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NEWSLETTER N° 488: December 11, 2010

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Follow this LINK if you cannot read the newsletter properly Contact the Editor, Advertise on the sites.  Our newsletter reaches 82 000 film professionnals every week. _______________________________________  FESTIVAL NEWS FROM THE CIRCUIT Masterclass with Apichatpong Weerasethakul at Thessaloniki This year's winner of the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival...

Awards Climax 14th Edition of POFF

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  After 11 days of international premieres, receptions and special events, POFF, the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival, came to its climax on Friday evening with the announcement of its major awards at a ceremony held at the historic Russian Theater in the Estonian capital. With a local rock band providiing background music, the juries of the 14th edition made their announcements to the cheers of an audience of local dignitaries and visiting professionals from Europe, Asia, Latin Ameri...

Awards Climax 14th Edition of POFF

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After 11 days of international premieres, receptions and special events, POFF, the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival, came to its climax on Friday evening with the announcement of its major awards at a ceremony held at the historic Russian Theater in the Estonian capital. With a local rock band providiing background music, the juries of the 14th edition made their announcements to the cheers of an audience of local dignitaries and visiting professionals from Europe, Asia, Latin America and the ...

Sean Penn to receive Dubai Lifetime Achievement Award

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The Dubai International Film Festival today named American film icon and international social and political activist Sean Penn as its Western honouree for 2010. Penn, whose career spans nearly three decades, more than 45 films and notable successes as producer, director, actor and screenwriter, will accept the DIFF Lifetime Achievement Award at the Festival’s opening ceremony on December 12, 2010. Announcing the award at the curtain-raiser press conference for DIFF 2010, Festival Chairman Abdu...

NEWSLETTER N° 485: November 19, 2010

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The Asia Pacific Screen Awards has unveiled the International Jury members presided by Puttnam

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  The Asia Pacific Screen Awards has unveiled the International Jury members who will join previously announced President, Lord David Puttnam, for the fourth annual Asia Pacific Screen Awards to be held on the Gold Coast, Australia, on December 2. Lord David Puttnam, Academy Award winner and producer of Chariots of Fire, The Mission and The Killing Fields, has assembled a Jury of highly experienced industry professionals from across the globe. They are: ...

NEWSLETTER N° 484: November 11, 2010

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Tron: Legacy will close Dubai

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Tron: Legacy, a 3D high-tech adventure set in a digital universe and boasting some of the most spectacular visuals in recent cinema, will be the closing gala film of the Dubai International Film Festival 2010. Disney’s long-awaited, stand-alone follow-up to its 1982 classic Tron will screen at DIFF on December 18, 2010, a day after its release in the United States and Canada. Tron: Legacy continues DIFF’s practice of integrating major 3D films into the Festival and its tradition of closing w...

NEWSLETTER N° 482: October 28, 2010

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NEWSLETTER N° 477: September 20, 2010

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THE BIGGEST FLOWER IN THE WORLD

Director: JUAN PABLO ETCHEVERRY.
THE BIGGEST FLOWER IN THE WORLD is a text of rare beauty, full of symbols and enigmas, for children who grow up in a world split by individualism, where there is no hope and violence and lack of ideals are the norm. There are two messages, one for the children (discovery, bravery and altruism) and another for all men and women who ask themselves about their place in the world.

Dubai FF Announces Film Market Expansion

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   The Toronto International Film Festival has become one of the prime meeting places for film professionals from all over the map. So, not only are films seen, bought and sold, but the Festival is also an important place to make important new announcements about upcoming productions and initiatives. Therefore, it was completely appropriate that the Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF), the largest and most ambitious film event in the Middle East, use the Toronto setting to m...

Microphone to Toronto

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Egypt's exemplary avant-garde director Ahmad Abdalla's new film Micriphone (2010) will be featured at this year's TIFF.      Below is the latest from the makers of Microphone:    Almost the same bunch of independent film makers and fighters against the local commercial loud scene...  creators of "Heliopolis" (2009) made "Microphone" They just printed their first 35mm print one week ago, and are very excited...

Nawaf Al-Janahi's 'The Circle'

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One of my favorite films this year that I couldn't wait to see since first learning about it at the 2010 Taormina Film Festival was The Circle (2009) by the young and up and coming director Nawaf Al-Janahi from Abu Dhabi. Born on the same year and only four days after me, I have to admit my pride to be a '77 aquarian when seeing such greatness. The Circle left me in deep contemplation about life and indeed as soon as it ended, I found myself watching it immediately a second time. Here to speak w...

Durban in full swing

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I have arrived yesterday 28 July and what a day it was! Flying in from Johannesburg was memorable as I saw two South African singing sensations making out at the drop-off. They can be compared to Bollywood stars as they have just starred in a local film together called Jakhalsdans where they fell in love on the set! It was something to behold to see thse two kissing as they would have been arrested in places like Dubai. The flight down - just under 50 mins - was routine and then Durban hit me...

TRES TRISTES TIGRES

Director: DAVID MUNOZ.
Migration can provide hope for escaping poverty. Yet many migrants know about the other side of that hope - suffering. Leaving behind their homes and families they submit themselves to the mercy of middlemen at home and employers in distant countries. Tens of thousands become indebted and impoverished as a consequence. This film tells the story of three men from the rural village of Rajbari, Bangladesh who travelled to Dubai.

Toby & Hettie make a movie - part two!

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Sorry to have not been quicker at continuing the events of the rest of the shoot but we have had a couple of happenings.  I am now working for a Production and repping company in Dubai, we shall see how it goes, and Toby is working on a TV show so been busy with getting things together.  As well as, of course, concentrating on our own work but at the momenth that involves making DVDs, covers and sending them off to various parts of the world.  You might think that it wouldn't take up too mu...

Dubai Int'l FF enters into agreement with Beirut DC

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The recent partnership between Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF), leading festival in the Arab world, Asia and Africa, and Beirut DC, a Lebanon based organization focused on encouraging independent filmmaking, hopes to foster local documentary filmmaking skills and production.  According to "The Hollywood Reporter: The Daily Cannes," DIFF will be contributing $10,000 towards Beirut DC's Documentary Course, the goal of which is to motivate young people who wish to pursue profe...

Peter Hutton will present a broad retrospective of his work at DOCUMENTA MADRID

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  At his year´s 7th festival, DOCUMENTA MADIRD is offering broad programming in it´s parallel sections, including a series entitled "USA INDEPENDENTS" retrospectives of three filmmakers -Peter Hutton, Ben Russell and Joseph Strick- who have left their mark on recent history for their creative and revolutionary visions of the genre.  Peter Hutton has been a crucial figure in American documentary and experimental film for forty years. Hutton is the last link in the Nort...

World Premieres At Tribeca Film Festival

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  SONS OF PERDITION It can be argued that what separates A list film festivals from their colleagues are the number of World Premieres that grace their theaters. No matter what the ultimate reception is for these films, the wanna-see anticipation of films in their first public and industry showings provide a sizzle. At the Tribeca Film Festival, which is entering its first weekend, there are an impressive number of World Premieres that are grabbing attention from the public and in...

NEWSLETTER N° 457: March 17, 2010

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............. WELCOME TO OUR NEWSLETTER N° 457: March 17, 2010 La Géode : Concours du Film Hors Normes 3D relief ou IMAX April 1 - 18, 2010 - Inscription jusqu’au 30 mars 2010 La Géode commence l'année de ses 25 ans en beauté en organisant un Concours de réalisation audiovisuelle en 3D relief ou THD pour report sur IMAX™, afin de promouvoir les futurs professionnels de l’image et célébrer une génération née avec La Géode. Ce ...

7th edition of Dubai International Film Festival to be held next December

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The seventh edition of the Dubai International Film Festival, the definitive film festival of the Arab world, Asia and Africa, will be held from December 12 to 19, 2010.   The latest edition of the film festival is being planned to showcase an even diverse selection of movies from around the world across a dozen themed segments including Arabian Nights, Gulf Voices, Cinema of the World, Cinema for Children, Cinema of AsiaAfrica, Lifetime Achievement and Cinema from India. ...

Rotterdam Closing Night Film: The Aviatrix of Kazbek

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39th International Film Festival Rotterdam January 27 - February 7, 2010    The 39th International Film Festival Rotterdam will close Saturday February 6 with the world premiere of Dutch film The Aviatrix of Kazbek, second feature film by Ineke Smits. The film, written by Dutch novelist Arthur Japin and produced by Isabella Films, stars among others Dutch actress Madelief Blanken, Georgian actor Zurab Jgenti, German actor Peter Lohmeyer and Romanian actress Anamaria Marinca from Crist...

Mumbai International Film Festival Line up for Documentary, Short and Animation films

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The films in the competition and non competition sections of the Mumbai International Film Festival for Documentary, Short and Animation films (M.I.F.F 09) have been declared. The documentaries -Songs, Colours & Market by Joshy Joseph, Children of the Pyre by Rajesh S. Jala , Anwar- Dream of a Dark Night by Anwar Jamal and short film Vitthal by Vinoo Choliparambil  are some of the much talked about films of the year that have made it to the competitive section of the festival. Vit...

The sixth edition of Dubai International Film Festival concluded with 28 prizes

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28 prizes presented for acting and cinematic excellence The sixth edition of Dubai International Film Festival concluded on Wednesday night with a glittering award ceremony that honoured the finest acting and cinematic talent from the Arab world, Asia and Africa at the Muhr Arab and Muhr AsiaAfrica awards. In all, 28 prizes were distributed for excellence in acting, cinematography, editing, music and scriptwriting in addition to the jury general excellence awards. The entries were f...

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