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Two Must-Attend Film Festivals,in India

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by Lekha Shankar      With almost every city in India boasting of a film festival today, it’s difficult to know which ones to choose. But two film festivals seems a cut above the rest. The International Film Festival of India (IIFI),  is the oldest and biggest film festival in the country ,which is  held in late-November, in the scenic beach-town of Goa. It  has the glitter, glamour, and high-quality cinema that one associates with a top-range fest...

Hong Kong producer Nansun Shi to head APSA 2011 International Jury

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BANGKOK ~ Nansun Shi, one of the region’s most highly regarded film producers, was announced today as President of the 2011 International Jury of the Asia Pacific Screen Awards (APSA). Ms Shi will be joined on the Jury by Cameron Bailey, Co-director of the Toronto International Film Festival, Japanese director and actress Kaori Momoi, Israeli director Samuel Maoz, and the Executive Chairman of the China Film Producers Association, Ming Zhenjiang. During a career spanning th...

Meet The Jurors For Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival

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  Twenty film professionals from more twelve different countries will make up the 6 competition juries for films screening at the main programme of the 14th Black Nights Film Festival which runs from 24th November – 5th December 2010. Concentrating on films from Europe and Asia, the International Competition EurAsia Jury will award a Grand Prix and jury prizes for Best Director, Actor and Actress from a diverse and excellent selection of competition films. The jury is made up of...

Hawaii International Film Festival turns 30th this fall, alook back to top ten greatest moments in history

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2010 is a momentous year for the Hawaii International Film Festival (HIFF) as it celebrates 30 years as the premiere film festival in the Pacific! It is a venue where filmmakers can connect with each other and the public says HIFF executive director Chuck Boller. "Numerous exciting milestones and productive and profitable encounters have happened at HIFF over the last 30 years, creating opportunities for future projects and friendships." Of the many significant events th...

Inaugural Chapman University │Pusan West │Filmmaker Showcase To Take Place November 20-22, 2009

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Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Media Arts, recognized as one of the premiere film schools in the United States announced a groundbreaking partnership with South Korea's Pusan International Film Festival (PIFF), Asia's largest film festival, to launch a first-of-its-kind filmmaker showcase that will bring select Korean films and filmmakers from PIFF to the U.S. The announcement was jointly made today by Dodge College Dean Bob Bassett and PIFF Director Lee Yong-Kwan.   ...

Barcelona Asian Film Festival

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The 11th BARCELONA ASIAN FILM FESTIVAL - BAFF 2009, organised by 100.000 retinas and directed by Amaia Torrecilla and Carlos R. Ríos, will be held between April 30th and May 10th 2009 in Barcelona. In this its 11th season, BAFF will present a selection of 60 feature films produced in Asia throughout the last year. A wide range of interesting innovations will mark ten intense days where top Asian filmmakers will bring their works close to our Mediterranean audience. Among these novelties is the ...

Osian’s-Cinefan will open Raami by Babak Shirinsefat

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Osian’s-Cinefan will open with the International Premiere of Raami by Babak Shirinsefat. An Iran-Azerbaijan co-production, Raami is the director’s debut film.Ten years after the Karabakh conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan a middle-aged Azerbaijani folk composer who has spent ten years in a war refugee camp in Sabirabad, goes looking for his Armenian wife and child. He heads for Iran since his family had been lost during the occupation of Jibrail and had fled to Iran. Based on the Azerba...

Vesoul Film Festival of Asian Cinema Awards delivered

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Vesoul 13th International Film Festival of Asian Cinema(from 13th to 20th february 2007) The audience reached 23 000 for this 13th festival, with an increase of 9,5 % PALMARES 2007 GOLDEN CYCLO OF HONOUR sponsored by the City and Agglomeration of Vesoul to Wu Tianming for his entire work GOLDEN CYCLO Award sponsored by the Conseil Régional de Franche-Comté and granted by the International Jury with Chinese director Xie Fei as Chairman, Mrs Houda Ibrahim (Lebanon), Mrs Defné Gürsoy (Turkey) ...

Rotterdam Film Festival Winners

Friday, February 9----Four films shared the top Festival prizes at the Rotterdam Film Festival, which ended its 36th edition this past Sunday. Top winners of the VPRO Tiger Awards include: LOVE CONQUERS ALL (Tan Chui Mui, Malaysia), THE UNPOLISHED (Pia Marais, Germany), BOGS OF BEASTS (Baixo Des Bestas, Brazil) and AFR (Morten Hartz Kapler, Denmark). Each winner received a 10,000 Euro cash prize, as well as a guaranteed broadcast by Dutch public television network VPRO. In other prizes, FOURT...

Asian films and Nordic actors win in Tallinn Black Nights

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9th Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival that finished on Sunday was a feast for Asian films as two of the jury's main prizes went to the works from this region. At festival closing ceremony on the 10 December the Grand Prix of competition programme EurAsia was handed to the Chinese film "Shanghai Dreams"(dir. Wang Xiaoshuai), Hou Shiao-shien from Taiwan received the award for best director for his epic "Three Times". The Audience Award went to Asia as well - Kim Ki-duk won Estonian viewers’ fav...

Hawai Festival announces the winners of the 27th edition

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Hawaii filmmakers flourish winning a record 6 awards1. First Hawaiian Bank Golden Maile AwardsCAVITE [PHILIPPINES] - Golden Maile: Best Feature FilmSISTERS IN LAW [CAMEROON] – Golden Maile: Best Documentary Film2. Russell Boyd [MASTER AND COMMANDER] wins the Eastman Kodak Award for Excellence in Cinematography3. Film in Hawaii Award presented to the late Kayo Hatta [PICTURE BRIDE].4. The Network for the Promotion of Asian Cinema (NETPAC) Award goes to SEASON OF THE HORSE [CHINA].5. Inaugura...

Pusan wrapped with top award to Grain in the Ear

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Pusan International Film Festival Awards Heralded as the biggest film festival in Asia, PIFF ran Oct. 6 – 15th and celebrated its 10th anniversary this year with some of Asia’s greatest talent including Hou Hsiao-hsien, Abbas Kiarostami, and Jackie Chan on hand at its numerous ceremonies.The festival wrapped last weekend with the top award – the New Currents award for Best New Asian Filmmaker of the Year – going to ZANG Lu of China for directing Grain in the Ear. ZANG uses a restraine...

Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival awards

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47 575 viewers attended the 8th Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival that ended last Sunday.The Black Nights Film Festival (BNFF) with its 3 sub-festivals (Sleepwalkers’ Student Film Festival, Children and Youth Film Festival “Just Film” and Animation film festival “Animated Dreams”) showed altogether 553 films in 563 screenings. The festival took place in 4 towns (besides Tallinn and Tartu selected programmes were presented in Viljandi and Pärnu too), in 21 cinema theatres.This year th...

Final Solution won two more international awards at 3 Continents at Nantes

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At the recently-concluded 26th edition of Festival des 3 Continents at Nantes (France), Final Solution won two more international awards : Montgolfiere d’Or for Best Documentary adjudged by the Jury Le Prix Fip/Pil’ du Public – the Audience award for the Best Documentary This is the first ever time that an Indian documentary has won an award at the 3 Continents film festival in France. The other films in competition included Zairat by Bahman Kiarostami (Iran), Tierra de Agua by Carlos Klei...

Final Solution ban protest

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The Censor Board of India recently banned Rakesh Sharma's internationally-acclaimed documentary - Final Solution. An online petition has been created by Anand Patwardhan to protest against the ban. The petition asks Central Government to intervene and revoke the ban immediately. As you may already know, under clause 6 and 9 of the Cinematograph Act, the Central Government is empowered to overturn any decision/ recommendation by the Censor Board.People who have already signed the petition include...

Vesoul awards Vodka Lemon

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Tuesday 17th February 2004 on the closing ceremony at Edwige Feuillère Theatre of Vesoul with the screening of "In the Wild Mountains" by Yan Xueshu (China)at 8.30 PM the following awards have been given out.GOLDEN CYCLO Award of the International Jury with Iranian director Jafar Panahi as chairman and with Ashoka Handagama, Sophie Lee, Ling Fei and Véronique Prost: "VODKA LEMON" by Hiner Saleem (Kurdistan) With humour and with an innovative and poetic cinematic language, the film depicts th...

Rotterdam awards En Route, The Missing and Summer...

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33rd International Film Festival RotterdamWednesday, January 21 - Sunday, February 1, 2004During the IFFR 2004 Awards Ceremony on Friday, January 30, 2004 in Concert and Congress Centre 'de Doelen' in Rotterdam, the winning films of the 33rd International Film Festival Rotterdam were announced. The three VPRO Tiger Awards were granted to BU JIAN (THE MISSING) by Lee Kang-sheng from Taiwan, UNTERWEGS (EN ROUTE) by Jan Krüger from Germany and the Hubert Bals Fund supported LJETO U ZLATNOJ DOLNINI...

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