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‘Pandora’s Box’ nailed highest award in San Sebastian

Turkish female filmmaker Yeşim Ustaoğlu's latest feature "Pandora'nın Kutusu" (Pandora's Box) won the Golden Shell for Best Film at Spain's San Sebastian Film Festival, which wrapped up its 56th edition Saturday.French actress Tsilla Chelton has also received one of two best actress awards for her role as Nusret in "Pandora's Box,".Iranian filmmaker Samira Makhmalbaf's Two-Legged Horse has won the Special Jury Prize of the San Sebastian International Film Festival.Makhmalbaf's 200...

Future of Cinema Salon in Locarno

Future of cinema, few know, few share, we dare do both!     Let us embark for a trip a few decades ahead of us.Our first stop this year was Cannes where the series has been held for the past 3 years. Locarno conference future of cinemaenvoyé par filmfestivals-com The next stops on the festival circuit are Locarno, Rome, Stockholm and moreCheck out the video of our panels and events in, CFC Media Lab and Telefilm Canada and Locarno Film Festival a...

New York: Turkish Film Week

The establishment of new film festivals has become common in our expanding visual media universe and they are becoming more differentiated appealing to thematic or ethnic niche audiences. In New York the Turkish Film Week supported by the local Turkish Cultural Center premiered in August at the centrally located Scandinavia House as a pilot project with a limited number of films providing an overview of current Turkish cinema. Though a Turkish Film Festival has been held annually in New York ove...

Key Speakers from Future of Cinema Salon Series in Locarno

Locarno Film Festival,, CFC Media Lab and Telefilm Canada are proud to premiere our Future of Cinema Salon Series at the Locarno Film Festival. We will be hosting the Future of Cinema Panel on Digital Distribution that brings together international voices around the table, plus a special hands-on demo of some of the most innovative works coming out of Canada and Switzerland, including Late Fragment a critically-acclaimed dramatic interactive feature film which premiered last year at ...

Eskişehir, an off-the-beaten-track fılm festıval with Flair - Part 2

One of the interesting sidebars of the festival is a three room Visconti exhibit on view at the main city art museum of Eskişehir, sponsored by the İtalian Cultural İnstitute in the capital, Ankara. A half dozen Italian classics by Visconti, Fellini, Antonioni. et al, will also be shown. The Anadolu campus has a major department of film studies and therefore a rather sophistıcated youthful vıewership.  In an educational vein four early Hitchcock films from the thirties are scheduled and a ...

Eskişehir, an off-the-beaten-track fılm festıval with Flair

The 10th Eskişehir (Turkey) Film festival opened on Saturday, May 2 on the spacious modern-looking campus of Anadolu University wıth a flourish and gala celebration worthy of many an A-festıval.  While this festival is relatively minor sandwiched in between the big Turkish festivals of İstanbul, Ankara, and Antalya, it has a truly international flavor and offers extraordinary hospitality to foreign visitors in a forested college campus setting with handsome modern buildings, guest houses, a...

Future of Cinema Salon @ Cannes The panel in the Palais "Future of cinema, few know, few share, we dare do both!"

Let us embark for a visionnary trip a few decades ahead of, CFC Media Lab and Telefilm Canada are proud to present another installment of our Future of Cinema Salon Series at the Cannes Film Festival. This year promises to be a stellar line up that includes MingleTalk at the Canadian Pavilion - an event that will be brokering conversations around the future of distribution amongst a varied group of maverick directors, rebellious producers and daredevil distributors. We will also b...

In competitiont at Cannes, "Three Monkeys" by Nuri Belge Ceylan

"Three Monkeys" by Nuri Belge Ceylan  A familiar name in Cannes, - he presented the short Cocoon in 1995 and feature films Distant in 2003 and Climates in 2006, all in Competition – Nuri Bilge Ceylan is back on the Croisette with a dramatic feature entitled Three Monkeys. With a plot loaded with the violence of complicated events, the Turkish director focuses on the four-member family, who want desperately to stay together by not confronting the truth, thus qualifying the fi...

Eskisehir closes quiely while looking ahead

The 10th Anadolu University Eskishehir film festival wound up its ten day run on May 12 with no particular fanfare, just the usual 24 daily on and off campus screenings. Altogether local film fans were treated to over seventy films selected from all periods of film history from Chaplin silents, through early Hitchcock up to a wide selection of new festival films such as Scorcese’s Rolling Stones documentary “Shine a Light” which opened Berlin this year and “No Country for Old Men” a m...

Eskişehir, an off-the-beaten-track fılm festıval with Flair

The 10th Eskişehir (Turkey) Film festival opened on Saturday, May 2 on the spacious modern-looking campus of Anadolu University wıth a flourish and gala celebration worthy of many an A-festıval. While this festival is relatively minor sandwiched in between the big Turkish festivals of İstanbul, Ankara, and Antalya, it has a truly international flavor and offers extraordinary hospitality to foreign visitors in a forested college campus setting with handsome modern buildings, ...

Interview with Istanbul Festival Director Azize Tan

On April 5th, the 27th iteration of the International Istanbul Film Festival runs kicks off its 15-day run, screening 200 feature films in 20 categories. Festival-goers seeking alternatives to the flickering dark will find a robust program of seminars, workshops, concerts, exhibitions and parties. The Festival culminates on April 20th with the coveted Golden Tulip Award for the International Competition, juried by an elite force of cinema professionals led by cinematographer Michael Ballhaus. Fe...

Belgrade Auteur Fim Fest awards Californian Dreamin'

Cristian Nemescu's Romanian traqi-comedy CALIFORNIAN DREAMIN' took the Alexsander Sasa Petrovic award for best film at the 13th Auteur Film Festival in Belgrade (Nov 27 - Dec 4). Ozer Kizilitan's courageous tale of religious Zealotry in modern day Turkey TAKVA won the Freedom of Artistic Expression Award and Anton Corbijn's Joy Division biopic CONTROL recieved the Special Prize of the Jury.The jury of the festival, US critic Ron Holloway, British director Julian Richards and Serbian director Srd...

BRUKAN, new film on Ottoman Empire with Sean Connery

The BRUKAN Film Advertisement Production Organisation was founded in 2000 with the aim of making good films. For the last two years the company has worked on creating production conditions for its first cinema project, ”Brukan”. “Brukan” aims to take a special place in world cinema and has been created as a result of careful and long research into the migration experienced in the 1600s. The project will


  Turkish veteran actor Tarik AKAN is best known for his portrayal in Yilmaz Guney s epic YOL .According to the Turkish CNN critic attending this year's Festival on Wheels - around 25 years ago, when Yol was made, all the women in Turkey fell in love with him and now after all those years, the same women are still in love with him !With a hefty build and broad shoulders, embodying the same masculıne appeal as prevalent in popular Indian actors, he commands a calm and steady presence, adding a...


  Symbolising the predominently agricultural character of the region of KARS bordering Armenia where every family living in a house, raises geese, the GOLDEN Goose is also the major award of the 13th European Films Festival on Wheels. On its second day, participants travelled to the ancient city of ANI through rollıng hılls and valleys to admire the ruins of the city in Turkey's easternmost province. .In a country where the Mınıster of Culture equally holds both porfolios of culture an...

Marital Drama from Finland Best Director at the Münster Film Festival

Aleksi Salmenperä from Finland won the prize for Best Director at the 12th Münster Film Festival in 2007. The prize worth EUR 10,000 was unanimously awarded to «Man’s Job» by a prestigious jury. The thematic competition which this year focussed on the subject of «Work! Don’t Work!» and consisted of eight European feature films selected by the Festival’s Director Barbara Fischer-Rittmeyer, is unique in Germany’s film festival scene. The marital drama about a Finnish man, who after l...

Coppola, Emir Kusturica to attend Antalya Film Festival

Coppola, Emir Kusturica to attend Antalya Film Festival  The 44th edition of the Antalya Film Festival will host Francis Ford Coppola and Emir Kusturica as its “Honour Guest"s” within the 3rd International Eurasia Film Festival, the international section of the festival. Francis Ford Coppola will pay his first visit to a film festival held in Turkey, attending the Turkey premiere of his feature “Youth Without Youth” adapted from Mircea Eliade’s novel. Coppola’s return to...

October 19 curtain-raiser for 3rd Eurasia Film Festival in Antalya (Turkey)

The 3rd International Eurasia Film Festival, curtain-raiser for Turkey's 44th Antalya Film Festival, is all set to open on October 19 and will feature a showcase of much-acclaimed recent films of international origin. Displaying the latest productions and hosting their performers and directors at Antalya, the Eurasia Film Festival covers a line up of highly praised films produced  during the last two years. Awards of US$75,000 and US$25,000 will be granted to the “Best Film” and the ...

Copenhagen jury ready for jury duties

It won’t be long before the film event of the year, Copenhagen International Film Festival 2007, kicks off. On Sunday, 2 September, the festival’s program will be launched in Dagmar and CinemaxX, where you can enjoy free drinks and get a copy of the Danish program paper. But when the festival raises the curtain on 147 fantastic films on 20 September, 11 of them will get special attention, as they compete for the festival’s Golden Swan award. The winners will be chosen exclusively by an int...

"The Edge of Heaven" by Fatih Akin

Director Fatih Akin is showing his first film in the Cannes Official Competition, his second feature, The Edge of Heaven. This is not his first time to Cannes though as he served on the Jury two years ago as well as he presented Crossing the Bridge: The Sound of Istanbul. After winning the Golden Bear at Berlin for Head-On in 2004, Fatih Akin suffered from expectation: “I felt pressured to come up with something better than Head-On. I wanted to do better artistically. I had to prove to myself ...

Istanbul festival (26th edition) kicked

The eagerly awaited 26th International Istanbul Film Festival has started with the opening gala held at the Lütfi Kırdar Convention and Exhibition Centre on the evening of March, 3Oth.The opening ceremony of the 26th International Istanbul Film Festival took start with the opening speech of Şakir Eczacıbaşı, the Chairman of the Board of the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts, the organising institution of the festival.Cinema Honorary Awards were presented at the o...

26th International Istanbul Film Festival

Organised by the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts and sponsored by AKBANK, the International Istanbul Film Festival celebrates its 26th year in 2007. The festival will be held March 30th-April 15th. As Turkey's primary film festival, the Istanbul Film Festival will unite outstanding films, movie stars and master directors with cinema-lovers in Istanbul, and as always, present a wide panorama of Turkish movies as well. Festival goers are promised a variety of novelties and surprises not t...

BNFF Grand Prix went to Spain

The jury of the official competition EurAsia has announced that the best film in the competition of 10th Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival was Spanish tragic comedy DARKBLUEALMOSTBLACK. Best Eurasian film receives a cash award of 10,000 euros sponsored by the City of Tallinn. The award for best director went to Turkish director Nuri Bilge Ceylan for CLIMATES. Previously Ceylan has won at BNFF the award of Estonian Film Journalists’ Association in 2002.Sandra Hüller (REQUIEM, Germany) receive...

Oslo Films from the South Awards

The 16th Films from the South festival has now ended and has set an new audience record with 22 000 tickets sold. This years festival has been an incredible success and the response from the audience and our collaborators has been better than ever before. The following films are the award winners at the 16th Films from the South festival: The Silver Mirror: Water by Deepa MehtaThe jury's special mention: Elsa & Fred by Marcos CarnevaleFilms from the South Honorary Award: Abbas KiarostamiThe FIPR...

Antalya favours East Europeans in US$400,000 festival-prize bonanza

ANTALYA, Turkey ~ A Romanian movie called The Paper Will Be Blue picked up the top international prize of US$75,000 for Best Foreign Film at the 43rd Antalya Film Festival, while Best National Film and US$100,000 went to the owners of Destiny.In a night that gave particular recognition to East European films about change following the collapse of communism, some 33 awards were made and US$400,000 given away in cash prizes at a magnificently well-organised closing ceremony on Saturday night (23 S...


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