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    FESTIVAL DO RIO, Rio de Janeiro Film Festival
    September 26th to October 10th, 2013

    The biggest annual Latin American movie marathon is about to start, with Festival do Rio, Rio de Janeiro’s international film festival, now in its 15th year, today announcing highlights of the more than 350 films it will spool in the two weeks, September 26 – October 10th.

    It also revealed early details of some special sections this year, with a Focus on German cinema and a series of screenings and debates looking at the hot topic of internet intrusion and misuse in our daily lives.

    As well as a platform for new world and Latin America cinema, the festival also plays host to high profile international industry representatives in RioMarket, to promote debate and exchange of professional crafts through a parallel series of workshops, lectures and seminars.

    Festival gala opener, Thursday September 26, is to be the Franco-Brazilian co-production, Thierry Ragobert’s Amazonia 3D pic, which awed its audience when premiered as closing film at the recent Venice Film Festival. 

    The festival is book-ended with another local subject matter movie for closing night, October 9,  with the world premiere of director Heitor Dhalia’s Serra Pelada, a recent times historical epic set around true tales from the exploration of Brazil’s biggest gold mine during the 1980’s. Top name cast includes Wagner Moura (who doubles also as co-producer), Juliano Cazarré, Julio Andrade, Matheus Nachtergaele, and  Sophie Charlotte.  Film is coproduction between Brazilian media giant Globo and Warner Bros. Pictures, who will open the picture nationally October 18th.

    Main festival programming sees a rich mix of already seen festival crowd pleasers and new and recent work by top-line helmers: Alfonso Cuarón’s Venice hit, Gravity, Woody Allen’s Blue Jasmine, Lee Daniels’ The Butler, Gus Van Sant’s Promised Land , Spring Breakers from Harmony Korine, Pussy Riot by Mike Lerner and  Maxim Pozdorovkin; Diana by Oliver Hirschbiegel, top Korean director Hong Sang-soo’s Nobody´s Daughter Haewon,   Longwave (A Oeste) by Lionel Baier, Good Ol’ Freda by Ryan White, La Danza de laRealidad by Alejandro Jodorowsky, Jeune & Jolie by François Ozon, the Iranian sci-fi Taboor by Vahid Vakilifar; La Grande Bellezza (The Great Beauty) by Paolo Sorrentino, are among the internationally drawn highlights.

    Singled out for a special lifetime achievement is US director Paul Schrader, who will attend the festival to receive his honour. Films  on show in this tribute section include his most recent Venice entry, The Canyons, along with classics and career highlights including Cat People, American Gigolo, and Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters, among them.

    French director Claire Simon,  due in Rio to present her recent feature Gare du Nord will also be the subject of a festival retrospective.

    Upping the French contingent due in Rio, fellow French filmmaker Alain Guiraudie, will attend to present his film Stranger by the Lake (L’Inconnu du Lac) for which be received  the best director award in the Un Certain Regard section at Cannes as well as screen a selection of his previous work. Also due is well revered director Claire Denis, bringing her Cannes screened Bastards.

    Outside the dozen traditional Rio Festival sections  - Panorama, Expectations, Première Brazil,  Latin Première, Midnight, Midnight Horror, Midnight Music, Gay, Boundaries, Dox, Film Doc, Generation, Unique Itineraries and  Environment, this year’s festival sees the ushering in of three new theme-related sidebars:

    ·        Tec Section: Before the Virtual World Was Privacy: focusing on 7 documentaries which address the impact of internet and new technology on privacy issues. Selected screening will be supported with open debates involving authorities on the subject.

    ·         Vanguard Expectation Section: 6 films that challenge the conventional narrative rules to explore, discover and empower new mediums of film making.

    ·         Big Documentarians Panorama Section: spotlighting recent productions from documentary masters such as  Frederick Wiseman, Nicolas Philibert, Errol Morris, Rithy Panh and Claude Lanzmann as  well as well recognized fiction and documentary filmmakers including  Marcel Ophuls, Ken Loach and Werner Herzog.

    For the celebration of the year of Germany in Brazil, the country will be honored in the Festival with the sections Focus Germany and Berlin School Section.

    Focus Germany highlights include Gold by Thomas Arslan, screened in the competition of the Berlin Festival, Exit Marrakech the recent film by director Caroline Link, Oscar winner for Nowhere in Africa,  plus Home From Home by Edgar Reitz, the quasi prequel to his cine-series Heimat, as well as Barbara Albert’s Die Lebenden, a reflection of the birth of Nazism and the reality of Turks in contemporary Germany.


    The Berlin School Section is focused in the cinematographic movement that caught attention in the last decade and was born with directors such as Christian Petzold (Yella, Barbara), Thomas Arslan (A Fine Day, Vacations) and  Angela Schanelec (Marselha, Orly).


    The vanguard filmmaker Ulrike Ottinger will be also honored with screenings of Under Snow and  Freak Orlando.


    Lectures and roundtables, technology seminars, script workshops and other topics will be covered in RioMarket, with the presence of numerous leaders in audiovisual from around the world. The RioMarket full programme is shortly to be announced.


    For the third year, the Festival headquarters, the RioMarket, the Cine Meetings and public encontres will be housed at the Armazém Utopia (Armazém 6), in the downtown Rio port area ‘Porto Maravilha’.

    Festival do Rio 2013
    From September 26th to October 10th


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    Over 40 powerful documentaries on offer! 
    TRI CONTINENTAL FILM FESTIVAL - 13 to 29 September 2013 on at Cinema Nouveau & The Bioscope 

    The Tri Continental Human Rights Film Festival (TCFF) returns to South African cinemas! Now, in its 11th year, TCFF is the largest film festival on the African continent dedicated to films that go to the heart of the big challenges facing humanity today. Over 40 powerful documentaries will be on offer to audiences in Johannesburg, Pretoria and Cape Town.
    For the first time this year there will be an award given for the Best Human Rights Film. The award carries a cash prize and is initiated in partnership with Amnesty International SA to develop a culture of human rights-centered cinema in South Africa. The judges of this award are Ferial Haffajee, Mark Heywood, Lebo Mashile, and Scholastica Sylvan Kimaryo - Veteran of the United Nations.

    TCFF is a chance to see documentary at its best, but it also so much more. From its inception, the festival has been conceived as a platform for debate, advocacy and activism. The cinema becomes a space that transcends passive consumption, where invited speakers from all walks of life – filmmakers, lawyers, activists, specialists, writers – take to the floor at the end of screenings and begin a discussion with audiences, who can take this where they like – often it goes to straight to the question, “What can we do?” Already a film has revealed its power to get people thinking about active engagement. And this can be empowering.

    The idea of a human rights film festival came from the Documentalistas festival in Argentina. Convinced that we needed something like this in South Africa the festival was born in 2003. We added the dimension of using the screenings for debate, partly because at the time, South Africa felt like a very young democracy. Any chance to be inclusive and talk to each other needed to be taken. The festival is run by filmmakers who love film and this combines with a desire to use our skills for positive change.

    “There’s so much chaos in the world right now and people need to make sense of it, collectively. This year’s selection takes a good look at the world in recent times and tries to capture some of the big moments. Through the lens of passionate documentary filmmakers, we get to be part of some of those moments and in turn gain a better understanding of ourselves. This is what I love about the big issue films.” (Anita Khanna, Festival Director).

    In South Africa, sexual inequality remains virtually unchecked, and therefore with 9 films under the banner of Sex Politics, issues of gender take a prominent place in the festival this year.

    Solar Mamas, Miss Nikki and the Tiger Girls, 2 Men and a Wedding, Black Beulahs, Small Small Thing, Gulabi Gang, Guerilla Grannies, Karaoke Girl, Forbidden Voices.
    “The rape and murder of Anene Booyson woke this nation up to how rape tolerant we’ve become and this is turn has made us look at how perniciously sexist our society is. We would like the festival to be a space where all those who want to challenge the abuse of women can come together, watch great films on women and use the platform to strengthen campaigns.” (Anita Khanna, Festival Director).

    And with Egypt’s revolution in turmoil, assassinations of leaders of the democracy movement in Tunisia, and Obama’s government gearing up for an onslaught on Syria, the Arab Season provides timely focus on recent events across the region.
    1/2 Revolution (Egypt), No Harm Done (Tunisia), Bahrain: Forbidden Country, Diary from the Revolution (Libya), Village Under the Forest, Martin Luther King Jr in Palestine, Cinema Jenin (Palestine).

    Other highlights include The Act of Killing, a shocker that uncomfortably takes audiences into the minds of those who commit genocide; The Guantanamo Trap, an in-depth and compelling look at those at the centre of the Guantanamo detention centre torture controversy; Fight Like Soldiers, Die like Children, the big film about Child Soldiers and their rehabilitation and Give Us the Money, the fascinating story of Bob Geldoff and Bono’s quest to feed the world that had both critics and supporters of such aid initiatives waxing lyrical.

    In conjunction with the festival, the 2013 edition sees the return of the much-anticipated bi-annual People to People International Documentary Conference (P2P), which will run from the 16-18 September. First convened in 2007, P2P is a joint initiative of the TCFF and Encounters Documentary Film Festival, conceived in the shared vision of taking African documentary in to the future. The conference brings documentary filmmakers and industry stakeholders from across the continent together with their international counterparts for an exciting three-day programme dedicated to the art, business and technology of documentary from an African perspective. 

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    Sept. 12, 2013 — The Boston Jewish Film Festival, Nov. 6-18, turns 25 this milestone year. “The Festival has been making people think, laugh, feel, love, and dream for a quarter of a century,” says Artistic Director Amy Geller. “I am so proud and honored to be part of this rich cultural legacy." This year, there are 46 films from 13 countries including Algeria, Egypt, Morocco and the Netherlands, and, of course, many from Israel and the U.S.; 40 films are Boston area premieres.

    Geller is particularly proud of the many films with local connections. “The New England area with its vital history of documentary filmmaking is also incredibly fruitful for Jewish cinema.” Unorthodox, made by Nadja Oertelt and Anna Wexler, who met as MIT under­grads and live in Boston, has its world premiere Nov. 10 at the ICA. The tongue-in-cheek mockumentary Your Good Friend, also a world premiere Nov. 10 at the Coolidge, stars Rabbi Lawrence Kushner, formerly of Con­gregation Beth El of the Sudbury River Valley. Finally, The Dewey Stone Connection: From Exodus to Independence, the Closing Night film Nov. 17 at the MFA, celebrates the late Dewey Stone, a Zionist philanthropist in 1940s Brockton, MA, and “an unsung hero for Israel.”

    The 25th year promises to be an expanded program for all Festival goers. “There’ll be more fun elements to heighten the Festival experience and reach out to a wider audience — more family programming, young adult programming, local celebrities, food, music and social opportunities.”

    Programs include:

    · The Family Film Series is back by popular demand with screenings for families with children 11 and up, including The Zigzag Kid and JERUSALEM, a 3D IMAX® film at the Museum of Science.

    · BJFF FreshFlix – Not Your Bubbie’s Festival, a festival within a festival for the 20-40s crowd, kicks off with the 3rd Annual Short Film Competition. The audience will pick the winning shorts via text voting. FreshFlix also features the first BJFF midnight movie ever: Israel’s hit thriller, Big Bad Wolves. In addition, there are opportunities for young adults to engage, discuss, meet the director and schmooze before and after screenings.

    · LGBTQ Shorts Program: OUT Loud is a dramatic and emotional series of LGBTQ short films from Israel, Canada and the U.S. They will be screened at the ICA with Keshet moderating a panel discussion.

    · Diaspora Jews: Spotlight North Africa features three documentaries that shed new light on the fascinating but little-known history of Jews in Egypt, Morocco and Algeria. Today, there are very few Jews living in these North African countries, but there was a time when Jews thrived alongside their Muslim neighbors. The films explore what life was like for these Jewish communities, as well as the circumstances under which they emigrated.

    · Favorite Films from the Famous asks: which classic Jewish films have influenced local celebrities? Esteemed Poet Laureate, essayist and literary critic Robert Pinsky presents Ten From Your Show of Shows, a hilarious compilation of sketches from the legendary and live 1950s television program, starring a riotous ensemble lead by comic genius Sid Caesar.

    But it’s not just about throwing more options at viewers, Geller explains, “I also want to create more opportunities for artistic engagement and expand and strengthen community participation.” As a result, the Festival is launching the first BJFF Community Leadership Award, honoring a distinguished leader from greater Boston who has demonstrated a commitment to social justice and to improving our community. The inaugural award recipient is Lisa Simmons, founder of the Color of Film Collaborative and co-producer of the Roxbury International Film Festival. The award will be presented on Nov. 10 at the screening of the civil rights documentary The Last White Knight.

    The Festival kicks off this very special year with a Silver Celebration on Sunday, Nov. 3 from 6-9:30 p.m. at the Ritz-Carlton Boston. Founding board member Shoshana Pakciarz and longtime trustee Barbara Resnek will be honored. The celebration will include a cocktail reception and dinner, an exclusive preview of Festival films and a presentation by acclaimed Boston Globe film critic Ty Burr from his most recent book Gods Like Us: On Movie Stardom and Modern Fame.

    Festival Locations, Tickets, Sponsors: Venues are AMC Framingham, Arlington Capitol Theatre, Brattle Theatre, Cinema Salem, Coolidge Corner Theatre, Hollywood Hits Theatre, Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA), Museum of Fine Arts (MFA), Museum of Science IMAX , Showcase Cinema de Lux Patriot Place, Somerville Theatre and West Newton Cinema.

    Film descriptions, schedule and ticket information is available now at Tickets will go on sale via the web site on Sept. 16. All films, with the exception of Special Events, are $14 general admission; $12 for seniors, students and members of the BJFF, Coolidge Corner Theatre, Institute of Contemporary Art, Museum of Fine Arts and WGBH. Special Events: Opening Night (Nov. 6), Mid-Fest Film (Nov. 13) and Boston Closing Night (Nov. 17): $26 General Admission/$24 Discount.

    Festival sponsors are Cambridge Trust Co., CBIZ Tofias, Combined Jewish Philanthropies, the Consulate General of Israel to New England, the Massachusetts Cultural Council and Staples Advantage.

    The Boston Jewish Film Festival, a not-for-profit arts organization, celebrates the richness of the Jewish experience through film and media. Throughout the year, the Festival engages and inspires the community to explore the full spectrum of Jewish life and culture. 

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    The Contemporary Peruvian Film Showcase is proud to announce the film line-up for 2013, celebrating the 500th anniversary of Vasco Nunez de Balboa’s first sighting of the Pacific Oceanand the city of Lima, the only Latin American capital city bordering the Pacific Ocean, and the creation of the Pacific Alliance, a Latin American bloc composed of Chile, Colombia, Mexico and Peru.

    The festival, which returns to New York City for a fourth year, will take place on September 17, 18, 24 & 25, 2013 (program attached) at the Instituto Cervantes – New York (211 E 49th St). This year’s program includes a diverse schedule of 14 features, shorts and documentaries. The festival highlight will be the screening of Kon-Tiki, the 1951 Academy Award Winner for Best Documentary Feature, a about the Kon-Tiki expedition led by Norwegian explorer and writer Thor Heyerdahl.

    The 2013 Contemporary Peruvian Film Showcase is curated by the photographer and filmmaker Lorry Salcedo Mitrani, and produced in conjunction with the Permanent Mission of Peru to the United Nations and The City of Lima.

    For the first time, the festival will also feature a photo exhibition, Lima 130K. This show, will align with the festival’s theme, is curated by Carlos Caamaño, and comprises 15 groundbreaking artworks by the most prominent photographers in the contemporary Peruvian art scene. The exhibition will run from September 17 through October 4, 2013, at the Instituto Cervantes art gallery (211 E 49th St).


    Film Program


    Tuesday, September 17, 2013, Opening Night

    6 – 6:45 pm

    “Ancient Lima” (Lima Milenaria), Documentary short / 2013 / 5 min

    “Mother Ocean” (Madre Mar), Documentary short by Delia Ackerman and Mariana Tschudi / 2011 / 11 min

    6:45- 7:40 pm “Kon-Tiki”, Documentary by Thor Heyerdahl / 1947 / 55 min (Norwegian with English subtitles)


    Wednesday, September 18, 2013

    6 – 6:15 pm, “Mary of the desert” (Maria del desierto), Documentary by Gianfranco Annichini / 1981 / 13 min

    6:20– 6:25 pm, “The Mirror” (El Espejo) Fiction short by Franco Garcia Becerra / 2010 / 5 min

    6:30- 7:45 pm, “Dark Heaven” (Cielo Oscuro), Feature-length fiction film by Joel Calero / 2012 / 75 min


    Tuesday, September 24, 2013

    6 – 6:55 pm, “Lucha Reyes, Lettter to Heaven” (Lucha Reyes, Carta al Cielo), Documentary by Javier Ponce Gambirazio / 2009 / 52 min

    7:00 – 7:15 pm, “The Tree” (El Arbol), Fiction short by Rodrigo Moreno Valle / 2011 / 13 min

    7:20 – 9:00 pm , “The Trial” (La Prueba), Feature-length fiction film by Judith Velez / 2006 / 100 min


    Wednesday, September 25, 2013

    6 – 6:20 pm, “Lima 2011”, Fiction short by Franco Garcia Becerra / 2011 / 20 min

    6:25 – 6:40 pm, “Sunset” (Ocaso), Fiction short by Cristian Cancho Llamocca / 2011 / 13 min

    6:45 – 8:15 pm , “The Cleaner” (El Limpiador), Feature-length fiction film by Adrian Saba / 2012 / 90 min


    Free and open to public. All films are in Spanish with English subtitles unless otherwise indicated.



    Photo exhibition, Lima 130K


    September 17 - October 4, 2013 (9:00 am- 6:30 pm)

    Instituto Cervantes New York, art gallery (211 E 49th St)


    A group of artists, all in possession of extensive photographic experience and belonging to different age groups, set off on a 130 kilometer journey along the coastal strip of Peru, from the central circuit of beaches in Lima, known as the “Costa Verde” (the Green Coast), towards both its northern and southern boundaries. Their goal: to picture the many ways in which Lima relates to the Pacific Ocean (more information attached)


    List of artists:

    Solange Adum, Mariella Agois, Ernesto Benavides, Maricel Delgado, Ana De Orbegoso, Antonio Escalante, Nelly García, Marina García Burgos + Ricardo Ramón,  Sebastián Gonzales, Roberto Huarcaya, Luana Letts, Musuk Nolte, Hans Stoll, Lorry Salcedo and Ricardo Yui.

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    By Liza Foreman

    The countdown to this year's Tokyo International Film Festival (October 17 - 25, 2013)  has begun.

    The 26th Tokyo International Film Festival (TIFF) will include a special-focus on Taiwan, including films from both established and veteran directors.

    The “Taiwanese Cinema Renaissance 2013" series is part of the festival’s World Focus section.

    Herewith a list of the selected films for Taiwanese Cinema Renaissance 2013:

    “27°C- Loaf Rocks" (2013)   Japan Premiere

    “Soul” (2013)   Japan Premiere

    “Zone Pro Site: The Moveable Feast” (2013)   Japan Premiere

    “Takao Dancer" (2013)   World Premiere

    “Together” (2012)

    “The Sandwich Man” (1983) - Digitally Restored Version

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    By Liza Foreman

    The countdown to this year's Tokyo International Film Festival (October 17 - 25, 2013)  has begun.

    The 26th Tokyo International Film Festival (TIFF) will include a special-focus on Taiwan, including films from both established and veteran directors.

    The “Taiwanese Cinema Renaissance 2013" series is part of the festival’s World Focus section.

    Herewith a list of the selected films for Taiwanese Cinema Renaissance 2013:

    “27°C- Loaf Rocks" (2013)   Japan Premiere

    “Soul” (2013)   Japan Premiere

    “Zone Pro Site: The Moveable Feast” (2013)   Japan Premiere

    “Takao Dancer" (2013)   World Premiere

    “Together” (2012)

    “The Sandwich Man” (1983) - Digitally Restored Version

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    Today, September 15th, TIFF announced the Award winners.. The Festival ran 5-15; the team in Toronto and home office enjoyed it a lot, we hope you did too.



    TIFF People’s Choice Documentary Award goes to Jehane Noujaim for The Square.

    The story of revolution — behind the headlines. From the 2011 overthrow of a 30-year dictator, through military rule, and culminating with the overthrow of the Muslim Brotherhood president in the summer of 2013. First runner up is Alanis Obomsawin’s Hi-Ho Mistahey! and the second runner up is Leanne Pooley’s Beyond the Edge.   This documentary epic is the result of director Jehane Noujaim (Control Room) and her crew’s dogged chronicling of activism, unrest and r...

    TIFF 13 People’s Choice Midnight Madness Award goes to Sion Sono’s Why Don't You Play in Hell? (Jigoku de Naze Warui).

    The BlackBerry People’s Choice Midnight Madness Award goes to Sion Sono’s Why Don't You Play in Hell? (Jigoku de Naze Warui). The film follows two men, Muto and Ikegami, who hate each other. Muto desperately wants to help his daughter Mitsuko star in a movie. Meanwhile, Ikegami falls in love with Mitsuko, knowing that she's the daughter of his foe. Hirata, a filmmaker, and Koji, a young movie-lover, get dragged into this complicated situation that heads into an un...

    TIFF 13 NETPAC Award for World or International Asian Film Premiere goes to Anup Singh’s Qissa

    NETPAC AWARD As selected by a jury from the Network for the Promotion of Asian Cinema, the NETPAC Award for World or International Asian Film Premiere goes to Anup Singh’s Qissa. Jury members include Jay Jeon (Korea), Intishal Al Timimi (Abu Dhabi) and Freddie Wong (Hong Kong). The jury remarked: “The NETPAC Award for the best Asian film at Festival 2013 goes to Qissa, directed by Anup Singh, for its sensitive portrayal of the issues of identity and displacement that affe...

    TIFF 13 People’s Choice Award goes to Steve McQueen for 12 Years a Slave.

    BLACKBERRY® PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARDS This year marked the 36th year that Toronto audiences were able to cast a ballot for their favourite Festival film, with the BlackBerry®People’s Choice Award.  This year’s award goes to Steve McQueen for 12 Years a Slave. The first runner up is Stephen Frears’ Philomena. The second runner up is Denis Villeneuve’s Prisoners. The Festival presents a free screening of the award-winning film 12 Years a Slave tonight...

    FIPRESCI Award at TIFF 13 for Special Presentations is awarded to Pawel Pawlikowski's Ida

    THE PRIZES OF THE INTERNATIONAL CRITICS (FIPRESCI PRIZES) The Festival welcomed an international FIPRESCI jury for the 22nd consecutive year. The jury members consist of jury president John Anderson (United States), Robenson Eksiel (Greece), Leslie James (Canada), Namrata Joshi (India), Michael Ranze (Germany) and André Roy (Canada). Prize of the International Critics (FIPRESCI) for Special Presentations is awarded to Pawel Pawlikowski's Ida. The jury remarked: “The priz...

    TIFF 13 Best Canadian First Feature Film goes to Shayne Ehman and Seth Scriver’s Asphalt Watches

    The jury remarked: “For its ferociously audacious and excitingly original animated road trip across Western Canada that is like no other, the jury recognizes as Best Canadian First Feature Film the breathtakingly inventive Asphalt Watches.” The award carries a prize of $15,000. “For its technical mastery, polish, sense of fun and ability to scare the pants off us, the jury gives an honourable mention to Afflicted.” Asphalt Watches ...

    TIFF 13 Best Canadian Feature Film goes to Alan Zweig’s When Jews Were Funny.

    The City of Toronto + Canada Goose Award for Best Canadian Feature Film goes to Alan Zweig’s When Jews Were Funny.  The jury remarked: “For its deeply moving exploration of memory, identity and community and for its coherent and profoundly humourous representation of the personal as universal, the Award for Best Canadian Feature Film goes to Alan Zweig's documentary When Jews Were Funny.” This award is made possible thanks to the City of Toronto and Can...

    The 38th Toronto International Film Festival® today announced its award recipients

    The 38th Toronto International Film Festival® today announced its award recipients at a reception at the Intercontinental Hotel in Toronto. YOUTUBE AWARD FOR BEST CANADIAN SHORT FILM The winner of the YouTube Award for Best Canadian Short Film goes to Walter Woodman and Patrick Cederberg for Noah. The jury, comprised of writer Rafael Katigbak, writer, director Nathan Morlando and documentary filmmaker Nisha Pahuja, remarked: “This film is a commentary on the ephemeral, disposab...

    The winner of the YouTube Award for Best Canadian Short Film goes to Walter Woodman and Patrick Cederberg for Noah.

    YOUTUBE AWARD FOR BEST CANADIAN SHORT FILM The winner of the YouTube Award for Best Canadian Short Film goes to Walter Woodman and Patrick Cederberg for Noah.  The jury, comprised of writer Rafael Katigbak, writer, director Nathan Morlando and documentary filmmaker Nisha Pahuja, remarked: “This film is a commentary on the ephemeral, disposable, A.D.D. culture that many of us are consumed by and living in. It tells us a story in a way we’ve never seen before and it tells i...

    Meet TIFF programers

    Agata Smoluch Del Sorbo, Festival Programmer   Alex Rogalski, Festival Programmer   Andréa Picard, Festival Programmer   Brad Deane, Festival Programmer   Cameron Bailey, Artistic Director, Toronto International Film Festival   Colin Geddes, Festival Progr...

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     Where Red Carpet Meets Black Flag

    Cameron Bailey currently holds the position of Artistic Director for the Toronto International Film Festival, he shares with us his dailiy picks, watch him present the highlights of...Day 10 in Toronto 2013 

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    At Ability Foundation, it has always been our passion to bridge the divide between persons with and without disabilities and sensitise people at large. ABILITYFEST - a celebration on celluloid – exemplifies this intent. 

    ABILITYFEST - India International Disability Film Festival is a bi-annual event. It presents a unique and inspiring showcase of extraordinary films from around the world. Films by with and about people with disabilities, ABILITYFEST is a high profile event bringing to the fore the philosophy of an inclusive society. The need for universal access is underlined in every aspect of the festival: captioned as well as audio described films and accessible venues.

    Click here to send films for ABILITYFEST 2013

    The Organising Committee :
    C.K.Ranganathan – President
    P.K.Nair – Director
    Jayshree Raveendran – Chairperson
    Revathy – Vice-Chairperson


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    "Molodist" is one of the greatest specialized cinema events in Ukraine and Eastern Europe, according to the International Federation of Film Producers Associations (FIAPF).

    Film Festival was established in 1970 as a two-day viewing of students’ short films of the Kiev State Theatrical Art Institute. Since then, local initiative gained international popularity: since the 1980s Ukrainians have seen the works of directors-debutants from Bulgaria, Georgia, Armenia and Russia, the times of perestroika had been the era of filmmakers from the Baltic States, Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan and Germany. The first steps in a big cinema with "Molodist" made such well ​​known directors as Fred Kelemen, Tom Tykwer, Francois Ozon, Andras Monori, Alexey Balabanov, Denis Yevstigneyev, Stephen Daldry. "Molodist" participants were later awarded with "Golden Palm" (Bruno Dumont) and "Oscar" (Alain Berliner).

    Now "Molodist" is the only film festival in Ukraine, which has been ranked by FIAPF since 1991. It is a priority platform in the region for presenting the latest and the most up cine products and covers the most high-profile events of modern cinema ­– both mainstream and experimental.

    The main objective of the festival is to promote young professional cinema. As forty years ago competitive program represents professional and amateur movies of debutants. The main sections – student, the first short film (fiction, animation, documentary) and the first feature film. Geography of contest entries includes countries from almost all continents. So we seek and find – and thus provide an opportunity for young talents to take their place in modern cinema.

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    Fiction and animation films under 60 seconds in length are allowed to participate.

    Preference will be given to a laconic story related to the film festival, independent cinema, Kyiv, etc. All submitted works will be put on the Molodist Youtube channel and the best of them will be shown on the large screen before the screenings. Authors of the best teasers will be granted the guest accreditation and access to all the festival events.

    Deadline for submissions is October 1, 2013.
    The works will be evaluated by the selection committee of the festival.

    Technical requirements: .avi format, H.264 compression, size 1920x1080 and higher, audio: 48 kHz, separate file.
    Maximum credits duration 2 seconds. Credits may include partners' and sponsors' logos. 

    'Molodist' IFF reserves the right to place credits with festival's partners and technical information at the end of the teaser.  

    For registration and other questions, send a message marked "Teaser" to program(at)

    Please include the director's photo and the names of the film crew in the letter.   


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    The Produire au Sud and Festival of the 3 Continents teams are happy to announce the selection of the feature film projects for its 13th Produire au Sud seminar edition.

    The seminar will held from November 18th to 24th, 2013 in Nantes.

    Silence of the Seashell
    directed by Kamar Ahmad Simon
    produced by Sara Afreen

    In the Shade of the Trees
    directed by Matias Rojas Valencia
    produced by Giancarlo Nasi

    directed by Pierre Lucson Bellegarde
    produced by Donald Charles

    Drifting Snows
    directed by Aygul Bakanova
    produced by Erke Dzhumakmatova

    The Wound
    directed by John Trengove
    produced by Elias Ribeiro

    Beer Girl

    directed by Wichanon Somumjarn
    produced by Maenum Chagasik

    Further information

    Best regards, 

    Guillaume Mainguet, Les 3 Continents - Produire au Sud




    NANTES 2013




    Les équipes de Produire au Sud et du Festival des 3 Continents sont heureuses de vous annoncer la sélection des projets de films de l'édition 2013 du séminaire Produire au Sud.

    Le séminaire se tiendra à Nantes du 18 au 24 novembre 2013 prochains.


    The Wound

    réalisé par John Trengove
    produit par Elias Ribeiro

    Silence of the Seashell

    réalisé par Kamar Ahmad Simon
    produit par Sara Afreen

    In the Shade of the Trees

    réalisé par Matias Rojas Valencia
    produit par Giancarlo Nasi


    réalisé par Pierre Lucson Bellegarde
    produit par Donald Charles

    Drifting Snows

    réalisé par Aygul Bakanova
    produit par Erke Dzhumakmatova

    Beer Girl

    réalisé par Wichanon Somumjarn
    produit par Maenum Chagasik

    Plus d' informations :


    35ème Festival des 3 Continents, du 19 au 26 novembre 2013

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    From the weird and wonderful to the strange but true – get ready to experience the very best of Mexican cinema and culture as the 8th Annual Hola Mexico Film Festival returns to tour Australia next month.


    From 24 October to 8 December, the festival will travel through Melbourne, Sydney, Adelaide and Perth with 10 feature films, 6 documentaries and a series of special events marking the opening and closing nights in each city.


    The event is more than just a film festival, striving to take Australians on a journey to Mexico, with tastes of culture, entertainment and food, while the silver screen gives audiences a glimpse into Mexico’s heart and soul.


    International festival director Samuel Douek says, “I think Australian audiences connect really well with Mexican cinema, and fans will be right at home with this year’s program.”


    The 2013 festival will open with the already announced Nosotros Los Nobles (We are the Nobles), the surprise Mexican comedy blockbuster of the year and #1 box office hit in Mexico cinema’s history!


    Other highlights include La Vida Breve Y Precoz De Sabina Rivas (The Precocious And Brief Life Of Sabina Rivas), which was nominated for 11 Ariel Awards - Mexico’s equivalent of the Academy Awards. The film is based on the novel La Mara.


    After Lucia and Post Tenebrax Lux are also huge award winners, with Lucia winning the Un Certain Regard at Cannes and Tenebrax’s Carlos Reygadas awarded Best Director at the same event in 2012.


    Tlatelolco, Verano Del 68 (Tlatelolco, Summer Of 68) is a Love Story set against the backdrop of real events that took place in the lead up to the 1968 Olympic Games in Mexico, where the government opened fire on student protesters; an event which Douek refers to as “one of the blackest moments in history of Mexico” and names as one of the must see festival screenings.


    Keeping with the theme of the Tlaltelolco massacre, El Paciente Interno (The Convict Patient) sits amongst six documentaries and tells the story of the man who tried to assassinate the Mexican President as revenge for the massacre. The documentary follows his trails, locating him as a beggar on the streets of Mexico City.


    But these strong themes aren’t all that the festival will have to offer say Douek “There’s a lot of good dramas, but I think it’s important we don’t only paint the dark, bad and ugly Mexico. The opening night film is a beautiful comedy that paints Mexico in a different light.”


    He also points to El Santo Vs La Tetona Mendoza - which in English translates to The Santo versus The Big Breasted Woman – an animated film for adults, full of course language and drugs, based on a comic book and featuring the voices of some of Mexico’s biggest stars – not to mention an appearance from famed director Guillermo Del Toro. 


    The festival will kick off in Melbourne, where the festival will run at ACMI Cinemas from 24 - 29 October, before heading to Perth on 14 - 21 November at Cinema Paradiso then Sydney on 27 November - 4 December at the Paddington’s Chauvel Cinemas. The Hola Mexico tour will then end in Adelaide with screenings from 29 November to 8 December at the Mercury Cinema.


    With tickets going on sale today, filmgoers have the option to purchase single tickets or all-inclusive tickets that will also provide access to the opening and closing night after parties, with Mexican beers, nibbles and live entertainment. Tickets are on sale now from

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     MsFF's 2013 Official Poster 


    As previously announced Miami short Film Festival selected the internationally renowned Eleazar Delgado as the official poster artist for its 12th edition and today the poster was revealed to Director William Vela.


    Eleazar Delgado presented MsFF with a spectacular work of art. 

    A one-of-a- kind multilayer, bold, vibrant colorful three-dimensional painting, which undoubtedly takes you through an explosive visual arts experience.


    Eleazar Delgado

    Internationally renowned Artist in Miami



    Born in Oklahoma, raised in Caracas, Venezuela, Eleazar Delgado studied           Architecture and Interior Design.


    It was in Miami where he began his Architecture explorations. Graduating at the peak of the Deconstruction Movement in 1987 from the Universidad Central de Venezuela, his thesis on the Penal Courthouse for Metropolitan Caracas received Honorable Mention.


    During the 1980's Eleazar fell in the love with Miami's vivid colors in of the city and its native surroundings. The radiant sunshine and gleaming colors of the night influenced the choice to paint the story of Miami.


    After a successful venture in Architecture and Interior Design, he grew tired of the rigidity of those forms of expression. Architecture is about space. The process is always restrained. Interior design is about other people's psychology. Painting is the creators' own vision. Having always struggled against the methods he was taught, it was time to seek release of restrictions.


    These days his work has gone back to his origins, his inner voice. Painting, epic painting was the earliest artistic fascination. The compelling relationship between history and art is often depicted but rarely realized as a story that appeals to all your senses.


    The journey has come full circle, back to Miami where he applies his research of reading between the lines and seeing behind the lights to present oil paintings as a 3-dimensional story. 



    Miami short Film Festival 2013 

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    Focus on New Zealand // Highlights of Independent Cinema // 10th exground youth days

    Soon the screens will be glowing again: November 15 – 24, 2013 exground filmfest presents in its 26th edition the best independently produced feature, documentary and experimental films as well as animation of the year in Wiesbaden. More than 3,000 films from 93 countries from Albania to Venezuela have been submitted to the festival – another record after last year's. The finalized programme, once more embracing more than 250 short and feature length films from all over the world, will be available at the beginning of October. Festival centre is Caligari FilmBühne in Wiesbaden, supplemented by Murnau Filmtheater and Kulturpalast.


    Among the regular festival sections are the “American Independents“, the series “International“, “News from Germany“ and the “Country in Focus”, all of them presenting films that hardly receive a theatrical release.

    This year's country in focus is dedicated to the cinematography of New Zealand. The festival team has compiled a programme of not just fresh short and feature length films, but also lets the audience rediscover such outstanding productions as THE PIANO by Jane Campion on the big screen.


    One of the already determined programme highlights of exground filmfest

    26 among others is the feature film NORDSTRAND by Florian Eichinger, which will celebrate its Wiesbaden premiere in the section „News from Germany”. The director and one of the lead actors of this intense drama about two very different brothers will attend the festival to introduce the film in person to the Wiesbaden audience.


    The “German Short Film Competition” as one of the festival’s most important competitions assembles ten German short film productions competing for awards endowed with cash and services worth € 8,000.

    Winner, second and third place are determined by audience votes. In the “International Short Film Competition” an expert jury proclaims the winner, the award is endowed with € 1,500 for the director. Short masterpieces by local directors will be screened in the „Wiesbaden Special – Short Film Competition“, endowed with cash and service prizes of altogether € 3,000. The winner here will also be determined by audience votes.


    The “exground youth days“, the youth film festival within exground filmfest, celebrate a jubilee: the section “Youth Days – International Youth Film Competition“ takes place for the tenth time. A Wiesbaden youth jury will award the prize endowed with € 2,500 to the best youth film. For the first time an audience award will be given, endowed with € 1,000. The exground youth days will open with the eighth “Wiesbaden Youth Film Competition”, for which the prize money is € 450. Some candidates for the “International Youth Film Competition” have already been confirmed: the German coming-of-age tragicomedy I FEEL LIKE DISCO by Axel Ranisch, the Polish-Hungarian-German coproduction THE PHOTOGRAPH by Maciej Adamek, the Canadian entry BLACKBIRD by Jason Buxton, the US drama IT FELT LIKE LOVE by Eliza Hittman and the droll Dutch tragicomedy THE DEFLOWERING OF EVA VAN END by Michiel ten Horn.


    exground filmfest offers a multifold supporting programme – opening and closing night parties, concerts, readings as well as panel discussions with national and international guests.


    The final and complete programme goes online the beginning of October – to be found at At the same time film stills and information material will be available on our press server. Journalists writing about the festival can request accreditation free of charge for exground filmfest 26. The accreditation form is up for download.



    exground filmfest is an international film festival, organized and presented since 1990 on a honorary basis by the association Wiesbadener Kinofestival e. V. With 14,500 viewers attending in 2012, among them 250 professionals (press, guests, directors, producers, actors etc.) exground filmfest belongs to the film festivals with the highest attendance in Hesse.

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    Over eight Friday nights from 1 November to 20 December, The Rocks and its enchanting laneways will be transformed into a bazaar of all that is weird and wonderful for The Rocks Village Bizarre. To help celebrate all the strange in this world, event producers Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority are calling on all filmmakers to enter the inaugural peddle-powered short film competition – Bike Shorts.


    Whether you’re an up-and-coming filmmaker, a wannabe Tim Burton or just addicted to Vine or Instagram vids, bike shorts is right up your alley. The competition is separated into two categories to allow for all skill levels to get involved.


    Standard Shorts will see local film talent, from students to movie buffs submit films up to 5 minutes long. The only requirement is that you stick with the theme of The Rocks Village Bizarre and use ‘weird and wonderful’ as the inspiration.


    Micro Shorts will have the social media savvy shooting snappy videos in 15 seconds or less. Films for Micro just need to be based on the theme ‘Cycle’ and submitted via Instagram using the hash tags #bikeshorts and #villagebizarre.


    Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority Creative Producer, Michael Cohen says “We've been tapping into the vein of the adventurous and fun with our entire program for The Rocks Village Bizarre. We now want to see all the curious, extraordinary and outlandish things filmmakers have floating around in their heads.”


    On Friday 6 December, finalists from both categories will be screened at a special showcase at The Rocks Village Bizarre on Magnificent Revolution’s bicycle powered projector.


    Not only will filmmakers have their shorts screened to crowds at the event, there’s also a stack of great prizes up for grabs. The Standard Shorts winner will collect a cool $1,000 cash and a mentorship with AACTA and Emmy award-winning Firelight Productions while the Micro Shorts winner will pedal away with a GoPro HD Hero 3 Digital Video Camera - Black edition.


    There’s a quality prize in store for a runner up in each category as well. The runner up for Standard Shorts gets a night accommodation at the Harbour Rocks Hotel while the Micro Shorts runner up will be awarded one nights accommodation at the Holiday Inn Old Sydney with a complimentary breakfast.


    With a judging panel featuring some of the biggest movers and shakers in the film and sustainability industries, this is your chance to really take things up a gear.


    Entries for both competitions close 5pm Monday 25 November 2013 so film fanatics are encouraged to pick up their camera or phone, call in the help of friends and family and get filming. To enter head to


    For those of us less keen on creating cinematic masterpieces, come and see the finalist films at Bike Shorts film competition on 6th December… and explore The Rocks Village Bizarre which has plenty of other weird and wonderful happenings taking place in its many winding paths to arouse your curiosity.


    No corner will be left ordinary. Every laneway, nook and cranny of The Rocks will unveil a new performance, a new adventure, a new experience. From kidnappings, treasure hunts and curious cabinets to contortionists and pop up bars, your very own playground of markets and mystery is waiting for you.


    So curious folk, start filming and get ready to end your working week in the mysterious world of The Rocks Village Bizarre - every Friday night from 1st November to 20th December.


    The Rocks Village Bizarre is curated and presented by Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority, proud managers of The Rocks: traditional land of the Cadigal people and the birthplace of European settlement in Australia. Whilst preserving The Rocks’ unique heritage, the Authority’s team of creatives and resident experts produce large scale and intimate quality events, outdoor markets, and educational tours to drive visitors into the precinct and support the precinct’s tenants. The Rocks is a perfect blend of culture, cuisine and a myriad of experiences worth savouring.

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    A brand new 10th Jemeson Cinefest MISKOLC IFF 2013 on the 12th of September held the Central European premiere of Joseph Gordon-Levitt's first film Don Jon (starring with young film director himself). The film festival in MISKOLC in Hungary  named after their patron and main sponsor Jemeson Irish Whiskey represents young and careless working class boy Jon Martello, who objectifies everything in his life. He has fun, thinking only about sex, in a very common addiction among young people today, Internet porn. Will that be changed if the right one comes along is the only drama he gets here? Well, it's about you to decide! Here the main Gordon-Levitt’s chemistry are actually co-stars Scarlett Johansson and Julianne Moore.

    The competition of the festivals holds to the Bosnian war drama, directed by Croatian director Arsen Ostojić Halimas Path/Halimin put, the director who had the wonderful start of his career with the film A wondeful Night in Split/Ta divna splitka noć now debates about the painful and emotional struggle of Bosnian women, who has lost their families in the latest war. Another BosniaαHerzegovina war related film is Srdan Golubovic’s Circles/Krugovi, that amog Hungarian public wins the attention.

     All the way to a cutting edge, the best German debut of the past few years, Cannes Un Certain Regards Award Tore Tanzt- Nothing Bad can Happen by Katrin Gebbe, a moving drama about the abused and deserted children makes the way to a Hungarian audience and pictures the gradual and shocking home violence that becomes extreme inspite of Tore’s capacity to give unconditional Christian love in the turn- the- other- cheek manner, for now a serious candidate for a Jemeson Cinefest MISKOLC IFF 2013 Award. Then, there is the first Polish film on homosexuals, Floating Skyscrappers / Plynace Wiezowce, and of course  Daniel Radcliffe, Ellen Page, the first film by Rain Man's Valeria Golino, this year’s Cannes Golden Camera winner – the best and most provocative films of the year La vie d'Adèle̸ Adele  Chapters 1 and 2 directed by Abdellatif Kechiche, film about oversexual teenagers with kind of  overextended graphic lesbian sex scene.


    All of it make their Hungarian premier at the 10th Jemeson Cinefest Miskolc International Film Festival.


    The festival holds to a variaty and different visions in a program, as now celebrating the diversity of world cinema. Something else, something new, something fresh: something of the value; the festival employs the official channel of the Sundance Festival, founded by Robert Redford, with the film premiered on festival, starring Redford, about surviving the Indian Ocean in All is Lost directed by J.C.Chandor. The festival offers a selection of the films of the Sundance Channel and a quality time for cinephiles. Then more American Independent in California Solo from the last year selection of the Spanish International Film Festival in Gijon, directed by American independent filmmaker Mashal Lewy with extraordinary Roberts Carlye’s struggle against alcohol and other rock and roll demons. More to American film, another surprise of the festival are the great patrons of the festival  Jemeson Cinefest MISKOLC IFF 2013 Martin Scorsese, James Cameron, Danny Boyle, Lars von Trier, John Malkovich and Vilmos Zsigmond - investigate the history, process and workflow of both digital and photochemical film creation in Christopher Kenneally's documentary Side by Side, right from the Berlin Film Festival in 100 minutes an insight into the secrets a film making.


    Then of course, not to forget a lyric and dramatic sexual awakening of teenagers in François Ozon’s Jeune&Jolie/Young and Beautiful, with a beautiful Brogitte/Bardot style Marine Vacth: one hell of the positive tale about weird teenage sexual experiments via prostitution.  A beautiful teenage girl, choosing to be a prostitute out of pure boredom. The story reminds us to the leading character of the Belle de Jour, here Ozon openly admits the parallels with Bunuel’s classic starring Catherine Denevue, but regards it only as inspiration.


      Then again films of Central Europe: CineClassics shows three evenings the 75-year-old István Szabó's and the 70-year-old Klaus-Maria Brandauer's three masterpieces, which show three typical Central European characters. An Academy Award, three Academy Award nominations, Golden Globe nominations, BAFTA and Cannes awards, as the collaboration between the Hungarian director and the Austrian actor, which started in 1980 with the Mephisto (September 17, 6 PM, Béke room), where István Szabó said something fundamental about power, politics and art in Central Europe. The spectacular historical tableaux were successful not only here but worldwide, making Klaus-Maria Brandauer an international star and István Szabó one of the world's best directors. The Festivals Life Time Achievement Award of course goes to a István Szabó.


    The jury selection of the Jemeson Cinefest MISKOLC IFF 2013 is one very interesting mixture of industry professionals. For instance, Cosmina Stratan, the co-star of Cristian Mungiu's Beyond the Hills joins the jubilee festival's international jury with Doru Nitescu, vice-rector of the Bucharest University of Drama and Film, one of the key figures of the brilliant Romanian new wave, and, among others in different juries are the animation director Ferenc Cakó and Variety critic Rob Nelson. Also from the Hungarian crew Kornis Anna, Béla Balázs Prize Winner editor of Béla Tarr, the winner of Béla Balázs and Silver Pen Prize theatre and film director Dér András and Hungarian theatre director of the Miscolc Theatre Beres Attila etc…


    For now I can say that the Hungarian premiere of Golden Palm winner Blue Is The Warmest Colour /La Vie d’Adele held on the Open Eye program of the festival provoked most different opinions among the jury. Jameson CineFest honours the Palme d'Or winner with a retrospective. His directorial debut in 2000 with La Faute à Voltaire /Blame it on Voltaire, then he directed Games of Love and Chance /L'Esquive, which won a César Award for Best Film and Best Director. He presented The Secret of the Grain /La Graine et le mulet at the Mostra in Venice for which he was awarded the Special Jury Prize, such as later the Louis Delluc Prize and others César Awards for Best Film and Best Director.

    More coming soon!

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    10th Jemeson Cinefest Miskolc IFF

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