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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 ...

Montreal Stop Motion Film Festival ready to launch in a week

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 The fourth edition of the Montreal Stop Motion Film Festival is proud to announce the release of its official program for 2012. This year, the Festival will be taking place on October 19th, 20th, and 21st in the J.A. de Sève Theater at Concordia University (1453 Mackay Street, Montreal).   The Montreal Stop Motion Film Festival is the “Ultimate Stop Motion Week-end”! The festival is the first in the world to showcase Stop Motion, and we have put together the best ...

Sunscreen Film Festival to be Distributed in Over 180 Countries

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 Sunscreen Film Festival to be Distributed in Over 180 Countries   Sunscreen signs distribution deal that enables it to distribute films all over the world.   (TAMPA BAY, Fla.,) October 10, 2012- The Sunscreen Film Festival has made another step in further establishing itself as an internationally renowned event. Sunscreen has signed a deal to distribute films on Viaway; an on demand Video, TV and Radio platform.   Viaway http://www.viaway.com/ Video, TV and Radio ente...

Boyz'n the Hood John Singleton keynote at 2012 Film Independent Forum

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  JOHN SINGLETON IS FORUM KEYNOTE SPEAKER! ALSO, A HACKATHON. This just in: Academy Award® nominated director John Singleton will give the keynote address for the 2012 Film Independent Forum. At age 24, Singleton was the youngest individual and first ever African-American to be nominated for an Academy Award® for Best Director. Boyz N the Hood, John Singleton’s first feature film, landed him Oscar® nominations for Best Director and Original Screenplay. His othe...

AFI announces Bernardo Bertolucci as Guest Artistic Director

The American Film Institute (AFI) announced today that internationally acclaimed filmmaker and Academy Award®-winning director and screenwriter Bernardo Bertolucci will serve as its Guest Artistic Director at AFI FEST 2012 presented by Audi. Last year’s Guest Artistic Director was Pedro Almodóvar, and David Lynch, an alumnus of the AFI Conservatory, held the role in 2010. As Guest Artistic Director, Bertolucci has selected four feature films for his special sidebar program at...

American Film Festival tributes Jerry Schatzberg and Wes Anderson

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Schatzberg to receive  Indie Star award. “Moonrise Kingdom” to have its Polish premiere at the Wrocław event. American Film Festival in Wrocław, Poland (13-18 Nov), the first event in Eastern and Central Europe focused entirely on independent American cinema, pays tribute to two great American filmmakers: Jerry Schatzberg and Wes Anderson. Jerry Schatzberg, the legendary director and accomplished photographer, will be a special festival guest. He will receive the annual In...

Virginia Film Festival highlights

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The Virginia Film Festival announced today that it is adding five of the most highly-anticipated films of the season to its 25th Anniversary program, putting  the exclamation point on a remarkable collection of more than 120 films to be presented from November 1-4 in Charlottesville.   The Virginia Film Festival is presented by the University of Virginia and its College and Graduate School of Arts & Sciences.   VFF Director Jody Kielbasa announced that the David O. Russell...

The Industry events scheduled at London BFI

The 56th BFI London Film Festival in association with American Express today reveals an exciting and comprehensive line up of events, screenings and services for UK and international film professionals. The Industry Programme, held at BFI Southbank and other London venues, comes hot on the heels of the early October launch of the BFI’s five year plan for supporting British film – Film Forever – and underlines the BFI’s steadfast commitment to supporting the B...

Once a Week Online Film Festival Call for Entries

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Once a Week Online Film Festival is now showing all shorts up to 30 minutes including music videos and trailers, we've added an audience award and more. No entry fee, any genre accepted, no completion date, submissions are always open. http://www.onceaweekfilmfest.com...

Shriekfest Awards

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 Shriekfest, the Los Angeles International Film Festival & Screenplay Competiton was a huge success! Denise Gossett, festival director, once again hosted Shriekfest Oct 4-7th at Raleigh Studios in Hollywood. Shriekfest screened almost 40 films and had 30 screenplay finalists & 10 original song finalists. "Nailbiter" directed by Patrick Rea took the Grand Jury prize for Best Horror Feature Film, "Found In Time" directed by Arthur Vincie took the Best SciFi Feature...

Hawaii International Film Festival highlights

The 32nd Hawaii International Film Festival (HIFF), presented by Halekulani will take place October 11-21 in Honolulu. The festival, in partnership with the Vilcek Foundation, will showcase six films--four features and two documentary shorts--as part of the New American Filmmakers (NAF) program.     The NAF program, previously called American Immigrant Filmmakers on Profile, continues to highlight the creative enterprises of talented foreign-born writers, directors, producers,...

Gold Coast International Film Festival line up announced

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The Second Annual Gold Coast International Film Festival presented by the Great Neck Arts Center, with the Town of North Hempstead as Founding Sponsor, will present seven days and nights of bold, dynamic films, programs, panels, tributes, conversations, awards and festivities on Long Island’s North Shore.  GCIFF gets underway Monday, October 22 with two pre-festival events followed by its Opening Night Gala on Wednesday, and then runs at the Clearview Cinemas in the communities of Man...

ÉCU SPOTLIGHT: CHARLIE KAUFMAN AND “CROWDFUNDING”

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  ÉCU SPOTLIGHT: CHARLIE KAUFMAN AND “CROWDFUNDING” ÉCU is a strong supporter of the unbridled creativity which is afforded to indie filmmakers, but acknowledges the difficulties in financing costs. This week the spotlight is on the acclaimed American screenwriter, director and producer Charlie Kaufman, who defies conventions and creates inspiringly innovative work. In September he raised twice the $200,000 budget required to produce his upcoming animat...

Helen Mirren to receive European achievement in World Cinema Awards

  HELEN MIRREN RECEIVES EUROPEAN ACHIEVEMENT IN WORLD CINEMA AWARD "A very meaningful honour," says the British actress (picture: Giles Keyte) The European Film Academy takes great pleasure in presenting Dame Helen Mirren with the honorary award EUROPEAN ACHIEVEMENT IN WORLD CINEMA 2012 for her outstanding body of work. “It was discovering the immense diversity of European filmmaking that gave me an enduring love and respect for the art form,” stated Helen Mirr...

PLUS CAMERIMAGE to honour Alan Heim and Steven Okazak

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Academy Award® winners Alan Heim (“All That Jazz,” “Network,” “The Notebook,” “American History X”) and Steven Okazaki (“Day of Waiting,” “The Mushroom Club,” “Unfinished Business”) will be honoured at PLUS CAMERIMAGE, the International Film Festival of the Art of Cinematography celebrating its landmark 20th anniversary this November (Nov 24 – Dec 1, 2012).   Oscar® winning film editor Alan ...

There is only one direction to go…FORWARD!

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I recently read (again) the Steven Spielberg biography by Joseph McBride. There is a passage in the book that always gets my attention. “Early in 1977, when Close Encounters was still months away from completion, George Lucas showed a rough cut of Star Wars (without John Williams’s rousing musical score) at his San Anselmo home, in northern California. The audience included executives of Twentieth Century-Fox; Gloria Katz and William Huyck, who worked on the script; and several of Lucas...

Red Bull Mediahouse announces 'Heroes By Nature'

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In 2013, cinemas across Europe are going to be fueled with an adrenaline rush: A monthly action sports movie event, featuring compelling stories and heart-stopping stunts that have never been seen on a big screen.   Todays “Big Friday” press conference at San Sebastian Film Festival just might have heralded the beginning of a new era of action sports movie exhibition: Not only did the Festival and Red Bull Mediahouse announce further details concerning the new section that...

Frequency Film Festival - Submit your film today!

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Frequency Film Festival will be a monthly film festival, starting in 2013, and based in San Diego, CA, USA.  There are no entry fees or deadlines.   Frequency Film Festival will present over 30 screenings, in twelve days, each month. Documentary, Foreign, Horror, Action, Drama, Western, Thriller, Sci-Fi, Comedy, Silent, Musical, Experimental, LGBT, Animation, Crime, Romance, and Family. The mission of the Frequency Film Festival is to promote unique and exciting films and to screen ...

PRODUCE A S3D MOVIE FROM CONCEPTION TO SCREEN – The last S3D Campus Training for 2012/2013!

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  S3D Campus offers soon a training combining practice and theory that will be thought by the best experts of the S3D production chain. Supported by the European MEDIA programme for 3 years, S3D Campus offers its participants an exceptional learning frame in terms of means and opportunities to build or reinforce your professional network. From November 19 to 28, 2012, S3D Campus will offer an 8-day training program on Producing an S3D Film, from conception to screen. Divided into groups o...

Monica Bellucci and Bahman Gobhadi to present "Fasle Kargadan / Rhino Season"

  On Wednesday September 26th at 19:00, the Kursaal Auditorium will host the European premiere of Bahman Gobhadi´s film, Fasle Karagdan / Rhino Season. The director will attend the screening with the cast headliners Monica Bellucci, Behrouz Vossoughi and Belçim Bilgin. Bahman Gobhadi has won the Golden Shell on two occasions at the San Sebastian Festival, in 2004 with Lakposhtha parvaz mikonand / Turtles Can Fly and in 2006 with Niwemang / Half Moon. In 2007 Gobhadi was...

'Mine Games' still shot

 'Mine Games' still shot with Julianna Guill 

'Mine Games' still shot Joseph Cross

 'Mine Games' still shot Joseph Cross

'Mine Games' still shot Ethan Peck

 'Mine Games' still shot Ethan Peck

Film festivals - do they have a future? Forum held in Katowice

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                        Can anyone harness enough courage to raise such a question? It is as if to ask about chances of survival of a live organism that is ridded of its heart. Or both lungs. This live (and very much so!) organism stands for cinema, whereas it is the film festivals that constitute the heart and the lungs. Although "the death of the cinema" has long b...

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