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The New York Asian Film Festival returns (June 29 - July 15)

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The New York Asian Film Festival (June 29 - July 15) returns - and this year we’re bringing crazy back!   The opening night film is Pang Ho-cheung’s astonishingly filthy, extremely hilarious VULGARIA, a movie about making movies, shot in just 12 days, all about gangsters named Brother Tyrannosaur, sleazy lawyers, the sex film industry, and men who love donkeys a little too much. The Hollywood Reporter calls it a “...laugh-out-loud, aptly titled comedy.” Pang himself, Hong Kong's hotte...

This must be the place closed B-Est Fest with the awards ceremony

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THIS MUST BE THE PLACE, director Paolo Sorrentino’s first English language film (awarded the Jury Prize at Cannes 2008, for Il Divo), will be presented, in absolute premiere and exclusively in Romania, within the Bucharest International Film Festival Closing Gala, March 25, 2012. "Anchored" by Sean Penn’s unbelievable performance ("flawless…transcending the masklike qualities of eyeliner and lipstick with deadpan, childlike candor." - Variety), THIS MUST BE THE...

Past winners at Fantasporto 1981 / 2011

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WINNERS FANTASPORTO     1981 (Non-Competitive Festival)   1982 Grand Prix Fantasporto 82:  The Redemeer - Krsto Papic (Jugoslavia)   1983 Grand Prix Fantasporto 83: Scanners - David Cronenberg (Canada)   1984 Grand Prix Fantasporto 84: Le Dernier Combat - Luc Besson (France)   1985 Grand Prix Fantasporto 95: The Company of the Wolves - Neil Jordan (UK)   1986 Grand Prix Fantasporto 86: ...

Bruno Chatelin elected at the European Film Academy Board

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I am now a Proud new member of The European Film Academy Board. The results of the election of the new Board by the  2500 members have been announced at the recent EFA Awards. I am so happy they have trusted me with this honor. Chairman Yves Marmion has been re elected. Vive l'Europe The creation of the European Film Academy (EFA) was the initiative of a group of Europe’s finest filmmakers brought together on the occasion of the first European Film Awards Cerem...

Hong Kong producer Nansun Shi to head APSA 2011 International Jury

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BANGKOK ~ Nansun Shi, one of the region’s most highly regarded film producers, was announced today as President of the 2011 International Jury of the Asia Pacific Screen Awards (APSA). Ms Shi will be joined on the Jury by Cameron Bailey, Co-director of the Toronto International Film Festival, Japanese director and actress Kaori Momoi, Israeli director Samuel Maoz, and the Executive Chairman of the China Film Producers Association, Ming Zhenjiang. During a career spanning th...

Nansun Shi announced as President of the 2011 International Jury of the Asia Pacific Screen Awards

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  HONG KONG PRODUCER NANSUN SHI TO HEAD 2011 APSA INTERNATIONAL JURY   Nansun Shi, APSA International Jury President 2011. Photo courtesy of Teo Keng Beng. Nansun Shi, one of the region's most highly regarded film producers, was announced today as President of the 2011 International Jury of the Asia Pacific Screen Awards (APSA). Ms Shi will be joined on the Jury by Cameron Bailey, Co-director...

Helsinki International Film Festival continues to grow attracting over 54 000 admissions

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  The 24th edition of Helsinki International Film Festival - Love & Anarchy attracted a slightly larger audience than in previous years.  This year there were a total of 54 022 admissions, in addition to which Finnish documentaries on MUBI gathered 1767 views.     This year's programme consisted of 145 feature length and 67 short films in 400 screenings. More than one fourth of the screenings were sold out. Amongst the 113 sold out screenings were the Ope...

The Los Angeles Film Festival announced the first round of official US and international se

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  The 2011 Los Angeles Film Festival  runs from June 16 - 26 . Today the Los Angeles Film Festival, presented by the Los Angeles Times, announced the first round of official US and international selections. The 2011 Los Angeles Film Festival is produced by Film Independent — the non-profit arts organization that also produces the Spirit Awards — and will screen over 200 feature films, shorts, and music videos, representing more than 30 countries. Opening and Closing Night...

The Cannes Jury members have been announced

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The Jury of the Competition, presided over by Robert De Niro (actor, director, producer) welcomes to its ranks: Martina GUSMAN (actress and producer, Argentina) Nansun SHI (producer, Hong Kong/China) Uma THURMAN (actress, scriptwriter, producer, USA) Linn ULLMANN (writer,literary critic, Norway) Olivier ASSAYAS (director, France) Jude LAW (actor, producer, UK) Mahamat Saleh HAROUN (director, Chad) Johnnie TO (director, producer, Hong Kong/China) Martina Gusman stud...

Tribeca Spotlight and Cinemania sections announced

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The Tribeca Film Festival (TFF), announced its feature film selections in the Spotlight and Cinemania sections, as well as Special Screenings and the Tribeca/ESPN Sports Film Festival lineup. The 10th edition of the Festival will take place from April 20 to May 1 in lower Manhattan.   "Now that the majority of the program has been announced I believe you will see the rich variety and quality of the films and talent that we are presenting at Tribeca this year," s...

Venice FF Announces Competition Section

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   SOMEWHERE (Sofia Coppola) The world premieres are coming strong and fast for the Fall film season as the Venice Film Festival has announced a particularly stellar competition section. For North Americans not making the trip to the Lido, many of these films will receive their North American premieres at the Toronto Film Festival a week later in September (the two festivals actually overlap for a few days on the first weekend of September). Twenty-two films have been set to ...

Pusan International Film Festival runs October 8th - 16th, 2009

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This year, the Pusan International Film Festival provides a wonderful opportunity to experience present and future Hong Kong cinema through the Special Program (Johnnie To: The Hood in the City) on the cinematic icon of Hong Kong, Johnnie TO. This program offers a close look at his vision, which combines classical elegance with modern sophistication, as well as the evolving aspect of romantic masculinity in his movies. Ten of TO's films will be shown in the program, which also includes a semin...

NEWSLETTER N° 397: January 7, 2009

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Contact the Editor of the site, Advertise on the sites. Publish your video on fest21.com Follow this link if you cannot read the newsletter properly OPEN YOUR FESTIVAL BLOG ON fest21.com "450 festivals have joined the new Myspace and Youtube for professionnals!..." 10 Great reasons to open yours, Publication tips   PROMOTE YOUR FILM ON ...

Tsui Hark, Rachid Bouchareb and Terry Gilliam honoured in Dubai

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The Dubai International Film Festival today honoured two of its three 2008 Lifetime Achievement Awards recipients in a special press conference.   Tsui Hark, a major Hong Kong filmmaker, and Rachid Bouchareb, an Algerian-French director, were present to discuss their work with the audience.   Terry Gilliam, the third honouree, attended DIFF earlier in the week and received his award in a special award ceremony on December 12.   Moderator Simon Fiel...

Tsui Hark, Rachid Bouchareb and Terry Gilliam honoured in Dubai

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The Dubai International Film Festival today honoured two of its three 2008 Lifetime Achievement Awards recipients in a special press conference. Tsui Hark, a major Hong Kong filmmaker, and Rachid Bouchareb, an Algerian-French director, were present to discuss their work with the audience. Terry Gilliam, the third honouree, attended DIFF earlier in the week and received his award in a special award ceremony on December 12. Moderator Simon Field stated: "The idea of the Lifetime Achievement ...

A look back at some Fantasporto prestigious winners

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They have been awarded by the International Jury: Official Fantasy Section "The Redeemer" by Kristo Papic (82) "Scanners" by David Cronenberg (83) "Le Dernier Combat" by Luc Besson (84) "The Company of Wolves" by Neil Jordan (85) "Fuego Eterno" by Jose Angel Rebolledo (86) "Defense of the Realm" by David Drury (87) "A Chinese Ghost Story" by Chin Siu Tung (88) "Monkey Shines" by George Romero (89) "B...

European Cinema wins in Fantasporto 2008

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REC, OPIUM ¬ DIARY OF A MADWOMAN, THE LOVEBIRDS AND TRIANGLE ARE THE BIG WINNERS OF FANTASPORTO 2008 With general praise for the quality of the selection, the lastest edition of Fantasporto, Portugals leading film festival, has just ended. So much said the members of the jury of the three competitive sections (Fantasy, Directors Week and Orient Express). Spanish Rec by Jaume Balagueró and Paco Plaza, Hungarian Opium ¬ Diary of a Madwoman by Janos Szasz, Portuguese/ American production The Lov...

No Country for Old Men will launch Fantasporto fantastic lineup

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Dario Argento, Asia Argento, Takashi Miike, Guillermo Del Toro, Kim Ki Duk, Tsui Hark, the Coen Brothers, Frank Darabont, Stephen King, Lars Von Trier, Fernando Lopes, Max Von Sydow, Kelly LeBrock, Olivie Assayas, Michael Madsen, John Ventimiglia, Johnnie To, among others Once again Fantasporto will be the meeting point of the cream of the world cinema. The biggest names in the world of cinema again return with their latest productions. As the guilty one always returns to the site of the crime, ...

Fantasporto will be the meeting point of the cream of the world cinema

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Dario Argento, Asia Argento, Takashi Miike, Guillermo Del Toro, Kim Ki Duk, Tsui Hark, the Coen Brothers, Frank Darabont, Stephen King, Lars Von Trier, Fernando Lopes, Max Von Sydow, Kelly LeBrock, Olivie Assayas, Michael Madsen, John Ventimiglia, Johnnie To, among others Once again Fantasporto will be the meeting point of the cream of the world cinema. The biggest names in the world of cinema again return with their latest productions. As the guilty one always returns to the site of the crime, ...

Ten Years of Hong Kong Cinema

 Monday, October 15--------No sooner has the New York Film Festival wrapped (screening its Closing Night film PERSEPOLIS yesterday evening) that the busy beavers at the Film Society of Lincoln Center are pulling more cinema treats out of their hats. No rest for the weary, either at the Society or among Festival audiences. Starting this Wednesday, in honor of the tenth anniversary of Hong Kong's incorporation into the Peoples Republic of China (a date either revered or loathed by the local popul...

Harvey Weinstein kicks off Film Financing Circle with keynote conversation

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 The Film Financing Circle (FFC) is an integral program in the inaugural Middle East International Film Festival in Abu Dhabi.  The FFC takes place from October 15 - 17, 2007 at the Emirates Palace, and presents a multifaceted approach to elevating the international entertainment community's awareness of Abu Dhabi's emergence onto the film scene. The FFC encompasses several extraordinary events guaranteed to optimize networking connections between international financiers and film executives f...

New Cinema From Hong Kong At BAM

 Monday, August 13---------Even though Hong Kong has officially been absorbed into the People's Republic of China, it remains its own political and cultural animal. This is certainly reflected in its national cinema, which has been a major international sensation for decades. To mark the 10th anniversary of the end of colonial rule, the BAMcinématek, the repertory film program at BAM Rose Cinemas, is presenting THE NEW DECADE: HONG KONG FILM, starting this Thursday, August 16th.This nine...

Venice Fest in Full Swing

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Out of competition films: Final Fantasy VII, Advent Children, Tsui Harks Seven Swords (Qi jian), the opening film , and The Art of Love, Mine Ha Ha by John Irvin set the Venezia 62 in motion August 31. Tsui Hark explained why he has made another martial arts film. Because ‘the stories are still compelling’. Seven Swords is concerned with the origins of martial arts in 1600 China when peasants wanted to defend themselves from rogue bandits. Both Charlie Young and Honglei Sun evoke the stro...

Tsui Hark's "Seven Swords" Opens the 62nd Venice Intl. Film Festival

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Hong Kong Tsui Hark's epic martial arts fantasy Seven Swordswill open the Venice Film Festival, and will be screened out of competition. The Venice fest is slated for Aug. 31-Sept. 10 and Dante Ferretti, Oscar-winning set designer of The Aviator will be president of the juryA special "wuxia" martial arts theme party is planned on the Excelsior Hotel beach, the meeting place for journalists, cast and crew, for a celebration of 100 years of Chinese cinema.Asian films will predominate this year's ...

On the Road to the Palmarès

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With two days away to the Palmarès, and two films left to screen, here is the official selection which has commanded the press attention for over a week - with comments by the directors. No one can ever predict what a jury with a chemistry of its own will decide. We have some ideas though from the day one press conference: Benoît Poelvoorde is going to take revenge on the films because he's never won an award (prompted by Bob Hope and Billy Crystal). Tilda Swinton and Quentin Tarantino will po...
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