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The 59th Sydney Film Festival wrapped with a 10% growth and 122 000 admissions

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The 59th Sydney Film Festival wrapped on Sunday 17 June 2012 with the Australian Premiere of the US sci-fi comedy, Safety Not Guaranteed, bringing to a close the most highly attended Sydney Film Festival to date. “This year, attendances at films and talks grew by 10% to 122,000,’  said SFF CEO, Leigh Small. “There was also a 27% growth in Flexipass sales, indicating individuals are attending more films during the Festival. We were elated by the positive festival buzz in the city...

Sydney Film Festival 6-17 June 2012 Program Launch

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The 59th Sydney Film Festival program was officially launched today by The Hon Barry O’Farrell, MP, Premier of NSW. “It is with great pleasure that I welcome the new Sydney Film Festival Director, Nashen Moodley, to present the 2012 Sydney Film Festival program,” said NSW Premier Barry O’Farrell. “The Sydney Film Festival is a much-loved part of the arts calendar providing film-makers with a wonderful opportunity to showcase their work, as well as providing an injection into the St...

The 59th Sydney Film Festival today announced early highlights in advance of the full program launch on Wednesday, 9 May.

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‘Revealing the first confirmed films for this year's Festival really lets us share our excitement,' said Nashen Moodley in his first year as Festival Director for Sydney Film Festival. ‘This is just a cross-section and a taste of what we have in store, but you'll already see the extraordinary diversity in subject, style and geography that makes a great international film festival memorable and thought-provoking. From the film that everyone was talking about in Sundance to a look inside Woo...

Sydney gest and Vivid Sydney partner

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NSW Minister for Tourism, Major Events and the Arts George Souris, today announced a two year funding deal for Australia’s oldest and most internationally recognised film festival.Minister Souris said the NSW Government through Destination NSW is proud to support the Sydney Film Festival for an additional two years to ensure the continued growth and development of this important cultural event.“This new two year deal is exciting and will firmly position Sydney as Australia’s creative capit...

The 59th Sydney Film Festival is coming… Soon!

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Across 12 days and nights, the 59th Sydney Film Festival brings the CBD to life with screenings of over 150 films, red carpet galas, talks and forums; plus some very special, soon-to-be-announced, events and international guests. From 6-17 June, Sydney Film Festival will showcase the best in cinema from across Australia and around the world, including features, documentaries, short films, retrospectives, restorations, animation and more. The Sydney Film Festival programming ...

Nashen Moodley appointed to Sydney Film Festival

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Durban International Film Festival manager Nashen Moodley has been appointed as director of the Sydney Film Festival.  Previously a journalist at Independent Newspapers, for whom he still writes film reviews, Moodley has been centrally involved in the development and management of Durban International Film Festival programmes since joining the University of KwaZulu-Natal's Centre for Creative Arts in 2001. Announcing Moodley's new appointment, Peter Rorvik, director of the CCA and ...

Organising a film festival

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  I spoke to Nashen Moodley, manager of the Durban International Film Festival, in hindsight.When do you start organising a filmfest? Have you started with 2012yet? Any dates yet? We start pretty much immediately, and are at the moment in a number of review meetings working on ways to improve the festival. We alreadyhave some programming plans for 2012. The dates have not been set yet,but we expect to occupy the same time in late July.How was the attendances at Diff 2011? I saw various sold...

Sex and redemption

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29 July: Day 5 Day 5 was a great day with outstanding movies, a nice chat with the manager of the festival and a sold out premiere! The source (La source des femmes) is a fantastic film, fresh from its debut at Cannes. It's set in North Africa or the Middle East in a very conservative society and it must have rocked the boat of the Muslim community when it was released. I've never seen a film set in such a society that dares to talk about sex so openly. In the film, the women of the v...

30 th Durban International Film Festival attendance soaring

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Attendance increased significantly at the 30 th edition of the Durban International Film Festival, reports Peter Rorvik, Director of the festival and the Centre for Creative Arts. “Attendance figures were up this year with over 22, 471 at the 280 festival film screenings, representing almost 5,500 more than in 2008, despite there being 26 less screenings this year. Workshop and seminar attendances were also up with 1650 film enthusiasts attending 38 seminars and workshops, indicating a great l...

Highlights of upcoming Durban International Film Fest

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Cinema in all its diversity will once again be celebrated at the 29th Durban International Film Festival which runs from 23 July to 3 August.Featuring more than 200 films from more than 95 countries, spread over more than 300 screenings at 26 venues across the city, the festival will bring together established masters of cinema and innovative new talents from around the world. Alongside the presentation of the some of the year’s finest films, the festival will run an extensive workshop and sem...

Durban Festival The curator speaks out…

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The 27 the Durban International Film Festival has come to an end and the curator, Nashen Moodley, is extremely proud of the festival.According to Nashen, the festival is the biggest of its kind in South Africa with the most films and is an integral part of the sunny city on the South Coast."We had a very successful festival with the most filmmakers ever and the diversity was excellent," he said.Nashen's personal highlight was the Iranian films and directors present at the festival. He is also v...

The second Dubai International Film Festival still growing

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The second Dubai International Film Festival (“DIFF”) will be bigger and better than its predecessor, with more and diverse films, a strengthened team of programmers, and changes in ticketing procedures and scheduling, Festival organizers announced at a press conference at the Madinat Jumeirah today. Apart from the enhancements, the 2005 Festival, which will run from December 11 to 17 this year, will retain most of its successful inaugural framework. Mr. Ahmad bin Byat, the Director General ...

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