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Helena Třeštíková will be awarded the Dragon of Dragons

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Helena Třeštíková, a Czech documentary film-maker and the laureate of several international film festivals, including the European Film Academy Award for “René”, will receive this year’s Dragon of Dragons award at the 52nd Krakow Film Festival, which will take place between the 28th May and 3rd June 2012.                             ...

PLUS CAMERIMAGE unveils robust list of honorees

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  The International Film Festival of the Art of Cinematography PLUS CAMERIMAGE will recognize an esteemed group of cinematographers, directors and actors at this year's festival which takes place November 26th - December 3rd at its new home in Bydgoszcz, Poland.   With yet another robust list of honorees, PLUS CAMERIMAGE upholds its proud and unique position as the most recognized festival dedicated to the art of cinematography, and in recent years, expanded its breadth of h...

The dragon of dragons award of 51st Krakow Film Festival goes to PIOTR KAMLER

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Piotr Kamler - master of worldwide animation, awarded three times in Krakow, laureate of Grand Prix at Annecy Film Festival (1975) - will receive the Dragon of Dragons Award at 51st Krakow Film Festival (23rd-29th May 2011). The Dragon of Dragons Award - life achievement award, has been given by the organizers of Krakow Film Festival, one of the oldest film events dedicated to documentary, animated and short fiction films in Europe, to outstanding documentary and animation fi...

Another Planet

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Director: Ferenc Moldovanyi.
“Expanding upon themes he explored in Children: Kosovo 2000 (SDFF 24), Ferenc Moldoványi’s latest documentary is at once hypnotically beautiful and acutely disturbing. Shot over a two-year period in four countries on four continents—Ecuador (South America), Mexico (North America), Democratic Republic of Congo (Africa), and Cambodia (Asia)—Another Planet unfolds as a cinematic tone poem in the tradition of Koyaanisqatsi, exposing the unequal distribution of wealth around the world as a major humanitarian crisis. Framed by pastoral sequences in which a Tarahumara shaman imparts a dream of paradise on earth, the film moves quickly and seamlessly between the lives of seven children inextricably linked by their shocking and tragic experiences of daily exploitation and abuse. We meet lonely, aimless urchins, barely eking out a living on the streets. We see child laborers toiling in brick factories, garbage dumps, and brothels, only to be beaten when business is down. And perhaps most harrowing of all, we get to know the child soldiers of Congo as they are turned into killing machines. Throughout this journey, Moldoványi’s unwavering vision reminds us of the eternal coexistence of beauty and horror all over the world. Informed by the haunting cinematography of Tibor Máthé as well as Tibor Szemzö’s ethereal soundtrack, Another Planet crosses cultural boundaries to forge a commentary on the human condition as damning as it is open-ended.” 31st Starz Denver International Film Festival Official Catalogue "This globe-spanning film hits hard on many levels—visually, intellectually, emotionally. Beautifully shot in Ecuador, Mexico, Africa and Asia, Moldoványi’s film presents images that sparkle in the eye even as they punch you in the heart. Moldoványi introduces us to children in Cambodia, Ecuador, Mexico and the Democratic Republic of Congo, each of whom is struggling to survive. Working long hours, often in dangerous and dirty conditions, these children show us a side of existence that many have never seen or even imagined. While many in the US hold childhood as a special and protected time of nurtured innocence, this film reminds us all that for many children life is a brutal and precarious game of survival. With subjects that include children scavenging dumps for recyclables, child soldiers and child sex workers, this film offers a sympathetic and unblinking eye. The children themselves are our strongest storytellers, and they open up to Moldoványi’s camera to give us their own perspective. Their frankness astonishes as they talk matter-of-factly about their jobs and the consequences of not earning. The children either are at the mercy of adults—often the parents who force them to work and beat them when they don’t earn enough—or have been abandoned by adults altogether. While the film is not a gentle journey, it imagines a better world, a greater one. The filmmaker relies on your humanity and empathy to be moved by these children, while never directly suggesting a call to action. This film offers an unprecedented opportunity to explore another planet, a trip definitely worth taking." SILVERDOCS: AFI/Discovery Channel Documentary Festival

New York Festivals International Television & Film Awards® Announced Its 2010 Winners

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The 53rd New York Festivals International Television & Film Awards honored this year's winning entries at the 2010 awards ceremony Monday, May 3rd in New York at the American Airlines Theater. The GrandJury® awarded two prestigious Grand Trophies - one to ESPN of the US, and the other to The Edge Picture Company in the UK.  In addition, ESPN was named Broadcaster of the Year for the third year in a row, while The Edge Picture Company was also honored for the third time with t...

50th Krakow Film Festival - meet the jubilee edition

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This year's 50th edition of Krakow Film Festival will take place from 31st May to 6th June. The participants of the three competition sections will be known in two weeks' time, while today the organizers announce how the jubilee edition will look like.  The competition sections, whose winners receive statuettes and cash prizes, are the soul of each edition of the Festival. This year's pool will be in Krakow 250 000 PLN. In the International  Documentary Film Competition the films fight fo...

New York: Cinema Eye Honors non-fiction films

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For the third time, Cinema Eye Honors (CEH) the annual award celebration of "innovation and exemplary craft in nonfiction filmmaking" was held in New York on  January 15 under the principal sponsorship of IndiePix , a noted innovative  US distribution company,  and support from HBO, the Danish Film Institute and others.  Named after the Russian documentary film maker Dziga Vertov, CHE focuses on outstanding artistic achievements in nonfiction story telling providing 12 awards ran...

2010 Cinema Eye Honorees

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For the third time, Cinema Eye Honors (CEH) the annual award celebration of "innovation and exemplary craft in nonfiction filmmaking" was held in New York on January 15 under the principal sponsorship of IndiePix , a noted innovative US distribution company, and support from HBO, the Danish Film Institute and others. Named after the Russian documentary film maker Dziga Vertov, CHE focuses on outstanding artistic achievements in nonfiction story telling providing 12 awards ranging from debut ...

Sundance awards winners since 1982

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1982     * Grand Jury Prize: Dramatic - Circle of Power 1985     * Grand Jury Prize: Dramatic - Blood Simple     * Grand Jury Prize: Documentary - Seventeen     * Special Jury Prize: Dramatic - Almost You     * Special Jury Prize: Dramatic - The Killing Floor     * Special Jury Prize: Dramatic - Stranger Than Paradise     * Special Jury Prize: Documentary - America and Lewis Hine     * Special Jury Prize: Documentary - In Heaven There Is No Beer?   ...

Honoring Documentary Royalty At Silverdocs

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 by Sandy Mandelberger, Festival Dailies EditorIn a theater full of documentary filmmakers and film lovers, the appearance of an eminence grise the likes of Albert Maysles is the equivalent of having a member of documentary royalty in your midst. Maysles, along with his late brother David, was responsible for some of the most iconic documentaries of the past fifty years and has served as a mentor to hundreds of filmmakers.Albert Maysles is widely recognized as a pioneer of “direct cinema” a...

Tribeca Talks Series

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The 2009 Tribeca Film Festival today announced the line-up for its two discussion programs – the Tribeca Talks Series and “Behind the Screens: Films and Conversations about Truth, Clarity and Responsibility,” sponsored by iShares Exchange Traded Funds. The Tribeca Talks Series includes “Tribeca Talks Panels,” “Tribeca Talks: After the Movie,” “Tribeca Talks Special Events,” “Tribeca Talks: Industry” and “Tribeca Talks: Pen to Paper hosted by Barnes & Noble.” The 2009 ...

"You cannot walk straight when the road bends" catch a glimpse of the Romani culture with Gipsy Caravan

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Jasmine Dallal the director said: "I originally named this film after a Romani proverb about how to cope when life doesn't deal you a straight hand ("You cannot walk straight when the road bends"). So the film title began as "When the Road Bends... tales of a Gypsy Caravan." However, brevity and the marketplace have prevailed so that it is being released simply as "Gypsy Caravan" in many places. Sorry about the confusion, but it is all the same movie a...

Romano cinema and culture at B-EST

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This year, Charta Cultural Foundation and the National Center for Roma Culture, with the support of S.C. Niro Investment S.A., propose a challenging new section within B-EST International Film Festival, entitled ROMANO CINEMA AND CULTURE – featuring films about the Roma culture and cinematography, scheduled to be screened on March 27th and March 28th at Studio Cinema. The intercultural dialogue is one of the necessary conditions of a modern society and one cannot deny the fact that t...

Sarasota Film Festival highlights

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The 11th Annual Regal Entertainment Group SARASOTA FILM FESTIVAL will get underway on Friday evening March 27, 2009 and run through Sunday, April 5, 2009. The Festival will be presented at Sarasota’s Hollywood 20 Cinemas with Opening Night at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Center, Closing Night Tribute at the Sarasota Opera House, screenings and conversations at the Historic Asolo, and other area venues. This year’s Festival will present over 160 narrative, documentary and short films from t...

Krakow Film Festival

Krakow Film Festival is one of the world’s oldest events dedicated to documentary, animated and short fiction films. During 7 festival days viewers have an opportunity to watch about 250 films from Poland and abroad. Films are presented in competitions and in special sections like retrospectives, thematic cycles, archive screenings. Festival is accompanied by exhibitions, concerts, open air screenings and meetings with the filmmakers. Every year Krakow Film Festival hosts about 600 Polish and international guests: directors, producers, film festival programmers and numerous audience from Krakow. http://www.kff.com.pl/en/

Thessaloniki Documentary Festival higlights

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The 11th Thessaloniki Documentary Festival – Images of the 21st Century will take place from the 13th to the 22nd of March 2009. The TDF is carried out every March in Thessaloniki since its inception in 1999 and under the umbrella of the Thessaloniki International Film Festival organization. Through its tributes and retrospectives, the TDF focuses on filmmakers with unique cinematic voices, internationally renowned for their contribution to the documentary genre. Amongst others, the Thessaloni...

Orientation at IDFA

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Wednesday, November 26-----I arrived at the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam yesterday to find….an event very much in full swing. The Festival had, in fact, opened the Thursday before, so the hundreds of international visitors who have descended to Amsterdam were already fully oriented. I’ve attended IDFA several times in the past, but this is the first time since it fully relocated from its traditional location on the Leidseplein to the more upscale surroundings of the Re...

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Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival will award Michael York the first award ever given for "narration". The Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival (HSDFF) began in 1992, launched by a small group of arts activists in Hot Springs. That year, 10 Academy Award nominated documentary films were screened to the public free of charge. Veteran actor James Whitmore lent his presence to this first event

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Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival will award Michael York the first award ever given for "narration". The Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival (HSDFF) began in 1992,launched by a small group of arts activists in Hot Springs. That year, 10 Academy Award nominated documentary films were screened to the public free of charge. Veteran actor James Whitmore lent his presence to this first ev

Michael York to get "first-ever" prize for narration at Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival

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  Mary Pickford     Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival will award Michael York the first award ever given for "narration". The Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival (HSDFF) began in 1992, launched by a small group of arts activists in Hot Springs. That year, 10 Academy Award nominated documentary films were screened to the public free of charge. Veteran actor James Whitmore lent his p...

Arnaud Desplechin wil open French Cinema Now in SF

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The San Francisco Film Society, in association with the French-American Cultural Society, the French Consulate of San Francisco and Unifrance USA, presents French Cinema Now (October 8 - 12, Landmark's Clay Theatre, 2261 Fillmore at Clay), an inaugural festival dedicated to celebrating the best in contemporary French cinema. The latest expansion in the Film Society's year-round programming, this new addition to the fall schedule focuses on bringing the most significant new work from one of the w...

Avignon Film Festival Turns 25

Wednesday, June 25-------Jerry Rudes is a man on a mission. For the past quarter century, he has lived with one foot in New York and the other in the lovely Provence city of Avignon, France. Reflecting his own dual domiciles, he founded the Avignon Film Festival in 1984 as a “transatlantic crossroads of independent cinema”. When asked to comment on his original inspiration for founding the event, Rudes told of a memorable encounter with filmmaker Agnès Varda. “When I first went to Cannes ...

Remembering 1968 At SILVERDOCS

 Saturday, June 21-----In celebrations being held around the world, the events and repercussions of that pivotal year in world history, 1968, are being discussed, remembered and even eulogized. The events of that turbulent year in political and social history are best experienced and explained through the music of the times and the films of the era.At SILVERDOCS, the Festival is presenting a sidebar program entitled 1968 AND BEYOND that offers several seminal films from 1968 that give as accura...

Scorsese Shines A Light On The Rolling Stones

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Thursday, February 7----------It's got to be one of the coolest Opening Nights of any Festival ever. Just think.....Oscar winning director Martin Scorsese and legendary rock group The Rolling Stones, all making their way up the red carpet at the Marlene-Dietrich Platz to celebrate the screening of SHINE A LIGHT, the opening night gala of the Berlin Film Festival. SHINE A LIGHT is the first concert film featuring The Rolling Stones in almost 40 years, following in the legendary steps of Jean...

winners of the 2008 CINE Special Jury Awards

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CINE is proud to announce the winners of the 2008 CINE Special Jury Awards. Chosen by a panel of members of CINE’s Board of Directors, the CINE Special Jury Awards recognize the elite among the winners of the prestigious CINE Golden Eagle Award. This year’s recipients include productions from independent and student filmmakers, as well as such distinguished organizations as MSNBC, Sesame Workshop, WGBH, National Geographic Television, Thirteen/WNET New York and The Washington Post.The 24 rec...

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