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European films support from EFP at Mar del Plata Festival

At this year’s International Film Festival of Mar del Plata, which takes place from 8 to 18 March, 8 European films are benefiting from European Film Promotion’s Film Sales Support (FSS). FSS is funded by the MEDIA Programme of the European Union with a remit to increase the visibility of European films outside of Europe. The scheme awards grants of up to 5.000 Euros per film to sales agents towards their promotional campaigns at the festival. The grant covers 50% of costs related to the pro...

International Film Festival Summit In Berlin

Monday, February 12----The International Film Festival Summit (IFFS), the first international conference for film festival directors, programmers, fundraisers and sponsors held on the European continent, hosted a reception today at the Vox Bar at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in the heart of Potsdamer Platz, the nerve center for the Berlin Film Festival. IFFS made a number of exciting announcements at the event, for both the International Film Festival Summit Europe, to be held on April 18, 2007 at the ...

Juries award films from the Rotterdam Festival

During the IFFR 2007 Awards Ceremony on Friday, February 2, 2007 in Concert and Congress Centre ‘de Doelen’ in Rotterdam, the winning films of the 36th International Film Festival Rotterdam were announced. The three VPRO Tiger Awards were granted to the Hubert Bals Fund supported Love Conquers All by Tan Chui Mui (Malaysia), The Unpolished (Die Unerzogenen) by Pia Marais (Germany) and, ex aequo, to Bog of Beasts (Baixio das bestas) by Claudio Assis (Brazil) and AFR by Morten Hartz Kaplers (D...

SWEET MUD Premieres In Park City

Wednesday, January 24----SWEET MUD, the sole dramatic film from Israel in the Sundance World Cinema Drama Competition, debuted this evening at the Egyptian Theater in Park City. The film is the second feature by Israeli director Dror Shaul. Set in a kibbutz (collective farm) during the 1970s, the film is a powerful, courageous critique of kibbutzniks who ostracize a psychologically unstable young mother. It also shows the effect of their well-meaning prejudice on her youngest son, who stands p...

The top ten Canadian films of 2006

The Toronto International Film Festival Group (TIFFG) announced the top ten Canadian films of 2006 this evening at the annual Canada's Top Ten industry event, hosted by actors Sylvie Moreau and Dave Foley. Public screenings with introductions and Q&As by filmmakers and panel discussions will be held from January 26 to February 4 at Cinematheque Ontario in Toronto.Canada's Top Ten films are chosen by a 10-member, national panel of filmmakers, journalists, programmers, and industry professionals. ...

Top Ten Canadian Films

Wednesday, January 3----The Toronto International Film Festival Group (TIFFG) announced the top ten Canadian films of 2006 this evening at the annual Canada's Top Ten industry event, hosted by actors Sylvie Moreau and Dave Foley. Public screenings with introductions and Q&As by filmmakers and panel discussions will be held from January 26 to February 4 at Cinematheque Ontario in Toronto. Canada's Top Ten films are chosen by a 10-member, national panel of filmmakers, journalists, program...

Christmas Is Oscar Hell Week

Monday, December 25----While most industries take a rare respite during Christmas week, for the film industry it is a frenzied period that is not the least bit sleepy or relaxed. For film distributors, the Christmas-New Year's holiday period has become one of the most essential make-or-break weeks of the year, with Americans (and presumably others) adding movie-going as part of their Holiday celebrations. In other words, after the spate of last minute Christmas shopping, going out to the movie...


Saturday, November 11---SHARKWATER, a stunningly beautiful nature documentary, brings audiences a rarely seen view of the kingdom below the seas. Filmed in high definition video, this beautiful and intense ecological film explores the shark rich waters of the world, exposing the exploitation and corruption surrounding the world's shark populations in the marine reserves of Cocos Island, Costa Rica and the Galapagos Islands, Ecuador. But SHARKWATER is not your typical National Geographic panora...

AFTER THE WEDDING is Festival Centerpiece

Saturday, October 7----The Woodstock Film Festival, which opens this coming Thursday, has announced that its Centerpiece Film will be the latest work from acclaimed Danish director Susanne Bier. AFTER THE WEDDING will be screened as a US Premiere on Saturday evening, October 14 at the Tinker Street Cinema. The film will be released later this year by arthouse distributor IFC Films. The film tells the story of Jacob Petersen, a man who has dedicated his life to helping street children in Ind...

Death of a President Wins Fipresci Prize in Toronto

For the 15th consecutive year, the Toronto International Film Festival welcomed an international FIPRESCI jury. FIPRESCI is the Fédération Internationale de la Presse Cinématographique (the International Federation of Film Critics). The Prize of the International Critics (FIPRESCI Prize) goes to DEATH OF A PRESIDENT from the United Kingdom directed by Gabriel Range, “for the audacity with which it distorts reality, to reveal a larger truth.”DEATH OF A PRESIDENT is a fictional drama with a...

Toronto Opens with The Journals of Knud Rasmussen

Toronto Opens 2006 Festival with World Premiere of “The Journals of Knud Rasmussen”The largest and one of the most respected Film Festivals in the world will open its doors to the public with Zacharias Kunuk and Norman Cohn's “The Journals of Knud Rasmussen". Their last film "Atanarjuat (The Fast Runner),” had won the Camera D'or in Cannes and then the prize for best Canadian film here in Toronto in 2001. Festival Co-Director Noah Cowan felt that this was one of the most important film...

Who's hot from Europe at Upcoming Toronto Fest

43 European Films get Film Sales Support for promotional activitiesFor the second time, Film Sales Support (FSS), European Film Promotion’s (EFP) support initiative for European sales agents, is assisting with the promotion and marketing of European films at the Toronto International Film Festival (7-16 September 2006). Toronto is the event at which FSS supports the most films. 30 different sales agents and production companies handling 43 feature films, including two documentaries and one ani...

Toronto Complete Line-Up of 352 Films From 61 Countries

Toronto International Film Festival Announces Its Complete Line-Up of 352 Films From 61 CountriesOrganizers of the Toronto International Film Festival today announced final programming details, including the complete line-up of films for the 31st Festival running September 7 - 16, 2006. At this year's Festival, 352 films from 61 countries will screen, including 261 features, 91 per cent of which are world, international or North American premieres, and 62 of which are feature directorial debuts....

123 films from Europe will play in Toronto

European Film Promotion (EFP) with support from the European Union's MEDIA Programme, will be present for the tenth year at the Toronto International Film Festival (September 7 - 16) where a record number of 123 feature films and documentaries will be screened from twenty-three of EFP’s twenty-seven member countries. Among the films receiving World Premieres are six from France including Anne Fontaine’s Nouvelle chance and Jean-Marc Barr and Pascal Arnold’s One to Another, four from Britis...

Jacqueline Dupuis new Calgary Executive Director,

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR NAMED FOR 2006 CALGARY INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL Jacqueline Dupuis has plans under way for the 7th Annual CIFFhas announced that the 7th Annual Calgary International Film Festival will take place from September 22 to October 1, 2006. Leading this year’s Festival is Executive Director, Jacqueline Dupuis. Previously a member of the CIFF Board of Directors, Dupuis is taking the reins of the Festival after more than 10 years in the high tech industry. Along with her love for f...

Goteborg Film Festival Fund supports new projects

Since seven years the Göteborg Film Festival in cooperation with the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA) manage a fund that supports film makers living and working in countries in transition. During the next year a total amount of four million SEK (aprox. 450 000 €) will be distributed as development support, postproduction support and contributions towards training, education and organization of technical facilities in the film area. This week the fund’s selection c...

New Directors New Films opens this week end

New Directors/New Films, one of the most anticipated film events on the New York film calendar, opens this week end. The program, jointly presented by the Film Society of Lincoln Center and the Department of Film and Media of the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), will unspool 25 feature films and 5 shorts from March 22 through April 2, 2006. The program opens with the East Coast Premiere of HALF NELSON, a Sundance sleeper about a committed teacher in New York’s public schools, played by rising star...

Rome: RIFF Awardsn Independent Cinema on the Move

From the 7th to the 14th April 2006 at the Embassy Cinema, via Stoppani 7 - RomeThe RIFF (Roma Independent Film Festival), supported by Rome’s Municipal Department of Cultural Policies, is glad to invite you to its 5th edition. The festival will display a selection (among the over 1,000 works sent from 70 countries) of 75 FILMS including features, shorts and documentaries. Several Italian and foreign premieres are among the features: the world premiere Il Segreto di Rahil (Rahil’s Secret) ...

Roma Independent Film Festival reveals its program

The RIFF (Roma Independent Film Festival), supported by Rome’s Municipal Department of Cultural Policies, will officially open its 5th edition on 7 April. The event will close on 14 April. RIFF is becoming more and more internationally oriented: the 2006 edition is especially focussed on independent film-making, characterised once again by its strong interest in ‘beyond borders’ cinema. Indeed, the programme features 5 film reviews dedicated to as many countries (Norway, Canada, Spain, F...

The Festivalists Aussie based org launches touring film circuit

The Festivalists is a new Sydney-based non-profit organisation dedicated to the production of film festivals and touring programs. Founded partly in reaction to the void left by the closure of truly independent cinemas such as the Chauvel and the Valhalla, the organisation is dedicated to providing new opportunities for audiences to access Australian and world cinema.Their first project is Young at Heart – Sydney Seniors Film Festival. The event will run from April 2nd to 9th 2006 to coincide ...

The National Screen Institute Canandian training program

The National Screen Institute – Canada (NSI), in association with Telefilm Canada, has chosen five filmmaking teams for the 2005-2006 NSI Features First Program – a training initiative for filmmakers ready to develop their first or second feature. The teams include participants from Toronto, Yellowknife, Saskatoon and Winnipeg. The selected participants are:Bang Bang Baby (Toronto, ON) Larissa Giroux, Producer; Jeffrey St. Jules, Writer/DirectorChroma (Winnipeg, MB) Timo Puolitaipale, Produc...

Hot Docs appoints sean Farnel as Fest Programmer

HOT DOCS ANNOUNCES APPOINTMENT OF LEADING DOCUMENTARY PROGRAMMER SEAN FARNEL TO POSITION OF DIRECTOR OF PROGRAMMING Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival is proud to announce that, from an international field of highly talented applicants, leading documentary programmer Sean Farnel has been appointed the organization's new Director of Programming. Currently a staff programmer specializing in documentary films and learning programmes with the Toronto International Film Festival Gr...

Dakota Fanning attends Dreamer Heartland fest opening

Heartland Is Off to the Races with Opening EventOne of the hottest actors in Hollywood will help kick off the 2005 Heartland Film Festival®, October 13-21 in Indianapolis. Award-winning actor Dakota Fanning along with director/screenwriter John Gatins will attend the Festival’s opening night premiere of DreamWorks’ “Dreamer: Inspired by a True Story.” Indianapolis is one of a few select stops on a cross-country tour to promote the film. Besides the Toronto International Film Festival, H...

Toronto 30th anniversary it's a warp

With a total of 335 films (including 109 world and 78 North American premieres), from 52 countries, screened over 10 days, the 30th Toronto International Film Festival wrapped on Saturday, September 17 with an awards cocktail at the Hilton Hotel Toronto. PEOPLE'S CHOICE AWARDThe People’s Choice Award is voted on by Festival audiences – known worldwide for their enthusiasm and love of cinema. The 2005 award goes to Gavin Hood's TSOTSI (UK/South Africa), based on the novel by Athol Fugard and ...

Film Festival Confidential an inside look by W Marshall

“An intriguing inside look at one of the greatest Film Festivals in the world by one of the guys who started the whole thing.” – Norman JewisonThe book takes us behind the scenes and tells the secrets of the world’s best film festivals, including Cannes, Berlin, Venice, Sundance and many others. Film Festival Confidential is an all-access pass to the famous stars and parties, offering readers an irresistible mix of gossip, glamour and glitz.William Marshall, founder of the Toronto Film F...


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