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Great Line-up at the 32nd Durban International Film Festival   The 32nd Durban International Film Festival kicks off on 21 July with the World Premiere of the South African film Otelo Burning, directed by Sara Blecher.  Set during the last days of apartheid, the Durban-shot film tells the story of a group of South African township youngsters who discover surfing as an empowering escape from the political violence of the times. There is drama, romance, rivalry, and tragedy in this c...

NEWSLETTER N° 504: April 9, 2011

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 .............                                                                                                                                                          NEWSLETTER N° 504: April 9, 2011 Follow this LINK if you cannot read the newsletter properly  Cannes sponsoring and advertising options on call. Email us Become a sponsor of the iPhone application Bundle offer Movin...

Lee Chang-dong and Jerzy Skolimowski Presidents of the juries at Critic's week

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  50th Semaine de la Critique: Since its creation in 1990, the Grand Prize for La Semaine de la Critique has been awarded to one of the seven feature films in Competition and has been selected by journalists who were invited to vote following each screening. For its anniversary, La Semaine has decided to honor film critics and has formed a jury. It is comprised of international journalists and the President is Korean director Lee Chang-dong. ...

Incendies is Rotterdam 2011 audiences’ favourite; 340,000 visits to anniversary edition

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Canadian feature Incendies by Denis Villeneuve has won the UPC Audience Award at the International Film Festival Rotterdam 2011. The other award decided by the audience - the Dioraphte Award for Best Hubert Bals Fund-supported film - went to former CineMart Project If the Seed Doesn't Die by Serbian filmmaker Sinisa Dragin. This was announced on the evening of Saturday, 5 February in the Grote Zaal in de Doelen, Rotterdam. IFFR 2011 racked up 340,000 visits to its films, exhibitions, perform...

Film Comment Announces Top Ten Lists

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  Film Comment, the highly respected film magazine that is the publishing initiative of New York's Film Society of Lincoln Center, has thrown its hat into the ring of the current awards season with an announcement this week of its Top Ten Films of the Year. Since the film journal is known for its international and eclectic taste, the list is not a carbon copy of the ones that are the mainstay of the awards roundelay, but point to lesser known titles that are worthy of greater attention....

MPA APSA Film Fund announces $100,000 in script development grants for Asia Pacific film-makers

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BANGKOK ~ Four script development grants totalling $US100,000 to filmmakers from the Asia Pacific region were announced at the Asia Pacific Screen Awards in Australia on Thursday. (02 December 2010) The grants are the first to be offered by the MPA APSA Academy Film Fund, a new initiative of the Asia Pacific Screen Awards (APSA) and the Motion Picture Association (MPA) which is available exclusively to APSA Academy members. Four filmmakers will each receive $US25,0...

"Aftershock" Wins Best Feature Film at APSA Awards

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China, Korea, Turkey, Israel, Australia, Iran and India win awards BANGKOK ~ Tangshan dadizheng (Aftershock), from the People’s Republic of China, has won the Best Feature Film Award at the fourth annual Asia Pacific Screen Awards (APSA), announced on Thursday (02 December) evening at a stunning ceremony on the Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia. Chinese actor Chen Daoming received the Best Performance by an Actor award for the same film, which is the highest grossing domestic ...

Asia Pacific Screen Awards

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Tangshan dadizheng (Aftershock), from the People’s Republic of China, has won the Best Feature Film Award at the 4th annual Asia Pacific Screen Awards (APSA), announced this evening at a stunning ceremony on the Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia. Chinese actor Chen Daoming received the Best Performance by an Actor award for the same film, which is the highest grossing domestic film of all time at the Chinese box office. President of the International Jury for APSA 2010, Academy-Award winning p...

[SIN]efest - Interview with Boo Junfeng

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 Before the screening of SANDCASTLE, I was able to catch up with the film's director and festival curator, Boo Junfeng.Tania: How does it feel to have a film that is acclaimed and award winning in Singapore, its home country and then Pusan, which is as good as it gets in East Asia and Cannes, which is as good as it gets in Europe?Boo Junfeng: Pretty good! (laughs) I've always wanted to make movies since I was 15 and I thought, by the time I'm 30 I can make a feature film. This is happening a li...

Telluride 37 draws to a close

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Today marks the close of the 37th Telluride Film Festival, presented by the National Film Preserve. Two surprise “Sneak Previews” joined the previously announced list of twenty-four feature films that played in the Festival’s main program; thirteen documentaries in the Backlot program; twenty-five new short films; and six revivals selected by Guest Director Michael Ondaatje. Telluride Film Festival’s celebration of art and film, set amongst the beauty of the Rockies, opened Friday, Septe...

Telluride Film Festival opens today, program just revealed

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Telluride Film Festival, presented by the National Film Preserve, is proud to announce its 2010 Festival program. Twenty-four new feature films presented by their creators in the Festival’s main program; six programs curated by 2010 Festival Guest Director Michael Ondaatje; twenty-five new short films; plus thirteen documentaries screening in the Backlot program. Celebrating works from over twenty countries, Telluride Film Festival opens today, Friday, September 3 and runs through Monday, Sep...

The 2010 Ecumenical Jury awards goes to Of gods & men by Xavier Beauvois

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  . The 2010 Ecumenical Jury awards its Prize to Of gods & men by Xavier Beauvois This movie of great artistic value benefits from a remarkable group of actors and follows the daily rhytm of work and liturgy. It depicts the sacrifice of the monks of Tibhirine (Algeria 1996) choosing to maintain their peaceful presence despite surrounding violence. The deep humanity of the monks, their respect for Islam and their generosity towards their village neighbours make the re...

Lee Chang-Dong reveals the meaning of "Poetry"

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Lee Chang-Dong discussed his film Poetry at a press conference following the In Competition film's screening Wednesday morning. The conference's general theme revolved around the meaning of "poetry," in the film's context as well as in Chang-Dong's personal point of view."Poetry is not just like a bouquet of flowers that is beautiful in itself," Chang-Dong expressed. "It is life. No matter the ugliness of the world, there's always something beautiful inside. That's what ...

Cannes Day 8

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Official Selection Poetry by Lee Chang-dong 8.30 19.00 Synopsis Mija lives with her middle-schooler grandson in a small suburban city located along the Han River. She is a dandy old lady who likes to dress up in flower-decorated hats and fashionable outfits, but she is also an unpredictable character with an inquisitive mind. By chance she takes a ‘poetry’ class at a neighborhood cultural center and is challenged to write a poem for the first time in her life. Her quest for poetic inspi...

The Asia Pacific Screen Awards (APSA) nomination council

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  The Asia Pacific Screen Awards (APSA) today announced members of the 2010 APSA Nominations Council, comprising international film industry experts from eight countries drawn from high profile academic institutions, film festivals and film organisations across Asia-Pacific. The 2010 Council chaired by Professor Hong-Joon Kim (Republic of Korea) includes two new members: producer/ director Nan Achnas (Indonesia) and producer/author Peggy Chiao (Taiwan). Entries open toda...

Asia Pacific Screen Awards announced

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  Acclaimed Australian film Samson & Delilah has won the Best Feature Film Award at the third annual Asia Pacific Screen Awards, announced tonight on the Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia. Produced by Kath Shelper and written and directed by Warwick Thornton, Samson & Delilah previously won the Camera d'Or prize at this year's Cannes Film Festival, six major awards at the recent Inside Film Awards in Australia and has been nominated for 13 Australian Film Ins...

Jury members for the Asia Pacific Screen Awards

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Eminent Chinese director, screenwriter and producer, Huang Jianxin, will head the International Jury for the third annual Asia Pacific Screen Awards (APSA). He will be joined by Australian playwright and screenwriter David Williamson, Iranian filmmaker Tahmineh Milāni, Indian playwright, screenwriter and director Feroz Abbas Khan and Korean writer/director Gina Kim. The International Jury will determine winners in the 2009 Asia Pacific Screen Awards to be announced in a ceremony on Australia'...

From Rotterdam to Sundance Vancouver International Film Festival

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A couple of years ago, the Vancouver International Film Festival (October 1 – 16, 2009) used to be one of the best film festivals, not just in North America, but in the world. This is a very strong claim and it is not just the usual rhetoric exaggeration of the film critic. But this is no longer the case. It is still a very good film festival, but, alas, it has lost the bold and unconventional flavour that used to make it absolutely exceptional. The reason why the Vancouver International Film ...

Asia Pacific Screen Awards Jury members

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Eminent Chinese director, screenwriter and producer, Huang Jianxin, will head the International Jury for the third annual Asia Pacific Screen Awards (APSA). He will be joined by Australian playwright and screenwriter David Williamson, Iranian filmmaker Tahmineh Milāni, Indian playwright, screenwriter and director Feroz Abbas Khan and Korean writer/director Gina Kim. The International Jury will determine winners in the 2009 Asia Pacific Screen Awards to be announced in a ceremony on Australi...

Rio de Janeiro Film Festival is ready for 15 days of celebration

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FESTIVAL DO RIORio de Janeiro Film FestivalSeptember 25 to October 9, 2008 Commencing this Thursday, September 25, the city of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, embarks on a 15 day celebration of cinema with the start of Festival do Rio, the Rio de Janeiro International Film Festival.In presenting over 350 films selected from 60 countries at over 30 different venues across Rio, Festival do Rio digs deep into a rich catalogue of world premieres, Brazil and Latin premieres and tributes and retrospectives ...

Palm Springs FF: A Kinder, Gentler Sundance

 Tuesday, January 15---------The Palm Springs International Film Festival, which just ended its run on Sunday, has the distinction of being the first festival event of the New Year. The Festival, now in its 19th year, prides itself on its international scope and its diverse programming strands. The Festival screens nearly all of the international films up for Academy Award consideration in the Best Foreign Language race, along with choice indie gems and some heavy hitter studio projects. In man...

Palm Springs FF: a kinder, gentler Sundance

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The Palm Springs International Film Festival, which just ended its run on Sunday, has the distinction of being the first festival event of the New Year. The Festival, now in its 19th year, prides itself on its international scope and its diverse programming strands. The Festival screens nearly all of the international films up for Academy Award consideration in the Best Foreign Language race, along with choice indie gems and some heavy hitter studio projects. In many ways, it is the kinder, gent...

Palm Springs Festival awards "When she found me"

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The 19th Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival came to a successful close on Sunday, January 13, 2008 and announced this year's award winners at a luncheon at Spencer's Restaurant. The Festival, which ran from January 3-14, 2008, screened 212 films from 66 countries, including 65 premieres and 55 of the 63 foreign entries for this year's Academy Awards. Palm Springs' increasingly popular Festival continues to expand its diverse programming of quality independent and foreign films, se...

Independence Days and other sections at Thessalonik

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INDEPENDENCE DAYS The Independence Days Section, now in its third year as part of the Thessaloniki International Film Festival, remains committed to showcasing independent and unique works and to discovering new filmmakers from all over the world. The section’s core program, a selection of films under the title ID-07, identifies this year’s aesthetic, political, geographical, political and thematic landscape of worldwide independent, decidedly non-mainstream film production. ID-07 is compris...

New York Film Festival goes live Sept 28th

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The 45th New York Film Festival runs through: September 28 – October 14, 2007The 45th New York Film Festival will premiere 28 films when it runs September 28 - October 14 at the Frederick P. Rose Hall, Home of Jazz at Lincoln Center. The festival, presented by the Film Society of Lincoln Center and sponsored by Sardinia Region Tourism and The New York Times, also features three showcases, three music documentaries and six retrospective films.Opening NightThis year’s festival opens on Friday,...

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