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The Return of the Osian's Cinefan Festival of Indian, Asian & Arab Cinema

Resurrection of an Important Festival, after 3 years   Lekha Shankar, in N.Delhi The Osian’s Cinefan Film Festival of Indian, Asian and Arab Cinema, one of the pioneering festivals for Asian cinema, founded by the dynamic Aruna Vasudev, made  a come-back after three years, to New Delhi, India, pleasing the many film buffs  in the country. After all, this is the Indian capital city’s only film festival, at a time when nearly every city in the country, ...

Michael Haneke's "Amour", winner of the FIPRESCI Grand Prix

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The award will be presented at the opening gala of the 60th San Sebastian International Film Festival The International Federation of Film Critics (FIPRESCI) awards its Grand Prix for Best Film of the Year to AMOUR, directed by Michael Haneke. The award is the result of votes cast by members of FIPRESCI, 225 critics worldwide, for any feature-length film premièred internationally during the previous year. The prize will be presented at the opening gala of the San Sebastian Festiv...

Hot docs at Diff

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My fifth and last day at the cinematic wonderland that is DIFF consisted of three documentaries. The films are very diverse - two were made by Western filmmakers and the third one is by an Iranian who was stopped from filming his latest film and this doccie was smuggled out of Iran on a flash drive hidden in a cake! I kicked off my day with Semisweet: Life in chocolate that focuses on 4 different stories about chocolate - the top chocolatier in France, a spiritual couple's chocolates fro...

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...

THE AWARDS of the 16th Sofia International Film Festival

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The official programme of the 16th Sofia International Film Festival will end tonight with the gala screening of Borislav Kolev's documentary debut Stoichkov. The festival presented a total of 260 films from 52 countries from all over the world. Over 300 international guests came to Sofia, amongst them were directors, producers, festival directors as well as media and film experts. The Award Ceremony took place on the 17th of March in Hall 1 of the National Palace of Cu...

31. Istanbul Film Festival Daily: Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow

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    YESTERDAY AT THE FESTIVAL • MORE EXTENSIVE PROGRAMMES FROM THE FESTIVAL EVERYDAY!!! Festival audience had another tiresome but enjoyable day. It was a day full of presentations and events! • PRESS MEETING WITH THE JURY National Competition Jury met with the press yesterday at 10.00, and afterwards the International Competition Jury was before the press at 11.00. During the press meeting with the moderator Azize Tan, Istanbul Film Festival director, questions w...

31. Istanbul Film Festival Daily: Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow

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    YESTERDAY AT THE FESTIVAL(09.04.2012) • A FULL WEEK AGAIN!!! Second week of the festival presents a programme even more intense than the first day. • STREET DOGS FROM THE DIRECTOR WITH GOLDEN PALM Who remembers the street dogs exterminated in 1910 for the sake of modernisation? How is the life for street dogs today and how will it be in the future? Director Serge Avédikian looks for an answer to that question... Dogs Story was at 11.00 at Fitaş 1 with the pa...

Thessaloniki Documentary Festival Awards

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The 14th Thessaloniki Documentary Festival – Images of the 21st Century(March 9 - 18, 2012)AWARDSAUDIENCE AWARDS The Audience Award for a film over 45’ in the International Selection goes to: ITALY, LOVE IT OR LEAVE IT by Gustav Hofer and Luca Ragazzi, Italy/Germany, 2011The Audience Award for a film under 45’ in the International Selection goes to:ORA by Philippe Baylaucq, Canada, 2011 The Audience Award for a Greek film over 45’ goes to: ENCARDIA, THE DANCING STONE by Angelos Kovotsos,...

14th TDF AWARDS!!!

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   The Audience Award for a film over 45’ in the International Selection goes to: ITALY, LOVE IT OR LEAVE IT by Gustav Hofer and Luca Ragazzi, Italy/Germany, 2011    14th TDF AWARDS!!!  The 14th Thessaloniki Documentary Festival (TDF) took place from March 9 - 18, 2012. The award ceremony took place on March 17th.   AUDIENCE AWARDS The Audience Award for a film over 45’ in the International Selection goes to: ITALY, LOVE IT...

14th TDF AWARDS!!!

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   The Audience Award for a film over 45’ in the International Selection goes to: ITALY, LOVE IT OR LEAVE IT by Gustav Hofer and Luca Ragazzi, Italy/Germany, 2011    The 14th Thessaloniki Documentary Festival (TDF) took place from March 9 - 18, 2012. The award ceremony took place on March 17th. 14th TDF AWARDS!!!   AUDIENCE AWARDS The Audience Award for a film over 45’ in the International Selection goes to: ITALY, LOVE...

Perth announces the final selection of In Retrospect: 60 Years of Festival Films

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FINAL SELECTION OF IN RETROSPECT: 60 YEARS OF FESTIVAL FILMS 5 – 11 MARCH Perth Festival is delighted to announce the final selection of In Retrospect: 60 Years of Festival Films. In celebration of our 60th Festival we have selected seven films from those which have screened at the Festival since its beginning in 1953. One film from each decade was selected to screen for one night only from Monday, 5 March and one Australasian film will screen on Sunday, 11 March. Perth Festival Arti...

8th Dubai Festival to unveil 171 films from 56 nations

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8th Dubai International Film Festival runs December 7 to 14,• 46 world premieres, 25 international premieres and 78 Middle East premieres • Award-winning films and A-list talent from the Americas, Europe, Asia Africa and the Arab world • 89 films vie for prestigious Muhr Awards with total prize money of over US$600,000 The eighth Dubai International Film Festival, held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice President & Prime Minister and Ruler o...

Golden Orange Film Festival: Turkey's oldest Film Festival has begun

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48th International Golden Orange Film Festival has started with a magnificent ceremony last night at the Glass Pyramid in Antalya Turkey. Important names from the cinema, art and media world attended to the Red Carpet Ceremony.   At the opening cocktail reception prior to the Opening Gala, a ‘Freedom Corner' was opened for imprisoned or banned Iranian directors Jafar Panahi and Mojtaba Mirtahmasb. The petition letters for their freedom will be posted to the Iranian embassy dur...

Turkey’s oldest and the most acclaimed Film Festival has begun

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48th International Golden Orange Film Festival has started with a magnificent ceremony last night at the Glass Pyramid in Antalya Turkey. Important names from the cinema, art and media world attended to the Red Carpet Ceremony. At the opening cocktail reception prior to the Opening Gala, a ‘Freedom Corner’ was opened for imprisoned or banned Iranian directors Jafar Panahi and Mojtaba Mirtahmasb. The petition letters for their freedom will be posted to the Iranian embassy during the f...

Something For Everyone At NY Film Festival

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  The 49th edition of the New York Film Festival, a sure sign of the Fall season, is underway, and in its substantially expanded format, there is literally something for everyone at this year’s event. The Festival, which has prided itself on being a boutique as opposed to the bazaar offered at such events in Toronto, Cannes and Berlin (and at New York’s own Tribeca Film Festival) still offers the cream of the crop from those other festival celebrations, with a sprinkling of highbrow c...

Antalya Golden Orange Film Festival ready to begin

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48th International Antalya Golden Orange Film Festival, one of the most prestigious cinema events of Turkey’s arts and culture scene, will be held from 8th to 14th October 2011. With the support of Antalya Metropolitan Municipality, the Festival is organized by the Antalya Culture and Art Foundation (AKSAV).Antalya Golden Orange Film Festival, held annually since 1963 is the most important International film festival in Turkey. Taking place amongst the palm lined boulevards, and sun drenched ...

27th Warsaw Film Festival programme announced

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Today at the press conference held at the Warsaw Marriott Hotel the programme of the 27th Warsaw Film Festival was announced. The festival will run for ten days – October 7-16, 2011, on nine screens at two locations in the heart of Warsaw: Multikino Zlote Tarasy and Kinoteka.The Opening Film will be Page Eight by David Hare. The Director and Bill Nighy are expected to attend. The Closing Film will be A Dangerous Method by David Cronenberg. Other programme highlights will include The Battle of ...

Strong Film Sales Emerging From Toronto

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  SHAME (UK, Steve McQueen) Although it began rather slowly, the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) which just concluded on Sunday, saw a good degree of sales and acquisition activity, with many more deals to be announced in the coming weeks. Although it does not have an official market sidebar like Cannes or Berlin, there is a good amount of informal rubbing of shoulders between members of the international film community who were in attendance in force. According to ...

Interview with Sean Stone and his journey to Iran

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Oliver Stone has done a fabulous job rearing his son, Princeton graduate, Sean Stone. Sean's wings have been strengthening as he has been working, interning, and meeting world leaders along side of his brilliant filmmaker father, and is demonstrating to the world that he, too, can soar. With a recent journey to Iran, with film as the primary focus, and his first feature film, "Graystone", nearing completion, this 26 year old has seen and done things most of us only read about.Q: SHARON ABELLA:...

Highlights on San Francisco-4th Annual Iranian Film Festival

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The 4th Annual Iranian Film Festival - San Francisco, an annual cultural event showcasing the independent feature and short films made by or about the Iranians from around the world, will present an outstanding program this year with a never seen before discovery of a documentary produced by British broadcaster Sir David Frost called Crossroads of Civilization which was made in 1976 but never seen before, and the IFF will have its world premiere for the first time. The film tells the history o...

4th Annual Iranian Film Festival - San Francisco

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San Francisco: The 4th Annual Iranian Film Festival - San Francisco, an annual cultural event showcasing the independent feature and short films made by or about the Iranians from around the world, will present an outstanding program this year with a never seen before discovery of a documentary produced by British broadcaster Sir David Frost called Crossroads of Civilization which was made in 1976 but never seen before, and the IFF will have its world premiere for the first time. The film te...

Terrence Malick's ''The Tree Of Life'', winner of the FIPRESCI Grand Prix 2011

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The International Federation of Film Critics (FIPRESCI) grants its Grand Prix for Best Film of the year to TERRENCE MALICK'S THE TREE OF LIFE. The prize is the result of a vote by 205 critics across the world, all members of FIPRESCI on any feature-length film from the previous 12 months. The prize will be presented at the opening gala of San Sebastian Festival's 59th edition on September 16th at the Kursaal Auditorium. TERRENCE MALICK'S THE TREE OF LIFE will open the Zabaltegi-Pear...

Cate Blanchett movie to open Sydney Film Festival, by Eva Rinaldi - 8th June 2011

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Cate Blanchett's new thriller "Hanna" will open the Sydney Film Festival with the Academy Award winner gracing the red carpet. Directed by Joe Wright ("Atonement"), "Hanna" will bookend the festival with the closing night film, Mike Mills' "Beginners", starring Ewan McGregor. "Of course we're very excited to be opening with 'Hanna', the new film by Joe Wright, and to have Sydney Film Festival's patron Cate Blanchett on the red carpet for our o...

A Tale of Two Cannes Sensations

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Lars Von Trier       Jafar Panahi  The 64th edition of the Cannes Film Festival is now history, but two standout personalities on opposite poles of the spectrum have defined this year as one of the most unusual in memory. In one corner, we have the Danish filmmaker provocateur Lars Von Trier whose verbal missteps about Nazism at his press conference led...

Absent Iranian wins Cannes directing prize

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  Iranian director Mohammad Rasoulof (AFP/File, Rafa Rivas) AFP CANNES, France — Iranian dissident Mohammad Rasoulof won the Cannes prize for best director in the Un Certain Regard section Saturday but could not attend because of "Kafkaesque" authorities at home. Rasoulof's wife received the prize for "Be Omid e Didar" (Goodbye) on his behalf after mounting speculation about whether the director, who is appealing a lengthy jail sente...
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