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London Film Festival awards De rouille et d'os

The 56th BFI London Film Festival, in partnership with American Express announced the winners at its high profile awards ceremony, at Banqueting House, Whitehall, SW1 this evening.   Hosted by Sue Perkins the four awards were presented by some of the most respected figures in the film world. BEST FILM: RUST AND BONE, directed by Jacques Audiard Presented in partnership with American Express and celebrating the most original, intelligent and distinctive filmmaking in the Festival, t...

Frank Darabont will head the Zurich Film Festival

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The Zurich Film Festival (ZFF) announced today the members of the four juries that will preside over the competition categories at the 8th edition of the Festival, which takes place September 20th – 30th. Three-time Academy Award® nominated writer, producer and director Frank Darabont (The Green Mile, The Shawshank Redemption, The Walking Dead) will serve as Jury President for the ZFF’s international section. The 2012 Zurich Film Festival jury members are: Internation...

Award-winners announced at Durban International Film Festival

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The 33rd edition of the Durban International Film Festival, with principal funding from the National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund,  this evening (Saturday, July 28) announced its award-winners, prior to the closing film. Winner of the Best Feature Film award, Love (Amour) was applauded by the International Jury as “unmissable”, and the film’s director Michael Haneke, as a “contemporary master with an astute understanding of his cinematic world”. The Best Feature Film award carrie...

Amour wins big in Durban

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Award-winners announced at Durban International Film Festival The 33rd edition of the Durban International Film Festival, with principal funding from the National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund,  this evening (Saturday, July 28) announced its award-winners, prior to the closing film. Winner of the Best Feature Film award, Love (Amour) was applauded by the International Jury as “unmissable”, and the film’s director Michael Haneke, as a “contemporary master with an astute under...

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?

Eversouls: The Collector and Sage

Director: Julie Ufema.
Serena and Anna grew up together in the same orphanage, dreaming of one day being adopted into the same family, so when Mr. and Mrs. Eversoul take them in they all believe that their prayers have been answered. But the dream quickly turns into a nightmare when they realize that being a family comes with an unimaginable responsibility passed down over the centuries. Guided by the family sage and a misunderstood ‘Collector’, Serena and Anna navigate through a maze of lost souls. These souls have a price to pay someone, or something, to free them selves and find eternal peace. Serena and Anna must find the strength and power to help free these souls or find themselves paying an even bigger price.

Caveat

Director: Julie Ufema.
After hearing of their father's mysterious death, the five privileged Mosier sisters are forced to return home to claim their share of the family inheritance. With an ironclad will, Charles Mosier, the Patriarch of the family, grants his heirs the fortune necessary to protect their financial future. But after losing her identity as her father's keeper, oldest daughter Kathryn seizes the opportunity to unleash decades of pent up hostility and resentment. But Kathryn isn't the only one with something to prove. Each member of the family has a price to pay, and as the weekend unfolds, they find it can't be paid in cash.

CALL for Entries: Brooklyn Girl Film Festival 2013!

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Brooklyn Girl Fest is pleased to announce the 2nd Annual Brooklyn Girl Fest to take place in Brooklyn NY March 28-30 2013. We are an intimate festival that puts our filmmakers first. The thriving artist community of Brooklyn is very supportive of us. Women filmmakers with films that completed post production after June 1, 2011 are welcome to submit. A woman must serve in the role of Director, Writer, Producer, Director of Photography, or Lead Animator on the film.  All genres are considere...

MEDIAWAVE'2012 program in a nutshell

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FILM PROGRAM click here for the details! COMPETITION: 74 films (feature, short fiction, documentary, animation) JURY: Feature and Short Fiction jury: Jiri Menzel (CZE) film and theatre director, actor, Durst György (HUN) producer, Stefan Kitanov (BUL) producer, director of the Sofia International Film Festival Documentary, animation and experimental film jury: Katalin Ladik (HUN) poet, actress, performer, Ohad Itac (ISR) documentary film director, Radu I...

BUFF BLOG (January 2012)

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The first month of Olympic year in London has not failed to disappoint in terms of celebrating the best of British. At the time of publication of this blog came news that the network television premiere of ‘Sus’ – co-produced by and starring Clint Dyer attracted 600,000 viewers on BBC 1, dominating all TV viewing at the time of broadcast (which at 11.15pm is quite impressive). Previous BUFF blogs and the festival in general have championed the likes of films like ‘Sus’ and will conti...

Bruno Chatelin joins new EFA Board from January 1st 2012

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The members of the European Film Academy have elected five new members to the EFA Board: the producers Bruno Chatelin (France), Helena Danielsson (Sweden), László Kantor (Hungary), Marek Rozenbaum (Israel) and director Krzysztof Zanussi (Poland). Welcome! And thank you to the parting board members Per Holst, Cédric Klapisch, Despina Mouzaki and Andrzej Zulawski! Thank you!Bruno Chatelin, your editor, commented "I am so happy that the 2500 members have trusted me with this honor.As a former fi...

The EFA Board has been renewed, the composition was revealed after the recent EFA Awards

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The members of the European Film Academy have elected five new members to the EFA Board: The producers Bruno Chatelin (France) co founder of filmfestivals.com, fest21.com former distributor with Sony, UGC FOX,             Bruno standing next to his Dracula trophy (he created for the exhibitors, a few years back  when he was a distributor :-) Helena Danielsson (Sweden), László Kantor (Hungary), Marek Rozenba...

BFI London festival awards We need to talk about Kevin

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    The 55th BFI London Film Festival announced the winners at its high profile awards ceremony at London's LSO St Luke's October 26th.    Hosted by Marcus Brigstocke, the four awards were presented by some of the most respected figures in the film world.   BEST FILM: WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT KEVIN, directed by Lynne Ramsay Celebrating the most original, intelligent and distinctive filmmaking in the Festival, the Best Film award, ...

BFI London Film Festival shortlists and juries

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The 55th BFI London Film Festival is delighted to announce the shortlists and juries for the 2011 Festival Awards, supported by MontBlanc, which will take place at LSO St Luke’s on 26 October. At this year’s ceremony, the BFI will bestow its highest honour, the BFI Fellowship, on David Cronenberg and Ralph Fiennes. The original and provocative Canadian filmmaker David Cronenberg is internationally renowned for films exploring the darker impulses and inner lives of his characters. His disti...

VWIFF 2012 Open Call for Submissions!

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7th Annual Vancouver Women in Film Festival March 8 - 11, 2012 in Vancouver, BC Canada www.womeninfilm.ca/festivalsubmissions.html Early Bird Deadline:  September 1, 2011 Regular Deadline:  October 2, 2011  Extended Deadline:  November 1, 2011 All films screened at our festival have women in at least three of the key creative roles (one woman may serve in more than one role): Writer, Producer, Director, D.O.P., Lead Actor, or Lead Animator / Editor. We encour...

Full Lineup of Films for Palm Beach International Women's Film Fest

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PBWIFF 2011 FILMS: (Films and special events are subject to change) A complete film schedule will be available at www.pbwiff.com after March 10 FEATURES EntreNos Producer: Joseph de la Morte and Michael Skolnik Directors: Paola Mendoza & Gloria La Morte Writer: Paola Mendoza & Gloria La Morte Cast: Paola Mendoza, Sebastian Villada Lopez &Laura Montana Cortez 2010, USA      Spanish w/ English subtitles   80 minutes       Abruptly abandon...

5th Terror Film Festival wrap up

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TERROR IN THE 5th DIMENSION 2010 CLAW AWARDS Two million, six hundred twenty nine thousand, seven hundred forty three minutes.Moments so dear. How do you measure, measure five beautiful years?By continuing a quest into a new dimension – by becoming the “RECREATOR” of your own destiny – where your struggle to grow has finally brought you total “VINDICATION” – that sets you apart from the rest of the “MOLD” – and your journey now spawns a new “DAWNING”.It was a privilege ...

Schafhaus (casa de ovejas)

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Director: Alberto Masliah.
ERNESTO (36) arrives at Trelew, Argentina, from Germany, where he had been living since he was three years old. His grandparents had taken him to Germany after his parents disappeared during the military dictatorship. Now, Ernesto has returned for the first time to his native country to take charge of the negotiations his grandfather had been conducting with an Argentine wool company, until his recent death. When Ernesto arrives at the airport, memories of his last moments with his parents come flooding back. These disorganized and incomprehensible flashbacks affect him to the point of causing him to faint. Once in the hotel room, he goes to the scheduled meeting. There he meets MR. OSCAR QUIROGA, one of his grandfather’s oldest friends. He gives him a picture in which Quiroga himself appears with Ernesto’s grandparents and father, then a little boy. This is the first photograph he has ever seen of his father, because his grandparents, afraid of hurting him, had concealed his parents’ past in Argentina from him. In the picture he can also see a country house that he had never heard of before and which belonged to his grandparents called “Schafhaus.” The following day, Ernesto is supposed to come back to Germany, but he can’t take his flight due to a pilots’ strike. With the excuse of selecting the wool bales he has bought, Ernesto rents a car and drives south to the Patagonia, but his real goal is to find the place shown in the picture. In the car he finds a children’s book telling the story of a little sheep called Anita who travels back home. Unknowingly, Anita’s story will lead him to his goal. On the way, Ernesto has an accident and seeks help at a nearby gas station. There he meets FLOR, the owner, and ÉRICA who lives in a motor-home near the gas station. Erica is a divorced anthropologist and mother of MARTÍN, a teenager. Because of his accident, Ernesto is forced to live with them, and little by little he begins to open up, and tells them his story. As Ernesto and Martín feel so closely identified with each other, they soon become friends. With Érica, instead, tension begins to build up, due to the mutual attraction they gradually start to feel. This brings Ernesto into trouble with GERARDO, the town’s mechanic and Érica’s boyfriend. During his stay in the town, Ernesto puts his wool selection meetings to good use –he does everything he can to try to find “Schafhaus.” Later on, he runs into a mysterious MAPUCHE OLD LADY who deeply moves him when she calls him by his father’s name. Ernesto sees in her the chance to find what he is looking for, but everybody persuades him to forget all about it, as they say the woman is mentally deranged. Having finished his negotiations, and without any hope of finding the place, Ernesto starts planning to go back to Germany. But one day, to his surprise, he notices the children’s story found in the car mentions the place he has been looking for and therefore could be the key to “Schafhaus.” So Ernesto decides to pay a visit to the story writer, GEORGINA, without suspecting she was a good friend of his mother’s. This knowledge shakes Ernesto’s whole existence. It’s only then when he is able to reconstruct his memories of the last moments he shared with his parents. Georgina, who has been in touch with Ernesto’s grandfather for the last thirty years, gives him the keys to “Schafhaus.” In the end, Ernesto goes to the place he has been looking for. It is there, in his grandparents’ country house, the place where his father grew up, where Ernesto finally reconstructs his own story.

MPA APSA Academy Film Fund Attracts more than 40 Projects

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Projects submitted by APSA Academy members from 17 countries including Armenia, Australia, India, Islamic Republic of Iran, Philippines, Fiji, Lebanon, Japan, Israel, People’s Republic of China, Singapore and New Zealand are to be considered for the US$100,000 script development fund which was formed earlier this year by the Motion Picture Association (MPA) and the Asia Pacific Screen Awards (APSA).Four grants, of US$25,000 each, will be allocated to the script development of four new projects...

TIFF Film In Focus: MAMMA GOGO

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  When a filmmaker draws on his own experience to the extent that Icelandic director Fridrik Thor Fridriksson has done in his wonderful memory film MAMMA GOGO, the intimacy of the revelations is almost disarmingly intimate. The prolific director, probably the best known from his native country and one of the most consistent in Scandinavia cinema, takes his audience on a personal journey as the film’s protagonist, a filmmaker himself, becomes immersed in the downward spiral of his mothe...

Corman high priest of american kitsch live at LA Fest

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Another trophy guest of the L.A. fest was 84 year old Roger Corman, producer, director, writer, actor, promoter, distributor, and living legend of B-and-Below kitsch/trash movies -- as part of the "Conversations with Hollywood Celebrities" sidebar, which has been one of the highlights of the current L.A. Int'l Film Festival. To start with, let us say that Roger does not look a day over seventy-four, and was greeted upon arrival on stage by a most respectful whole-room-standing-up ovation which h...

The 50th krakow film festival begins

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On Monday, 31st May, begins the 50th Krakow Film Festival. The jubilee edition will last until Sunday, 6th June. These seven days will be filled to the brim with film screenings, concerts and exhibitions. The festival revolves around three competitions. The winners will receive statuettes and prizes in money. The pool of prizes comes to as much as 250 000 PLN. In the international Documentary Competition the films compete for the Golden Horn, in the international Short Film C...

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

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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 ...

The Appeal of Investing in Films

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Are films a good investment opportunity.  I think they are for the right kind of investor.  Here’s why.  I have written this in a Q&A style to answer the major questions that prospective investors ask about whether to invest or not.   1.   Why is film investment an attractive investment opportunity?  Is it because of the high return or because of the nature of business?               For many investors, the high return is a bi...

Live! Ammunition! Pitching Competition and After Party

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Master of Ceremonies: Elliot Grove Venue: TBA Date: October 2010 (exact date to be announced) Duration: Evening Time: 6:30 - 9pm Price: $10.00 This is it! Your chance to pitch your movie idea directly to a panel of top Canadian film executives. These are the people who matter. They are the people who buy scripts - they are the people who decide what will be made and what won't. Your chance to pitch your movie idea to the people who can get it in cinemas in this intense emotional...
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