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Thoughts on Berlinale 2008 Expanded Forum

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For cineastes and critics, the Berlin International Film Festival, or Berlinale, is a frequent target of criticism, since it is argued that the official competition has become subverted by commercialism, that politics drives the final selection in the official competition, or that Dieter Kosslick’s craving for media attention prevails. Thus the chorus of nay sayers grew more intense this year. After all, having the Rolling Stones, Madonna, and Sharukh Khan on the red carpet and bestowing the ...

Berlinale 2008 Endnotes

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With a media blitz not experienced before the 2008 edition of the Berlinale featured a roster of stars including but not restricted to Mick Jagger and his Rolling Stones, Madonna, Sharuk Khan, Martin Scorcese, and Jeanne Moreau as well as the most prominent German film stars and directors. As expected, the appearances by Madonna and the mega star 'King' Khan generated enthusiastic crowd scenes and a journalistic frenzy.This frenzy displaced attention from other Berlinale aspects. To name but a f...

Berlinale 2008 Endnotes

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With a media blitz not experienced before the 2008 edition of the Berlinale featured a roster of stars including but not restricted to Mick Jagger and his Rolling Stones, Madonna, Sharuk Khan, Martin Scorcese, and Jeanne Moreau as well as the most prominent German film stars and directors. As expected, the appearances by Madonna and the mega star 'King' Khan generated enthusiastic crowd scenes and a journalistic frenzy.This frenzy displaced attention from other Berlinale aspects. To name but ...

Bollywood’s infrastructure problems.

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For several years now India has been the second largest television market in the world and with more than 300 million viewers one of the world’s largest market for satellite television. Its box office receipts are growing at an annual rate of 20-25%. Her information technology sector is expanding thus enhancing existing new distribution platforms and developing new ones which in turn provide more space feature films. India’s film and television audience is young with about half of all view...

The New York 2008 Jewish Film Festival

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Considered to be with the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival among the most important Jewish Film Festivals in the United States, the New York Jewish Film Festival provides a significant platform for new features and documentaries about and from Jewish life in and outside of Israel. Held this year from January 9th to 24th it has retained its importance among the close to 60 US Jewish film festivals staged currently in the United States(not counting those specifically focused on the Holocaust and...

Film festival: destination tourism Part 1

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The continued expansion of film festivals and their financial support by public authorities is well known. There are clear economic and political benefits derived from investing in cultural events since more visitors come to the venue of the festival and support the local economy through expenditures on lodging, meals, local products and other leisure activities. Further, support for the arts is an appealing political activity since there are no controversies involved and provides prestige for t...

Film Festival Tourism

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The continued expansion of film festivals and their financial support by public authorities is well known. There are clear economic and political benefits derived from investing in cultural events since more visitors come to the venue of the festival and support the local economy through expenditures on lodging, meals, local products and other leisure activities. Further, support for the arts is an appealing political activity since there are no controversies involved and provides prestige for ...

Mexico International Film Festival Expresion en Corto …with bite

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Staged in two of Mexico’s most attractive cities, San Miguel de Allende, the favorite watering hole for the short-lived Mexican Emperor Maximiliam (executed by Republicans in 1867) and Guanajuato, a former silver mining center built on top of a labyrinth of large tunnels, the annual Expresion en Corto film festival has developed into one of the largest Latin-American festivals. Helmed by Sarah Hoch Delong, it offered this year from July 22 - 27 a superb collection films to an audience of clos...

Tribeca/Amazon Screening room 2nd edition

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After the successful completion of the largest short film competition ever held, Amazon.com, the Tribeca Film Festival and American Express announced the second edition which is scheduled to run from June 29 though August 17, 2005. American Express will provide again a $50.000 award to the grand prize winner and Amazon customers with active accounts will rate the films.The first short competition started during the 2005 Tribeca Film festival on April 18. Using the Macromedia Flash video format, ...

Tribeca enters the Shorts aren

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TRIBECA NEW YORK – Short film fest (April 19 – May 20)Low-cost production technologies, rapid increases in film school graduates, and the shift to a visually oriented consumer society has resulted in a significant increase of short and long feature films entered in film festivals. For the fourth edition of New York’s Tribeca Film Festival which ended on May 1st more than 1750 films were submitted in formats including, 35, 16, super 8, as well as 24 p, mini dv, and high definition cam. I...

New York Jewish Film Festival wrapped its 14th

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New York Jewish Film Festival January 12 – 27, 2005In cooperation with the Film Society of Lincoln Center, the New York Jewish Film Festival presented its 14th annual edition at the Read Theatre, screening also at the Jewish Museum and a local venue. The fest was organized by the Jewish Museum with support from several foundations, New York City’s Department of Cultural Affaires, the Israeli Office of Cultural Affairs in the US and other sources. The festival is part of the thriving ethnic f...

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