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Back to Byzantium: Turkish Delights at the 31st Instanbul Film Festival

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Whatever name you call it- Constantinople or Byzantium- or however you spell it    (Graham Greene's Orient Express-connected novel, also filmed, styled it Stamboul Train), modern Istanbul is unquestionably a world city, a beautiful bustling megalopolis, literally joining Asia to Europe, and the only capital that has a leg in two continents. A fascinating fusion of ancient, medieval, religious and secular architecture and cultures, cuisine and  and stylish contemporary design and fashion, w...

Mike Leigh's Lament for London's Lost Gems

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On London's famous Piccadilly street the Royal Academy has been receiving some very mixed notices for its latest block-busting exhibition Modern British Sculpture, filling the Main Galleries (until 7 April 2011). But this palace of the arts in the heart of London houses a number of historic institutions within its wings, and in the premises of the Geological Society a new Architecture Programme has just been launched with ten panels and lectures running until 21st May 2011.Critic's Choice brin...

Tokyo Announces Line-Up

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By Liza ForemanThe 23rd Tokyo International Film Festival (TIFF) has announced another eight films for the competition section.The films in the competition section will be competing for six awards, including the prestigious “Tokyo Sakura Grand Prix.” The winners will be announced at the festival's Closing Ceremony on October 31st.The Competition So Far -“Beautiful Boy” - U.S.ADirectors: Shawn KuA shooting massacres in a college. Parents fear their son's safety, but the news they receive ...

The Brits Are Back At TIFF

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  It has been a difficult few months for the British film industry. Not only has the economic recession made the film business even more challenging, but the controversy surrounding the shuttering of the UK Film Council has been acriminious, amidst charges of economic abuse and political favoritism. Even the venerable London Film Festival, which unspools next month, losts its main corporate sponsors and had to scramble to find replacements. However, based on the bounty of British film...

Erik Stoops, not to be Mythed!!!

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Hello Erik! How are you? This is so exciting to talk with you! Okay, let's jump right in... Shall we? I can't wait to hear all about you and your new film The Legend of Secret Pass (2010).   ME: First, can you speak about how you got into writing for film and producing? ERIK: I became a published author at the age of nineteen, with a field guide book under my birth name Erik Daniel Stoops called ‘Snakes and Reptiles of the Southwest' published by the Old Golden We...

The USA Film Festival announces schedule of events

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24th Annual KidFilm® FestivalJanuary 19-20, 2008The USA Film Festival’s 24th annual KidFilm® Festival announces the schedule of events taking place Saturday, January 19 and Sunday, January 20, 2008 at the Angelika Film Center, 5321 E. Mockingbird Lane, Dallas, Texas.KidFilm is the oldest and largest children’s film festival in the United States, featuring an exciting and diverse line-up of new and classic films and videos for both children and adults. Spotlighting a multicultural slate of...

Chaz Thorne Is Having His Toronto Moment

 Thursday, September 6--------From a cursory look at the films to be shown at the Toronto International Film Festival, which opens this evening, it can seem as if Hollywood is dominating the program schedule. This is far from the truth. The Festival is very international in its scope, with a high percentage of film auteurs and fledgling directors from Europe, Asia and Latin America. It is also a terrific place to check the pulse of the Canadian film scene and discover local talent.One talented ...

A Conversation With Danish filmmaker Jorgen Leth

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Jorgen Leth interview by Wendy Dent Festival dei Popoli, Florence 7 December 2005WD: This festival was very unique in that it expanded my definitions of what documentary is and this is what stunned me about your films, is they were staged and it really broadened my idea of what documentary is but made me wonder where is the line, where is the definition? Once you start to have actors and you make a comment about society, but even drama is a comment on humanity so I am wondering what you feel abo...

Fort Lauderdale Film Festival concludes with awards

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The Fort Lauderdale Film Festival concluded its 20th edition this past Sunday, with the announcement of its awards. The Festival, which has the distinction of being the longest in the world, running almost 40 days, had a year like none other; having survived a Category 3 Hurricane and a week of no electricity, phone service or internet connection.The Festival, which featured over 200 films, premiered on October 14 with the premiere of THE MATADOR, starring Pierce Brosnan and Greg Kinnear. Closin...

Chicago International Children’s Film Festival Welcomes Hollywood Stars

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Largest Children’s Film Festival Launches 22nd Kidsfest!Chicago International Children’s Film Festival Welcomes Hollywood Stars and 100 International Filmmakers The CHICAGO INTERNATIONAL CHILDREN’S FILM FESTIVAL (Thursday, October 27-Sunday, November 6) launches into its 22nd year complete with celebrity guest appearances and a rich palette of the best children’s films from around the world. The largest and longest running festival of children’s films in the U.S., the 2005 Festival b...

Strong Contenders for Golden Lion

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On the eighth day of the Venice International Film Festival, several very strong contenders for the Golden Lion have screened and are the talk of the Lido. To date Howl’s Moving Castle (Hauru nougoku shiro) by award winning Hayao Miyazaki has produced the most enthusiastic response from Italian journalists and public. The film was screened under the utmost care to prevent piracy as the film will not be released in Japan until November 20. It will open in France on December 15. According to Miy...

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