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New York: Human Rights Watch Film Festival 2011

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Running its 22nd edition in cooperation with the Film Society of Lincoln Center the Human Rights Watch Film Festival presented from June 16 – 3019 films from 12 countries and premiered 17. As in past editions, most productions selected were first rate prompting animated debates reinforcing the audience commitment to human rights issues. Thus the viewers enjoyed again reflexive cinema at its best. Most filmmakers were present to discuss their productions and to provide additional insights into...

New York: The Hebron Dilemma at the Human Rights Watch Film Festival

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THIS IS MY LAND…HEBRON is among the most important films featured at the June 2011 New York Human Rights Watch Film Festival. It is an outstanding Italian-Israeli documentary coproduced by Giulia Amati and Stephen Natanson which has received many rewards since its release in 2010. The film presents interviews with Israeli journalists and politicians as well as statements by spokes persons for the settlers and Palestinians. It provides an extraordinary insight into the mindsets of the warring p...

Boston Jewish Film Festival awards

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Festival Audience Votes Its FavoritesTwo Awards Given at 2010 Boston Jewish Film FestivalThe audience at this year’s 22nd annual Boston Jewish Film Festival has voted its favorites. In total, the Festival screened 36 films from 15 countries. The Festival’s audience voted in two categories, Best Feature Fiction and Best Documentary Feature. Award-winners are as follows:- Best Feature Fiction: Saviors in the Night (Unter Bauern – Retter in der Nacht), directed by Ludi Boeken (Germany/Fran...

Film In Focus: LEBANON

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  The horrors of war and the toll that it takes on both civilians and the soldiers themselves are film topics that, unfortunately, never go out of style. While it can be argued that audiences tend to stay away from such strong fare, a film that brings the audience to the center of the action and that involves it emotionally has a better chance to transcend the grimness of the material and make an impact with what is often a reluctant public. LEBANON, the new Israeli film by Samuel M...

Portland Jewish Film Festival Programme

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17th Annual Jewish Film FestivalApril 16-26The NW Film Center and the Institute for Judaic Studies present the 17th annual Portland Jewish Film Festival. This year's films, while they express specific Jewish experiences, resonate beyond their cultural settings and speak to experiences and issues that confront our common humanity. 
This year's Festival is co-sponsored by the Jewish Review with individual program support from Cedar-Sinai, Neveh Shalom, Mittleman Jewish Community Center, Port...

Tribeca Film Festival line up announced

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The 2009 Tribeca Film Festival, presented by American Express, the founding sponsor of the Festival, today announced its remaining out-of-competition feature film selections in the Encounters, Spotlight, Showcase, Restored/Rediscovered and Midnight sections. The 2009 Tribeca Film Festival will take place from April 22 to May 3, 2009 in lower Manhattan and will feature not only film screenings, but also an array of free community events designed to share the Festival experience with as many New Y...

An Interview with Israel Film Festival Founder Meir Fenigstein

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By Maria Esteves  The 20th Israel Film Festival (IFF) held at the Clearview Cinema in New York, October 14-28, 2004, successfully celebrated 20 years presenting the best films and filmmakers from Israel. Attendees in record numbers gathered daily to purchase IFF tickets. Israel Film Festival Founder/Executive Director Meir Fenigstein was interviewed in New York on Sunday, October 31, 2004. Q: What inspired you to move from music to film? MF: I was born in Tel Aviv, Decemb...

Interview with Israel Film Festival founder Meir Fenigstein

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The IsraFest Foundation, Inc., a non-profit organization founded in 1982, created the Israel Film Festival to showcase Israel's thriving film and television industry. The annual event plays a vital educational role in today's world, providing an intercultural exchange that advances tolerance and understanding and enriches America's vision of Israel's impressive social and cultural diversity.Danny DeVito, Irwin Winkler and Edward Zwick will be honored at the 23rd edition of the festival at New Yo...

San Francisco International Animation Festival preview

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The San Francisco Film Society presents the third annual San Francisco International Animation Festival (SFIAF), a four-day event celebrating one of the most fertile, creative and productive forms of artistic, experimental, commercial and industrial media. The International Animation Festival ranges from the latest award-winning features to family-friendly short cartoons and celebrates San Francisco's preeminence as a hub for one of the most vital forms in cinema today. SFIAF will screen Novembe...

Israel Film Festival set to kick off in New York

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The 23rd Israel Film Festival will kick off in New York on October 29th at the Ziegfeld Theatre and run through November 13th at the Clearview’s 62nd & Broadway Cinema. Meir Fenigstein, Founder and Executive Director, announced today the full lineup of films for this year’s Festival which showcases more than 30 new feature films, provocative documentaries, ground-breaking TV dramas, and innovative student films celebrating Israeli life and culture. List of films to follow. The Israel Film F...

European Film Awards - The Selection has 44 titles

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 EUROPEAN FILM AWARDS 2008in alphabetical order (please note that articles (a, the/le, la/el, il, etc) are ignored)3 DIAS (Before the Fall), Spaindirected by Francisco Javier Gutierrezwritten by Juan Velarde & F. Javier Gutierrezproduced by Maestranza Films, Green Moon Prod., PentagramaSynopsis: What would you do if the world was going to end in 72 hours? What would your neighbours, your family, the whole world do? The Secretary General of the Council of Nations has announced that a giganti...

Sydney Film Festival raises its reward to $60,000

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There have been more red carpets than a Persian carpet showroom at the Sydney Film Festival this year. The festival ends its ‘red carpet marathon’ this evening with the Australian premiere of The Square, competing for a record $60,000 Sydney Film Prize with 11 other official competition films, each one graced with a red carpet gala for its opening night premiere. But Australia is no longer a classless society. The red carpet at Sydney Film Festival has two lanes – one for all the ticket-...

Sydney Film Festival offers $60,000 reward

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There have been more red carpets than a Persian carpet showroom at the Sydney Film Festival this year.  The festival ends its ‘red carpet marathon’ this evening with the Australian premiere of The Square, competing for a record $60,000 Sydney Film Prize with 11 other official competition films, each one graced with a red carpet gala for its opening night premiere. But Australia is no longer a classless society.  The red carpet at Sydney Film Festival has two lanes – one for all the ticke...

Israeli Director Amos Kollek Comes To Festroia

Monday, June 9------Celebrated Israeli director Amos Kollek arrives at Festroia later today, in preparation for the screening of his new film RESTLESS in the Official Competition here.The director, the son of long time Jerusalem mayor Teddy Kollek (about whom he made a documentary in the 1980s) was born in Jerusalem in 1947, a year before the State of Israel was declared. He is a renaissance man, who has directed feature films and shorts, written five novels and is a regular contributor to news...

In competition : "Waltz with Bashir"

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The film:Last year in Competition was "Persépolis", a new style of animated film dealing with certain Middle East topics which won the Jury Prize. This year there is another animated film up for the Palme d’Or which also explores themes in the Middle East based on personal experiences: Waltz with Bashir by Israeli director Ari Folman, who is making a first appearance in Cannes. A sort of autobiography, the film puts Folman into this animation focusing on the Lebanon War in the early...

ZagrebDox to launch new programs

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ZagrebDox, the biggest documentary film festival in the region, will be taking place from 25 February to 2 March 2008 in Zagreb's Student Center. The international and regional competition programs will be accompanied by the exceptionally popular 'Controversial Dox' and two new programs – 'Music Globe' and 'Fathers and Sons'. This year's retrospective is dedicated to Japanese documentaries and Polish filmmaker Marcel Lozinski. As a part of 'ZagrebDox Pro' program, the Pitching Forum with TV ed...

IDFA Celebrates The World Of Documentary Film

 Tuesday, December 4--------IDFA, the International Documentary Festival Amsterdam, concluded its 10-day marathon of films this past weekend with the announcement of its major awards. The Festival, which celebrated its twentienth anniversary this year amid an explosion of film attendance and a major change in screening venues, has emerged as one of the hallmark events on the documentary film calendar. Films from all over the world not only get screened at IDFA, but sales are made and developme...

STRANDED Wins Top Award At IDFA

 Tuesday, December 4--------IDFA, the International Documentary Festival Amsterdam, concluded its 10-day marathon of films this past weekend with the announcement of its major awards. The Festival, which celebrated its twentienth anniversary this year amid an explosion of film attendance and a major change in screening venues, has emerged as one of the hallmark events on the documentary film calendar. Films from all over the world not only get screened at IDFA, but sales are made and developme...

Stranded wins top prize at IFDA

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IDFA, the International Documentary Festival Amsterdam, concluded its 10-day marathon of films this past weekend with the announcement of its major awards. The Festival, which celebrated its twentienth anniversary this year amid an explosion of film attendance and a major change in screening venues, has emerged as one of the hallmark events on the documentary film calendar. Films from all over the world not only get screened at IDFA, but sales are made and development pitches are presented that ...

Stranded wins VPRO Joris Ivens Award 2007 at IFDA

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Stranded wins VPRO Joris Ivens Award 2007 This evening in Pakhuis de Zwijger, during the closing ceremony of the twentieth IDFA, the winners of the various competition programmes were announced. Among the winners are Stranded (France) by Gonzalo Arijon, which took the VPRO Joris Ivens Award, and To See If I'm Smiling (Israel) by Tamar Yarom, which won both the Silver Wolf and the Volkskrant Audience Award. VPRO Joris Ivens Competition Award The VPRO Joris Ivens Award was presented to Gonzalo Ari...

Audience Award Winners Announced for Woodstock FF

Wednesday, October 18----The 7th Woodstock Film Festival, which wrapped this past Sunday, has announced its Audience Award winners for this year. Two virtual ties for the 2006 Audience Awards for Best Narrative Feature and Best Documentary saw the awards go to four films instead of two this year. The Audience Award for Best Narrative Feature was shared by AFTER THE WEDDING, a Danish film that was the Festival's Centerpiece Film and FORGIVENESS, an Israeli film by Udi Aloni. AFTER THE WEDDI...

Sheffield International Documentary Festival On Tour

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The Sheffield International Documentary Festival is delighted to announce the launch of its UK Tour at the NATIONAL FILM THEATRE from the 2nd – 5th February 2006. Returning for the seventh year, it features the ‘best of the fest’ from the Festival which took place in October 2005. The four day event marks the beginning of a three month UK tour visiting numerous towns and cities including Belfast, Bradford, Bristol, Brixton, Chichester, Derby, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Hammersmith, Hereford, Lee...

Miami International Festival announces Line Up

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The Miami International Film Festival, now in its 23rd edition, announced its official program, along with other announcements, at a packed news conference on the campus of the Festival’s patron, Miami Dade College.The Festival, which has grown in reputation as a major showcase for American independent and international films, with an accent on Spanish-language cinema, will open on March 3rd with the world premiere of HEARTLIFT (Lifting de Corazon), Argentine director Eliseo Subiela’s delici...

Festival dei Popoli Redefines the Documentary Frame

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What a superb stage for a film festival. In spectacular Florence, perhaps the world's most renowned city of art, the art of documentaries has been on show.Attending this week's Festival dei Popoli, the oldest documentary film festival in Europe, I have been stunned by both the tragedy and joy of human existence and constantly reminded of the ironic title of Roberto Benigni's Italian drama 'Life is Beautiful'. For looking through the window of the world presented by most documentary film festival...

Films competing for Florence Festival dei popoli

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Florence hosts the 46th edition of Festival dei PopoliDecember 2 - 8The competition section proposes thirteen films; all Italian premieres, all representative of the new trend of the contemporary documentary cinema for style, language and content. Over 900 titles, which came from 65 different countries, participated at the pre-selection: these figures established an absolute record for our festival and we consider this a tangible sign of the extraordinary attention that Festival dei Popoli recei...
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