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Highlights from Five Flavours Film Festival, Warsaw

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The sixth edition of Five Flavours Film Festival opens today, 24 October, in Warsaw's Muranow and Praha cinemas. The festival is the only film event in Poland focused primarily on Asian cinema. The seven-day programme involves six sections and thirty new features with two European premieres. Every year, Five Flavours brings a deeper insight into the cinematography of a selected country from South-East Asia. The sixth edition presents Focus: Malaysia which is one of the main sections of this ye...

The Hawaii International FIlm Festival Awards Keye of Life, best feature

With every new year of films comes a new batch of award winning projects. The Hawaii International FIlm Festival (HIFF) presented by Halekulani recognizes its top films with the Halekulani Golden Orchid and NETPAC awards. Of the numerous films that were up for nomination, three standout films have been recognized by winning these top awards from HIFF. KEY OF LIFE, a japanese comedy about identity switching, has been given the Halekulani Golden Orchid Award for Narrative Feature. Jurors for th...

THE LAND OF HOPE received the NETPAC Award

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    The 37th Toronto International Film Festival 2012 announced its award winners today. Sion Sono’s new film, THE LAND OF HOPE received the NETPAC Award.    New this year is the NETPAC Award for the Best First or Second Feature World or International Asian Film Premiere, as selected by a jury from the Network for the Promotion of Asian Cinema. Jury members include Laurice Guillen (Philippines), Shelly Kraicer (Toronto/Beijing) and Azize Tan (Istanbul). &...

The 37th Toronto International Film Festival announced its award recipients

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  The 37th Toronto International Film Festival announced its award recipients today at a reception at the Intercontinental Hotel Toronto. The Canadian awards below were selected by a jury comprised of producer and filmmaker Jody Shapiro, CPH PIX Festival Director Jacob Neiiendam, actor and filmmaker Valerie Buhagiar and director, writer and producer Patricia Rozema. THE CITY OF TORONTO + CANADA GOOSE AWARD FOR BEST CANADIAN FEATURE FILM  The City of Toronto + Canada G...

Film Festivals Galore,in Bangkok--!

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  Bangkok  seems to have become a movie-hub, judging by the numerous  film festivals that have been spinning  in the city, almost back-to-back, this year.The Embassies have mostly been  responsible for these , and deserve  credit for whipping up the cinematic pulse of the city.Apart from the French, Italian  and EU film festivals ,which have become regular events in the cinema-calendar of the country  (they are held in both Bangkok and Chiangmai), this year,  we had new festivals from ...

Roger Corman to head 25th TIFF Jury

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  Tokyo International Film Festival (TIFF) announced that one of Hollywood's most gifted masters of filmmaking, Roger Corman will serve as Jury President for the International Competition at the 25th Tokyo International Film Festival TIFF (20-28 Oct). The 86-year-old Corman produced more than 550 films and directed fifty others in a career spanning nearly 60 years. He has often been described as a rebel, a maverick and the king of genre film-making. "My last visit to T...

Locarno Fest to salute Johnnie To

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The 65th Festival del film Locarno salutes Johnnie To with a Pardo alla carriera for his exceptional contribution to cinema as a director and producer. The presentation will be accompanied by the European Premiere screening on the Piazza Grande of Motorway (Che sau), To’s latest production, directed by Soi Cheang. Johnnie To, key figure in Asian cinema, has directed over fifty films and has as many to his credit as a producer. Born in Hong Kong in 1955, To began his career in televisi...

Interview with TRIBECA director Geoff Gilmore

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    Geoffrey Gilmore joined Tribeca Enterprises in 2009 as Chief Creative Officer. He is responsible for Tribeca's global content strategy and leads creative development initiatives and expansion of the brand. He was before in charge of the Sundance Film Festival.  Under his direction the Tribeca Film Festival has become the most important market oriented U.S. film festival serving commercial and artistic interests. Running from April 18 and through April 29, 2012 the Festival pro...

The New York Asian Film Festival returns (June 29 - July 15)

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The New York Asian Film Festival (June 29 - July 15) returns - and this year we’re bringing crazy back!   The opening night film is Pang Ho-cheung’s astonishingly filthy, extremely hilarious VULGARIA, a movie about making movies, shot in just 12 days, all about gangsters named Brother Tyrannosaur, sleazy lawyers, the sex film industry, and men who love donkeys a little too much. The Hollywood Reporter calls it a “...laugh-out-loud, aptly titled comedy.” Pang himself, Hong Kong's hotte...

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...

Jury’s award films from the IFFR Rotterdam 2012 program

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During the IFFR 2012 Awards Ceremony on Friday, February 3, 2012 in festival venue de Doelen, the winning films of the 41st International Film Festival Rotterdam were announced. The three Hivos Tiger Awards were granted to feature débuts Egg and Stone by Huang Ji (China), Hubert Bals Fund-supported film Thursday Till Sunday by Dominga Sotomayor (Chile/Netherlands) and Clip by Maja Miloš (Serbia), which also took the KNF Award of the Dutch film critics. Hubert Bals Fund-supported and competin...

far East FilmFestival in Udine 14 means...

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…emotions, energy, participation… 20th to 28th April 2012 - Teatro Nuovo “Giovanni da Udine” & VisionarioA dimension that is spreading from the big screen to television and home video! With one eye fixed on contemporary Asia and the other on South Korea in the ‘70s, the grand festival in Friuli will present over sixty titles, while also taking a look at production and distribution. After fourteen editions, a successful Festival stops being an event and transforms into something more. ...

Highlights of upcoming 18th FICA - International Asian Film Festival

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    Kore-eda Hirokazu, Atiq Rahimi, Tran Anh Hung, Ermek Shinarbaev Four major directors at 18th FICA (Festival International des Cinémas d'Asie) Vesoul International film festival of Asian cinema 14-21 February 2012     With the wide audience of 28 327 people at last FICA, Vesoul International Film Festival of Asian Cinema is part of the main film festivals in France. FICA is also the oldest film festival in Europe entirely dedicated to Asian cinema.   ...

A report about 16th International Film Festival of Kerala 2011

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16th IFFK 2011 : Films by directors Aditi Roy [India], Carlos Cesar Arbelaez [Colombia],Hamid Reza Aligholian [Iran], Ozcan Alper [Turkey], Pablo Perelman [Chile],Salim Ahmed [India] and Sebastian Hiriat [Mexico] win prizes.A brief observation of events and films seen at 16th International Film Festival of Kerala 2011 [Trivandrum, India 09-16th December,2011] by film critic Mr.Lalit Rao (lalitrao@gmail.com)A successful film festival is known not only for its eclectic selection of films but also ...

Busan West Asian Film Festival

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Chapman University’s Dodge College of Film and Media Arts, recognized as one of the premiere film schools in the United States, in continued partnership with South Korea’s Busan International Film Festival (BIFF), Asia’s largest film festival, today announced the official program for the upcoming Busan West Asian Film Festival, November 11-13 in Orange, Calif.Busan West 2011 will feature eleven feature films from five countries: China, Korea, Philippines, Taiwan and Vietnam. Three of thos...

The juries for Tallinn's 15th Black Nights Film Festival

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The juries for the 15th Black Nights Film Festival promise to bring debate and intensity to their careful scrutiny of competition films as they head to Tallinn, Estonia between 16th and 30th November 2011. Jury members include Sergei Loznitsa, the director of the hugely praised My Joy which won the Grand Prix at PÖFF 2010, and Oscar nominated filmmaker Juanita WilsonThe International Competition EurAsia Jury will award a Grand Prix and jury prizes for Best Director, Actor and Actress from a div...

Hawaii International Film Festival Awards

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With every new year of films comes a new batch of award winning projects. The Hawaii International Film Festival (HIFF) presented by Halekulani recognizes its top films with the Halekulani Golden Orchid and NETPAC awards. Of the numerous films that were up for nomination, three standout films have been recognized by winning these top awards from HIFF. PATANG, a combination of stories following six people that are brought together by India's largest kite festival, has been given the Halekulani Go...

2011 Warsaw Film Festival Prize Winners

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“Rose”, directed by Wojciech Smarzowski, won the top prize in the International Competition at the 27th Warsaw Film Festival, which wrapped today.A historical drama set in the picturesque Mazury region of northern Poland (formerly East Prussia) in the summer of 1945 just after the Second World War, the film's protagonist Rose is a Pole whose German husband has been killed in the war, leaving her alone on their farm. As Soviet soldiers and locals circle around the farm, she is grateful for th...

Bong Joon-ho to Receive Busan West Icon Award and present “The Host” in 3D

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  Influential Director Bong Joon-ho to Receive Busan West Icon Award and Present Opening Night Film - The North American Premiere of "The Host" in 3D   Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Media Arts, recognized as one of the premiere film schools in the United States, in continued partnership with South Korea's Busan International Film Festival (BIFF), Asia's largest film festival, is proud to announce the Busan West Asian Film Festival, November 11-13 i...

Highlights from 4th BIFFES in Bangalore, India

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The 4th BIFFES (Bengaluru International Film Festival) - 2011 will be held from 15th to 22nd December, 2011, its organizers have announced. Bengaluru is the new - and phonetically correct name as per the native Kannada language - for Bangalore city, the IT capital of India. This edition of the festival will be bigger in scope and ambition thanks to the Government of Karnataka state in southern India, whose capital Bengalu...

CALL FOR ENTRIES - CAPE WINELANDS FILM FESTIVAL

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The 5th edition of Cape Winelands Film Festival (CWFF), which is scheduled to take place from 14-24 March 2012, in Cape Town and Stellenbosch, has launched its call for entries today. Feature films, Short Films and Documentaries submissions are eagerly awaited. Entry forms, rules, and regulations are available on the Festival Website(http://films-for-africa.co.za).    Features: Features are all fiction films more than 60 minutes of length Shorts: Shorts are all fiction...

Hong Kong's Heard Music

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Hong Kong Film Festival is the 2nd festival visited by the 9th "Pacific Meridian" commission.Programme curator Natalya Timofeeva who was in Hong Kong for the first time shared with us her impressions.Hong Kong Film Festival is called the most important and influential film forum in the eastern hemisphere. Apparently, it's because several important events connected to cinematography take place in this megalopolis at the time of the festival. I want to draw your attention to some of them...

Terracotta Far East Film Festival May 5th -8th 2011 Full line-up

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Running from Thursday 5th to Sunday 8th May 2011, this year’s 14 films selected to represent the best in current Asian Cinema:    Opening Film: The Lost Bladesman (UK Premiere) – dir. Alan Mak and Felix Chong (co-writers, Infernal Affairs), China. Donnie Yen (Ip Man) as the legendary historical Three Kingdoms figure, Guan Yu. Hotel Black Cat (European Premiere) – dir. Herb Hsu (debut), Taiwan. Past traumas still linger with the eclectic residents at Hotel Black Cat. ...

Terracotta Far East Film Festival Line Up

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Terracotta Far East Film Festival May 5th -8th 2011 Full line-upRunning from Thursday 5th to Sunday 8th May 2011, this year’s 14 films selected to represent the best in current Asian Cinema: Opening Film: The Lost Bladesman (UK Premiere) – dir. Alan Mak and Felix Chong (co-writers, Infernal Affairs), China. Donnie Yen (Ip Man) as the legendary historical Three Kingdoms figure, Guan Yu.Hotel Black Cat (European Premiere) – dir. Herb Hsu (debut), Taiwan. Past traumas still linger with the...
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