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DESERT RIDERS (2011) with Noemi Weis at 14th TDF

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The film DESERT RIDERS (2011) screened at the 14th Thessaloniki Documentary Film Festival. Writer/Producer Noemi Weis attended the festival in support of the film.   DESERT RIDERS is about the trafficking of poor children to Middle Eastern countries who are forced into slavery as camel jockeys for the extremely lucrative business of camel racing. Many of the children have died during the races or suffered from malnutrition and are scarred for life. Due to pressure from me...

DESERT RIDERS (2011) at 14th Thessaloniki Doc Festival

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The film DESERT RIDERS (2011) screened at the 14th Thessaloniki Documentary Film Festival. Writer/Producer Noemi Weis attended the festival in support of the film.   DESERT RIDERS is about the trafficking of poor children to Middle Eastern countries who are forced into slavery as camel jockeys for the extremely lucrative business of camel racing. Many of the children have died during the races or suffered from malnutrition and are scarred for life. Due to pressure from me...

14th TDF Press Conference, March 11th, 2012

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  Photo still from DESERT RIDERS (2011)   -14th TDF PRESS- PRESS CONFERENCE GAELLE / STORIES FROM LAKKA BEACH / DESERT RIDERS As part of the 14th Thessaloniki Documentary Festival, a Press Conference was held on Sunday, March 11, 2012. Participating were directors Natalie Johanna Halla (Gaelle) and Daan Veldhuizen (Stories from Lakka Beach), as well as the scriptwriter/producer Noemi Weis (Desert Riders). Desert Riders, directed by Vic Sarin, deals with a topic t...

VIFF line-up of canadian films

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MEDIA RELEASE September 7, 2011 -------------------------------------------------------------------VANCOUVER INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVALSeptember 29 - October 14, 2011 VIFF line-up showcases 80+ Canadian filmsCanadian Images Program includes 24BC productions VIFF is one of the biggest annual showcases of Canadian film in the world, with a special emphasis on BC films. Close to one-quarter of the festival's more than 360 films this year are home-grown. Canadian films are shown within several pro...

CICFF Announces 2009 Award Winners

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The 2009 Best of Fest Award Julian Fellowes, From Time to Time (UK, 2009) The Poetry Foundation Poetry Prize Filmmaker - Andreas Mendritzki, Poet - Loma Crozier, Fear of Snakes (Canada, 2009) The Kenneth and Harle Montgomery Prize Best Film or Video by an Emerging Director Mary Ann Kellogg, Abuelo (USA, 2009) The Kenneth and Harle Montgomery Prize Best Child-Produced Film or Video Shiropa Purna, Our Boat is Our...

Winners Wow Audience At Chicago International Children's Film Festival Closing Night

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    The 26th Annual Chicago International Children's Film Festival congratulates the winners of more than 30 awards presented at the CICFF's American Airlines Closing Nights Awards Presentation on Sunday, November 1, 2009 at Columbia College's Film Row Cinema. Charles Malik Whitfield (Notorious, The Temptations, Behind Enemy Lines) hosted the event.  More than 80 filmmakers from around the world came to watch the most acclaimed films ...

Chicago International Children's Film Festival awards

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The 26th Annual Chicago International Children's Film Festival congratulates the winners of more than 30 awards presented at the CICFF's American Airlines Closing Night Awards Presentation on Sunday, November 1, 2009 at Columbia College's Film Row Cinema. Charles Malik Whitfield (Notorious, The Temptations, Behind Enemy Lines) hosted the event. More than 80 filmmakers from around the world came to watch the most acclaimed films of the CICFF and celebrate ten days of master classes, discussions,...

A look at Canadian films in the Vancouver Festival

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The Vancouver International Film Festival will present 89 Canadian films in the Festival, fully one-quarter of the more than 350 films presented at this year's VIFF. These films showcase new works from some of our most popular and prolific filmmakers, along with a great crop of new talent. The Canadian line-up includes 20 dramatic and 13 nonfiction feature-length films, six mid-length films and 50 shorts. "The Canadian Images program traditionally includes some of the hottest tick...

Facts and Figures on VIFF

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Both in terms of admissions and number of films screened (142,425 and 360 respectively in 2008) VIFF is among the five largest film festivals in North America. We screen films from over 70 countries on 10 screens. The international line-up includes, in addition to many undiscovered gems, the pick of the world's top film fests. Three main programming platforms make our festival unique: we screen the largest selection of East Asian films outside of that region, we are one of the biggest sh...

89 Canadian films in The Vancouver International Film Festival

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CANADIAN IMAGES Audience Favourites, New Faces and Fantastic DocsThe Vancouver International Film Festival will present 89 Canadian films in the Festival, fully one-quarter of the more than 350 films presented at this year's VIFF. These films showcase new works from some of our most popular and prolific filmmakers, along with a great crop of new talent. The Canadian line-up includes 20 dramatic and 13 nonfiction feature-length films, six mid-length films and 50 shorts. “The Canadian Images pro...

New Canadian Films At Independent Film Week

  Wednesday, September 17-----Telefilm Canada, the national funding and promotion agency for Canadian cinema, is one of the partners in the Independent Feature Project's No Borders Co-Production Market. This morning, the organization presented a show reel of some of the most anticipated Canadian feature films, which will be making the festival rounds in the months to come. The intiative is part of the organization's support during the Independent Film Week activities, including several C...

Hairy Indian Opener in Florence River to River

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One of the nice things about this European based Festival of Indian films is that it is not limited exclusively to films from India itself, but also includes work by Indian filmmakers in the Diaspora as well as works by Non-Indian directors dealing with Indian subjects. The most powerful film of the fest so far was "Murder Unveiled" by Canadian based director Vic Sarin, born in Kashmir but long resident in Canada with more than a hundred films to his credit. The catalog calls this a "modern day...

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