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 Edie is a 2017 British drama film directed by Simon Hunter and written by Elizabeth O'Halloran. Discovered at the SBIFF not to be forgotten.

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Politics (Overt And Subtle) At New Directors New Films

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  WOMEN WITHOUT MEN (Shirin Neshat)  For most people, a trip to the cinema is a welcome escapism from the harshness of the world and its problems. For others, films with political subjects or contexts are sought out for a population hungry to engage and feeling starved for perspective and analysis. While New Directors New Films is not an overtly political affair, it is hard to avoid the powerful political discourses that careen through some of the films in this year’s pro...

Férid Boughedir brings Tunisian cultural to China

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Férid Boughedir, Tunisian director, cinema critic and African cinema specialist, was invited to Beijing to take part in the Francophonie Film Festival to present his film "A summer at La Goulette" (1996) to the Chinese audience.   The film deals with the friendship and cohabitation of different cultures and religions (Islam, Catholicism and Judaism) in the 1970s, just before the 6 days war started in the Middle East. The story evolves around three teenage gi...

Fribourg International Film Festival Competition line up and programme complete!

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The competition line up of the 24th Fribourg International Film Festival was revealed today. 13 long features from Asia, Latin America and the Caucasus have been selected. As a true premiere in the festival's history, Armenia and Georgia are represented. From March 13 to 20, the Festival will showcase more than 80 films; most of them being screened as Swiss premiere.     As every year, the International Competition forms the heart of the Festival. One of its most remarkable aspec...

My Name is Khan to premier at berlin

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The much awaited new Indian film "My Name Is Khan" will be premiered at the 60th annual Berlin International Film Festival on Febuary 12, out of competition but very much in the limelight otherwise. MNIK is easily the most anticpated Hindi film of the year as it toplines the most popular Bombay star of all, Shah Rukh Khan (SRK), 44, who has reigned as "The King of Bollywood" for some fifteen years, reunited on screen for the first time in eight years with extremely popular actress Kajol, 35, wi...

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...

Angel Film Awards - Monaco International Film Festival Awards

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Angel Film Awards - Monaco International Film Festival  concluded December 6th, 2009 Last week I attended the Angel Film Awards in Monaco- a glamorous three-day extravaganza, where the films in competition promote, unusually, peace and love - a refreshing antidote to the usual violent and gratuitous fodder thrown at us from Hollywood. Started seven years ago by Rosana Golden and Dean Bentley, specifically to showcase non-violent films, the Angel Film Awards may eschew violence but this...

NEWSLETTER N° 442: November 26, 2009

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.............WELCOME TO OUR NEWSLETTER N° 442: November 26, 2009 Follow this LINK if you cannot read the newsletter properly Contact the Editor, Advertise on the sites. Our newsletter reaches 77 000 film professionnals. COMING SOON THE NEXT FESTIVAL DAILIES ON FEST21.COM Tallinn Black Nights, IDFA, Les Arcs We follow 4 000 festivals for you. Stay tuned. _____________________________________________________ FESTI...

Focus On Middle East At IDFA

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  The on-going conflict in the Middle East provides a tableau for a diverse group of films at IDFA, the International Documentary Festival Amsterdam, the largest documentary film event on the planet. The films range from classic reportage to more intimate explorations of the passions, terrors and conflicts that are generated in this turbulent part of the world. Spanish filmmaker Alberto Arce has teamed up with a Palestinian colleague Gazan Mohammad Rujailah for the film TO SHOOT AN...

IDFA Feature Films In Competition

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  Getting a prize at IDFA, the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam, can be of major significance to a documentary film at the start of its long journey through the Festival circuit and, hopefully, to theatrical, television and ancillary distribution. The Festival's imprimatur is highly regarded and respected in the world of programmers and festival directors, who are here in Amsterdam scouring for the best in non-fiction film. Here is the first part of the films compet...

Interview with Cairo Film Fest President Dr Ezzat-Abou-Ouf

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Cairo International Film Festival president, Dr Ezzat-Abou-Ouf, talks to Jeremy Colson about this year's festival and his hopes for the future. CAIRO ~ 20 November 2009 Could you tell us a bit about yourself, your background? I graduated from medical school but still being young I wanted to practice something more creative than medicine so I enrolled at the conservatoire and learned more about music. After that I played western and jazz music. It was a family affair, me and my si...

Cairo International Film Festival president Dr Ezzat Abou Ouf talks to Filmfestivals.Com

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Cairo International Film Festival president, Dr Ezzat-Abou-Ouf, talks to Jeremy Colson about this year's festival and his hopes for the future.  CAIRO ~ 20 November 2009 Could you tell us a bit about yourself, your background? I graduated from medical school but still being young I wanted to practice something more creative than medicine so I enrolled at the conservatoire and learned more about music. After that I played western and jazz music. It was a family affair, me a...

2009 Lineup, party info, tix now on sale!

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2009 NEW YORK CITY HORROR FILM FESTIVAL FEATURED FILM  SELECTION ANNOUNCED! Featuring a truly International Variety of Films Programs Include over 50 feature & short Horror and Sci-Fi films, panels, and parties!  Full Lineup, trailers, schedule, and tickets available at www.NYCHorrorfest.com FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (November 11th 2009, New York City)  The 2009 New York City Horror Film Festival (NYCHFF) today announced their 2009 feature film lineup that includes over fifty fea...

Doha Festival presentation by Geoff Gilmore

The first Doha Tribeca Film Festival (DTFF), took place from October 29 to November 1, was probably one of the most anticipated new festival on the international film scene this year.

Rotterdam Hubert Bals Fund selects 27 projects

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The Hubert Bals Fund of the International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR) has selected twenty-seven film projects that receive grants for script development, digital production, postproduction, distribution or workshops. In its Fall 2009 selection, the Fund gives 385 thousand Euro to projects from nineteen countries. The selection includes new films by acclaimed filmmakers such as Yeşim Ustaoğlu, Edwin and many first time filmmakers. (See full list below)   Six of the eight projects select...

Vineyard Film Festival (VFF)

A star-studded, cinematic experience, hosted on an island rich in cultural history and beautiful locations. VFF gives the opportunity to celebrate and promote excellence in film, using it as a communication platform to develop and enhance dialogue between various peoples and various cultures. To identify and nurture exceptional talent globally and to play an active role in the growth of the industry. An innovative cultural festival for all.

Testimonials from Rome Business Street / New Cinema Network

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723 accreditated professionals took part in the five-day-long Roman film market, The Business Street | Mercato Internazionale del Film, which opened on Thursday, October 15 in Via Veneto. Market venues included the Terrace at the Hotel Bernini Bristol; the Spazio Cinema at the Hotel Majestic, where conferences were held; the Casa del Cinema, the Levi'sҭov, and the Green House at the Auditorium.The Business Street is growing, with an increase in the number of countries represented and a 16%...

MEIFF Announces Winners of 2009 Black Pearl Awards

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The Closing Ceremony for the third annual Middle East International Film Festival (MEIFF) was held at the Emirates Palace Hotel on Saturday evening. During the ceremony, celebrity guests including Naomi Watts, Orlando Bloom and Eva Mendes presented the 2009 Black Pearl Awards to the winners of MEIFF’s competitions.The awards were the culmination of 10 days of cinema, with 128 films screened. Seventeen Narrative Features, fourteen Documentary Features, twenty‐five Short Films, and ten Stu...

Brazil Film Fest

4 DAYS OF BRAZILIAN MULTICULTURALISM For more than 500 years, Brazil has been melting cultures, skin colours, races, traditions, tastes, flavours, histories and everything else into a very large and welcoming pot, and this year the hottest film festival in Toronto will bring this diversity to the Royal Theatre, at the heart of the vibrant and artistic Portuguese/Italian community in the central-west side of the city. Brazil and Canada have more in common than you can imagine. They are both relatively young nations where immigration played, and still plays! -- a very important role. Did you know that Brazil has the highest population of people of African descent outside the African continent? As with the Japanese community established there; it?s the biggest outside Japan. And there was also a time when there were more people speaking Italian on the streets of São Paulo than Portuguese, the official Brazilian language. Everywhere in Toronto, you can feel, see, hear and taste this same multicultural atmosphere. You can sit in a Vietnamese restaurant in the heart of the Caribbean area, reading a European newspaper and overhearing conversations in three or four different languages at the same time, while the radio plays songs from the Middle East... And this is why we decided to have Multiculturalism as our theme for this year, in our screenings as well as the business networking we promote during the festival. So come and celebrate with us the great and diverse Brazilian new wave of cinema. It's our third year and we will love to have you with us!

The inaugural Doha Tribeca Film Festival PREVIEW

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The inaugural Doha Tribeca Film Festival (DTFF) announced today it will open with a special screening of director Mira Nair's “Amelia,” a thrilling account of legendary aviation pioneer Amelia Earhart starring two-time Academy Award® winner Hilary Swank and Golden Globe® winner Richard Gere. Organizers also revealed the 32 films that will comprise the rest of the Festival’s film slate. 12 of the films have roots in the Middle East and the balance is a diverse selection of acclaimed title...

Jury members for the Asia Pacific Screen Awards

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Eminent Chinese director, screenwriter and producer, Huang Jianxin, will head the International Jury for the third annual Asia Pacific Screen Awards (APSA). He will be joined by Australian playwright and screenwriter David Williamson, Iranian filmmaker Tahmineh Milāni, Indian playwright, screenwriter and director Feroz Abbas Khan and Korean writer/director Gina Kim. The International Jury will determine winners in the 2009 Asia Pacific Screen Awards to be announced in a ceremony on Australia'...

The inaugural Doha Tribeca Film Festival PREVIEW

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The inaugural Doha Tribeca Film Festival (DTFF) announced today it will open with a special screening of director Mira Nair's “Amelia,” a thrilling account of legendary aviation pioneer Amelia Earhart starring two-time Academy Award® winner Hilary Swank and Golden Globe® winner Richard Gere. Organizers also revealed the 32 films that will comprise the rest of the Festival’s film slate. 12 of the films have roots in the Middle East and the balance is a diverse selection of acclaimed title...

Asia Pacific Screen Awards Jury members

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Eminent Chinese director, screenwriter and producer, Huang Jianxin, will head the International Jury for the third annual Asia Pacific Screen Awards (APSA). He will be joined by Australian playwright and screenwriter David Williamson, Iranian filmmaker Tahmineh Milāni, Indian playwright, screenwriter and director Feroz Abbas Khan and Korean writer/director Gina Kim. The International Jury will determine winners in the 2009 Asia Pacific Screen Awards to be announced in a ceremony on Australi...

Nashwa Al Ruwaini elected as member of the International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences

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Media Personality and CEO of UAE-based production company Pyramedia, Nashwa Al Ruwaini, was unanimously elected last week as a member of the prestigious International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. With over 20 years of experience in the television industry in the Middle East, Nashwa has built a massively successful reputation for content creation in the Middle East.  After 11 years of presenting and creating content for the Middle East Broadcasting corporation (MBC), Nashwa estab...

Abu Dhabi will run a program of silent film comedies

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The 2009 Middle East International Film Festival in Abu Dhabi today announced a special program of silent film comedies to be shown in pristine archival prints and accompanied by live music. The festival is proud to present “LAUGH TILL IT HURTS” Friday, October 16 at 4pm at the Cinestar Cinemas in the Marina Mall. The films to be presented include early 2-reelers by two of the titans of silent film comedy, Charlie Chaplin (The Immigrant, 1916) and Buster Keaton (One Week, 1920), along with a...

Abu Dhabi lineup of Gala evening screenings

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The lineup of Gala evening screenings was announced today for the third Middle East International Film Festival to be held October 8-17 in Abu Dhabi. Among the festival’s highest-profile offerings, these nine films include, in the words of the Festival’s Executive Director Peter Scarlet, ‘’far more than the minimum daily requirement of big-names – in the cast, or behind the camera, and on the Festival’s red carpet.” The Festival’s Centerpiece offering will be the World Premiere o...

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