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16th Arab Film Festival opens in LA

by Alex Deleon for <> The sixteenth edition of the Arab Film Festival (which travels to five cities in California) opened here on Friday, October 19 with a festive reception at the Screen writers Guild Theater in Beverly Hills. This is an intensive three day event which will screen as many films as can be squeezed into a long weekend. The opening night film was "Man Without a Cell Phone", a debut feature by Palestinian filmmaker Sameh Zoabi who has won various...

One Day After Peace

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.

Reports from the Lebanese Pavilion in Cannes

The Lebanese Pavilion, organized and financed by the Lebanese Ministries of Tourism and Culture, was present at the Cannes Film Festival for the eighth consecutive year. The pavilion hosted Lebanese film industry professionals, as well as institutions and associations working on the promotion of Lebanese cinema, such as the Lebanese Tourism Office in Paris, the Fondation Liban Cinema and the Metropolis association. This year, for the first time, the Lebanese Culture Minister, Gaby Lay...

Elias Demetriou: I had no ambition to leave my country, but in the end it left me”

These are not Elias Demetriou’s words. They were said by one of the female characters in the film Fish N’Chips, with which the director participates in the International Competiion of the SIFF. But they are essential for the understanding of the entire film. The subject is very suitable for a comedy, but Demetriou chooses a completely different approach, creting a serious film, which in today’s multicultural situation in Europe poses a very important question: Who we are – t...

ÉCU's Partner - Cyprus Films Days opened for submissions

The Ministry of Education and Culture and Rialto Theatre announces that Calls for Entries for the 10thCYPRUS FILM DAYS -International Film Festival 2012, are now open. The festival, which is being held for the 10th time this year, will host an international competition section titled “Glocal Images” in which film-makers from around the globe and Cyprus are invited to submit their films.The films participating in the competition section will be selected by the festival’s artistic committee:...

No one but us

Director: Roman Shumunov.
This is a story about the solitude of the new immigrants and their endless struggle to survive, to be accepted and to be a part of Israeli society. Andrei, the protagonist, a new immigrant from the former Soviet Union, discovers that in order to save his sick father’s life he must buy an expensive drug that is well beyond his means. At the same time, Andrei and his two best friends, Zura and Marat, also living alone in the country, try to achieve their dream to be heard and understood via their poesy music. Andrei decides to get the money for the medicine his father so desperately needs at all costs.

“CYIFF's GOT TALENT”: September 30 – October 16, 2011

6th Cyprus International Film Festival is Under the Auspices of Municipality of Nicosia “CYIFF's GOT TALENT”:  September 30 – October 16, 2011 The 6th International Film Festival of Cyprus, one of the most important festivals for emerging artists is here. The excitement, the emotion and the passion for the art of cinema come together once again in the most beautiful Mediterranean island. Entries from 98 countries for 10 categories, that exceed the compatibility of the usual festi...

New York: Human Rights Watch Film Festival 2011

Running its 22nd edition in cooperation with the Film Society of Lincoln Center the Human Rights Watch Film Festival presented from June 16 – 3019 films from 12 countries and premiered 17. As in past editions, most productions selected were first rate prompting animated debates reinforcing the audience commitment to human rights issues. Thus the viewers enjoyed again reflexive cinema at its best. Most filmmakers were present to discuss their productions and to provide additional insights into...

Ensemble screened on "Tolerance Day" in Aruba, golf cart driving on th eway to the theatre to introduce the film

Bruno Chatelin with the team of The Coffee Project (one from Israel, one from Palestine)

New York Israel Film Festival

There is no country other than the United States which has as elaborate and extensive a screening support structure for Jewish and Israeli films. Several years ago I noted in an article about the New York film festival that there are more than fifty Jewish film festivals in the United States. According to there are now close to seventy Jewish film festivals in this country as well as at least four festivals devoted to Israeli films and two to Sephardic ones. In addition, there ar...


FILM SUBMISSIONS FOR CYIFF 2011: Please submit online at  6th Cyprus International Film Festival: 30 September-16 October 2011  Under the Auspices of Municipality of Nicosia   We invite all new film directors to apply for the 6th Cyprus International Film Festival with their film(s). Films produced after January 1st 2008 can participate in CYIFF 2011. These films must be premieres in Cyprus. A. CYIFF 2011 General Categories: ...

Call for Artistic Proposals (music, dance and theatrical acts) - CYIFF 2011

CALL FOR ARTISTIC PROPOSALS IN CYPRUS INTERNATONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2011 Τhe Cyprus International Film Festival (CYIFF) will be presenting the 6th annual edition in the capital of the beautiful island of Cyprus, Nicosia. The festival is Under the Auspices of the Municipality of Nicosia. This prestigious and internationally recognized festival celebrates films and videos made by new rising film directors from all over the world, screening a selection of works submitted from...


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New York: 2011 Jewish Film Festival

                 In its 20th edition, the New York Jewish Film Festival presented 36 features and shorts from 14 countries; 31 premiered in New York.  As in past years a balanced program provided perspectives on the Jewish experience and included several outstanding productions on the holocaust period and its aftermath.                In LILITH (Eytan Harris, ISRAEL, 2010), a documentary; prejudices and resentments are revealed when a mother...

Film Festival News Break...Cairo, Egypt!

  I posted this article (below) back in October after having attended the screening of this documentary, Back Door Channels: The Price of Peace (2009), at the Abu Dhabi Film Festival 2010. In light of the recent controversy in Egypt and impinging further contention, I feel that this film could not have been released at a better time, nor can it be more relevant. A fellow filmmaker and Cairo native stated this in regards to the situation as is today: "The difference betwee...

Oman invites indian film-makers

Oman's  Muscat Festival kicks off today and expects over two million visitors by the time the fest ends on 24th February 2011. Events  include a Fashion Week, Tour of Oman cycle race (which  will feature over 120 of the best names from the Tour de France. ) a food fest and the Extreme Sailing World Championships. As part of the Muscat Festival  playback singer, Sonu Nigam and  the  actress Lara Dutta  will take to the stage on 10th February 2011. Indian superstar Shah Rukh K...

Cyprus Film Days IFF


‘Cyprus Film Days' is the most celebrated annual international Film Festival that takes place in Cyprus. It is organized by the Cultural Services of the Ministry of Education and Culture and the RIALTO theatre. The 9th edition of the festival will take place from the 8th until the 17th of April in Limassol at the RIALTO Theatre and in Nicosia at the Pantheon Art Cinema. Continuing the tradition of previous years, the festival will host some of the best and most important films of the year that have been critically acclaimed internationally.

The showcasing of Cinematic excellence is at the heart of Cyprus Film Days since its first edition in 2003. Therefore, the artistic committee is looking for independent works that frame the diversity of local cultures and present innovative approaches to subject matters that can be addressed to an international audience.

An international Jury made up of leading figures of the international film industry and whose names will be announced at a later date will award the following prizes:

  • - Best Film Award accompanied by the amount of 7,000 Euros
  • - 2nd Best Film Award accompanied by the amount of 3.000 Euros.

An exciting year lies ahead for the festival with the addition of the International Competition Section for feature-length films with the aim of discovering new talents and new stories from all over the world.

Interested parties are called upon to submit an entry form by 15 February 2011.

Cyprus Film Days IFF

The International Film Festival “Cyprus Film Days” is the official international film festival of Cyprus. It is co-organised by the Ministry of Education and Culture of the Republic of Cyprus and the Rialto Theatre.

The selection of films and programming of screenings and parallel events programme is undertaken by a three-member Artistic Committee, appointed by the Ministry of Education and Culture and the Rialto Theatre.
The International Film Festival “Cyprus Film Days” is the official international film festival of Cyprus. It is co-organised by the Ministry of Education and Culture of the Republic of Cyprus and the Rialto Theatre.

The selection of films and programming of screenings and parallel events programme is undertaken by a three-member Artistic Committee, appointed by the Ministry of Education and Culture and the Rialto Theatre.

The Festival’s main objectives are to: contribute to the development, promotion and mobility of the art of film making in Cyprus and the wider area; screen the work of filmmakers from across the world and to introduce their work to the Cyprus public;
to serve as a hub for films from the three neighbouring continents of Cyprus.

For 2011, the festival includes the sections below:

Glocal Images – International Competition Section: Nine (9) feature-length films participate in this section. Films originating from the neighbouring continents of Cyprus and other parts of the world are chosen by the artistic committee, with an emphasis on films, which promote cinema as an art form and a tool for intercultural dialogue. Moreover, Glocal Images seeks to attract films highlighting the diverse “colours” of local filmmaking in their country of origin and drawing on themes and styles of contemporary international filmmaking. Each film in this section is screened once in Limassol and once in Nicosia.

Viewfinder – A Close-up of Contemporary International Cinema: Nine (9) feature-length films will be selected to participate in this section. This section hosts films which have been distinguished at major international film festivals during the festival year and are selected by the Artistic Committee.

The Festival also includes special screenings, thematic sections and tributes to the work of distinguished filmmakers from across the world

Parallel events with workshops and master classes.

The Festival is annual and takes place in Limassol (RIALTO Theatre) and Nicosia (PANTHEON Art Cinema) simultaneously.

The tenth edition of the festival will be held between 20 and 29 April 2012.

Importing Creativity From Israel panel & press conference in Los Angeles

 The Southern California Israeli Chamber of Commerce & Greenberg Traurig Invite you to a Breakfast Presentation By The Operating Room IMPORTING CREATIVITY FROM ISRAEL   The exclusive panel discussion and press conference will focus on the efforts, challenges and potential of importing Israeli entertainment content to the United States and Hollywood. As part of the panel discussion, exciting recent developments and production deals will be announced. Panel Participants:HOWA...

Sunset in b-UAE-tiful Abu Dhabi

Wow! What a place for a film festival! This was a special festival aimed at the discussions and concerns on new world cinema and most importantly, new pan-Arabic cinema. When I arrived in Bahrain airport and passed through customs, the customs officer asked my reason for heading further for Abu Dhabi. I told him I was to attend the Abu Dhabi film festival for a conference on new Arabic cinema. He laughed in my fa


Director: lavi vanounou.
Messiah is alive and kicking in Tel Aviv.One day a man who claims to be the Messiah appears in the middle of Tel Aviv city and preaches to the angry people passing by, annoyed by his prophecies.

Israel Fest film slate

Enriching the American vision of Israeli life and culture through the powerful medium of film, the Israel Film Festival has definitively become the largest showcase of Israeli films in the United States. 2010 marks the 25th anniversary of this much acclaimed Israeli showcase that celebrates a quarter-century of Israeli cinema in the United States, and today the film festival announced its most dynamic program since its founding. Encompassing over 30 titles, including award winning features, do...

Boring Job In Security

Director: Larry C Hodges.
Yes, this job in security is so boring that it is good to get a laugh or two in to keep themselves alive or awake.


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