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 WINNERS ANNOUNCED AT THE 15TH MOËT BRITISH INDEPENDENT FILM AWARDS London, Sunday 9th December – An impressive array of British talent turned out this evening for the 15th Moët British Independent Film Awards. The winners were announced at the star-studded ceremony, held at Old Billingsgate which was hosted by BIFA Winning actor James Nesbitt. Best British Independent Film was won by BROKEN with Peter Strickland picking up Best Director for BERBERIAN SOUND ...

The jury of Montreal World in action

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Australian actress Greta Scacchi will preside over an international jury of film personalities from around the world. Her fellow jurists:  Véra Belmont, one of France's top producers, began her career as an actress but quickly sensed that her talent lay not in front of the camera but behind it. In 1966 she produced Paul Vecchiali's The Devil's Tricks and over four decades...

Michael Mann will chair Venice's jury

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    Marina Abramovic, Laetitia Casta, Peter Ho-Sun Chan, Ari Folman, Matteo Garrone, Ursula Meier, Samantha Morton, Pablo Trapero to form the Venezia 69 International Jury chaired by Michael Mann The selection has been made for the members of the International Jury for the Competition at the 69th Venice International Film Festival (29 August – 8 September 2012), with American director Michael Mann as president. The decision was made by the Boa...

The Durban International Film Festival returns

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The Durban International Film Festival returns for its 33rd year to celebrate the magic of cinema in all its beauty and diversity. From the 19th to the 29th July, Durban will be illuminated by the glow of the silver screen, with over 290 screenings in 10 venues across the city. Alongside world-class cinema from across the globe, comprising 80 feature films, 40 documentaries and 45 short films, the festival offers a comprehensive workshop and seminar programme that facilitates the sharing...

16th International Film Festival SOFIA FILM FESTIVAL

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SFF is organized by Art Fest under the patronage of the Sofia Municipality, in partnership with the Ministry of Culture, the National Film Centre and National Palace of Culture, with the support of the programs MEDIA and MEDIA Mundus of the European Commission, UNESCO – Regional Bureau for Science and Culture in Europe, national and foreign cultural institutes and sponsors. The main sponsor of the 16th edition of the festival is Jameson Irish Whiskey. The 16th Sofia Intern...

Sundance Audience Favorites

  THE SURROGATE (Ben Lewin, USA) Perhaps even more of an indicator of a film’s eventual commercial career is the Audience Awards given at the Sundance Film Festival because they point to an enthusiasm by the public. Distributors who may be wary of taking on certain titles can look to these prize winners for an early indication of how they will be received by audiences. In the U.S. Documentary Competition, the audience favorite announced at Saturday’s closing awa...

Nanni Moretti will be President of the Jury of the 65th Festival de Cannes to be held from May 16 to 27, 2012.

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  When accepting the invitation, the Italian actor and director said: "This is a real joy, an honour and a tremendous responsibility to preside over the jury of the most prestigious festival of cinematography in the world, a festival that is held in a country where film has always been treated with interest and respect. As a director, I was always very moved when my films were presented at the Festival de Cannes. I also have very happy memories of my experience as a ...

Nanni Moretti to preside the Jury of the 65th Festival de Cannes

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Nanni Moretti will be President of the Jury of the 65th Festival de Cannes to be held from May 16 to 27, 2012.When accepting the invitation, the Italian actor and director said: “This is a real joy, an honour and a tremendous responsibility to preside over the jury of the most prestigious festival of cinematography in the world, a festival that is held in a country where film has always been treated with interest and respect. As a director, I was always very moved when my films were presented ...

Berlinale 2012: International Jury presided by Mike Leigh

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With Mike Leigh serving as Jury President, the International Jury will decide who will receive the Golden Bear and Silver Bears as well as the Alfred Bauer Prize of the 2012 Berlinale Competition. The other members of the International Jury will be Anton Corbijn, Asghar Farhadi, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Jake Gyllenhaal, François Ozon, Boualem Sansal and Barbara Sukowa. Mike Leigh (Jury President) Mike Leigh has made a name for himself as one of the most outstanding filmmakers of auteur cinema and...

ELENA at Skopje, Macedonia.

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 The acclaimed Russian director Andrei Zvyagintsev (mostly known for his internationally acclaimed film THE RETURN, 2003) held the world premier of his latest film ELENA (2011) at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival in the 'Un Certain Regard' category, where it won the Special Jury Prize. The film screened last week to audiences in Skopje, Macedonia at the 10th annual 'CINEDAYS'. -Vanessa McMahon photos by Dimitra FourkalidouAndrey Zvyagintsev ...

Russian director Andrei Zvyagintsev at 52nd TIFF

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 The acclaimed Russian director Andrei Zvyagintsev (mostly known for his internationally acclaimed film THE RETURN, 2003) presented his latest film, ELENA (2011) last week at the 52nd Thessaloniki Film Festival (TIFF). ELENA held its world premier at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival in the 'Un Certain Regard' category, where it won the Special Jury Prize.-Vanessa McMahon  "Elena and Vladimir are an older couple, each one from a different social background. Vladimir is a wealthy and ...

ADFF 2011 awards and wrap news!

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Tilda Swinton at Black Pearl Awards, ADFF 2011 -photo by Vanessa McMahon ADFF PRESS ANNOUNCES WINNER OF THE BLACK PEARL AWARDS FOR ADFF 2011 ADFF Announces 2011 Black Pearl Awards for Feature Films Jim Poe On Friday night, the Abu Dhabi Film Festival announced the winners of the 2011 Black Pearl Awards for feature-length films. Chicken with Plums, the acclaimed romantic fantasia set in pre-revolutionary Iran from French artists and filmmakers Marjane Satrapi and Vince...

Black Pearl Awards at Abu Dhabi Film Festival 2011

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Tilda Swinton at Black Pearl Awards, ADFF 2011 -photo by Vanessa McMahon ADFF PRESS ANNOUNCES WINNER OF THE BLACK PEARL AWARDS FOR ADFF 2011 ADFF Announces 2011 Black Pearl Awards for Feature FilmsJim Poe 21.10.2011 - On Friday night, the Abu Dhabi Film Festival announced the winners of the 2011 Black Pearl Awards for feature-length films. Chicken with Plums, the acclaimed romantic fantasia set in pre-revolutionary Iran from French artists and filmmakers Marjane Satrapi a...

Taking Bulgarian Cinema on the Road: An Interview With Director Konstantin Bojanov

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Walking around New York, London or Paris, if you offered someone 100 dollars, pounds or euros to name just one Bulgarian film or director, you'd likely still have the money in your pocket after an hour of trying. Of course, this fact has nothing to do with a lack of productivity or talent in contemporary Bulgarian cinema.And with “Avé”, the feature film debut by director Konstantin Bojanov, Bulgarian cinema's profile is likely to be raised higher, as audiences discover a deeply personal and...

Winners announced / International New Talent Competition, Taipei Film Festival 2011

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The most anticipated awards of the Taipei Film Festival 2011, the Audience’s Choice Award, Special Mentions, the Special Jury Prize and the Grand Prize of the International New Talent Competition were announced on July 30 after long deliberations made by the five jury members, chaired by Tony Rayns.  The jury members were CHUNG Mong-Hong from Taiwan, Tony RAYNS from Britain, XIE Fei from China, YEH Jufeng from Taiwan and ZEZE Takahisa from Japan.   The Grand Prize with a cash aw...

Taipei Film Festival “International New Talent Competition” line-up

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Taipei Film Festival announced official selection “International New Talent Competition” line-up   Taipei Film Festival announced the official selection of International New Talent Competition today (May 12). The 12 films selected from all over the world will compete for the Grand Prize and the Special Jury Prize of NT$ 900,000 (US$27000) in total. The winners will be announced at the award ceremony held on June 30.   Among the twelve films selected, You Are the Apple of My Eye, a Tai...

Taipei Film Festival announced official selection

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Taipei Film Festival announced official selection “International New Talent Competition” line-up Taipei Film Festival announced the official selection of International New Talent Competition today (May 12). The 12 films selected from all over the world will compete for the Grand Prize and the Special Jury Prize of NT$ 900,000 (US$27000) in total. The winners will be announced at the award ceremony held on June 30. Among the twelve films selected, You Are the Apple of My Eye, a Taiwan produc...

30th IFF... THE CLOSING CEREMONY

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• FESTIVAL’S WINNERS ANNOUNCED The closure gala of the 30th Istanbul Film Festival took place at Lütfi Kırdar Convention and Exhibition Centre. In the evening, which was presented by Mehmet Ali Alabora and broadcast live on NTV, the Golden Tulip International Competition Award was given to Egyptian director Ahmad Abdalla’s Microphone. In the International Competition, the Special Jury Prize was given ex aequo to Seyfi Teoman’s Our Grand Despair and Federico Veiroj’s A Useful Life. Th...

East End Film Festival is turning 10 years old

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  EAST END FILM FESTIVAL TEN YEAR ANNIVERSARY programme (Wednesday 27 April - Monday 2 May 2011) Since its first edition in 2001, East End Film Festival has grown to become one of the UK's largest film festivals. Last year's festival comprised over 200 screenings and events across 29 venues, reaching an audience of over 30,000 people - and this year East End Film Festival will celebrate itsTEN YEAR ANNIVERSARY with a programme that promises to be even bigger and better! Fro...

The full EEFF 2011 line up

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EEFF 2011 will open with the world premiere of The Libertines:There Are No Innocent Bystanders The EEFF is very proud to officially announce its full 2011 programme. Running from 27 April - 2 May, this year's tenth anniversary edition will open with the World Premiere of an all-access documentary about The Libertines, There Are No Innocent Bystanders. Other highlights include the UK Premiere of the new, digitally restored print of Taxi Driver introduced by Adrian Utley of Port...

The Awards at Fantasporto conclude a fantastic week

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FANTASPORTO AWARDS 2011 The year 2011 proves to be a year of discoveries. The Dutch film "Two Eyes Staring" born of a conversation between director Elbert Van Strien and his therapist won the Grand Prix best Film Award of the 31st edition of International Film Festival of Porto, and also the Award for Best Screenplay. This is a sophisticated psychological thriller with shades of horror about how we deform the reality from what we see. With a surreal atmosphere, surrounded by seemingly normal, a ...

The Awards at Fantasporto conclude a fantastic week

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FANTASPORTO AWARDS 2011 The year 2011 proves to be a year of discoveries. The Dutch film "Two Eyes Staring" born of a conversation between director Elbert Van Strien and his therapist won the Grand Prix best Film Award of the 31st edition of International Film Festival of Porto, and also the Award for Best Screenplay. This is a sophisticated psychological thriller with shades of horror about how we deform the reality from what we see. With a surreal atmosphere, surrounde...

Essential Filmmaking: An Interview With Legendary Polish Director Jerzy Skolimowski

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Jerzy Skolimowski is a busy man these days. The Polish director's latest film Essential Killing made headlines this autumn when it won the Special Jury Prize at the Venice Film Festival, and the film's lead, Vincent Gallo, took the prize for best actor. The film was released in Poland in October, and audiences have been filling cinemas to see what is admittedly a unique film in terms of story and style. In the following interview, Mr. Skolimowski discusses the origins of the film, the funding ...

Film Independent producers lab selection

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14 FILMMAKERS & 9 PROJECTS SELECTED FOR FILM INDEPENDENT’S 2010 PRODUCERS LABFilm Independent, the non-profit arts organization that produces the Spirit Awards and Los Angeles Film Festival just wrapped its 10th annual Producers Lab earlier this week with 14 filmmakers and 9 projects participating. Sponsored by Technicolor and Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, the seven-week program took place in Los Angeles and was designed to help producers improve their craft, and move their current projects into...

British Independent Film Awards

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This is the awards show that keeps getting bigger and better." Terry Gilliam " The British have proved once again that lack of money has proved no barrier to quality or creativity in a year filled with bumper films" Elliot Grove The Jury has spoken at a star tudded gala at The Old Billingate Market in fashionable East London. on Sunday 5 December hosted for the sixth year by James Nesbitt. BIFA are proud to announce the following nominees for this year's awards,...

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