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Rio de Janerio International Film Festival announces 2009 Line Up

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FESTIVAL DO RIO 2009 : 24 September to 8 October, 2009 Across 15 days, commencing September 24, the city of Rio de Janeiro once again becomes the official capital of cinema. Festival do Rio, the Rio de Janeiro Film Festival, will present more than 300 films from more than 60 countries, shown in around 40 locations, distributed between cinemas and sites around Rio.  This year's programme will include for the first time public events staged in 10 of the city's squares. Festival do...

Not to be missed at Bangkok festival (BIFF 2009)

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With just two weeks to go before the start of the annual Bangkok International Film Festival on September 24, the film selection is now complete and details are being added daily to the festival website (http://www.bangkokfilm.org ). It looks like another great line-up. The artistic director of the festival, Yongyoot Thongongboon, has pointed to five films in particular that he says should not be missed. They are J’ai Tue Ma Mere (I killed My Mother) by 20-year-old Canadian director Xavier Dol...

Not to be missed at Bangkok festival (BIFF 2009)

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BANGKOK ~ With just two weeks to go before the start of the annual Bangkok International Film Festival on September 24, the film selection is now complete and details are being added daily to the festival website. It looks like another great line-up. The artistic director of the festival, Yongyoot Thongongboon, has pointed to five films in particular that he says should not be missed. They are J’ai Tue Ma Mere (I killed My Mother) by 20-year-old Canadian director Xavier Dolan; the Germ...

European Films Dominate FESTROIA Competition

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  MAMMOTH (Michelle Williams and Gael Garcia Bernal) by Sandy Mandelberger, Festival Dailies Editor The Golden Dolphin Competition at the 25th edition of FESTROIA, the oldest and most prestigious film event in Portugal, is reserved for films from countries whose yearly output does not exceed 30 films. That gives worthy films from somewhat smaller film industries a chance to shine and not be overshadowed by films from larger film-producing countries. Smaller is definitely mor...

Berlinale 2009: First Competition Films

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The first titles for the Competition programme of the 59th Berlin International Film Festival have been confirmed. They include films from Algeria, China, Greece, Great Britain, Sweden, the USA, and Germany. This means that in addition to the opening film, the world premiere of Tom Tykwer’s The International (which is screening out of competition, as announced in the press release on Nov. 28, 2008), another ten films have been selected, four of which will be celebrating their world premieres a...

This year’s jury at the Stockholm film festival

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The Stockholm International Film Festival now reveals the names of the five people who will decide which film will be presented with the honorable Bronze Horse. This year’s jury consists of representatives from the world of film, television and theatre, and is chaired by American director Tom Kalin. The festival jury presents the festival’s honorary award, the 16 lb Bronze Horse, to a film in the Stockholm XVIII Competition. The jury also presents Aluminum Horses for best directorial debut, ...

Shooting Stars moves with Michael Ballhaus as new President

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After 10 successful years, European Film Promotion (EFP) has changed the concept for SHOOTING STARS: for the first time, EFP has appointed a jury of prominent industry figures to select the best nine from a variety of talented up-and-coming actors from the most diverse of European countries. They will be presented as SHOOTING STARS to an international professional audience during the 58th Berlin International Film Festival in 2008. 22 EFP member countries have each nominated an actor. The jury w...

Gael Garcia Bernal Makes Directorial Debut

 Wednesday, September 13---------Mexican hearthrob Gael Garcia Bernal (AMORES PORRES, Y TU MAMA TAMBIEN, THE MOTORCYCLE DIARIES) has made his directorial debut, which is getting it s North American premeire here at the Toronto International Film Festival (after bowing at the Cannes Film Festival). DEFICIT is a low-budget drama that focuses on class differences in Mexico. The story is an adaptation of an episode of "Ruta 32," a series that his production company Canana Films has be...

Göteborg International Film Festival and Ingmar Bergman

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The late Ingmar Bergman was very close and important to the Göteborg International Film Festival. He was the festival’s honorary president and showed great interest in the activities of the organisation.The festival is represented in the council of the Ingmar Bergman Foundation. – In the first place you feel very sad because a human being has passed away. It is always sad when a person dies, and it always comes unexpected. Of course my thoughts go out to his family, nearest and dearest. Per...

London Fest Grierson Documentary Award Announced

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The winner of the annual Grierson Award, given to the best feature-length documentary at the Festival, has now been announced. Lauren Greenfield's Thin, about a Florida eating disorder treatment centre, has been given this honour. The Grierson Award will be presented at Thursday's screening - book now to see this powerful and important film.This Friday sees the first of our events being held to celebrate our 50th anniversary - A Portrait of London in Trafalgar Square. We've just announced the fi...

London Festival celebrates the cutting edge in filmmaking

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The Times BFI 50th London Film Festival celebrates the cutting edge in artists’ filmmaking by dedicating a special event to Kenneth Anger, a legendary pioneer of independent cinema.The Festival’s Avant-Garde Weekend (28-30 October), will also celebrate the influential work of Jack Smith, another filmmaker distinguished for his uncompromising creative vision, and will welcome back James Benning (One Way Boogie Woogie/27 Years Later), attending the festival for the fifth time.Kenneth Anger’s...

New Swedish Film: Made in Yugoslavia!

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This is a film made by a Swede - now how do you define that? By blood, by territory, by residency, by a hyphenated ethnic identity? Miko Lazic is actually a second generation Swede. He's a Serbian-Swede. His film ...

Northern Lights Film Festival 2005 opens with ambitions

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Now into its third year and firmly established as one of the highlights in the North East’s cultural calendar – this year’s Northern Lights Film Festival (17-24 November) – promises to be bigger and better than ever before with over 90 screenings from 12 Northern European countries in various locations throughout the North East. Northern Lights Film Festival celebrates the North East’s historical links with Northern Europe and the Baltic countries and gives audiences the opportunity to...

18. exground filmfest in Wiesbaden: highlights of independent

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The exground filmfest in Wiesbaden is one of the most important festivals of Independent Film in Germany.From November 11 to November 20, 2005 exground filmfest presents once again the highlights of independently produced short and long films in the Hessian capital – the best out of a record high of 1,700 entries.The sections American Independents, News from Asia, International, documentations, and Shorts comprise about 360 productions, among them several premieres. This year’s host country,...

The Transilvania International Film Festival awards

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The Transilvania International Film Festival awarded it's winnersThe fourth edition of Transilvania International Film Festival (Cluj, 2005) awarded this year’s winners, at the Awards Gala which took place at Cluj National Theatre on the 4th of June 2005. TIFF Jury AwardsThe Transilvania Trophy (ex-aequo, 4000 euro) went to two films from the official Competition: the Russian movie 4 directed by Ilya Khrzanovski and Whisky (Uruguay, Argentina, Germany, Spain 2004), by Juan Pablo Rebello and Pa...

Melbourne highlights preview

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The 2005 Melbourne International Film Festival takes place from july 20 to August 7. EDGY EUROPE, CHAN FROM CHINA – NOTHING LIKE SYDNEYFrom Lukas Moodysson’s provocative A Hole in My Heart to Ilya Khrzhanovsky’s confronting 4, this year’s Melbourne International Film Festival explores edgy European cinema, as well as films direct from Cannes, and takes a look at Chinese cinema, with a focus on the revealing and entertaining director, Fruit Chan – among many other things, as Executive D...

20th Mar del Plata highlights

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20TH EDITION OF THE MAR DEL PLATA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVALThe 20th edition of the Mar del Plata International Film Festival will be held on March 10 to 20. The AWARD will be the ASTOR for the second time, according to the name of one of the most famous people from the city. This year the film fest have a new logo (see image). It combines the blue colour of sea and a sea lion, two elements characteristics of the place.The film TURTLES CAN FLY by Bahman Ghobadi is set to open the film festival....

SXSW 2005 line up

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After months of receiving and reviewing submissions, the South by Southwest Film Conference & Festival (SXSW Film) announces the lineup of feature films for this year's event. The lineup includes over 40 world and U.S. premieres, set to be unveiled March 11-19, 2005 in venues throughout Austin, TX.The following is the lineup of features for SXSW 2005. NARRATIVE FEATURE COMPETITION:CAVITEDir: Ian Gamazon and Neill Dela Llana; Cast: Ian Gamazon, Dominique Gonzalez.An American citizen visiting his ...

Stockholm Grand Jury Prize to "Innocence"

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The 15th Stockholm International Film Festival announced the decisions of the Festival Jury in a special ceremony at the festival close on November 27th. For the first time ever for the festival, a female director received the prestigious Bronze Horse award. Female directors also for the first time were fifty percent in the official selection. The jury included Alexandra Dahlström, acclaimed actress of Lukas Moodysson's Fucking Åmål and Bruce LaBruce, Canadian cult film director whose film Ra...

15th Stockholm International Film Festival Kicks Off

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It is hard to believe that the Stockholm International Film Festival, November 18-28, is already at year 15, and to celebrate, the festival will be showing some of the favorite films from past years and former recipients of the "Stockholm Bronze Horse" award. The horse evolved from the handpainted replicas from Dalecarlia in the heart of Sweden, a suitable icon given a somber spin by the festival. Past Bronze Horse winners include Reservoir Dogs and Pulp Fiction by Quentin Tarantino (parts of ...

Filmfestivals proud presenter of the Hollywood European Award to The Sea Inside

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The 8th Annual Hollywood Film Festival's "Hollywood Awards" ceremony, honoring independent filmmakers and established Hollywood professionals, was held October 18 before a standing-room-only audience of over 1,200 Hollywood Film Festival attendees at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills. Special honors went to Newmarket Films' President Bob Berney, film preservation leader Robert Rosen, actor John Travolta, actor Leonardo DiCaprio, actress Annette Bening, director Michael Mann, producer Mel...

Hollywood European Awards nominees

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The Hollywood EUROPEAN Awards(tm) presented by Filmfestivals.com and the Hollywood Film Festival covers films from Europe. An Initiative from the Festival's founder Carlos de Abreu with Paula Wagner and Bruno Chatelin.The ten nominees in alphabetical order are "5x2" (France) directed by Francois Ozon, "Bad Education" (Spain) by Pedro Almodovar, "The Consequences Of Love" (Italy)directed by Paolo Sorrentino, "Head-On" (Germany/Turkey) directed by Faith Akin, "A Hole In My Heart" (Sweden) directe...

get ready for London Fest

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The Times bfi 48th London Film Festival : 20 October - 4 November 2004The countdown to The Times bfi 48th London Film Festival has begun, with less than 4 weeks until our Opening Night Gala, Mike Leigh's award winning Vera Drake The Gala section screens European and UK premieres including Wong Kar-Wai's 2046, the visually arresting martial arts tale House of Flying Daggers and Mira Nair's Vanity Fair. Closing Night Gala is I Heart Huckabees - a brilliant 'existential' comedy starring Dustin Hoff...

Brasilia Fest in action with 100 films

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Nearly 100 films confirmed for the VI Brasília International Film Festival From July 14 through 25, Cine Academia will be hosting the sixth edition of the Brasília International Film Festival. This year, approximately 100 feature films from different countries will be screened, including several internationally awarded documentaries and a selection of Brazilian and foreign short films. Most of the titles are premiering in Brazil. The selection includes films recently screened at the Cannes Fes...

UIP support to shorts in Europe

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CINEMA16 TAKES MOODYSSON, GODARD, KIESLOWSKI, VON TRIER, LECONTE, TYKWER, MULLAN, MORETTI SHORTS OUT ACROSS EUROPE – IT’S A “FILM FESTIVAL IN THE COMFORT OF YOUR OWN HOME”.Following the success of the CINEMA16: BRITISH SHORT FILMS DVD, featuring Chris Nolan, Ridley Scott, Mike Leigh, Stephen Daldry, Lynne Ramsay, Peter Greenway and others, Cinema16 is now set to release a selection of the best classic and award winning European shorts in June.CINEMA16: EUROPEAN SHORT FILMS offers the opp...

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