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The BUFF Blog (October 2012)

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With the exception of an alluring red carpet, its' safe to say that BUFF has pretty much rolled out everything else in its power to deliver this year's annual showcase of British urban filmmaking of which, at the time of writing has been 1 week removed.  A showcase is of course nothing without the undoubted stars of the show - the filmmakers. It has been a blast this year with 3 UK premieres ("Sparkle", "12" and "Melvin"), 2 venues packed out to the r...

3rd Canadian Surf Film Festival (September 27- 30, 2012) announces 2012 film line-up

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The 3rd annual Canadian Surf Film Festival (CSFF) launches its 2012 program, full with regular length features and shorts about surfing, its communities, its environments and the soci-political issues that define it. As in year’s past, the event runs in Halifax over four-days– September 27-30–bringing international film festival darlings and local indie shorts together for the viewing pleasure of surfers, non-surfers and film lovers alike.   “It’s lining up to be another gr...

56th BFI London Film Festival Launch set for October 10 -21,2012

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  Whether you’re a film aficionado diving straight in or a moviegoer coming to the Festival for the first time – this year’s programme is bursting with films and events that will entertain, confront and delight you. We kick-start the Festival with the European Premiere of Frankenweenie, the gloriously crafted, stop-motion 3D animation from Tim Burton, and close our twelve-day celebration of film with the European Premiere of Mike Newell’s visually ravishing adaptation of Great Expect...

The World competition in Montreal

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The WORLD COMPETITION includes world and international premieres. The international official Jury will award the various prizes for the feature films of his section: Grand Prix of the Americas, Special Grand Prix of the Jury, Best Director, Best Actress, Best Actor, Best Screenplay, Best Artistic Contribution, Innovation Award. This same Jury will award two prizes for the short films of this section. Australian actress Greta Scacchi will preside over an international jury of film ...

Hugh Hudson: Sport is a form of pure art

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  Sport is a form of pure art, an individualistic form of art. Even collective sports like football are art in themselves. Yes, sport is definitely an art – water jumps are so beautiful, archery as well. There is something else as well – collective sports like football, volleyball, basketball create a feeling of togetherness, commitment, family. Individual sports such as running, on the other hand, inspire you to challenge yourself every day. The goal off course is not to w...

Sheffield Doc/Fest awards

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It was announced today at the annual Sheffield Doc/Fest awards ceremony, hosted by Jeremy Hardy, that the 20th edition of Sheffield Doc/Fest in 2013 will see the introduction of The Tim Hetherington Award presented by Dogwoof. Says Oli Harbottle, Dogwoof,  “We are delighted to be collaborating with Doc/Fest on this award. Tim’s legacy will forever define what we do at Dogwoof, and his approach will inspire filmmakers for generations to come”. The Tim Hetherington Award will includ...

periflare

Director: Szacsva y Pal.
Periflare is an invocation of cases of self immolation throughout the world mainly in the past two years: 2011 and 2012. The video is an attempt to relate to this extreme human gesture.

Looking Back: Cinema's Greatest Moments: THE ENGLISH PATIENT (1996)

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  The English Patient (1996).   Why do we love a great film so much? What makes a great film? Before a film is made there is only the concept of it, a dream of a story brought to life. With time what follows the individual filmmaker’s dream as it becomes realized into a film, it grows beyond the filmmaker’s personal vision and becomes the dream of all who are involved in its making. And further, if that film lives and thrives over the years it becomes myth-like, a livi...

Rock n roll Beehive Queen Christine Ohlman on Conversation Crossroad Monday 7pm EST

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Rock n' soul will rule the night as Christine Ohlman, the flashy, gritty platinum-blonde "Beehive Queen," who is the longtime vocalist with NBC's Saturday Night Live Band, brings her unique voice to Conversation Crossroad Radio for an 7 pm in-depth interview that will spotlight songs from her six CDs, including The Deep End, a passionate collection that garnered five end-of-year 2010 national Top Ten mentions (Rolling Stone editor emeritus Dave Marsh said,"There are so man...

Arnon Milchan to receive the Best Producer Award in Locarno

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Arnon Milchan                                 At the 65th edition of the Festival del film Locarno, the Premio Raimondo Rezzonico (Best Producer Award) will be presented to Arnon Milchan, one of the most prolific and successful American independent film producer of the past 25 years, with over 100 feature films to his cre...

Edinburgh to offer retrospective of Japanese director Shinji Somai

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The Edinburgh International Film Festival (EIFF) is pleased to present a Retrospective of Japanese director Shinji Somai’s work as part of the 2012 programme. Greatly admired in Japan, Somai is only beginning to receive international recognition, as is highlighted by the fact that many of Somai’s films will have their first UK screening at the EIFF, and several will be European premieres. The EIFF runs from 20 June to 1 July 2012.The films of Shinji Somai (1948-2001) are a constant source o...

Cape Winelands Film festival AWARDS Highlights

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AWARDS EVENING OF FIFTH EDITION OF THE CAPE WINELANDS FILM FESTIVAL (CWFF) Films from Azerbaijan, Serbia, Belgium, France, Germany, Russia, Mexico, Slovakia and South Africa were among the winners of the 5th edition of the Cape Winelands Film Festival (CWFF), which had its last screenings on 24 March 2012 in Stellenbosch and Cape Town. The programme included award winning features, documentaries and shorts from more than 48 countries. Ilgar Najaf from Azerbaijan won the ...

Canadian films at the Annual Sonoma International

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  Eleven Canadian films will be screened at the 15th annual Sonoma International Film Festival, a five-day feast of wine, food and more than 130 independent films from around the world, which runs from April 11 to 15, 2012. Included in the Festival program are two Oscar®-nominated animated shorts, two Québécois films featuring the same leading man, and two powerful documentaries about two very different global catastrophes.   Québécois superstar Patrick Huard is the lea...

Two Must-Attend Film Festivals,in India

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by Lekha Shankar      With almost every city in India boasting of a film festival today, it’s difficult to know which ones to choose. But two film festivals seems a cut above the rest. The International Film Festival of India (IIFI),  is the oldest and biggest film festival in the country ,which is  held in late-November, in the scenic beach-town of Goa. It  has the glitter, glamour, and high-quality cinema that one associates with a top-range fest...

LOOK AGAIN there is no Planet B

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This year's  Sundance Film Festival theme, LOOK AGAIN was intended to mean  < Look again at the world and your place within it>  question your pre-conceived notions and assumptions, shake up and readjust your perception on issues, but to more reality based observers, it could also be interpreted as   <Look Again at Broken America>  the broken lives, broken homes, broken Banking/ Financial/Economic institutions,its broken health care, schooling, welfare, criminal justice and p...

Sundance 2012: Look Again, there is no Planet B

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This year's Sundance Film Festival theme, LOOK AGAIN was intended to mean < Look again at the world and your place within it> question your pre-conceived notions and assumptions, shake up and readjust your perception on issues, but to more reality based observers, it could also be interpreted as the broken lives, broken homes, broken Banking/ Financial/Economic institutions,its broken health care, schooling, welfare, criminal justice and prison systems- all corroded by greed, corruption,...

Oscar for Best Film in the past...

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BEST FILM   2012   The Artist (2011)   2011   The King's Speech (2010)   2010   The Hurt Locker (2009)   2009   Slumdog Millionaire (2008)   2008   No Country For Old Men (2007)   2007   The Departed (2006)   2006   Crash (2005)   2005   Million Dollar Baby (2004)   2004   Lord Of The Rings: Return Of The King (2003)   2003   Chicago (2002)   2002 ...

26th TEDDY AWARD 2012 – The Winners

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The nine members of the international jury – organisers of queer and other film festivals – view films within the framework of all programs of the Berlinale which have queer context. Three films are nominated for each category and one receives a TEDDY AWARD for best feature film, best documentary/essay film and the best short film. Die neun Mitglieder der internationalen Jury – Organisatoren queerer und anderer Filmfestivals – sichten Filme aus allen Sektionen der Berlinale mit queere...

Sydney Festival opened its 2012 program with Australia's largest free outdoor cultural event

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Sydney Festival opened its 2012 program with Australia's largest free outdoor cultural event, Festival First Night, attracting hundreds of thousands of people into the city centre for eight hours of music, theatre, dance and visual arts. Headlining the event was internationally-acclaimed music superstar Manu Chao, who had 60,000 people dancing to his unique blend of Latin reggae. Audiences thrilled to a mix of Australian and international entertainment including a 1950s swing dance, painted cara...

Masterclass with Jean Jacques Annaud

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                                  Jean-Jacques Annaud in Marrakech      One of the significant features of the 2011 Festival International du Film de Marrakech, (aside from the comprehensive selection of international films screened in and out of competition) was the lineup of five master classes held da...

Miami short Film Festival wraps up its 10th Anniversary

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It was a week full of vibrancy and excitement on Miami Beach as the Miami short Film Festival celebrated its 10th Anniversary. The Festival's celebration began Saturday, Nov. 12th, with an unforgettable Kick-Off Party at the Vagabond. The following day, Sunday, November 13th, MsFF presented two events simultaneously. The Children's Program, "Tell Me a Story", in partnership with the Miami Children's Museum - a long standing tradition of screening delightful selections of Sunday shorts that were...

The Rum Diary to open Bahamas festival

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Johnny Depp Starrer “The Rum Diary” and Sports Dramedy “Breakaway” To Bookend Festival as Opening And Closing Night Films, Respectively Festival Founder and Executive Director Leslie Vanderpool today announced the final program details for the 8th edition of the Bahamas International Film Festival (BIFF), which takes place December 1-4, 2011 in Nassau. GK Films’ “The Rum Diary” starring Johnny Depp (BIFF’s 2009 Career Achievement tributee and Bahamian home owner) will open the fe...

Cinergia 2011 jury members voting for best European debut and the Munk competition

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JURY COMPETITION FOR THE BEST EUROPEAN DEBUT headed by Krzysztof Zanussi       Krzysztof Zanussi - jury president. He was born in Warsaw in 1939. In 1960 he started studying the film direction at the Lodz Film School. Since 1966 he has directed many documentaries, features for cinema and TV, in Poland and abroad. He is also stage and opera director. From 1974 to 1981 vice-chairman of the Polish Filmmakers Association. From 1979 chief manager and director of Tor Film Stu...

52nd Thessaloniki Film Festival Lineup

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Martha Marcy May Marlene (2011) TIFF PRESS RELEASE!52nd THESSALONIKI INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 4 - 13 NOVEMBER, 2011 FILM LIST OPENING FILM – November 4th, 2011 - The Descendants by Alexander Payne, 2011, USA CLOSING FILM - November 12th, 2011 - Martha Marcy May Marlene by Sean Durkin, USA, 2011  INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION  • ALOIS NEBEL, Tomas LUNAK, Czech Republic, Germany, Slovak Republic, 2011, 84’ • BEHOLD THE LAMB, John MCILDUFF, United Kingdom, 2011, 83’ • BURROS/D...

Looking back on Tokyo fest 2011, year of the quake

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    LOOKING BACK ON TOKYO INTL FILM FESTIVAL, 2011 ~THE YEAR OF THE QUAKE ~    by Alex Deleon Not to forget that this was the year of the Great March 11 Earthquake cum nuclear disaster and "Tsunami" Tidal Wave that washed away whole cities up north, the 24th Tokyo Intl Film festival was a somewhat restrained affair with the lingering effect of the disaster in evidence in various forms, toning down the overall climate of festivity. Right outside the entrance to the main towe...
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