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Closing night at TIFF

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 The film 'Black Swan' closed the night. 51st TIFF: Closing ceremony (12/12/2010)The closing ceremony of the 51st Thessaloniki International Film FestivalThe curtains came down on the 51st Thessaloniki International Film Festival on Saturday, December 11th, with a closing ceremony that took place at Olympion Theater. Snapshots, faces and clips of the city during this 10-day cinematic feast were depicted in the short film of Emmanouil Papadopoulos entitled Stereosis, which welcomed the audience ...

Invitation to FLASHPOINT Human Rights Film Festival

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 We would like to invite you to attend a very thought-provoking and humanitarian film festival that urge us to reflect, react, revolutionalize and act as a ‘flashpoint’ to usher in change:FLASHPOINT Human Rights Film Festival  http://flashpointfilmfestival.blogspot.com |  http://www.facebook.com/pages/Flashpoint-FilmFestival/164642156902506 This film festival will screen eight extraordinary films from around the world that deal with human rights issues like Human Trafficking & ...

Strong Sales Noted At IDFA

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  Despite the lingering economic doldrums that have hit the film industry (and the world at large) in the past few years, the sales environment at IDFA: the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam, has been remarkably strong. That is the assessment of the market sidebar here, Docs For Sale, which ran until yesterday.  The sidebar hosts the screenings of market-invitation films, including those screening in the Festival and others presented by their sales agents, producers or go...

IDFA Film In Focus: THE GREEN WAVE

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  One of the things that a documentary film can do best is to provide a much deeper analysis and background to stories that one first encounters on the daily news or in the newspapers. A case in point is THE GREEN WAVE, a bracing and inventive look at the “green uprising” that spontaneously grew following the fixed Iran elections of 2009. Famous for being the first “televised uprising” that was broadcast to the world by Twitter, the film uses a range of cinematic technique, incl...

IDFA Head Ally Derks To Be Honored at HOT DOCS

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Consider it one documentary festival honoring its sister documentary festival across the seas.....it was announced today that Hot Docs, Canada's leading documentary film event, will present IDFA director Ally Derks with the 2011 Doc Mogul Award, recognizing an individual who, over the course of her or his career, has made an essential contribution to the creative vitality of the documentary industry, both at home and abroad. Founder and director of the International Documentary Film Fe...

IDFA Programs Focus On Emerging Talents

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  While IDFA, the world's larget and most prestigious documentary film festival, brings back veteran directors year after year, this year there are some special programs focusing on emerging talents, both students and fledgling documentary filmmakers. More than 150 people – film students as well as starting filmmakers – from more than 25 countries will be taking part in the IDFAcademy. The emphasis of the program is to introduce the complexities of the documentary industry to those...

IDFA Programs Focus On Emerging Talents

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While IDFA, the world's larget and most prestigious documentary film festival, brings back veteran directors year after year, this year there are some special programs focusing on emerging talents, both students and fledgling documentary filmmakers. More than 150 people – film students as well as starting filmmakers – from more than 25 countries will be taking part in the IDFAcademy. The emphasis of the program is to introduce the complexities of the documentary industry to those looking to ...

IDFA Director Blasts Arts Budget Cuts

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Ally Derks, the long-time director of IDFA: the International Documentary Filmfestival Amsterdam, gave the opening address on Wednesday evening for filmmakers, professionals and attending guests assembled for the official opening of the 23rd edition of the much-respected documentary festival. She used her remarks to offer a focus on the challenges facing both documentary filmmakers and supporters of the arts in these austere economic times. What follows are excerpts from her speech: "Dear frien...

Over 2000 Guests at 2010 IDFA

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Over 2000 national and international guests are descending on the historic city of Amsterdam as the 23rd edition of IDFA: the International Documentary Filmfestival Amsterdam begins its 11-day marathon of film premieres, professional activities and special events. Showcasing more than 300 films and with evening “talk shows” and a full series of conferences and market social networking, this year’s event is a must for makers and lovers of non-fiction film. The unique challenges of producing...

Barbara Visser Wins Dutch Cultural Media Fund Documentary Award

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Dutch documentarian Barbara Visser has won the 2010 Dutch Cultural Media Fund Documentary Award, announced by the fund’s chair Jacob Kohnstamm at the opening ceremonies of IDFA, the largest documentary film festival in the world. The prize of € 125,000 was awarded for the realization of her plan for the film C.K. The film concerns an accountant for a large art fund who suddenly disappears from the face of the earth along with his family and millions of euros of public money. Bewildered, the ...

Films Transit Has Record Year At IDFA

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  Films Transit International, the premiere distributor of international documentaries with offices in Montreal and New York, is having a record year at this year's IDFA, the world's largest and most prestigious documentary film festival. The company, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary, has an impressive 11 films represented in both the Festival and the  parallel Docs For Sale market, including 5 films that are competing in the main Features Competition. The high number of fi...

Barbara Visser Wins Dutch Cultural Media Fund Documentary Award

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  Dutch documentarian Barbara Visser has won the 2010 Dutch Cultural Media Fund Documentary Award, announced by the fund’s chair Jacob Kohnstamm at the opening ceremonies of IDFA, the largest documentary film festival in the world. The prize of € 125,000 was awarded for the realization of her plan for the film C.K. The film concerns an accountant for a large art fund who suddenly disappears from the face of the earth along with his family and millions of euros of public money. Bewi...

Over 2000 Guests Expected At 2010 IDFA

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  Over 2000 national and international guests are descending on the historic city of Amsterdam as the 23rd edition of IDFA: the International Documentary Filmfestival Amsterdam begins its 11-day marathon of film premieres, professional activities and special events. Showcasing more than 300 films and with evening “talk shows” and a full series of conferences and market social networking, this year’s event is a must for makers and lovers of non-fiction film. The unique challenges of ...

IDFA Director Blasts Arts Budget Cuts

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  Ally Derks, the long-time director of IDFA: the International Documentary Filmfestival Amsterdam, gave the opening address on Wednesday evening for filmmakers, professionals and attending guests assembled for the official opening of the 23rd edition of the much-respected documentary festival. She used her remarks to offer a focus on the challenges facing both documentary filmmakers and supporters of the arts in these austere economic times. What follows are excerpts from her speech: ...

Dutch Documentary Opens 23rd IDFA

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  All eyes are turning to Amsterdam starting today when the the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA), the largest and most prestigious non-fiction media event in the world, kicks off its 23rd edition. The Festival, which will show nearly 250 films over 11 days, opens with the Dutch documentary POSITION AMONG THE STARS by veteran director Leonard Retel Helmrich. The film, which also competes in the IDFA Competition for Feature Length Documentary, will have its premi...

DOC NYC awards

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DOC NYC, New York's documentary festival, now in the midst of its inaugural year, announces its award winners the night of Sunday, November 7th at the festival's gala screening of Errol Morris's new film Tabloid at NYU's Skirball Center for the Performing Arts. Prizes were awarded by juries in both the "Viewfinders" and "Metropolis" sections; festival audiences also selected an official DOC NsYC Audience Award. DOC NYC takes place at IFC Center the Ziegfeld Theatre and at New York University ven...

The Conquest of High Passes

Director: Wout Conijn.
How to act when you are in top shape mentally but the body doesn't respond that way? Bas, Roelof and Evert are physically handicapped. Nevertheless they embark on a 1000 km bike trip across the Himalayas. From Lhasa to Kathmandu conquering mountain passes over 5000 meters high what makes enormous physical and mental demands to the participants. Bas came into contact as a soldier with a high tension cable and can since then no longer walk. Roelof was soldier too. During his holiday he fell 6 meters with broken spine as a result. Evert the eldest one was scientist, until he accidently came under his own car, what led to partially paralyses and aphasia. The camera follows the three guys during their expedition, which leads according to Evert to the truth. That truth is hard to swallow for Bas, the soldier who doesn’t want to give up and wants to be an example for others. Bas can’t make it to the top of the highest climb because of the cold. Roelof gets to the top, he isn’t concerned about the physical obstacles, but worries about the future with his girlfriend. The journey of Evert is a romantic story: he shares his love for the mountains with his wife, like they did on their honeymoon before the accident. This bicycle excursion Himalaya marks their love, with a majestic panorama as a reward. THE CONQUEST OF HIGH PASSES is a moving portrait of people in search of their inner strength, during an excursion in a breathtaking landscape.

ViBGYOR 2011- Call For Entries

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ViBGYOR 2011: CALL for Entrieshttp://vibgyorfilm.org/2011/callforentriesWelcome to the 6th Edition of ViBGYORInternational Film Festival for Short & Documentary films, to be held inThrissur, Kerala, India from January 12-16, 2011! The6th ViBGYOR is dedicated to the memory of late C. Saratchandran, the notedfilmmaker and activist and our friend and co-traveler at ViBGYOR. Accordinglywe have chosen ‘Political Filmmaking and Media Activism in SouthAsia’ as the special focus theme of the yea...

welcome to the 6th Edition of ViBGYOR International Film Festival, Thrissur, Kerala, India.

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Dear Friends,Greetings from VIBGYOR Collective and welcome to the 6th Edition of ViBGYORInternational Film Festival for short and documentary films at Thrissur,Kerala, from January 12-16 to beheld in the Sangeet Nataka Academy Campus! This Edition is dedicated to thememory of late C.Saratchandran, ourfriend, filmmaker and media activist, who apart from having produced manylandmark political documentary films, has been championing the Touring FilmFestival movement, `Nottam’ in Kerala and elsewh...

Silverdocs Conference Takes Off

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  While it is undeniably fun (and instructive) to view the completed films at this year's SILVERDOCS, much of the meat of the 7 day program is in its annual professional conference. Held parallel to the film screenings at the AFI Silver Theater and other venues, the concurrent International Documentary Conference is a must for professionals in the non-fiction field. The Conference brings together leading filmmakers, educators, broadcasters, business leaders, distributors, private a...

Pitching New Documentaries At SILVERDOCS

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  The AFI-Discovery Channel Silverdocs Documentary Film Festival in Silver Spring, Maryland is now in full swing, with industry movers and shakers in town to exchange information and view the latest documentary offerings from around the world. While the completed films get the lion's share of attention from visiting distributors, programmers and an enthusiastic public, many producers are here to try and secure funding that has become increasingly difficult in a stunted indie film market...

Dimitris Eipides is the new director of the Thessaloniki International Film Festival

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Dimitris Eipides is the new director of the Thessaloniki International Film Festival (TIFF), appointed by Greek minister of culture Pavlos Geroulanos, following the resignation of previous Festival Director, Despina Mouzaki. Eipides' first step as TIFF director is to change this year's event dates to a December 3-11 slot as additional time for the Festival preparations will be necessary, a move already approved by FIAPF. Certain to remain for this year are core sections of the Fes...

Krakow Film Festival Industry Zone

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The Market, the pitching and the conference or Industry Zone at 50th KFFKrakow Film Festival, which 50th jubilee edition will take place between 31st May – 6th June, has been opening for film professionals for many years now. Behind the name Industry Zone there are Krakow Film Market, Dragon Forum and numerous events meant for film professionals present at the festival. Only until 15th May getting accreditation for 50th KFF is possible.Section Industry Zone is dedicated to filmmakers, producer...

East Silver titles throughout the world

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East Silver is not only a specialised market focused on central and eastern European countries, but also helps to promote high quality documentary films from those regions throughout the world. For that two unique tools were designed that runs during the year, East Silver Caravan and East Silver TV Focus. Caravan represents the best from the current East Silver Market catalogue. Special selection of films is submitted to various documentary film festivals for programme pre-selectio...

KINSHASA SYMPHONY opens 16th Visions du Réel festival in Nyon (15 - 21 April)

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There will be a strong presence of German documentaries at this year's Visions du Réel festival in Nyon: apart from the opening film, 25 German films or co-productions have been invited to this highly respected festival in Switzerland. BERLIN -STETTIN by Volker Koepp and LULLABY (WIEGENLIEDER) by Tamara Trampe and Johann Feindt will be competing in the International Competition of Visions du Réel  for the CHF 20,000 Grand Prix.   The following will be showing in the ne...

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