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Josh Leake Wins the MPA Top Prize for “Emptys” At TROPFEST Short Film Festival

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After nearly eight hours of programming and in front of a capacity crowd of more than 10,000 people, Tropfest – the world’s largest short film festival - concluded in New York with Josh Leake of Portland, Oregon claiming the top prize for a film called “Emptys,” made for merely $1,300 dollars. The aspiring filmmaker beat out seven other hopefuls in the first ever U.S. Tropfest competition, and earned $20,000 from the Motion Picture Association (MPA).  Alexander Poe came in second and Ma...

EFA Board members attending Cinema City in Novi Sad welcome 16 new serbian film professionals

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Nik Powell at the closing ceremony Sixteen domestic film professionals elected Board Members of the prestigious European Film Academy Members of the Board of the prestigious film institution European Film Academy have been honorary guests of the Cinema City 2012. This is the first official visit of the European Film Academy to Serbia. Krzysztof Zanussi One of the annual board meetings of this world-renowned institution took place at Cinema City International ...

Interview with Award Winning Documentarian Ian Rosenberg

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By Maria Esteves - June 22, 2012   Ian Rosenberg (IR) is a producer and Award winning documentarian who lives in New York and married to co-director and producer Caroline Laskow. He is co-founder and member of OVO, a not-for-profit New York City arts collective. In 2003, Rosenberg co-produced the Award winning documentary “Ashtanga, NY.” In 2006, he produced “The World's Best Prom" and directed “Grand Street" documentary short. In 2009, his HBO Documentary “Fin...

Fried Chicken

Director: Serdar YILMAZ.
In a family made up of a grandmother, daughter and a 9-year old granddaughter, granddaughter is forced to eat. The moral supporter of this little girl who feels contented about her games and within her own world, is a man behind the curtain only visible to her and no one has any clue whether this man is real or imaginary. While the Fried Chicken is a monstrous and aversive thing for the little girl, it turns in to a four - meter -long avant-garde object that is pulled over by the (same) man behind the curtain under cheers in an isolated corner (street) populated by the homeless.

“Marina Abramovic The Artist Is Present” captivates the audience

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“Marina Abramovic The Artist Is Present” captivates the audience by Ron Gilbert In all honesty ,I must say that I was not familiar with the career of the incredibly creative artist, Marina Abramovic, but after seeing this documentary I would be the first in line to see her live in action. The advantage audiences will have in seeing this documentary is that the film explores her 40 year career and traces her roots in Yugoslavia, where she was raised by communist parents in a h...

48 h TV

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Director: Michal Tylka.
The television crew is making a coverage from the gay pride parade in Krakow. Suddenly, the reporter sees a man willing to jump from the terrace at the main square. He's an ex-partner of a well-known celebrity...

Hannah Fidell’s A Teacher wins the first edition of US in Progress Paris

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Hannah Fidell celebrating with Nicole Emanuele, producer of Not Waving But Drowning US In Progress is the first industry event devoted to US-indies in Europe. The event was started in 2011 in Wrocław by the New Horizons Association and Black Rabbit Film and then expanded to Paris, where it was part of Sophie Dulac’s Champs-Elysées Film Festival (6 - 12 June 2012). The Paris edition attracted more than 50 distributors, producers and sales agents from the whole world, who watch...

Philadelphia QFest will open with the Philadelphia premiere of Elliot Loves from director Terracino

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Running from July 12 to July 23, 2012, the 18th edition of Philadelphia QFest opens with the Philadelphia premiere of Elliot Loves from director Terracino and closes eleven days later with the East Coast premiere (and only second showing in the world!) of BearCity2: The Proposal. (Festival Favorites will be screened on Monday, July 23). With 107 films that include 42 feature films, 13 documentaries, and 52 short films – and 7 World Premieres, 1 North American Premiere, 2 U.S. Premieres,...

Where Should Films be Going? From Some of the Best - Produced by 2012 Notes

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Game Changers: Where Should Films be Going? A panel including Ceán Chaffin, Michael de Luca, Mark Johnson, Doug Wick, and moderator Michael Shamberg opened Day 2 of the Produced by Conference by attempting to answer that question.  Ceán Chaffin (Producer & partner of David Fincher- Fight Club, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, The Social Network, The Girl with a Dragon Tattoo): "We don't have tentpole movies." The audience is harder and harder to find. "We mak...

Christopher Nolan and Emma Thomas at Produced by 2012

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Christopher Nolan & Emma Thomas were humble and introspective in front of the eager audience at as they opened Produced by 2012 last weekend. Nolan and Thomas worked together in England before bringing their first film Following to the US in 1998, at a time in the US when there was a "movement of cheap films that secured distribution through the festival circuit." They submitted it to the Sundance Film Festival, didn't make it, but there met a programmer from the San Francisco In...

I tonnaroti di Favignana (The thonfisher of Favignana)

Director: stefano fogato.
The fisherman of thon in their sides, old palaces, with net, on the sea and during the "mattanza", the moment when they keep the thons.

Fantasia Announces Off-Frontières Projects

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– A few weeks ago, Montreal's Fantasia International Film Festival announced the projects selected for its inaugural Frontières International Co-Production Market. The overwhelmingly positive response for this new initiative inspired the Fantasia team to go even further and curate an Off-Frontières selection of film projects. This selection highlights a limited number of additional projects in a wider range of development stages, and proudly incorporates more projects from Quebec and Canada....

COWS AND BELLS

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Director: Christian Günzler.
Peter is in love with his best friend Johannes. While the cattle is driven back from their summer residence down into the valley, their two different concepts of life collide… COWS AND BELLS is a film about friendship and the courage to find happiness.

Shangai fest opening with JJ Annaud as chair of the jury

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Shanghai International Film Festival 2012 opens on June 16. SIFF Project, the key program of the festival, presents CFPC and Co-FPC projects, 32 projects in total. CFPC is aimed at supporting young Chinese rising directors. This year, 8 young directors develop their ideas, and provide us both original and promising projects. Co-FPC focuses on encouraging the co-production market, and discover commercially potential project with well-known directors. This year 24 projects are to ...

Prathyayam

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Director: Rajesh Touchriver.
Provocative, shocking and surprisingly tender amidst an explosion of unbridled emotions, “Prathyayam”(Trust) in telugu and “Ente…”(Mine…) in malyalam explores the consequences of sex trafficking, testing the vulnerability of trust in human relations. Srinivas(Siddiq) is a wonderful and devoted father to Durga(Anjali Patil), and he provides her the best. Working in the city and maintaining his family in a small town works well for him for years. One day everything is shattered when Durga comes unannounced to the city to appear for an interview concerning her college admission. Durga’s life is brutally torn apart as Srinivas wrestles with grief, remorse, self pity and guilt.

Randy Jones Live: Sunday Night Fever Closing Night

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By Maria Esteves – June 14, 2012   The Sunday Night Fever Closing Night Disco extravaganza hosted by American Music Award recipient pop icon Randy Jones (Original Village People Cowboy) commenced Sunday, June 10, 2012, 8:00 PM at SPLASH nightclub, New York. Dance patrons at this extraordinary evening enjoyed live telecast of the 2012 Tony Awards with Splash’s new ultra high-tech multimedia system on the lower level and 80s Disco hits with renowned resident DJ Max Rodriguez on th...

Please Don't Beat Me, Sir!

Director: Shashwati Talukdar and P. Kerim Friedman.
Over 60 million Indians belong to communities imprisoned by the British as "criminals by birth." The Chhara of Ahmedabad, in Western India, are one of 198 such "Criminal Tribes." Declaring that they are "born actors," not "born criminals," a group of Chhara youth have turned to street theater in their fight against police brutality, corruption, and the stigma of criminality — a stigma internalized by their own grandparents. 'Please Don't Beat Me, Sir!' follows the lives of these young actors and their families as they take their struggle to the streets, hoping their plays will spark a revolution.

English Film on Kino Otok Isola

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If we are talking about British film shown on Kino Otok Isola, then we are talking about minor English films definitely worth mentioning. That would be Archipelago by Joana Hogg and Two Years at Sea by young film director Ben Rivers. But first thing first! Joanna Hogg is a woman, a friend of great late British film director Derek Jarman and a filmmaker coming from the middle higher class in England, which is very obvious in her films. This is the second one. So this is how her seco...

Valentine's Day

Director: Mir Abbas Khosravi Nejad.
The Father of one student has died. Schoolmaster wants to tell him about it, But he can't …

periflare

Director: Szacsva y Pal.
Periflare is an invocation of cases of self immolation throughout the world mainly in the past two years: 2011 and 2012. The video is an attempt to relate to this extreme human gesture.

FREE Writers & Filmmakers Community -- Submit FREE, Win Awards & Exposure

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Join our FREE Networking Community ScreenplayFest.com   Filmmakers, submit your short film or feature film TRAILERS for FREE into our new TrailerFest -- gain exposure and feedback before submitting to festivals and distributors.   Screenwriters, submit your loglines for FREE and win $500 in awards.  Also, win monthly awards for best logline/movie idea -- monthly winners earn free submission into our ScreenplayFest where writers can win over $5000 in Awards.  Als...

Off de Cannes event

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At the end of April 2012,  Nosce te ipsum (Know Thyself, in Latin) was projected in preview in La Jetée's projection room (headquarters of Sauve-Qui-Peut le Court Métrage, the organization which makes possible Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival) in front of 140 people who welcomed it benevolently. A month later, the film was projected on Carlton Beach during the Off de Cannes event, Cannes, France. The jury, chaired by Max Howard (producer of The Lion King), gave us ...

Killing Candi

Director: Julie Ufema.
Like it or not, Candies parole officer says the reality star has a PSA to shoot. And although she’ll do just about anything for fame, the little people she continues to step on are even more willing to do anything to take it all away. What could be sweeter than killing Candi?

A Day on Set, Set Me Free

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It’s Never Too Late – How a Day on Set Set Me Free I’ll admit it. I had given up on film, forever.  I was 37, had two toddlers with special needs, found myself living in the middle of Central Pennsylvania and handled mindless data entry for my husband’s family business.  My high haired, heavily made-up, mini-skirt wearing days were over.  I traded in auditions for doctor’s appointments and pageants for Pampers.  I wrote letters to medical assistance instead of writing screen...
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