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The Durban International Film Festival returns

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The Durban International Film Festival returns for its 33rd year to celebrate the magic of cinema in all its beauty and diversity. From the 19th to the 29th July, Durban will be illuminated by the glow of the silver screen, with over 290 screenings in 10 venues across the city. Alongside world-class cinema from across the globe, comprising 80 feature films, 40 documentaries and 45 short films, the festival offers a comprehensive workshop and seminar programme that facilitates the sharing...

Cinequest Film Festival concludes 13 days with awards

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For over 13 days, Cinequest Film Festival 22 (CQFF22) delivered never-ending passion and provided an unforgettable experience for more than 90,000 attendees.  Through themes of creation, innovation, and empowerment, Cinequest 22 celebrated 60 U.S., North American and World Premieres, representing over 40 countries. A record 95,000 participants enjoyed first-class venues, including those with Barco state-of-the-art projection for all digital formats. A spectacular new Intel VIP Lounge, w...

IFFI Lifetime Achievement Award Bertrand Tavernier : a deeply committed, politically engaged film-maker

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It is a paradox that one of the world's finest filmmakers  Bertrand Tavernier has been bestowed with the IFFI  Lifetime Achievement Award by a country that makes and screens the largest number of films  in the world, but has never  shown a film by Tavernier."Film-makers are selfish, we want everyone  to see our films," said the snowy haired monsieur from  France, underlining his "privilege to be honoured in a country that has so rich a cinematic culture." And ...

IFFI Goa launches with 100 films from 65 countries

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Films from 65 countries for 42nd international film festival goa, shahrukj khan, luc besson, betrand tavernier to attendMore than 100 films from 65 countries will be screened during the 42nd International Film Festival of India - 2011 in Goa between Nov 23 and Dec 3,3011 Bollywood badshah Shahrukh Khan will be chief guest at IFFI's inauguration at the Ravindra Bhavan in Margao Goa on 23 November. The main centre of the festival is Panaji,although films will be screened over the 10 day Fest in...

Films from 65 countries for 42nd international film festival goa, shahrukj khan, luc besson, betrand tavernier to attend

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More than 100 films from 65 countries will be screened during the 42nd International Film Festival of India - 2011 in Goa between Nov 23 and Dec 3,3011  Bollywood badshah Shahrukh Khan will be chief guest at IFFI's inauguration  at the Ravindra Bhavan in Margao Goa  on 23 November. The main centre of the festival is Panaji,although films will be screened over the 10 day Fest in Margao,Goa's commercial hub which is located 4 km from the political capital.     Revived in this...

Arab Film Competition Jury for Narrative Film at Third Annual DTFF

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Acclaimed Syrian director Mohammed Malas will be joined by internationally renowned filmmakers and actors to form the Arab Film Competition Jury for Narrative Films at the third annual Doha Tribeca Film Festival (DTFF). The news came as the Doha Film Institute (DFI) announced the jury for the inaugural DTFF Arab Documentary Film Competition, which will be led by pioneering and award-winning British documentary filmmaker Nick Broomfield (Kurt & Courtney, Battle for Haditha, Biggie & Tup...

Toronto Top Ten Buzz Titles

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  A DANGEROUS METHOD (David Cronenberg, Canada)  The Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) enters its middle stretch this week, offering attending buyers, critics and film lovers a dizzying feast of film treats. Planning what to see is a definite must, since even at 5 films per day (my personal max), there are many that are missed. While here, one must adapt a strategy and raison d’etre……do you attend the highly buzzed titles in the largest cinemas (the ones by name dire...

Toronto Top Ten Buzz Titles

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  Michael Fassbender and Viggo Mortensen in A DANGEROUS METHOD  The Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) enters its middle stretch this week, offering attending buyers, critics and film lovers a dizzying feast of film treats. Planning what to see is a definite must, since even at 5 films per day (my personal max), there are many that are missed. While here, one must adapt a strategy and raison d’etre……do you attend the highly buzzed titles in the largest cinemas (the on...

Rome Film Fest to open with Besson's The Lady

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THE INTERNATIONAL ROME FILM FESTIVAL will run October 27 – November 4 2011    Luc Besson’s The Lady will open the sixth edition of the International Rome Film Festival, running this year from October 27 to November 4 at the Auditorium Parco della Musica. The film, presented out of competition, recounts the political and personal odyssey of Aung San Suu Kyi (played by Michelle Yeoh), the Burmese pacifist and human rights activist who has militated against the dictatorship in her ...

Toronto Film Festival Takes Shape

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For most of the planet, the official end of summer does not come until the autumn equinox on September 21. However, for people in the film industry, the Fall season begins in only a few weeks, with the beginning of the autumn film festival cycle. Kicking off (startingly early this year) in Montreal on August 18 with the Montreal World Film Festival and then dashing across the pond to the Venice Film Festival, which begins on August 28, and then back across to the Toronto Film Festival, ...

FIFDH - 10 days of mobilization on human rights

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FIFDH- FROM MARCH 7TH TO MARCH 16TH10 DAYS OF MOBILIZATION, DEBATES AND FILMS AGAINST HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATIONS OFF THE UN COUNCIL FOR HUMAN RIGHTS A FREE PLATFORM"A film, a subject, a debate" to condemn the violations of human rights in particular in China, in Russia, in Darfur and, in Burma; to react against the rise of populisms in Europe and to throw into the limelight the role of women in the fight against impunity. Films premieres include: Calle Santa Fe, co-presented by the International Fi...

Jane Birkin Arrives at Rio Film Festival To Call on Brazil To Show Support in Burma Crisis

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An outspoken supporter of Burma's Buddhist monks who are challenging the country's military government in the current wave of protests, actress Jane Birkin, will arrive in Rio de Janeiro this weekend - where her film Boxes will be seen in the Festival do Rio film festival - and call on Brazil's government and people to join the worldwide demand for an end to the violence and killing that is presently being witnessed in Rangoon.   Birkin will hold a press conference Monday (October 1) at 14:00 B...

Jane Birkin from Rio Film Fest "show Support in Burma Crisis"

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An outspoken supporter of Burma's Buddhist monks who are challenging the country's military government in the current wave of protests, actress Jane Birkin, will arrive in Rio de Janeiro this weekend - where her film Boxes will be seen in the Festival do Rio film festival - and call on Brazil's government and people to join the worldwide demand for an end to the violence and killing that is presently being witnessed in Rangoon. Birkin will hold a press conference Monday (October 1) at 14:00 Braz...

“Total Denial” awarded by Vaclav Havel at the One World Int’l Human Rights Festival

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Vaclav Havel presents his own prize to “Total Denial” at the One World Int’l Human Rights FestivalMilena Kaneva’s feature documentary, “Total Denial” has been awarded the Vaclav Havel humanitarian award in Prague, presented by the poet, playwright and former president of the Czech Republic himself. “Total Denial” tells the story of Ka Hsaw and his ongoing struggle to save the Karen tribes people of Burma. Great cultures have always been built on the backs of slaves. Unfortunatel...

One World , PEN and 14 Nobel Prize laureates calling

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International PEN (London) and One World Human Rights Film Festival (Prague)Fourteen Nobel Literature Laureates are joining Vaclav Havel, former President of the Czech Republic and renowned playwright, and Jiri Grusa, acclaimed Czech writer and President of International PEN to urge Senior General Than Shwe of the Burmese Military Junta to immediately release Nobel Peace Laureate Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and other imprisoned Burmese writers. Burmese writers serving long sentences include 74-year-old...

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