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Dubai to feature 3 new sections and a film market

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The 2008 edition of the Dubai International Film Festival features 12 programmes that will showcase cinema of all genres from all over the world.Selected films will be placed in the appropriate programme by DIFF management in consultation with the filmmaker. While DIFF welcomes international submissions, it should be noted that the non-Arab section of the festival is limited to only 60 films and presently does not include short films.The Cultural BridgeThe Cultural Bridge programme is one of the...

Sheffield International Docu Film Fest announces line up

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Sheffield International Documentary Film Festival (Doc/Fest) is delighted to announce the film line-up for 2008. The acclaimed festival, which runs from 5-9 November, will boast more than 100 films from the hottest directors from around the world.This year, the festival will embrace the excitement of the US presidential elections with a series of films on Regime Change: documentaries that explore the effects of a shift of power. Following on from the success of last year, Doc/Fest 08 will also ...

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News from filmfestivals.comSarajevo Film Fest wrapped its 9 day long 14th editionOver nine days, the Sarajevo festival — born in a sandbag-protected basement during the Bosnian war — showed 174 movies from 40 countries. The Sarajevo Film Festival was first time launched near the end of the war and grew into the biggest regional film competition. Festival aims to support and promote cinema and authors in Southeast Europe and lately it attracts over 100,000 people. This year's festival welcome...

VIFF 2008 Preview

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The 27th annual Vancouver International Film Festival (VIFF) will be held from September 25 to October 10, 2008. VIFF is delighted to be able to bring to Vancouver many of the top prize-winners from the major world film festivals. Acclaimed earlier this year at Cannes were THREE MONKEYS (Turkey), for which Nuri Bilge Ceylan won the Best Director award; IL DIVO, by Paolo Sorrentino, which won a Jury Prize; A CHRISTMAS TALE (France) by Arnaud Desplechin, which won a Special Prize; TULPAN (Russia/K...

Bangkok Film Festival going ahead

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BANGKOK ~ News that the Bangkok International Film Festival (BIFF) will indeed be run again this year was greeted enthusiastically by film-buffs in Thailand yesterday (Tuesday 29 July 2008), following months of indecision on the part of the owners of the event.The budget will be smaller, a lot smaller than at its peak two years go, but that isn't worrying aficionados who simply want to get to see the best of the latest  indie feature films from the region and elsewhere around the world.BIFF wi...

Bangkok Film Festival going ahead

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News that the Bangkok International Film Festival (BIFF) will indeed be run again this year was greeted enthusiastically by film-buffs in Thailand yesterday (Tuesday 29 July 2008), following months of indecision on the part of the owners of the event.The budget will be smaller, a lot smaller than at its peak two years go, but that isn't worrying aficionados who simply want to get to see the best of the latest indie feature films from the region and elsewhere around the world.BIFF will run from ...

Hamburg short film fest awards

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AWARD WINNERS 2008A week packed with 300 short films ended on Monday June 9th in Hamburg. The 24th International Short Film Festival screened 214 of almost 4.000 submitted short films in the competitive categories and a further 100 films in non-competitive special programmes. Overall more than 30.000 euros of prize-money were poured out. Apart from a large number of accreditated guests and a high number of interesting films it were especially the many filmmakers and guests from Israel who came f...

Tiger festival in London line up announced

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The Tiger Festival, as part of the China Now series of events, present a selection of /the latest Far Eastern films, across all genres, plus live music events and club nights. The 2nd edition of the festival sees the addition of the prestigious Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA), London as an official venue, alongside the existing Duke of York’s Picturehouse, Brighton.Memories of Matsuko will open the festival on 29th May 2008 at the ICA and the closing film will be Johnny To’s Mad Detect...

Palm Beach Fest reveals line up

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The 13th Annual Palm Beach International Film Festival (PBIFF) announced the film line-up for the 8-day event, which runs April 10-17, 2008. Executive Director Randi Emerman announced that 141 films will screen at this year’s event, including features, documentaries, shorts and student shorts from the U.S. and around the world. The 2008 Festival will introduce 12 World Premieres and 10 U.S. Premieres.This year’s festival will play host to an ample amount of international filmmakers, produc...

The 17th Philadelphia Film Festival is coming up

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The festival has a program titled DANGER AFTER DARK presented by the TLA Entertainment Group, which is dedicated to FANTASTIC film genres. With the guidance of Raymond Murray, Artistic Director, I was able to program films from multiple genres that I love dearly and also include films that my fellow curators suggested. A big thank you to my colleagues at Fantastic Festivals around the world (you know who you are!) for all your help and support as well.At the tail end of the information, I’ve...

Malibu International Film Festival events

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The ninth edition of the Malibu International Film Festival announces its official film screenings and special events schedule for April 4 - 6, 2008. This year’s festival is honored to screen 29 films from around the world. Countries represented in this year's festival are Canada, Czech Republic, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Ireland, Italy, Jamaica, Liberia, Thailand, Uganda, United Kingdom & USA. The Malibu Film Festival offers something for everyone with a diverse line-up of films and special event...

Lineup and practical info for the Thessaloniki Documentary Festival

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The 10th Thessaloniki Documentary Festival - Images of the 21st Century, part of the Thessaloniki International Film Festival, is celebrating its tenth anniversary by presenting approximately 160 films by directors from all over the world, as well as a full parallel events program.   A record number of 35.000 viewers and 450 guests attended last year’s Festival, demonstrating the increasing interest of the public and industry professionals in documentaries and the TDF’s success in attracti...

The main sections of the 10th Thessaloniki Documentary Festiva

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The main sections of the event are,   -          Views of the World: dealing with subjects of social interest. -          Portraits-Human Journeys: the human being as the focus of the narrative. -          Stories to Tell: brief stories of human interest that stand out both for the nature of their subject and the way it has been dealt with. -          Recordings of Memory: Events and people who played a significant role in shaping contemporary life; the tes...

The thematic Section Faces of Fascism

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10th THESSALONIKI DOCUMENTARY FESTIVAL Images of the 21st Century   March 7 - 16, 2008     FACES OF FASCISM     The thematic Section Faces of Fascism, to be presented for the first time during the 10th Thessaloniki Documentary Festival, will showcase films that take account of the numerous contemporary manifestations of fascism, taking as its historical departure point The Night of the Broken Glass, the first pogrom against the Jews on November 9, 1938. Kristallnacht, as it is otherwise k...

Faces of facism focus at Thessaloniki Doc Fest

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10th THESSALONIKI DOCUMENTARY FESTIVAL March 7 – 16, 2008 Images of the 21st Century The thematic Spotlight Faces of Fascism, to be presented during the 10th Thessaloniki Documentary Festival, will showcase films that take account of the numerous contemporary manifestations of fascism, taking as its historical departure point The Night of the Broken Glass, the first pogrom against the Jews on November 9, 1938. Kristallnacht, as it is otherwise known, was the first step to the systematic persec...

Berlinale World Cinema Fund: We Can Do More!

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On February 13, 2008, the World Cinema Fund (WCF) of the Berlinale invites WCF directors and producers as well as international representatives of the film branch and the press to a panel event. Under the heading "How to Optimize Our Potential / New Strategies for Cooperation und Funding", the WCF's strategic goals and current measures, as well as its experiences and results so far will be discussed. In 2004, the German Federal Cultural Foundation and the Berlinale initiated the World ...

Berlinale 2008 World Cinema Fund: We Can Do More!

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On February 13, 2008, the World Cinema Fund (WCF) of the Berlinale invites WCF directors and producers as well as international representatives of the film branch and the press to a panel event. Under the heading "How to Optimize Our Potential / New Strategies for Cooperation und Funding", the WCF's strategic goals and current measures, as well as its experiences and results so far will be discussed. In 2004, the German Federal Cultural Foundation and the Berlinale initiated the World Cinema Fun...

Anima 2008 gets Brussels animated

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Anima 2008 is taking place in the Flagey centre (Brussels) from 1st to 9th February. This year’s event will be marked by diversity as spectators once again take their annual dose of new, funny, quirky and curious images and discover the latest trends in international animation.The Futuranima forum will also take place in Flagey on the 7th, 8th and 9th February and is for animation professionals, students and enthusiasts interested in discovering what goes on behind the scenes of selected produ...

Brussels Animation Festival ANIMA 2008

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ANIMA 2008 : Brussels Animation Festival: from 1st to 9th February 2008Anima 2008 is taking place in the Flagey centre (Brussels) from 1st to 9th February. This year’s event will be marked by diversity as spectators once again take their annual dose of new, funny, quirky and curious images and discover the latest trends in international animation.The Futuranima forum will also take place in Flagey on the 7th, 8th and 9th February and is for animation professionals, students and enthusiasts int...

Thessaloniki Documentary Festival preliminary highlights

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The 10th Thessaloniki Documentary Festival – Images of the 21st Century celebrates its 10th anniversary this year. Organized by the Thessaloniki International Film Festival, the 10th TDF will present roughly 200 documentaries in the event’s flagship OLYMPION and PAVLOS ZANNAS theatres at the festival headquarters in Aristotelous square, as well as the JOHN CASSAVETES, STAVROS TORNES, FRIDA LIAPPA and TONIA MARKETAKI theatres located at the Thessaloniki harbour, within walking distance from t...

The Ingmar Bergman International Debut Award – the nominees are…

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The Ingmar Bergman International Debut Award is the film award which is discovering new talent. The award was inaugurated during the Göteborg International Film Festival 2007 and the winner was Andrea Arnold for Red Road. Now the time has come to discover a brand new director. Ingmar Bergman was the honourary president of the Göteborg International Film Festival during 1994-2007 and blessed the festival’s Bergman award with the words ”The award is a way of encouraging young filmmakers to d...

The Ingmar Bergman International Debut Award Nominees

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The Ingmar Bergman International Debut Award is the film award which is discovering new talent. The award was inaugurated during the Göteborg International Film Festival 2007 and the winner was Andrea Arnold for Red Road. Now the time has come to discover a brand new director. Ingmar Bergman was the honourary president of the Göteborg International Film Festival during 1994-2007 and blessed the festival’s Bergman award with the words ”The award is a way of encouraging young filmmakers to d...

Kobayashi Masahiro from Japan in Focus at Rotterdam

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Kobayashi Masahiro from Japan is Film Maker in Focus at the 37th International Film Festival Rotterdam. In the short-film programme, there is special attention for Jani Ruscica, Rania Stephan and Takashi Makino. New in this edition are the exhibitions ‘3Radicals’ and ‘New Dragon Inns’ as well as theme sections with films from China and India. From the Netherlands there are new films by Mirjam van Veelen, Froukje Tan, BarBara Hanlo and Rolf van Eijk. The main sponsor of the festival, Dut...

Inaugural Phuket Film Festival Rocks to Close

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 Inaugural Phuket Film Festival Rocks to Close with 'Across The Universe' The Phuket Film Festival (PFF) ended its week long inaugural run Saturday with Julie Taymor's  'Across The Universe.' The closing movie, from Sony Pictures Entertainment, which utilizes live action plus animation and psychedelic digital effects was a fitting end to the pre-tsunami 2004 conceived international film festival. Screening 40 movies from 15 different countries and hosting film-makers from 16 of its production...

Inaugural Phuket Film Festival Rocks to Close

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Inaugural Phuket Film Festival Rocks to Close with 'Across The Universe'The Phuket Film Festival (PFF) ended its week long inaugural run Saturday with Julie Taymor's 'Across The Universe.' The closing movie, from Sony Pictures Entertainment, which utilizes live action plus animation and psychedelic digital effects was a fitting end to the pre-tsunami 2004 conceived international film festival.Screening 40 movies from 15 different countries and hosting film-makers from 16 of its productions, PFF...
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