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Panorama Dokumente Programme Nearing Completion with 19 Films

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As in past years, the documentary sector appears to be consistently stabile, politically engaged and in its diversity well equipped for the cinema. Moreover, it's a treasure trove for themes that inspire fictional films.   On February 10, 2012, in Cinestar7, the Panorama Dokumente will open with The Reluctant Revolutionary by British director Sean McAllister. The film is about a Yemenite tourist guide who slowly abandons his professional distance towards the political "spring&...

Arabian Nights in Palm Springs

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  Focus on ARAB CINEMA at the 23rd Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival. At the 23rd Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival this year (January 05-16, 2012), a showcase of Arab cinema from North Africa to the Middle East will be screened. The film lineup entitled: ‘ARABIAN NIGHTS: A Showcase from the Middle East’ will premier 11 films from the new wave of pan-Arabic cinema this past year during one of the region’s most explosive and revolutionary per...

Arabian Nights at Palm Springs International Film Festival

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  Focus on ARAB CINEMA at the 23rd Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival. At the 23rd Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival this year (January 05-16, 2012), a showcase of Arab cinema from North Africa to the Middle East will be screened. The film lineup entitled: ‘ARABIAN NIGHTS: A Showcase from the Middle East’ will premier 11 films from the new wave of pan-Arabic cinema this past year during one of the region’s most explosive and revolutionary per...

The International Film Festival Summit (April 3 and 4 in Paris) announce Bruno Chatelin and Scott Hillier IFFS Europe co-chair

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The International Film Festival Summit (IFFS) announced today that Bruno Chatelin, COO, filmfestivals.com & fest21.com and Scott Hillier, Festival Director, European Independent Film Festival will serve as the two Conference Co-Chairs for the International Film Festival Summit Europe taking place April 3-4th in Paris, France.   As Conference Co-Chairs, Bruno and Scott will take a leadership role in shaping the content and curriculum of the IFFS Europe. The 20...

DocPoint – Helsinki Documentary Film Festival focus

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In January 2012, DocPoint – Helsinki Documentary Film Festival brings fresh and topical documentary films from all over the world to the screens of Helsinki's cinemas.The selection of documentary films dealing with the present situation and the cultural issues of the Arab World sinks its teeth into the events of the Arab Spring and the changes in the Islamic culture. For example, Tahrir - Liberation Square (2011) follows the demonstrators for two weeks at the occupied Tahrir Square showing the...

8th Dubai Festival to unveil 171 films from 56 nations

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8th Dubai International Film Festival runs December 7 to 14,• 46 world premieres, 25 international premieres and 78 Middle East premieres • Award-winning films and A-list talent from the Americas, Europe, Asia Africa and the Arab world • 89 films vie for prestigious Muhr Awards with total prize money of over US$600,000 The eighth Dubai International Film Festival, held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice President & Prime Minister and Ruler o...

BLACK GOLD (2011) Review

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Black Gold, DIFF 2011  BLACK GOLD (2011) premiered at the Doha Tribeca Film festival (DTFF 2011) this year on October 25, 2011, to a sold out theater and an eager international and local audience. This is as international as they come, involving at least ten different countries from cast variance to co-production partners. It was also a Qatar related film, partially shot in the Qatari deserts and a story based on the native history of the Middle East oil conflict. Based on th...

BLACK GOLD (2011) REVIEW

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Black Gold, DIFF 2011 BLACK GOLD (2011) premiered at the Doha Tribeca Film festival (DTFF 2011) this year on October 25, 2011, to a sold out theater and an eager international and local audience. This is as international as they come, involving at least ten different countries from cast variance to co-production partners. It was also a Qatar related film, partially shot in the Qatari deserts and a story based on the native history of the Middle East oil conflict. Based on the book ‘Black Thir...

The Agora Awards at 52nd TIFF

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The Agora Market Awards TIFF 2011 -TIFF PRESS RELEASE- 52nd TIFF: Agora Awards (11/12/2011)AGORA AWARDS The Agora/Market section of the 52nd edition of the Thessaloniki International Film Festival concluded on Friday, November 11 at Warehouse C, with the Works in Progress and Crossroads 7th Co-Production Forum awards ceremony. The ceremony took place in a festive atmosphere in the presence of TIFF director Dimitris Eipides. Mr. Eipides warmly thanked all Agora participants. Taking the floo...

52nd TIFF: Crossroads opening

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TIFF PRESS RELEASE! 52nd TIFF: Crossroads opening (11/9/2011) CROSSROADS OPENING The launch of the 7th Crossroads Co-Production Forum, which is part of the Thessaloniki International Film Festival’s Agora / Market section, took place on Wednesday, November 9, at the Electra Palace hotel. “This is an important day for both you and the Festival”, said TIFF director Dimitris Eipides in his short welcoming speech, addressing the Forum’s participants. The Festival gives great emp...

Looking back on Tokyo fest 2011, year of the quake

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    LOOKING BACK ON TOKYO INTL FILM FESTIVAL, 2011 ~THE YEAR OF THE QUAKE ~    by Alex Deleon Not to forget that this was the year of the Great March 11 Earthquake cum nuclear disaster and "Tsunami" Tidal Wave that washed away whole cities up north, the 24th Tokyo Intl Film festival was a somewhat restrained affair with the lingering effect of the disaster in evidence in various forms, toning down the overall climate of festivity. Right outside the entrance to the main towe...

A look back on Tokyo fest 2011

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~THE YEAR OF THE QUAKE ~by Alex DeleonNot to forget that this was the year of the Great March 11 Earthquake cum nuclear disaster and "Tsunami" Tidal Wave that washed away whole cities up north, the 24th Tokyo Intl Film festival was a somewhat restrained affair with the lingering effect of the disaster in evidence in various forms, toning down the overall climate of festivity. Right outside the entrance to the main tower housing the festival offices was a green collection booth where passers by w...

American Film Market concludes with growth

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The 2011 American Film Market will conclude its Nov. 2-9 run on Wednesday with buying companies rising 8% to 718 from 664 in 2010; buying executives up 7% to 1,523 vs.1,417 a year ago; and overall attendance climbing 4% to 7,988 versus 7,695 in 2010.“We are thrilled with the strong growth in buyers – it’s our most important metric -- and selling out the new AFM Conference Series in its first year underscores the AFM’s relevance to the production community,” said AFM Managing Director J...

2011 American Film Market ready to conclude nov 9

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The 2011 American Film Market will conclude its Nov. 2-9 run on Wednesday with buying companies rising 8% to 718 from 664 in 2010; buying executives up 7% to 1,523 vs.1,417 a year ago; and overall attendance climbing 4% to 7,988 versus 7,695 in 2010.“We are thrilled with the strong growth in buyers – it’s our most important metric -- and selling out the new AFM Conference Series in its first year underscores the AFM’s relevance to the production community,” said AFM Managing Director J...

Movie Poster contest for "Ghost Rider™ Spirit of Vengeance"

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Create a Movie Poster for "Ghost Rider™ Spirit of Vengeance" in New Face of the Fan® ContestAspiring artists and Ghost Rider™ fans can create a movie poster that shows off their creativity and design skills in the Ghost Rider Spirit of Vengeance Face of the Fan® Contest. In the contest, the studio is looking for fan art that captures the excitement of the legendary character.Fans can start by going to www.faceofthefan.com/ghostriderspiritofvengeance or www.facebook.com/FaceOfTheFan to view...

'The Help" Executive Producer Jeff Skoll to be Honored at Paley Center for Media's LA Gala

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The Paley Center for Media will honor Participant Media and its Founder Jeff Skoll at its annual gala event “Salute to Excellence,” Tuesday, December 13 at the Paley Center for Media in Beverly Hills, it was announced today by Paley Center for Media President and CEO Pat Mitchell. Participant Media, whose most recent film projects include “The Help” and “Contagion,” is being honored for its unique use of media to accelerate social change. Participant’s films are often accompanied ...

The Tokyo International film festival to support Tsunami victims

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24th TOKYO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL AIMS TO SUPPORT EARTHQUAKE AND TSUNAMI VICTIMS by Alex Deleon   Jūzō Itami  The Tokyo International film festival (TIFF) which came into being in 1985 and is now in its 24th edition forms, is, along with Pusan in neighboring Korea, what might be called the "one-two punch" of leading Asian film festivals. This festival started off slowly and was only held every other year between 1985 and 1991, but fi...

Eastern Neighbours Film Festival in Utrecht Line Up

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The 4th Eastern Neighbours Film Festival in Utrecht (NL) announces 2011 Line UpA total of 31 films from 9 countries are screened at this years edition of ENFF in Utrecht, Netherlands (October 26 - 30, 2011). The festival focuses on films from East and South Eastern Europe, from countries that are not yet members of the European Union. ENFF opens with the film DO NOT FORGET ME ISTANBUL. Six directors that have been successful in the international arena came together for this project under the art...

Film Africa Heralds a New Dawn for the Best of African Cinema

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  http://www.filmafrica.org.uk/ Showcasing more than 50 of Africa's best films and 15 UK premieres, Film Africa 2011 presents an exciting programme of screenings, Q&As, panel discussions and live performances from the 3rd - 13th November 2011.   Film Africa will open with the multi-award winning film Microphone, featuring a special presentation by the Egyptian actor, director and human rights activist Khaled Abol Naga and a live performance by Dele Sosimi and D...

Antalya Golden Orange Film Festival ready to begin

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48th International Antalya Golden Orange Film Festival, one of the most prestigious cinema events of Turkey’s arts and culture scene, will be held from 8th to 14th October 2011. With the support of Antalya Metropolitan Municipality, the Festival is organized by the Antalya Culture and Art Foundation (AKSAV).Antalya Golden Orange Film Festival, held annually since 1963 is the most important International film festival in Turkey. Taking place amongst the palm lined boulevards, and sun drenched ...

Strong Film Sales Emerging From Toronto

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  SHAME (UK, Steve McQueen) Although it began rather slowly, the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) which just concluded on Sunday, saw a good degree of sales and acquisition activity, with many more deals to be announced in the coming weeks. Although it does not have an official market sidebar like Cannes or Berlin, there is a good amount of informal rubbing of shoulders between members of the international film community who were in attendance in force. According to ...

TIFF 2011 Award Winners

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  WHERE DO WE GO NOW?  The 36th edition of the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) came to a climactic close on Sunday with the announcement of its award recipients at a reception at the Four Seasons Hotel With the Festival further solidifying its status as one of the Top Four in the world (with only Cannes, Berlin and Sundance in the running), it remains distinguished by not having a juried competition, with the exception for awards given to native Canadian films. So while th...

Interview with Sean Stone and his journey to Iran

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Oliver Stone has done a fabulous job rearing his son, Princeton graduate, Sean Stone. Sean's wings have been strengthening as he has been working, interning, and meeting world leaders along side of his brilliant filmmaker father, and is demonstrating to the world that he, too, can soar. With a recent journey to Iran, with film as the primary focus, and his first feature film, "Graystone", nearing completion, this 26 year old has seen and done things most of us only read about.Q: SHARON ABELLA:...

Dustin Hoffman film directorial debuts with QUARTET for BBC Films

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Maggie Smith, Tom Courtenay, Billy Connolly and Pauline Collins lead British cast of venerable maestros for Hoffman’s directorial debut   Dustin Hoffman has assembled a cast of Britain’s most virtuoso actors for his feature film directorial debut QUARTET, which starts principal photography today, shooting for nine weeks in and around Buckinghamshire. BBC Films and DCM Productions present a Headline Pictures and Finola Dwyer Productions production in association with Decca and Han...

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