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The members of the Jury - FNC

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AWARDS AND JURY 2012 Sélection internationale Louve d’or presented by Quebecor  Best feature film in the International Sélection ($15,000 cash from Québecor) Prix d’interprétation Best actor or actress in a feature film in the International Sélection Prix de l’AQCC (Association québécoise des critiques de cinéma) Best feature in the International Sélection Prix de l’innovation - Daniel L...

Iranian Cinema brain drain continues with Bahman Ghobadi at Toronto

by Alex Deleon for <filmfestivals.com>  Bahman Ghobadi       RHINO SEASON is Ghobadi's first film since he fled Iran        The stars of Rhino Season (from left) Behrouz Vossoughi, Monica Bellucci, Bahman Ghobadi, Belcim Bilgin and Arash Labaf IRANIAN CINEMA BRAIN DRAIN CONTINUES With Bahman ...

Interview with actor Akin Gazi

    Interview with English/Turkish Cypriot actor Akin Gazi, the hot new face of BIG cinema ('The Devil's Double', 2011; 'Black Gold' 2011; and now 'Zero Dark Thirty', 2012). Look out for this up and coming mega talent. He has already been on the side of buses in Qatar... Will UK be next? Read our up close and personal interview below.   ME: How did you get into acting and when did you know that you want to act? AKIN: When I was a child I loved spending time in my imaginat...

'A Trip' ('Izlet', 2011) will contend for Oscars 2013.

The Slovenian film ‘A Trip’ (‘Izlet’, 2011) by writer/director Nejc Gazvoda will represent Slovenia at the 2013 Oscars. Out of all international films contending for the ‘Foreign Film’ category, only one will win for 'Best Foreign Film'. The 85th Academy Awards will take place Feb. 24, 2013. 'A Trip' has received nominations and awards at international film festivals the world over. It won ‘Best Screenplay’ by Nejc Gazvoda, ‘Best Acting&r...

“TRASHED” HITS PICCADILLY AND TAKES JEREMY IRONS ON A JOURNEY OF DISCOVERY, DISBELIEF AND HOPE

OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE FROM 'Sally Fischer Public Relations' “TRASHED” (2012) screened Saturday, September 29 at 9:00PM at the Apollo Piccadilly Cinema in London Academy Award-winning actor Jeremy Irons and Academy Award-winning composer Vangelis attended screening “TRASHED” HITS PICCADILLY AND TAKES JEREMY IRONS ON A JOURNEY OF DISCOVERY, DISBELIEF AND HOPE   London, UK: Candida Brady brings her hot topic film "TRASHED" to the Raindance Film Festiva...

One Day After Peace

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Director: Erez Laufer & Miri Laufer.
Can the means used to resolve the conflict in South Africa be applied to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict? As someone who experienced both conflicts firsthand, Robi Damelin wonders about this. Born in South Africa during the apartheid era, she later lost her son, who was serving with the Israeli Army reserve in the Occupied Territories. At first she attempted to initiate a dialogue with the Palestinian who killed her child. When her overtures were rejected, she embarked on a journey back to South Africa to learn more about the country’s Truth and Reconciliation Committee in overcoming years of enmity. Robi’s thought-provoking journey leads from a place of deep personal pain to a belief that a better future is possible.

Abu Dhabi Film Commission Announces 30% Tax Rebate at 65th Cannes Film Festival

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At the 65th Cannes Film Festival, the Abu Dhabi Film Commission announced its launch of a 30% cash rebate on production spend for any films or media to be shot in Abu Dhabi. This tax incentive will begin on September 1, 2012 and will be the first filming rebate of its kind in the Middle East region. Applications for the rebate must be made 20 days prior to filming and is valid for up to two months after the receipt of official rebate certificate. This includes almost all methods of media...

Abu Dhabi Film Commission Announces 30% Tax Rebate at 65th Cannes Film Festival

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At the 65th Cannes Film Festival, the Abu Dhabi Film Commission announced its launch of a 30% cash rebate on production spend for any films or media to be shot in Abu Dhabi. This tax incentive will begin on September 1, 2012 and will be the first filming rebate of its kind in the Middle East region. Applications for the rebate must be made 20 days prior to filming and is valid for up to two months after the receipt of official rebate certificate. This includes almost all methods of media...

Steven Lewis Simpson: “Everywhere is home”

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Roaring Fire Film Production (http://roaringfirefilm.com/) is an international feature film, television and documentary production and development company. Their films have been distributed globally including Germany, China, USA, UK, Spain, Benelux, Portugal, Russia, Thailand, Canada, Indonesia, Greece, Africa and the Middle East. The owner of the production company is film maker Steven Lewis Simpson. He is a from Scotland – a free thinker, intelligent, constantly traveling with ...

Romantic Getaway

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Kino Otok Isola may offer new experience of film reviewing, chill out spirit and direct contact with the audience, celebrating the originality of cinematic language, radical contents or unconventional forms. The picturesque ancient town center of Izola in Slovenia is reborn as a true cinema island with its romantic Manzioli Square, with open cinema at its centre emerges as the festival's main attraction. Its thorough selection of the films and an interesting experience of the open cinema within...

Abu Dhabi Film Commission (part of twofour54) announces the launch of the region’s first incentive scheme

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twofour54, the media & creative industries hub and the Abu Dhabi Film Commission (part of twofour54), have launched the region’s first incentive scheme as it looks to accelerate Abu Dhabi as the first choice for international and regional producers needing location, production and post-production services. The scheme will be operational from September 1st.  The incentive, in the form of a rebate of up to 30% of qualifying spend in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, will be available fo...

Line up for the 7th Annual Los Angeles Jewish Film Festival

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The 7th Annual Los Angeles Jewish Film Festival (LAJFF) http://www.lajfilmfest.org/ presented by The Jewish Journal,  kicks off their excellent line-up of 26 films with an opening night star studded red carpet celebration and premiere of the authorized Documentary Tony Curtis: Driven to Stardom. http://www.7thart.com/films/Tony-Curtis-Driven-to-Stardom . As a boy in the streets of the Bronx, to the silver screen, Bernie Schwartz reinvented himself as a Hollywood pop idol becoming Tony Curtis....

Los Angeles Jewish Film Festival Highlights

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    The 7th Annual Los Angeles Jewish Film Festival (LAJFF) www.lajfilmfest.org presented by The Jewish Journal,  kicks off their excellent line-up of 26 films with an opening night star studded red carpet celebration and premiere of the authorized Documentary Tony Curtis: Driven to Stardom. http://www.7thart.com/films/Tony-Curtis-Driven-to-Stardom . As a boy in the streets of the Bronx, to the silver screen, Bernie Schwartz reinvented himself as a Hollywood...

Middle East presence in Hong Kong during the 2012 HAF

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  Middle East presence in Hong Kong during the 2012 HAF. Alongside this year’s FILMART, Hong Kong’s key international TV and film market, HAF (Asia Film Financing Forum) Hong Kong took place from 19-21 March. HAF is an annual event where filmmakers from around the world are awarded prizes of up to HK$350K in development funds. This year eight awards were given to filmmakers for select projects that showed exceptional merit; these won prizes in money and an impetus for the advan...

The UniFrance Rendez Vous with French Cinema will be hosted both in London and Edinburgh

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  RENDEZ-VOUS WITH FRENCH CINEMA uniFrance films announce the full line up for 2012's RENDEZ-VOUS WITH FRENCH CINEMA, featuring eight avant-premieres, hosted across five cinemas within London and Edinburgh.  The festival will run from March 21st-24th in London and from March 23rd-25th in Edinburgh.   All films featured in the festival's programme will be released in the UK in the coming months.   Opening with BELOVED on Wednesday March 21st, at London's Curzon Soho,...

Full program of the Fribourg International Film Festival 2012

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Twelve films are in the running this year for the Regard d’Or, the top award of the Fribourg International Film Festival (March 24 – 31), which carries a prize of CHF 30,000 (USD 33,000). For the competition, current productions were selected from the FIFF’s traditional focal points, namely South and Latin America, Asia and Africa. In addition the Near and Middle East are represented, with films from Jordan, Egypt and Iran. Many film-makers will be in attendance in Fribourg to present the...

2012 Tribeca Film Festival Announces World Narrative And Documentary Competition Selections Plus Out-Of-Competition Viewpoints

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The 2012 Tribeca Film Festival (TFF), presented by American Express®, today announced the World Narrative and Documentary Competition film selections, along with selections for the out-of-competition Viewpoints section—the program established last year that highlights personal stories in international and independent cinema. Forty-six of the 90 feature-length films were announced. The 11th edition of the Festival will take place from April 18 to April 29 at locations around New York City. ...

Human Rights Watch Film Festival preview

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The 16th edition of the Human Rights Watch Film Festival will be presented in London from 21-30 March, 2012. The international feature programme includes 15 documentaries and 4 dramas, from Afghanistan, Bolivia, Bulgaria, Cambodia, the Canary Islands, Ethiopia, Iraq, Italy, Lebanon, the Maldives, Pakistan, Palestine, Paraguay, Russia, Switzerland, Ukraine and the USA. Many of the films will be followed by Q&A sessions with filmmakers, and some by panel discussions with experts and film subjects....

A MIGHTY FINE interview with cast of 'MIGHTY FINE' (2011)!

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  photo still from MIGHTY FINE (2011). Andie MacDowell and Chazz Palminteri   A few weeks ago during the 27th Santa Barbara International Film Festival (SBIFF) I had the pleasure of sitting with the cast from Debbie Goodstein’s film MIGHTY FINE (2011) where the film held its North American premier. What started as an interview turned into a fascinating discussion about rage from the microcosm of American domestic life to the macrocosm of rage in the world at large. Her...

A MIGHTY FINE interview with cast of 'MIGHTY FINE' (2011)!

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  photo still from MIGHTY FINE (2011). Andie MacDowell and Chazz Palminteri   A few weeks ago during the 27th Santa Barbara International Film Festival (SBIFF) I had the pleasure of sitting with the cast from Debbie Goodstein’s film MIGHTY FINE (2011) where the film held its North American premier. What started as an interview turned into a fascinating discussion about rage from the microcosm of American domestic life to the macrocosm of rage in the world at large. Here...

Human Rights Watch Film Festival announces line-up

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Human Rights Watch Film Festival  London, 21-30 March  ff.hrw.org   19 Films Address Economic Inequality and Consequences Worldwide (London, 10 February 2012) – The 16th edition of the Human Rights Watch Film Festival will be presented in London from 21-30 March, 2012, Human Rights Watch said today. The international feature programme includes 15 documentaries and 4 dramas, from Afghanistan, Bolivia, Bulgaria, Cambodia, the Canary Islands, Ethiopia, Iraq, Ita...

Read the entire list of NYIIFVF's success stories

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Below is a list of films that have achieved success through exhibition at our festival. Many of our films have our festival's laurels on their box art in US video stores. Where the river runs...goes to Cannes with Stuart Salter   Racing Daylight (Starring David Strathairn) Picked up and released by Vanguard Cinema Ghost Adventures. Festival award helps launch their own TV series of the same name on The Travel Channel Down The Barrel (Surfing Documantary) Showed o...

The Middle East Goes to Rotterdam

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  Rotterdam dates (January 25th- February 5, 2012) Vanessa McMahon – Rotterdam: While Western technology and social media has influenced modern life in the Middle East, as experienced with the wave of revolutions across the Arab world over the past year, the West has likewise been greatly influenced by the Middle East, with its growing economy and growing West-to-East diaspora... READ MORE HERE:  www.varietyarabia.com/Docs.Viewer/7cae757c-cdbe-4880-9532-d5...

Documentary film makers around the world gathers in Helsinki for DocPoint

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A large and varied group of documentary film makers around the world gathers in Helsinki when the 11th DocPoint - Helsinki Documentary Film Festival kicks off today at 24th January.   The main guest of the festival is the Israeli director Eyal Sivan, who has been dealing critically with the political situations in the Middle East and Europe. Also Aliona van der Horst, the director of the shaking Water Children, and the protagonist of the film, an artist Tomoko Mukaiyama, who has...

Four films from the Middle East in competition at Sundance!

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Four films from the Middle East in competition at Sundance! Read article: http://varietyarabia.com/Docs.Viewer/bcca711f-f994-4451-a618-4d175892df0f/default.aspx     ...
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