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IFF APRIL 10, 2011

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• COMPETITIONS KICK OFF The screening of films that participate in the Festival’s National and International competitions will start. The exciting race for Golden Tulips will begin with the arrival of jury members in Istanbul. • FROM FICTION TO FILM The film adaptation of Orhan Kemal’s 72nd Ward, which takes as its subject the lives of prison inmates in 1940s, full of misery and pain, is part of the National Competition line-up. It will be screened at 13.30 in Atlas. Follo...

IFF APRIL 09, 2011

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• LA COMMUNE (PARIS, 1871) STARTS! One of the Festival’s most anticipated films, La Commune (Paris, 1871) lasts 345 minutes and reenacts history. The film will be shown in Pera in three installments at 11.00, 13.30, and 16.00. The screening will be attended by the son of the film’s director Peter Watkins, its editor and casting director Patrick Watkins.   • FROM THE KIRGHIZ CINEMA Kirghiz director Aktan Arym Kubat draws a funny and touching portrait of small-town ...

IFF APRIL 08, 2011

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photo still from film, THE TURIN HORSE (2011) • IRANIAN REVOLUTION AFTER 30 YEARS Iranian-born director Rafi Pitts’s latest film Hunter questions the Iranian Revolution 30 years after its beginning through Ali, who finds familial bliss after being released from jail but whose happiness is quickly destroyed. Pitts will attend the screening at 11.00 in Atlas and answer questions. • ART COMES OUT OF WASTE LAND Waste Land, which won the Amnesty Award and the Panorama–Audience A...

The award ceremony for the Score Competition 2011 at Talent Campus

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  Committed filmmakers speak their minds at the Berlinale Talent Campus #9 Felix Rösch from Germany wins the Score Competition 2011 Winner of the Score Competition 2011: Felix Rösch © Peter HimselWinner of the Score Competition 2011: Felix Rösch © Peter Himsel On 17.2., the ninth edition of the Berlinale Talent Campus came to a successful close with the award ceremony for this year's Score Competition in the Theater Hebbel am Ufer (HAU 1-3). 350 young filmmakers from 88 cou...

Opening of the Berlinale Talent Campus #9 & Berlin Today Award Ceremony

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  Hackney Lullabies by Kyoko Miyake wins the 2011 Campus short film competition   On Saturday evening (12.2.) at the Hebbel am Ufer Theatre, Festival Director Dieter Kosslick opened the Berlinale Talent Campus 2011 together with the heads of the Campus Christine Tröstrum and Matthijs Wouter Knol as well as with Medienboard CEO Kirsten Niehuus. Directly afterwards, the roughly 600 guests witnessed the world premiere of the five Berlin Today Award 2011 nominated short films insp...

Solidarity with Jafar Panahi

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In support of the convicted Iranian director Jafar Panahi, the Berlin International Film Festival is launching a number of initiatives at the upcoming Berlinale. In his films, Jafar Panahi critically explores the social situation in his homeland. His conviction violates the right to freedom of opinion and expression in the arts.   In 2011 the Berlinale will show several films by Jafar Panahi in a number of its sections and so draw attention to the extraordinary oeuvre for which this art...

Thessaloniki is ready to open...film, guests, no snow

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51ST THESSALONIKI INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVALDecember 3 - 12, 2010 Thessaloniki International Film Festival, will kick off Friday, December 3rd with 127 Hours, Danny Boyle, and close December 11th, 2010 with Black Swan, Darren Aronofsky. INTERNATIONAL JURY The five-member International Jury called to judge the films of the International Competition section and to award the Golden and Silver Alexanders plus a number of additional awards, is composed of: Michel Demopoulos, Jury President, Film cri...

Thessaloniki International Film Festival Open Horizons

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The new Thessaloniki International Film Festival side section Open Horizons represents a revival of the renowned New Horizons section, which Dimitris Eipides, the current TIFF Director, programmed from 1992 to 2005. Open Horizons will focus, as did their precursor, on works that represent the most contemporary trends in worldwide independent production, as well as thematically original, aesthetically remarkable and socially minded films. Amongst the approximately 20 films to be screened in the ...

A DAY IN TEHRAN huge success June 13th at the Cinémathèque Française

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Shirin Ebadi   DIALOGUE WITH SHIRIN EBADI 2003 Noble Prize Winner, Shirin Ebadi, Iranian lawyer and human rights advocate talked with famous screenwriter Jean-Claude Carrière at the DAY IN TEHRAN event, organized, June 13th, in Paris, France on the grounds of the Cinémathèque Française. Shirin Ebadi is one of the very first female judges in Iran. Her constant and unfailing efforts in fostering  Human Rights for the weak and needy, in particular, women's rights, ch...

The Edinburgh International Film Festival Awards

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  The Edinburgh International Film Festival today announced the winners in the six competition categories for feature films at an Awards Ceremony prior to the Closing Gala of the world premiere of THIRD STAR. The awards were presented by EIFF Artistic Director Hannah McGill and Patrons Tilda Swinton and Seamus McGarvey on the penultimate day of the Festival at Cineworld. This year's winners are:   The Michael Powell Award for Best New British Feature Film, sponsored by t...

Michael Powell Jury President at Edinburgh

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Today the Edinburgh International Film Festival (EIFF), announced 2010’s Michael Powell Jury in addition to the other six juries deliberating across the Festival’s awards. Previously announced President of the Michael Powell Jury, acclaimed and beloved actor Sir Patrick Stewart (X MEN; STAR TREK) will be joined by former Bond girl Britt Ekland (THE WICKER MAN), director Mike Hodges (CROUPIER; GET CARTER); New York’s Museum of Modern Art’s senior film curator Laurence Kardish and Iranian ...

Edinburgh International Film Festival line up

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  At a press conference at Filmhouse in Edinburgh this morning, Artistic Director Hannah McGill announced the full programme details for the 64th edition of the Edinburgh International Film Festival (EIFF). This year the Festival, which runs from 16 - 27 June, will host twenty-two World premieres, and twelve International premieres. The Closing Night Gala will be the World premiere of THIRD STAR, a British tragi-comic buddy film by newcomer Hattie Dalton, starring Benedict Cumberbatch (FOUR...

Berlinale Co-Production Market 2010

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Berlinale Co-Production Market 2010 to Help Find Partners for 37 Selected Film Projects – and Delighted with Competition Invitation The seventh Berlinale Co-Production Market (February 14-16, 2010) will bring the producers and directors of 37 selected film projects from 22 countries together with 450 potential co-production and financial partners.   For each of these projects, the Berlinale Co-Production Market’s team will arrange numerous thirty-minute one-on-one meetings with intereste...

The Future of Film: Intercontinental connections at Berlinale Talent Campus

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The Future of Film: Intercontinental, Collaborative and Cross-media“In the Limelight”: French Director and Screenwriter Claire Denis “Cinema Unlimited – Intercontinental Connections”One of the Berlinale Talent Campus' most fundamental goals is to support collaborative filmmaking that goes beyond national and cultural boundaries. When it comes to successful collaboration, however, the right contacts are necessary, especially when working in regions where there is no major support from t...

Scorsese and Polanski At 2010 Berlinale

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  Roman Polanski, who is under house arrest in Switzerland while awaiting word about an extredition proceeding that may bring him back to a United States prison, will be represented at the upcoming Berlinale (even though Polanski will, presumably, only be there in spirit). The controversial filmmaker's latest film THE GHOST WRITER, an adaptation of novelist Philip Roth's tome, is one of the high profile films announced that will be competing for the Golden Bear prize at the 60th edition...

The 60th Berlinale: Films by Martin Scorsese and Roman Polanski to celebrate world premieres in the Competition programme

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The first seven titles for the Competition of the 60th Berlin International Film Festival have been confirmed. The films selected so far are from Austria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, France, Germany, India, Iran, Turkey, the UK and the USA.   This first group of films selected for the Competition is characterized by up-and-coming young directors, stars and masters of filmmaking like Martin Scorsese and Roman Polanski.   "The Competition of the 60th anni...

Berlin will offer world premiere of next Scorsese and Polanski films

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The 60th Berlinale: Films by Martin Scorsese and Roman Polanski to celebrate world premieres in the Competition programmeThe first seven titles for the Competition of the 60th Berlin International Film Festival have been confirmed. The films selected so far are from Austria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, France, Germany, India, Iran, Turkey, the UK and the USA. This first group of films selected for the Competition is characterized by up-and-coming young directors, stars and masters of filmma...

Berlinale Forum and Best First Feature Jury with Mannheim–Heidelberg Laureates

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This years jury member for the Best First Feature Film Award at the Berlin film festival, Iranian Rafi Pitts, made his first steps as a director in Mannheim-Heidelberg: He presented his debut Cinquieme Saison in 1997 in International Competition and came back to the festival of newcomers in 2000 with "Sanam". On both occasions, he was awarded the Special Prize of the International Jury. Pitts today is recognised to be one of the most renowned representatives of contemporary Iranian cinema.Having...

Hannah Herzsprung on the Jury for Berlinale Best First Feature

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The talented German Hannah Herzsprung will be a member of this year’s Best First Feature Jury. “I’m very pleased that Hannah Herzsprung will be coming to the Berlinale not only to present her films, but also to join the Jury in its quest for the Best First Feature”, says Berlinale Director Dieter Kosslick.At this year’s Berlinale, Hannah Herzsprung can be seen in three films: Stephen Daldry’s The Reader in the Competition, Rudolph Thome’s Pink in the Berlinale Special, and Nicolai ...

Berlinale 3 member Jury for the Best First Feature

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The Berlinale has been even more committed to supporting the next generation of film makers since 2006, when it introduced the Best First Feature Award. The award is endowed with 50,000 Euros, donated by the GWFF (Gesellschaft zur Wahrnehmung von Film- und Fernsehrecht), a society dedicated to safeguarding film and television rights. The prize money is to be split between the producer and the director of the winning film. Additionally, the director will be awarded with a high-quality “viewfind...

Los Angeles Film Festival full line up

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Film Independent announced the full program line-up for the 2007 Los Angeles Film Festival (Thursday, June 21 – Sunday, July 1), including the Opening Night and Closing Night films.As previously announced, Academy Award®-winning actor and filmmaker Clint Eastwood will receive this year’s Spirit of Independence Award on Thursday, June 28 at a special event sponsored by Target. Tony Bennett, who is the focus of a new documentary for which Clint Eastwood serves as executive producer, will pre...

Valladolid International Film Festival Awards.

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INTERNATIONAL JURY AWARDS The International Jury of the 51st Valladolid International Film Festival, formed by:MANUEL ANTÍN (Argentina), MATÍAS BIZE (Chile), LUCIO GODOY (Spain), JENNIFER GREEN (USA), PAUL LEDUC (Mexico), MARINA SAURA (Spain) y / and YOIMA VALDÉS (Cuba) Has decided to grant the following awards: Prix UIP Valladolid:“LE DÎNER”(Dinner) by Cécile Vernant, FranceSilver Spike to the short film:“ESTAMOS POR TODOS LADOS” (We’re Everywhere) by Sofía Pérez Suinaga, Mexic...

Paris Cinema 2006 : competition results !

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PARIS CINEMA 2006From June 27th to July 11th - 4th edition AND THE WINNERS ARE... After fifteen days of festival, the results from the competition of Les Rencontres - Paris Cinema official selection have been announced on July 10th at the Arlequin theater. Presided over by English actress Charlotte Rampling, the award ceremony has been followed by the Premiere screening of "La Raison du plus faible" directed by Lucas Belvaux, in presence of the film team.Les Rencontres - Paris Cinema official se...

Kosslick opens the Berlinale Talent Campus

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56th Berlin International Film Festival • February 09 – 19 2006Foreign Secretary Steinmeier to open CampusForeign secretary Dr. Frank-Walter Steinmeier and Berlinale Director Dieter Kosslick will open the Berlinale Talent Campus on Saturday 11 February at 5pm. First of all the 520 Campus participants from 101 countries, together with numerous guests from the international film business, will be welcomed. After this the Berlin Today Award will be presented and the three short films nominated ...

Anatomy of hell selected premiere at Rotterdam

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IFFR 2004 will screen the world premiere of famous French director Catherine Breillat's ANATOMY OF HELL (ANATOMIE DE L'ENFER) just prior to its release in France. This film is one of the highlights in a series of premieres of the upcoming Rotterdam edition. IFFR also announces the first seven titles selected for the 2004 VPRO Tiger Awards Competition. Two more filmmakers are honoured with a 'Filmmaker in Focus' programme: Ken Jacobs (USA) and Tunde Kelani (Nigeria).The following seven titles are...
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