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Doha Tribeca Film Festival 2010 Awards

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Hawi won Best Arab Film and Balls picked up the award for Best Arab Filmmaker in recognition for its screenplay at the second Doha Tribeca Film Festival (DTFF) which came to a dramatic end at the Closing Night Gala and open-air concert by superstar Ragheb Alama along the Arabian Gulf at Katara Cultural Village.The First Grader and Grandma, A Thousand Times won the Audience Awards for Best Narrative Film and Best Documentary Film. The prize for Best Arab Short Film went to Sirwar Zirkly’s Missi...

Seattle International Film Festival claims largest festival in the US reveals line up of 600 screenings

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SIFF is proud to announce the lineup for the 36th Seattle International Film Festival, the largest and most highly attended event of its kind in the United States. Running a full 25 days, SIFF will present 189 narrative features, 54 documentary features, 13 archival films, and 150 short films from 67 countries, including 25 World Premieres (12 features, 13 shorts), 36 North American Premieres (24 features, 12 shorts), and 12 US Premieres (6 features, 6 shorts). SIFF 2010 runs from May 20...

NEWSLETTER N° 331: September 19, 2007

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  _______________________________________________________________________________________ FESTIVALS AGENDA SUBMISSION CALENDARS Festivals calling for your films... This week, this month...   _______________________________________________________________________________________ A...

The Berlinale Talent Campus programme

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The Berlinale Talent Campus, which will take place from 09 – 14 February 2008 at the “Hebbel am Ufer” in Berlin-Kreuzberg, is a summit of the most talented up-and-coming filmmakers from all over the world. Over 350 of them are invited to Berlin each year to reflect on their ideas about film in lectures and panel discussions, and to work on their projects in specialized hands-on workshops as the Garage Studio, the Script & Doc Station, the Talent Project Market, the Talent Press, the...

Josef Fares’ Leo will open this year’s Stockholm film fest

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For the first time ever, a Swedish film opens the Stockholm film festival. Josef Fares latest film Leo will have its world premiere at the 18th international film festival, which takes place November 15-25. Leo celebrates his 30th birthday. Surrounded by family and friends, he toasts to the future. But as the party ends and Leo and his girlfriend walk back home, something happens which will forever change their lives. After great success with Jalla! Jalla! (2000), Kops (2003) and Zozo (2005), Sw...

Kenneth Branagh guest at Bergman Week at Fårö

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British actor and director Kenneth Branagh is this summer's guest at Bergman Week at Fårö, with his version of Mozart's The Magic Flute, which also Ingmar Bergman directed in 1975. Branagh, well-known for his Shakespeare interpretations on film and stage, premiered The Magic Flute at the Venice and Toronto festivals. For the Swedish premiere of the film, he has chosen Bergman Week at Fårö (June 26 - July 1). For the fourth consecutive year, Bergman Week arranges seminars, talks and guided to...

Ang Lee to Visit Bergman Week on Fårö, Sweden

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Multiple Academy Award winning director Ang Lee (Brokeback Mountain) describes himself as ”a huge Bergman fan”. He will visit Fårö off the coast of Sweden on July 1-2 and introduce the screening of his film The Ice Storm and also talk about his favourite Bergman film, Wild Strawberries under the heading “My Flavour of Strawberries”.This year's "Bergman Week" presents a program filled with exciting guests representing three generations of filmmakers, a string of rarely seen Bergman film...

Ang Lee to visit this summer's Bergman Week on Fårö!

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Multiple Academy Award winning director Ang Lee (Brokeback Mountain) describes himself as ”a huge Bergman fan”. He will visit Fårö July 1-2 and introduce the screening of his film The Ice Storm and also talk about his favourite Bergman film, Wild Strawberries under the heading “My Flavour of Strawberries”. This year's Bergman Week presents a program filled with exciting guests representing three generations of filmmakers, a string of rarely seen Bergman films and excursions into the he...

Swedish Guldbagge - Golden Beetle Awards

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The winners of the Guldbagge - Gold Beetle awards were announced last night at a ceremony at the Göteborg Opera House. Feature film debutant Lena Einhorn won the highest award for Best Film - Nina's Journey, a survival story about her mother who lived in the Warsaw ghetto during WWII and traveled from Poland to Sweden. Einhorn who also took home the best screenplay award was chosen over the expected winners: Mouth to Mouth, Björn Runge and Zozo-Josef Fares.Best Picture Ninas resa / Nina’s ...

The Göteborg Film Festival, No 29!

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The Göteborg Film Festival, now in its 29th year will be held 26th January to 4th of February, becoming the Nordic film branch headquarters for ten days. The festival head is the esteemed film critic Jannike Åhlund who has been active for nearly three decades on the Swedish film scene and a member of the Un Certain Regard jury at Cannes 2003. The festival is both a public forum as well as a branch meeting place with 450 features, shorts, and documentaries from 60 countries.George Clooney’s ...

Bahamas International Film Festival: Second Edition

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Bahamas International Film Festival: Second Edition; 8. – 12. December, 2005Readily accessed by the discount airline Jet Blue, the Bahamas International Film Festival on Paradise Island (Cinema in Paradise) is a new kid on the festival circuit and a most promising entry. Location is certainly important as the success of the US American Newport and Hampton International Film Festivals demonstrate, as is broad sponsorship. But artistic and professional skills are vital for the success of a new...

European Film Promotion receives Media support for film sales

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By awarding 400.000 Euros to European Film Promotion s initiative Film Sales Support (FSS) for 2006, the European Commission s Media Programme has highlighted the significance of promoting and marketing European films outside of Europe. Entering its third year in January, FSS supports European sales agents and producers in their endeavour to market and propel cultural diversity of European cinema on selected international film festivals in Latin America, East Asia, Canada and the US. The generou...

Hambourg FilmFest winners across the board

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It's fairly unusual at a film festival with umpteen titles to pick from that one selects three names out of a hat, and all three turn out to be not only winners, back to back, but films of quality ranging from excellent to astounding. Today's triple winning ticket: "ZOZO" from Norway by way of Beirut, "Fratricide" Brudermord) -- astounding turf battle between Turks and Kurds in a German city, and "Bashing", a hypnotic Kafkaesque look at life on Desolation Row in a northern Japanese industrial w...

EFP at the Pusan International Film Festival

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European Film Promotion brings a strong delegation to Pusan Celebrating the 10th edition of Asia’s leading Film Festival: Pusan International Film Festival (PIFF, 6 – 14 October 2005)With a delegation of 30 European actors, directors and producers from 13 different countries European Film Promotion (EFP) will be in South Korea in October to celebrate the 10th edition of the Pusan International Film Festival (PIFF, 6 – 14 October 2005). This diverse and talented group of young, up-and-comi...

Cleveland awards Born into Brothels

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HIGHLIGHTS FROMTHE 28th CLEVELAND INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (CIFF)MARCH 18-28, 2004TOWER CITY CINEMAS ON THE AVENUE AT TOWER CITY CENTERCLEVELAND, OHIOAWARD WINNERSThe Roxanne T. Mueller Award for Best Feature Film (audience choice award) goes to BORN INTO BROTHELS directed by Ross Kauffman & Zana Briski (USA).Runners up include HOME OF THE BRAVE directed by Paola di Florio (USA), BUDDY directed by Morten Tydlum (Norway), A PANTHER IN AFRICA directed by Aaron Matthews (USA), KOPS directed by J...

Hamburg best of 116 films from 38 countries

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Hamburg, September 28, 2003 - From September 19 to 26 Filmfest Hamburg had 28.000 visitors. There were shown 116 feature films from altogether 38 countries. These were projected onto 12 screens in five cinemas (CinemaxX, Abaton, Grindel, Holi, 3001). Filmfest Hamburg welcomed among its guests German stars such as Heike Makatsch, Goetz George, Christiane Hoerbiger, Corinna Harfouch, Juergen Vogel, Armin Rohde and Katja Flint. Its international guests were among others Julie Walters, Sophia Loren ...

Stockholm is Tarantino's home!

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Stockholm is Tarantino's! (or is it Josef Fares?)The Stockholm International Film Festival kicked off November 13 with Kill Bill Volume 1 and its world class female assassins. Festival organizer Git Scheynius greeted the completely packed Skandia theater to introduce a festival of 200 films and 70 directors."Quentin Tarantino couldn't come", she said, "but he sends his greetings", adding that 30 pages of the Kill Bill script were written in Stockholm (as were parts of Pulp Fiction). Indeed, the ...
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