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Sarajevo Film Festival

actress Melissa Papel and director Ari Folman at the Sarajevo Film Festival Ari Folman is the director of one of my favorite films ever, Waltz With Bashir (2008). interview here with Ari Folman and interviewer Farai Gundan:   And one on one interview with Melissa Papel below:   In my interview with actress Melis

The Sicilian Girl

Next week The Sicilian Girl (2009) by director Marco Amenta starring Veronica D'Agostino and Gerard Jugnot will open in theaters in the U.S. The Sicilian Girl is a based on the true story of Rita Atria, a teenaged girl born into the Cosa Nostra who rebelled against the mafia as a witness in Italian courts to avange her father's death. It is a riveting dramatic thriller that has received international acclaim. I saw The Sicilian Girl in Palm Springs, California when Amenta screened h...

Another Planet

Director: Ferenc Moldovanyi.
“Expanding upon themes he explored in Children: Kosovo 2000 (SDFF 24), Ferenc Moldoványi’s latest documentary is at once hypnotically beautiful and acutely disturbing. Shot over a two-year period in four countries on four continents—Ecuador (South America), Mexico (North America), Democratic Republic of Congo (Africa), and Cambodia (Asia)—Another Planet unfolds as a cinematic tone poem in the tradition of Koyaanisqatsi, exposing the unequal distribution of wealth around the world as a major humanitarian crisis. Framed by pastoral sequences in which a Tarahumara shaman imparts a dream of paradise on earth, the film moves quickly and seamlessly between the lives of seven children inextricably linked by their shocking and tragic experiences of daily exploitation and abuse. We meet lonely, aimless urchins, barely eking out a living on the streets. We see child laborers toiling in brick factories, garbage dumps, and brothels, only to be beaten when business is down. And perhaps most harrowing of all, we get to know the child soldiers of Congo as they are turned into killing machines. Throughout this journey, Moldoványi’s unwavering vision reminds us of the eternal coexistence of beauty and horror all over the world. Informed by the haunting cinematography of Tibor Máthé as well as Tibor Szemzö’s ethereal soundtrack, Another Planet crosses cultural boundaries to forge a commentary on the human condition as damning as it is open-ended.” 31st Starz Denver International Film Festival Official Catalogue "This globe-spanning film hits hard on many levels—visually, intellectually, emotionally. Beautifully shot in Ecuador, Mexico, Africa and Asia, Moldoványi’s film presents images that sparkle in the eye even as they punch you in the heart. Moldoványi introduces us to children in Cambodia, Ecuador, Mexico and the Democratic Republic of Congo, each of whom is struggling to survive. Working long hours, often in dangerous and dirty conditions, these children show us a side of existence that many have never seen or even imagined. While many in the US hold childhood as a special and protected time of nurtured innocence, this film reminds us all that for many children life is a brutal and precarious game of survival. With subjects that include children scavenging dumps for recyclables, child soldiers and child sex workers, this film offers a sympathetic and unblinking eye. The children themselves are our strongest storytellers, and they open up to Moldoványi’s camera to give us their own perspective. Their frankness astonishes as they talk matter-of-factly about their jobs and the consequences of not earning. The children either are at the mercy of adults—often the parents who force them to work and beat them when they don’t earn enough—or have been abandoned by adults altogether. While the film is not a gentle journey, it imagines a better world, a greater one. The filmmaker relies on your humanity and empathy to be moved by these children, while never directly suggesting a call to action. This film offers an unprecedented opportunity to explore another planet, a trip definitely worth taking." SILVERDOCS: AFI/Discovery Channel Documentary Festival

Roman Polanski Released

  Following a legal battle that began almost a year ago at the Zurich Airport en route to the Zurich Film Festival, Oscar-winning director Roman Polanski has been released from legal limbo that has kept him under house arrest in Switzerland, and will most likely be back in France by later this week. Switzerland announced earlier today that it will not extradite Roman Polanski to the United States, where the film director faces charges of unlawful sex with a minor over thre...

Roman Polanski Is Released

  Following a legal battle that began almost a year ago at the Zurich Airport en route to the Zurich Film Festival, Oscar-winning director Roman Polanski has been released from legal limbo that has kept him under house arrest in Switzerland, and will most likely be back in France by later this week. Switzerland announced earlier today that it will not extradite Roman Polanski to the United States, where the film director faces charges of unlawful sex with a minor over three decad...

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

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...

Human Rights Watch Film Festival Seeks "Accountability and Justice"

Last July, the nonprofit group Human Rights Watch put out a hefty report drawn from its prior two decades of watching dogs in some 20 countries. Called Selling Justice Short, the dossier showed why accountability was a good thing for peace and, if nothing else, could help heal victims by acknowledging their anguish. I didn't read it – nor likely did you – but the Human Rights Watch Film Festival supplies some visual Cliff's Notes. This year it gives witness to human rights violations ...

An Interview with New York City International Film Festival Founder Roberto Rizzo

By Maria Esteves - June 1, 2010 Presenting characters that overcome life's difficulties, filmmaker Roberto Rizzo (RR) is founder of the New York City International Film Festival (NYCIFF). Rizzo's passion for film began at the age of four, is writer, producer, director of Trust Me, Couples, Fascination, and Connecticut Cooking & Conversation, founded Vesuviano Pictures, has appeared in 13, 30 Rock, My Father's Will, New Amsterdam, and others. RR has performed many interviews and several ...

55th Village Voice OBIE Awards

By: Maria Esteves – May 22, 2010 The 55th Annual 2010 Village Voice OBIE Awards honoring Off-Broadway and Off-Off-Broadway theater exceptional achievements of 2009-2010, co-hosted by Tony Award winners Michael Cerveris and Anika Noni Rose (2001 OBIE Award winner, Eli's Comin') were held at the historical Webster Hall ballroom, New York, Monday, May 17, 8:00 pm. This year’s award presenters were J. Smith Cameron, Viola Davis, Marin Ireland, Linda Lavin, Hamish Linklater, Sam Rockwell, ...

Mike Leigh insists, "Nobody is boring," at Another Year press conference

Six-time Oscar nominated writer and director Mike Leigh appeared disgruntled and gruff at the start of Saturday morning's press conference following the premiere of his in competition film, Another Year. Leigh abrubtly refused to answer the first reporter's question, shouting: "I'm not taking any questions from you, and you know why!" The audience, seeming both taken aback and amused at this sudden outburst, became noticeably more alert.Leigh and his cast, including Jim Broadbent, Lesl...


Director: Tim VandeSteeg.

Indiewood Pictures in Association with Destiny Pictures presents the award-winning MY RUN, the inspirational documentary of Terry Hitchcock, narrated by Academy Award winner Billy Bob Thornton. After tragically losing his wife to breast cancer and struggling to raise three young children on his own, Terry Hitchcock seized on an idea. He wanted to accomplish the impossible: run 75 consecutive marathons in 75 consecutive days to bring attention to the incredibly difficult lives of single-parent families. He ran in spite of freezing rain and unbearable heat, in spite of chest pains and bone fractures that wracked his 57-year-old body. He just kept running - each day, every day - strengthening an unbreakable bond between father and son--- not stopping until he broke the finish line tape in Atlanta.

Toronto Urban Film Festival 2010

Making a great one-minute film, that’s TUFF!

The Toronto Urban Film Festival is a 10-day (September 10-19, 2010) public film festival that reaches over 1.3 million subway commuters daily. TUFF is looking for the best one-minute silent films from across Canada and around the world. Over $10,000 in cash and prizes awarded. Films are selected by a guest jury, with the top films chosen by a Guest Judge; this year it's filmmaker Deepha Metha (Water). Artist fees of $100  paid to every film that’s selected by our jury to screen on the TTC and on the TUFF Website.

Seattle International Film Festival claims largest festival in the US reveals line up of 600 screenings

SIFF is proud to announce the lineup for the 36th Seattle International Film Festival, the largest and most highly attended event of its kind in the United States. Running a full 25 days, SIFF will present 189 narrative features, 54 documentary features, 13 archival films, and 150 short films from 67 countries, including 25 World Premieres (12 features, 13 shorts), 36 North American Premieres (24 features, 12 shorts), and 12 US Premieres (6 features, 6 shorts). SIFF 2010 runs from May 20...

World Street Walking

Director: Yasuhiro Himukashi.
Asia is a chaotic place where 'history', 'culture', 'popular life', and 'modern technology' are all mixed. A Japanese character wanders the cities of East Asia and gets lost in the maze; as if he cannot judge whether it's a dream or reality. The camera enter in the depths of Asia.

Jonathan Viera Executive producer presents the Aruba Festival

Jonathan Vieira was born and raised on the Dutch island of Aruba.

Tallgrass Third Thursdays brings Green Porno to the Fisch Haus

  Tallgrass Third Thursdays and the Ulrich Museum of Art are bringing Green Porno production and costume designer Andy Byers to Wichita for ten days of public, museum and classroom events. To commence the activities, Byers will present the Green Porno mini-films and discuss his work at the Third Thursday April screening co-sponsored by the Fisch Haus and D.K. Kitchen. Green Porno is an ongoing series of very short films (less than three minutes long) that takes a comical a...

The last, but not the least

The last, but not the leastFinally, we have the fourth judge on our list. This wonderful person is named Andre Werner. An artist, filmmaker, writer, translator, curator, festival director... This list can go on and on. The thing you should know is that he have a good taste for hats, cats and films. So, please, welcome Andre!And we'll publish selected films in all four competitions and start the voting process in 2 days! Get yourself ready!!!...


user, the global online film networking community and digital distribution platform for independent cinema, has entered the online film festival arena, announcing the highest cash prize yet for fledgling film auteurs. The BIGSTAR Online Film Festival (BOFF) will award a $50,000 cash grand prize to the best film of the festival and honor other submissions with awards of merit in the categories of Best Director, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor, Best Supporting...

Queer Fruits Film Festival

Queer Fruits Film Festival Queer Fruits Film Festival 29th-30th December 2010 Star Court Theatre, Lismore (Northern NSW, Australia) 2010 International Call for entries now open Queer Fruits Film Festival has been established to provide a vital regional screen culture event to enable the GLBTIQ communities and wider community to participate in the celebration and innovation of international queer filmmaking culture. Established in conjunction with Tropical Fruits Inc. one of the longest running grassroots GLBTIQ organisations in Australia (since 1988), Queer Fruits Film Festival is an enticing new annual event to screen Wednesday December 29th and Thursday December 30th, in the lead-up to the famous Tropical Fruits' New Year's Eve party - where around 3,000 local, national and international GLBTIQ patrons celebrate annually. QUEER FILMMAKERS ENTER NOW : Queer Fruits Film Festival is open to innovative, entertaining, intelligent and celebratory films of all lengths; from short films, to selected features completed within the last three years. Films which uplift and inspire; films which explore the serious realities and issues that confront the GLBTIQ communities. Fabulous films, which exude a charisma. In 2009, queer filmmakers from 18 countries internationally and every state in Australia entered; leading to the presentation of an outstanding program of GLBTIQ films. A Distinguished Festival Jury will again independently judge the films and select award winners in all categories, with two special prizes : Local Filmmaker Incentive (open to queer filmmakers who are Northern Rivers' residents) and Jury Prize to be awarded. ENTER YOUR FILM NOW online at Early Bird - must be received by Friday April 30th : Regular - $30.00 Student - $25.00 For further information, or to receive a copy of the 2010 Entry Form (PDF) & Guidelines : & join us on Facebook for regular updates QFFF P.O. Box 2101 Byron Bay NSW 2481 Australia

Meet Indie Filmmaker: SZCZEPAN PRZYGODA

Labelled a goldbrick or a loafer in the times before Poland’s democratic transformation in 1989, the eponymous ‘hero’ of Sebastian Czech’s documentary spends his days in carefree and alcohol fuelled bliss, in between dodging various prison sentences for failure to pay his debts.A brutally honest and candid depiction of one man’s existence….By Mairi CunninghamQ: Firstly, tell me what motivated you to tackle the issues you did? “You have to go and know how to read some signs. Ma...


New name on the jury list: Jean-Gabriel Periot. French director who has found his unique place somewhere between documentary, found footage, animation and experimental film. After screening his own works all over the world he will now judge yours. ...

Side by Side LGBT International Film Fest receives prize from the Teddy Award Foundation during Berlinale

  Side by Side LGBT International Film Festival receives prize from the Teddy Award Foundation at this years 60th Berlin International Film Festival.    The Teddy Award Foundation has awarded Russia's first annual Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) film festival Side by Side a monetary prize of 2000 Euros. The prize was awarded on the opening evening of the 24th Teddy Award by Klaus Mabel Aschenneller director of the Teddy Award Foundation in recognition of Side by Side'...

Bangkok filmfest organizer Juthamas could face 20 years in jail

BANGKOK ~ A former Thai tourism official and her daughter have been indicted on charges that they accepted bribes from a Los Angeles filmmaking couple in exchange for running the Bangkok International Film Festival. An indictment unsealed Tuesday in Los Angeles charges Juthamas Siriwan, the ex-governor of the Tourism Authority of Thailand, and her daughter, Jittisopa Siriwan, with conspiracy and eight other counts. If convicted, they each face up to 20 years in prison, according t...

Call for entries!

# The 64 to 1 Film Festival is an online film festival and completely unique and one of a kind. The format for the competition is based off of the very successful NCAA Basketball tournament. 64 films will be pitted against each other- elimination style- through six rounds of judging.One set of judges will determine the rankings based on a complex point scale with the highest rated film taking the highest seed.  Most would presume the highest seeded would be the odds on fav...

PÖFF celebrating its dirty dozen!

PÖFF's main programme comprises 220 feature films from 74 countries. The international competition programme EurAsia, held for the sixth year, features 20 films from Europe and Asia. The Tridens Baltic feature film competition, held for the second time, presents 9 feature films from Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. This year PÖFF also introduces the North-American independent film competition programme, comprising 10 films from the United States and Canada, many of which are premieres for Europe...