children in the world. The mission of WTTW11 is to provide relevant and distinctive programming for diverse audiences in Chicago and around the nation. With a special commitment to children's conte...

MEAT THE TRUTH

Director: Gertjan Zwanikken.
The documentary Meat the Truth is the first major project undertaken by the Nicolaas G. Pierson Foundation. Meat the Truth is a high-profile documentary, presented by Marianne Thieme (leader of the Party for the Animals), which forms an addendum to earlier films that have been made about climate change. Although such films have convincingly succeeded in drawing public attention to the issue of global warming, they have repeatedly ignored one of the most important causes of climate change, namely: intensive livestock production. Meat the Truth has drawn attention to this by demonstrating that livestock farming generates more greenhouse gas emissions worldwide than all cars, lorries, trains, boats and planes added together. The Nicolaas G. Pierson Foundation chose to compile the best scientific information on climate change and livestock farming, which is presently available and to translate this for a broader audience. The film was produced by Claudine Everaert and Gertjan Zwanikken. The calculations on greenhouse gas emissions used in the film derive from and have been validated by the Food and Agricultural Organisation of the UN (FAO), the World Watch Institute, the Institute for Environmental Studies of the Free University Amsterdam and numerous other authoritative sources. Well-known Dutch celebrities, such as Anthonie Kamerling, Georgina Verbaan, Henk Schiffmacher, Yvonne Kroonenberg, Karen van Holst Pellekaan, Wim.T.Schippers and Dolf Jansen, participated in the making of the Dutch version of this documentary, which has already been deemed better than Al Gore’s An Inconvenient Truth by the science editors of the quality Dutch daily newspaper, the NRC Handelsblad. In the meantime, the Nicolaas G. Pierson Foundation has also produced an international version of Meat the Truth. This English language film is better tailored to an international public and uses calculations on the carbon savings that may be achieved by reducing one’s meat consumption based on American, rather than Dutch, examples. Many well-known celebrities, such as Pamela Anderson, Bill Maher, James Cromwell, Emily Deschanel, Tony Denison, Esai Morales, Megan Blake, Debra Wilson Skelton, Elaine Hendrix, Kate Flannery, Carol Leifer, Joy Lauren, Hal Sparks, Constance Marie, Kristina Klebe, Skyler Gisondo, Graham Patrick Martin, Greg Vaughan and Touriya Haoud Vaughan, participated in the making of the international version of the film. With this documentary, the Nicolaas G. Pierson Foundation hopes to make a contribution to the societal discussion about a more plant-based and thus also more animal-friendly diet and society. Moreover, the Foundation also anticipates that the film will provide a showcase for prominent scientific reports about livestock farming and climate change, which unfortunately have thus far proved inaccessible to the general public. The world premiere of Meat the Truth was held on 10th December 2007 in the Tuschinski cinema in Amsterdam. The international version of the film premiered at London's Odeon West End Cinema in Leicester Square on 19th May 2008 and has since also had its premiere screening in the USA at the Egyptian Theatre, Hollywood, LA during the Artivist Film Festival on 3rd October 2008.

Highlights from the Chicago International Children's Film Festival

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  The Chicago International Children's Film Festival ("CICFF") celebrates its 27th season this October 22-31, 2010. A record number of films have been submitted to the 2010 Festival, an increase of 12% so far over 2009. (In 2009, entries increased by 19% overall from 2008.) This year, "there is an unprecedented number of entries, already in this early submissions stage", according to Programming Director, Ann Vikstrom. Nancy Goldenberg, Director of Children's Programs...

German Films in the US since 1979 ...

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Among the top foreign language features shown in the United States from 1979 through 2009 which grossed $1,3 billion dollars, German productions ranked seventh behind France, Taiwan, China, Italy, Mexico, and Spain with a total of $49 million. Only five German features generated more than $5 million in the US: DOWNFALL, NOWHERE IN AFRICA, RUN LOLA RUN, LIVES OF OTHERS, and the commercially most successful one, DAS BOOT, a 1982 release, which scored $11.5 million. It may very well be that ...

Cannes Day 5: The Schedule

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In Competition The Princess Of Montpensier by Bertrand Tavernier 8.30 15.00 19.00 Synopsis: 1562. In France, during the reign of Charles IX, the wars of religion are raging... Marie de Mézières, heiress to one of the kingdom’s greatest fortunes, loves the young Duc de Guise, known in the annals of history as Le Balafré, “Scarface”. She believes he loves her back. To increase his family’s prestige, her father, the Marquis de Mézières forces Marie to marry the Prince d...

Un Certain Regard: I wish I knew of Jia Zhangke

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Synopsis: Shanghai, a fast-changing metropolis, a port city where people come and go. Shanghai has hosted all kinds of people – revolutionaries, capitalists, politicians, soldiers, artists, and gangsters. Shanghai has also hosted revolutions, assassinations, love stories. After the Chinese Communists’ victory in 1949, thousands of Shanghaiers left for Hong Kong and Taiwan. To leave meant being separated from home for thirty years; to stay meant suffering through the Cultural Revo...

4 NEW EXPERTS CONFIRMED ON TG 2010

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We are happy to confirm 4 top experts just added to the Training Ground 2010’s program:OLIVIER COTTE IN “SPECIAL EFFECTS ON MY BACKYARD”Olivier Cotte (born June 20, 1963) is a French film director, writer, graphic novel author, and animation historian. After studying music, ballet, fine arts and films, he worked 15 years in the industry as director, flame artist and director of special effects, with such people as Wim Wenders (Until the End of the World), Roman Polanski (Death and the...

Training Ground 2010 s program new speakers anouncd

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Training Ground 2010 confirmed 4 top experts added to the program:OLIVIER COTTE IN SPECIAL EFFECTS ON MY BACKYARD Olivier Cotte is a French film director, writer, graphic novel author, and animation historian.After studying music, ballet, fine arts and films, he worked 15 years in the industry as director, flame artist and director of special effects, with such people as Wim Wenders (Until the End of the World), Roman Polanski (Death and the Maiden), Costa-Gavras (Mad City), Bob Swaim (The Clim...

FEFF will close on 1st May, with the International Premiere of IP MAN 2

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Further to Wilson Ip's last piece of work, the festival has presented 72 films from a range of 9 different Asian genres. UDINE - The great festival will be closed on Saturday 1st May by Wilson Yip's highly anticipated Ip Man 2, on the screen at Far East Film as an International Premiere (thanks to the collaboration with Mandarin Film). After having enchanted the Udinese audience in 2009 with his first title, triumphing also at the Hong Kong Film Awards, Wilson Yip therefore ad...

About the Accolade Competition

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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. It is a showcase for cinematic gems and unique voices. Most importantly, The Accolade team works passionately to help worthy productions gain the publicity and distribution they deserve. That is what The Accolade is all about: helping winners of this ...

HONG KONG slasher DREAM HOME to Open Udine Fareast Film Festival 2010

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      23rd April to 1st May 2010 - Teatro Nuovo “Giovanni da Udine” and the Visionario UDINE FAR EAST FILM 12 The Udine Festival is granted, for its launch on the 23rd April, the World Premiere of Dream Home, the highly anticipated slasher by Pang Ho-cheung! 15th March 2010 UDINE – The highly anticipated World Premiere of Dream Home by Pang Ho-cheung will be the film to open the late-night section of Far East Film 12, during the Festival’s o...
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