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New York 9th Sikh International Film Festival 2012, (SIFF)

With its program reduced to one day due to hurricane Sandy, the Sikh Art & Film Foundation presented 15 productions on November 3rd at the Asia society including several short films and documentaries which had their US or world premiere . In spite of New York’s transportation problems the late afternoon and evening screenings enjoyed a full house. Though India has a thriving domestic   and Diaspora film industry, comparatively few productions are made which are either aimed...

Film Festival Tourism: Bahamas, December 2012

Johnny Depp and Leslie Vanderpool, Executive Director,Bahamas International Film Festival For upper income groups, cultural tourism has developed over the last decade into a significant part of their leisure activities over the last decades. The consumption of soft cultural products such as visual representations and film has become an integral part of their life. Film festival tourism, a relatively recent phenomenon has emerged as a significant niche market. If film festivals meet s...

New York Film Festival: 50th Anniversary

          Backed by the largest film society in the US which has now more than 7000 members and Lincoln Center’s supportive management the New York Film festival has emerged as the most important US film festival.  Over the last 25 years under Richard Pena’s direction few if any compromises in the main selection and side bars were made. Pena shifted the festival’s Eurocentric orientation and introduced cinema from Asia, Latin America, and Eu...

New York: Richard Pena and the New York Film Festival

For the last 25 years as the program director of the Film Society of Lincoln Center Richard Pena has shaped the New York Film Festival upholding the standards of cutting edge cinema and opening new perspectives for film directors and the audience. By introducing new film making countries  to the critical film community  in New York and other major festivals he has shifted the festival’s  Eurocentric orientation to a global perspective presenting production...

The jury members of The 9th Bahamas Film Fest

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  Bruno Chatelin Short Film Bruno Chatelin, HEC Business School alumni, began his marketing career in 1979 with large international Advertising Agencies: Publicis, DMM Masius and JWT, where he handled accounts such as Kellog’s Unilever, Colgate Palmolive, Mars Foods, Mastercard...  Former film distributor He started in 1985 working for Sony then UGC 20th Century FOX in France (Marketing Director and Managing Director) he has launched ...

Interview with The New York Indian Film Festival executive director

Celebrating its 12th anniversary, the New York Indian Film Festival was the first festival  in the United States devoted to Indian films and has grown to be the  largest and most influential; helping to set up several other Indian Film festivals in the US. It is part of a comprehensive program in the arts offered by the New York based Indo-American Arts Council. As other specialty or niche festivals, the NYIFF has a unique programming profile devoted to features and documen...

New York: Japan Cuts - Festival of Contemporary Japanese Cinema

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New York: Japan Cuts - Festival of Contemporary Japanese Cinema JAPAN CUTS offered a cross section of contemporary Japanese film productions of which 12 were co-presented with the NYAFF in their sixth year of collaboration. The remainder of JAPAN CUTS 39 features was screened through July 28 at the Japan Society. What Sam Javier, the programmer of Japanese films observed several years ago, still applies,” … unhinged [film] insanity is unleashing hell on unsuspecting U.S. ...

New York Asian Film Festival 2012 at the Lincoln Center in NY

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  New York Asian Film Festival 2012             Organized by Subway Cinema in close cooperation with the Film Society of Lincoln Center and the Japan Society from June 29 – July 15, The Asian Film Festival has become the most important showcase for films from Asia featuring this year 57 films including 3 programs with short films. For the New York Times critic the NYAFF has become one of the city’s most indispensable film events. The countries represented ...

New York: Human Rights Watch Film Festival 2012

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Human Rights Watch, in cooperation with The Film Society of Lincoln Center, presented the 23rd edition of its film festival from June 14 – 18.  Headquartered in New York City the Human Rights Watch is a global non-governmental independent organization considered to be the leading force in   protecting human rights and identifying their violations. By shifting the focus of media and policy makers to violations and to the need for corrective actions HRW prepares the ground for effec...

Open Roads 2012: New Italian Cinema showcase

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New York:  Open Roads: New Italian Cinema, 2012 That foreign language films have hard time finding an audience in the United is no secrete unless they are programmed for a captive diaspora audience in specialty houses as is the case for most films for the Indian language speaking audience. After all as the L.A. Times reported recently the top five grossing foreign films did not generate more than $40 million in each of the last four years while films made in the US generated billions abr...

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...

New York - Tribeca 2012 Documentaries

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    The Tribeca film festival has become the most important market oriented film festival in the United States and long excelled with strong documentary programs. Characterized by broad thematic orientations and concerns with global issues these documentaries have frequently received kudos as part of the best Tribeca sections. This year there were 33 feature length and 15 short documentaries with most originating in the United States.  Productions focusing on socio-political issues constit...

Berlinale: European Film Market 2012 interview with its Director Beki Probst.

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            In 2012 the Berlinale had another successful edition as the largest audience oriented international film festival selling 299.362 tickets. Total professional accreditations came close to 20.000 including 3.800 members of the press. 402 films were featured in its public programs  and 760 at the European Film Market.  The festival continues to expand each year, yet over the last year the strongest growth has been experienced by the European Film market under the direct...

New York: New Directors / New Films 2012

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              Among 28 international films and two shorts programs, presented in the 41st edition of New Directors/New Films series few would qualify as belonging to traditional genre films or reflecting Hollywood imprinted market oriented productions. To the contrary, the selection committee from the Film Society of Lincoln Center and the Museum of Modern Art picked first or second feature films from relatively unknown directors identifying new trends in directorial and them...

Expanding French Film Markets

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For France, much more so than any other country, film making is an established art form and an integral part of French culture. Public financial support for film making and distribution in foreign territories is a considered an important tool of foreign cultural policies. French cinema represents France. This perception is also reflected at the box office with indigenous films having a much higher share of the domestic box office than other countries and a larger proportion of the French going...

New York, 2011 Japan Cuts Film Festival

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For the last five consecutive years JAPAN CUTS, the New York festival of contemporary Japanese Cinema   has been embedded in the New York Asian Film Festival and steadily gained in importance. There are now more films from Japan at the NY Asian Film Festival than from any other country. Programmed during the Film Festival, at the Walter Read Theater and the Japan Society from July 1-14, 35 Japanese films were shown. It included 32 new titles, mostly premieres which were presented only once. Th...

Mexico: 2011Guanajuato International Film Festival (GIFF)

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 Formerly known as Expresion en Corto, the Guanajuato International Film Festival was held from July 21 – 31 in San Miguel de Allende and the state capital Guanajuato. It has remained the largest international Mexican film festival with more than 3000 submissions from about 10o countries presenting in its final program 350 productions. The festival still receives most of its funding from the state of Guanajuato and other public agencies offering screenings, conferences, and other festival a...

New York - South Asian video content for regional and global digital media distribution

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Within a couple of  months  two new platforms were announced which provide specialized  media content to South  Asian audiences on  a regional and global  basis. Both charge a subscription fee and use the internet as a distribution mechanism. The Databazaar Media Channel serving the United States and Canada was launched four month ago and uses a streaming device. It is tied to google-tv but also includes TV and film access via computers.  MELA which will start operations in September offe...

New York - South Asian video content for regional and global digital media distribution

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Within a couple of months two new platforms were announced which provide specialized media content to South Asian audiences on a regional and global basis. Both charge a subscription fee and use the internet as a distribution mechanism. The Databazaar Media Channel serving the United States and Canada was launched four month ago and uses a streaming device. It is tied to google-tv but also includes TV and film access via computers. MELA which will start operations in September offers a mu...

Corrections regarding Claus Mueller's article about Cambodian Cinema

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In June 2010 I received the following email from New York based correspondent and Cambodian cinema afficianado Claus Mueller:   From: Claus Mueller <filmexchange@gmail.com> To: The CamboFest Team <info@cambofest.com> Subject: Re: combofest lite december 2010 Date: Sun, 27 Jun 2010 14:35:29 -0400   Hello JR In late April we communicated about  CamboFestLite.....Since I may be in Phnom Penh in December I am most interest...

Expanding Taiwanese film making

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We may be returning to the success enjoyed by Taiwanese Cinema in 2000 when CROUCHING TIGER, HIDDEN DRAGON ruled the international box office and YI YI was prominent in the film festival circuit. Over the last two years the most successful films in Taiwan were domestic productions, Taiwanese films have increased their presence at international film festivals and open access to the huge market in mainland China provides now an advantage no other foreign country enjoys. Potentially the...

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...

Cambodia Film Making – Postscript

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Among companies providing productions services to foreign film makers is Bophana Production a Pnomh Phen based company which has been involved in large scale productions and co-productions while producing documentaries on their own. Among most recently produced films serviced by Bophana are SAM SAME BUT DIFFERENT, THE CATCH, EMPIRE OF THE TIGER, and HOLY LOLA (bophanaproduction.com).There is no official censorship in Cambodia yet all scripts need to be approved. According to Cedric Elroy wh...

New York Israel Film Festival

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There is no country other than the United States which has as elaborate and extensive a screening support structure for Jewish and Israeli films. Several years ago I noted in an article about the New York film festival that there are more than fifty Jewish film festivals in the United States. According to jewishfilm.com there are now close to seventy Jewish film festivals in this country as well as at least four festivals devoted to Israeli films and two to Sephardic ones. In addition, there ar...

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