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Interview with SHERIF MANDOUR, on cinema in Revolutionary Egypt.

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  SHERIF MANDOUR, A Revolutionary Filmmaker in Revolutionary Egypt.   In the ancient land and rapidly transforming lifestyle of modern Egypt, producer Sherif Mandour is a man of his time. Apart from achieving worldwide acclaim, his last three films produced were predicting the revolution, a revolution from without and within. Through his longtime career in cinema, Mandour had worn many hats as an actor, director, distributor, commercial voiceover, producer and most...

Egyptian Cinema at the Ankara Film Festival.

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Organized by The World Mass Media Research Foundation and supported by Turkish Ministry of Culture, the 23rd. Ankara International Film Festival will take place between 15 – 22nd March. Festival will be showcasing a special selection of the latest Egyptian Cinema which will include films that address contemporary cultural movements and social sentiments across the Egyptian landscape. Without a doubt, one of most talked about issues of the 2011 was, collapsing of the thirty year d...

A Vacation From Ordinary Film

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  The Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival, now in its 26th year, has got it right. It invites its audiences to take a vacation from ordinary film to dive into the many pleasures of its offerings from a cinematic survey of more than 150 films from 35 countries. With Fort Lauderdale’s reputation as one of America’s leisure playgrounds, the phrase is an invitation for immersion that has many rewards. Two things distinguish this festival…..one is the wide range of its venues, ...

3rd Petaluma International Film Festival Lineup Announced

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Tanguero Director: Emanuele Persico, 2011, Italy/Argentina, 78 minutes, Cast: Omar Quiroga, Veronica Palacios, Maria Cecilia Cervini, Juan Carlos Stasi, Jorge Juanatey Simple Director: Ivan Calbérac, 2010, France, 90 minutes, Cast: Bastien BOUILLON, Julien DRION, Shemss Audat, Morgane Cabot, Esteban CARVAJAL-ALEGRIA, Valentine CATZEFLIS, CIVIL François, Jérémie ELKAIM The Fire [Der Brand] Director: Brigitte Bertele, 2011, Germany, 70 minutes, Cast:  Florian David Fitz, Wota...

Winners of the European Independent Film Festival

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We are delighted to announce this year’s winners at the prestigious ÉCU 2011 awards. The jury had a very tough decision choosing from the huge number of incredible films submitted to the festival, but after much debate the winners were announced at our awards ceremony this evening, marking the end of another great festival. Here is a list of the winners by category. Nous sommes ravis de vous annoncer les gagnants des prix d’ÉCU 2011. Ca n’a pas été facile pour le jury de choi...

77 films are competing for of “Europe’s Best Independent Film” at ÉCU

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77 films from 26 countries are competing for the title of “Europe’s Best Independent Film” at ÉCU- The Eu ropean Independent Film Festival 2011 This weekend, between the 1st and 3rd of April, the European Independent Film Festival will screen 77 independent films from 26 countries at cinema Sept Parnassiens located in Paris Montparnasse Quarter and the Cinema Christine located in the Saint Germain-des-Prés Quarter of Paris. Since its inception six years ago the festival has proved to be...

Tribeca World Narrative and Documentary Competition film selections

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2011 Festival to Present 88 Feature-Length and 61 Short Films April 20 - May 1    The 2011 Tribeca Film Festival (TFF), presented by American Express®, announced the World Narrative and Documentary Competition film selections and the first edition of the new section-Viewpoints. Forty-four of the 88 feature-length films were announced. The 10th edition of the Festival will take place from April 20 to May 1 in lower Manhattan.   TFF organizers this year have streamli...

10th Tribeca World Narrative and Documentary Competition film selections

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  The 2011 Tribeca Film Festival (TFF), presented by American Express®, today announced the World Narrative and Documentary Competition film selections and the first edition of the new section-Viewpoints. Forty-four of the 88 feature-length films were announced. The 10th edition of the Festival will take place from April 20 to May 1 in lower Manhattan. TFF organizers this year have streamlined the Festival's format, which is now comprised of two competition sections, World Narra...

Official Selection 2011

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ÉCU- THE EUROPEAN INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL 2011 OFFICIAL SELECTION ANNOUNCED 78 films from 25 countries to be screened in Paris, 1-3 April. PARIS, FRANCE (17 February, 2011) – ÉCU - The European Independent Film Festival, Europe’s premiere event for independent filmmakers and their audiences, announces its Official Selection for the sixth edition of the festival. ÉCU 2011, in partnership with G-Technology by Hitachi, will showcase 78 films from 25 countries ranging in genre fro...

Peace talks and Cairo Exit

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  DIFF 2010 ‘Cultural Bridge Day' on Dec. 16 promotes intercultural dialogue through cinema The ‘Cultural Bridge Day' opened with the screening of Egyptian director Hesham Issawi's Cairo Exit, a powerful account of life in contemporary Cairo about two star-crossed lovers. The film shines the spotlight on the social and cultural taboos that riddle the city's diverse population. Masoud Amralla Al Ali, Artistic Director, Dubai International Film Festival, said: &quo...

Cairo Exit

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Thursday December 16, Egyptian film 'Cairo Exit' held its premier at DIFF 2010. Cast and crew were present to attend screening. ‘Cairo Exit' features actors Maryhan, Mohammed Ramadan and Sanna Muzian, and director Hesham Issawi. French superstar Catherine Deneuve joined 'Cairo Exit' team on the red carpet and at the premier. 'Cairo Exit', a film that the director Hesham Issawi described as being a very difficult film to make but its professional and talented cast ...

Over 220 films participate in DIFF's Dubai Filmmart for global distribution and outreach

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Industry buyers at DIFF will have one of the strongest repertoires of films to choose from including 103 films screened at DIFF, 43 films from the Gulf Film Festival, and 78 Filmmart-recommended films. The line-up includes 23 world premieres, 6 international Premieres, 37 Middle East premieres, and 21 GCC premieres. Ziad Yaghi, Director, Dubai Filmmart, said the trading and distribution platform has grown considerably over the past years by successfully accomplishing distribution deals fo...

The Other American Cinema

 Friday, June 13-------American Independent cinema occupied a very specific niche in the American media landscape. I am talking here about true American Independent films.....not "independent spirit" projects that receive most of their monies from divisions of the major studios. This is more classic indie.....a filmmaker and a camera and a dream.FESTROIA, which enters its final weekend, has been a hospitable home to American Independent films and filmmakers. For the past ten years, th...

Winners of the Boston Motion Picture Awards

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Winners of the 2004-2005 Boston Motion Picture AwardsBoston, MA—7 Fluid Oz. Productions LLP, founder of the Boston Motion Picture Awards, has announced the winners of the 2004-2005 competition. The short film competition, which has three rounds, recognizes 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Place Winners, as well 7 Finalists and 10 Semifinalists.In Rounds 1 and 2, 7 Fluid Oz. founding partners Aaron and Seth Howland select the Top 20, and then Top 10, motion pictures. From there, the Top 10 are sent to the R...
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