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Boleto al paraíso & Operation Peter Pan: Flying Back to Cuba won the Havana Star Prize for Best Film & Best Documentary

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      At the Closing Night Ceremony on April 15th, 7 pm, at the New York Directors Guild Theatre Ticket to Paradise / Boleto al paraîso by Gerardo Chijona (Cuba) won the Havana Star Prize for Best Picture in the Fiction competition, as voted by the jury members: Maria Marta Antin, Irene Blecua and Antonio Tibaldi.  Operation Peter Pan: Flying Back to Cuba (U.S-Cuba) by Estela Bravo won the Havana Star Prize for Best Doc...

Time Tripping To The 1970s

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  Ah, New York City in the 1970s......while the city was crumbling into a cesspool of urban decay, vigilante violence and moral morass (with the federal government looking away while the city declared bankruptcy), the art underground was, in fact, in full flower. This paradox (or not nearly one, if one contemplates other times and places where the social environment was in chaos and the artistic output was intense, say Berlin in the 1920s) is the focus of several films that are curre...

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2nd International Film Festivals Forum “Eastern-Central Drift” Vilnius

International Film Festivals Forum “Eastern-Central Drift” is being held for the 2nd time in Vilnius as a part of 16th Vilnius International Film Festival “Kino pavasaris”.

The event intends to become an annual gathering place and creative ideas production lab for main international film festivals of the region.

The festivals Forum is taking place on the March 28-31st at the Crowne Plaza Hotel Vilnius and will make it possible for more than 20 International film festival representatives and highly experienced keynote speakers to discuss topical issues for contemporary film promoters, such as building up closer relations with other film industry players, improving cooperation with private sponsors, increasing the diversity of the audience, developing sustainable cross-border cooperation, contribution to the growth of Europe’s creative economy, and many other.


The organizers of the Forum hope that this new initiative will generate answers and creative ideas that will help to meet new challenges and enrich film festivals of the Eastern-Central Europe in new cross-border undertakings.

Program for the Vilnius Film Festival Forum

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  10.00-10:10 Welcoming speech by the director of Vilnius International Film Festival "Kino pavasaris" and the representative of Lithuanian Ministry of Culture. 10.10-11.30 *"What Should I Know about Central-Eastern European Film Festival" (PART I) This panel will open the floor for the guest-festivals and will give them an opportunity to introduce their individual festivals, their different programming, submission specificities as well as the scope of the in...

Bruno Chatelin to speak at the 2nd International Film Festivals Forum

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2nd International Film Festivals Forum “Eastern-Central Drift”Vilnius, 28th-31st March, 2011In March 2011 International Film Festivals Forum “Eastern-Central Drift” will be held for the 2nd time in Vilnius as a part of 16th Vilnius International Film Festival “Kino pavasaris”. The event intends to become an annual gathering place and creative ideas production lab for main international film festivals of the region. The festivals Forum will take place on the March 28-31st at the Crown...

Havana Film Festival New York (HFFNY) opens April 7-15

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The 12th annual Havana Film Festival New York (HFFNY) opens April 7-15 with a program of award-winning films, panel discussions, and Q&A sessions with distinguished international directors, actors, and producers. HFFNY's Cuban films are part of ¡Sí Cuba! Festival, a city-wide celebration of Cuban arts and culture. 14 New York institutions convene to celebrate the rich artistic vitality of Cuba by showcasing the diversity of Cuban culture from the traditional to the modern. ...

Sicilian Film Festival, 6th Edition, Miami Beach Announces New Addition to its Film Lineup

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Filmfever has yet to end in Miami!  With theclosing of the Miami International FilmFestival, film buffs can continue feeding their passion for the ‘Big Screen’at the 6th Annual Sicilian Film Festival (SFF) on April 7 to 13, 2011 at the MiamiBeach Cinematheque, located at the HistoricCity Hall, 1130 Washington Avenue,Miami Beach, 33139.ArtisticDirector, Salvo Bitonti todayannounced the addition of the highly-acclaimed film, “Legend of the Bandit and the Champion.”  Loosely, based on a b...

South Beach Meets Sicily at the 6th Annual Sicilian Film Festival, April 7 to 13, 2011

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 Salvo Vincent Bitonti (Artistic Director), Laura Delli Colli (Cinema Journalist/Presenter), Franco Nero (Actor), and Emanuele Viscuso (President)at the Gran Hotel Excelsior Venice Lido, Venice, Italy Miami Beach, FL…March 8, 2011…For seven days in April, themercury will rise as South Beach meets Sicily at the 6th Annual Sicilian Film Festival (SFF) – April 7 to13, 2011.  The screenings will beheld at the recently inaugurated Miami Beach Cinematheque located at the HistoricCity Hall...

Cowboy Country Meets Hollywood! Ruby Mountain Film Festival 2011

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Cowboy Country Meets Hollywood! Ruby Mountain Film Festival 2011 Elko Nevada, USA  Sixty years ago Lowell Thomas called Elko “the last real cow town in the American West.” Film buffs and movie goers have enjoyed 100’s of Western films since that time. There has been a huge revival of Western films from "No Country for Old Men" and "3:10 to Yuma" recently to "True Grit" currently. RMFF will offer a retrospect of the modern depictions of the American ...

2011 BigPond Adelaide Film Festival kicked off

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  Adelaide was buzzing this week as hundreds of national and international filmmakers, film industry figures and talent filled the city for the opening weekend of the 2011 BigPond Adelaide Film Festival (BAFF).   The Festival, officially opened by the Premier of South Australian, the Hon Mike Rann, commenced with the world premiere screening of Bob Connolly and Sophie Raymond's highly anticipated documentary MRS CAREY'S CONCERT, followed by a surprise live performance by Emil...

Berlinale 2011 coverage on fest21.com

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Below is the coverage from Berlin, headlines... My Berlin Top Ten Films At a film festival that totals more than 250 feature films (not to mention an additional 250 features in the accompanying European Film Market), one can only skim the surface of an event as wide-ranging as the Berlinale. Film choices are often based on schedule availability....grabbing a screening in between meetings or making sure one is awake to catch the early morning press screenings of the Competition program. In a se...

The Ruby Mountain Film Festival in Elko - The mission

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The RMFF is an annual event which takes place August 11-14 in Elko, Nevada. The film industry is constantly searching for creative, new artistic talent and vision. We seek to unite filmmakers with industry experts, students, educators and film lovers for an aspiring four day celebration of storytelling through visual arts. As a spotlight for programming RMFF will have a special film category award called The Ruby Award. This will be given to the best western film. Sixty years ago Lowell Tho...

Ruby Mountain Film festival Callling for entries

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Ruby Mountain Film Festival August 11-14, 2011 Call for Entries Final Deadline: May 15, 2011     Contact Information: Ruby Mountain Film Festival PO Box 2776 Elko Nevada USA 89803 phone number 775-299-4484    W...

Berlinale closing red carpet

Impressions of the Berlinale. Red carpet "Closing Night" VIPs: Dieter Kosslick, Heike Makatsch, Wim Wenders, Klaus Wowereit, Governing Mayor of Berlin, Asghar Farhadi, Diane Kruger, Isabella Rossellini

Prizes Independent Juries - Berlinale

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A jury is considered independent when its members are not selected by the Berlinale. A number of independent juries award prizes at the Berlinale. The high level of quality and diversity of the films are an invitation for critical examination and discerning judgment that opens up new directions. Accordingly the independent juries award their prizes along different criteria, in accordance to the special intention linked to each award. The following prizes are awarded by independent juries during...

Berlinale 2011 Panorama

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  photo still of 'Tropa d'Elite 2' with actor Wagner Moura -BERLINALE PRESS- Panorama Special and Panorama Dokumente    The first is Brazilian filmmaker José Padilha's Tropa de Elite 2, which does not just take up his Golden Bear-winning film from 2008 again, but also shifts the perspective. A human rights activist in Brazil is elected district representative, yet he is the antithesis of the militia, police and, above all, the political system. The second openin...

Splendid Conclusion of the 61st Berlin International Film Festival

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  On Saturday, February 19, the 61st Berlin International Film Festival will come to a splendid conclusion with the award ceremony. 1600 guests are expected at the gala in the Berlinale Palast, where from 7.00 pm onwards the winners of the Golden and Silver Bears, the Golden and Silver Bears for the Short Films, the Alfred Bauer Prize as well as the Best First Feature Award will be announced. Following the ceremony, the winner of the Golden Bear will be presented as closing film of this...

The Seattle International Film Festival expands to new communities outside Seattle

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  The Seattle International Film Festival continues to expand to new communities outside Seattle, adding Renton as a SIFF venue in 2011.  Renton screenings will take place May 20-26 at the IKEA Performing Arts Center.  A special Opening Night Screening will take place in Renton on May 20, with a gala reception following at the Renton Pavilion Event Center.   "SIFF is extremely pleased to bring Festival programming to communities throughout the region and continue to br...

Berlin Film In Focus: WHATSOEVERLY

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  While some people in America may already be nostalgic for George W. Bush (do not count me in that group), one of the guilty pleasures that one could perhaps pine for was the former President’s odd use of the English language. Although he was educated at Harvard, he was prone to colloquialisms that were bad mashups of words that he kind of, sort of just made up. He shares this quality with the lead actor in the new Italian satirical comedy QUALUNQUEMENTE translated as WHATSOEVERL...

Panorama Celebrates Two Milestones In 2011

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  The Panorama section of the Berlinale, known for its edgy programming, is celebrating two significant anniversaries this year. The first is the 30 year involvement of Wieland Speck, the handsome honcho who began his involvement as an assistant to the legendary Manfred Salzgaber, a producer and film exhibitor who began the section as an alternative to the somewhat stuffy programming of the main Berlinale section. With an emphasis on queer and outsider cinema, the Panorama was event...

Berlinale Opening 2011: Cowboy Boots to Kick Off Race for Bears

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  Minister of State for Culture Bernd Neumann, Governing Mayor of Berlin Klaus Wowereit, Jury President Isabella Rossellini and Berlinale Director Dieter Kosslick will open the 61st Berlin International Festival on February 10 at 7.30 pm. During the opening gala, which will be hosted by Anke Engelke, the International Jury will be introduced. Music will be provided by the Beatsteaks. 3sat will broadcast the event live. This will be followed by the international premiere of Joel ...

NEWSLETTER N° 494: January 28, 2011

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Season's greeting to all our friends on the festival circuit! I thank you for the warm and encouraging messages around my candidacy for President of uniFrance, Thanks for your support : results in the next newsletter!. Bruno Chatelin Support Bruno Chatelin running for President at uniFrance and discover his program  Follow this LINK if you cannot read the newsletter properly Contact the Editor, Advertise with us  This weekly ...

NYCIFF Bazaar

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NYCIFF Bazaar for the Film industryA major meeting place for professionals, the "NYCIFF Bazaar" congregate buyers, distributors and producers for 4 days dedicated to meetings and negotiations.This international event allows all professionals to develop their projects, present their latest news, establish partnerships and co-productions.NYC Media part of the mayor’s office of media and entertainment will talk about the advantage and possibilities New York City offer to filmmakers...

The 41st Forum: Cracks in the Facade

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A surprisingly large number of films in the programme of the 41st Berlinale Forum revolve around family, relationships and identity. Although exploring the human psyche is the number one subject for independent filmmakers from the whole world, the majority of these films in this year's selection can also be read politically within the context of social change and political upheaval.   In this way, artist Kelvin K. Park's documentary Cheonggyecheon Medley places the threatened demolition of a tr...

Berlinale 41st Forum: cracks in the facade

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The 41st Forum: Cracks in the Facade A surprisingly large number of films in the programme of the 41st Berlinale Forum revolve around family, relationships and identity. Although exploring the human psyche is the number one subject for independent filmmakers from the whole world, the majority of these films in this year’s selection can also be read politically within the context of social change and political upheaval. In this way, artist Kelvin K. Park’s documentary Cheonggyecheon Medley p...

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