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Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, Review: Good, but not as Tarantino was, once upon a time

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, Review: Good, but not as Tarantino was, once upon a time It is inspired by the murders of actress Sharon Tate and her friends at the hands of a hippy cult in 1969, only the film re-writes this historical fact. It is inspired by the super-hit spaghetti Westerns of the mid to late 60s, led by Italian director Sergio Leone, only he is never mentioned in the film. It is a satirical take on martial arts’ ‘God’ Bruce Lee, but takes an amazingly unfla...

Japanese SSF&A Festival Director SeigoTono on India tour

Japanese SSF&A Festival Director SeigoTono on India tour Tuesday, the 28th 0f February, saw the screening of four Japanese shorts at the Rangswar mini-auditorium, located inside Chavan Centre in South Mumbai. Organised by the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, courtesy Prabhat Film Society, which completed 50 years this year, it was presented by Seigo Tono, Director of Short Shorts Film Festival (SSFF) and Short Shorts Film Festival Asia (SSFFA), Japan. It will be held during June 1-12...

FRANTIC FILMS a competition for work inspired by ROMAN POLANSKI

FRANTIC FILMS is a challenge to filmmakers across the UK to create their own short, max-length 10mins, inspired by the films of iconic Polish director, Roman Polanski.

Respond to some of the most influential cinema of our time, and you could have your work seen by leading film professionals who have worked closely with Polanski himself - shortlist judges include:

Timothy Burrill (producer The Pianist, Oliver Twist)

Jerzy Skolimowski (scriptwriter Knife in the Water)

Pawel Edelman (DOP The Pianist, Carnage).


Entrants are competing for one of two great prizes:

  1. Best Film Award winner will receive £1000 worth of film equipment.
  3. The Audience Award winner will receive a film making course at the London Film Academy (shortlisted entries will be available for viewing and audience voting throughout the KINOTEKA film festival the festival website:

Competition awards are proudly sponsored by Project London Films.


Competition Brief:

Whether spoof or homage, miniature masterpiece or the result of an hour playing with your i-phone, Frantic Films is an open creative challenge, welcoming all interpretations. What counts is not your previous film-making experience, but the following three criteria - on which all submissions will be judged:

- The independent character of the film submitted.

- The quality of its response to Polanski’s cinema.

- Its use of the short film form.



For more information and directions on how to submit visit the KINOTEKA website:


49th Annual 2011 New York Film Festival Opens with Roman Polanski’s CARNAGE

By Maria Esteves – September 27, 2011 The 49th Annual 2011 New York Film Festival (NYFF2011) commence Friday, September 30 - Sunday, October 16, 2011 at Alice Tully Hall and the Walter Reade Theater, New York. Presented by The Film Society of Lincoln Center, NYFF annually showcase the best in international, classic, and cutting-edge independent cinema. This year’s Opening, Centerpiece, and Closing Night films are North American Premiere of CARNAGE, directed by Roman Polanski, MY WEEK...

The Return Of Roman Polanski

  Word comes from Europe that the celebrated director Roman Polanski will be returning to Zurich, Switzerland this week to accept the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Zurich Film Festival. This could have been a standard issue awards story except for the fact that Mr. Polanski’s trip to Zurich two years ago to pick up this same honor precipitated a one-year legal battle that led to months of house arrest and his possible extradition to the United States to face a prison term for fl...

Roman Polanski Is Big Winner At European Film Awards

  It has been quite a year for director Roman Polanski… arrest in Switzerland, Silver Bear at the Berlinale, legal victory and return to his adopted home of Paris, and film adaptation of the international theatre sensation “God Of Carnage”. Now, Polanski caps a year full of ups and downs with a sixtuplet win at the European Film Awards, held this evening in the Nokia Concert Hall in the Estonian capital city of Tallinn.    “The Ghost Writer”, Polanski’s adapta...

Lady Filmmakers October 9th & 10th-hot indie films with David Lynch, Roman Polanski, Glenn CLose, James Brolin, Lily Taylor!!

Amazing Line-up of films by talented filmmakers and actors!!! We are so excited about our programming this year AND its only our 2nd year! We have amazing films from around the world. This is a film festival by filmmakers, actors and industry professionals for filmmakers and movie lovers!!! So where should I start first?? I am equally excited about our up and coming filmmakers and casts as the established ones but I guess I will list the famous ones that we all know and love.  We are also very ...

Roman Polanski Is Released

  Following a legal battle that began almost a year ago at the Zurich Airport en route to the Zurich Film Festival, Oscar-winning director Roman Polanski has been released from legal limbo that has kept him under house arrest in Switzerland, and will most likely be back in France by later this week. Switzerland announced earlier today that it will not extradite Roman Polanski to the United States, where the film director faces charges of unlawful sex with a minor over three decad...

Polanski In Switzerland, His Film In Berlin

  In what has to be one of the most bizarre red carpet scenarios in many a moon, the Berlinale is bracing for the buzz storm surrounding the world premiere of THE GHOST WRITER, the latest film from director Roman Polanski. And while the stars of the film, Ewan McGregor and Pierce Brosnan will officiously walk the red carpet at the Berlinale Palast this evening, the film's celebrated director remains under house arrest in his ski villa in Switzerland. Of course, this is not t...

Scorsese and Polanski At 2010 Berlinale

  Roman Polanski, who is under house arrest in Switzerland while awaiting word about an extredition proceeding that may bring him back to a United States prison, will be represented at the upcoming Berlinale (even though Polanski will, presumably, only be there in spirit). The controversial filmmaker's latest film THE GHOST WRITER, an adaptation of novelist Philip Roth's tome, is one of the high profile films announced that will be competing for the Golden Bear prize at the 60th edition...

Roman Polanski could be extradited to U.S.

  Roman Polanski is weighing his legal options after his arrest Saturday at the Zurich Airport. If he agrees to allow extradition, he could be sent to the U.S. within a few days. If he fights the order, it could take several months for the case to get through Swiss courts. Ever since being charged in 1977 for having sex with a 13-year-old girl, Polanski has lived in Paris and has avoi...

To all members of EFA academy : help us...we demand an immediate release for Roman Polanski

The following solidarity note was issued yesterday and read out at the Zurich Film Festival's special event held in honour of Roman Polanski:As members of the European Film Academy and the European film community we protest at the arbitrary treatment of one of the world's most outstanding film directors. We declare our deep respect for our colleague and friend Roman Polanski and we demand his immediate release. Wim Wenders Volker Schloendorff Victoria Abril Peter Susc...

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Bangkok World Film Fest (2005) opens with Polanski's Oliver

October 16, 2005 BANGKOK ~ The 3rd annual World Film Festival got under way in Bangkok today (Saturday 15 Oct) following Friday night’s grand opening at which Roman Polanski was guest of honour for the Asian premiere of his latest film, Oliver Twist. The veteran director, who is no stranger to Thailand and who even speaks a smattering of Thai, introduced the film as his first attempt to produce work that will appeal to children as well as adults. “I have children of my ow...