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NEWSLETTER N° 409: April 3, 2009

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  Our newsletter reaches over 73 000 subscribers every week  Follow this link if you cannot read the newsletter properly Contact the Editor of the site, Advertise on the sites. ENJOY THE NEW VERSION OF THE SITE The renowned Festival Directory from Filmfestivals.com has MERGED AND MOVED to Fest21.com whith easier search options, simplified update process for festivals and opening of a major Film database for international filmmakers. New: FestivalExpr...

Theo Angelopoulos honored at Huesca Film

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The director Theo Angelopoulos, born in Athens in 1935, will be awarded the ‘Luis Buñuel’ Award 2009 within the framework of the 37th Huesca Film Festival, which will be held from June 4th to 13th 2009. Theo Angelopoulos, who is one of the most influential directors in contemporary cinema, has received awards at the most important films festivals of the world in recognition of his entire career.Some of the themes of Angelopoulos’s cinema are the weight of history, a clinical examination o...

11th TDF: GREEK SECTION TRIBUTE

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11th TDF: GREEK SECTION TRIBUTE (2/19/2009) 11th THESSALONIKI DOCUMENTARY FESTIVAL - Images of the 21st Century MARCH 13 – 22, 2009 A number of 42 Greek films will be showcased in the 11th Thessaloniki Documentary Festival - Images of the 21st Century, allotted between the Official, Panorama and Greek Television sections. These are the most recent films from the local documentary production and are projects that have been funded and produce...

11th TDF: GREEK SECTION TRIBUTE

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11th TDF: GREEK SECTION TRIBUTE (2/19/2009) 11th THESSALONIKI DOCUMENTARY FESTIVAL - Images of the 21st Century MARCH 13 – 22, 2009 A number of 42 Greek films will be showcased in the 11th Thessaloniki Documentary Festival - Images of the 21st Century, allotted between the Official, Panorama and Greek Television sections. These are the most recent films from the local documentary production and are projects that have been funded and produce...

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...

Closing Ceremony of Thessaloniki Film Festival

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CLOSING CEREMONY The 49th TIFF's journey which started 10 days ago reached its final destination on Sunday, November 23rd with the closing ceremony at the Olympion hall. Despina Mouzaki, director of TIFF thanked all the personnel and the volunteers of TIFF, the press, the critics, the jury and all the organizations that helped towards a successful 49th TIFF. She also thanked the film makers by saying: 'Thank you for trusting us with your films and for being present to 49t...

Avant premiere of Teo Angelopoulos' film (11/22/2008)

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  The avant premiere screening of the long-awaited film of Theo Angelopoulos The Dust of Time was held at Olympion Theater in the context of the 49th Thessloniki International Film Festival. ...

Masterclass William Dafoe (11/22/2008)

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MASTERCLASS WILLEM DAFOE On Saturday the 22nd of November in the John Cassavetes Theatre, the Thessaloniki Festival Director, Despina Mouzaki, awarded Willem Dafoe with an honorary plaque for his contribution to the film world. The renowned American actor thanked the Festival for this honour and then proceeded with his Masterclass on acting, in the presence of Mrs Mouzaki, Festival President Georges Corraface, the Internationa...

Willem Dafoe Masterclass from Thessaloniki

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On Saturday the 22nd of November in the John Cassavetes Theatre, the Thessaloniki Festival Director, Despina Mouzaki, awarded Willem Dafoe with an honorary plaque for his contribution to the film world. The renowned American actor thanked the Festival for this honour and then proceeded with his Masterclass on acting, in the presence of Mrs Mouzaki, Festival President Georges Corraface, the International Jury and a huge audience. Dafoe discussed his numerous collaborations with significant direct...

Jeanne Moreau kicked off the Tour de France of european cinema

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Jeanne Moreau today blew the starting whistle for the Tour de France of European filmmakers in Cannes, of which she is president. The event was attended by Renaud Donnedieu de Vabres, Ambassador for culture under the French presidency of the European Union, Viviane Reding, European Commissioner responsible for Information Society and Media, Denis Simonneau, representing Jean-Pierre Jouyet, Minister of State responsible for European affairs, and Olivier Poivre d’Arvor, Director of Culturesfranc...

MIFF Celebrates Its 25th Anniversary

 Thursday, March 6---------Reaching a 25th anniversary is a milestone for any organization. For a film festival, it is a major accomplishment and a vantage point from which to appreciate past triumphs and survey new opportunities. As the Miami International Film Festival celebrated its silver anniversary at the glorious Gusman Center for the Performing Arts last evening, the mood was one of reverence for the past and anticipation for the future. “A Festival is nothing without the involvement ...

Thessaloniki Film Festival - Greece

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THESSALONIKI 2007, TOP TO BOTTOM by Alex deleon, Cracow, November 14, 2007for<filmfestivals.com> PHOTO: John Sayles holding his Golden Alexander Aloft   PREVIEWS OF COMING ATTRACTIONS The 48th Installment of the Thessaloniki Film Festival will take place in Greece's Second City from November 16 - 25, 2007. Thessaloniki, also known by the shorter name of "Salonika" is next to Athens the largest city in Greece and, in many ways, a more cosmopolitan city in terms of non-G...

Thessaloniki 48 ready to start

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The 48th Installment of the Thessaloniki Film Festival will take place in Greece's Second City from November 16 - 25, 2007.  Thessaloniki, also known by the shorter name of "Saloniki" is next to Athens the largest city in Greece and, in many ways, a more cosmopolitan city in terms of non-Greek ethnic minorities and foreign influences.  Situated on the Thessaly extension of the Greek mainland, at the crossroads of Greece, Turkey, Bulgaria and Macedonia and boasting the busiest Gre...

The 48th Installment of the Thessaloniki ready to open

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The 48th Installment of the Thessaloniki Film Festival will take place in Greece's Second City from November 16 - 25, 2007. Thessaloniki, also known by the shorter name of "Saloniki" is next to Athens the largest city in Greece and, in many ways, a more cosmopolitan city in terms of non-Greek ethnic minorities and foreign influences. Situated on the Thessaly extension of the Greek mainland, at the crossroads of Greece, Turkey, Bulgaria and Macedonia and boasting the busiest Greek port in the a...

Curtain up on Eurasia Film Fest in Kazakhstan

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CURTAIN UP ON 4th EURASIA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL The 4th Eurasia International Film Festival takes place in Almaty from the 23rd- 29th September. The Festival is backed by the Kazakh Ministry of Culture & Information and organised by Kazakhfilm, the state-run film company. The Festival – which forms a bridge between Eastern and Western culture - includes screenings of new Kazakh and Central Asian films, plus a wide variety of films made further afield. Among this year’s highlights are...

l’Alternativa 2006 Festival de Ciné Indépendant de Barcelone,

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13ème Festival de Ciné Indépendant de Barcelone, l’Alternativa 2006. Du 10 au 18 de novembre 2006.Le 13ème Festival de Ciné Indépendant de Barcelone, l'Alternativa 2006, se déroulera du 10 au 18 Novembre. L'Alternativa deviendra à nouveau le point de rencontre d'un public amateur de ciné indépendant (30.000 spectateurs en 2005), tout comme des professionnels du ciné indépendant international (200 officiels). Le Festival projettera 400 films (Sections Officielles, Sections Parallèl...

Off Screen winner of Montreal World Film Festival

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The World Film Festival – Montreal 2005 wrapped this Monday evening and honored Off Screen by Pieter Kuijpers with the Grand Prix of the Americas.The Dutch-Flemish coproduction Off Screen by Pieter Kuijpers has won the Grand Prix des Ameriques at the 29th World Film Festival in Montréal. Jan Decleir was awarded the Prize for Best Actor for his performance of John R in the film. Off Screen is a coproduction by Dutch Rinkel Film and the Flemish Another Dimension Of An Idea. The film is supporte...

Montreal World Film Grand Prix award went to Off Screen

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The World Film Festival – Montreal 2005 wrapped this Monday evening followed by the screening of the French film “Camping à la Ferme” by Jean-Pierre SinapiThe Grand Prix of the Americas went to Off Screen by Pieter Kuijpers but Kamataki from Claude Gagnon stole the show winning 5 awards for best directing, the Fipresci prize, the Oecumenic prize, the audience award and the ward for most popular Canadian movie.Gagnon is a regular from the festival (still the only Canadian director to ever ...

Angelopoulos heads The Montréal World Film Festival

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The jury lineup for 29th edition of the Montréal World Film Festival, which takes place from August 26 to September 5, is one of the most prestigious in the Festival’s history. It is chaired by Greek director Theo Angelopoulos, and includes Russian director Pavel Lounguine, Chilean director Silvio Caiozzi, Spanish writer Vicente Molina Foix, the well-known Swedish cameraman Jörgen Persson, and the founder of the Giffoni Film Festival in Italy, now Vice President of the Italian National Film ...

Angelopoulos and Demopoulos dismisssed from Thessaloniki

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Angelopoulos and Demopoulos Dismissed from ThessalonikiMichel Demopoulos, the Thessaloniki fest director, has been removed from his job. Filmmaker Theo Angelopoulos was dismissed as president of the festival. Both had established the Thessaloniki International Film Festival (in November) as one of the major European events. As the Greek Deputy Minister of Culture, Petros Tatoulis, announced yesterday, April 1st, the producer Despina Mouzaki will take over the festival as director, while filmmake...

Winners of the European Film Awards

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At the European Film Awards Ceremony in Barcelona the European Film Academy announced this year’s award-winners: Gegen Die Wand, Head On winner of the Berlin Film Festival took best film, Mar Adentro took best director and best actor. Mar Adentro had also received in Hollywood the "Hollywood European Award" for best film.Award winners list:EUROPEAN FILM 2004:GEGEN DIE WAND (Head-On)directed by Fatih Akin, Germanyproduced by Wüste Filmproduktion/ Corazon International/ NDR/ ArteEUROPEAN DIRECT...

EFA nominees compete for best from Europe

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NOMINATIONS FOR THE EUROPEAN FILM AWARDS 2004:EUROPEAN FILM 2004ETT HÅL I MITT HJÄRTA (A Hole In My Heart), Sweden/Denmarkdirected by Lukas Moodyssonproduced by Memfis Film, Zentropa, Film I Väst, SVT, Nordic Film- & TV FundGEGEN DIE WAND (Head-On), Germanydirected by Fatih Akinproduced by Wüste Filmproduktion /Corazon International /NDR /ARTELA MALA EDUCACIÓN (Bad Education), Spaindirected by Pedro Almodóvarproduced by El Deseo D.A., S.L.U.LES CHORISTES (The Chorus), France/Switzerlanddir...

Thessaloniki awards gold to Bitter Dream from Iran

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The 45th Thessaloniki International Film Festival wrapped up on Sunday 28 November, with its awards ceremony dishing out its main prize of the Golden Alexander to Mohsen Amiryousefi’s Bitter Dream from Iran. The competition is restricted to the first three features of directors, and the festival has shunned the so-called Class A festival status, which imposes restrictions on competitive events to give it more flexibility in its selection, part of a philosophy that makes the event popular with ...

Wenders and Edgar Reitz honored at Manheim fest

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Two German, Wim Wenders and Edgar Reitz, receive Master of Cinema-Award of the International Filmfestival Mannheim-Heidelberg Mannheim-Heidelberg (IFMH), October 2004 – Two Old Masters of German cinema shall be honoured Master of Cinema at this year’s 53rd International Filmfestival Mannheim-Heidelberg. Edgar Reitz, one of the masterminds of New German Cinema, co-author of the “Oberhausener Manifest” and fantastic storyteller, presents his most important and also longest film, the trilog...

A flood of European films in Toronto

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It may not be a record, but 120 European films in the Toronto Film Festival certainly represents the largest contingent of any one film community at this very international event. The films are included in every section of the Festival, from the highly commercial Gala Screenings to the obscure Midnight Madness offerings.The Festival is presenting the latest works from such acknowledged film masters as Jean Luc Godard (with Notre Musique, a poetic meditation on modern life and anxiety), Pedro Alm...
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